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The other major route for players to get to the NBA is through the league-run NBA Gatorade League ([[ProductPlacement corporately rebranded]] from the NBA Development League from 2017–18), known as the G League for short. It has 22 teams in the most recent 2016–17 season, with more on the way. Players are usually undrafted free agents or players previously cut from NBA teams. Such players are usually role players or backups. The G League fills the same role that the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association filled, and the rules for signing players from the G League to 10-day contracts (as fill-ins; they can be renewed once, after which the NBA team must either sign the player for the rest of the season or release them) are near-identical. The big difference is the G League is owned by the NBA, and teams can actually assign up players with less than three years experience to their affiliated G League team outright. Starting in 2017–18, NBA teams are allowed to sign two players to so-called "two-way contracts", allowing them to move the players freely between the NBA and G League without risk of losing rights to them. (Under current rules, which will not change for the bulk of G League players, any NBA team can call up any D-League player, regardless of affiliation.) Players under two-way contracts do not count against the NBA team's roster limit, and will also receive a higher salary while in the G League than other players.

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The other major route for players to get to the NBA is through the league-run NBA Gatorade League ([[ProductPlacement corporately rebranded]] from the NBA Development League from 2017–18), known as the G League for short. It has 22 teams in the most recent 2016–17 season, with more on the way. Players are usually undrafted free agents or players previously cut from NBA teams. Such players are usually role players or backups. The G League fills the same role that the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association filled, and the rules for signing players from the G League to 10-day contracts (as fill-ins; they can be renewed once, after which the NBA team must either sign the player for the rest of the season or release them) are near-identical. The big difference is the G League is owned by the NBA, and teams can actually assign up players with less than three years experience to their affiliated G League team outright. Starting in 2017–18, NBA teams are allowed to sign two players to so-called "two-way contracts", allowing them to move the players freely between the NBA and G League without risk of losing rights to them. (Under current rules, which will not change for the bulk of G League players, any NBA team can call up any D-League G League player, regardless of affiliation.) Players under two-way contracts do not count against the NBA team's roster limit, and will also receive a higher salary while in the G League than other players.
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The other major route for players to get to the NBA is through the league-run NBA Development League (to be [[ProductPlacement corporately rebranded]] as the NBA Gatorade League from 2017–18), known as the D-League (or G League) for short. It has 22 teams in the most recent 2016–17 season, with more on the way. Players are usually undrafted free agents or players previously cut from NBA teams. Such players are usually role players or backups. The D-League fills the same role that the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association filled, and the rules for signing players from the D-League to 10-day contracts (as fill-ins; they can be renewed once, after which the NBA team must either sign the player for the rest of the season or release them) are near-identical. The big difference is the D-League is owned by the NBA, and teams can actually assign up players with less than three years experience to their affiliated D-League team outright. Starting in 2017–18, NBA teams will be allowed to sign two players to so-called "two-way contracts", allowing them to move the players freely between the NBA and D-League without risk of losing rights to them. (Under current rules, which will not change for the bulk of D-League players, any NBA team can call up any D-League player, regardless of affiliation.) Players under two-way contracts do not count against the NBA team's roster limit, and will also receive a higher salary while in the D-League than other players.

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The other major route for players to get to the NBA is through the league-run NBA Development Gatorade League (to be [[ProductPlacement ([[ProductPlacement corporately rebranded]] as from the NBA Gatorade Development League from 2017–18), known as the D-League (or G League) League for short. It has 22 teams in the most recent 2016–17 season, with more on the way. Players are usually undrafted free agents or players previously cut from NBA teams. Such players are usually role players or backups. The D-League G League fills the same role that the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association filled, and the rules for signing players from the D-League G League to 10-day contracts (as fill-ins; they can be renewed once, after which the NBA team must either sign the player for the rest of the season or release them) are near-identical. The big difference is the D-League G League is owned by the NBA, and teams can actually assign up players with less than three years experience to their affiliated D-League G League team outright. Starting in 2017–18, NBA teams will be are allowed to sign two players to so-called "two-way contracts", allowing them to move the players freely between the NBA and D-League G League without risk of losing rights to them. (Under current rules, which will not change for the bulk of D-League G League players, any NBA team can call up any D-League player, regardless of affiliation.) Players under two-way contracts do not count against the NBA team's roster limit, and will also receive a higher salary while in the D-League G League than other players.



* The '''Philadelphia 76ers''' are one of the more historic teams in the NBA. Dating back to 1946 as the Syracuse Nationals, the Sixers have called Philadelphia home since 1963. The franchise won three titles in their history[[note]] 1955 as the Nationals and 1967 and 1983 as the 76ers. [[/note]] and have logged nine total trips to the NBA Finals. They have also had some of the greatest players in NBA history play for them, including UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson. They are also currently going through perhaps the most extreme rebuilding process the NBA has ever seen in hopes of building a more sustained winning franchise like the Spurs or the Mavericks, with [[DorkAge three seasons featuring]] [[TheChewToy extended losing streaks and fewer than 20 victories]], while also sending away most competitive players in exchange for draft picks, notoriously known as "The Process." The [[HopeSpot saving grace]] from all this is that they got a bunch of early draft picks thanks to the equally mismanaged Sacramento Kings.

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* The '''Philadelphia 76ers''' are one of the more historic teams in the NBA. Dating back to 1946 as the Syracuse Nationals, the Sixers have called Philadelphia home since 1963. The franchise won three titles in their history[[note]] 1955 as the Nationals and 1967 and 1983 as the 76ers. [[/note]] and have logged nine total trips to the NBA Finals. They have also had some of the greatest players in NBA history play for them, including UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson. They are also currently going through perhaps the most extreme rebuilding process the NBA has ever seen in hopes of building a more sustained winning franchise like the Spurs or the Mavericks, with [[DorkAge three seasons featuring]] [[TheChewToy extended losing streaks and fewer than 20 victories]], while also sending away most competitive players in exchange for draft picks, notoriously known as "The Process." Process". The [[HopeSpot saving grace]] from all this is that they got a bunch of early draft picks thanks to the equally mismanaged Sacramento Kings.



* The '''Phoenix Suns''' date back to 1968, and are the former team of Charles Barkley in the early 90s, and Steve Nash for much of the 2000s. They have been involved in many benchmark moments in NBA history, including what many consider the greatest NBA game ever played, Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals where the Suns lost to Boston 128-126 in triple overtime.The 2000s saw the Suns led by Steve Nash who powered the Suns to the top of the standings with a [[GlassCannon high octane offense]]. Despite everything, the Suns successes have almost always [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut flamed out in some fashion or another]] and the franchise have never won a championship.

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* The '''Phoenix Suns''' date back to 1968, and are the former team of Charles Barkley in the early 90s, and Steve Nash for much of the 2000s. They have been involved in many benchmark moments in NBA history, including what many consider the greatest NBA game ever played, Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals where the Suns lost to Boston 128-126 in triple overtime.The 2000s saw the Suns led by Steve Nash who powered the Suns to the top of the standings with a [[GlassCannon high octane offense]]. Despite everything, the Suns successes have almost always [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut flamed out in some fashion or another]] and the franchise have has never won a championship.



* The '''Memphis Grizzlies''' are one of the youngest teams in the league and actually began life in [[CanadaEh Vancouver.]] After six seasons of some REALLY bad basketball in Canada [[note]] The Vancouver Grizzlies compiled an all-time winning percentage of .220 by the time they moved south [[/note]], the Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2001. They've shown improvement in their time in Memphis, but have never experienced big time success in the playoffs, only logging one trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2013. The Grizzlies were led by Pau Gasol in the mid 2000s before he was traded to the Lakers in a deal that saw Memphis acquire Pau's kid brother, Marc Gasol, who has emerged as one of the best big men in the NBA today. Currently known for their [[StoneWall defensive style of play]], and for giving the most expensive NBA contract... to Michael Conley.
* The '''New Orleans Pelicans''', formerly the New Orleans Hornets, were the de facto original incarnation of the Charlotte Hornets who moved to New Orleans in 2002 [[note]]A deal struck with the current Charlotte Hornets has officially deemed the Pelicans as though they have never been the Charlotte Hornets, having been founded in 2002 instead of 1988 (the year the Charlotte Hornets was founded.)[[/note]]. They've been fairly consistent in their history - occasionally very bad, occasionally very good, but mostly in the middle of the pack. Point Guard Chris Paul led the team to their first divisional title in 2008, but they've slipped back into mediocrity since then. Through 2012 and 2013, the team gained a new owner, a new name and drafted Anthony Davis into their team, making the Pelicans one of the more exciting young teams in the league. Interestingly, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the Hornets played home games in Oklahoma City for two years, making them the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for two seasons. The Seattle [=SuperSonics=]' owner took note of the team's strong reception there, and eventually moved the team out of Seattle, renaming them the Thunder.

