- HOME <> NBA History <> Advertise <> About US <> Write for us <> Press -

MENU
> HOME
> General NBA info
> Awards
> Records
> Stats
> Player Facts
> Team Facts
> Other Leagues
> Message Board


Basketball Time Line

December 1891- Dr James Naismith invents basketball.

1896-The First known Perfessional basketball game is played in Trenton, New Jersey.

June 6, 1946 The Basketball Association of America (BAA) is founded Maurice Podoloff is named leagues president.

November 1,1946- The BAA begins play as the New York Knickerbockers take on the Toronto Huskies in Toronto. any fan taller then 6'8" got in free.

January 11,1947- The BAA outlaws zone defense.

April 22,1947 The Philadelphia Warriors beat the Chicago Stags 4 games to 1, to win the first BAA championship.

August 3, 1949-Six teams from the NBL join the BAA. the resulting 17 teams form the National Basketball Association(NBA). and name Maurice Podloff as President.

April 23,1950-The Minneaopolis Lakers become the first team to win back-to-back championships.

November 22,1950-The Fort Wayne Pistons beat the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18 in the lowest scoring game in NBA history.

March 2,1951 The East defeats the West 111-94 in the first ever allstar game.

1952-The NBA widens the fould lane from 6-12 feet.

April 12, 1954-Minneapolis Lakers become the first team to win three concecutive Championships.

1954-55. NBA adds the shot clock, and awards a free throw after a teams 5th foul.

April 9,1959 Boston Celtics win the first of their 8 concecutive titles.

January 25.1960-Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlin grabs a NBA record 55 rebounds.

1961-The Chicago Packers enter the NBA as the first expansion team.

March 2, 1962-Wilt Chamberlin scores a NBA record 100 Points in a game vs New York.

March 10,1962- Oscar Robertson of Cincinatti finishes the Season with an average of 30.8ppg,12.5 rpg, and 11.4 assist a game. to become the first and only player to average a triple double over a season.

1964-NBA widens foul lane from 12-16 feet.

April 28,1966-Boston wins its 8th Title in a row. the longest streak in league history.

1966-The NBA awards Chicago with its third team(the Previous two had either moved, or disbanded) the Bulls.

February 1, 1967-The American Basketball Association is formed (ABA) with George Miken as President.

1967-The NBA gives teams to San Diego(Rockets), and Seattle(Supersonics).

October 13, 1967-The ABA opens its first game as the Oakland Oaks beat the Aniheim Amigos 134-129.

February 17, 1968-The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Opens in Springfeild Mass.

1968-The NBA Expands to 14 teams with the addition of the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Phoenix Suns.

May 5, 1969-Bill Russell and the Celtics end their run of 11 rings in 13 season.

1970-The NBA Expands to 17, with the addition of Buffalo Braves, Cleveland Caviliers, and Portland Trailblazers.

January 7,1972-The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Atlanta Hawks 134-90 for their NBA record 33 stright wins.

1974-ABA/USA officially forms to become the United States Representitive in FIBA. the Internation Basketball Federation.

March 7, 1974. the NBA expands to 18 when they add the New Orleans Jazz.

August 1974-Moses Malone signs with the Utah Stars of the ABA to be the first professional Basketball player right from High School.

April 30,1975-Larry O'Brien is named Commisioner succeeding Walter Kennedy.

June 17, 1976 Four former ABA teams-San Antonio, Indiana, Denver, and New York join the NBA, the ABA folds.

July 7, 1978-The NBA approves a franchise swap as John Y. Brown, and Harry Mangurian acquire the Celtics, and Irv Levin Acquires the Braves. he soon moves the Braves to San Diego and become the Clippers.

1978-79-The NBA Adds a third referee.

1979-80- The NBA Adopts a three point line.

October 12,1979- gaurd Chris Ford hits the NBA's first three pointer.

May 1, 1980- the NBA Admits the Dallas Mavericks bringing the NBA to 23 teams.

