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FranchisesCityTrivia and Tips
Bombers (BAA - NBA) - Hawks (NBA) - Spirits (ABA) Along the Colonels, the Spirits were the only active ABA team to not join the NBA after the merger. That has made then owners Ozzie and Daniel Silna very rich men, thanks to the amazing deal they signed 35 years ago
Stars (ABA) - Jazz (NBA)The Jazz relocated there in 1979
Chaparrals (ABA)One of the three home cities of the Texas Chaparrals
Americans (ABA) - Nets (NBA)The Nets have had two ROY in their history : Buck Williams and Derrick Coleman
Celtics (BAA - NBA)The Celtics lead every NBA franchise with 17 Championships. Center Ed Sadowski was the Celtics first All-NBA First Team in 1948
Royals (NBA)1955 ROY Maurice Stokes played in the All-Star Game all three years of his career. He suffered a head injury in the last game of the 57-58 season, the first in the Royals new City. The injury aggravated during the flight back after the first playoff game, and Stokes fell into a coma
Hawks (NBA)These Hawks drafted Pete Maravich and Boris Diaw
Red Skins (NBA)The Red Skins were a charter member of the NBA, and the NBA all-time smallest arena and market
Squires (ABA)A 'regional team', based in 4 different cities. The Squires drafted Dr J.
Floridians (ABA)For one year, the Floridians were a 'regional team', thus based in 4 cities
Cougars (ABA)A 'regional team', based in 4 different cities, but primarily in this one
Muskies (ABA)The Muskies drafted Mel Daniels in the very first ABA Draft
Oaks (ABA) - Warriors (NBA)After a contract dispute with the Warriors, Rick Barry joined the Oaks in 68 and led them to the ABA title in 69
Huskies (BAA) - Raptors (NBA)At the creation of the Raptors, initial sentiment was in favour of reviving the Huskies nickname, but team management realized it would be nearly impossible to design a logo that did not substantially resemble that of the Timberwolves
Knickerbockers (BAA - NBA) - Nets (ABA)The Knicks are one of only two teams of the original National Basketball Association still located in its original city (the other being the Celtics)
Rebels (BAA) - Cavaliers (NBA)John Johnson, often considered as the first 'Point Forward', was the Cavaliers first pick in 1970
Grizzlies (NBA)Original location of the Grizzlies franchise. Shareef Abdur-Rahim is the franchise leader in points per game
Kings (NBA)The Royals relocated and became the Kings, which played in two cities. This one is in Kansas
Magic (NBA)Nick Anderson was the first draft pick of Magic history
Ironmen (BAA) - Pipers (ABA) - Condors (ABA)Led by MVP and future Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins, the Pipers won the first ABA championship
Nationals (NBA)Led by Dolph Schayes, the Nationals won the 1955 NBA Chapionship
FranchisesCityTrivia and Tips
Pros (ABA) - Tams (ABA) - Sounds (ABA) - Grizzlies (NBA)This city had to wait 26 years for top professional basketball after the Sounds relocated
Kings (NBA)The Royals relocated and became the Kings, which played in two cities. This one is in Missouri
Kings (NBA)The Kings moved to their current home in the 1985-86 season
Chaparrals (ABA) - Mavericks (NBA)The Chaparrals drafted James Silas. They were the Texas Chaparrals for one season, thus located in 3 cities instead of one
Steam Rollers (BAA)The Steamrollers remain the last pro sports franchise from one of the Big Four leagues to be based in this city's state
Blackhawks (NBA)Under the leadership of coach Red Auerback, the Blackhawks reached the playoffs in the NBA inaugural year
Rockets (NBA) - Conquistadors (ABA) - Sails (ABA) - Clippers (NBA)The Rockets drafted Elvin Hayes and Rudy Tomjanovich, the Clippers Terry Cummings and Tom Chambers
Buccaneers (ABA) - Jazz (NBA) - Hornets (NBA)The Buccaneers then became the Pros, Tams, Sounds and Claws
Supersonics (NBA)The Sonics drafted Kevin Durant before relocating to OKC. They also drafted Gary Payton, Dennis Johnson and Shawn Kemp
Lakers (BAA - NBA) - Pipers (ABA) - Timberwolves (NBA)Tony Campbell was the Wolves first leading scorer in 89-90
Capitols (BAA) - Capitols (ABA) - Bullets (NBA) - Wizards (NBA)The Capitols were founded in 1946 as a charter BAA team; it became a charter NBA team in 1949. The Capitols were the first professional team coached by Red Auerbach
Warriors (NBA)The first player drafted by the Warriors after their relocation was Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond (#3)
Nuggets (NBA - ABA - NBA) - Rockets (ABA)The Original Nuggets were the first NBA franchise west of the Mississippi in 1949
Warriors (BAA - NBA) - 76ers (NBA)Led by Joe Fulks, the first of the high scoring forwards, the Warriors won the inaugural BAA championship by defeating the Stags 4 games to 1
Lakers (NBA) - Stars (ABA) - Clippers (NBA)Elmore Smith holds the Lakers team record for blocks in a game (17)
Mavericks (ABA) - Rockets (NBA)The Mavericks, unrelated to the NBA team, were a charter member of the ABA
Falcons (BAA) - Pistons (NBA)Six players of the Pistons made it to the All-NBA first team at least once : Larry Foust, George Yardley, Gene Shue, Dave Bing, Isiah Thomas and Grant Hill
Squires (ABA)A 'regional team', based in 4 different cities. The Squires drafted Dr J.