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* The '''Memphis Grizzlies''' are one of the youngest teams in the league and actually began life in [[CanadaEh Vancouver.]] After six seasons of some REALLY bad basketball in Canada [[note]] The Vancouver Grizzlies compiled an all-time winning percentage of .220 by the time they moved south [[/note]], the Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2001. They've shown improvement in their time in Memphis, but have never experienced big time success in the playoffs, only logging one trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2013. The Grizzlies were led by Pau Gasol in the mid 2000s before he was traded to the Lakers in a deal that saw Memphis acquire Pau's kid brother, Marc Gasol, who has emerged as one of the best big men in the NBA today. Currently known for their [[StoneWall defensive style of play]], and for giving what was then the most expensive NBA contract... to Michael Mike Conley.
* The '''New Orleans Pelicans''', formerly the New Orleans Hornets, were the de facto original incarnation of the Charlotte Hornets who moved to New Orleans in 2002 [[note]]A deal struck with the current Charlotte Hornets has officially deemed the Pelicans as though they have never been the Charlotte Hornets, having been founded in 2002 instead of 1988 (the year the Charlotte Hornets was founded.)[[/note]].were founded).[[/note]]. They've been fairly consistent in their history - occasionally very bad, occasionally very good, but mostly in the middle of the pack. Point Guard Chris Paul led the team to their first divisional title in 2008, but they've slipped back into mediocrity since then. Through 2012 and 2013, the team gained a new owner, a new name and drafted Anthony Davis into their team, making the Pelicans one of the more exciting young teams in the league. Interestingly, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the Hornets played home games in Oklahoma City for two years, making them the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for two seasons. The Seattle [=SuperSonics=]' owner took note of the team's strong reception there, and eventually moved the team out of Seattle, renaming them the Thunder.



* The original '''Baltimore Bullets''' ('''1944-1954''') are currently the only dead NBA team to end up winning an NBA Finals championship. Baltimore began as an ABL[[note]]the American Basketball League team that once won a championship ''there'' against the Philadelphia Sphas (who are now known as [[ButtMonkey the Washington Generals]]) before moving to the BAA in 1947-48, where they had their best success as a team. They are also the only ABL team to move to the NBA. Afterwards, the team had unfortunate luck, making it to the playoffs twice before folding after 14 games with a record of 3-11 into the 1954-55 season. Also, they shouldn't be confused with the Baltimore Bullets team that are now the Washington Wizards.

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* The original '''Baltimore Bullets''' ('''1944-1954''') are currently the only dead NBA team to end up winning an NBA Finals championship. Baltimore began as an ABL[[note]]the American Basketball League team that once won a championship ''there'' against the Philadelphia Sphas (who are now known as later became [[ButtMonkey the Washington Generals]]) before moving to the BAA in 1947-48, where they had their best success as a team. They are also the only ABL team to move to the NBA. Afterwards, the team had unfortunate luck, making it to the playoffs twice before folding after 14 games with a record of 3-11 into the 1954-55 season. Also, they shouldn't be confused with the Baltimore Bullets team that are now the Washington Wizards.



[[folder:G-League]]
The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League [or simply D-League] from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G-League teams to be independently owned and affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis with the major leaguers owning virtually all the minors. Most G-League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G-League assignments and call ups easier. As of June 2017, only the Nuggets and Trail Blazers currently do not have their own G-League affiliate, while the Pelicans and Wizards are planning to launch their own G-League franchises for the 2018–19 season.

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[[folder:G League]]
The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G-League G League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League [or simply D-League] from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G-League G League teams to be independently owned and affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis with the major leaguers owning virtually all the minors. Most G-League G League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G-League G League assignments and call ups easier. As of June 2017, only the Nuggets and Trail Blazers currently do not have their own G-League G League affiliate, while the Pelicans and Wizards are planning to launch their own G-League G League franchises for the 2018–19 season.



* '''Paul Pierce''' was the captain of the Boston Celtics until he and Kevin Garnett (below) were traded to the Brooklyn Nets after the 2012–13 season when the Celtics decided they couldn't win a title and blew up their roster. Pierce spent one season in Brooklyn before moving on to the Washington Wizards, and then to the LA Clippers. Noted for his late-game heroics and versatile LightningBruiser credentials. He took the Celtics to a championship against Kobe's Lakers in 2008; a rematch was made in 2010, where Kobe won instead. He won the 2008 Finals MVP, he's TheRival to [=LeBron=] James and he's the second-leading scorer in Celtics history, right behind Havlicek. Not even Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy or Kevin [=McHale=] can lay claim to that feat. He's also rather cocky - after winning in a 2012 playoff game against the Hawks, Pierce briefly celebrated by [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Tebow]][[PersonAsVerb ing]] on the court. Moreover, he once said "[[BadassBoast I'm the best player]]. There's a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don't cross that line, but I have a lot of confidence in myself." At a late night dance club in Boston's theatre district, Pierce was [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill stabbed 11 times in the face, neck and back, and had a bottle smashed over his head]]; eyewitnesses claim that he was attempting to separate the fighters when he was stabbed. Tony Battie, Pierce's teammate at the time, along with Battie’s brother, saved him by rushing him to a nearby hospital after the near-fatal stabbing. He had to undergo lung surgery to repair the damage. Nevertheless, Pierce was [[HandicappedBadass the only Celtic to start all 82 games in the 2000–01 season]]. One particular CrowningMomentOfFunny involves [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QbpV-K4PU0&lc=Ht26n5qwe8l7h8-6zi-y2W3XrexiVnz88lMk35lxk6o&feature=inbox a teammate trying to hug him as he runs along the court like a fairy]]. Pierce announced that the 2016–17 season would be his last, after which he planned to sign a ceremonial contract to retire as a Celtic.

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* '''Paul Pierce''' was the captain of the Boston Celtics until he and Kevin Garnett (below) were traded to the Brooklyn Nets after the 2012–13 season when the Celtics decided they couldn't win a title and blew up their roster. Pierce spent one season in Brooklyn before moving on to the Washington Wizards, and then to the LA Clippers. Noted for his late-game heroics and versatile LightningBruiser credentials. He took the Celtics to a championship against Kobe's Lakers in 2008; a rematch was made in 2010, where Kobe won instead. He won the 2008 Finals MVP, he's TheRival to [=LeBron=] James and he's the second-leading scorer in Celtics history, right behind Havlicek. Not even Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy or Kevin [=McHale=] can lay claim to that feat. He's also rather cocky - after winning in a 2012 playoff game against the Hawks, Pierce briefly celebrated by [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Tebow]][[PersonAsVerb ing]] on the court. Moreover, he once said "[[BadassBoast I'm the best player]]. There's a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don't cross that line, but I have a lot of confidence in myself." At a late night dance club in Boston's theatre district, Pierce was [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill stabbed 11 times in the face, neck and back, and had a bottle smashed over his head]]; eyewitnesses claim that he was attempting to separate the fighters when he was stabbed. Tony Battie, Pierce's teammate at the time, along with Battie’s brother, saved him by rushing him to a nearby hospital after the near-fatal stabbing. He had to undergo lung surgery to repair the damage. Nevertheless, Pierce was [[HandicappedBadass the only Celtic to start all 82 games in the 2000–01 season]]. One particular CrowningMomentOfFunny involves [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QbpV-K4PU0&lc=Ht26n5qwe8l7h8-6zi-y2W3XrexiVnz88lMk35lxk6o&feature=inbox a teammate trying to hug him as he runs along the court like a fairy]]. Pierce announced that the 2016–17 season would be his last, after which he planned to sign and during the 2017 offseason signed a ceremonial contract to so he could officially retire as a Celtic.



* '''Dražen Petrović''' was a shooting guard from Croatia and a tragic example of WhatCouldHaveBeen - a prolific scorer in Europe and in the NBA, his life and career were sadly cut short by a car accident in 1993. He is widely considered to be the most talented European player ever seen, being nicknamed ''Basketball's Mozart'', and is undoubtedly one of the best sharpshooters who ever played in the NBA. Before playing in the NBA, he utterly dominated the European basketball scene, notably scoring 62 points in European Cup finals in 1989[[note]](since 2001, the single-game scoring record in the European Cup's successor, the Euroleague, is 41)[[/note]]. He once scored ''112'' points[[note]]40/60 FG, 10/20 3P, 22/22 FT[[/note]] in a Yugoslavian League game when he was 20 years old.

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* '''Dražen Petrović''' was a shooting guard from Croatia and a tragic example of WhatCouldHaveBeen - a prolific scorer in Europe and in the NBA, his life and career were sadly cut short by a car accident in 1993. He is widely considered to be the most talented European player ever seen, being nicknamed ''Basketball's Mozart'', and is undoubtedly one of the best sharpshooters who ever played in the NBA. Before playing in the NBA, he utterly dominated the European basketball scene, notably scoring 62 points in European Cup finals in 1989[[note]](since 2001, the single-game scoring record in the European Cup's successor, the Euroleague, [=EuroLeague=], is 41)[[/note]]. He once scored ''112'' points[[note]]40/60 FG, 10/20 3P, 22/22 FT[[/note]] in a Yugoslavian League game when he was 20 years old.



