NBA

NBA LogoThe National Basketball Association (NBA) is the professional basketball league in North America and is universally regarded as the most competitive in the world.

The competition consists of 30 clubs, 29 from the US and one from Canada competing in a 82 game regular season.

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NBA teams are divided into two conferences, East and West. Conferences are further split into three divisions consisting of five teams.

The season, which spans across calendar years, culminates in playoffs, followed by the NBA Finals series.

Both the playoffs and The Finals are a best of seven game knockout series. The playoffs play the top eight conference seeds against each other to find a conference champion – the East and West conference champions then play in the NBA Finals.

Playoffs are based on a 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5, bracketing, with the top four teams having a home-curt advantage with the first and last game of the best of seven series played at home.

The first team to win four games in the playoffs or Finals is the winner.

Basketball was invented by Canadian James Naismith and first played in 1891 in Massachusetts and has since become one of the most popular sports in the world.

Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James

The NBA, originally the Basketball Association of America (BAA), was founded in 1946. In 1949, after merging with the rival National Basketball League (NBL), the NBA was established under its current moniker.

The NBA continued relatively unimpeded by competition until 1967 and the formation of the American Basketball Association (ABA), which instigating an aggressive bidding war for players.

From 1966-74 the NBA grew from nine to 18 franchises in a strategic move to place teams in the most valuable and viable US cities. In 1976 the ABA merged with the NBA and since this point the organisation has remained unchallenged by rival competitions. In 1979 the NBA’s administration implemented a three point line after its success in the ABA.

It was not until the 1980’s that the NBA grew to truly global status. Predominantly this is owing to the rise of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and but also Jordan himself who is regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time and the sport’s biggest superstar.

Before Jordan, Larry Bird (Boston Celtics), Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers) and Julius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers) are credited as bringing basketball to North American mainstream culture.

In the modern era, the Western Conference has dominated over the East, with the LA Lakers and San Antonio Spurs winning nine of 14 titles since 1990. In spite of this recent success the Eastern Conference’s Boston Celtics have won the most titles of any franchise with 17.

The last three years have been dominated by the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. They have contested each of the previous three finals series between themselves, with the Warriors winning in 2014-15 and 2016-17. The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA Finals history to come back from 3-1 down in 2015-16 though, then they beat the Warriors, winning Game 7 away from home by just four points.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the league’s leading point scorer of all time (38,387), Wilt Chamberlain has the most rebounds (23,924) and John Stockton has the most assists ever recorded (15,806).

Last updated: 26 July, 2017

NBA Articles

The Cavaliers’ problems start with LeBron James

The Cavaliers’ problems start with LeBron James

by , 22 Aug 2017

The Cleveland Cavaliers face 2018 with their heads down, with Kyrie Irving possibly one step out the door and reports that Lebron James may be leaving Ohio for the second time in his career.

Centre stage: Who will be the NBA’s last great big man?

Centre stage: Who will be the NBA’s last great big man?

by , 18 Aug 2017

The NBA has always been a land of giants, but in today’s NBA, the big man is becoming less and less relevant. Indeed, the centre as we once knew it is all but extinct.

The Chicago Bulls story: the NBA’s most recent fall from grace

The Chicago Bulls story: the NBA’s most recent fall from grace

by , 18 Aug 2017

If you told a Bulls fan in 2011 that, by 2017, Derrick Rose would be on the Cavs – not having made another All-NBA team – a young and upcoming Jimmy Butler would be traded to the Wolves and they’d be discussing a buy-out with Dwyane Wade, they would laugh.

Carmelo Anthony trade talks start again

Carmelo Anthony trade talks start again

by , 13 Aug 2017

There has been no shortage of rumours and speculation as to where 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony will play next season, and now the trade rumours have ramped up again.

Could Patty Mills make it as a starter?

Could Patty Mills make it as a starter?

by , 12 Aug 2017

Patty Mills has become one of Australia’s richest Athletes, signing a $50 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs over four years and committing to his role as a dynamic scorer off the bench.

NBA schedule: Ben Simmons to debut against Washington, finals replay on Christmas Day

NBA schedule: Ben Simmons to debut against Washington, finals replay on Christmas Day

by , 11 Aug 2017

The NBA has begun to announce their season schedule, with five games to be played on Christmas day, a possible preview of the conference finals on opening day and Australian Ben Simmons to debut with the Philadelphia 76ers on the second day of the season.

I’m ready to play NBA, says Ben Simmons

I’m ready to play NBA, says Ben Simmons

by , 9 Aug 2017

Ben Simmons has declared he’s a better player than before breaking his foot and is ready for the upcoming NBA season.

Cautious or rightfully ambitious? A look at the Wizards offseason

Cautious or rightfully ambitious? A look at the Wizards offseason

by , 6 Aug 2017

So-so. Uneventful. Uncompetitive. These are the words being used to describe the Washington Wizards offseason to-date. And for the most part, they are accurate.

Curry golf debut a slam dunk

Curry golf debut a slam dunk

by , 6 Aug 2017

Two time NBA MVP Stephen Curry incredibly made his professional golf debut this week at the Ellie Mae Classic in Curry’s home state of, California.

Kyrie Irving: A player who will suffer without LeBron James

Kyrie Irving: A player who will suffer without LeBron James

by , 2 Aug 2017

Let’s make something clear: I am not here to say that Kyrie Irving is not a good point guard. He is a top-ten point guard in the league easily, and any other year where there wasn’t brilliant play by nearly every guard, he’d be an All-NBA player.


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