The Top Basketball Teams in the NBA

The following are the top basketball teams in the NBA, or National Basketball Association.

The National Basketball League, commonly known as NBA, is a major professional men’s basketball league widely considered as one of the premier sports leagues in the world. The league consists of thirty teams of which 29 teams are in the US and one in Canada. NBA is a member of the USA Basketball and it is one of the main professional sports leagues in the US and Canada. It is also one of the most lucrative leagues in the world with the players being the best-paid. NBA ranks teams by win-loss record percentage and does not consider wins and losses recorded by teams’ playing time in the American Basketball Association.

Top Basketball Teams in NBA

San Antonio Spurs is one of the most successful teams in the NBA league. The team has the highest win-loss record percentage in the NBA with 0.624. San Antonio Spurs has played 3,314 games since its first NBA season in 1976-1977 winning 2,067 games and losing 1,247 games. It continues to dominate the Southwest Division finishing first in Four out of five last seasons. San Antonio Spurs were also NBA champions in 2013-2014 finishing the season with a win-loss record percentage of .756.

Los Angeles Lakers have the second highest win-loss record percentage in the NBA with .598. The team has played 5,452 games and competes in the NBA as a member of the Western Conference Pacific Division. It is among the oldest teams currently taking part in the NBA league having joined the league in the 1948-1949 season. The Lakers have won 3,261 games, lost 2,190 games, and have only missed the playoffs five times since 1948. The team has appeared in the NBA finals 31 times winning 16 titles in the process.

The Boston Celtics, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a member of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. It has the third highest win-loss record percentage with .589. The Celtics played their first league season in 1946-1947 and have since played 5,560 games winning 3,274 and losing 2,286 games. The team has a record 17 NBA championships including eight in a row and 11 in 13 years. They have also featured in the playoffs 52 times and have the most retired shirt numbers in all American sports.

The Phoenix Suns compete in the NBA as a member of the Western Conference Pacific Division. The team owns the league’s fourth-best winning percentage having won 55% of its games. In 50 years of play, they have played 3,970 games winning 2,147 and losing 1,824. The Suns have a win-loss record percentage of .541 and have made the playoffs 29 times advancing to the NBA finals on two occasions. Although the Suns have the highest win-loss record percentage, they have never won an NBA Championship.

Ranking Statistics

Only 14 of the 30 teams have a win-loss record percentage of .500 and above. The lowest ranking team, Minnesota Timberwolves, has the lowest win-loss record percentage with .391 having played 2,248 games winning 878 and losing 1,370. The Boston Celtics have recorded the most wins, 3,274 while the most losses have been recorded by the Sacramento Kings at 2,955. The Celtics have also played the most games, at 5,560 while the Pelicans have played the least games, at 1,132.

The Top Basketball Teams in the NBA

RankTeam NameWin/Loss Percentage
1San Antonio Spurs0.624
2Los Angeles Lakers0.598
3Boston Celtics0.589
4Phoenix Suns0.541
5Oklahoma City Thunder0.539
6Utah Jazz0.537
7Portland Trail Blazers0.534
8Chicago Bulls0.522
9Houston Rockets0.52
10Miami Heat0.52
11Philadelphia 76ers0.511
12Milwaukee Bucks0.51
13Dallas Mavericks0.507
14Atlanta Hawks0.5
15Indiana Pacers0.497

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