*** His four sons with Hale's daughter Pam—Scooter, Jon, Brent, and Drew—all played professionally, and only Scooter didn't play in the NBA. Jon and Brent both played 14 seasons, and Drew played in three. Brent was the most accomplished of the four, winning the 1996 Slam Dunk crown and two NBA titles with the Spurs. This made Rick and Brent the first father-and-son duo with NBA rings, later joined by the Waltons (Bill and Luke) and Thompsons (Mychal and Klay). Although Scooter didn't make it to the NBA, he had the longest professional career (17 years), and won NCAA, CBA, and Belgian league titles.

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*** His four sons with Hale's daughter Pam—Scooter, Jon, Brent, and Drew—all played professionally, and only Scooter didn't play in the NBA. Jon and Brent both played 14 seasons, seasons in the league, and Drew played in three. Brent was the most accomplished of the four, winning the 1996 Slam Dunk crown and two NBA titles with the Spurs. This made Rick and Brent the first second father-and-son duo with NBA rings, rings after Matt Guokas Sr. and Jr., later joined by the Waltons (Bill and Luke) and Thompsons (Mychal and Klay). Although Scooter didn't make it to the NBA, he had the longest professional career (17 years), and won NCAA, CBA, and Belgian league titles.



* '''Dwyane Wade''' is a shooting guard who played his entire career with the Heat before joining the Bulls, his hometown team, in the 2016 offseason. Selected fifth overall during the 2003 NBA draft, instantly propelling the Heat into the playoffs, but he was often overshadowed by Carmelo and [=LeBron=]. On the other hand, Wade was the first to deliver a championship to the team that drafted him (unless you count Darko Milicic, but he barely did anything). He was the 2006 Finals MVP for averaging ''34 points'' in the final four games versus the Dallas Mavericks. Since then, he's been one of Miami's best players; in 2009, he led the league in scoring and even placed second in MVP voting, behind only to [=LeBron=] himself. Recognized as one of the premier veterans of the NBA, Wade was easily considered the face of the Miami Heat (being its official captain certainly didn't hurt), despite publicly endorsing [=LeBron=] as the leader during the latter's four years in Miami. His tendency to receive injuries is a constant concern, however, and the looming threat of old age (he turned 35 during the most recent 2016–17 season) is creeping along his way, but he can still score in double-digits. He's also one of the few sports players [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROP7U9Er-bE&feature=related who detailed]] his DarkAndTroubledPast, and he admits that he pretty much went through hell during the 2012 playoffs (almost lost his kids, had his knee drained and so forth). He's lauded for his determination and heart as a player, even though it leads to him having a HairTriggerTemper on the court.

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* '''Dwyane Wade''' is a shooting guard who played his entire career with the Heat before joining the Bulls, his hometown team, in the 2016 offseason. Selected fifth overall during the 2003 NBA draft, instantly propelling the Heat into the playoffs, but he was often overshadowed by Carmelo and [=LeBron=]. On the other hand, Wade was the first to deliver a championship to the team that drafted him (unless you count Darko Milicic, Miličić, but he barely did anything). He was the 2006 Finals MVP for averaging ''34 points'' in the final four games versus the Dallas Mavericks. Since then, he's been one of Miami's best players; in 2009, he led the league in scoring and even placed second in MVP voting, behind only to [=LeBron=] himself. Recognized as one of the premier veterans of the NBA, Wade was easily considered the face of the Miami Heat (being its official captain certainly didn't hurt), despite publicly endorsing [=LeBron=] as the leader during the latter's four years in Miami. His tendency to receive injuries is a constant concern, however, and the looming threat of old age (he turned 35 during the most recent 2016–17 season) is creeping along his way, but he can still score in double-digits. He's also one of the few sports players [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROP7U9Er-bE&feature=related who detailed]] his DarkAndTroubledPast, and he admits that he pretty much went through hell during the 2012 playoffs (almost lost his kids, had his knee drained and so forth). He's lauded for his determination and heart as a player, even though it leads to him having a HairTriggerTemper on the court.



** During his early career with the Heat, Bosh was often viewed as little more than "That Third Guy" (the Big 2 and a half, it was once called), due to people considering him to be "soft". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmz5Y2zonUY&feature=related Even the media treated him that way]]. It took straining an abdominal during the 2012 playoffs versus Indiana that people ''finally'' started recognizing how important Bosh was to the Heat. He would later return for the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals versus Boston and the NBA Finals with the Thunder. Sadly, it now looks more and more like his career is over, as he was found to have a blood-clot disorder during the 2015–16 season and hasn't played since. After an NBA doctor deemed Bosh's condition career-ending in 2017, the Heat released him in the offseason, retiring his number in the process.

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** During his early career with the Heat, Bosh was often viewed as little more than "That Third Guy" (the Big 2 and a half, it was once called), due to people considering him to be "soft". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmz5Y2zonUY&feature=related Even the media treated him that way]]. It took straining an abdominal during the 2012 playoffs versus Indiana that people ''finally'' started recognizing how important Bosh was to the Heat. He would later return for the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals versus Boston and the NBA Finals with the Thunder. Sadly, it now looks more and more like his career is over, as he was found to have a blood-clot disorder during the 2015–16 season and hasn't played since. After an NBA doctor deemed Bosh's condition career-ending in 2017, the Heat released him in the offseason, retiring his number #1 jersey in the process.
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* The '''New Orleans Pelicans''', formerly the New Orleans Hornets, were the de facto original incarnation of the Charlotte Hornets who moved to New Orleans in 2002 [[note]]A deal struck with the current Charlotte Hornets has officially deemed the Pelicans as though they have never been the Charlotte Hornets, having been founded in 2002 instead of 1988 (the year the Charlotte Hornets was founded.)[[/note]]. They've been fairly consistent in their history - occasionally very bad, occasionally very good, but mostly in the middle of the pack. Point Guard Chris Paul led the team to their first divisional title in 2008, but they've slipped back into mediocrity since then. Through 2012 and 2013, the team gained a new owner, a new name and drafted Anthony Davis into their team, making the Pelicans one of the more exciting young teams in the league. Interestingly, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the Hornets played home games in Oklahoma City for two years, making them the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for two seasons. The Seattle [=SuperSonics=]' owner took note of the team's strong reception there, leading us to...

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* The '''New Orleans Pelicans''', formerly the New Orleans Hornets, were the de facto original incarnation of the Charlotte Hornets who moved to New Orleans in 2002 [[note]]A deal struck with the current Charlotte Hornets has officially deemed the Pelicans as though they have never been the Charlotte Hornets, having been founded in 2002 instead of 1988 (the year the Charlotte Hornets was founded.)[[/note]]. They've been fairly consistent in their history - occasionally very bad, occasionally very good, but mostly in the middle of the pack. Point Guard Chris Paul led the team to their first divisional title in 2008, but they've slipped back into mediocrity since then. Through 2012 and 2013, the team gained a new owner, a new name and drafted Anthony Davis into their team, making the Pelicans one of the more exciting young teams in the league. Interestingly, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the Hornets played home games in Oklahoma City for two years, making them the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for two seasons. The Seattle [=SuperSonics=]' owner took note of the team's strong reception there, leading us to...and eventually moved the team out of Seattle, renaming them the Thunder.
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! The teams
[[folder:Eastern Conference]]
* The '''Atlanta Hawks''' have been around for as long as the NBA has. Founded in 1946 as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks [[note]] Moline, Ilinois; Rock Island, Illinois; and Davenport, Iowa (East Moline, Illinois eventually joined in to make it the Quad Cities, and still later Bettendorf, Iowa joined the group, making "Quad Cities" an ArtifactTitle)[[/note]], the franchise was moved to Milwaukee in 1951, and to St. Louis in 1955, before landing in Atlanta in 1968. Historically, the franchise has not had a successful track record, having won only one championship, won in 1958 back in St. Louis. In more modern terms, the Hawks can be recognized from their teams from the [[TheEighties '80s]], led by Slam Dunk Contest champions Spud Webb and Dominique Wilkins. Nowadays, the Hawks have emerged from mediocrity to become one of the more solid teams in the Eastern Conference. From 2004 through 2015, also noted for a circus of discord among its ownership group, featuring numerous lawsuits (with [[WeAREStrugglingTogether some owners even suing each other]]), that finally ended with the team's sale.

