List of all-time NBA win-loss records

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Tim Duncan and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, who have the best all-time win-loss record percentage in the NBA

The following is a listing of all 30 current National Basketball Association (NBA) teams ranked by win-loss record percentage, accurate as of the end of the 2018–19 NBA season. The records include wins and losses recorded by a team's playing time in the Basketball Association of America (BAA).[a] Defunct BAA/NBA franchises are also listed, provided they played at least one season, beginning with the 1949–50 NBA season, which was the first season following the merger between the BAA and the National Basketball League (NBL).[b] Additionally, the records do not count wins and losses recorded by a team's playing time in the American Basketball Association (ABA), despite the 1976 NBA-ABA merger.[2]

The San Antonio Spurs have the highest win-loss record percentage, with .622.[3] The Minnesota Timberwolves have the lowest win-loss record percentage, with .398.[3] The Boston Celtics have recorded the most wins, with 3,378; the Sacramento Kings have recorded the most losses with 3,053.[3] The Boston Celtics lead the association with the most played games, with 5,724.[3] Conversely, the Pelicans have played the least overall games, with 1,378.[3]

Active franchises[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Kevin Garnett during tenure with the Boston Celtics, the team with the most recorded wins in NBA history.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Taj Gibson of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team with the lowest all-time win-loss record percentage in NBA history.
Best win-loss record in division
Rank Team Won Lost Pct. First NBA season Total games Division
1 San Antonio Spurs 2,162 1,316 .622 1976–77 3,478 Southwest
2 Los Angeles Lakers 3,333 2,282 .594 1948–49 5,615 Pacific
3 Boston Celtics 3,378 2,346 .590 1946–47 5,724 Atlantic
4 Oklahoma City Thunder 2,283 1,933 .542 1967–68 4,216 Northwest
5 Utah Jazz 1,964 1,678 .539 1974–75 3,642 Northwest
6 Portland Trail Blazers 2,134 1,836 .538 1970–71 3,970 Northwest
7 Phoenix Suns 2,186 1,948 .529 1968–69 4,134 Pacific
8 Houston Rockets 2,225 1,991 .528 1967–68 4,216 Southwest
9 Miami Heat 1,294 1,200 .519 1988–89 2,494 Southeast
10 Milwaukee Bucks 2,129 2,005 .515 1968–69 4,134 Central
11 Philadelphia 76ers 2,857 2,693 .515 1949–50 5,550 Atlantic
12 Chicago Bulls 2,205 2,092 .513 1966–67 4,297 Central
13 Indiana Pacers 1,744 1,733 .502 1976–77 3,477 Central
14 Dallas Mavericks 1,572 1,578 .499 1980–81 3,150 Southwest
15 Atlanta Hawks 2,746 2,806 .495 1949–50 5,552 Southeast
16 Denver Nuggets 1,703 1,775 .490 1976–77 3,478 Northwest
17 Detroit Pistons 2,733 2,881 .487 1948–49 5,614 Central
18 New York Knicks 2,778 2,943 .486 1946–47 5,721 Atlantic
19 Golden State Warriors 2,772 2,948 .485 1946–47 5,720 Pacific
20 Orlando Magic 1,158 1,254 .480 1989–90 2,412 Southeast
21 Toronto Raptors 902 1,018 .470 1995–96 1,920 Atlantic
22 New Orleans Pelicans 643 735 .467 2002–03[c] 1,378 Southwest
23 Cleveland Cavaliers 1,848 2,122 .465 1970–71 3,970 Central
24 Sacramento Kings 2,562 3,053 .456 1948–49 5,615 Pacific
25 Washington Wizards 2,128 2,569 .453 1961–62 4,697 Southeast
26 Charlotte Hornets 1,027 1,303 .441 1988–89[c] 2,330 Southeast
27 Brooklyn Nets 1,450 2,028 .417 1976–77 3,478 Atlantic
28 Memphis Grizzlies 792 1,128 .413 1995–96 1,920 Southwest
29 Los Angeles Clippers 1,610 2,360 .406 1970–71 3,970 Pacific
30 Minnesota Timberwolves 961 1,451 .398 1989–90 2,412 Northwest

Playoffs[edit]

The following playoff listing is accurate through the end of the 2019 NBA Finals. The Los Angeles Lakers have the most post-season wins (438), most post-season games played (734), and highest post-season winning percentage (.597) out of any NBA team. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the fewest post-season wins (18) and the lowest post-season winning percentage (.346). The New Orleans Pelicans have the fewest post-season games played (49).

