List of relocated National Basketball Association teams
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a professional men's basketball league, consisting of 30 teams in North America—29 in the United States and one in Canada. The NBA was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). It adopted the name National Basketball Association at the start of the 1949–50 season when it absorbed the National Basketball League (NBL). The NBA is an active member of USA Basketball, which is recognized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as the national governing body for basketball in the country. The league is considered to be one of the four major professional sports leagues of North America.
The list contains current franchises in the NBA. It does not include name changes.
|First||First year in original city|
|Last||Last year in original city|
|PA||NBA Playoffs appearances|
|^||City later received a new franchise|
|*||Later relocated again|
†The move of the Dallas Chaparrals to San Antonio occurred while these franchises were in the ABA.
‡The Brooklyn Nets franchise was known as the New Jersey Americans, the New York Nets, and the New Jersey Nets. However, the team has never relocated out of the New York metropolitan area.
- The Golden State Warriors franchise was known as the San Francisco Warriors. However, the team has never relocated out of the San Francisco Bay Area.
§The Capital Bullets later became the Washington Bullets, then the Washington Wizards.
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