Lapchick was responsible for leading the Knicks during their early success. However, these ventures never culminated with a win in the NBA Finals.
Dave Bing joined the team in 1966, scoring 1,601 points in his rookie year.
Toni Kukoč playing for the Bucks.
Patrick Ewing played for the Knicks from 1985 to 2000, leading them to the Finals in 1994 and 1999
Isiah Thomas against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 19, 1985.
Michael Redd playing for the Bucks.
The current Madison Square Garden has been the home of the Knicks since 1968.
Chuck Daly, coach of the 1989 and 1990 NBA champions.
Brandon Jennings
Isiah Thomas as coach of the Knicks in 2007. He stayed six years on the bench
A ticket for Game 1 of the 1988 NBA Finals at The Forum.
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Larry Brown succeeded Thomas, coaching the Knicks from 2005 to 2006
Doug Collins, one of five head coaches for the Pistons in an eight-year span.
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2006–2015.
The Knicks in action at Madison Square Garden in the 2008–09 season.
Larry Brown coached the Pistons to the 2004 NBA title and the Eastern Conference championship the following season.
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2015–present.
Mike D'Antoni, head coach of the Knicks from 2008 to 2012
The Pistons are honored at the White House for the team's victory in the 2004 NBA Finals.
Jeremy Lin was a surprise player that came off the bench during the 2011–12 season.
A game ticket from March 2006 between the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards.
Mike Woodson, head coach of the Knicks from 2012 to 2014
Andre Drummond was selected by the Pistons with the ninth overall pick in 2012 NBA draft.
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.
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

With the addition of Alcindor, the Bucks finished with a 56–26 record in 1969–70, second-best in the league behind the New York Knicks.

- Milwaukee Bucks

Then a trade during the 1968–69 season sent DeBusschere to the New York Knicks for Howard Komives and Walt Bellamy, both of whom had their best seasons behind them.

- Detroit Pistons

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

- New York Knicks

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.

- New York Knicks

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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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

The Magic's first victory came two days later, as the Magic defeated the New York Knicks 118–110.

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.

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.

On November 1, 1946, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, in a game the NBA now refers to as the first game played in NBA history.

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.

Boston Celtics

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American professional basketball team based in Boston.

American professional basketball team based in Boston.

Bob Cousy played 13 years for the team, 6 of them ending in NBA titles
12 time All-Star Larry Bird played in the Celtics from 1979 to 1992. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
Drafted by the Celtics in 1998, Paul Pierce went on to star for the Celtics and later won the NBA Finals MVP Award when the team won the NBA championship in 2008
Head coach Doc Rivers led the Celtics to an NBA title in 2008.
Brad Stevens, former head coach of the Celtics.
Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers being defended by Celtics' center Bill Russell in 1966
Former Celtics captain Paul Pierce being defended by LeBron James
Red Auerbach coached the Boston Celtics to 9 NBA titles, with eight straight between 1959 and 1966.
The Celtics' wordmark, used since the 1969–70 season

But the season ended in disappointment, as they were upset in seven games by the New York Knicks in the Conference Finals.

The Celtics returned to the playoffs the next year, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals in 1974 for their 12th NBA Championship.

He almost immediately traded McAdoo, a former NBA scoring champion, to the Detroit Pistons for guard M. L. Carr, a defensive specialist, and two first-round picks in the 1980 NBA draft.

Los Angeles Lakers

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American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.

American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.

