NBA Basketball History:
In 1946 The Basketball Association of America (BAA) is comprised of 11 teams in two divisions: Boston Celtics, Chicago Stags, Cleveland Rebels, Detroit Falcons, New York Knickerbockers, Philadelphia Warriors, and Pittsburgh Iron men, Providence Steamrollers, St Louis Bombers, Toronto and Washington Capitols
In 1947 Baltimore Bullets join the BAA; four teams drop out: Cleveland Rebels, Detroit Falcons, Pittsburgh Iron men and Toronto Huskies (8-teams, 2 divisions).
In 1948 four teams from the more established National Basketball League (NBL) are added to the BAA: Ft Wayne Pistons, Indianapolis Jets, Minneapolis Lakers and Rochester Royals (12-teams, 2 divisions).
In 1949 The six remaining NBL franchises—Anderson (IN) Packers, Denver Nuggets, Indianapolis Olympians, Sheboygan (WI) Redskins, Syracuse Nationals, Tri-Cities Blackhawk’s and Waterloo (IA) Hawks—join along with the new Indianapolis Olympians; the BAA becomes the National Basketball Association; Providence Steamrollers and Indianapolis Jets drop out (17-teams, 3 divisions).
In 1950 six teams drop out: Anderson Packers, Chicago Stags, Denver Nuggets, Sheboygan Redskins, St Louis Bombers and Waterloo Hawks
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In 1951 Tri-Cities Blackhawk’s, who divided home games between Moline and Rock Island (IL), and Davenport (IA) move to Milwaukee and become the Hawks. Washington Capitols disband before end of in 1950-51 seasons.
In 1953 Indianapolis Olympians drop out.
In 1954 Baltimore Bullets drop out.
In 1955 Milwaukee Hawks move to St Louis
In 1957 Ft Wayne Pistons move to Detroit; Rochester Royals move to Cincinnati.
In 1960 Minneapolis Lakers move to Los Angeles
In 1961 Chicago Packers join the NBA as an expansion team.
In 1962 Chicago Packers renamed Zephyrs; Philadelphia Warriors move to San Francisco.
In 1963 Chicago Zephyrs move to Baltimore and become Bullets; Syracuse Nationals move to Philadelphia and become 76ers.
In 1966 Chicago Bulls join league as an expansion team (10 teams, 2 divisions)
In 1967 San Diego Rockets and Seattle Supersonics join league as an expansion teams (12 teams, 2 divisions).
In 1968 Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns join league as an expansion teams (14 teams, 2 divisions). St Louis Hawks move to Atlanta.
In 1970 Buffalo Braves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trail Blazers join league as an expansion teams (17 teams, 4 divisions).
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In 1971 San Diego Rockets move to Houston; San Francisco Warriors move to Oakland and become Golden State Warriors
In 1972 Cincinnati Royals move to The Midwest, divide home games between Kansas City (MO) and Omaha (NE), and become Kings
In 1973 Baltimore Bullets move to Landover (MD) and become Capital Bullets
In 1974 New Orleans Jazz join league as an expansion team. Capital Bullets renamed Washington Bullets.
In 1975 KC-Omaha Kings settle in Kansas City
In 1976 four teams from the ABA merge with the NBA: Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and San Antonio Spurs.
In 1977 New York Nets move from Uniondale (NY) to Piscataway (NJ) (later East Rutherford) and become New Jersey Nets
In 1978 Buffalo braves move to San Diego and become Clippers
In 1979 New Orleans Jazz move to Salt Lake City and become Utah Jazz.
In 1980 Dallas Mavericks join the NBA as an expansion team.
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In 1984 San Diego Clippers move to Los Angeles
In 1985 Kansas City Kings move to Sacramento
In 1988 Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat join the NBA as an expansion teams.
In 1989 Minnesota Timber wolves and Orlando Magic join the NBA as an expansion teams.
In 1995 Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies join the NBA as an expansion teams.
In 1997 Washington Bullets become Washington Wizards.