List of all-time NBA win-loss records

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Tim Duncan and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, who have the best all-time win-loss record percentage in the NBA

The following is a listing of all 30 current National Basketball Association (NBA) teams ranked by win-loss record percentage, accurate as of the end of the 2017–18 NBA season. The records do not count wins and losses recorded by a team's playing time in the American Basketball Association (ABA), despite the 1976 NBA-ABA merger.[1] The San Antonio Spurs have the highest win-loss record percentage, with .622.[2] The Minnesota Timberwolves have the lowest win-loss record percentage, with .397.[2] The Boston Celtics have recorded the most wins, with 3,329, while the Sacramento Kings have recorded the most losses at 3,010.[2] The Boston Celtics lead the association with the most played games, with 5,642.[2] Conversely, the Pelicans have played the least overall games, with 1,296.[2]

Regular season

The Minnesota Timberwolves have the lowest all-time win-loss record percentage in NBA history
Best win-loss record in division
Rank Team Won Lost Pct. First NBA season Total games Division
1 San Antonio Spurs 2,114 1,282 .622 1976–77 3,396 Southwest
2 Boston Celtics 3,329 2,313 .590 1946–47 5,642 Atlantic
3 Los Angeles Lakers 3,296 2,237 .586 1948–49 5,533 Pacific
4 Oklahoma City Thunder 2,234 1,900 .540 1967–68 4,134 Northwest
5 Utah Jazz 1,914 1,646 .538 1974–75 3,560 Northwest
6 Portland Trail Blazers 2,081 1,807 .535 1970–71 3,888 Northwest
7 Phoenix Suns 2,167 1,885 .535 1968–69 4,052 Pacific
8 Houston Rockets 2,172 1,962 .525 1967–68 4,134 Southwest
9 Miami Heat 1,255 1,157 .520 1988–89 2,412 Southeast
10 Chicago Bulls 2,183 2,032 .518 1966–67 4,215 Central
11 Philadelphia 76ers 2,806 2,662 .513 1949–50 5,468 Atlantic
12 Milwaukee Bucks 2,069 1,983 .511 1968–69 4,052 Central
13 Dallas Mavericks 1,539 1,529 .502 1980–81 3,068 Southwest
14 Indiana Pacers 1,696 1,699 .500 1976–77 3,395 Central
15 Atlanta Hawks 2,717 2,753 .497 1949–50 5,470 Southeast
16 New York Knicks 2,761 2,878 .490 1946–47 5,639 Atlantic
17 Detroit Pistons 2,692 2,840 .487 1948–49 5,532 Central
18 Denver Nuggets 1,649 1,747 .486 1976–77 3,396 Northwest
19 Golden State Warriors 2,715 2,923 .482 1946–47 5,638 Pacific
20 Orlando Magic 1,116 1,214 .479 1989–90 2,330 Southeast
21 New Orleans Pelicans 610 686 .471 2002–03[a] 1,296 Southwest
22 Cleveland Cavaliers 1,829 2,059 .470 1970–71 3,888 Central
23 Toronto Raptors 844 994 .459 1995–96 1,838 Atlantic
24 Sacramento Kings 2,523 3,010 .456 1948–49 5,533 Pacific
25 Washington Wizards 2,096 2,519 .454 1961–62 4,615 Southeast
26 Charlotte Hornets 988 1,260 .440 1988–89[a] 2,248 Southeast
27 Brooklyn Nets 1,408 1,988 .415 1976–77 3,396 Atlantic
28 Memphis Grizzlies 759 1,079 .413 1995–96 1,838 Southwest
29 Los Angeles Clippers 1,562 2,326 .402 1970–71 3,888 Pacific
30 Minnesota Timberwolves 925 1,405 .397 1989–90 2,330 Northwest

Playoffs

The following playoff listing is accurate through the end of the Conference Semifinals Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs. The Los Angeles Lakers have the most post-season wins (438), most post-season games played (734), and highest post-season winning percentage (.597) out of any NBA team. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the fewest post-season wins (18) and the lowest post-season winning percentage (.346). The New Orleans Pelicans have the fewest post-season games played (49).

