The NBA originated in 1946 with 11 teams, and through a sequence of team expansions, reductions and relocations currently consists of 30 teams.
What were the original 8 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 first have 30 teams?
Modern expansion: 1988 to 2004
The league expanded to 30 with the present Charlotte Hornets in 2004, initially as the Charlotte Bobcats.