Southwest Division (NBA)
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Inaugural season||2004–05 season|
|No. of teams||5|
|Most recent champion(s)||Dallas Mavericks (1st title)|
|Most titles||San Antonio Spurs (6 titles)|
The Southwest Division is one of the three divisions in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division is located in the South Central United States and consists of five teams, the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets, the Memphis Grizzlies, the New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs. Three of the teams, the Mavericks, Rockets, and Spurs, are based in Texas.
The division was created at the start of the 2004–05 season, when the league expanded from 29 to 30 teams with the addition of the Charlotte Bobcats. The league realigned itself into three divisions in each conference. The Southwest Division began with five inaugural members, the Mavericks, the Rockets, the Grizzlies, the Hornets (now Pelicans) and the Spurs. The Mavericks, the Rockets, the Grizzlies and the Spurs joined from the now-defunct Midwest Division, while the Hornets joined from the Central Division. All five teams, including the Pelicans who spent one season in the Midwest Division as the Charlotte Hornets, are former Midwest Division teams.
The Spurs have won the most Southwest Division titles with six. The Mavericks have won two titles and the Hornets have won one title. The Rockets and the Grizzlies have never won the Southwest Division title. Three NBA champions came from the Southwest Division. The Spurs won the NBA championship in 2005 and 2007, while the Mavericks won in 2011. In the 2007–08 season, all four teams that qualified for the playoffs each had more than 50 wins. In the 2010–11 season, all teams in the division had winning percentages above 0.500 (50%). The division has sent four of its five teams to the playoffs on four occasions, most recently in 2010–11. The most recent division champions are the San Antonio Spurs.
|San Antonio Spurs||15||4||.789||–||8–2||7–2||3–1||19|
|New Orleans Pelicans||9||10||.474||6.0||5–5||4–5||1–2||19|
- x – Clinched playoff spot
|^||Had or tied for the best regular season record for that season|
|2004–05||San Antonio Spurs||6999720000000000000 59–23 (.720)||Won NBA Finals|
|2005–06||San Antonio Spurs||6999769000000000000 63–19 (.768)||Lost Conference Semifinals|
|2006–07||Dallas Mavericks^||6999817009999900000 67–15 (.817)||Lost First Round|
|2007–08||New Orleans Hornets||6999683000000000000 56–26 (.683)||Lost Conference Semifinals|
|2008–09||San Antonio Spurs||6999659000000000000 54–28 (.659)||Lost First Round|
|2009–10||Dallas Mavericks||6999671000000000000 55–27 (.671)||Lost First Round|
|2010–11||San Antonio Spurs||6999744000000000000 61–21 (.744)||Lost First Round|
|2011–12[b]||San Antonio Spurs^||6999758000000000000 50–16 (.758)||Lost Conference Finals|
|2012–13||San Antonio Spurs||6999707000000000000 58–24 (.707)||Lost NBA Finals|
Titles by team
|San Antonio Spurs||6||2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13|
|Dallas Mavericks||2||2006–07, 2009–10|
|New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans||1||2007–08|
|^||Denotes team that won the NBA championships|
|+||Denotes team that won the Conference Finals, but lost the NBA Finals|
|*||Denotes team that qualified for the NBA Playoffs|
|2004–05||San Antonio^ (59–23)||Dallas* (58–24)||Houston* (51–31)||Memphis* (45–37)||New Orleans (18–64)|
|2005–06||San Antonio* (63–19)||Dallas+ (60–22)||Memphis* (49–33)||New Orleans/Oklahoma City[a] (38–44)||Houston (34–48)|
|2006–07||Dallas* (67–15)||San Antonio^ (58–24)||Houston* (52–30)||New Orleans/Oklahoma City[a] (39–43)||Memphis (22–60)|
|2007–08||New Orleans* (56–26)||San Antonio* (56–26)||Houston* (55–27)||Dallas* (51–31)||Memphis (22–60)|
|2008–09||San Antonio* (54–28)||Houston* (53–29)||Dallas* (50–32)||New Orleans* (49–33)||Memphis (24–58)|
|2009–10||Dallas* (55–27)||San Antonio* (50–32)||Houston (42–40)||Memphis (40–42)||New Orleans (37–45)|
|2010–11||San Antonio* (61–21)||Dallas^ (57–25)||New Orleans* (46–36)||Memphis* (46–36)||Houston (43–39)|
|2011–12[b]||San Antonio* (50–16)||Memphis* (41–25)||Dallas* (36–30)||Houston (34–32)||New Orleans (21–45)|
|2012–13||San Antonio* (58–24)||Memphis* (56–26)||Houston* (45–37)||Dallas (41–41)||New Orleans (27–55)|
Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs
- a 1 2 3 The New Orleans Hornets temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City due to the effect of Hurricane Katrina. The majority of home games were played in Oklahoma City, while a few remained in New Orleans.
- b 1 2 Because of a lockout, the season did not start until December 25, 2011, and all 30 teams played a shortened 66-game regular season schedule.
- "NBA & ABA League Index". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.