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* The '''Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award''' is another case of ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, in this case honoring the best performer in the NBA Finals. Almost always goes to a player on the championship team—the player on the losing team ever to win the award was the Lakers' Jerry West in 1969, the first time it was awarded. Michael Jordan has the most awards with five.

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* The '''Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award''' is still another case example of ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, in this case honoring the best performer in the NBA Finals. Russell's name was added to the award in 2009, honoring his record 11 NBA titles as a player. Almost always goes to a player on the championship team—the only player on the losing team ever to win the award was the Lakers' Jerry West in 1969, the first time it was awarded. Michael Jordan has the most awards with five.
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* The '''Minnesota Timberwolves''' are Kevin Garnett's team. Founded in 1989, the T-Wolves successes are tied with the prime years of Garnett, which culminated in 2004 with an MVP award and the team's only division title and only trip to the Western Conference Finals. Ever since then, the T-Wolves have finished at or near the bottom of a hyper-competitive Western Conference. Even though Kevin Garnett left Minnesota for Boston in 2007 [[note]]where he finally won a championship[[/note]], an older Garnett returned to the T-Wolves in 2015 as a mentor to the current young roster, which is now anchored by Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

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* The '''Minnesota Timberwolves''' are Kevin Garnett's team. Founded in 1989, the T-Wolves successes are tied with the prime years of Garnett, which culminated in 2004 with an MVP award and the team's only division title and only trip to the Western Conference Finals. Ever since then, the T-Wolves have finished at or near the bottom of a hyper-competitive Western Conference. Even though Kevin Garnett left Minnesota for Boston in 2007 [[note]]where he finally won a championship[[/note]], an older Garnett returned to the T-Wolves in 2015 for one final season as a mentor to the current young roster, which is now anchored by Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
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* The '''Portland Trail Blazers''' date back to 1970 and are the former team of Clyde Drexler (who led Portland to the Finals in 1990 and '92) and Bill Walton (who won their only championship in 1977). The Blazers are also unfortunately associated with not one but TWO drafts which they passed up picking a superstar in favor of a player whose career got cut short due to injuries, Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan in 1984, and Greg Oden over Kevin Durant in 2007 [[note]]There were legitimate basketball reasons why Portland chose the way they did, but the rest of the NBA will [[NeverLiveItDown not let Portland ever forget]][[/note]]. In recent years, the Blazers have overcome setbacks after setbacks to try to stay competitive in the Western Conference, thanks in large part to the exploits of Damien Lillard.
* 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. The Kings are now trying to build a playoff-contending team around big-men Demarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein, but a series of poor ownership decisions, a carousel of lame-duck coaches, and boneheaded draft picks (Thomas Robinson [[note]] Drafted over Damien Lillard and Draymond Green [[/note]] and Jimmer Fredette [[note]] Drafted over Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard [[/note]], anyone?) have prevented the Kings from having sustained success in the NBA.
* The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are arguably the most consistent 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 premiere 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.
* The '''Utah Jazz''' are the former team of John Stockton, Karl "The Mailman" Malone, and longtime head coach Jerry Sloan. In the more distant past, "Pistol" Pete Maravich (Disney made a movie about his childhood hoop exploits) played for them. However, despite their dominance, they have no championships to show for it. If you're wondering what Mormon {{Utah}} has to do with jazz, this is yet another team with an ArtifactTitle. The franchise was originally from New Orleans and moved to Salt Lake City in 1979. The team's then-owner didn't change the name because he thought the move would be temporary. But after all these years, nobody even questions it anymore. [[note]]It's become something of a quirky Utah tradition to append one or two Z's to the end of a professional team name or have a Z somewhere (the WNBA and women's soccer's "Starzz", the minor league "Orem Owlz", the "Blitzz" of a long forgotten soccer league, the minor league hockey Grizzlies, and the minor league baseball team of ''MajorLeague: Back to the Minors'', the "Buzz", since renamed the Stingers and then the Bees).[[/note]]

