Western Conference (NBA)

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Western Conference
Western Conference (NBA) logo.gif
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Formerly Western Division
(1946–1970)
Founded 1946
Teams
No. of teams 15
Championships
Most recent Western Conference champion(s) Golden State Warriors
(5th title)
Most Western Conference titles Los Angeles Lakers
(31 titles)

The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each.

Since 2006, the three division winners and the non-division winner with the best record are seeded 1 through 4 for the playoffs in order of their record, with all remaining non-division winners seeded 5 through 8. This leaves open the possibility that a #2 or #3 seed could be a non-division winner. Home-court advantage in a playoff series is decided by record, not by seeding, so if a #4 and #5 team met in a playoff series in which the #5 team had the better record, the #5 team would have home-court advantage.

The reasoning behind this seeding arrangement is that a non-division winner could have a better record than the winners of the two divisions other than the one that produced the non-division winner in question. If the three division winners were seeded 1 through 3 for the playoffs in order of their record, and all non-division winners seeded 4 through 8, it would be possible for the two leading teams of the conference to meet in the Conference Semifinals. This actually happened in the 2006 NBA Playoffs when the two best teams in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks, both from the Southwest Division, faced one another in the Western Conference Semifinals while the 3rd seed, the Northwest Division-leading Denver Nuggets, had fewer wins than the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th seeds. The NBA proposed and approved of the current format to ensure that the best two teams of a conference can meet no earlier than the NBA Conference Finals.

The Western Conference playoffs is divided into two playoffs rounds, and the NBA Conference Finals with the winner of the Conference Championship facing the Eastern Conference champion in the NBA Finals to determine the champion. All playoff series are best-of-seven.

The current divisional alignment was adopted at the start of the 2004–05 season, when the now Charlotte Hornets began play as the NBA's 30th franchise. This necessitated the move of the New Orleans Pelicans from the Eastern Conference's Central Division to the newly created Southwest Division of the Western Conference.

Current standings[edit]

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zGolden State Warriors * 73 9 .890 82
2 ySan Antonio Spurs * 67 15 .817 6.0 82
3 yOklahoma City Thunder * 55 27 .671 18.0 82
4 xLos Angeles Clippers 53 29 .646 20.0 82
5 xPortland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 29.0 82
6 xDallas Mavericks 42 40 .512 31.0 82
7 xMemphis Grizzlies 42 40 .512 31.0 82
8 xHouston Rockets 41 41 .500 32.0 82
9 Utah Jazz 40 42 .488 33.0 82
10 Sacramento Kings 33 49 .402 40.0 82
11 Denver Nuggets 33 49 .402 40.0 82
12 New Orleans Pelicans 30 52 .366 43.0 82
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 29 53 .354 44.0 82
14 Phoenix Suns 23 59 .280 50.0 82
15 Los Angeles Lakers 17 65 .207 56.0 82

Notes

  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • y – Clinched division title
  • x – Clinched playoff spot
  • * – Division leader

Teams[edit]

Team Division City Year From
Joined
Dallas Mavericks Southwest Dallas 1980–present dagger
Denver Nuggets Northwest Denver, Colorado 1976–present ABAdouble-dagger
Golden State Warriors Pacific Oakland, California
San Francisco, California
1962–present Eastern Division
Houston Rockets Southwest Houston
San Diego
19671971
(San Diego), 19711972, 1980–present
(Houston)
dagger
Los Angeles Clippers Pacific Los Angeles
San Diego
1978–present Eastern Conference
Los Angeles Lakers Pacific Los Angeles
Minneapolis
1948-1960
(Minneapolis), 1960–present
(Los Angeles)
dagger
Memphis Grizzlies Southwest Memphis, Tennessee
Vancouver
19952001
(Vancouver) 2001–present
(Memphis)
dagger
Minnesota Timberwolves Northwest Minneapolis 1989–present dagger
New Orleans Pelicans Southwest New Orleans
New Orleans
New Orleans and Oklahoma City[a]
20022005; 2007–present
(New Orleans)

2005-2007
(Oklahoma City)

Eastern Conference
Oklahoma City Thunder Northwest Oklahoma City
Seattle
19672008
(Seattle)
2008–present
(Oklahoma City)
dagger
Phoenix Suns Pacific Phoenix, Arizona 1968–present dagger
Portland Trail Blazers Northwest Portland, Oregon 1970–present dagger
Sacramento Kings Pacific Sacramento, California
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri and Omaha, Nebraska
Cincinnati
Rochester, New York
1948-1957
(Rhochester); 19571972
(Cincinnati); 1972-1975
(Kansas City-Omaha); 1975-1985
(Kansas City); 1985–present
(Sacramento)
dagger
San Antonio Spurs Southwest San Antonio, Texas 1980–present Eastern Conference
Utah Jazz Northwest Salt Lake City, Utah
New Orleans
19741979
(New Orleans);
1979–present
(Salt Lake City)
Eastern Conference

