Everything About All NBA Teams In California

Last Updated on March 26, 2023 by

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Want to call yourself an NBA freak? Let’s start with a trivia question then-

Have any players played for each NBA team that play in California?

Give it a thought & we’ll get back to you later.

In total, there are 30 teams in NBA. Of them, 4 teams are coming from the state of California. Statistically, it is 13.33% of the entire league. This is a staggering number, especially when you think about the remaining 26 teams are representing 49 other states.

So today, we shall talk about every California basketball team that is playing in NBA. If you love playing with basketball hoops, then you might find some interesting facts in this article.

The 4 NBA teams in California are Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers & Sacramento Kings.

Let’s start with a brief comparison among these California NBA teams. Then we will dig deeper, take a look at their history and notable performances to date & many more.






Division Title

Conference Title

NBA Title

1. Los Angeles Lakers



Staples Center




2. Golden State Warriors



Chase Center




3. Los Angeles Clippers


Chuck the Condor

Staples Center




4. Sacramento Kings


Slamson the Lion

Golden 1 Center




4 NBA Teams In California

1. Los Angeles Lakers

History: They first came into the scene in 1947 as Minneapolis Lakers then they were relocated to Los Angeles Lakers in 1960s. They have a rich long history. They had a star studded squad in almost every decade. Many hall of famers (26) have featured as Los Angeles Laker Player.

We can divide the journey of Lakers in NBA into 5 segments:

  • 1950s: George Mikan era- 5 titles
  • 1970s: Elgin Baylor/ Jerry West/ Wilt Chamberlain era- 1 title
  • 1980s: Magic/ Abdul Jabbar/ James Worthy/ Showtime era- 5 titles
  • Early 2000s: Shaq/ Kobe/ Phil Jackson era- 3 titles
  • Late 2000s: Kobe/ Phil Jackson era- 2 titles

They are in 2nd position with 16 NBA titles, only behind of Boston Celtics (17 titles)

NBA Championships: 16 titles

1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954 (As Minneapolis Leaker)

1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010 (As Los Angeles Lakers)

Notable Performance:

  • During 1971-72 season, they won 33 straight games. They set the record for NBA’s longest winning streak
  • They achieved “three-peat” twice (Between 1952-1954 & 2000-2002)

Renowned Players: Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Jamaal Wilkes, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

Renowned Coaches: John Kundla, Bill Sharman, Pat Riley, Phil Jackson

Current head Coach: Frank Vogel

2. Golden State Warriors

HistoryThey were known as Philadelphia Warriors till 1961 before changing their name into San Francisco Warriors. It was in 1971 when they got the name “Golden State Warriors

Warriors fans have witnessed their team going through both good & bad times.

There is a quick recap:

  • In 1947 they won the inaugural BAA championships.
  • Almost 10 years later in 1956, 3 hall of famers Paul Arizin, Tim Gola & Neil Johnston led them to the title again.
  • In 1959, they introduced a young Wilt Chamberlain (a future star was in the making).
  • In 1975, Rick Barry & Jamaal Wilkes led the Warriors shocked the whole world by defeating Washington Bullets in the finals.
  • The 1980s saw the Warriors going through a transition period. Players like Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond & Chris Mullin were brought in (they were famously known as “Run TMC”).
  • A 40 year long title drought came to an end when in 2015, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson & Draymond Green helped the team to win their 4th title.
  • Kevin Durant propelled them to championship glory later in 2017 & 2018.

They are in 3rd position in terms of winning NBA titles, with 6 titles in total

NBA Championships: 6 titles

1947, 1956 (As Philadelphia Warriors)

1975, 2015, 2017, 2018 (As Golden State warriors)

Notable Performance:

  • Warriors set the best ever regular season record of 73-9 & most wins in a season (during 2015-16 NBA season).
  • In 2018, they were declared as the 10th highest valued sports franchise in the world, tied with Washington Redskins (NFL).

Renowned Players: Nate Thurmond, “Tiny” Archibald, Rick Barry, Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant

Renowned Coaches: Don Nelson, Steve Kerr

Current Head Coach: Steve Kerr

3. Los Angeles Clippers

HistoryCompared to the pinnacle of success their city rival Lakers have reached, Clippers are a perennial loser in the eyes of many Americans. They are yet to win a single title in their 50 years long NBA tenure.

  • They were founded as Buffalo Braves in 1970
  • The franchise was renamed as San Diego Clippers in 1978
  • In 1984 relocation to Los Angeles saw creating some controversies.
  • In the late 2000s, players such as Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan & Chris Paul were added into the mix. They became a regular play-off team then.
  • They won 2 division titles in 2013 & 2014

NBA Championships: 0 title

Notable Performance:  Reached 3 western conference semifinals (2012, 2014, 2015)

Renowned Players: Bob McAdoo, Elton Brand, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Renowned Coaches: Larry Brown, Bill Fitch, Doc Rivers

Current Head Coach: Doc Rivers

4. Sacramento Kings

History: They entered into NBA as Rochester Royals. They became Cincinnati Royals in 1957. 15 years later, they were renamed as Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972. Shortly after that, they started playing as Kansas City Kings. And it was in 1985, when they moved to Sacramento and are still residing there.

Although this California based basketball team changed their name quite a few times, but they haven’t been able to change their luck.

  • Their only title came in 1951 and they defeated New York Knicks in the final. At that time, the Rochester Royals team featured 9 future Basketball hall of famer.
  • It looks like they were always in a rebuilding process and the frequent change of ownership didn’t help either. We must admit their fans are truly loyal to their team albeit little success they had.

NBA Championships: 1 title - 1951 (As Rochester Royals)

Notable Performance: In the 2001-02 season, they had a winning percentage of 0.744 (61-21)

Renowned Players: Mitch Richmond, Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, DeMarcus Cousins

Renowned Coaches: Phil Johnson, Bill Russell, Rick Adelman, Mike Malone

Head Coach: Luke Walton

List Of NBA Teams By State

State Name

Number of NBA Teams

NBA Team



Phoenix Suns



Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers & Sacramento Kings



Denver Nuggets



Miami Heat, Orlando Magic



Atlanta Hawks



Chicago Bulls



Indiana Pacers



New Orleans Pelicans



Boston Celtics



Detroit Pistons



Minnesota Timberwolves

New York


Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

North Carolina


Charlotte Hornets



Cleveland Cavaliers



Oklahoma City Thunder



Portland Trail Blazers



Philadelphia 76ers



Memphis Grizzlies



Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs



Utah Jazz



Milwaukee Bucks

Washington DC


Washington Wizards

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the oldest team in NBA?

-Sacramento Kings founded in 1923 (as Rochester Seagrams), are the oldest team in NBA.

Which state has the most NBA teams?

-California, with 4 NBA teams.

How many NBA teams does Florida have?

-Florida has got 2 NBA teams in total, Miami Heat & Orlando Magic.

What is the name of the NBA team in Canada?

-Toronto Raptors are the only Canadian-based basketball team playing in NBA. They play their home games at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

How many states do not have an NBA team?

-29 states in total do not have an NBA team.