Identify The Original Location and Team Name of Current NBA Teams

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What is the Original Location & Name of the Washington Wizards?

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Chicago Packers (1961-62)

1961/62: The NBA returned to Chicago after 11 years after the Stags, who made it to the first championship series folded. The new team, known as the Packers, who are the first expansion team to join the NBA in 12 years, were not very good as they finished in last place with an awful 18-62 record. However, first-round draft pick Walt Bellamy became an instant star winning the Rookie of the Year while finishing second to Wilt Chamberlain with an impressive 31.6 ppg, and finishing third in rebounds to Chamberlain and Bill Russell with a 19.0 per game.

1962/63: For their 2nd season the team changed its name to Zephyrs, but did not do much better finishing in last place again with a record of 25-55. Once again, the Zephyrs would draft well salting Terry Dischinger, who won the Rookie of the Year with a solid 25.5 ppg. The Zephyrs had the seed for a solid contender with back-to-back Rookie of the year winners Bellamy and Dischinger. However, Chicago Fans would not get a chance to see it bear fruit as the team moved to Baltimore following the season.
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What is the Original Location & Name of the Los Angeles Clippers?

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Buffalo Braves (1970-78)

1970/71: With a roster made up primarily of castoffs, the Buffalo Braves got off on the right foot by beating the Cleveland Cavilers 107-92 at Buffalo’s historic Aud on October 14th. The Braves would drop their next nine games as they took on established NBA teams on the way to finishing in last place in the Atlantic Division with a typical expansion team record of 22-60, which was seven games better than the Cavaliers their partners in expansion.

1971/72: A pair of Rookies named Smith gave Buffalo fans reason to hope despite repeating their 22-60 record from their inaugural season, while once again occupying the Atlantic Division basement. Elmore Smith and Randy Smith each had outstanding rookie seasons with Elmore averaging 17.3 ppg and 15.2 rpg, while Randy added 13.4 ppg.

1972/73: Despite losing one more game than their first two seasons at 21-61 in third place the Braves, showed several signs of improvement under new Coach Jack Ramsay, as Rookie Center Bob McAdoo provided the silver lining winning the Rookie of the Year with 18.0 ppg and 9.1 rpg.

1973/74: Before the start of the season, the Braves would trade Elmore Smith to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jim McMillian; at first, the trade was questioned. However, it would help clear the way for Bob McAdoo to play center full time. McAdoo would have a monster second season leading the league in scoring with 30.6 ppg, as the Braves made the playoffs by finishing in third place with a 42-40 record. The Braves would play several home games at the historic Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to expand their fan base into Canada. In addition to McAdoo, the Braves were led by Ernie DiGerogio, who became the second straight Brave to capture Rookie of the Year honors by leading the league in assists with 8.2 per game. In the playoffs, the Braves were matched up against the Boston Celtics had through four games played the series even at two games apiece. However, the Celtics would pull away with two big wins to take the series in six games on the way to another NBA Championship.

1974/75: Despite losing three key players Gar Heard, Jim McMillian and Ernie DiGerogio for long stretches the Braves continued to improve finishing in second place with a solid 49-33 record, as Bob McAdoo captured the league’s MVP award while leading the league with an outstanding 34.5 ppg while adding 14-1 rpg, which was fourth-best in the league. In the playoffs, the Braves would square off against the Washington Bullets as both teams traded victories heading into a seventh game. However, in Game 7, the Braves would be shot down, losing 115-96 on the road.

1975/76: With Bob McAdoo leading the league in scoring for the third year in a row with 31.1 ppg, the Braves make the playoffs again with a record of 46-36. In the playoffs, the Braves would go to toe to with Philadelphia 76ers splitting the first two games of a three-game series. On the road for Game 3, the Braves would emerge victorious in overtime with a hard-fought 124-123 victory. In the second round, the Braves and Boston Celtics would once again battle through four games, even at two games apiece. However, once again, the Celtics would take the series in six games. Following the season, the Braves would allow coach Jack Ramsay to depart for a similar job with Portland Trailblazers.