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* The '''Portland Trail Blazers''' date back to 1970 and are the former team of Clyde Drexler (who led Portland to the Finals in 1990 and '92) and Bill Walton (who won their only championship in 1977). The Blazers are also unfortunately associated with not one but TWO drafts which they passed up picking a superstar in favor of a player whose career got cut short due to injuries, Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan in 1984, and Greg Oden over Kevin Durant in 2007 2007. [[note]]There were legitimate basketball reasons why Portland chose the way they did, but the rest of the NBA will [[NeverLiveItDown not never, ever let Portland ever forget]][[/note]]. forget]].[[/note]] In recent years, the Blazers have overcome setbacks after setbacks to try to stay competitive in the Western Conference, thanks in large part to the exploits of Damien Damian Lillard.
* 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. The Kings are now trying to build a playoff-contending team around big-men Demarcus big men [=DeMarcus=] Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein, but a series of poor ownership decisions, a carousel of lame-duck coaches, and boneheaded draft picks (Thomas Robinson [[note]] Drafted over Damien Lillard and Draymond Green [[/note]] and Jimmer Fredette [[note]] Drafted over Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard [[/note]], anyone?) have prevented the Kings from having sustained success in the NBA.
* The '''San Antonio Spurs''' are arguably the most consistent 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 premiere 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 [=LaMarcus=] Aldridge, the Spurs are getting younger as well.
* The '''Utah Jazz''' are the former team of John Stockton, Karl "The Mailman" Malone, and longtime head coach Jerry Sloan. In the more distant past, "Pistol" Pete Maravich (Disney made a movie about his childhood hoop exploits) played for them. However, despite their dominance, they have no championships to show for it. If you're wondering what Mormon {{Utah}} has to do with jazz, this is yet another team with an ArtifactTitle. The franchise was originally from New Orleans and moved to Salt Lake City in 1979. The team's then-owner didn't change the name because he thought the move would be temporary. But after all these years, nobody even questions it anymore. [[note]]It's become something of a quirky Utah tradition to append one or two Z's to the end of a professional team name or have a Z somewhere (the WNBA and women's soccer's "Starzz", the minor league "Orem Owlz", the "Blitzz" of a long forgotten soccer league, the minor league hockey Grizzlies, and the minor league baseball team of ''MajorLeague: ''Film/MajorLeague: Back to the Minors'', the "Buzz", since renamed the Stingers and then the Bees).[[/note]]



While the NBA doesn't consider the championships that were won in the NBL or the ABA as "real" championships, we do[[note]]The NBA officially recognizes the BAA start date of 1946 as their first year for the record[[/note]]. Here's what had happened over the years in the NBA.

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While the NBA doesn't consider the championships that were won in the NBL or the ABA as "real" championships, we do[[note]]The do.[[note]]The NBA officially recognizes the BAA start date of 1946 as their first year for the record[[/note]]. record.[[/note]] Here's what had happened over the years in the NBA.



* Grand Rapids Drive (Pistons): Founded in 2006 as Anaheim Arsenal and later known as Springfield Armor, moved to Michigan in 2014, and earned another car piece name.

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* Grand Rapids Drive (Pistons): Founded in 2006 as Anaheim Arsenal and later known as Springfield Armor, Armor; moved to Michigan in 2014, and earned another car piece name.



* Los Angeles D-Fenders (Lakers): The first D-League team owned by a NBA franchise, plays in the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo.

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* Los Angeles D-Fenders (Lakers): The first D-League team owned by a NBA franchise, franchise; plays in the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo.



After the season, a number of different awards are given out to those who excelled in some aspect of the game. Most of these awards are determined by voting by a panel of American and Canadian media members. Note that unlike MLB awards, most of which are voted on only by sportswriters, the voting panel for the NBA awards (except as noted) specifically includes broadcasters. The specific awards are as follows. The "most recent winners" are from the 2015–16 season, with team affiliations as of that season.

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After the season, regular season (but during the playoffs), a number of different awards are given out to those who excelled in some aspect of the game. Most of these awards are determined by voting by a panel of American and Canadian media members. Note that unlike MLB awards, most of which are voted on only by sportswriters, the voting panel for the NBA awards (except as noted) specifically includes broadcasters. In addition, there are two more awards—one involving the All-Star Game, and the other for the NBA Finals.

The specific awards are as follows. The "most recent winners" are from the 2015–16 season, with team affiliations as of that season.



* The '''NBA Sportsmanship Award''' goes to the player viewed as the league's most sportsmanlike. Similar to the Lady Byng Award in the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]], although unlike that award it does not demand excellence of play. Each NBA team nominates a player, with a screening committee selecting one finalist from each NBA division. The final voting body is the league's players. Grant Hill has the most awards, with three.

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* The '''NBA Sportsmanship Award''' goes to the player viewed as the league's most sportsmanlike. Similar to the Lady Byng Award in the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]], although unlike that award it does not demand excellence of play. Each NBA team nominates a player, with a screening committee selecting one finalist from each NBA division. The final voting body is the league's players. The winner receives the Joe Dumars Trophy, named for the award's first recipient. Grant Hill has the most awards, with three.