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* The '''Atlanta Hawks''' have been around for as long as the NBA has. Founded in 1946 as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks [[note]] Moline, Ilinois; Rock Island, Illinois; and Davenport, Iowa (East Moline, Illinois eventually joined in to make it the Quad Cities, and still later Bettendorf, Iowa joined the group, making "Quad Cities" an ArtifactTitle)[[/note]], the franchise was moved to Milwaukee in 1951, and to St. Louis in 1955, before landing in Atlanta in 1968. Historically, the franchise has not had a successful track record, having won only one championship, won in 1958 back in St. Louis. In more modern terms, the Hawks can be recognized from their teams from the [[TheEighties '80s]], led by Slam Dunk Contest champions Spud Webb and Dominique Wilkins. Nowadays, the Hawks have emerged from mediocrity to become one of the more solid teams in the
Eastern Conference. From 2004 through 2015, also noted for a circus of discord among its ownership group, featuring numerous lawsuits (with [[WeAREStrugglingTogether some owners even suing each other]]), that finally ended with the team's sale.Conference
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* The '''Charlotte Hornets''' have an... [[ContinuitySnarl interesting history]]. The original Charlotte Hornets were founded in 1988 and were one of the most exciting and popular teams of the 90s. However, falling attendance, uninspired play and a souring relationship between the fans and the owner prompted the Hornets to move to New Orleans. In the aftermath of the Hornets move, the NBA awarded Charlotte an expansion team for the 2004-05 season, giving the league an even 30 teams. So the Charlotte Bobcats were born. In their 10 seasons as the Bobcats, they only made the playoffs twice and [[ButtMonkey became known for]] [[JokeCharacter some really bad basketball]][[note]] The strike shortened 2011-12 season saw the Bobcats log the worst winning percentage in NBA history![[/note]]. In 2013, the New Orleans Hornets renamed themselves the Pelicans, thus opening the door for the Bobcats to "return" the Hornets back to Charlotte. In addition, by agreement with the NBA and the Pelicans, the team also [[RetCon regained the rights to the history and records of the original Charlotte Hornets.]] Oh yeah. The team is owned by Michael Jordan. Speaking of which...
* The '''Chicago Bulls''' are the team of the 90s, and remain one of the [[WolverinePublicity NBA's most popular teams]]. Led by UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan and Scottie Pippen, the Bulls won six championships playing some of the greatest basketball the NBA has ever seen [[note]]The 1995-96 Bulls went 72-10, a record until the 2015–16 Warriors came along, en route to their fourth title[[/note]]. Interestingly, the Bulls date back to 1966 and had seen barely any success outside of the Jordan years. More recently, the Bulls have struggled to rise back to the top of the Eastern Conference and have flirted in and out being a top contender, but the Bulls have not returned to the NBA Finals since the end of the Jordan era.
* The '''Cleveland Cavaliers''' are the current (and original) team of UsefulNotes/LeBronJames. Founded in 1970, the Cavs have been [[ButtMonkey borderline mediocre]] throughout much of their history, having never made it to the NBA Finals until 2007; they've reached them thrice more since then, in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and all four appearances have been with [=LeBron=]. In 2003, they drafted [=LeBron=] first overall and became of the best teams in the East for the next few seasons. After several seasons of playoff disappointments, [=LeBron=] left the Cavs and signed with Miami in 2010, putting Cleveland in a weird place between ButtMonkey and [[TheWoobie Woobie]] status, as they went roughly nowhere without their best player. But then after four years in Miami, he decided to come home to much rejoicing; the Cavs are now back near the top of the league, and [[EarnYourHappyEnding finally won a championship in 2016]] (Cleveland's first in any major league sport since ''1964'').[[note]]Also, both [=LeBron=] and one of the Cavs' backups, James Jones, became the first players since the [=50s=] Celtics to get to six straight decisive series![[/note]]
* The '''Detroit Pistons''' are remembered for the infamous "Bad Boy" teams of the late 80s and early 90s. Led by Isiah Thomas, and with players such as Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman and Rick Mahorn, the "Bad Boy" Pistons used ''brutal'' defense to win two straight championships in 1989 and 1990 [[note]] Knocking out UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan and his Bulls in the process.[[/note]] The Pistons actually predate the NBA itself by five years, having been founded in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana [[note]] The Fort Wayne Pistons moved to Detroit in 1957. [[/note]]. In their almost 70 years, the Pistons have won the NBA championship three times, the two back-to-back "Bad Boy" titles, and the 2004 championship, led by the core of Chauncey Billups, Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace, Tayshawn Prince, and Ben Wallace who dominated the Eastern Conference for most of the 2000s. After nearly 40 years based in Detroit's northern suburbs, the team is returning to the city of Detroit in 2017; they will play one season in the league's newest arena—until it's no longer the newest arena, with new venues set to open in Milwaukee in 2018 and San Francisco in 2019.
* The '''Indiana Pacers''' are one of the four teams that joined the NBA from the ABA merger in 1976. While the Pacers won three championships in the ABA, they lost their only trip to the NBA Finals in 2000. The Pacers are best known for their 90s teams led by Reggie Miller, who had an outstanding rivalry with the New York Knicks throughout the decade. In recent years, the Pacers, led by Paul George, have been one of the most competitive teams in the Eastern Conference—but that was before George was dealt to the Thunder in the 2017 offseason.
* The '''Miami Heat''' are one of more decorated and successful teams in the league, garnering 11 division titles, 18 appearances in the playoffs, seven Conference Finals appearances, five Conference Finals titles, and three NBA championships (including four straight Finals appearances in the early 2010s). They were one of the most competitive teams in the 90s when they were led by Alonzo Mourning, then they broke through for their first title in 2006 thanks to Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal. From 2010 through 2014, [=LeBron=] James and Chris Bosh formed a PowerTrio with Wade, turning the Heat into the go-to LoveItOrHateIt team in all of basketball. After the 2013-14 season, [=LeBron=] left to go back to Cleveland. Since then, the Heat have been trying to rebuild a team to go back to the Finals.
* The '''Milwaukee Bucks''' are the former team of Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Oscar Robertson, who won a championship in 1971, their third season of existence. The team has been mediocre since then, with some good teams in the mid-80s and a deep run in 2001. The Bucks will play the 2017–18 season in what has become the league's oldest arena[[note]]Despite the fact that the Bradley Center opened in 1988![[/note]], but will move to a new arena after that. The current version of the Milwaukee Bucks are coached by Jason Kidd and are led by Greek swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo.



* The '''Orlando Magic''' have only been around since 1989, yet they have competed at or near the the top of the East for a good part of their history, with players like Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, Grant Hill, Tracy [=McGrady=] and Dwight Howard leading the Magic to five division titles and two trips to the NBA finals in 1994 and 2009. Unfortunately, Orlando has been closer to the bottom of the league since Dwight Howard left in 2012, and are currently in the midst of a rebuilding process.



* The '''Washington Wizards''' date back to 1961 and have seen plenty of moves and name changes in their history[[note]]Chicago Packers in 1961, Chicago Zephyrs in 1962, Baltimore Bullets (2.0) in 1963, Capital Bullets in 1973, Washington Bullets in 1974 and finally the Washington Wizards in 1997[[/note]]. As the Bullets, they had a dominant run in the 1970s, led by Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes, that saw them make four trips to the Finals, winning the title in 1978. Sadly, the Bullets/Wizards have never advanced past the second round of the playoffs since their '78 championship. The current Wizards are led by John Wall and Bradley Beal and are trying to establish themselves as a legit contender in the East.



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* The '''Dallas Mavericks''' were founded in 1980, and was home to some OK basketball in the 80s, and some [[DorkAge truly awful basketball]] in the 90s. That was until [[AscendedFanboy dot-com bubble billionaire Mark Cuban]] bought the team in 2000. Since then, the Mavs have consistently been one of the best teams in the NBA led by players like Steve Nash, Michael Finley, Jason Terry, and Dirk Nowitzki. Despite being one of the toughest teams to play in the 21st Century, the Mavs could never seem to win it all until 2011, when they upset [=LeBron=] and the Miami Heat to give the franchise its first NBA championship. Interestingly, the Mavericks got their name because ''Series/{{Maverick}}'' star [[InJoke James Garner was a part of the founding ownership]].

