History of Active NBA Teams Moving and Being Renamed

History of Active NBA Teams Moving and Being Renamed

Bobcats | Bucks | Bulls | Cavaliers | Celtics | Clippers | Grizzlies | Hawks | Heat | Hornets | Jazz | Kings | Knickerbockers | Lakers | Magic | Mavericks | Nets | Nuggets | Pacers | Pistons | Raptors | Rockets | 76ers | Spurs | Suns | Thunder | Timberwolves | Trail Blazers | Warriors | Wizards

Bobcats

Years Name League
2004- Charlotte Bobcats NBA

Bucks

Years Name League
1968- Milwaukee Bucks NBA

Bulls

Year Name League
1966- Chicago Bulls NBA

Cavaliers

Year Name League
1970- Cleveland Cavaliers NBA

Celtics

Year Name League
1946- Boston Celtics NBA

Clippers

Year Name League
1970-1978 Buffalo Braves NBA
1978-1984 San Diego Clippers NBA
1984- Los Angeles Clippers NBA

Grizzlies

Years Name League
1995-2001 Vancouver Grizzlies NBA
2001- Memphis Grizzlies NBA

Hawks

Year Name League
1949-1951 Tri-Cities Blackhawks NBA
1951-1955 Milwaukee Hawks NBA
1955-1968 Saint Louis Hawks NBA
1968- Atlanta Hawks NBA

Heat

Year Name League
1988- Miami Heat NBA

Hornets

Year Name League
1988-2002 Charlotte Hornets NBA
2002- New Orleans Hornets NBA

Jazz

Year Name League
1974-1979 New Orleans Jazz NBA
1979- Utah Jazz NBA

Kings

Year Name League
1948-1957 Rochester Royals NBA
1957-1972 Cincinnati Royals NBA
1972-1975 Kansas City/Omaha Kings NBA
1975-1985 Kansas City Kings NBA
1985- Sacramento Kings NBA

Knickerbockers

Years Name League
1946- New York Knickerbockers (or "Knicks") NBA

Lakers

Year Name League
1948-1960 Minneapolis Lakers NBA
1960- Los Angeles Lakers NBA

Magic

Year Name League
1989- Orlando Magic NBA

Mavericks

Year Name League
1980- Dallas Mavericks NBA

Nets

Year Name League
1967-1968 New Jersey Americans ABA
1968-1976 New York Nets ABA
1976-1977 New York Nets NBA
1977- New Jersey Nets NBA

Nuggets (II, see notes)

Year Name League
1967-1974 Denver Rockets ABA
1974-1976 Denver Nuggets ABA
1976- Denver Nuggets NBA

Pacers

Years Name League
1967-1976 Indiana Pacers ABA
1976- Indiana Pacers NBA

Pistons

Year Name League
1948-1957 Fort Wayne Pistons NBA
1957- Detroit Pistons NBA

Raptors

Year Name League
1995- Toronto Raptors NBA

Rockets

Year Name League
1967-1971 San Diego Rockets NBA
1971- Houston Rockets NBA

76ers

Year Name League
1949-1963 Syracuse Nationals NBA
1963- Philadelphia 76ers NBA

Spurs

Year Name League
1967-1970 Dallas Chaparrals ABA
1970-1971 Texas Chaparrals ABA
1971-1973 Dallas Chaparrals ABA
1973-1976 San Antonio Spurs ABA
1976- San Antonio Spurs NBA

Suns

Years Name League
1968- Phoenix Suns NBA

Thunder

Year Name League
1967-2008 Seattle Supersonics NBA
2008- Oklahoma City Thunder NBA

Timberwolves

Year Name League
1989- Minnesota Timberwolves NBA

Trail Blazers

Year Name League
1970- Portland Trail Blazers NBA

Warriors

Year Name League
1946-1962 Philadelphia Warriors NBA
1962-1971 San Francisco Warriors NBA
1971- Golden State Warriors NBA

Wizards

Year Name League
1961-1962 Chicago Packers NBA
1962-1963 Chicago Zephyrs NBA
1963-1973 Baltimore Bullets (II, see notes) NBA
1973-1974 Capital Bullets NBA
1974-1997 Washington Bullets NBA
1997- Washington Wizards NBA
Legend:
ABA:   American Basketball Association
NBA:   National Basketball Association

Notes:
Baltimore Bullets (I) played 1947-1955 and was disbanded November 27, 1955.
Denver Nuggets (I) played 1949-1950

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