1976/77: The Buffalo Braves are sold to John Y. Brown, who was previously the owner of the Kentucky Colonels in the recently defunct ABA. As part of an agreement with former owner Paul Snyder, Brown would give Snyder money received in player deals to reduce the purchase price. The sell-off would begin shortly after the season started as the Braves sold Moses Malone, who they acquired in a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers after the ABA dispersal draft.it would continue into the season as Bob McAdoo is sold to the New York Knicks. While the deals helped Brown pay virtually nothing for the franchise, it turned an up and coming franchise into one of the worst in the league. Attendance would fall off severally as the Braves finished in fourth place with an awful 30-52 record. The only ray of hope would come as Adrian Dantley captured Rookie of the Year honors with 20.3 ppg. However, Dantley himself would be traded following the season to the Indiana Pacers for Billy Knight.

1977/78: Going into the season, the Braves would get an escape clause in their lease, as season ticket sales did not reach the set goal of 4,500. The Braves would get dealt another blow as Tiny Archibald, who they acquired from the New Jersey Nets for George Johnson, is lost during the preseason to a season-ending Achilles tendon injury. The depleted Braves would play competitive basketball in November, holding a 10-10 record. However, they would win just nine games combined over the next three months. While the Braves were struggling on the court, their owner John Y. Brown was brokering a deal to take over the Boston Celtics. Irv Levin, who owned the Celtics wanted to move the historic franchise to California. However, the NBA would not allow him to take the cornerstone franchise out of Boston. NBA Lawyer David Stern would propose a novel comprise in which Levin and Brown swapped franchise with Levin taking over the Braves and moving them to San Diego. The Braves would go on to finish in fourth place with a 27-55 record, ironically playing their last game on April 9th in Boston. Owners would go on to vote 21-1 to approve the deal, and the braves move to San Diego. The deal also included a complicated seven-player trade in which the Celtics acquired Tiny Archibald, Billy Knight, and Marvin Barnes. While the team formerly known as Braves received Freeman Williams, back-up center Kevin Kunnert, and power forwards Kermit Washington and Sidney Wicks. The team would not request a draft pick in the deal, allowing the Celtics to retain the draft rights to Larry Bird.

1978: John Y. Brown only briefly owned the Celtics, before becoming Governor of Kentucky. Meanwhile, the new San Diego Clippers struggled before moving to Los Angeles in 1984.
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What is the Original Location & Name of the Los Angeles Lakers?

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Minneapolis Lakers (1948-60)

1947/48: In the National Basketball League, a fledgling professional league based in the Midwest the first year Minneapolis Lakers benefit when another rival league known as the Professional Basketball League of America folds. The expansion Lakers who already had a solid roster with forward Jim Pollard and playmaker Herm Schaefer added Center George Mikan, who quickly became the most dominant player in the sport. With Mikan leading the way, the first-year Lakers Coached by John Kundla easily won their division by 13 games with a 43-17 record. In the playoffs, the Lakers continued to roll beating the Oshkosh All-Stars 3 games to 1. The Lakers would go to sweep the Tri-cities Blackhawks in 2 straight to reach the Finals. In the finals, the Lakers continued their dominance beating the Rochester Royals 3 games to 1. Following the season, the Lakers would move to the BAA as the two rival leagues began a merger that would form the NBA.

1948/49: The Lakers move to the BAA was a success as they finished in 2nd place in the Western Division with a 44-16 record, as George Mikan led the league with 28.3 ppg. In the playoffs, the Lakers continued their dominance sweeping the Chicago Stags and Rochester Royals in consecutive two-game series to make the Finals. In the Finals, the Lakers would jump out to a 3-0 lead before beating the Washington in Capitols to win the BAA Championship.

1949/50: With the NBL’s last teams joining the BAA, the league changes its name to the more familiar NBA, and the Lakers continued to roll, finishing tied for 1st place in the Central Division with a 51-17 record. Once again, the Lakers breezed through the playoffs sweeping the Chicago Stags, Fort Wayne Pistons, and Anderson Packers in 2 games series. In the first-ever NBA Finals, the Lakers would win their 3rd straight Championship by beating the Syracuse Nationals in 6 games.

1950/51: With the NBA reducing to 11 teams, the Lakers continued to dominate winning the Western Division with a 44-24 record. In the playoffs, the Lakers need a full three games to squeeze past the Indianapolis Olympians in the first round. In the Western Finals, the Lakers took Game 1 but had their reign ended when the Rochester Royals came back to win the next three games.

