Kevin Garnett played for the Timberwolves from 1995 to 2007 before returning in 2015.
Dave Bing joined the team in 1966, scoring 1,601 points in his rookie year.
Toni Kukoč playing for the Bucks.
The Timberwolves conduct pre-game warm-ups at their home Arena, the Target Center
Isiah Thomas against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 19, 1985.
Michael Redd playing for the Bucks.
Kevin Love became the fifth Timberwolves player to be named NBA All-Star.
Chuck Daly, coach of the 1989 and 1990 NBA champions.
Brandon Jennings
Kevin Garnett's first game back with the Timberwolves in 2015.
A ticket for Game 1 of the 1988 NBA Finals at The Forum.
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Derrick Rose warming up with the Timberwolves.
Doug Collins, one of five head coaches for the Pistons in an eight-year span.
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2006–2015.
The Minnesota Timberwolves' wordmark logo used from 2008 to 2017.
Larry Brown coached the Pistons to the 2004 NBA title and the Eastern Conference championship the following season.
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2015–present.
Crunch the Wolf
The Pistons are honored at the White House for the team's victory in the 2004 NBA Finals.
A game ticket from March 2006 between the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards.
Andre Drummond was selected by the Pistons with the ninth overall pick in 2012 NBA draft.
Little Caesars Arena in 2018
The Detroit Pistons playing in The Palace of Auburn Hills, seen here in January 2006.

Their first victory came in their sixth game as the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 134–118; they won only 26 more games in their first year.

- Milwaukee Bucks

Looking to turn the corner, the Wolves hired former Detroit Pistons general manager Jack McCloskey to the same position, but even with notable first-round selections such as Christian Laettner and Isaiah Rider, the Timberwolves were unable to duplicate McCloskey's "Detroit Bad Boys" success in the Twin Cities, finishing 19–63 and 20–62 the next two seasons.

- Minnesota Timberwolves

In 1996, the Wolves added another star player in the draft, trading Ray Allen to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to Stephon Marbury, the 4th overall pick.

- Minnesota Timberwolves

The Pistons successfully defended their title in 1990, despite losing Rick Mahorn to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the expansion draft.

- Detroit Pistons

During this period, the Bucks drafted Glenn Robinson with the first overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft and in 1996 acquired rookie Ray Allen in a draft-day trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

- Milwaukee Bucks

In the off-season, the Pistons reached an agreement with former Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon on a five-year/$55 million contract, as well as an agreement with former Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva on a five-year contract worth $35 million.

- Detroit Pistons

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New York Knicks

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American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

Lapchick was responsible for leading the Knicks during their early success. However, these ventures never culminated with a win in the NBA Finals.
Patrick Ewing played for the Knicks from 1985 to 2000, leading them to the Finals in 1994 and 1999
The current Madison Square Garden has been the home of the Knicks since 1968.
Isiah Thomas as coach of the Knicks in 2007. He stayed six years on the bench
Larry Brown succeeded Thomas, coaching the Knicks from 2005 to 2006
The Knicks in action at Madison Square Garden in the 2008–09 season.
Mike D'Antoni, head coach of the Knicks from 2008 to 2012
Jeremy Lin was a surprise player that came off the bench during the 2011–12 season.
Mike Woodson, head coach of the Knicks from 2012 to 2014
The Knicks observed their worst-ever regular season record under the stewardship of Phil Jackson, who acted as the president of the franchise from 2013 to 2017.

The following season, the team acquired Dave DeBusschere from the Detroit Pistons, and the team went 54–28.

After defeating the Bullets in the Eastern Division semifinals and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Division finals, the Knicks faced the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.

On February 17, the Knicks shook up the roster, trading Miličić to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Brian Cardinal and cash considerations.

National Basketball Association

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Professional basketball league in North America.

Professional basketball league in North America.

Bill Russell defending against Wilt Chamberlain in 1966.
Michael Jordan goes to the basket for a slam dunk in 1987.
Kobe Bryant defending LeBron James in a February 2016 game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers
Bill Russell defending against Wilt Chamberlain in 1966.