Finally, the other two awards:
* The '''All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award''' is another case of ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Like the seasonal playing awards, voted on by the media, in this case immediately after the game so that the trophy can be handed out in the postgame festivities. Bob Pettit and Kobe Bryant have the record for most awards, each with four.
** ''Most Recent Winner:'' Russell Westbrook, PG, Thunder
* The '''Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award''' is another case of ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, in this case honoring the best performer in the NBA Finals. Almost always goes to a player on the championship team—the player on the losing team ever to win the award was the Lakers' Jerry West in 1969, the first time it was awarded. Michael Jordan has the most awards with five.
** ''Most Recent Winner:'' [=LeBron=] James, SF/PF, Cavaliers



* '''Larry Bird''' was a forward that played with the Celtics in the 80s. Led a "Big Three" with Kevin [=McHale=] and Robert Parish. One of the most popular figures in Boston sports history, Bird is a three-time NBA champion, a three-time MVP and a two-time Finals MVP. Generally considered one of the game's great shooters, maybe ''the'' greatest, but also played very unselfishly and averaged better than six assists a game for his career (though he did get sixty points in one game). In another game he was a single steal away from a ''quadruple''-double, but sat out the entire fourth quarter because he just didn't care. He was TheRival to Magic Johnson; their three Finals matchups were some of the most watched ''ever'' at the time. Played with the DreamTeam, but retired shortly thereafter due to lingering back injuries. Also a current owner of the Indiana Pacers. And a master of IShallTauntYou.

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* '''Larry Bird''' was a forward that who played with the Celtics in the 80s. Led a "Big Three" with Kevin [=McHale=] and Robert Parish. One of the most popular figures in Boston sports history, Bird is a three-time NBA champion, a three-time MVP and a two-time Finals MVP. Generally considered one of the game's great shooters, maybe ''the'' greatest, but also played very unselfishly and averaged better than six assists a game for his career (though he did get sixty points in one game). In another game he was a single steal away from a ''quadruple''-double, but sat out the entire fourth quarter because he just didn't care. He was TheRival to Magic Johnson; their three Finals matchups were some of the most watched ''ever'' at the time. Played with the DreamTeam, but retired shortly thereafter due to lingering back injuries. Also a current owner of the Indiana Pacers. And a master of IShallTauntYou.



* '''Isiah Thomas''', the leader of the Detroit "Bad Boy" Pistons, was a very controversial figure. While initially lauded for his determination and playmaking, his popularity took a huge hit when he said that Larry Bird would be "just another guy" if he weren't white and refused to back down from his statements. [[FaceHeelTurn He accepted his new villain role with open arms]] and became the general for the Bad Boy's aggressive style of play. He was infamous for his HairTriggerTemper, his rambunctious competitiveness, his trash-talking swagger and his dirty plays. He would often overreact to calls that went against him, commit hard-to-flagrant fouls on others and leave the court without shaking his opponents' hands; he was snubbed from the Dream Team due to his unpleasant on-court demeanor. Nevertheless, Isiah was the man that kept ''Michael Jordan'' from winning a championship ''three years in a row'', from 1988 through 1990, twice in the conference finals. Isiah took his Bad Boys to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning two consecutive titles in 1989-1990 against Clyde Drexler and the Lakers (though they were without Magic Johnson), the latter of whom defeated the Pistons in 1988. However, they were eventually eclipsed by Jordan's Bulls in 1991 through 1993; Isiah himself retired soon after tearing his Achilles' tendon in 1994. After retiring, earned [[NeverLiveItDown an infamous reputation]] [[ThePeterPrinciple as a bad coach, and even worse executive with plenty of boneheaded decisions]]. He's also not to be mixed up with current Boston Celtics player [[NamesTheSame Isaiah Thomas]], who also gets booed by Knicks fans because his name reminds them of their awful past with him.

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* '''Isiah Thomas''', the leader of the Detroit "Bad Boy" Pistons, was a very controversial figure. While initially lauded for his determination and playmaking, his popularity took a huge hit when he said that Larry Bird would be "just another guy" if he weren't white and refused to back down from his statements. [[FaceHeelTurn He accepted his new villain role with open arms]] and became the general for the Bad Boy's Boys' aggressive style of play. He was infamous for his HairTriggerTemper, his rambunctious competitiveness, his trash-talking swagger and his dirty plays. He would often overreact to calls that went against him, commit hard-to-flagrant fouls on others and leave the court without shaking his opponents' hands; he was snubbed from the Dream Team due to his unpleasant on-court demeanor. Nevertheless, Isiah was the man that kept ''Michael Jordan'' from winning a championship ''three years in a row'', from 1988 through 1990, twice in the conference finals. Isiah took his Bad Boys to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning two consecutive titles in 1989-1990 against Clyde Drexler and the Lakers (though they were without Magic Johnson), the latter of whom defeated the Pistons in 1988. However, they were eventually eclipsed by Jordan's Bulls in 1991 through 1993; Isiah himself retired soon after tearing his Achilles' tendon in 1994. After retiring, earned [[NeverLiveItDown an infamous reputation]] [[ThePeterPrinciple as a bad coach, and even worse executive with plenty of boneheaded decisions]]. He's also not to be mixed up with current Boston Celtics player [[NamesTheSame Isaiah Thomas]], who also gets booed by Knicks fans because his name reminds them of their awful past with him.