Former teams[edit]

Team City Year From Year To Current conference
Joined Left
Anderson Packers Anderson, Indiana 1949 dagger 1950 defunct defunct
Tri-Cities Blackhawks (19491951)
Milwaukee Hawks (19511955)
St. Louis Hawks (19551968)
Atlanta Hawks (1968–present)
Moline, Illinois
Milwaukee
St. Louis, Missouri
Atlanta
1949 —* 1970 Eastern Conference Eastern Conference
Baltimore Bullets Baltimore 1947 dagger 1948 Eastern Division defunct
Charlotte Hornets Charlotte, North Carolina 1989 Eastern Conference 1990 Eastern Conference Eastern Conference
Chicago Bulls Chicago 1966 dagger 1980 Eastern Conference Eastern Conference
Chicago Packers (1961–1962)
Chicago Zephyrs (1962–1963)
Baltimore Bullets (19621973)
Chicago
Baltimore
1961 dagger 1966 Eastern Division Eastern Conference
(as Washington Wizards)
Chicago Stags Chicago 1946 1949 Central Division defunct
Cleveland Rebels Cleveland, Ohio 1946 1947 defunct defunct
Denver Nuggets Denver, Colorado 1949 —* 1950 defunct defunct
Detroit Falcons Detroit 1946 1947 defunct defunct
Fort Wayne Pistons (19481957)
Detroit Pistons (1957–present)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Detroit
1948
1950
1970
—*
Central Division
Eastern Division
1949
1967
1978
Central Division
Eastern Division
Eastern Conference
Eastern Conference
Indiana Pacers Indianapolis 1976 ABAdouble-dagger 1979 Eastern Conference Eastern Conference
Indianapolis Jets Indianapolis 1948 —* 1949 defunct defunct
Indianapolis Olympians Indianapolis 1949 dagger 1953 defunct defunct
Miami Heat Miami 1988 dagger 1989 Eastern Conference Eastern Conference
Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee 1970 Eastern Conference 1980 Eastern Conference Eastern Conference
Orlando Magic Orlando, Florida 1990 Eastern Conference 1991 Eastern Conference Eastern Conference
Pittsburgh Ironmen Pittsburgh 1946 1947 defunct defunct
Sheboygan Red Skins Sheboygan, Wisconsin 1949 —* 1950 defunct defunct
St. Louis Bombers St. Louis, Missouri 1946 1949 Central Division defunct
Washington Capitols Washington, D.C. 1947 dagger 1948 Eastern Division defunct
Waterloo Hawks Waterloo, Iowa 1949 —* 1950 defunct defunct
Notes

Team timeline[edit]

Denotes team that currently in the conference
Denotes team that has left the conference
New Orleans Pelicans Memphis Grizzlies Orlando Magic Charlotte Hornets (NBA) Minnesota Timberwolves Miami Heat San Antonio Spurs Dallas Mavericks Utah Jazz Los Angeles Clippers Denver Nuggets Indiana Pacers Portland Trail Blazers Milwaukee Bucks Phoenix Suns Seattle SuperSonics Houston Rockets Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors Washington Wizards Atlanta Hawks Denver Nuggets (original) Indianapolis Olympians Waterloo Hawks Sheboygan Red Skins Anderson Packers Sacramento Kings Los Angeles Lakers Detroit Pistons Indianapolis Jets Washington Capitols Baltimore Bullets (1944–1954) St. Louis Bombers (NBA) Chicago Stags Pittsburgh Ironmen Detroit Falcons (basketball) Cleveland Rebels

Conference champions[edit]