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* The '''Dallas Mavericks''' were founded in 1980, '''Chicago Bulls''' are the team of the 90s, and was home to remain one of the [[WolverinePublicity NBA's most popular teams]]. Led by UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan and Scottie Pippen, the Bulls won six championships playing some OK of the greatest basketball in the 80s, and some [[DorkAge truly awful basketball]] in the 90s. That was NBA has ever seen [[note]]The 1995-96 Bulls went 72-10, a record until [[AscendedFanboy dot-com bubble billionaire Mark Cuban]] bought the 2015–16 Warriors came along, en route to their fourth title[[/note]]. Interestingly, the Bulls date back to 1966 and had seen barely any success outside of the Jordan years. More recently, the Bulls have struggled to rise back to the top of the Eastern Conference and have flirted in and out being a top contender, but the Bulls have not returned to the NBA Finals since the end of the Jordan era.
* The '''Cleveland Cavaliers''' are the current (and original)
team of UsefulNotes/LeBronJames. Founded in 2000. Since 1970, the Cavs have been [[ButtMonkey borderline mediocre]] throughout much of their history, having never made it to the NBA Finals until 2007; they've reached them thrice more since then, the Mavs in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and all four appearances have consistently been one with [=LeBron=]. In 2003, they drafted [=LeBron=] first overall and became of the best teams in the NBA led by players like Steve Nash, Michael Finley, Jason Terry, East for the next few seasons. After several seasons of playoff disappointments, [=LeBron=] left the Cavs and Dirk Nowitzki. Despite being one signed with Miami in 2010, putting Cleveland in a weird place between ButtMonkey and [[TheWoobie Woobie]] status, as they went roughly nowhere without their best player. But then after four years in Miami, he decided to come home to much rejoicing; the Cavs are now back near the top of the toughest teams to play league, and [[EarnYourHappyEnding finally won a championship in the 21st Century, the Mavs could never seem to win it all until 2011, when they upset 2016]] (Cleveland's first in any major league sport since ''1964'').[[note]]Also, both [=LeBron=] and one of the Miami Heat Cavs' backups, James Jones, became the first players since the [=50s=] Celtics to give get to six straight decisive series![[/note]]
* The '''Detroit Pistons''' are remembered for the infamous "Bad Boy" teams of the late 80s and early 90s. Led by Isiah Thomas, and with players such as Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman and Rick Mahorn, the "Bad Boy" Pistons used ''brutal'' defense to win two straight championships in 1989 and 1990 [[note]] Knocking out UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan and his Bulls in the process.[[/note]] The Pistons actually predate the NBA itself by five years, having been founded in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana [[note]] The Fort Wayne Pistons moved to Detroit in 1957. [[/note]]. In their almost 70 years, the Pistons have won the NBA championship three times, the two back-to-back "Bad Boy" titles, and the 2004 championship, led by the core of Chauncey Billups, Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace, Tayshawn Prince, and Ben Wallace who dominated the Eastern Conference for most of the 2000s. After nearly 40 years based in Detroit's northern suburbs, the team is returning to the city of Detroit in 2017; they will play one season in the league's newest arena—until it's no longer the newest arena, with new venues set to open in Milwaukee in 2018 and San Francisco in 2019.
* The '''Indiana Pacers''' are one of the four teams that joined the NBA from the ABA merger in 1976. While the Pacers won three championships in the ABA, they lost their only trip to the NBA Finals in 2000. The Pacers are best known for their 90s teams led by Reggie Miller, who had an outstanding rivalry with the New York Knicks throughout the decade. In recent years, the Pacers, led by Paul George, have been one of the most competitive teams in the Eastern Conference—but that was before George was dealt to the Thunder in the 2017 offseason.
* The '''Milwaukee Bucks''' are the former team of Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Oscar Robertson, who won a championship in 1971, their third season of existence. The team has been mediocre since then, with some good teams in the mid-80s and a deep run in 2001. The Bucks will play the 2017–18 season in what has become the league's oldest arena[[note]]Despite the fact that the Bradley Center opened in 1988![[/note]], but will move to a new arena after that. The current version of the Milwaukee Bucks are coached by Jason Kidd and are led by Greek swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo.
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* The '''Atlanta Hawks''' have been around for as long as the NBA has. Founded in 1946 as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks [[note]] Moline, Ilinois; Rock Island, Illinois; and Davenport, Iowa (East Moline, Illinois eventually joined in to make it the Quad Cities, and still later Bettendorf, Iowa joined the group, making "Quad Cities" an ArtifactTitle)[[/note]],
the franchise was moved to Milwaukee in 1951, and to St. Louis in 1955, before landing in Atlanta in 1968. Historically, the franchise has not had a successful track record, having won only one championship, won in 1958 back in St. Louis. In more modern terms, the Hawks can be recognized from their teams from the [[TheEighties '80s]], led by Slam Dunk Contest champions Spud Webb and Dominique Wilkins. Nowadays, the Hawks have emerged from mediocrity to become one of the more solid teams in the Eastern Conference. From 2004 through 2015, also noted for a circus of discord among its ownership group, featuring numerous lawsuits (with [[WeAREStrugglingTogether some owners even suing each other]]), that finally ended with the team's sale.
* The '''Charlotte Hornets''' have an... [[ContinuitySnarl interesting history]]. The original Charlotte Hornets were founded in 1988 and were one of the most exciting and popular teams of the 90s. However, falling attendance, uninspired play and a souring relationship between the fans and the owner prompted the Hornets to move to New Orleans. In the aftermath of the Hornets move, the NBA awarded Charlotte an expansion team for the 2004-05 season, giving the league an even 30 teams. So the Charlotte Bobcats were born. In their 10 seasons as the Bobcats, they only made the playoffs twice and [[ButtMonkey became known for]] [[JokeCharacter some really bad basketball]][[note]] The strike shortened 2011-12 season saw the Bobcats log the worst winning percentage in NBA history![[/note]]. In 2013, the New Orleans Hornets renamed themselves the Pelicans, thus opening the door for the Bobcats to "return" the Hornets back to Charlotte. In addition, by agreement with the NBA and the Pelicans, the team also [[RetCon regained the rights to the history and records of the original Charlotte Hornets.]] Oh yeah. The team is owned by Michael Jordan.
* The '''Miami Heat''' are one of more decorated and successful teams in the league, garnering 11 division titles, 18 appearances in the playoffs, seven Conference Finals appearances, five Conference Finals titles, and three NBA championships (including four straight Finals appearances in the early 2010s). They were one of the most competitive teams in the 90s when they were led by Alonzo Mourning, then they broke through for their
first title in 2006 thanks to Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal. From 2010 through 2014, [=LeBron=] James and Chris Bosh formed a PowerTrio with Wade, turning the Heat into the go-to LoveItOrHateIt team in all of basketball. After the 2013-14 season, [=LeBron=] left to go back to Cleveland. Since then, the Heat have been trying to rebuild a team to go back to the Finals.
* The '''Orlando Magic''' have only been around since 1989, yet they have competed at or near the the top of the East for a good part of their history, with players like Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, Grant Hill, Tracy [=McGrady=] and Dwight Howard leading the Magic to five division titles and two trips to the
NBA finals in 1994 and 2009. Unfortunately, Orlando has been closer to the bottom of the league since Dwight Howard left in 2012, and are currently in the midst of a rebuilding process.
* The '''Washington Wizards''' date back to 1961 and have seen plenty of moves and name changes in their history[[note]]Chicago Packers in 1961, Chicago Zephyrs in 1962, Baltimore Bullets (2.0) in 1963, Capital Bullets in 1973, Washington Bullets in 1974 and finally the Washington Wizards in 1997[[/note]]. As the Bullets, they had a dominant run in the 1970s, led by Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes, that saw them make four trips to the Finals, winning the title in 1978. Sadly, the Bullets/Wizards have never advanced past the second round of the playoffs since their '78
championship. Interestingly, The current Wizards are led by John Wall and Bradley Beal and are trying to establish themselves as a legit contender in the Mavericks got their name because ''Series/{{Maverick}}'' star [[InJoke James Garner was a part of the founding ownership]].East.
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* The '''Golden State Warriors''' are the current NBA champs, the Bay Area's team, and have one of the deepest histories in the league. Originally the Philadelphia Warriors, the franchise has won five championships in its history[[note]] Two in Philly in 1947 and again 1956, and three in California in 1975, 2015, and 2017[[/note]] The Warriors are notable for being the first team for UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain before he joined the Philadelphia 76ers. Rick Barry led the Warriors to the title in 1975, which marked the beginning of a long dark period of mediocre basketball.[[note]]Although they did take out the top ranked Dallas Mavericks as an eight seed in 2007.[[/note]] [[TookALevelInBadass Things changed dramatically for the Warriors]] when they drafted [[BashBrothers "Splash Brothers"]] Stephen Curry (2009) and Klay Thompson (2011). With the additions of power forward [[LightningBruiser Draymond]] [[BloodKnight Green]] in 2012 and head coach Steve Kerr in 2014, the Warriors established themselves as arguably [[ImprobableAimingSkills the greatest shooting team]] in NBA history, winning the title in 2015, and followed that up by [[TheJuggernaut going 73–9]] in the 2015–16 regular season, surpassing the 1995–96 Bulls for the best regular-season record in league history (though unlike the Bulls, [[DownerEnding they were defeated in the finals]], despite at one point having a 3-1 series advantage over the Cavaliers). At this moment, the "Dubs"[[note]]A play on W, as in"[=DOUBle=] u"s[[/note]] are one of the greatest teams the league has ever seen, and thanks to their core's relative youth, a title threat for years to come. And [[FromBadToWorse that]] was ''before'' they [[OhCrap added Kevin Durant]] [[TookALevelInBadass in the 2016 offseason...]] They didn't do ''quite'' as well in the regular season in 2016–17, but still had the league's best record, and then went on a historic rampage through the playoffs, with their only postseason loss coming in Game 4 of the Finals in Cleveland. Currently building a new arena in San Francisco and plan to open it in 2019.
* The '''Houston Rockets''' date back to 1967 [[note]]They were the San Diego Rockets for their first four seasons before moving to Houston[[/note]] and are the former team of Hakeem Olajuwon, who won two championships in the '90s. The Rockets made an international splash in 2002 when they won the right to draft Chinese superstar Yao Ming. Sadly, injuries shortened not only Yao's career, but also that of fellow superstar Tracy [=McGrady=], which also affected the Rockets' chances of competing against Kobe's Lakers, Dirk's Mavs, and Duncan's Spurs. After Yao retired in 2011, the Rockets were left in mediocrity limbo until a fortunate trade landed James Harden in Houston in 2012. Since then, the Rockets have established themselves as a true contender in the West, advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2015.
* The '''Los Angeles Clippers''' have been ridiculed as being the worst franchise in all American major sports. Born as the Buffalo Braves and later on, the San Diego Clippers, they're historically known as one of the league's [[ButtMonkey joke teams]], with arguably one of the worst owners in professional sports in Donald Sterling. After 33 years of existence, however, things are ''finally'' looking up for the Clippers as they won their first Division Championship in 2013. Once lacking in decent players, they also boasted a respectable squad spearheaded by phenom Blake Griffin, who in just three months during his rookie season became a superstar and a fan-favorite[[note]](even getting into the Rookie-Sophomore game ''and'' the All-Star game in the same year)[[/note]], and All-Star point guard Chris Paul, before the Clips traded Paul to the Rockets in the 2017 offseason. Moreover, when audio of racist comments made by Sterling became public, the NBA forced a $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Despite this huge reversal of fortune, the Clippers have [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut yet to win a conference or a league title to this day, and have gained a reputation for choking in the playoffs]]. They are also the only team who shares their NBA home with another team, which makes matters worse since, even if the Clippers are the more dominant team of the two in the current era, the city of Los Angeles and the Staples Center will almost always be known for being home to...
* The '''Los Angeles Lakers''' are arguably [[WolverinePublicity the NBA's most popular team]]. They are [[TheAce one of the most accomplished franchises in sports]], winning 16 championships and a record 31 appearances in the NBA Finals. The Lakers have been home to some of the greatest teams and greatest players the NBA has even seen, such as Jerry West, UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kobe Bryant. Many fans will remember the Lakers from the "Showtime" era of Magic and Kareem in the 80s that saw the Lakers win five championships and engage in an epic rivalry with Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics. Younger fans will most likely remember the Kobe Bryant years, with either the Shaq three-peat from 2000 to 2002, or the back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Either way, the Lakers have produced some of the most dominant eras in the NBA, which made them as big as a love-em-or-hate-em team as you'll ever come across. The ArtifactTitle name comes from their original city, Minneapolis, located in the "Land of a Thousand Lakes". Speaking of names which didn't fit a move...
* The '''Memphis Grizzlies''' are one of the youngest teams in the league and actually began life in [[CanadaEh Vancouver.]] After six seasons of some REALLY bad basketball in Canada [[note]] The Vancouver Grizzlies compiled an all-time winning percentage of .220 by the time they moved south [[/note]], the Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2001. They've shown improvement in their time in Memphis, but have never experienced big time success in the playoffs, only logging one trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2013. The Grizzlies were led by Pau Gasol in the mid 2000s before he was traded to the Lakers in a deal that saw Memphis acquire Pau's kid brother, Marc Gasol, who has emerged as one of the best big men in the NBA today. Currently known for their [[StoneWall defensive style of play]], and for giving the most expensive NBA contract... to Michael Conley.



