Posted on July 12 2019
Are you an avid basketball fan? If so, you probably have a favorite NBA team. Though your favorite doesn't have to be one of the top NBA teams, we’re going to take a look at just who the top NBA teams really are.
If your team isn't included here, cheer louder! Maybe they'll get the hint. Then, they can be on the next list of “The Top NBA Teams”.
The History of Basketball
In Springfield, Massachusetts, the first game of basketball, in its earliest stages, was played in 1892 with nine players on each team.
A mere 13 rules regulated the reimagined game back in 1931 when James Naismith invented the actual sport more closely resembling what we know today. He called this new indoor game "basketball". Balls were thrown into fruit baskets nailed to the railing of the gym, and rather than a basketball, a soccer ball sufficed.
Now on to the favorite teams…
Eastern Conference – Toronto Raptors
In 1995, The Raptors were established. They had a record of 21- 61 in their first season. From 1999 to 2002, however, they improved and ended up with a 45 - 37 record in 1999. Unfortunately, they've not won a championship thus far… But their fans love them.
Star player: Active from 1998 to 2004, Vince Carter holds this position.
Western Conference – Dallas Mavericks
Established in 1980, “The Mavs” actually got their name from "Maverick", the famous TV series. The name was chosen via postcards that had been sent out to the public for the purpose of voting. After winning their first game 103 - 92 against the Spurs, they eventually lost their first season, thanks to key players being injured.
Star player: With the Mavericks since 1998, and still playing, Dirk Nowitzki holds this spot.
Western Conference – San Antonio Spurs
Originally founded in 1967, the Spurs joined the NBA in 1976. They have a high winning percentage, ranking third in active franchises. Only four times have they lost in the playoffs.
Star player: Active from 1989 to 2003, David Robinson has this honor.
Western Conference – Phoenix Suns
The only Western Conference team not based in California, the Suns were established in 1968. Even though they have never won an NBA championship, based on their overall win-loss percentage, they are the most winning franchise.
Star player: Active from 1988 to 1998, and again in 2000, Kevin Johnson not only holds this honor, but is now the current mayor of Sacramento.
Eastern Conference – Miami Heat
The Miami Heat, in the first eight seasons, reached the playoffs only twice after being established in 1988. Since then, however, they've done exceptionally well. After the Lakers, The Heat had the second-longest winning streak at 27 consecutive games.
Star player: From 2005 2008, and earlier from 1995 2002, the Miami Heat had the pleasure of playing Alonzo Mourning at center.
Eastern Conference – Chicago Bulls
Dick Klein, back in 1966, founded the Bulls. As far as team owners go, he's the only one to ever have actually played the sport! As a way to market the team’s unity, during the playoffs, black shoes are traditionally worn by the Bulls.
Star player: Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. Enough said.
Other NBA Teams Included in The List of Favorites
Here are the rest of the NBA teams that are considered favorites:
- Houston Rockets
- Los Angeles Lakers
- New York Knicks
- Boston Celtics
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