Western Conference was named Western Division until 1970
Bold Winning team of the BAA Finals or NBA Finals
^ Had or tied for the best regular season record for that season
Season Team Record Playoffs result
1946–47 Chicago Stags 39–22 (.639) Lost BAA Finals 1-4
1947–48 Baltimore Bullets 28–20 (.583) Won BAA Finals 4-2
1948–49 Minneapolis Lakers 44–16 (.733) Won BAA Finals 4-2
1949–50 Anderson Packers[b] 37–27 (.578) Lost NBA Semifinals 0–2
1950–51 Rochester Royals 41–27 (.603) Won NBA Finals 4-3
1951–52 Minneapolis Lakers 40–26 (.606) Won NBA Finals 4-3
1952–53 Minneapolis Lakers^ 48–22 (.686) Won NBA Finals 4-1
1953–54 Minneapolis Lakers^ 46–26 (.639) Won NBA Finals 4-3
1954–55 Fort Wayne Pistons^ 43–29 (.597) Lost NBA Finals 3-4
1955–56 Fort Wayne Pistons 37–35 (.514) Lost NBA Finals 1-4
1956–57 St. Louis Hawks 34–38 Lost NBA Finals 3-4
1957–58 St. Louis Hawks 41–31 Won NBA Finals 4-2
1958–59 Minneapolis Lakers 49–23 Lost NBA Finals 0-4
1959–60 St. Louis Hawks 41–31 Lost NBA Finals 3-4
1960–61 St. Louis Hawks 51–28 Lost NBA Finals 1-4
1961–62 Los Angeles Lakers 54–26 Lost NBA Finals 3-4
1962–63 Los Angeles Lakers 53–27 Lost NBA Finals 2-4
1963–64 San Francisco Warriors 48–32 Lost NBA Finals 1-4
1964–65 Los Angeles Lakers 49–31 Lost NBA Finals 1-4
1965–66 Los Angeles Lakers 45–35 Lost NBA Finals 3-4
1966–67 San Francisco Warriors 44–37 Lost NBA Finals 2-4
1967–68 Los Angeles Lakers 52–30 Lost NBA Finals 2-4
1968–69 Los Angeles Lakers 55–27 Lost NBA Finals 3-4
1969–70 Los Angeles Lakers 46–36 Lost NBA Finals 3-4
1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks^ 66–16 Won NBA Finals 4-0
1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers^ 69–13 Won NBA Finals 4-1
1972–73 Los Angeles Lakers 60–22 Lost NBA Finals 1-4
1973–74 Milwaukee Bucks^ 59–23 Lost NBA Finals 3-4
1974–75 Golden State Warriors 59–23 Won NBA Finals 4-0
1975–76 Phoenix Suns 52–30 Lost NBA Finals 2-4
1976–77 Portland Trail Blazers 49–33 Won NBA Finals 4-2
1977–78 Seattle SuperSonics 46–36 Lost NBA Finals 3-4
1978–79 Seattle SuperSonics 52–30 Won NBA Finals 4-1
1979–80 Los Angeles Lakers 52–30 Won NBA Finals 4-2
1980–81 Houston Rockets 40–42 Lost NBA Finals 2-4
1981–82 Los Angeles Lakers 57–25 Won NBA Finals 4-2
1982–83 Los Angeles Lakers 58–24 Lost NBA Finals 0-4
1983–84 Los Angeles Lakers 54–28 Lost NBA Finals 3-4
1984–85 Los Angeles Lakers 62–20 Won NBA Finals 4-2
1985–86 Houston Rockets 51–31 Lost NBA Finals 2-4
1986–87 Los Angeles Lakers^ 65–17 Won NBA Finals 4-2
1987–88 Los Angeles Lakers^ 62–20 Won NBA Finals 4-3
1988–89 Los Angeles Lakers 57–25 Lost NBA Finals 0-4
1989–90 Portland Trail Blazers 59–23 Lost NBA Finals 1-4
1990–91 Los Angeles Lakers 58–24 Lost NBA Finals 1-4
1991–92 Portland Trail Blazers 57–25 Lost NBA Finals 2-4
1992–93 Phoenix Suns^ 62–20 Lost NBA Finals 2-4
1993–94 Houston Rockets 58–24 Won NBA Finals 4-3
1994–95 Houston Rockets 47–35 Won NBA Finals 4-0
1995–96 Seattle SuperSonics 64–18 Lost NBA Finals 2-4
1996–97 Utah Jazz 64–18 Lost NBA Finals 2-4
1997–98 Utah Jazz^ 62–20 Lost NBA Finals 2-4
1998–99 San Antonio Spurs^ 37–13 Won NBA Finals 4-1
1999–00 Los Angeles Lakers^ 67–15 Won NBA Finals 4-2
2000–01 Los Angeles Lakers 56–26 Won NBA Finals 4-1
2001–02 Los Angeles Lakers 58–24 Won NBA Finals 4-0
2002–03 San Antonio Spurs^ 60–22 Won NBA Finals 4-2
2003–04 Los Angeles Lakers 56–26 Lost NBA Finals 1-4
2004–05 San Antonio Spurs 59–23 Won NBA Finals 4-3
2005–06 Dallas Mavericks 60–22 Lost NBA Finals 2-4
2006–07 San Antonio Spurs 58–24 Won NBA Finals 4-0
2007–08 Los Angeles Lakers 57–25 Lost NBA Finals 2-4
2008–09 Los Angeles Lakers 65–17 Won NBA Finals 4-1
2009–10 Los Angeles Lakers 57–25 Won NBA Finals, 4–3
2010–11 Dallas Mavericks 57–25 Won NBA Finals, 4–2
2011–12 Oklahoma City Thunder 47–19 Lost NBA Finals, 1–4
2012–13 San Antonio Spurs 58–24 Lost NBA Finals, 3–4
2013–14 San Antonio Spurs^ 62–20 Won NBA Finals, 4–1
2014–15 Golden State Warriors^ 67–15 Won NBA Finals, 4–2[1]
2015–16 Golden State Warriors^ 73–9 Lost NBA Finals, 3–4