In 1950, the NBA consolidated to eleven franchises, a process that continued until 1953–54, when the league reached its smallest size of eight franchises: the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Warriors, Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals, Fort Wayne Pistons, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, and Syracuse Nationals, all of which remain in the league today, although the latter six all did eventually relocate.

From 1966 to 1968, the league expanded from 9 to 14 teams, introducing the Chicago Bulls, Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder), San Diego Rockets (who moved to Houston four years later), Milwaukee Bucks, and Phoenix Suns.

In 1988 and 1989, four cities got their wishes as the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, and Minnesota Timberwolves made their NBA debuts, bringing the total to 27 teams.

Orlando Magic

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American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida.

American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida.

Shaquille O'Neal in 1994
Dwight Howard was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2004 NBA draft.
Jameer Nelson spent 10 seasons with Orlando from 2004 to 2014.
Head coach Stan Van Gundy
JJ Redick in 2008
Scott Skiles coached the Magic in the 2015–16 season.
Aaron Gordon was selected by the Magic in the 2014 NBA draft.
Nikola Vucevic playing with the Magic
Markelle Fultz playing for the Magic.
Amway Center, the Magic's arena since 2010
Originally called the Orlando Arena, and later TD Waterhouse Centre, the Amway Arena was the home of the Magic from 1989 to 2010.
Wordmark logo (2008–present)
Stuff with the Orlando Magic Dancers

They were one of the four new expansion franchises awarded by the NBA in 1987 along with the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Orlando Magic compiled a 57–25 record, best in the East and winning the Atlantic Division title, becoming the second-fastest team (behind the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971, who were in their third season) to advance to the NBA Finals in league history.

In the playoffs, after the Magic defeated the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks, Orlando met the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Denver Nuggets

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American professional basketball team based in Denver.

American professional basketball team based in Denver.

Dikembe Mutombo was drafted by the Nuggets in 1991.
Denver drafted Carmelo Anthony 3rd overall in the 2003 draft.
Allen Iverson helped Denver to their first 50-win season since 1988.
Chauncey Billups, acquired in 2008, helped the George Karl/ Carmelo Anthony duo to their first playoff series win.
George Karl was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2013, his final season in Denver
Nikola Jokić was named NBA Most Valuable Player in 2021 (first player in franchise history).
Byron Beck, a University of Denver alumni, is shown wearing the "Denver Rockets" uniform
Hall of Famer David Thompson (1975–1982)

(On December 13, 1983, the Nuggets and the visiting Detroit Pistons combined for an NBA record 370 points, with Detroit winning in triple overtime, 186–184.) At the end of the season, English won the NBA scoring title, becoming the only Nugget to win the award despite the heavily favored offensive play of Doug Moe.

They were eliminated in the first round 4 games to 1 by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

On January 11, 2007, Earl Boykins, Julius Hodge and cash considerations were traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, in exchange for point guard Steve Blake.

Los Angeles Clippers

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American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.

American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.

Bob McAdoo (11) was the NBA MVP in the 1974–75 season after averaging 34.5 points and 14.1 rebounds per game.
Los Angeles Clippers secondary logo
Ken Norman, the Clippers' scoring leader in 1988–89, was a key part of the team's nucleus during the late 1980s and early 1990s
Doc Rivers became head coach during the 2013 off-season.
The Clippers hosting the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA playoffs first-round series
The Clippers' updated wordmark logo, unveiled on June 18, 2015.

Meanwhile, Vaught's career as a Clipper was effectively finished, as he left as a free agent after that season, and signed with the Detroit Pistons; at the time of his departure, he was the franchise's all-time rebounds leader with 4,471 (a number that was later surpassed by Elton Brand, with 4,710).

As a result, Simmons signed a 5-year, $47 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Midway through the season, the Clippers traded Marko Jarić (in a sign and trade transaction) and Lionel Chalmers to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Sam Cassell and a lottery-protected first round pick in the 2006 NBA draft.

2004 NBA playoffs

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The postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2003–04 season.

The postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2003–04 season.

The San Antonio Spurs hosting the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at the SBC Center

The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons defeating the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers four games to one in the NBA Finals.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, after missing the playoffs their first seven seasons and losing in the first round the next seven, won their first two playoff series in 2004 before losing to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

6) Milwaukee Bucks (41–41)