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The Southwest Division is one of the three divisions in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division is located in the South Central United States and consists of five teams, the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets, the Memphis Grizzlies, the New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs. Three of the teams, the Mavericks, Rockets, and Spurs, are based in Texas.

Southwest Division
ConferenceWestern Conference
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
Inaugural season2004–05 season
Teams
No. of teams5
Championships
Most recent Southwest Division champion(s)Houston Rockets
(3rd title)
Most Southwest Division titlesSan Antonio Spurs
(9 titles)

The division was created at the start of the 2004–05 season, when the league expanded from 29 to 30 teams with the addition of the Charlotte Bobcats. The league realigned itself into three divisions in each conference. The Southwest Division began with five inaugural members, the Mavericks, the Rockets, the Grizzlies, the Hornets (now Pelicans) and the Spurs.[1] The Mavericks, the Rockets, the Grizzlies and the Spurs joined from the now-defunct Midwest Division, while the Pelicans joined from the Central Division.

The Spurs have been dominant since the division's inaugural season, having won the most Southwest Division titles with nine. The Mavericks and Rockets have won two titles each, and the Pelicans have won one title. The Grizzlies have never won the Southwest Division title. Four NBA champions came from the Southwest Division. The Spurs won the NBA championship in 2005, 2007 and 2014, while the Mavericks won in 2011. In the 2007–08 season, all four teams that qualified for the playoffs each had more than 50 wins. In the 2010–11 season and the 2014–15 season, all teams in the division had winning percentages above 0.500 (50%). In the 2014–15 season, the Southwest Division saw every one of its teams making the playoffs, a feat achieved only twice in the last 30 years.[2] The most recent division champion is the Houston Rockets.

Contents

StandingsEdit

Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yHouston Rockets 53 29 .646 0.0 31–10 22–19 10–6 82
xSan Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 5.0 32–9 16–25 10–6 82
Memphis Grizzlies 33 49 .402 20.0 21–20 12–29 8–8 82
New Orleans Pelicans 33 49 .402 20.0 19–22 14–27 8–8 82
Dallas Mavericks 33 49 .402 20.0 24–17 9–32 4–12 82

Notes

  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • x – Clinched playoff spot

TeamsEdit

Division championsEdit

Season resultsEdit

^ 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
Season Team (record)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
2004–05 San Antonio^ (59–23) Dallas* (58–24) Houston* (51–31) Memphis* (45–37) New Orleans (18–64)
2005–06 San Antonio* (63–19) Dallas+ (60–22) Memphis* (49–33) New Orleans/Oklahoma City[a] (38–44) Houston (34–48)
2006–07 Dallas* (67–15) San Antonio^ (58–24) Houston* (52–30) New Orleans/Oklahoma City[a] (39–43) Memphis (22–60)
2007–08 New Orleans* (56–26) San Antonio* (56–26) Houston* (55–27) Dallas* (51–31) Memphis (22–60)
2008–09 San Antonio* (54–28) Houston* (53–29) Dallas* (50–32) New Orleans* (49–33) Memphis (24–58)
2009–10 Dallas* (55–27) San Antonio* (50–32) Houston (42–40) Memphis (40–42) New Orleans (37–45)
2010–11 San Antonio* (61–21) Dallas^ (57–25) New Orleans* (46–36) Memphis* (46–36) Houston (43–39)
2011–12[b] San Antonio* (50–16) Memphis* (41–25) Dallas* (36–30) Houston (34–32) New Orleans (21–45)
2012–13 San Antonio+ (58–24) Memphis* (56–26) Houston* (45–37) Dallas (41–41) New Orleans (27–55)
2013–14 San Antonio^ (62–20) Houston* (54–28) Memphis* (50–32) Dallas* (49–33) New Orleans (34–48)
2014–15 Houston* (56–26) Memphis* (55–27) San Antonio* (55–27) Dallas* (50–32) New Orleans* (45–37)
2015–16 San Antonio* (67–15) Dallas* (42–40) Memphis* (42–40) Houston* (41–41) New Orleans (30–52)
2016–17 San Antonio* (61–21) Houston* (55–27) Memphis* (43–39) New Orleans (34–48) Dallas (33–49)
2017–18 Houston* (65–17) New Orleans* (48–34) San Antonio* (47–35) Dallas (24–58) Memphis (22–60)
2018–19 Houston* (53–29) San Antonio* (48–34) Memphis (33–49) New Orleans (33–49) Dallas (33–49)

RivalriesEdit

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio SpursEdit

Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston RocketsEdit

NotesEdit

  • a 1 2 3 The New Orleans Hornets temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City due to the effect of Hurricane Katrina. The majority of home games were played in Oklahoma City, while a few remained in New Orleans.
  • b 1 2 Because of a lockout, the season did not start until December 25, 2011, and all 30 teams played a shortened 66-game regular season schedule.[3]

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "NBA & ABA League Index". Basketball-Reference.com.
Specific
  1. ^ "Expansion Bobcats prompt change". ESPN.com. November 17, 2003. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "Southwest Division's historical dominance". ESPN.com. April 15, 2015. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Lee (December 5, 2011). "'tis The Season". CNN Sports Illustrated. Time Warner Company. Retrieved April 30, 2012.

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