Minneapolis team co-owner Benjamin Berger
Hall of Famer George Mikan (#99) led the Lakers franchise to their first five NBA championships. He is described by the NBA's official website as the "first superstar" in league history.
Elgin Baylor (left) and Jerry West (right) led the team to a total of ten NBA Finals appearances in the 1960s and 1970s. Nicknamed "Mr. Clutch", West's silhouette is featured on the NBA's official logo.
Wilt Chamberlain played for Los Angeles for five seasons during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was an integral part of their 1971–72 team that is considered one of the best in NBA history.
The Lakers acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975.
Magic Johnson along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the "Showtime" Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s.
Los Angeles drafted James Worthy first overall in 1982. "Big Game James" recorded his only career triple double in the Lakers game seven victory over the Pistons in the 1988 NBA Finals.
Championship banners, Lakers retired jerseys, and honored Minneapolis Lakers banner hanging in the rafters of Crypto.com Arena in 2010
The Lakers at the White House following their 2001 NBA championship
The Lakers with President Barack Obama following their 2010 NBA championship
Frank Vogel, who coached the Lakers for three seasons
LeBron James in 2018
Jerry Buss owned the team from 1979 until his death in 2013.
The Lakers current wordmark, used since the 1999–2000 season. The version shown is used on their Sunday home alternate jerseys.
Former head coach Phil Jackson led the team to five championships.
Lakers retired jerseys hanging inside the Crypto.com Arena in 2013

One of those games, a 19–18 loss against the Fort Wayne Pistons, became infamous as the lowest scoring game in NBA history.

They faced the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals, which they won in seven games.

The next season the Lakers were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks, led by future Laker Lew Alcindor (now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in the Western 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.

On December 18, 2006, team co-captain Carmelo Anthony, shooting guard J. R. Smith and power forward Nenê were suspended by the NBA (15, 10 and one games respectively) for a fight that occurred in the last two minutes of a game against the New York Knicks two days earlier.

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.

Other mid-season acquisitions came in the form of Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins, who arrived from the New York Knicks in exchange for Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley.

Seattle SuperSonics

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American professional basketball team based in Seattle.

American professional basketball team based in Seattle.

Tom Meschery, Bob Rule (SuperSonics) and Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia 76ers) in 1967
Lenny Wilkens in 1968
Jack Sikma in 1978
In 1980, the Seattle SuperSonics' total attendance exceeded that of all other sports or shows held in the Kingdome.
George Karl served as Seattle's head coach from 1992 to 1998.
Vin Baker was an NBA All-Star with the SuperSonics during the 1997–98 season.
Kevin Durant (pictured in 2014), who was drafted by the SuperSonics in 2007
Over most of the franchise's history, Seattle played its home games at KeyArena.
Squatch wearing the Sonics' home uniform in 2005

The team, which starred Haywood, guards Fred Brown and Slick Watts, and rookie center Tommy Burleson, defeated the Detroit Pistons in a three-game mini-series before falling to the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in six games.

The next season, the SuperSonics traded Haywood to the New York Knicks, forcing the remaining players to pick up the offensive slack.

The 2002–03 season saw All-Star Payton traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, and also marked the end to the SuperSonics' 11-year streak of having a season with a winning percentage of at least .500, then the second longest current streak in the NBA.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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American professional basketball team based in Minneapolis.

American professional basketball team based in Minneapolis.

Kevin Garnett played for the Timberwolves from 1995 to 2007 before returning in 2015.
The Timberwolves conduct pre-game warm-ups at their home Arena, the Target Center
Kevin Love became the fifth Timberwolves player to be named NBA All-Star.
Kevin Garnett's first game back with the Timberwolves in 2015.
Derrick Rose warming up with the Timberwolves.
The Minnesota Timberwolves' wordmark logo used from 2008 to 2017.
Crunch the Wolf

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.

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.

In a locally untelevised game on November 12, 2010, Kevin Love grabbed a franchise-record 31 rebounds and scored 31 points in a win over the New York Knicks, the NBA's first 30–30 game in 28 years.

1993–94 NBA season

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The 48th season of the National Basketball Association.

The 48th season of the National Basketball Association.

The season ended with the Houston Rockets defeating the New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals to win the franchise's first championship.

Isiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons suffered a torn Achilles tendon in a game against the Orlando Magic in April, which led to his retirement from the NBA. Just a few months prior, teammate Bill Laimbeer announced his retirement, citing a lack of desire to play. Their retirements came a season before Grant Hill's arrival the next season.

The Milwaukee Bucks changed their logo and uniforms, adopting a new color scheme of purple to go with dark green, while their uniforms featured taller B's and S's on the home and road jerseys.

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.

This was the last playoff appearance for the New York Knicks until 2011, when they would be swept in the first round.

6) Milwaukee Bucks (41–41)