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NBA TEAM ROOTS

ANDERSON PACKERS 1945-46 Anderson Chiefs [Semipro] 1946-49 Anderson Duffey Packers [NBL] 1949-50 Anderson Packers [NBA] 1950-51 Anderson Packers [NPBL] ATLANTA HAWKS 1946-47 Buffalo Bisons [NBL] 1947-49 Tri-City Blackhawks [NBL] 1949-50 Tri-City Blackhawks [NBA] 1950-51 Tri-Cities Blackhawks [NBA] 1951-55 Milwaukee Hawks [NBA] 1955-68 St. Louis Hawks [NBA] 1968- Atlanta Hawks [NBA] BALTIMORE BULLETS 1944-47 Baltimore Bullets [ABL] 1947-49 Baltimore Bullets [BAA] 1949-55 Baltimore Bullets [NBA] BOSTON CELTICS 1946-49 Boston Celtics [BAA] 1949- Boston Celtics [NBA] BROOKLYN NETS 1967 New Jersey Freighters [ABA] 1967-68 New Jersey Americans [ABA] 1968-76 New York Nets [ABA] 1976-77 New York Nets [NBA] 1977-12 New Jersey Nets [NBA] 2012- Brooklyn Nets [NBA] CHICAGO BULLS 1966- Chicago Bulls [NBA] CHICAGO STAGS 1946-49 Chicago Stags [BAA] 1949-50 Chicago Stags [NBA] 1950 Chicago Bruins [NBA] CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 1970- Cleveland Cavaliers [NBA] CLEVELAND REBELS 1946-47 Cleveand Rebels [BAA] DALLAS MAVERICKS 1980- Dallas Mavericks [NBA] DENVER NUGGETS 1935 Denver Safeway-Piggly Wigglys [AAU] 1936-38 Denver Safeway Stores [AAU] 1939-40 Denver Nuggets [AAU] 1941-44 Denver American Legion [AAU] 1945-46 Denver Ambrose Jellymakers [AAU] 1947-48 Denver Nuggets [AAU] 1948-49 Denver Nuggets [NBL] 1949-50 Denver Nuggets [NBA] 1950-51 Denver Frontier Refiners[NPBL] 1950-51 Evansville Agogans [NPBL] DENVER NUGGETS 1967 Kansas City [ABA] 1967 Denver Larks [ABA] 1967-74 Denver Rockets [ABA] 1974-76 Denver Nuggets [ABA] 1976- Denver Nuggets [NBA] DETROIT FALCONS 1946 Indianapolis [BAA] 1946-47 Detroit Falcons [BAA] DETROIT PISTONS 1939-41 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons [Independent] 1941-48 Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons [NBL] 1948-49 Fort Wayne Pistons [BAA] 1949-57 Fort Wayne Pistons [NBA] 1957- Detroit Pistons [NBA] GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 1946-49 Philadelphia Warriors [BAA] 1949-62 Philadelphia Warriors [NBA] 1962-71 San Francisco Warriors [NBA] 1971- Golden State Warriors [NBA] HOUSTON ROCKETS 1967-71 San Diego Rockets [NBA] 1971- Houston Rockets [NBA] INDIANA PACERS 1967-76 Indiana Pacers [ABA] 1976- Indiana Pacers [NBA] INDIANAPOLIS JETS 1931-32 Indianapolis Kausky ACs [Independent] 1932-33 Indianapolis Kautskys [NBL] 1933-35 Indianapolis Kautskys [Independent] 1935-37 Indianapolis Kautskys [MBC] 1937-38 Indianapolis Kautskys [NBL] 1940-41 Indianapolis Kautskys [Independent] 1941-42 Indianapolis Kautskys [NBL] 1942-45 Suspended operations 1945-48 Indianapolis Kautskys [NBL] 1948-49 Indianapolis Jets [NBA] INDIANAPOLIS OLYMPIANS 1949-53 Indianapolis Olympians [NBA] LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 1970-78 Buffalo Braves [NBA] 1978-84 San Diego Clippers [NBA] 1984- Los Angeles Clippers [NBA] LOS ANGELES LAKERS 1946-47 Detroit Gems [NBL] 1947-48 Minneapolis Lakers [NBL] 1948-49 Minneapolis Lakers [BAA] 1949-60 Minneapolis Lakers [NBA] 1960- Los Angeles Lakers [NBA] MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 1995-01 Vancouver Grizzlies [NBA] 2001- Memphis Grizzlies [NBA] MIAMI HEAT 1988- Miami Heat [NBA] MILWAUKEE BUCKS 1968- Milwaukee Bucks [NBA] MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 1989- Minnesota Timberwolves [NBA] NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 1988-02 Charlotte Hornets [NBA] 2003-05 New Orleans Hornets [NBA] 2005-07 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets [NBA] 2007-13 New Orleans Hornets [NBA] 2013- New Orleans Pelicans [NBA] NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS 1946-49 New York Knickerbockers [BAA] 1949- New York Knickerbockers [NBA] OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 1967-08 Seattle SuperSonics [NBA] 2008-11 Oklahoma City Thunder [NBA] ORLANDO MAGIC 1989- Orlando Magic [NBA] PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 1946-49 Syracuse Nationals [NBL] 1949-63 Syracuse Nationals [NBA] 1963- Philadelphia 76ers [NBA] PHOENIX SUNS 1968- Phoenix Suns [NBA] PITTSBURGH IRONMEN 1946-47 Pittsburgh Ironmen [BAA] PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 1970- Portland Trail Blazers [NBA] PROVIDENCE STEAM ROLLERS 1946-49 Providence Steam Rollers [BAA] SACRAMENTO KINGS 1923-32 Rochester Seagrams [Independent] 1932-33 Rochester Seagrams [District Basketball Association] 1933-36 Rochester Seagrams [District Basketball League] 1936-42 Rochester Seagrams [Independent] 1942-43 Rochester Eber Seagrams [Independent] 1943-45 Rochester Pros [Independent] 1945-48 Rochester Royals [NBL] 1948-49 Rochester Royals [BAA] 1949-57 Rochester Royals [NBA] 1957-72 Cincinnati Royals [NBA] 1972-75 Kansas City-Omaha Kings [NBA] 1975-85 Kansas City Kings [NBA] 1985- Sacramento Kings [NBA] ST. LOUIS BOMBERS 1946-49 St. Louis Bombers [BAA] 1949-50 St. Louis Bombers [NBA] SAN ANTONIO SPURS 1967-70 Dallas Chaparrals [ABA] 1970-71 Texas Chaparrals [ABA] 1971-73 Dallas Chaparrals [ABA] 1973-76 San Antonio Spurs [ABA] 1976- San Antonio Spurs [NBA] SHEBOYGAN RED SKINS 1938-49 Sheboygan Red Skins [NBL] 1949-50 Sheboygan Red Skins [NBA] 1950-51 Sheboygan Red Skins [NPBL] TORONTO HUSKIES 1946-47 Toronto Huskies [BAA] TORONTO RAPTORS 1995- Toronto Raptors [NBA] UTAH JAZZ 1974-79 New Orleans Jazz [NBA] 1979- Utah Jazz [NBA] WASHINGTON WIZARDS 1961-62 Chicago Packers [NBA] 1962-63 Chicago Zephyrs [NBA] 1963-73 Baltimore Bullets [NBA] 1973-74 Capital Bullets [NBA] 1974-97 Washington Bullets [NBA] 1997- Washington Wizards [NBA] WATERLOO HAWKS 1948-49 Waterloo Hawks [NBL] 1949-50 Waterloo Hawks [NBA] 1950-51 Waterloo Hawks [NPBL]