Cougars (ABA) - Hornets (NBA) - Bobcats (NBA)Primos Brezec scored the Bobcats first two points. Jason Kapono recorded their first block
Amigos (ABA)The Amigos were the first professional team directly associated to the city
Bullets (BAA - NBA) - Bullets (NBA) - Claws (ABA)The Claws only played three preseason games before collapsing in 1976, the ABA last year of existence. Since then, this city is still awaiting professional basketball
FranchisesCityTrivia and Tips
Floridians (ABA)For one year, the Floridians were a 'regional team', thus based in 4 cities
Stags (BAA) - Packers (NBA) - Zephyrs (NBA) - Bulls (NBA)The Stags star player was Max Zaslofsky. He was an All-NBA first Team in the Stags 4 years of existence. At 21, he remained the youngest first team All-NBA for 60 years, until he was surpassed by Lebron James in 2006
Cougars (ABA)A 'regional team', based in 4 different cities
Hawks (NBA) - Bucks (NBA)The Bucks won the first pick of the 1969 NBA draft on a coin flip against the Suns. They selected Lew Alcindor. The Suns selected center Neal Walk
Chaparrals (ABA)One of the three home cities of the Texas Chaparrals
Packers (NBA)The Packers went to the playoff in the NBA inaugural year. One of the NBA smallest markets ever
Trail Blazers (NBA)The Trail Blazers entered the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team. They quickly mastered the draft : Geoffe Petrie won ROY in 71, Sydney Wicks in 72
Suns (NBA)The Suns began as an expansion Team in 1968, selecting Gail Goodrich, John Barnhill and Dick Van Arsdale in the Expansion Draft
Hawks (NBA)The Hawks remain the only sports franchise ever based in Iowa from any of the Big Four Leagues
Floridians (ABA)For one year, the Floridians were a 'regional team', thus based in 4 cities
Royals (BAA - NBA)With Bob Davies and Bobby Wanzer, the Royals had the best backcourt duo of the NBA's early years. Davies is the first NBA player to record 20 assists in a game
Squires (ABA)A 'regional team', based in 4 different cities. The Squires drafted Dr J.
Pistons (BAA - NBA)The Pistons drafted George Yardley, the first NBA player to score 2000 points in a season
Cougars (ABA)A 'regional team', based in 4 different cities
Floridians (ABA) - Heat (NBA)The Heat first draft pick was Rony Seikaly
Braves (NBA)The Braves drafted Elmore Smith and Bob McAdoo. They became the Clippers.
Spurs (ABA) - Spurs (NBA)The Chaparrals relocated and became the Spurs in 1976
Colonels (ABA)The Colonels were a member of the ABA for all of the league's nine years
Jets (BAA) - Olympians (NBA) - Pacers (ABA - NBA)Led by Mel Daniels, the Pacers won 3 ABA Championships in 4 years. Daniels never played in the NBA. He'll be enshrined this year
Squires (ABA)A 'regional team', based in 4 different cities, but primarily in this one. The Squires drafted Dr J.
Thunder (NBA)Earl Watson scored the franchise first two points

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