List of Western Conference teams with the most conference championships[edit]

Season results[edit]

^ 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
Season Team (record)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th
  • 1946: The Western Division was formed with five inaugural members.
1946–47 Chicago+
(39–22)
St. Louis*
(38–23)
Cleveland*
(30–30)
Detroit
(20–40)
Pittsburgh
(15–45)
1947–48 St. Louis*
(29–19)
Baltimore^
(28–20)
Chicago*
(28–20)
Washington*
(28–20)
1948–49 Rochester*
(45–15)
Minneapolis^
(44–16)
Chicago*
(38–22)
St. Louis*
(29–31)
Fort Wayne
(22–38)
Indianapolis
(18–42)
1949–50 Indianapolis*
(39–25)
Anderson*
(37–27)
Tri-Cities*
(29–35)
Sheboygan*
(22–40)
Waterloo
(19–43)
Denver
(11–51)
1950–51 Minneapolis*
(44–24)
Rochester^
(41–27)
Fort Wayne*
(32–36)
Indianapolis*
(31–37)
Tri-Cities
(25–43)
1951–52 Rochester*
(41–25)
Minneapolis^
(40–26)
Indianapolis*
(34–32)
Fort Wayne*
(29–37)
Milwaukee
(17–49)
1952–53 Minneapolis^
(48–22)
Rochester*
(44–26)
Fort Wayne*
(36–33)
Indianapolis*
(28–43)
Milwaukee
(27–44)
1953–54 Minneapolis^
(46–26)
Rochester*
(44–28)
Fort Wayne*
(40–32)
Milwaukee
(21–51)
1954–55 Fort Wayne+
(43–29)
Minneapolis*
(40–32)
Rochester*
(29–43)
Milwaukee
(26–46)
1955–56 Fort Wayne+
(37–35)
Minneapolis*
(33–39)
Milwaukee*
(33–39)
Rochester
(31–41)
1956–57 St. Louis+
(34–38)
Minneapolis*
(34–38)
Fort Wayne*
(34–38)
Rochester
(31–41)
1957–58 St. Louis^
(41–31)
Detroit*
(33–39)
Cincinnati*
(33–39)
Minneapolis
(19–53)
1958–59 St. Louis^
(49–23)
Minneapolis+
(33–39)
Detroit*
(28–44)
Cincinnati
(19–53)
1959–60 St. Louis+
(41–31)
Detroit*
(30–45)
Minneapolis*
(25–50)
Cincinnati
(19–56)
1960–61 St. Louis+
(51–28)
Los Angeles*
(36–43)
Detroit*
(34–45)
Cincinnati
(33–46)
1961–62 Los Angeles+
(54–26)
Cincinnati*
(43–37)
Detroit*
(37–43)
St. Louis
(29–51)
Chicago
(18–62)
1962–63 Los Angeles+
(53–27)
St. Louis*
(48–32)
Detroit*
(34–46)
San Francisco
(31–49)
Chicago
(25–55)
1963–64 San Francisco+
(48–32)
St. Louis*
(46–34)
Los Angeles*
(42–38)
Baltimore
(31–49)
Detroit
(23–57)
1964–65 Los Angeles+
(49–31)
St. Louis*
(45–35)
Baltimore*
(37–43)
Detroit
(31–49)
San Francisco
(17–63)
1965–66 Los Angeles+
(45–35)
St. Louis*
(38–42)
Baltimore*
(36–44)
San Francisco
(35–45)
Detroit
(22–58)
1966–67 San Francisco+
(44–37)
St. Louis*
(39–42)
Los Angeles*
(36–45)
Chicago*
(33–48)
Detroit
(30–51)
1967–68 St. Louis*
(56–26)
Los Angeles+
(52–30)
San Francisco*
(43–39)
Chicago*
(29–53)
Seattle
(23–59)
San Diego
(15–67)
1968–69 Los Angeles+
(55–27)
Atlanta*
(48–34)
San Francisco*
(41–41)
San Diego*
(37–45)
Chicago
(33–49)
Seattle
(30–52)
Phoenix
(16–66)
1969–70 Atlanta*
(48–34)
Los Angeles+
(46–36)
Phoenix*
(39–43)
Chicago*
(39–43)
Seattle
(36–46)
San Francisco
(30–52)
San Diego
(27–55)
The Western Division became the Western Conference.
1970–71 Milwaukee^
(66–16)
Los Angeles*
(48–34)
Chicago*
(51–31)
San Francisco*
(41–41)
Phoenix
(48–34)
Detroit