1951/52: The NBA widened the foul lane before the season in an attempt to slow George Mikan, but the rule change had a minimal effect, as he still averaged 23.ppg, finishing 2nd in scoring. The Lakers would also finish in 2nd with a 40-26 record. In the playoffs, the Lakers would beat the Indianapolis Olympians in 2 straight to earn a rematch with Rochester Royals. In a reversal of last year, the Lakers lost Game 1 before coming back to win the next 3 to reach their 4th final in 5 years. In the Finals, the Lakers and New York Knickerbockers would alternate wins with the Lakers emerging victorious in 7 games.

1952/53: The Lakers continued to be the dominant force in the league as they win the Western Division with a 48-22 record. In the playoffs, the Lakers would sweep the Indianapolis Olympians in 2 straight. Moving on to the Western Finals, the Lakers would take their first two at home but were pushed to a 5th game when the Pistons won two straight games in Fort Wayne. The series returned to Minneapolis, where the Lakers won the decisive 5th game 74-58. In the Finals, the Lakers dropped Game 1 but won the nest 4 to beat the New York Knickerbockers for their 2nd straight Championship.

1953/54: Bad knees began to take a toll on Center George Mikan as he scored only 18.1 ppg. However, the Lakers signed a promising rookie named Clyde Lovellette, who was more than capable of spelling Mikan, as the Lakers won the Western Division with a 46-26 record. In a first-round, robin the Lakers won 3 straight to face the Rochester Royals in the Western Finals. The Lakers would go on to beat the Royals in a three-game series. In the finals, the Lakers and Syracuse Nationals alternate wins, with Lakers emerging with their 3rd straight title with an 87-80 win in Game 7. Following the season, Mikan would announce his retirement.

1954/55: The NBA instituted two revolutionary rule changes; the 24-second shot clock was introduced, as was a limit of 6 team fouls per quarter. The new rules accomplished two things: they helped quicken the pace of the action on the court, and they took away the tactical advantage of fouling a player who has possession of the ball late in a game. Despite the rule changes, the Lakers still make the playoffs with a 40-32 record. In the first round, the Lakers would beat the Rochester Royals in 3 games to advance to the Western Finals. However, in the finals, the Lakers would fall to the Fort Wayne Pistons 3 games to 1.

1955/56: With Jim Pollard retiring, the Lakers were just a shell of themselves, as they struggled all season. In the middle of the season, the desperate Lakers even asked George Mikan to come out of retirement. Despite the struggle, the Lakers still sneak into the playoffs despite a 33-39 record. In the playoffs, the Lakers would be bounced in the first round losing a three-game series to the St. Louis Hawks.

19556/57: Despite a 34-38 record, the Lakers managed to finish in a tie for the Division Title, but after losing a one-game playoff lost home court and their first-round bye. The Lakers would recover to beat Fort Wayne Piston in 2 straight, but in the Western Finals, they would be swept in 3 straight by the St. Louis Hawks.

1957/58: George Mikan assumes the coaching duties as the Lakers endure a terrible season finishing in last place with a league-worst 19-53 record. Mikan would not even last the year as he quit midway through the season as John Kundla reassumed the coaching duties.

1958/59: The Lakers fortunes would quickly turn as they drafted Forward Elgin Baylor with the top draft pick. Baylor would dominate the NBA in his 1st season, winning the Rookie of the Year with 24.9 ppg. Led by Baylor, the Lakers would finish in 2nd place with a 33-39 record. In the playoffs, the Lakers would beat the Detroit Pistons in 3 games to reach the Western Finals, where they would stun St. Louis Hawks in 6 games. However, in the Finals, the Lakers would be swept in their first playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

1959/60: After an 11-25 start, new Coach John Castellani is fired, and replaced by Jim Pollard. Under Pollard, the Lakers still struggled to make the playoffs despite a 25-50 record. Despite the team’s struggles, Elgin Baylor would shine posting 29.6 ppg good for 3rd in the NBA. In the playoffs, the Lakers would suddenly put it together, beating the Detroit Pistons in 2 straight and holding a 3-2 series lead over the St. Louis Hawks. However, the Hawks would rally to win the next two games to end the Lakers Championship dreams. Following the season, the Lakers who had seen attendance dip since George Mikan’s retirement decided to move to Los Angeles, becoming the NBA’s first West Coast franchise. The NBA would not return to Minnesota for another 30 years while the Lakers became one of professional sports’ most successful franchises in Los Angeles.
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What is the Original Location & Name of the Philadelphia 76ers?

