Frequent question: How many teams were there in the NBA in 1946?

On June 6, 1946, the BAA or the Basketball Association of America was born and 11 franchises comprised the new professional basketball league: Boston, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington formed the East Division and Cleveland, Detroit, Toronto, Chicago and St. Louis the West Division.

How many NBA teams were there in 1947?

In addition, the Toronto Huskies also folded following the season, making a total of four teams folding before the BAA’s second season.

1946–47 BAA season.

1946-47 BAA [NBA] Season
Duration November 1, 1946 – March 31, 1947 April 2–14, 1947 (Playoffs) April 16–22, 1947 (Finals)
Number of games 60
Number of teams 11

What were the original 11 NBA teams?

The original 11 teams were the Boston Celtics, Providence Steamrollers, New York Knickerbockers, Philadelphia Warriors, Pittsburgh Ironmen, and Washington Capitols were the East Division and Cleveland Rebels, Detroit Falcons, Toronto Huskies, Chicago Stags and St. Louis Bombers were the West Division.

When did the NBA expand to 30 teams?

Modern expansion: 1988 to 2004

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The league expanded to 30 with the present Charlotte Hornets in 2004, initially as the Charlotte Bobcats.

How many NBA teams were there in the 50s and 60s?

The NBA went from an unwieldy 17-team league to a more manageable 11 teams in two divisions, with Minneapolis, Rochester and Fort Wayne reverting to the Western Division.

How many NBA teams were there in 1948?

The NBA recognizes the three BAA seasons as part of its own history, sometimes without comment, so the 1948–49 BAA season is sometimes considered the third NBA season.

1948–49 BAA season
Number of teams 12
Top draft pick Andy Tonkovich
Picked by Providence Steamrollers

Who was the best NBA player in 1946?

All-NBA first team: Max Zaslofsky (Chicago Stags), Bob Feerick (Washington Capitols), Joe Fulks (Philadelphia Warriors), Bones McKinney (Washington Capitols), Stan Miasek (Detroit Falcons).


PLAYER Bob Feerick
FG 6.62/16.51
(%) 40.1
3P –/–

Who were the original 8 NBA teams?

The original 11 teams were: Boston Celtics, Chicago Stags, Cleveland Rebels*, Detroit Falcons*, New York Knickerbockers, Philadelphia Warriors, Pittsburgh Ironmen*, Providence Steamrollers, St Louis Bombers, Toronto Huskies* and Washington Capitols. * these 4 teams dropped out after one season.

Who was the very first NBA team?

On November 1, 1946, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, in a game the NBA now refers to as the first game played in NBA history.

How many teams did Bill Russel play for in the NBA?

Russell played in an era where there were fewer NBA teams—about 10. While some may argue that each team had more concentrated talent, the level of talent does not compare to that of today’s game.

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When was the first ever NBA Finals?

In 1944, Kurland and the Aggies were playing at Temple. When the ball fell under the basket Oklahoma A&M was attacking, Kurland picked it up, followed his instincts, and became the first player to dunk.

Who is the newest NBA player?

The youngest active player in the NBA is San Antonio Spurs guard Joshua Primo, the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft, who is currently 18 years old and was born on December 24, 2002.