* '''Rick Barry''' was a small forward who played for several teams in the 60s and 70s, but had his longest tenure and greatest success with Golden State. He was drafted by the then-San Francisco Warriors in 1965 and immediately impressed, but contract disputes led him to jump ship to the pre-merger ABA. He bounced around the league until a court injunction sent him back to the Warriors, where he settled in as the team's star and eventually led them to the 1975 NBA championship. Barry retired in 1980; despite his notoriously prickly personality and the occasional off-court controversy, he was a shoo-in Hall of Famer, one of the league's historically great scorers before the introduction of the 3-point line. Also famous for his unique free-throw style—he shot them granny-style (i.e, two-handed and underhand), which was popular in the early days of the game but had largely disappeared by his day. Since he was one of the league's best free-throw shooters[[note]]in fact retiring as the league's all-time leader in free throw percentage[[/note]], no one laughed for very long; to this day, his style is occasionally suggested as a way to help out notoriously poor free-throw shooters.

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* '''Rick Barry''' was a small forward who played for several teams in the 60s and 70s, but had his longest tenure and greatest success with Golden State. He was drafted by the then-San Francisco Warriors in 1965 and immediately impressed, but contract disputes led him to jump ship to the pre-merger ABA. He bounced around the league until a court injunction sent him back to the Warriors, where he settled in as the team's star and eventually led them to the 1975 NBA championship. Barry retired in 1980; despite his notoriously prickly personality and the occasional off-court controversy, he was a shoo-in Hall of Famer, one of the league's historically great scorers before the introduction of the 3-point line. Also famous for his unique free-throw style—he shot them granny-style (i.e, two-handed and underhand), which was popular in the early days of the game but had largely disappeared by his day. Since he was one of the league's best free-throw shooters[[note]]in fact retiring shooters[[note]]retiring as the league's all-time leader in free throw percentage[[/note]], no one laughed for very long; to this day, his style is occasionally suggested as a way to help out notoriously poor free-throw shooters.



* '''Blake Griffin''' was the first pick of the 2009 draft, but a [[GameBreakingInjury knee injury]] kept him out of the ground for a whole season. But then came his first game. And his first dunk. And many others after that, which helped turn his Los Angeles Clippers from the league's ButtMonkey into a team that actually fills the arena every game. His spectacular dunks earned him an All-Star spot in his first season in the league — even [=LeBron=] wasn't one for his rookie season. Griffin has continued to make All-Star teams, regularly in the starting lineup, and become a more versatile player with a reliable jump-shot. (But his dunks have a tendency to show up on ''Series/SportsCenter'' every night the Clippers play). If Durant could be considered Kobe's heir, Griffin is believed by some to be Shaq's. It helps that he now has a reliable point guard in...

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* '''Blake Griffin''' was the first pick of the 2009 draft, but a [[GameBreakingInjury knee injury]] kept him out of the ground for a whole season. But then came his first game. And his first dunk. And many others after that, which helped turn his Los Angeles Clippers from the league's ButtMonkey into a team that actually fills the arena every game. His spectacular dunks earned him an All-Star spot in his first season in the league — even [=LeBron=] wasn't one for his rookie season. Griffin has continued to make All-Star teams, regularly in the starting lineup, and become a more versatile player with a reliable jump-shot. jump shot. (But his dunks have a tendency to show up on ''Series/SportsCenter'' every night the Clippers play). play.) If Durant could be considered Kobe's heir, Griffin is believed by some to be Shaq's. It helps that he now has a reliable point guard in...