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Syracuse Nationals (1949-63)

1962/63: With an aging team, the Nationals were expected to fade, however with the scrappy play of Johnny Kerr, the Nationals remained a strong contender finishing in 2nd place with a record of 48-32. In the playoffs the Nationals would face the Cincinnati Royals, getting off to a 2-1 series lead. However, needing a win to advance to the Eastern Finals again, the Nationals would lose two straight games, dropping the decisive fifth game at home in overtime 131-127. That overtime loss on March 26th would prove to be the last game for the Syracuse Nationals, as investors Irv Kosloff and Ike Richman purchased the team from Danny Biasone moving the team to Philadelphia to fill the void left by the Warriors.
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What is the Original Location & Name of the Houston Rockets?

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San Diego Rockets (1967-71)

1967/68: The NBA continues to expand, adding a team in Seattle and San Diego. The San Diego franchise was named the Rockets since it was the city where the Atlas Rockets for NASA were made. The Rockets did not blast off right away as they dropped their first two games at home against the St. Louis Hawks on October 14th and 17th, before beating their expansion brother Seattle Supersonics on the road October 20th for their first win. Talent was hard to come by for the expansion Rockets as a rival league known as the American Basketball Association was starting up at the same time, as the Rockets only won two of their first 16 games. The Rockets would go on to finish in last place with a league-worst record of 15-67.

1968/69: After finishing with the worst record in the NBA, the San Diego Rockets select University of Houston star Elvin Hayes with the top overall draft pick. Hayes would have an immediate impact on the Rockets, winning the league’s scoring title with 28.4 ppg as the Rockets more than doubled their win-total finishing in 4th place with a record of 37-45, making it into the playoffs. Despite the stellar rookie season, Elvin Hayes would lose out to Baltimore Bullets star Wes Unseld in Rookie of the Year voting. In the playoffs, the Rockets would get off to a slow start dropping the first two games on the road to the Atlanta Hawks. Upon coming home, the Rockets would get back into the series by winning Games 3 and 4. However, the Hawks would take Game 5 in Atlanta before ending the upstart Rockets hopes with a 108-106 win in San Diego.

1969/70: Despite another stellar season from Elvin Hayes, who finishes third in scorning with 27.5 ppg, the Rockets falter and finish in last place with a disappointing record of 27-55, which was also the worst record in the entire league.

1970/71: With rookie guard Calvin Murphy feeding Elvin Hayes, who finishes third in scoring again with 28.7 ppg while adding 15.8 ppg himself, the Rockets improve to 40-42 finishing in third place in the newly established Pacific Division. However, the Rockets would fall one game short of the playoffs as the top two teams in every division made the playoffs. Following the season in which San Diego hosted the All-Star Game, the Rockets would lift off out of town heading to Houston, Wayne Duddleston, and Billy Goldberg bought the franchise for $5.6 million.
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What is the Original Location & Name of the Detroit Pistons?

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Fort Wayne Pistons (1948-57)

1948/49: Joining the BAA, the Pistons are starting over again as they drop the Zollner from their nickname. However, Fred Zollner remained a virtual part of the development of the league as he helps provide transportation arrangements for the entire league. In their first year in the BAA, the Pistons would struggle to finish in fifth place in the Western Division with a record of 22-38, missing the playoffs. Following the season five more NBL teams would join the league, which would be rechristened the NBA as the merger was completed.

1949/50: Playing in their second season in the NBA, the Pistons would finish third in the Central Division with a record of 40-28. In the playoffs, the Pistons would beat the Rochester Royals in two straight games. However, playing for a trip to the semifinals, the Pistons would be defeated by the Minneapolis Lakers in two consecutive games. Following the season, six former NBL teams would leave to reform the league. However, it would never get off the ground.

1950/51: Back in the Western Division, the Pistons struggle again, finishing in third place with a 32-36 record. Along the way, the Pistons made history winning a November 22nd game in Minneapolis over the Lakers by a score of 19-18, setting a record for the lowest scoring game in NBA history. However, it would be good enough for a spot in the playoff, where they would be upended by the Rochester Royals in a three-game series.

1951/52: The Pistons continue to struggle to finish in fourth place with a poor record of 29-37. However, once again, it would be good enough for a berth in the playoffs. Once again, they would make a quick exit as they are beaten by the Rochester Royals in two straight games.

1952/53: After two consecutive losing seasons, the Pistons post a winning record finishing in third place with a record of 36-33, as Larry Foust leads the team in points and rebounds. In the playoffs, the Pistons would finally get past the Rochester Royals in a three-game series taking the decisive Game 3 by two points.

