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basketball team in a huddle The game of basketball was born in a school gym in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The weather was bad, children were bored, and a teacher hung two peach baskets on either side of a room and invited children to shoot a ball into it.  How far we've come since then!

By the 1920s, there were hundreds of men's professional basketball teams in cities and towns.  Leagues came and went, and players switched loyalties like the wind.  Early teams included the Original Celtics, New York Renaissance Five, and the Harlem Globetrotters.

In the 1920s the sport was popular with women as well, and one well-known player was Babe Didriksen.  Teams such as the Golden Cyclones and All American Red Heads sprung up throughout the United States.

In 1946 the Basketball Association of America was formed, and that same year the first game was played in Toronto between the Toronto Huskies and the New York Knickerbockers.  In 1949 the organization officially became the National Basketball Association (NBA), which today is still the top professional league in the world.

In 1997 women came back on the scene with the formation of the WNBA.  In 2001 the NBA formed a developmental league called the NBDL, which currently has 15 teams.

Today the NBA has a total of 30 teams separated into five sections — Atlantic, Central, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest, and Pacific.


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NBA Basketball Teams:

  1. Atlanta Hawks
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Charlotte Bobcats
  4. Chicago Bulls
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers
  6. Dallas Mavericks
  7. Denver Nuggets
  8. Detroit Pistons
  9. Golden State Warriors
  10. Houston Rockets
  11. Indiana Pacers
  12. Los Angeles Clippers
  13. Los Angeles Lakers
  14. Memphis Grizzlies
  15. Miami Heat
  16. Milwaukee Bucks
  17. Minnesota Timberwolves
  18. New Jersey Nets
  19. New Orleans Hornets
  20. New York Knicks
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder
  22. Orlando Magic
  23. Philadelphia Sixers
  24. Phoenix Suns
  25. Portland Blazers
  26. Sacramento Kings
  27. San Antonio Spurs
  28. Toronto Raptors
  29. Utah Jazz
  30. Washington Wizards

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