(45–37)
San Diego
(40–42)
Seattle
(38–44)
Portland
(29–53)
1971–72 Los Angeles^
(69–13)
Milwaukee*
(63–19)
Chicago*
(57–25)
Golden State*
(51–31)
Phoenix
(49–33)
Seattle
(47–35)
Houston
(34–48)
Detroit
(26–56)
Portland
(18–64)
1972–73 Milwaukee*
(60–22)
Los Angeles+
(60–22)
Chicago*
(51–31)
Golden State*
(47–35)
Detroit
(40–42)
Phoenix
(38–44)
Kansas City
-Omaha
(36–46)
Seattle
(26–56)
Portland
(21–61)
1973–74 Milwaukee+
(59–23)
Los Angeles*
(47–35)
Chicago*
(54–28)
Detroit*
(52–30)
Golden State
(44–38)
Seattle
(36–46)
Kansas City
-Omaha
(33–49)
Phoenix
(30–52)
Portland
(27–55)
1974–75 Golden State^
(48–34)
Chicago*
(47–35)
Kansas City
-Omaha
* (44–38)
Seattle*
(43–39)
Detroit*
(40–42)
Portland
(38–44)
Milwaukee
(38–44)
Phoenix
(32–50)
Los Angeles
(30–52)
1975–76 Golden State*
(59–23)
Milwaukee*
(47–35)
Seattle*
(54–28)
Phoenix+
(52–30)
Detroit*
(44–38)
Los Angeles
(36–46)
Portland
(33–49)
Kansas City
(30–52)
Chicago
(27–55)
1976–77 Los Angeles*
(53–29)
Denver*
(50–32)
Portland^
(49–33)
Golden State*
(46–36)
Detroit*
(44–38)
Chicago*
(44–38)
Seattle
(40–42)
Kansas City
(40–42)
Indiana
(36–46)
Phoenix
(34–48)
Milwaukee
(30–52)
1977–78 Portland*
(58-24)
Denver*
(50–32)
Phoenix*
(49–33)
Seattle+
(46–36)
Los Angeles*
(44–38)
Milwaukee*
(44–38)
Golden State
(40–42)
Chicago
(40–42)
Detroit
(36–46)
Kansas City
(34–48)
Indiana
(30–52)
1978–79 Seattle^
(52–30)
Kansas City*
(48–34)
Phoenix*
(50–32)
Denver*
(47–35)
Los Angeles*
(47–35)
Portland*
(45–37)
San Diego
(43–39)
Milwaukee
(38–44)
Golden State
(38–44)
Indiana
(38–44)
Chicago
(31–51)
1979–80 Los Angeles^
(52–30)
Milwaukee*
(48–34)
Seattle*
(50–32)
Phoenix*
(47–35)
Kansas City*
(47–35)
Portland*
(45–37)
San Diego
(43–39)
Denver
(38–44)
Golden State
(38–44)
Chicago
(38–44)
Utah
(31–51)
1980–81 Phoenix*
(57–25)
San Antonio*
(52–30)
Los Angeles*
(54–28)
Portland*
(45–37)
Kansas City*
(40–42)
Houston+
(40–42)
Golden State
(39–43)
Denver
(37–45)
San Diego
(36–46)
Seattle
(34–48)
Utah
(28–54)
Dallas
(15–67)
1981–82 Los Angeles^
(57–25)
San Antonio*
(48–34)
Seattle*
(52–30)
Denver*
(46–36)
Phoenix*
(46–36)
Houston*
(46–36)
Golden State
(45–37)
Portland
(42–40)
Kansas City
(30–52)
Dallas
(28–54)
Utah
(25–57)
San Diego
(17–65)
1982–83 Los Angeles+
(58–24)
San Antonio*
(53–29)
Phoenix*
(53–29)
Seattle*
(48–34)
Portland*
(46–36)
Denver*
(46–37)
Kansas City
(46–37)
Dallas
(38–44)
Golden State
(30–52)
Utah
(30–52)
San Diego
(25–57)
Houston
(14–68)
1983–84 Los Angeles+
(54–28)
Utah*
(45–37)
Portland*
(48–34)
Dallas*
(43–39)
Seattle*
(42–40)
Phoenix*
(41–41)
Denver*
(38–44)
Kansas City*
(38–44)
Golden State
(37–45)
San Antonio
(37–45)
San Diego
(30–52)
Houston
(29–53)
1984–85 L.A. Lakers^
(62–20)
Denver*
(52–30)
Houston*
(48–34)
Dallas*
(44–38)
Portland*
(42–40)
Utah*
(41–41)
San Antonio*
(41–41)
Phoenix*
(36–46)
Kansas City
(31–51)
Seattle
(31–51)
L.A. Clippers
(31–51)
Golden State
(22–60)
1985–86 L.A. Lakers*
(62–20)
Houston+