1953/54: The Pistons continue to improve, finishing in third place with a solid record of 40-32. However, the Pistons would not win a game in the playoffs as the NBA experiment with a round-robin format as the Pistons lose two games to both the Rochester Royals and Minneapolis Lakers.

1954/55: The Pistons capture the Western Division with sharpshooter Larry Foust leading the NBA in shooting percentage. After a first-round bye, the Pistons beat the Minneapolis Lakers in four games to reach their first NBA Finals. However, in a hard-fought seven-game series, the Pistons would be defeated by the Syracuse Nationals as they lost Game 7 on the road in the final seconds 92-91.

1955/56: After their trip to the NBA Finals, the Pistons again finish in first place despite only finishing two games above .500 with a record of 37-35. In the playoffs, the Pistons would overcome a 2-0 deficit to beat the St. Louis Hawks for a return trip to the NBA Finals. However, in the finals, the Pistons would be beaten by the Philadelphia Warriors in five games.

1956/57: After a second straight NBA Finals defeat, the Pistons would be part of a three-way tie in the Western Division to make the playoffs with a mediocre 34-38 record. In the playoffs, the Pistons would make a quick exit as they are beaten in two straight games by the Minneapolis Lakers. Following the season, Fred Zollner determined his team could no longer compete in the small market of Fort Wayne, Indiana. So he moved his team to Detroit, a growing city built around the automobile industry.

1957: The city of Fort Wayne would not see a return of professional basketball, although with the launching of the ABA in 1967, the state of Indiana once again had a team to call their own in the Pacers. Eventually, the Pacers based in the capital city Indianapolis would go on to join the NBA.
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What is the Original Location & Name of the Oklahoma City Thunder?

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Seattle SuperSonics (1967-2008)

2007/08: The season began with the Supersonics being a lame duck team, as talks with the City of Seattle for a new arena had broken down, as Owner Clay Bennett made it known that he would like to move the tea, to his hometown Oklahoma City. On the court, the Sonics had gotten a franchise player with the second overall pick in the NBA draft with Kevin Durant out of Texas. However, with the Ray Allen trade, the Sonics did not have many talents to surround their rookie forward, as they lost their first eight games under Coach P.J. Carlesimo on the way to a 3-14 record in the first month of the season. Things did not get better after that as the clouds of Bennett’s plans to move the team hung over the team all season. Durant would live up to expectations, as he led all rookies in scoring at 20.3 ppg and won the Rookie of the Year. However, the Seattle Supersonics posted a franchise-worst record of 20-62. It would end up being the final season in Seattle, as Clay Bennett ended up getting the right to move the team after settling all the legal issues with the city. In the settlement, Bennett agreed to pay $45 Million to Seattle, with the possibility of owning an additional $30 million is the city is not awarded another NBA franchise by 2013. NBA Commissioner David Stern has expressed a desire to return to Seattle as soon as possible if a new arena is built. If that day comes when basketball returns to Seattle, the team will be called Supersonics, as the settlement required the franchise to leave behind the team’s colors, and nickname, choosing to become the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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What is the Original Location & Name of the New Orleans Pelicans?

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New Orleans Hornets (2002-05)

What is the Original Location & Name of the Atlanta Hawks?

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Tri-Cities Blackhawks (1949-51)

1946/47: Along the banks of the Mississippi River in the area known as tri-cities, where the cities of Moline, Illinois; Rock Island, Illinois; and Davenport, Iowa form a consolidation. The newest franchise in the National Basketball League began to play in the region after starting the season as the Buffalo Bisons for a few games, with General Manager Leo Ferris, who was instrumental in developing the shot clock. Playing in the 6,000-seat Wharton Fieldhouse in Moline and known as the Blackhawks (115 years earlier, it was the location of the Blackhawk war), the team struggled to finish in fifth place with a 19-25 record. Among the players on the team was pioneer Pop Gates, who was a star on the all-black New York Renaissance that won 68 straight games in the early days of professional basketball.

