There’s more to basketball than the March madness brackets and NBA junkies. Basketball is a high-competitive sport that provides opportunities, engagement, scholarships, sponsorships and more to any players out there on the court. The NBA is a professional league that makes news and ESPN headlines frequently. Maybe you’re all about the sport or maybe you just want to know more. Whether you’re a fan of basketball or not, here are some frequently asked questions answered just for you.
What is the NBA?
The NBA stands for the “National Basketball Association” and serves as America’s professional basketball league with 30 teams spread out over North America. There are two conferences; the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference.
Together, they have 6 divisions: North West, Pacific, Southwest, Atlantic, Central, and Southeast.
What are the names of all 30 teams in the NBA?
To keep this list organized, let’s split this up by regions.
North West Teams: Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz
Pacific Teams: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings
Southwest Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs
Atlantic Teams: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors
Central Teams: Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks
South East Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards
In recent basketball news, the NBA has launched a global apparel partnership with Nike, and just released the new uniforms for numerous teams in the league.
When is basketball season?
The NBA season begins in late October and finished mid April. The 2016-17 season began on October 25th and wrapped up on April 12th. This doesn’t include pre-season or any other leagues in basketball.
How many players are on each team?
In the NBA, each team can have 15 total players, which 13 of can be active during a game.
How big is the basketball court?
The NBA regulation basketball court measures 50 ft. wide and 94 ft. long. The rims on the basketball court hang 10 ft above the ground and the basketball measures 9 inches in diameter.
What team is the most recent season’s champion?
The winner of the 2016-17 NBA season are the Golden State Warriors as they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 4-1 win.