The youngest and oldest team in the NBA

In recent times, the NBA has made moves to increase the number of competing teams to 32. Seattle, Las Vegas and Mexico City are cities rumored to have new teams joining the NBA.

Until then, let’s look back at the youngest and oldest teams in the NBA.

The team has the youngest age in the NBA

The New Orleans Pelicans are the youngest team in the NBA. This team was founded in 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Initially, this team was called the Hornets, but has since changed to the Pelicans since 2013.

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During its 22 years of existence, the New Orleans Pelicans have not always had their headquarters in the city of New Orleans. They had to move to Oklahoma City for the 2005/06 and 2006/07 seasons because of the consequences of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the city of New Orleans.

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The team with the longest history in the NBA

Not teams with a great track record like the Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics, the Sacramento Kings are the team with the longest history in the NBA.

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Founded in 1923 as the Rochester Seagrams, this team was headquartered in New York before joining the NBA in 1948. Since that time, they have moved their headquarters many times, including Rochester Seagrams, Rochester Pros, Rochester Royals, Cincinnati Royals, KC-Omaha Kings, Kansas City Kings and officially adopted the Sacramento Kings name in 1985.

List of teams, year of establishment and year of joining the NBA
Domain Team Founded year Join the NBA
Winter Boston Celtics 1946 1946
Brooklyn Nets 1967 1976
New York Knicks 1946 1946
Philadelphia 76ers 1946 1949
Toronto Raptors 1995 1995
Chicago Bulls 1966 1966
Cleveland Cavaliers 1970 1970
Detroit Pistons 1941 1948
Indiana Pacers 1967 1976
Milwaukee Bucks 1968 1968
Atlanta Hawks 1946 1949
Charlotte Hornets 1988 1988
Miami Heat 1988 1988
Orlando Magic 1989 1989
Washington Wizards 1961 1961
West Denver Nuggets 1967 1976
Minnesota Timberwolves 1989 1989
Oklahoma City Thunder 1967 1967
Portland Trail Blazers 1970 1970
Utah Jazz 1974 1974
Golden State Warriors 1946 1946
Los Angeles Clippers 1970 1970
Los Angeles Lakers 1947 1948
Phoenix Suns 1968 1968
Sacramento Kings 1923 1948
Dallas Mavericks 1980 1980
Houston Rockets 1967 1967
Memphis Grizzlies 1995 1995
New Orleans Pelicans 2002 2002
San Antonio Spurs 1967 1976

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