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

Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA Eastern Conference finals, Game 5 live scores, blog

Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA Eastern Conference finals, Game 5 live scores, blog

by , 24 May 2018

The Boston Celtics have had a torrid time on the road, but they will look to restore some order against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 10:30am (AEST).

Early thoughts on the NBA conference finals

Early thoughts on the NBA conference finals

by , 23 May 2018

With the Cavaliers tying their series with the Celtics at two wins apiece, we’ve just about reached the midway point in the conference finals. Four games have been played in the Eastern series and three in the Western match-up, so there’s been plenty of basketball to digest and discuss.

Rockets showed that there is more than just an ‘I’ in isolation

Rockets showed that there is more than just an ‘I’ in isolation

by , 18 May 2018

In Game 1 we saw a Houston Rockets team who put an unhealthy reliance on James Harden isolations.

Warriors vs Rockets: the real NBA Finals

Warriors vs Rockets: the real NBA Finals

by , 15 May 2018

From the moment Kevin Durant let the world know he was signing with the Golden State Warriors after the 2016 season, basketball fans everywhere knew that they were in for a long, sad ride.

A Golden dynasty coming to an end?

A Golden dynasty coming to an end?

by , 11 May 2018

The Golden State Warriors have been basketball magic over the past four seasons. They’ve had 320 wins (including postseason), two titles and three finals appearances, with a chance to win another title next month.

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers: NBA Playoffs, Game 5 live scores, blog

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers: NBA Playoffs, Game 5 live scores, blog

by , 10 May 2018

Match recap Wow, what a game. In perhaps the most entertaining game of playoffs, the 76ers just would not go away against the Boston Celtics.

Can the Australian Boomers contend in Tokyo 2020?

Can the Australian Boomers contend in Tokyo 2020?

by , 8 May 2018

The super stardom of Melbourne-native Ben Simmons has led to increasing expectations on the Boomers chances of winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Utah Jazz should be Australia’s team

The Utah Jazz should be Australia’s team

by , 8 May 2018

2018 will go down in history as a massive year for basketball in Australia.

The Toronto Raptors can’t be taken seriously anymore

The Toronto Raptors can’t be taken seriously anymore

by , 8 May 2018

This was supposed to be the year. The one where everything changed for the Raptors.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics: NBA Playoffs, Game 4 live scores, blog

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics: NBA Playoffs, Game 4 live scores, blog

by , 8 May 2018

Match result Due to the amount of chances 76ers had, the spark from starting lineup addition TJ McConnell, and overall play of Dario Saric, Philadelphia is still alive against the Boston Celtics.


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