* '''Jerry West''' was one of the superstars of his time, often combining for 70 points a game with fellow Laker Elgin Baylor. A ten-time All-Star, one-time scoring leader, five-time All-NBA Defensive Team member and a one-time NBA Champion, West led the Lakers to nine NBA Finals appearances in the 1960s and 1970s. Known as "Mr. Clutch" for his ability to score buzzer-beating game-winners, his silhouette is featured on the NBA's official logo. He's the only athlete to have ever been awarded the Finals MVP award despite ''losing'' in the NBA Finals (against the Celtics). As general manager of the Lakers, he was the one who brought Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal together, leading to a three-peat not seen since UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan in the 90s. Among his accolades was an all-time scoring total of 25,192 points, 6,238 assists and 5,366 rebounds in 932 games, translating to an average of 27.0 points, 6.7 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game. Among retired players, only Michael Jordan, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain surpass his 27.0 points per game average. He led the Lakers in scoring in seven seasons, and was universally seen as one of the greatest clutch players in NBA history; only Jordan had a higher career scoring average in the playoffs (33.5 versus 29.1).

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* '''Jerry West''' was one of the superstars of his time, often combining for 70 points a game with fellow Laker Elgin Baylor. A ten-time All-Star, one-time scoring leader, five-time All-NBA Defensive Team member and a one-time NBA Champion, West led the Lakers to nine NBA Finals appearances in the 1960s and 1970s. Known as "Mr. Clutch" for his ability to score buzzer-beating game-winners, his silhouette is featured on the NBA's official logo. He's the only athlete player to have ever been awarded the Finals MVP award despite ''losing'' in the NBA Finals (against the Celtics). As general manager of the Lakers, he was the one who brought Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal together, leading to a three-peat not seen since UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan in the 90s. Among his accolades was an all-time scoring total of 25,192 points, 6,238 assists and 5,366 rebounds in 932 games, translating to an average of 27.0 points, 6.7 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game. Among retired players, only Michael Jordan, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain surpass his 27.0 points per game average. He led the Lakers in scoring in seven seasons, and was universally seen as one of the greatest clutch players in NBA history; only Jordan had a higher career scoring average in the playoffs (33.5 versus 29.1).



* '''Russell Westbrook''' was TheLancer to Kevin Durant and the second wheel of the Thunder's former Big 3 (Durant, Westbrook, and James Harden), playing at point guard, and is now the undisputed team leader after Durant left for Golden State. Since 2011, he's often been the beacon of criticism due to his unconventional playing as a point guard. Namely, he focuses on a lot of jump shots and he tends to dribble the ball to run down the clock, which often backfires if his shot misses. While Durant and Westbrook are very close friends, Westbrook was not happy considering himself as the second best in the Thunder, leading to Westbrook garnering the image of a ball-hog during the 2011 season. Surprisingly, Durant ''let'' him try to lead the scoring, but when it became clear that Westbrook's streaky jump shots weren't gonna cut it, they eventually got into a power struggle, and ended up losing to the Mavericks in the 2011 Western Conference Finals. However, he started [[CharacterDevelopment growing out of both traits by the time of the 2012 playoffs]], dishing out a few more assists and driving the paint much more often. Although renowned for being exceptionally durable (he had not missed a game since high school), a freak injury in the playoffs against the Rockets left Westbrook sidelined with a torn meniscus, after which the Thunder sputtered their way to an early playoff exit.

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* '''Russell Westbrook''' was TheLancer to Kevin Durant and the second wheel of the Thunder's former Big 3 (Durant, Westbrook, and James Harden), playing at point guard, and is now the undisputed team leader after Durant left for Golden State. Since 2011, he's often been the beacon of criticism due to his unconventional playing as a point guard. Namely, he focuses on a lot of jump shots and he tends to dribble the ball to run down the clock, which often backfires if his shot misses. While Durant and Westbrook are very close friends, Westbrook was not happy considering himself as the second best in the Thunder, leading to Westbrook garnering the image of a ball-hog during the 2011 season. Surprisingly, Durant ''let'' him try to lead the scoring, but when it became clear that Westbrook's streaky jump shots weren't gonna cut it, they eventually got into a power struggle, and ended up losing to the Mavericks in the 2011 Western Conference Finals. However, he started [[CharacterDevelopment growing out of both traits by the time of the 2012 playoffs]], dishing out a few more assists and driving the paint much more often. Although renowned for being exceptionally durable (he had not missed a game since high school), a freak injury in the playoffs against the Rockets left Westbrook sidelined with a torn meniscus, after which the Thunder sputtered their way to an early playoff exit.
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* '''Kareem Abdul-Jabbar''' is another one of the players in serious contention for "best ever". He has six [=MVP=] awards, six championships, and is currently the league's all-time leading scorer. He was born Lew Alcindor, but changed his name when he converted to Islam after his second season in the league with the Milwaukee Bucks. In 1975, he was traded to the L.A. Lakers, and played there for the remaining 13 years of his career. Best known for the [[SignatureMove "sky hook" shot]] and being [[TheJuggernaut nigh-unto-unstoppable]].
%%[[Film/{{Airplane}} ...but my dad said he didn't work hard enough on defense And he says that lots of times, you don't even run down court. And that you don't really try... except during the playoffs.]]
%%The hell, I don't?! LISTEN, KID! I've been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I'm out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.

