How Many NBA Teams Are In California?

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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 remaining 26 teams are representing 49 other states

So today we shall talk about every California basketball teams that are playing in nba. If you love playing with basketball hoops then you might find some interesting facts in this article

Well, the teams that are located 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 till date & many more

NBA Teams In California Comparison

Facts

Lakers

Warriors

Clippers

Kings

Founded

1947

1946

1970

1923

Mascot

None

None

Chuck the Condor

Slamson the Lion 

Home

Venue 

Staples Center

Chase Center

Staples Center

Golden 1 Center

Division Title

23

7

2

3

Conference Title

31

11

0

1

NBA Title

16

6

0

1


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


History:

They 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 Warriors shocked the whole world by defeating Washington Bullets in the finals
  • 1980s saw 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


History:

compared 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 defeated New York Knicks in the final. At that time, 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. I 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

Arizona

1

Phoenix Suns

California

4

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

Colorado

1

Denver Nuggets

Florida

2

Miami Heat, Orlando Magic

Georgia

1

Atlanta Hawks

Illinois

1

Chicago Bulls

Indiana

1

Indiana Pacers

Louisiana

1

New Orleans Pelicans

Massachusetts

1

Boston Celtics

Michigan

1

Detroit Pistons

Minnesota

1

Minnesota Timberwolves

New York

2

Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

North Carolina

1

Charlotte Hornets

Ohio

1

Cleveland Cavaliers

Oklahoma

1

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oregon

1

Portland Trail Blazers

Pennsylvania

1

Philadelphia 76ers

Tennessee

1

Memphis Grizzlies

Texas

3

Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs

Utah

1

Utah Jazz

Wisconsin

1

Milwaukee Bucks

Washington DC

1

Washington Wizards

Frequently Asked Questions


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


2. Which state has most NBA teams?
-California, with 4 NBA teams


3. How many NBA teams does Florida have?
-Florida has got 2 NBA teams in total, Miami Heat & Orlando Magic


4. 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


5. How many states do not have an NBA team?
-29 states in total do not have an NBA team

Here is the answer, it is Matt Barnes. He has played for each of the 4 NBA teams in California

  • Los Angeles Clippers (2004) & (2012-2015)
  • Golden State Warriors (2006-2008) & (2017)
  • Sacramento Kings (2004-2005) & (2016-2017)
  • Los Angeles Lakers (2010-2012)

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