1949/50: The NBL and BAA merge forming the NBA and the Tri-Cities Blackhawks are among 17 teams in the newly consolidated league. In their first game, the Blackhawks beat the Denver Nuggets, who were also apart of the NBL 93-85. However, after losing their next six games Coach, Roger Potter was fired and replaced by Arnold “Red” Auerbach. Under Auerbach, the Blackhawks would go on to finish in third place with a 29-35 record finishing in third place in the Western Division. In the playoffs, the Blackhawks would be knocked off by the Anderson Packers in a three-game series. Following the season, Auerbach would not renew his contract taking the coaching job with Boston Celtics, where he would go on to build a dynasty, along with Bob Cousy, who the Blackhawks would trade to the Chicago Stags shortly after the draft. Cousy who end up in Boston after the Stags folded before the start of the next season.

1950/51: As the NBA was still making baby steps in its development, 66 teams would fold during the off-season with the Washington Capitols folding as the season started. Most of the teams falling by the wayside were former NBL teams who could no longer survive in their smaller towns. In their second NBA season, it was clear there was no future for the Blackhawks in the Tri-cities region as they finished in last place with a 25-43 record, going through three different coaches. Following the season, the Blackhawks would move to Milwaukee, leaving the small Tri-cities region behind.
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What is the Original Location & Name of the Golden State Warriors?

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Philadelphia Warriors (1946-62)

1946/47: With Guard “Jumpin’ Joe” Fulks winning the newly formed Basketball Association of America’s scoring title at 23.2 ppg, scoring nearly one-third his team’s points the Philadelphia Warriors make the playoffs by finishing in Eastern Divisions second spot with a 35-25 record. In the playoffs, the Warriors knocked off the St. Louis Bombers in three-game series that went the distance. The Warriors had just hit their stride beating the New York Knickerbockers in two straight games to make the first-ever BAA Finals. In the BAA Finals, the Warriors stayed hot, knocking off the Chicago Stags four games to one to claim the new league’s first Championship.

1947/48: With Joe Fulks leading the league in scoring average, the Warriors win the Eastern Division with a 27-21 record. In the semifinals, the Warriors survived a seven-game war with St. Louis Bombers overcoming three games to two deficit to make it back to the BAA Finals. However, perhaps the series took too much out of them as they fell to the Baltimore Bullets in six games.

1948/49: Joe Fulks once again sizzled as he was joined with Ed Sadowski in the league’s top five scorers. However, the Warriors struggled and just barely made the playoffs by finishing in fourth place with a 28-32 record. In the playoffs, the Warriors would fall quickly, losing two straight games to the Washington Capitols.

1949/50: In the first year the league was known as the NBA, the Warriors struggle again but make the playoffs by finishing in fourth place with a 26-42 record. In the playoffs, the Warriors are once again beaten in two straight games this time falling to the Syracuse Nationals.

1950/51: With Joe Fulks regaining his touch, the Warriors rebound and recapture the top spot in the Eastern Division with a 40-26 record. However, for the rd straight year, they are knocked out of the first round without winning a game, losing two straight games to the Syracuse Nationals for the second straight season.

1951/52: With Paul Arizin claiming the league’s scoring title with 25.4 ppg, the Warriors make the playoffs again by finishing in fourth place with a 33-33 record. However, for the third year in a row, the Warriors are knocked off by the Syracuse Nationals, this time extending the series the full three games.

1952/53: Despite Center Neil Johnston leading the NBA in scoring at 22.3 ppg, the Warriors struggle all season and finish dead last with an awful 12-57 record.

1953/54: Center Neil Johnston once again leads the NBA in scoring at 24.4 ppg, but it is not enough as the Warriors miss the playoffs for the second straight year by finishing in fourth place with a 29-43 record.

1954/55: Despite having the league’s top two scorers in Neil Johnston at 22.7 and Paul Arizin at 21.0, the Warriors continued to struggle finishing in last place with a 33-39 record.

1955/56: With George Senesky taking over for Ed Gottlieb as their coach, the Warriors jump out of the gate, quickly winning 12 of their first 16 games. Once again, Paul Arizin and Neil Johnston were among the league’s scoring leaders as the Warriors won the Eastern Division with a solid 45-27 record. However, it was the addition of Rookie Guard Tom Gola that made the difference in the transformation from last place to first place. In his first season, Gola averaged 9.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. In the Eastern Division Finals, the Warriors beat the Syracuse Nationals in a hard-fought five-game series. In the NBA Finals, the Warriors found things easier as they impressively won their second Championship, beating the Fort Wayne Pistons four games to one.

1956/57: Coming off their World Championship, the Warriors struggled all season and just barely snuck into the playoffs holding off the New York Knicks by one point for the final playoff spot with a 37-35 record. In the playoffs, the Warriors would fall quickly, losing two straight games to the Syracuse Nationals.

