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History

The NBA began life as the Basketball Association of America in 1946 and played under that moniker for 3 years before, in 1949, merging with the NBL and changing names to the NBA. The BAA started out with 11 teams in 1946 but lost four of them before the start of the next season. Despite the loss of four teams the BAA was having a lot of success against its rival the NBL and was able to entice four of the NBL's premier franchises to join the BAA in 1948.

When the two leagues merged in 1949 it brought the total number of teams to 17 but the new league would quickly start losing teams. After just six years the number of teams had dropped to just 8. Financial troubles plagued the league from the start and this was especially true for the NBL teams that joined during the merger due to them being in smaller markets. The owner of the Fort Wayne Pistons, a former NBL team, named Frank Zollner was key in keeping the NBA financially afloat during this time.

The NBA continued with 8 teams from 1955 until 1961 when the Chicago Packers joined the league. The Packers, now the Washington Wizards, are not considered to be the first expansion team, that distinction goes to the Chicago Bulls because the Bulls, who joined in 1966, had an actual expansion draft. From 1966 until 2004 the league seen an expansion boom with a total of 21 teams joining the league.

The NBA has always been a league that was dominated by what some historians have called "teams of the era". The early decades of the NBA were dominated the Minneapolis Lakers and their star George Mikan. From 1948 until 1954 the Lakers won 5 NBA championships. From 1957 until 1969 the Boston Celtics won 11 championships in 13 seasons and the 1980s was dominated by the Lakers and Celtics who combined to win 8 of the 10 titles during that decade. The 1990s saw the rise of Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls; who would capture 6 titles during the decade. The 2000s saw the Lakers again being dominant winning 5 titles during the decade. Only the 1970s and 2010s did not see a franchise win at least 4 NBA titles, though the Golden State Warriors got close by winning 3 titles in the 2010s.

In the 1960s as the NBA was going through a growth spurt by adding new teams, a rival spring up to challenge it in the ABA. The ABA would last from 1967 until 1976 when it merged with the NBA.

The 1980s saw the league and the game of basketball grow tremendously and a lot of that had to do with the rivalry of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. The two have become the definition of what a rivalry is supposed to be and their teams would dominate the decade. Because of this rivalry a lot of interest grew in the America about the NBA and the first major TV deals started to be signed as well as another wave of expansion.

The 1990s saw the age of Jordan. No person in team sports has had such an impact that extended out side of the game. Jordan became the NBA and perhaps even bigger than the league. Had it not been for a two year retirement Jordan may have won many more NBA titles.

The post Jordan NBA seen an increase in international players joining the NBA. The 2000s were truly an international league as players from every corner of the globe started joining the NBA and many of them, such as Dirk Nowitzki, started to find success in the league.

The past decade was split, first by parity with 5 teams winning titles in six seasons, but than seen the rise of one of the most dominate teams ever in the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors would make five consecutive NBA finals and win 3 titles during that span.

Positions

The center is the tallest player on each team, playing near the basket. On offense, the center tries to score on close shots and rebound. But on defence, the center tries to block opponents’ shots and rebound their misses.

The power forward does many of the things a center does, playing near the basket while rebounding and defending taller players. But power forwards also take longer shots than centers.

The small forward plays against small and large players. They roam all over on the court. Small forwards can score from long shots and close ones.

The point guard runs the offense and usually is the team’s best dribbler and passer. The point guard defends the opponent’s point guard and tries to steal the ball.

The shooting guard is usually the team’s best shooter. The shooting guard can make shots from long distance and also is a good dribbler.

Western Conference

Eastern Conference

Northwest Atlantic

Denver Nuggets

Boston Celtics

Minnesota Timberwolves

Brooklyn Nets

Oklahoma City thunder

New York Knicks

Portland Trail Blazers

Philadelphia 76er’s

Utah Jazz

Toronto Raptors (Canada)

Pacific

Central

Golden State Warriors

Chicago Bulls

LA Clippers

Cleveland Cavaliers

Los Angeles Lakers

Detroit Pistons

Phoenix Suns

Indiana Pacers

Sacramento Kings

Milwaukee Bucks

Southwest

Southeast

Dallas Mavericks

Atlanta Hawks

Houston Rockets

Charlotte Hornets

Memphis Grizzlies

Miami Heat

New Orleans Pelicans

Orlando Magic

San Antonio Spurs

Washington Wizards

Products

As for NBA, there are a few products available in different categories. You can search on the  following categories: bags, caps, shirts and various. Within these categories, there are different products available such as caps from for example: the Nets, the Cavaliers, the Chicago Bulls, the Spurs, the Heats and the City Thunders. There are also tank tops from the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls. Furthermore there are hard knocks fleece from the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heats available. Lastly there are Duffel bags available from the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers

There are popular brands available within basketball. You can find the likes of Bulls, Cavaliers, City Thunder, Heat, Nets, Spurs, Trail Blazers and warriors.

Brands

Adams Adidas
All-Star Benson
Crep Cutters
Douglas Gilman
Gorilla Gold GSI by Riddell
Jugs Lizards Skins
Majestic Makura
Markwort Masterpieces
McDavid Mitchell & Ness
Neumann New Balance
New Era Nike
P2I Rawlings
Reebok Richardson
Riddell Schutt
Shock Doctor SKLZ
Smitty SportStar
The Northwest Company Trace
Twin City Under Armour
Wilson Xenith
XO Athletic