(51–31)
Denver*
(47–35)
Dallas*
(44–38)
Utah*
(42–40)
Portland*
(40–42)
Sacramento*
(37–45)
San Antonio*
(35–47)
Phoenix
(32–50)
L.A. Clippers
(32–50)
Seattle
(31–51)
Golden State
(30–52)
1986–87 L.A. Lakers^
(65–17)
Dallas*
(55–27)
Portland*
(49–33)
Utah*
(44–38)
Golden State*
(42–40)
Houston*
(42–40)
Seattle*
(39–43)
Denver*
(37–45)
Phoenix
(36–46)
Sacramento
(29–53)
San Antonio
(28–54)
L.A. Clippers
(12–70)
1987–88 L.A. Lakers^
(62–20)
Denver*
(54–28)
Dallas*
(53–29)
Portland*
(53–29)
Utah*
(47–35)
Houston*
(46–36)
Seattle*
(44–38)
San Antonio*
(31–51)
Phoenix
(28–54)
Sacramento
(24–58)
Golden State
(20–62)
L.A. Clippers
(17–65)
1988–89 L.A. Lakers+
(57–25)
Utah*
(51–31)
Phoenix*
(55–27)
Seattle*
(47–35)
Houston*
(45–37)
Denver*
(44–38)
Golden State*
(43–39)
Portland*
(39–43)
Dallas
(38–44)
Sacramento
(27–55)
L.A. Clippers
(21–61)
San Antonio
(21–61)
Miami
(15–67)
1989–90 L.A. Lakers*
(63–19)
San Antonio*
(56–26)
Portland+
(59–23)
Utah*
(55–27)
Phoenix*
(54–28)
Dallas*
(47–35)
Denver*
(43–39)
Houston*
(41–41)
Seattle
(41–41)
Golden State
(37–45)
L.A. Clippers
(30–52)
Sacramento
(23–59)
Minnesota
(22–60)
Charlotte
(19–63)
1990–91 Portland*
(63–19)
San Antonio*
(55–27)
L.A. Lakers+
(58–24)
Phoenix*
(55–27)
Utah*
(54–28)
Houston*
(52–30)
Golden State*
(44–38)
Seattle*
(41–41)
Orlando
(31–51)
L.A. Clippers
(32–51)
Minnesota
(29–53)
Dallas
(28–54)
Sacramento
(25–57)
Denver
(20–62)
1991–92 Portland+
(57–25)
Utah*
(55–27)
Golden State*
(55–27)
Phoenix*
(53–29)
San Antonio*
(47–35)
Seattle*
(47–35)
L.A. Clippers*
(45–37)
L.A. Lakers*
(43–39)
Houston
(42–40)
Sacramento
(29–53)
Denver
(24–58)
Dallas
(22–60)
Minnesota
(15–67)
1992–93 Phoenix+
(62–20)
Houston*
(55–27)
Seattle*
(55–27)
Portland*
(51–31)
San Antonio*
(49–33)
Utah*
(47–35)
L.A. Clippers*
(41–41)
L.A. Lakers*
(39–43)
Denver
(36–46)
Golden State
(34–48)
Sacramento
(25–57)
Minnesota
(19–63)
Dallas
(11–71)
1993–94 Seattle*
(63–19)
Houston^
(58–24)
Phoenix*
(56–26)
San Antonio*
(55–27)
Utah*
(53–39)
Golden State*
(50–32)
Portland*
(47–35)
Denver*
(42–40)
L.A. Lakers
(33–49)
Sacramento
(28–54)
L.A. Clippers
(27–55)
Minnesota
(20–62)
Dallas
(13–69)
1994–95 San Antonio*
(62–20)
Phoenix*
(59–23)
Utah*
(60–22)
Seattle*
(57–25)
L.A. Lakers*
(48–34)
Houston^
(47–35)
Portland*
(44–38)
Denver*
(41–41)
Sacramento
(39–43)
Dallas
(36–46)
Golden State
(26–56)
Minnesota
(21–61)
L.A. Clippers
(17–65)
1995–96 Seattle+
(64–18)
San Antonio*
(59–23)
Utah*
(55–27)
L.A. Lakers*
(53–29)
Houston*
(48–34)
Portland*
(44–38)
Phoenix*
(41–41)
Sacramento*
(39–43)
Golden State
(36–46)
Denver
(35–47)
L.A. Clippers
(29–53)
Minnesota
(26–56)
Dallas
(26–56)
Vancouver
(15–67)
1996–97 Utah+
(64–18)
Seattle*
(57–25)
Houston*
(57–25)
L.A. Lakers*
(56–26)
Portland*
(49–33)
Minnesota*
(40–42)
Phoenix*
(40–42)
L.A. Clippers*
(36–46)
Sacramento
(34–48)
Golden State
(30–52)
Dallas
(24–58)
Denver
(21–61)
San Antonio
(20–62)
Vancouver
(14–68)