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* '''Kareem Abdul-Jabbar''' is another one of the players in serious contention for "best ever". He has six [=MVP=] awards, six championships, and is currently the league's all-time leading scorer. He was born Lew Alcindor, but changed his name when he converted to Islam after his second season in the league with the Milwaukee Bucks. In 1975, he was traded to the L.A. Lakers, and played there for the remaining 13 years of his career. Best known for the [[SignatureMove "sky hook" shot]] and shot]], being [[TheJuggernaut nigh-unto-unstoppable]].
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nigh-unto-unstoppable]], and playing co-pilot Roger Murdock in Film/{{Airplane}}.
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but my dad said he didn't work hard enough on defense And he says that lots of times, you don't even run down court. And that you don't really try... except during the playoffs.]]
%%The %% The hell, I don't?! LISTEN, KID! I've been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I'm out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.
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* '''Dwyane Wade''' is a shooting guard, who's been playing his entire career thus far with the Heat. 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 is easily considered the face of the Miami Heat (being its official captain certainly doesn't hurt), despite publicly endorsing [=LeBron=] as the leader. His tendency to receive injuries is a constant concern, however, and the looming threat of old age (he's 34 right now) 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 that 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's been playing guard who played his entire career thus far with the Heat.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 is was easily considered the face of the Miami Heat (being its official captain certainly doesn't didn't hurt), despite publicly endorsing [=LeBron=] as the leader. 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's 34 right now) (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 that 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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** ''Most Recent Winner:'' C. J. McCollum, SG, Blazers

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** ''Most Recent Winner:'' C. J. McCollum, [=McCollum=], SG, Blazers
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NBA Development League, or NBA D-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the D-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. Starting in 2016, only 8 NBA teams will not have its own minor.

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NBA Development League, or NBA D-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the D-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. Starting in 2016, only 8 NBA teams will not have its their own minor.
D-League affiliate.



* Windy City Bulls (Bulls): Will play in nearby Hoffman Estates.

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* Windy City Bulls (Bulls): Will Started play in 2016 in nearby Hoffman Estates.


