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 include wins and losses recorded by a team's playing time in the Basketball Association of America (BAA).[a] Defunct BAA/NBA franchises are also listed, provided they played at least one season, beginning with the 1949–50 NBA season, which was the first season following the merger between the BAA and the National Basketball League (NBL).[b] Additionally, 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.[2]

The San Antonio Spurs have the highest win-loss record percentage, with .622.[3] The Minnesota Timberwolves have the lowest win-loss record percentage, with .397.[3] The Boston Celtics have recorded the most wins, with 3,329, while the Sacramento Kings have recorded the most losses at 3,010.[3] The Boston Celtics lead the association with the most played games, with 5,642.[3] Conversely, the Pelicans have played the least overall games, with 1,296.[3]

Active franchises

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 Los Angeles Lakers 3,296 2,237 .596 1948–49 5,533 Pacific
3 Boston Celtics 3,329 2,313 .590 1946–47 5,642 Atlantic
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[c] 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[c] 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 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
Rank Team Won Lost Pct. Last playoff
appearance
Total games Division
1 Los Angeles Lakers 438 296 .597 2013 734 Pacific
2 Boston Celtics 366 278 .568 2018 644 Atlantic
3 Miami Heat 124 100 .554 2018 224 Southeast
4 San Antonio Spurs 219 177 .553 2018 396 Southwest
5 Cleveland Cavaliers 125 104 .546 2018 229 Central
6 Chicago Bulls 186 158 .541 2017 344 Central
7 Golden State Warriors 176 151 .538 2018 327 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 147 152 .492 2018 299 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

Defunct franchises

The following is a listing of the all-time win-loss records of defunct NBA franchises.[3] Amongst defunct franchises, the Chicago Stags have the highest win-loss record percentage, with .612. The Denver Nuggets have the lowest win-loss record percentage, with .177. The Baltimore Bullets have the most games played (450), wins (158), and losses (292) for a defunct NBA franchise. The Denver Nuggets, Sheboygan Red Skins, and Waterloo Hawks are tied for the fewest games played, with 62.

For the purposes of the defunct franchises win-loss records listing, teams that recorded playing time in the BAA are only included if they additionally played during at least one season following the BAA–NBL merger. For this reason, the Pittsburgh Ironmen, Indianapolis Jets, Detroit Falcons, Toronto Huskies, and Cleveland Rebels are excluded.

Regular season

Rank Team GP Won Lost Pct. First NBA season Last NBA season
1 Chicago Stags 237 145 92 .612 1946–47 1949–50
2 Washington Capitols 271 157 114 .579 1946–47 1950–51
3 Anderson Packers 64 37 27 .578 1949–50
4 St. Louis Bombers 237 122 115 .515 1946–47 1949–50
5 Indianapolis Olympians 269 132 137 .491 1949–50 1952–53
6 Sheboygan Red Skins 62 22 40 .355 1949–50
7 Baltimore Bullets[d] 450 158 292 .351 1947–48 1954–55
8 Waterloo Hawks 62 19 43 .306 1949–50
9 Denver Nuggets[e] 62 11 51 .177 1949–50

References

  1. ^ "NBA Season Recaps". National Basketball Association. July 17, 2013. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Aschburner, Steve (September 5, 2013). "We All Count Numbers But Do All Numbers Count?". Hang Time Blog. National Basketball Association. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "NBA & ABA Team Index". Basketball-Reference. Sports-Reference. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Windhorst, Brian (July 19, 2013). "Charlotte Hornets back in 2014-15". ESPN. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Feldman, Dan (May 20, 2014). "Charlotte Hornets assume historical records from New [Orleans] Pelicans". ProBasketballTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved July 6, 2017.

Notes

  1. ^ BAA win-loss records are included, as the NBA claims the BAA's history as its own. For example, at NBA History online its table of one-line "NBA Season Recaps" begins 1946–47 without comment.[1]
  2. ^ For the purposes of this list, NBL statistics are not included, as unlike with BAA statistics prior to the BAA-NBL merger, the NBA has not included NBL statistics when recapping their history.
  3. ^ 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.[4] 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.[5]
  4. ^ This team's history and records are not affiliated with the current day Washington Wizards who played as the Baltimore Bullets from 1963–64 to 1972–73.
  5. ^ This team's history and records are not affiliated with current day Denver Nuggets team.
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