1997–98 Utah+
(62–20)
Seattle*
(61–21)
L.A. Lakers*
(61–21)
Phoenix*
(56–26)
San Antonio*
(56–26)
Portland*
(46–36)
Minnesota*
(45–37)
Houston*
(41–41)
Sacramento
(27–55)
Dallas
(20–62)
Vancouver
(19–63)
Golden State
(19–63)
L.A. Clippers
(17–65)
Denver
(11–71)
1998–99 San Antonio^
(37–13)
Utah*
(37–13)
Portland*
(35–15)
L.A. Lakers*
(31–19)
Houston*
(31–19)
Phoenix*
(27–23)
Sacramento*
(27–23)
Minnesota*
(25–25)
Seattle
(25–25)
Golden State
(21–29)
Dallas
(19–31)
Denver
(14–36)
L.A. Clippers
(9–41)
Vancouver
(8–42)
1999–00 L.A. Lakers^
(67–15)
Utah*
(55–27)
Portland*
(59–23)
San Antonio*
(53–29)
Phoenix*
(53–29)
Minnesota*
(50–32)
Seattle*
(45–37)
Sacramento*
(44–38)
Dallas
(40–42)
Denver
(35–47)
Houston
(34–48)
Vancouver
(22–60)
Golden State
(19–63)
L.A. Clippers
(15–67)
2000–01 San Antonio*
(58–24)
L.A. Lakers^
(56–26)
Sacramento*
(55–27)
Utah*
(53–29)
Dallas*
(53–29)
Phoenix*
(53–29)
Portland*
(50–32)
Minnesota*
(47–35)
Houston
(45–37)
Seattle
(44–38)
Denver
(40–42)
L.A. Clippers
(31–51)
Vancouver
(23–59)
Golden State
(17–65)
2001–02 Sacramento*
(61–21)
San Antonio*
(58–24)
L.A. Lakers^
(56–26)
Dallas*
(53–29)
Minnesota*
(53–29)
Portland*
(53–29)
Seattle*
(50–32)
Utah*
(47–35)
L.A. Clippers
(45–37)
Phoenix
(44–38)
Houston
(40–42)
Denver
(31–51)
Memphis
(23–59)
Golden State
(17–65)
2002–03 San Antonio^
(60–22)
Sacramento*
(59–23)
Dallas*
(60–22)
Minnesota*
(51–31)
L.A. Lakers*
(50–32)
Portland*
(50–32)
Utah*
(47–35)
Phoenix*
(44–38)
Houston
(43–39)
Seattle
(40–42)
Golden State
(38–44)
Memphis
(28–54)
L.A. Clippers
(27–55)
Denver
(17–65)
2003–04 Minnesota*
(58–24)
L.A. Lakers+
(56–26)
San Antonio*
(57–25)
Sacramento*
(55–27)
Dallas*
(52–30)
Memphis*
(50–32)
Houston*
(45–37)
Denver*
(43–39)
Utah
(42–40)
Portland
(41–41)
Golden State
(37–45)
Seattle
(37–45)
Phoenix
(29–53)
L.A. Clippers
(28–54)
2004–05 Phoenix*
(62–20)
San Antonio^
(59–23)
Seattle*
(52–30)
Dallas*
(58–24)
Houston*
(51–31)
Sacramento*
(50–32)
Denver*
(49–33)
Memphis*
(45–37)
Minnesota
(44–38)
L.A. Clippers
(37–45)
L.A. Lakers
(34–48)
Golden State
(34–48)
Portland
(27–55)
Utah
(26–56)
New Orleans
(18–64)
2005–06 San Antonio*
(63–19)
Phoenix*
(54–28)
Denver*
(44–38)
Dallas+
(60–22)
Memphis*
(49–33)
L.A. Clippers*
(47–35)
L.A. Lakers*
(45–37)
Sacramento*
(44–38)
Utah
(41–41)
New Orleans/
Oklahoma City
[a]
(38–44)
Seattle
(35–47)
Houston
(34–48)
Golden State
(34–48)
Minnesota
(33–49)
Portland
(21–61)
2006–07 Dallas*
(67–15)
Phoenix*
(61–21)
San Antonio^
(58–24)
Utah*
(58–24)
Houston*
(52–30)
Denver*
(45–37)
L.A. Lakers*
(42–40)
Golden State*
(42–40)
L.A. Clippers
(40–42)
New Orleans/
Oklahoma City
[a]
(39–43)
Sacramento
(33–49)
Portland
(32–50)
Minnesota
(32–50)
Seattle
(31–51)
Memphis
(22–60)
2007–08 L.A. Lakers+
(57–25)
New Orleans*
(56–26)
San Antonio*
(56–26)
Utah*
(54–28)
Houston*
(55–27)
Phoenix*
(55–27)
Dallas*
(51–31)
Denver*
(50–32)
Golden State
(48–34)
Portland
(41–41)
Sacramento
(38–44)
