Pacific Division (NBA)
The Pacific Division is one of the three divisions in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings. All teams, except the Suns, are based in California.
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Inaugural season||1970–71 season|
|No. of teams||5|
|Most recent champion(s)||Phoenix Suns (7th title)|
|Most titles||Los Angeles Lakers|
The division was created at the start of the 1970–71 season, when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the addition of the Buffalo Braves, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers. The league realigned itself into two conferences, the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, with two divisions each in each conference. The Pacific Division began with five inaugural members, the Lakers, the Blazers, the San Diego Rockets, the San Francisco Warriors and the Seattle SuperSonics. The Lakers, the Rockets, the Warriors and the SuperSonics all joined from the Western Division.
The Lakers have won the most Pacific Division titles with 24. The Warriors have the second most titles with seven, having won five consecutive times, the first of which occurred in 2015. 18 NBA champions have come from the Pacific Division. The Lakers have won 12 championships, the Warriors won 4, and the Blazers and Sonics won one championship each. All of them, except the 1976–77 Blazers and the 2001–02 Lakers, were division champions. In the 1991–92 season, six teams from the division qualified for the playoffs. In the 1977–78 season, all teams in the division had winning percentages above 0.500 (50%). The most recent divisions champions are the Phoenix Suns.
|z – Golden State Warriors||52||20||.722||0.0||31–5||21–15||7–5||72|
|y – Utah Jazz||51||21||.708||1.0||27–9||24–12||7–5||72|
|x – Los Angeles Clippers||47||25||.653||5.0||26–10||21–15||9–3||72|
|x – Los Angeles Lakers||42||30||.583||10.0||21–15||21–15||4–8||72|
|Golden State Warriors||39||33||.542||13.0||25–11||14–22||5–7||72|
- y – Clinched division title
- x – Clinched playoff spot
- pb – Clinched play-in spot
- o – Eliminated from playoff contention
|Golden State Warriors (1971–present)
San Francisco Warriors (1962–1971)
|San Francisco, California
|Los Angeles Clippers (1984–present)
San Diego Clippers (1978–1984)
|Los Angeles, California
San Diego, California
(as Buffalo Braves)
|Los Angeles Lakers||Los Angeles, California||1970||Western Division|
|Phoenix Suns||Phoenix, Arizona||1972||Midwest Division|
|Sacramento Kings||Sacramento, California||1988||Midwest Division|
|Houston Rockets (1971–present)
San Diego Rockets (1967-1971)
San Diego, California
|1970||Western Division||1972||Central Division||Southwest Division|
|Portland Trail Blazers||Portland, Oregon||1970||—||2004||Northwest Division||Northwest Division|
|Seattle SuperSonics (1967–2008, now Oklahoma City Thunder)||Seattle, Washington||1970||Western Division||2004||Northwest Division||Northwest Division|
- denotes an expansion team.
|Denotes team currently in the division|
|Denotes team that has left the division|
|^||Had or tied for the best regular season record for that season|
Titles by teamEdit
|^||Denotes team that has left the division|
|Los Angeles Lakers||24||1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2019–20|
|Golden State Warriors||7||1974–75, 1975–76, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19|
|Phoenix Suns||7||1980–81, 1992–93, 1994–95, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2020–21|
|Seattle SuperSonics^ (now Oklahoma City Thunder)||5||1978–79, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98|
|Portland Trail Blazers^||4||1977–78, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1998–99|
|Sacramento Kings||2||2001–02, 2002–03|
|Los Angeles Clippers||2||2012–13, 2013–14|
|^||Denotes team that won the NBA championships|
|+||Denotes team that won the Conference Finals, but lost the NBA Finals|
|*||Denotes team that qualified for the NBA Playoffs|
|×||Denotes team that did not qualify for the 2020 NBA Bubble season restart|
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles ClippersEdit
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