* The '''New Orleans Pelicans''', formerly the New Orleans Hornets, were the de facto original incarnation of the Charlotte Hornets who moved to New Orleans in 2002 [[note]]A deal struck with the current Charlotte Hornets has officially deemed the Pelicans as though they have never been the Charlotte Hornets, having been founded in 2002 instead of 1988 (the year the Charlotte Hornets was founded.)[[/note]]. They've been fairly consistent in their history - occasionally very bad, occasionally very good, but mostly in the middle of the pack. Point Guard Chris Paul led the team to their first divisional title in 2008, but they've slipped back into mediocrity since then. Through 2012 and 2013, the team gained a new owner, a new name and drafted Anthony Davis into their team, making the Pelicans one of the more exciting young teams in the league. Interestingly, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the Hornets played home games in Oklahoma City for two years, making them the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for two seasons. The Seattle [=SuperSonics=]' owner took note of the team's strong reception there, leading us to...



* The '''Phoenix Suns''' date back to 1968, and are the former team of Charles Barkley in the early 90s, and Steve Nash for much of the 2000s. They have been involved in many benchmark moments in NBA history, including what many consider the greatest NBA game ever played, Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals where the Suns lost to Boston 128-126 in triple overtime.The 2000s saw the Suns led by Steve Nash who powered the Suns to the top of the standings with a [[GlassCannon high octane offense]]. Despite everything, the Suns successes have almost always [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut flamed out in some fashion or another]] and the franchise have never won a championship.



* The '''Sacramento Kings''' are the journeyman franchise of the NBA. Dating back to Rochester in 1945, they became the Cincinnati Royals in 1957, the Kansas City(-Omaha) Kings in 1972, and finally the Sacramento Kings in 1985. Despite their history, the Kings only have one NBA title to its name, won in 1951. During the early 2000s, the team was a perennial contender thanks to a strong starting five of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Doug Christie, Peja Stojaković, Mike Bibby, and the home-court advantage of its raucous crowd. Unfortunately, that core of players could never defeat the Shaq and Kobe Lakers and were never able to reach the NBA Finals. Since then, the team has fallen into the bottom tier of the league. After many relocation rumors [[note]] Including a close call in 2013 where the team almost moved to Seattle[[/note]], a local entrepreneur (and former minority owner of the Golden State Warriors) bought the Kings, and Sacramento was able to get a deal in place to build a new arena. Nowadays, the Kings are trying to build a playoff-contending team, but a series of poor ownership decisions, a carousel of lame-duck coaches, and boneheaded front office choices (drafting Thomas Robinson [[note]] over Damian Lillard and Draymond Green [[/note]] and Jimmer Fredette [[note]] over Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard [[/note]], AND trading away [=DeMarcus=] Cousins for virtually nothing) have prevented the Kings from having sustained success in the NBA.
* The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are arguably the most consistently dominant team in NBA history. In the almost 40 years since entering the NBA from the ABA in 1976, they have won a total of 18 division titles and only missed the playoffs ''four times''!!! While the Spurs saw moderate successes with George Gervin in the 80s and David Robinson in the 90s, it was the arrival of Tim Duncan in 1997, alongside the arrivals of Tony Parker in 2001 and Manu Ginóbili in 2002 and the coaching brilliance of Gregg Popovich, that propelled the Spurs into one of the most premier franchises in sports. The Spurs have won five championships, and have consistently won 50 games or more year in and year out. The Spurs have seen soaring victories [[note]] Sean Elliott's Memorial Day Miracle in 1999, and Robert Horry's 2005 Finals Game 5 takeover [[/note]], and heart-wrenching losses [[note]] Derek Fisher's 0.4 second shot in 2004 and Ray Allen's dagger three-pointer 2013 [[/note]]. Interestingly, they are NOT among the NBA's most popular teams, with their play frequently described as [[BoringButPractical "Boring"]], and in recent years the team labeled as "Old" as well. No matter what, the Spurs just keep on winning. And with the acquisitions of Kawhi Leonard and [=LaMarcus=] Aldridge, the Spurs are getting younger as well.