L.A. Clippers
(23–59)
Memphis
(22–60)
Minnesota
(22–60)
Seattle
(20–62)
2008–09 L.A. Lakers^
(65–17)
Denver*
(54–28)
San Antonio*
(54–28)
Portland*
(54–28)
Houston*
(53–29)
Dallas*
(50–32)
New Orleans*
(49–33)
Utah*
(48–34)
Phoenix
(46–36)
Golden State
(29–53)
Minnesota
(24–58)
Memphis
(24–58)
Oklahoma City
(23–59)
L.A. Clippers
(19–63)
Sacramento
(17–65)
2009–10 L.A. Lakers^
(57–25)
Dallas*
(55–27)
Phoenix*
(54–28)
Denver*
(53–29)
Utah*
(53–29)
Portland*
(50–32)
San Antonio*
(50–32)
Oklahoma City*
(50–32)
Houston
(42–40)
Memphis
(40–42)
New Orleans
(37–45)
L.A. Clippers
(29–53)
Golden State
(26–56)
Sacramento
(25–57)
Minnesota
(15–67)
2010–11 San Antonio*
(61–21)
L.A. Lakers*
(57–25)
Dallas^
(57–25)
Oklahoma City*
(55–27)
Denver*
(50–32)
Portland*
(48–34)
New Orleans*
(46–36)
Memphis*
(46–36)
Houston
(43–39)
Phoenix
(40–42)
Utah
(39–43)
Golden State
(36–46)
L.A. Clippers
(32–50)
Sacramento
(24–58)
Minnesota
(17–65)
2011–12 San Antonio*
(50–16)
Oklahoma City+
(47–19)
L.A. Lakers*
(41–25)
Memphis*
(41–25)
L.A. Clippers*
(40–26)
Denver*
(38–28)
Dallas*
(36–30)
Utah*
(36–30)
Houston
(34–32)
Phoenix
(33–33)
Portland
(28–38)
Minnesota
(26–40)
Golden State
(23–43)
Sacramento
(22–44)
New Orleans
(21–45)
2012–13 Oklahoma City*
(60–22)
San Antonio+
(58–24)
Denver*
(57–25)
L.A. Clippers*
(56–26)
Memphis*
(56–26)
Golden State*
(47–35)
L.A. Lakers*
(45–37)
Houston*
(45–37)
Utah
(43–39)
Dallas
(41–41)
Portland
(33–49)
Minnesota
(31–51)
Sacramento
(28–54)
New Orleans
(27–55)
Phoenix
(25–57)
2013–14 San Antonio^
(62–20)
Oklahoma City*
(59–23)
L.A. Clippers*
(57–25)
Houston*
(54–28)
Portland*
(54–28)
Golden State*
(51–31)
Memphis*
(50–32)
Dallas*
(49–33)
Phoenix
(48–34)
Minnesota
(40–42)
Denver
(36–46)
New Orleans
(34–48)
Sacramento
(28–54)
L.A. Lakers
(27–55)
Utah
(25–57)
2014–15 Golden State^
(67–15)
Houston*
(56–26)
L.A. Clippers*
(56–26)
Portland*
(51–31)
Memphis*
(55–27)
San Antonio*
(55–27)
Dallas*
(50–32)
New Orleans*
(45–37)
Oklahoma City
(45–37)
Phoenix
(39–43)
Utah
(38–44)
Denver
(30–52)
Sacramento
(29–53)
L.A. Lakers
(21–61)
Minnesota
(16–66)
2015–16 Golden State+
(73–9)
San Antonio*
(67–15)
Oklahoma City*
(55–27)
L.A. Clippers*
(53–29)
Portland*
(44–38)
Dallas*
(42–40)
Memphis*
(42–40)
Houston*
(41–41)
Utah
(40–42)
Sacramento
(33–49)
Denver
(33–49)
New Orleans
(30–52)
Minnesota
(29–53)
Phoenix
(23–59)
L.A. Lakers
(17–65)

Notes[edit]

  • 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 For the 1949–50 season only, the NBA had three different conferences (called divisions at the time), resulting in three different conference champions. The Anderson Packers of the Western Division had to play the Minneapolis Lakers of the Central Division in a best-of-three series in the NBA semifinals, with the Lakers winning 2–0 and advancing to the 1950 NBA Finals to take on the Eastern Division champion Syracuse Nationals.

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