Best win-loss record in division
Team active in playoffs
Rank Team Won Lost Pct. Last playoff
appearance
Total games Division
1 Los Angeles Lakers 438 296 .597 2013 734 Pacific
2 Boston Celtics 363 274 .570 2018 637 Atlantic
3 Cleveland Cavaliers 121 97 .555 2018 218 Central
4 Miami Heat 124 100 .554 2018 224 Southeast
5 San Antonio Spurs 219 177 .553 2018 396 Southwest
6 Chicago Bulls 186 158 .541 2017 344 Central
7 Golden State Warriors 168 148 .532 2018 316 Pacific
8 Detroit Pistons 188 178 .514 2016 366 Central
9 Philadelphia 76ers 221 210 .513 2018 431 Atlantic
10 Oklahoma City Thunder 160 159 .502 2018 319 Northwest
11 New York Knicks 186 189 .496 2013 375 Atlantic
12 Indiana Pacers 115 118 .494 2018 233 Central
13 Houston Rockets 144 148 .493 2018 292 Southwest
14 Phoenix Suns 133 141 .485 2010 274 Pacific
15 Utah Jazz 123 140 .468 2018 263 Northwest
16 Dallas Mavericks 91 105 .464 2016 196 Southwest
17 Orlando Magic 57 66 .463 2012 123 Southeast
18 Milwaukee Bucks 111 130 .461 2018 241 Central
19 Portland Trail Blazers 108 139 .437 2018 247 Northwest
20 Brooklyn Nets 62 80 .437 2015 142 Atlantic
21 Atlanta Hawks 153 202 .431 2017 355 Southeast
22 Sacramento Kings 80 107 .428 2006 187 Pacific
23 Los Angeles Clippers 44 60 .423 2017 104 Pacific
24 Washington Wizards 98 134 .422 2018 232 Southeast
25 New Orleans Pelicans 20 29 .408 2018 49 Southwest
26 Toronto Raptors 32 50 .390 2018 82 Atlantic
27 Memphis Grizzlies 29 46 .387 2017 75 Southwest
28 Denver Nuggets 61 101 .377 2013 162 Northwest
29 Charlotte Hornets 23 40 .365 2016 63 Southeast
30 Minnesota Timberwolves 18 34 .346 2018 52 Northwest

References

  1. ^ Aschburner, Steve (September 5, 2013). "We All Count Numbers But Do All Numbers Count?". Hang Time Blog. National Basketball League. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "NBA & ABA Team Index". Basketball-Reference. Sports-Reference. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ Windhorst, Brian (July 19, 2013). "Charlotte Hornets back in 2014-15". ESPN. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ Feldman, Dan (May 20, 2014). "Charlotte Hornets assume historical records from New [Orleans] Pelicans". ProBasketballTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 

Notes

  1. ^ a b The New Orleans Pelicans began play as the New Orleans Hornets in the 2002–03 NBA season, due to the original Charlotte Hornets (which began play in the 1988–89 NBA season) relocating to New Orleans. The city of Charlotte was then awarded the 30th NBA franchise, dubbed the Charlotte Bobcats, which began play in the 2004–05 NBA season. The New Orleans Hornets rebranded as the New Orleans Pelicans, with the 2013–14 NBA season being their first under the Pelicans name. The Bobcats then rebranded as the Charlotte Hornets, first playing under the Hornets name in 2014.[3] This second incarnation of Charlotte Hornets retained statistics and records of the original Charlotte Hornets franchise which played from the 1988–89 NBA season to the 2001–02 NBA season—as well as the statistics and records accumulated while playing as the Bobcats—while the New Orleans Pelicans franchise was retroactively regarded as a 2002–03 season expansion franchise, maintaining the statistics and records accumulated from that season onwards.[4]
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