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[[folder:NBA Awards]]
After the season, a number of different awards are given out to those who excelled in some aspect of the game. Most of these awards are determined by voting by a panel of American and Canadian media members. Note that unlike MLB awards, most of which are voted on only by sportswriters, the voting panel for the NBA awards (except as noted) specifically includes broadcasters. The specific awards are as follows. The "most recent winners" are from the 2015–16 season, with team affiliations as of that season.
* The '''Most Valuable Player Award (MVP)''' is given to the player who is considered to have been the top performer of the regular season. There are no restrictions on who can be named MVP, but it almost always goes to a player from a team who made the playoffs; in fact, every winner since the 1982–83 season has played on a team that won at least 50 games. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for most MVP awards with six; UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain and UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan have five each.
** ''Most Recent Winner:'' Creator/StephenCurry, PG/SG, Warriors (the first-ever unanimous winner)
* The '''Rookie of the Year Award''' is given to the rookie who is considered to have had the best season. Though a rookie is generally defined as a first-year player, he doesn't necessarily have to be. As long as the player enters the current season without having played in the NBA, he is considered to be in his rookie season. Experience in leagues outside the NBA is not counted against a player; unlike baseball, which has experienced controversy due to Japanese-born players winning that sport's award despite having prior professional experience in Japanese baseball, there has been little if any controversy over eligibility of former foreign professionals. Then again, only one player with foreign pro experience has been named Rookie of the Year: Pau Gasol in 2002.
** ''Most Recent Winner:'' Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Timberwolves (the most recent unanimous winner)
* The '''Defensive Player of the Year Award''' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Also does not consider playoff performance. Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace have the most awards, each with four.
** ''Most Recent Winner:'' Kawhi Leonard, SF, Spurs
* The '''Most Improved Player of the Year Award''' is also ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Also does not consider playoff performance.
** ''Most Recent Winner:'' C. J. McCollum, SG, Blazers
* The '''Sixth Man of the Year Award''' goes to the best bench player of the regular season. Players who started in more games than they played strictly as a substitute are ineligible. The current holder of this award, Jamal Crawford, has the most awards with three. Notably, Bill Walton is the only player to have both an MVP and a Sixth Man Award, winning the former in his prime and the latter in the twilight of his career.
** ''Most Recent Winner:'' Jamal Crawford, PG/SG, Clippers
* The '''Coach of the Year Award''' goes to the top head coach of the regular season. There are no specific guidelines for who can win, but the award typically goes to the manager of a team who achieved surprising success, usually a team that was expected to finish low in the standings but ended up competing for a title. The record for most wins is three, held by Don Nelson, Pat Riley, and Gregg Popovich.
** ''Most Recent Winner:'' Steve Kerr, Warriors[[note]]Won despite coaching less than half of the season due to recovery from back surgery, although league rules meant that he was credited with all of the Warriors' 73 regular-season wins. Assistant Luke Walton (Bill's son) was interim head coach for most of the season, and received a few votes.[[/note]]
* The '''Executive of the Year Award''' goes to the season's top general manager. Unlike the other season awards, media members play no role in the voting; the league's [=GMs=] vote instead. There are no specific guidelines for who can win, but the award typically goes to the GM of a contending team. Former Suns GM Jerry Colangelo has the most awards, with four.
** ''Most Recent Winner:'' R. C. Buford, Spurs
Three other awards based mainly on non-playing criteria are handed out. Each has a different voting procedure from the seasonal awards.
* The '''NBA Sportsmanship Award''' goes to the player viewed as the league's most sportsmanlike. Similar to the Lady Byng Award in the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]], although unlike that award it does not demand excellence of play. Each NBA team nominates a player, with a screening committee selecting one finalist from each NBA division. The final voting body is the league's players. Grant Hill has the most awards, with three.
** ''Most Recent Winner:'' Mike Conley, PG, Grizzlies
* The '''J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award''', named after the league's second commissioner, is presented for outstanding community service. Unlike all other NBA awards, it is not restricted to players, coaches, or [=GMs=]—any employee of an NBA team is eligible for the award. However, it has only been awarded twice to non-players (once each to a coach and a trainer). Voted on exclusively by sportswriters. The only two-time winner is Mutombo.
** ''Most Recent Winner:'' Wayne Ellington, SG, Nets
* The '''Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award''' (see the Sacramento Kings folder below for an explanation of its namesakes) is presented to the player viewed as the league's "ideal teammate". A panel of NBA legends nominates six players from each conference, with the league's players then casting votes to determine the winner.
** ''Most Recent Winner:'' Vince Carter, SF, Grizzlies
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* '''Ray Allen''' is a shooting guard that formed the third part of the 2008 "Big 3" Boston Celtics, along with Pierce and Garnett. A MilitaryBrat, Allen is the all time NBA leader in three-point and free throw shooting, surpassing the great Reggie Miller. Allen once played for the Bucks and the [=SuperSonics=] before going to Boston. He is also remembered for an impressive performance (for an athlete) as lead character Jesus Shuttlesworth in the Spike Lee movie ''He Got Game''. Starting in July 2012, Allen joined the Miami Heat on a two-year, $6 million deal. Despite being hot and cold during the 2012–13 season, the trade to Miami Heat would pay off during the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. With seconds left in Game 6 and the Spurs looking like they would pick up their fifth championship trophy, Allen hit a big three point shot to tie the game. The game went into overtime and the Heat won it to force a Game 7; a game which the Heat won and Allen picked up another championship ring. After the 2013–14 season, he became a free agent, but didn't catch on with any team and ultimately sat out the entire 2014–15 season; it remains to be seen whether he will return or retire.

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* '''Ray Allen''' is a shooting guard that who formed the third part of the 2008 "Big 3" Boston Celtics, along with Pierce and Garnett. A MilitaryBrat, Allen is the all time NBA leader in three-point and free throw shooting, surpassing the great Reggie Miller. Allen once played for the Bucks and the [=SuperSonics=] before going to Boston. He is also remembered for an impressive performance (for an athlete) as lead character Jesus Shuttlesworth in the Spike Lee movie ''He Got Game''. Starting in July 2012, Allen joined the Miami Heat on a two-year, $6 million deal. Despite being hot and cold during the 2012–13 season, the trade to Miami Heat would pay off during the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. With seconds left in Game 6 and the Spurs looking like they would pick up their fifth championship trophy, Allen hit a big three point shot to tie the game. The game went into overtime and the Heat won it to force a Game 7; a game which the Heat won and Allen picked up another championship ring. After the 2013–14 season, he became a free agent, but didn't catch on with any team and ultimately sat out never played in the entire 2014–15 season; it remains to be seen whether league again, although he will return or retire.didn't announce his retirement until November 2016.
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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 became known for 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 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 [=LeBron=] James. Founded in 1970, the Cavs have been borderline mediocre throughout much of their history, having never made it to the NBA Finals until 2007; they've reached them twice more since then, in 2015 and 2016, and all three 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 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]]

