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Timeline of the National Basketball Association

The following is a timeline of the expansion and evolution of franchises in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The league was formed as the Basketball Association of America in 1946 and took its current name in 1949. The histories of franchises that were members of the American Basketball League, National Basketball League, and National Pro Basketball League before they joined the NBA are also included.


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  1. -- Original BAA Teams
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  1. -- Absorbed from ABL
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  1. -- NBL teams absorbed 1948
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  1. -- NBL teams merged 1949
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  1. 1940s-50s
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  1. -- current teams A - M
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 # possible move to Seattle upcoming
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  1. -- N - Z
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