1957/58: The Warriors play mediocre most of the season again, finishing in the third and final playoff spot with an identical 37-35 record. In the playoffs, the Warriors would face their nemesis the Syracuse Nationals again. However, this time they would rally to win Game 2 and take the series in three hard-fought games. However, there was no saving the Warriors in the Eastern Finals as they were mauled by the Boston Celtics four games to one.

1958/59: Despite Paul Arizin finishing third in scoring at 26.4 ppg, the Warriors fall into last place, missing the playoffs with a disappointing 35-37 record.

1959/60: Philadelphia High School legend Wilt Chamberlain joins the Warriors and dominates the league right away winning the Rookie of the Year, and NBA MVP, while leading the league in scoring (37.6) and rebounds (27.0). The addition of Wilt would lift the Warriors to second place where they finished with a solid 49-26 record. In the playoff, the Warriors would have to deal with Syracuse Nationals again, beating them in two games to one. The Eastern Finals saw a matchup of the league’s two best centers, but Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics would emerge victorious in six games.

1960/61: Wilt Chamberlain leads the league in scoring and rebounding again as the Warriors finish in second place with a 46-33 record. However, in the playoffs, the Warriors would be stunned by the Syracuse Nationals losing three straight games in the Eastern Semifinals.

1961/62: Wilt Chamberlain has perhaps the most dominant season in NBA history leading the league with an NBA record 50.4 ppg. In one eight-day stretch in January, Wilt Chamberlian notched three games where he scored at least 63 points. However, the best was yet to come. On March 2nd, playing the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pennsylvania, as Chamberlain had the most dominating game in NBA history, notching an incredible and unbreakable 100 points before 4,124 fans at the Warriors usual training facility. However, despite his dominance, Wilt would not win the NBA MVP losing out to Bill Russell just as the Warriors finished second behind Russell’s Boston Celtics with a 49-31 record. In the playoffs, the Warriors would be pushed to the limit by the Syracuse Nationals gain, finally emerging victorious in five games. This would set up a battle between Russell and Chamberlain in the Eastern Division Finals. Russell and Chamberlain would battle neck and neck for seven games, as the final game was knotted 107-107 in the final seconds. However, it would not be Russell but Sam Jones who hit the winning shot with two seconds remaining that broke hearts in Philadelphia.

1962: Following the season, the Warriors would move west to San Francisco, as Ed Gottlieb sold the team to a Bay Area Credit Card company, helping the extend professional basketball coast to coast. Philadelphia would only be without pro-basketball for one year, as the Syracuse Nationals who the Warriors battled seemingly every year in the playoffs moved to the city they vacated in 1963, becoming the Philadelphia 76ers.
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What is the Original Location & Name of the Utah Jazz?

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New Orleans Jazz (1974-79)

1978/79: Pistol Pete Maravich would struggle all season as he tried to return from offseason knee surgery. Without, Maravich the Jazz would struggle in the stands, and on the court, the struggles were made even worse as they dealt Truck Robinson to the Phoenix Suns for Ron Lee, Marty Byrnes, two draft picks, and cash. Without Maravich and Robinson as the Jazz plummeted back into last place with a league worse 26-56 record. Following the season, the Jazz would stun their fans in New Orleans by announcing plans to move the team to Utah, as their April 6th loss against the Milwaukee Bucks ended up being their swan song on Bourbon Street.
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What is the Original Location & Name of the Memphis Grizzlies?

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Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-2001)

1995/96: The NBA and Canada were always a natural match, as James Naismith, the famed inventor of the sports, was a Canadian. However, after the Toronto Huskies folded after the NBA’s first season in 1947, it took nearly 50 years for the NBA to return to the Great White North, as the Vancouver Grizzlies were on of two Canadian teams to join the league in 1995. The Grizzlies would get off to a solid start stunning the Portland Trailblazers on the road 92-80 on November 3rd. Two nights later, the Grizzlies had a successful home debut at General Motors Place by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-98. However, the Grizzlies would lose their next 19 games, as they went on to finish in last place in the Midwestern Division with an NBA worse record of 15-67, as only four Grizzlies averaged ten ppg, with Greg Anthony leading the way with a mediocre 14.0 ppg. The Grizzlies and the NBA’s other Canadian expansion team, the Toronto Raptors would split two games.

