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National Basketball Association
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National Basketball Association

NBA redirects here, as it's the most common usage of the abbreviation; for more uses, see NBA (disambiguation).

The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. Many of the world's best players play in the NBA, and the overall standard of the competition is considerably higher than any other professional competition.

The NBA was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946 as the Basketball Association of America. It adopted the name National Basketball Association in the fall of 1949 after adding several teams from the rival National Basketball League.

On November 17,2003 the NBA announced that the 2004-2005 season would be realigned as the following:
Eastern Conference:
Atlantic Division Boston Celtics New Jersey Nets New York Knicks Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors
Central Division Chicago Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons Indiana Pacers Milwaukee Bucks
Southeast Division Atlanta Hawks Charlotte Bobcats Miami Heat Orlando Magic Washington Wizards
Western Conference:
Northwest Division Denver Nuggets Minnesota Timberwolves Portland Trail Blazers Utah Jazz Seattle SuperSonics
Pacific Division Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Lakers Phoenix Suns Sacramento Kings
Southwest Division Dallas Mavericks Houston Rockets Memphis Grizzlies New Orleans Hornets San Antonio Spurs

Table of contents
1 List of NBA Champions
2 Defunct NBA Teams
3 NBA Presidents and Commissioners
4 Players
5 See also
6 External Links

List of NBA Champions

Defunct NBA Teams

NBA Presidents and Commissioners

Players

See also

External Links