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* The '''Golden State Warriors''' are the current NBA champs, the Bay Area's team, and have one of the deepest histories in the league. Originally the Philadelphia Warriors, the franchise has won five championships in its history[[note]] Two in Philly in 1947 and again 1956, and three in California in 1975, 2015, and 2017[[/note]] The Warriors are notable for being the first team for UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain before he joined the Philadelphia 76ers. Rick Barry led the Warriors to the title in 1975, which marked the beginning of a long dark period of mediocre basketball.[[note]]Although they did take out the top ranked Dallas Mavericks as an eight seed in 2007.[[/note]] [[TookALevelInBadass Things changed dramatically for the Warriors]] when they drafted [[BashBrothers "Splash Brothers"]] Stephen Curry (2009) and Klay Thompson (2011). With the additions of power forward [[LightningBruiser Draymond]] [[BloodKnight Green]] in 2012 and head coach Steve Kerr in 2014, the Warriors established themselves as arguably [[ImprobableAimingSkills the greatest shooting team]] in NBA history, winning the title in 2015, and followed that up by [[TheJuggernaut going 73–9]] in the 2015–16 regular season, surpassing the 1995–96 Bulls for the best regular-season record in league history (though unlike the Bulls, [[DownerEnding they were defeated in the finals]], despite at one point having a 3-1 series advantage over the Cavaliers). At this moment, the "Dubs"[[note]]A play on W, as in"[=DOUBle=] u"s[[/note]] are one of the greatest teams the league has ever seen, and thanks to their core's relative youth, a title threat for years to come. And [[FromBadToWorse that]] was ''before'' they [[OhCrap added Kevin Durant]] [[TookALevelInBadass in the 2016 offseason...]] They didn't do ''quite'' as well in the regular season in 2016–17, but still had the league's best record, and then went on a historic rampage through the playoffs, with their only postseason loss coming in Game 4 of the Finals in Cleveland. Currently building a new arena in San Francisco and plan to open it in 2019.
* The '''Los Angeles Clippers''' have been ridiculed as being the worst franchise in all American major sports. Born as the Buffalo Braves and later on, the San Diego Clippers, they're historically known as one of the league's [[ButtMonkey joke teams]], with arguably one of the worst owners in professional sports in Donald Sterling. After 33 years of existence, however, things are ''finally'' looking up for the Clippers as they won their first Division Championship in 2013. Once lacking in decent players, they also boasted a respectable squad spearheaded by phenom Blake Griffin, who in just three months during his rookie season became a superstar and a fan-favorite[[note]](even getting into the Rookie-Sophomore game ''and'' the All-Star game in the same year)[[/note]], and All-Star point guard Chris Paul, before the Clips traded Paul to the Rockets in the 2017 offseason. Moreover, when audio of racist comments made by Sterling became public, the NBA forced a $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Despite this huge reversal of fortune, the Clippers have [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut yet to win a conference or a league title to this day, and have gained a reputation for choking in the playoffs]]. They are also the only team who shares their NBA home with another team, which makes matters worse since, even if the Clippers are the more dominant team of the two in the current era, the city of Los Angeles and the Staples Center will almost always be known for being home to...
* The '''Los Angeles Lakers''' are arguably [[WolverinePublicity the NBA's most popular team]]. They are [[TheAce one of the most accomplished franchises in sports]], winning 16 championships and a record 31 appearances in the NBA Finals. The Lakers have been home to some of the greatest teams and greatest players the NBA has even seen, such as Jerry West, UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kobe Bryant. Many fans will remember the Lakers from the "Showtime" era of Magic and Kareem in the 80s that saw the Lakers win five championships and engage in an epic rivalry with Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics. Younger fans will most likely remember the Kobe Bryant years, with either the Shaq three-peat from 2000 to 2002, or the back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Either way, the Lakers have produced some of the most dominant eras in the NBA, which made them as big as a love-em-or-hate-em team as you'll ever come across. The ArtifactTitle name comes from their original city, Minneapolis, located in the "Land of a Thousand Lakes".
* The '''Phoenix Suns''' date back to 1968, and are the former team of Charles Barkley in the early 90s, and Steve Nash for much of the 2000s. They have been involved in many benchmark moments in NBA history, including what many consider the greatest NBA game ever played, Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals where the Suns lost to Boston 128-126 in triple overtime.The 2000s saw the Suns led by Steve Nash who powered the Suns to the top of the standings with a [[GlassCannon high octane offense]]. Despite everything, the Suns successes have almost always [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut flamed out in some fashion or another]] and the franchise have never won a championship.
* The '''Sacramento Kings''' are the journeyman franchise of the NBA. Dating back to Rochester in 1945, they became the Cincinnati Royals in 1957, the Kansas City(-Omaha) Kings in 1972, and finally the Sacramento Kings in 1985. Despite their history, the Kings only have one NBA title to its name, won in 1951. During the early 2000s, the team was a perennial contender thanks to a strong starting five of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Doug Christie, Peja Stojaković, Mike Bibby, and the home-court advantage of its raucous crowd. Unfortunately, that core of players could never defeat the Shaq and Kobe Lakers and were never able to reach the NBA Finals. Since then, the team has fallen into the bottom tier of the league. After many relocation rumors [[note]] Including a close call in 2013 where the team almost moved to Seattle[[/note]], a local entrepreneur (and former minority owner of the Golden State Warriors) bought the Kings, and Sacramento was able to get a deal in place to build a new arena. Nowadays, the Kings are trying to build a playoff-contending team, but a series of poor ownership decisions, a carousel of lame-duck coaches, and boneheaded front office choices (drafting Thomas Robinson [[note]] over Damian Lillard and Draymond Green [[/note]] and Jimmer Fredette [[note]] over Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard [[/note]], AND trading away [=DeMarcus=] Cousins for virtually nothing) have prevented the Kings from having sustained success in the NBA.
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* The '''Dallas Mavericks''' were founded in 1980, and was home to some OK basketball in the 80s, and some [[DorkAge truly awful basketball]] in the 90s. That was until [[AscendedFanboy dot-com bubble billionaire Mark Cuban]] bought the team in 2000. Since then, the Mavs have consistently been one of the best teams in the NBA led by players like Steve Nash, Michael Finley, Jason Terry, and Dirk Nowitzki. Despite being one of the toughest teams to play in the 21st Century, the Mavs could never seem to win it all until 2011, when they upset [=LeBron=] and the Miami Heat to give the franchise its first NBA championship. Interestingly, the Mavericks got their name because ''Series/{{Maverick}}'' star [[InJoke James Garner was a part of the founding ownership]].
* The '''Houston Rockets''' date back to 1967 [[note]]They were the San Diego Rockets for their first four seasons before moving to Houston[[/note]] and are the former team of Hakeem Olajuwon, who won two championships in the '90s. The Rockets made an international splash in 2002 when they won the right to draft Chinese superstar Yao Ming. Sadly, injuries shortened not only Yao's career, but also that of fellow superstar Tracy [=McGrady=], which also affected the Rockets' chances of competing against Kobe's Lakers, Dirk's Mavs, and Duncan's Spurs. After Yao retired in 2011, the Rockets were left in mediocrity limbo until a fortunate trade landed James Harden in Houston in 2012. Since then, the Rockets have established themselves as a true contender in the West, advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2015.
* The '''Memphis Grizzlies''' are one of the youngest teams in the league and actually began life in [[CanadaEh Vancouver.]] After six seasons of some REALLY bad basketball in Canada [[note]] The Vancouver Grizzlies compiled an all-time winning percentage of .220 by the time they moved south [[/note]], the Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2001. They've shown improvement in their time in Memphis, but have never experienced big time success in the playoffs, only logging one trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2013. The Grizzlies were led by Pau Gasol in the mid 2000s before he was traded to the Lakers in a deal that saw Memphis acquire Pau's kid brother, Marc Gasol, who has emerged as one of the best big men in the NBA today. Currently known for their [[StoneWall defensive style of play]], and for giving the most expensive NBA contract... to Michael Conley.
* The '''New Orleans Pelicans''', formerly the New Orleans Hornets, were the de facto original incarnation of the Charlotte Hornets who moved to New Orleans in 2002 [[note]]A deal struck with the current Charlotte Hornets has officially deemed the Pelicans as though they have never been the Charlotte Hornets, having been founded in 2002 instead of 1988 (the year the Charlotte Hornets was founded.)[[/note]]. They've been fairly consistent in their history - occasionally very bad, occasionally very good, but mostly in the middle of the pack. Point Guard Chris Paul led the team to their first divisional title in 2008, but they've slipped back into mediocrity since then. Through 2012 and 2013, the team gained a new owner, a new name and drafted Anthony Davis into their team, making the Pelicans one of the more exciting young teams in the league. Interestingly, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the Hornets played home games in Oklahoma City for two years, making them the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for two seasons. The Seattle [=SuperSonics=]' owner took note of the team's strong reception there, leading us to...
* The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are arguably the most consistently dominant team in NBA history. In the almost 40 years since entering the NBA from the ABA in 1976, they have won a total of 18 division titles and only missed the playoffs ''four times''!!! While the Spurs saw moderate successes with George Gervin in the 80s and David Robinson in the 90s, it was the arrival of Tim Duncan in 1997, alongside the arrivals of Tony Parker in 2001 and Manu Ginóbili in 2002 and the coaching brilliance of Gregg Popovich, that propelled the Spurs into one of the most premier franchises in sports. The Spurs have won five championships, and have consistently won 50 games or more year in and year out. The Spurs have seen soaring victories [[note]] Sean Elliott's Memorial Day Miracle in 1999, and Robert Horry's 2005 Finals Game 5 takeover [[/note]], and heart-wrenching losses [[note]] Derek Fisher's 0.4 second shot in 2004 and Ray Allen's dagger three-pointer 2013 [[/note]]. Interestingly, they are NOT among the NBA's most popular teams, with their play frequently described as [[BoringButPractical "Boring"]], and in recent years the team labeled as "Old" as well. No matter what, the Spurs just keep on winning. And with the acquisitions of Kawhi Leonard and [=LaMarcus=] Aldridge, the Spurs are getting younger as well.
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17th Jul '17 1:17:05 PM AriRockefeller
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* The '''Philadelphia 76ers''' are one of the more historic teams in the NBA. Dating back to 1946 as the Syracuse Nationals, the Sixers have called Philadelphia home since 1963. The franchise won three titles in their history[[note]] 1955 as the Nationals and 1967 and 1983 as the 76ers. [[/note]] and have logged nine total trips to the NBA Finals. They have also had some of the greatest players in NBA history play for them, including UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson. They are also currently going through perhaps the most extreme rebuilding process the NBA has ever seen in hopes of building a more sustained winning franchise like the Spurs or the Mavericks, with [[DorkAge three seasons featuring]] [[TheChewToy extended losing streaks and fewer than 20 victories]], while also sending away most competitive players in exchange for draft picks.