1996/97: The Grizzlies continued to struggle in their second season despite solid play from Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who averaged 18.7 to leave the Grizzlies who again posted the worst record in the NBA at 14-68. However, due to a rule that the Grizzlies could not win the draft lottery, they had no hopes of landing Wake Forrest star Tim Duncan in the draft and instead had to settle for Antonio Daniels, with the fourth overall pick.

1997/98: The Grizzlies made some strides under new coach Brian Hill as they finally escaped last place by finishing sixth with a record of 19-63. Leading the way in scoring again was Shareef Adur-Rahim, who averaged 22.3 ppg. Also showing promise was Bryant Reeves the Grizzlies first-ever draft pick who continued to show improvement with 16.3 ppg and 7.3 rebounds per game.

1998/99: Mike Bibby had a solid debut as he posted 13.2 points and 6.5 assists per game and was named to the All-Rookie First Team. Shareef Abdur-Rahim continued to improve posting a career-high 23.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg. However, a knee injury limited Bryant Reeves to just 25 games as the Grizzlies struggled again returning t last place with an NBA worst record of 8-42 in a lockout-shortened season.

1999/00: Through their first few seasons, the Grizzlies had drawn substantial crowds, but after the lockout, they were hit hard as fans in Vancouver seemed to reject the league after the ugly squabbling wiped out half of a season. Things would go bad to worse on draft day as Steve Francis selected second overall refused to play for a Canadian Team, forcing the Grizzlies to package him in a three-team 11-player deal with the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. In return, the Grizzlies would receive Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, Brent Price, and Austin Carr, along with a couple of draft picks. Francis would go on to win the Rookie of the Year with Rockets while the Grizzlies drowned in red ink, finishing in last place again with a record of 22-60, as rumors of a move south began to circle the team.

2000/01: Entering their sixth season rumors of a move to the U.S. became a reality as Owner Michael Heisley, decided that it was time for the Grizzlies to move on. After five dismal seasons had given the team-low morale and decreasing support in the community, which put the team in debt. On February 19th, with the Grizzlies buried in last place with a record of 16-36, Heisley traveled to Memphis to discuss a deal between the city and the team, as he applied to move. The NBA would grant the team permission to relocate as the NBA in Vancouver was determined to be a failure after just six years, in which the NBA hampered any chance of them getting early success with their draft lottery rule. The Grizzlies would go on to finish in last place again with a record of 23-59. In their final two games against the Toronto Raptors, the Grizzlies would be swept as they had a 4-7 record in regular-season games against their Canadian rival. In their last game in Vancouver on April 14th, the Grizzlies would be beaten by the Houston Rockets 100-95 as Steve Francis was booed throughout. However, in their final game in Golden State, the Grizzlies would beat the Warriors 95-81 to avoid another 60-loss season. Though the Grizzlies only last six-year hardly giving them a chance to form a strong fan base, it is unlikely that Vancouver will ever get another NBA team after the failures of the Grizzlies.
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1956/57: With Maurice Stokes setting a new single-season record with 1,256 rebounds, the Royals battle all season in a four-way scramble for the three playoff spots in the Western Division. However, the Royals would end up with shortened of the stick as they finished in last place just three games out of a three-way tie for the Division title with a record of 31-41. Following the season, the Royals would leave the small town of Rochester, New York, behind for the much larger city of Cincinnati, Ohio.
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1975/76: Doom was in sight for the ABA, as the Nets, along with the Denver Nuggets, applied for membership in the NBA. Although a court ordered the two teams to stay in the ABA, it was clear the league, which was seeing teams fold in the middle of the season, was running out of gas. Despite the distraction, Julius Erving won his third straight MVP as he led the league in scoring at 29.3 ppg. Finishing in second place in the now six-team ABA with a 55-29 record, the Nets beat the San Antonio Spurs in a hard-fought seven-game series that saw three straight games decided by two or fewer points. With the emending doom of the ABA, the Nets faced the Nuggets in the Finals. In Game 1, the Nets beat the Nuggets 120-118 before a record crowd in Denver. After losing Game 2, the series shifted to New York, where the Nets captured two close games to take a 3-1 series lead. After losing Game 5 in Denver, the Nets captured the ABA Championship with a 112-116 victory on May 13th before a sold-out Nassau Coliseum. A month following the season, the Nets, along with Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, and Indiana Pacers, were granted admission in the NBA as the ABA folded.
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