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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 for]] [[JokeCharacter some really bad basketball[[note]] 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.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 [=LeBron=] James. Founded in 1970, the Cavs have been [[ButtMonkey borderline mediocre mediocre]] throughout much of their history, having never made it to the NBA Finals until 2007; they've reached them twice more since then, in 2015 and 2016, and all three 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 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 '''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 three seasons featuring 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 featuring]] [[TheChewToy extended losing streaks and fewer than 20 victories, victories]], while also sending away most competitive players in exchange for draft picks.



* The '''Golden State Warriors''' are the Bay Area's team and have one of the deepest histories in the league. Originally the Philadelphia Warriors, the franchise won four championships in their history[[note]] Two in Philly in 1947 and again 1956, and two in California in 1975 and 2015[[/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 that was ''before'' they [[OhCrap added Kevin Durant in the 2016 offseason...]]

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* The '''Golden State Warriors''' are the Bay Area's team and have one of the deepest histories in the league. Originally the Philadelphia Warriors, the franchise won four championships in their history[[note]] Two in Philly in 1947 and again 1956, and two in California in 1975 and 2015[[/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 that [[FromBadToWorse that]] was ''before'' they [[OhCrap added Kevin Durant Durant]] [[TookALevelInBadass in the 2016 offseason...]]



* 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 now boast 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. 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 yet to win a conference or a league title to this day. 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 the NBA's most popular team. They are 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.

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* 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 now boast 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. 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.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. team]]. They are [[TheAce one of the most accomplished franchises in sports, 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 '''Oklahoma City Thunder''' were formerly known as the Seattle [=SuperSonics=]. Founded in 1967, the Sonics had a history of moderate successes in the Northwest, winning the NBA title in 1979 and reaching the Finals on two other occasions. Unfortunately, the lack of a new arena deal in Seattle, coupled with the owners' ties to Oklahoma and the feverish support OKC gave the Hornets in their part-time home, prompted the move of the Sonics to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder in 2008 (this is still a sore point in Seattle, particularly as the league is still unclear regarding giving the city another franchise whether by relocation or expansion). In Oklahoma City, the franchise grew into one of the league's top franchises, led by superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The young core of talent led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012. The Thunder were still one of the elite teams in the NBA, and a perennial championship contender when Durant and Westbrook were healthy... until Durant left for the Warriors as a free agent after the 2015–16 season, leaving the Thunder with a very uncertain future as a contender. Also of note with the Thunder are their loyal and passionate fans, who give the Thunder one of the toughest home court advantages for visiting teams.
* 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 high octane offense. Despite everything, the Suns successes have almost always flamed out in some fashion or another and the franchise have never won a championship.

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* The '''Oklahoma City Thunder''' were formerly known as the Seattle [=SuperSonics=]. Founded in 1967, the Sonics had a history of moderate successes in the Northwest, winning the NBA title in 1979 and reaching the Finals on two other occasions. Unfortunately, the lack of a new arena deal in Seattle, coupled with the owners' ties to Oklahoma and the feverish support OKC gave the Hornets in their part-time home, prompted the move of the Sonics to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder in 2008 (this is still a [[FandomBerserkButton sore point point]] in Seattle, particularly as the league is still unclear regarding giving the city another franchise whether by relocation or expansion). In Oklahoma City, the franchise grew into one of the league's top franchises, led by superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The young core of talent led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012. The Thunder were still one of the elite teams in the NBA, and a perennial championship contender (yet also a perennial [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut playoff choker]]) when Durant and Westbrook were healthy... until Durant left for [[TheJuggernaut the Warriors Warriors]] as a free agent after the 2015–16 season, leaving the Thunder with a very uncertain future as a contender. Also of note with the Thunder are their loyal and passionate fans, who give the Thunder one of the toughest home court advantages for visiting teams.
* 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. offense]]. Despite everything, the Suns successes have almost always [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut flamed out in some fashion or another 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 bought the Kings, and Sacramento was able to get a deal in place to build a new arena.

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* 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.arena. The Kings are now trying to build a playoff-contending team around big-men Demarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein, but a series of poor ownership decisions, a carousel of lame-duck coaches, and boneheaded draft picks (Thomas Robinson [[note]] Drafted over Damien Lillard and Draymond Green [[/note]] and Jimmer Fredette [[note]] Drafted over Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard [[/note]], anyone?) have prevented the Kings from having sustained success in the NBA.
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