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* The '''Philadelphia 76ers''' are one of the more historic teams in the NBA. Dating back to 1946 as the Syracuse Nationals, the Sixers have called Philadelphia home since 1963. The franchise won three titles in their history[[note]] 1955 as the Nationals and 1967 and 1983 as the 76ers. [[/note]] and have logged nine total trips to the NBA Finals. They have also had some of the greatest players in NBA history play for them, including UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson. They are also currently going through perhaps the most extreme rebuilding process the NBA has ever seen in hopes of building a more sustained winning franchise like the Spurs or the Mavericks, with [[DorkAge three seasons featuring]] [[TheChewToy extended losing streaks and fewer than 20 victories]], while also sending away most competitive players in exchange for draft picks.picks, notoriously known as "The Process." The [[HopeSpot saving grace]] from all this is that they got a bunch of early draft picks thanks to the equally mismanaged Sacramento Kings.
14th Jul '17 10:07:23 PM Gsueagle31049
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The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League [or simply D-League] from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G-League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning virtually all the minors. Most G-League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G-League assignments and call ups easier. As of June 2017, only the Nuggets and Trail Blazers currently do not have their own G-League affiliate, while the Pelicans and Wizards are planning to launch their own G-League franchises for the 2018–19 season.

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The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League [or simply D-League] from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G-League teams to be independently owned and affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete basis with the major leaguers owning virtually all the minors. Most G-League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G-League assignments and call ups easier. As of June 2017, only the Nuggets and Trail Blazers currently do not have their own G-League affiliate, while the Pelicans and Wizards are planning to launch their own G-League franchises for the 2018–19 season.



* Long Island Nets (Nets): Will actually begin sharing Barclays Center with the parent team, before in 2017 moving to the renovated Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, the former one-time home of the Nets as well as the former long time home of the NHL's Islanders.

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* Long Island Nets (Nets): Will actually begin sharing Barclays Center with Currently plays in the parent team, before in 2017 moving to the renovated Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, the former one-time home of the Nets as well as the former long time home of the NHL's Islanders.



* 2011: Iowa Energy

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* 2011: Iowa EnergyEnergy (current Iowa Wolves)
8th Jul '17 11:51:49 AM nombretomado
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** He's so famous that at one point, he was the ''only'' NBA player to have a Wiki/TVTropes article on him! He's now no longer alone, as he was first joined by UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain and later by Creator/StephenCurry and UsefulNotes/LeBronJames.

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** He's so famous that at one point, he was the ''only'' NBA player to have a Wiki/TVTropes article on him! He's now no longer alone, as he was first joined by UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain and later by Creator/StephenCurry UsefulNotes/StephenCurry and UsefulNotes/LeBronJames.



* '''Creator/StephenCurry''' [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (pronounced "STEF-un")]] is the Warriors' point guard, son of former NBA guard and current Charlotte announcer Dell Curry. "Steph" first drew national attention in college, as a 3-point specialist leading small Davidson College to the NCAA Elite 8, and the Warriors drafted him 7th overall in 2009. Early-career ankle injuries led many to consider him another bust for the hapless Warriors, but starting in the 2012-13 season, Curry's career took off on an upward trajectory. Initially labelled an "undersized shooting guard," he established himself as an accurate and creative passer, talented ball-handler, and even a capable defender - but it was his shooting that drew accolades. He broke Ray Allen's single-season three-point shooting record in 2013, and set a new one in each of the next three seasons, using a combination of [[GameBreaker quick release and improbable shooting range.]] In the 2014-15 season, he collected his first MVP award while leading the Warriors to their first championship in forty years, and then followed ''that'' up with one of the greatest offensive seasons in NBA history, becoming the first player ''ever'' to be unanimously voted as MVP. Currently in the prime of his career, Curry sits on a short list of contenders to the title of "best player in the league."

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* '''Creator/StephenCurry''' '''UsefulNotes/StephenCurry''' [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY (pronounced "STEF-un")]] is the Warriors' point guard, son of former NBA guard and current Charlotte announcer Dell Curry. "Steph" first drew national attention in college, as a 3-point specialist leading small Davidson College to the NCAA Elite 8, and the Warriors drafted him 7th overall in 2009. Early-career ankle injuries led many to consider him another bust for the hapless Warriors, but starting in the 2012-13 season, Curry's career took off on an upward trajectory. Initially labelled an "undersized shooting guard," he established himself as an accurate and creative passer, talented ball-handler, and even a capable defender - but it was his shooting that drew accolades. He broke Ray Allen's single-season three-point shooting record in 2013, and set a new one in each of the next three seasons, using a combination of [[GameBreaker quick release and improbable shooting range.]] In the 2014-15 season, he collected his first MVP award while leading the Warriors to their first championship in forty years, and then followed ''that'' up with one of the greatest offensive seasons in NBA history, becoming the first player ''ever'' to be unanimously voted as MVP. Currently in the prime of his career, Curry sits on a short list of contenders to the title of "best player in the league."
4th Jul '17 11:10:13 PM Gsueagle31049
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The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League [or simply D-League] from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G-League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors and at times employing the same franchise name. Most G-League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G-League assignments and call ups easier. As of June 2017, only the Nuggets and Trail Blazers currently do not have their own G-League affiliate, while the Pelicans and Wizards are planning to launch their own G-League franchises for the 2018–19 season.

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The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League [or simply D-League] from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G-League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of virtually all the minors and at times employing the same franchise name.minors. Most G-League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G-League assignments and call ups easier. As of June 2017, only the Nuggets and Trail Blazers currently do not have their own G-League affiliate, while the Pelicans and Wizards are planning to launch their own G-League franchises for the 2018–19 season.



* Delaware 87ers (76ers): AKA "Sevens', name refers to the year Delaware ratified the constitution. Founded as Utah Flash in 2007 and purchased by the Sixers and moved to Delaware in 2013.

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* Delaware 87ers (76ers): AKA "Sevens', name refers to the year Delaware ratified the constitution. Founded as Utah Flash in 2007 and purchased by the Sixers and moved to Newark, Delaware in 2013.



* Reno Bighorns (Kings)

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* Reno Bighorns (Kings)(Kings): Affiliated with the Kings since their inception in 2008, the Bighorns held affiliations with six other teams before becoming the Kings' sole affiliate in 2013, and were later purchased by the Kings in 2016.



* Erie [=BayHawks=] (Hawks): Originally planned to launch in 2019–20 in the south Atlanta suburb of College Park, Georgia, the Hawks will temporarily place their team in Erie, Pennsylvania to replace the original [=BayHawks=] franchise (now the Lakeland Magic), while a new arena in College Park is built.

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* Erie [=BayHawks=] (Hawks): Originally planned to launch in 2019–20 in the south Atlanta suburb of College Park, Georgia, the Hawks will temporarily place their team in Erie, Pennsylvania to replace the original [=BayHawks=] franchise (now the Lakeland Magic), while a new arena in College Park is built.
4th Jul '17 9:22:46 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Dwyane Wade''' is a shooting guard who played his entire career with the Heat before joining the Bulls, his hometown team, in the 2016 offseason. Selected fifth overall during the 2003 NBA draft, instantly propelling the Heat into the playoffs, but he was often overshadowed by Carmelo and [=LeBron=]. On the other hand, Wade was the first to deliver a championship to the team that drafted him (unless you count Darko Milicic, but he barely did anything). He was the 2006 Finals MVP for averaging ''34 points'' in the final four games versus the Dallas Mavericks. Since then, he's been one of Miami's best players; in 2009, he led the league in scoring and even placed second in MVP voting, behind only to [=LeBron=] himself. Recognized as one of the premier veterans of the NBA, Wade was easily considered the face of the Miami Heat (being its official captain certainly didn't hurt), despite publicly endorsing [=LeBron=] as the leader during the latter's four years in Miami. His tendency to receive injuries is a constant concern, however, and the looming threat of old age (he'll turn 35 during the current 2016–17 season) is creeping along his way, but he can still score in double-digits. He's also one of the few sports players [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROP7U9Er-bE&feature=related who detailed]] his DarkAndTroubledPast, and he admits that he pretty much went through hell during the 2012 playoffs (almost lost his kids, had his knee drained and so forth). He's lauded for his determination and heart as a player, even though it leads to him having a HairTriggerTemper on the court.

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* '''Dwyane Wade''' is a shooting guard who played his entire career with the Heat before joining the Bulls, his hometown team, in the 2016 offseason. Selected fifth overall during the 2003 NBA draft, instantly propelling the Heat into the playoffs, but he was often overshadowed by Carmelo and [=LeBron=]. On the other hand, Wade was the first to deliver a championship to the team that drafted him (unless you count Darko Milicic, but he barely did anything). He was the 2006 Finals MVP for averaging ''34 points'' in the final four games versus the Dallas Mavericks. Since then, he's been one of Miami's best players; in 2009, he led the league in scoring and even placed second in MVP voting, behind only to [=LeBron=] himself. Recognized as one of the premier veterans of the NBA, Wade was easily considered the face of the Miami Heat (being its official captain certainly didn't hurt), despite publicly endorsing [=LeBron=] as the leader during the latter's four years in Miami. His tendency to receive injuries is a constant concern, however, and the looming threat of old age (he'll turn (he turned 35 during the current most recent 2016–17 season) is creeping along his way, but he can still score in double-digits. He's also one of the few sports players [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROP7U9Er-bE&feature=related who detailed]] his DarkAndTroubledPast, and he admits that he pretty much went through hell during the 2012 playoffs (almost lost his kids, had his knee drained and so forth). He's lauded for his determination and heart as a player, even though it leads to him having a HairTriggerTemper on the court.
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