December 13,1983 The Detroit Pistons defeat the Denver Nuggets 186-184 in the highest scoring game in NBA History.

February 1,1984-David J. Stern Becomes the 4th Commisioner succeeding Larry O'Brian.

April 5,1984 Lakers Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becomes the NBA's Alltime leader in points scored against the Utah Jazz in Las Vegas Neveda.

May 12, 1985-The New York Knicks win the first ever NBA lottery pick, and select Patrick Ewing.

June 18,1985-The NBA Draft goes from 10 rounds to 7.

April 13,1986-The Celtics go 40-1 at home for the best home record in NBA history.

April 20, 1986-Chicago's Micheal Jordan scores a playoff high 63 points in a loss to the Celtics.

April 22,1987-The NBA Grants Expansion teams to Charlotte, Miami, Minnesota, and Orlando.

October 23-25, 1987 the First McDonalds Championship is played in Milwaukee involving the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, the Soviet National team, and the Itilian national team. this is the first tournament between the NBA and FIBA.

April 26, 1988-The NBA Perminatly adds a third ref. the NBA Experimented with a third ref in 1978-79.

July 25, 1988-The Atltanta Hawks become the First NBA team to play in the Soivet Union as they defeat the Soviet team 85-84.

April 8, 1989 FIBA allows the NBA to send NBA players to the Olympics.

November 9, 1989-Dale Ellis of Seattle plays 69 of 73 minuest in a 5 overtime game vs Milwaukee.

November 2, 1990-The Phoenix Suns defeat the Utah Jazz at Tokoyo, Japan in the first Major sports event to be played outside of North America, by any Major American Sports League.

December 30 1990-Scott Skiles of Orlando Dishes out a NBA record 30 assist vs Denver.

August 8, 1992-The Dream Team begins play in Barcelona Spain. They eventually win the Gold Medal for the USA.

March 24,1993-Micheal Williams of Minnesota makes an NBA record 97 free throws in a row.

November 4, 1993- The NBA agrees to expand to Toronto.

April 27,1994-The NBA Agrees to Expand to Vancouver Canada. both Toronto and Vancouver will begin play in 95-96.

Feburary 1,1995-Utah Jazz gaurd John Stockton becomes the NBA's alltime Assist leader.

Febuarary 20, 1996 Jazz gaurd John Stockton becomes the NBA's all time Steals leader.

April 21, 1996-The Chicago Bulls defeat the Washington Wizards to finish the season 72-10. the best record ever.

April 24, 1996 the NBA Agrees to start a Womens Nation Basketball Association (WNBA).

Feburary 9, 1997-the NBA announces its 50 greatest players.

Ocotober 31, 1997-Violet Palmer becomes the first woman to referee a major sporting event. she is soon joined by Dee Kanter.

1998-99- A Lockout by the Owners, and players union shorten the NBA season by 32 games.

June 18, 2001-The Washington Wizards draft Kwame Brown as the first ever high schooler to be drafted #1 overall in the NBA.

June 26, 2002-the Houston Rockets Draft Yao Ming to be the first #1 overall pick to never play College ball in the US.

Januaray 10, 2003-The NBA Agrees to Expand to Charlotte once again. bringing the number of teams to 30.

June 24, 2004-The Milwaukee Bucks select Utah center Andrew Bogut as the #1 pick in the NBA draft. Two months earlier the San Francisco 49ers had selected Utah Quarterback Alex Smith as the #1 pick in the NFL. This is the first and thus far only time the #1 pick in both the NBA and NFL draft came from the some college in the same year.

2005-06- Due to the devastation brought by Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Hornets are forced to play their home games in Oklahoma City, OK.

2008 The Seattle Supersonics relocate to Oklahoma City and become the Oklahoma City Thunder, but as part of their agreement with the city for leaving they cannot keep the Sonics history and thus are usually considered an expansion team.

February 1, 2014 - Adam Silver replaced David Stern as the 5th commissioner in NBA history.

April 29, 2014- The NBA bans Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling for life for racists comments.