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, who have recorded both the highest postseason win–loss percentage, and the most postseason wins in NBA history.
Best win-loss record in division
Team active in playoffs
Rank Team Won Lost Pct. Last playoff
appearance
Total games Division
1 Los Angeles Lakers 438 296 .597 2013 734 Pacific
2 Boston Celtics 371 282 .568 2019 653 Atlantic
3 Miami Heat 124 100 .554 2018 224 Southeast
4 San Antonio Spurs 222 181 .551 2019 403 Southwest
5 Cleveland Cavaliers 125 104 .546 2018 229 Central
6 Golden State Warriors 190 159 .544 2019 349 Pacific
7 Chicago Bulls 186 158 .541 2017 344 Central
8 Philadelphia 76ers 228 215 .515 2019 443 Atlantic
9 Detroit Pistons 188 182 .508 2019 370 Central
10 Oklahoma City Thunder 161 163 .497 2019 324 Northwest
11 New York Knicks 186 189 .496 2013 375 Atlantic
12 Houston Rockets 153 157 .494 2019 310 Southwest
13 Phoenix Suns 133 141 .485 2010 274 Pacific
14 Indiana Pacers 115 122 .485 2019 237 Central
15 Milwaukee Bucks 121 135 .473 2019 256 Central
16 Dallas Mavericks 91 105 .464 2016 196 Southwest
17 Utah Jazz 124 144 .463 2019 268 Northwest
18 Orlando Magic 58 70 .453 2019 128 Southeast
19 Toronto Raptors 48 58 .453 2019 106 Atlantic
20 Portland Trail Blazers 116 147 .441 2019 263 Northwest
21 Atlanta Hawks 153 202 .431 2017 355 Southeast
22 Brooklyn Nets 63 84 .429 2019 147 Atlantic
23 Sacramento Kings 80 107 .428 2006 187 Pacific
24 Washington Wizards 98 134 .422 2018 232 Southeast
25 Los Angeles Clippers 46 64 .418 2019 110 Pacific
26 New Orleans Pelicans 20 29 .408 2018 49 Southwest
27 Memphis Grizzlies 29 46 .387 2017 75 Southwest
28 Denver Nuggets 68 108 .386 2019 176 Northwest
29 Charlotte Hornets 23 40 .365 2016 63 Southeast
30 Minnesota Timberwolves 18 34 .346 2018 52 Northwest

Defunct franchises[edit]

The following is a listing of the all-time win-loss records of defunct NBA franchises.[3] Amongst defunct franchises, the Chicago Stags have the highest win-loss record percentage, with .612. The Denver Nuggets have the lowest win-loss record percentage, with .177. The Baltimore Bullets have the most games played (450), wins (158), and losses (292) for a defunct NBA franchise. The Denver Nuggets, Sheboygan Red Skins, and Waterloo Hawks are tied for the fewest games played, with 62.

For the purposes of the defunct franchises win-loss records listing, teams that recorded playing time in the BAA are only included if they additionally played during at least one season following the BAA–NBL merger. For this reason, the Pittsburgh Ironmen, Indianapolis Jets, Detroit Falcons, Toronto Huskies, and Cleveland Rebels are excluded.

Regular season[edit]

Rank Team GP Won Lost Pct. First NBA season Last NBA season
1 Chicago Stags 237 145 92 .612 1946–47 1949–50
2 Washington Capitols 271 157 114 .579 1946–47 1950–51
3 Anderson Packers 64 37 27 .578 1949–50
4 St. Louis Bombers 237 122 115 .515 1946–47 1949–50
5 Indianapolis Olympians 269 132 137 .491 1949–50 1952–53
6 Sheboygan Red Skins 62 22 40 .355 1949–50
7 Baltimore Bullets[d] 450 158 292 .351 1947–48 1954–55
8 Waterloo Hawks 62 19 43 .306 1949–50
9 Denver Nuggets[e] 62 11 51 .177 1949–50

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBA Season Recaps". National Basketball Association. July 17, 2013. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Aschburner, Steve (September 5, 2013). "We All Count Numbers But Do All Numbers Count?". Hang Time Blog. National Basketball Association. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "NBA & ABA Team Index". Basketball-Reference. Sports-Reference. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Windhorst, Brian (July 19, 2013). "Charlotte Hornets back in 2014-15". ESPN. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Feldman, Dan (May 20, 2014). "Charlotte Hornets assume historical records from New [Orleans] Pelicans". ProBasketballTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved July 6, 2017.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BAA win-loss records are included, as the NBA claims the BAA's history as its own. For example, at NBA History online its table of one-line "NBA Season Recaps" begins 1946–47 without comment.[1]
  2. ^ For the purposes of this list, NBL statistics are not included, as unlike with BAA statistics prior to the BAA-NBL merger, the NBA has not included NBL statistics when recapping their history.
  3. ^ a b The New Orleans Pelicans began play as the New Orleans Hornets in the 2002–03 NBA season, due to the original Charlotte Hornets (which began play in the 1988–89 NBA season) relocating to New Orleans. The city of Charlotte was then awarded the 30th NBA franchise, dubbed the Charlotte Bobcats, which began play in the 2004–05 NBA season. The New Orleans Hornets rebranded as the New Orleans Pelicans, with the 2013–14 NBA season being their first under the Pelicans name. The Bobcats then rebranded as the Charlotte Hornets, first playing under the Hornets name in 2014.[4] This second incarnation of Charlotte Hornets retained statistics and records of the original Charlotte Hornets franchise which played from the 1988–89 NBA season to the 2001–02 NBA season—as well as the statistics and records accumulated while playing as the Bobcats—while the New Orleans Pelicans franchise was retroactively regarded as a 2002–03 season expansion franchise, maintaining the statistics and records accumulated from that season onwards.[5]
  4. ^ This team's history and records are not affiliated with the current day Washington Wizards who played as the Baltimore Bullets from 1963–64 to 1972–73.
  5. ^ This team's history and records are not affiliated with the current day Denver Nuggets team.