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 2016–17 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 .624.[2] The Minnesota Timberwolves have the lowest win-loss record percentage, with .391.[2] The Boston Celtics have recorded the most wins, with 3,274, while the Sacramento Kings have recorded the most losses at 2,955.[2] The Boston Celtics lead the association with the most played games, with 5,560.[2] Conversely, the Pelicans have played the least overall games, with 1,132.[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 2,067 1,247 .624 1976–77 3,314 Southwest
2 Los Angeles Lakers 3,261 2,190 .598 1948–49 5,451 Pacific
3 Boston Celtics 3,274 2,286 .589 1946–47 5,560 Atlantic
4 Phoenix Suns 2,146 1,824 .541 1968–69 3,970 Pacific
5 Oklahoma City Thunder 2,186 1,866 .539 1967–68 4,052 Northwest
6 Utah Jazz 1,866 1,612 .537 1974–75 3,478 Northwest
7 Portland Trail Blazers 2,032 1,774 .534 1970–71 3,806 Northwest
8 Chicago Bulls 2,156 1,977 .522 1966–67 4,133 Central
9 Houston Rockets 2,107 1,945 .520 1967–68 4,052 Southwest
10 Miami Heat 1,211 1,119 .520 1988–89 2,330 Southeast
11 Philadelphia 76ers 2,754 2,632 .511 1949–50 5,386 Atlantic
12 Milwaukee Bucks 2,025 1,945 .510 1968–69 3,970 Central
13 Dallas Mavericks 1,515 1,471 .507 1980–81 2,986 Southwest
14 Atlanta Hawks 2,693 2,695 .500 1949–50 5,388 Southeast
15 Indiana Pacers 1,648 1,665 .497 1976–77 3,313 Central
16 New York Knicks 2,732 2,825 .492 1946–47 5,557 Atlantic
17 Detroit Pistons 2,653 2,797 .487 1948–49 5,450 Central
18 Orlando Magic 1,091 1,157 .485 1989–90 2,248 Southeast
19 Denver Nuggets 1,603 1,711 .484 1976–77 3,314 Northwest
20 Golden State Warriors 2,657 2,899 .478 1946–47 5,556 Pacific
21 Cleveland Cavaliers 1,779 2,027 .467 1970–71 3,806 Central
22 New Orleans Pelicans 562 652 .463 2002–03[a] 1,214 Southwest
23 Sacramento Kings 2,496 2,955 .458 1948–49 5,451 Pacific
24 Washington Wizards 2,053 2,480 .453 1961–62 4,533 Southeast
25 Toronto Raptors 785 971 .447 1995–96 1,756 Atlantic
26 Charlotte Hornets 952 1,214 .440 1988–89[a] 2,166 Southeast
27 Memphis Grizzlies 737 1,019 .420 1995–96 1,756 Southwest
28 Brooklyn Nets 1,380 1,934 .416 1976–77 3,314 Atlantic
29 Los Angeles Clippers 1,520 2,286 .399 1970–71 3,806 Pacific
30 Minnesota Timberwolves 878 1,370 .391 1989–90 2,248 Northwest

Playoffs

The following playoff listing is accurate through the end of the 2017 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 New Orleans Pelicans have the fewest post-season wins (15) and post-season games played (40), although the Minnesota Timberwolves have the lowest post-season winning percentage (.362).

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 355 270 .568 2017 625 Atlantic
3 Miami Heat 123 96 .562 2016 219 Southeast
4 San Antonio Spurs 218 173 .558 2017 391 Southwest
5 Cleveland Cavaliers 113 94 .546 2017 207 Central
6 Chicago Bulls 186 158 .541 2017 344 Central
7 Golden State Warriors 160 146 .523 2017 306 Pacific
8 Detroit Pistons 188 178 .514 2016 366 Central
9 Philadelphia 76ers 216 205 .513 2012 421 Atlantic
10 Oklahoma City Thunder 158 155 .505 2017 313 Northwest
11 New York Knicks 186 189 .496 2013 375 Atlantic
12 Indiana Pacers 112 114 .496 2017 226 Central
13 Phoenix Suns 133 141 .485 2010 274 Pacific
14 Houston Rockets 136 146 .482 2017 282 Southwest
15 Utah Jazz 118 134 .468 2017 252 Northwest
16 Dallas Mavericks 91 105 .464 2016 196 Southwest
17 Orlando Magic 57 66 .463 2012 123 Southeast
18 Milwaukee Bucks 108 126 .462 2017 234 Central
19 Portland Trail Blazers 108 135 .444 2017 243 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 Washington Wizards 96 130 .425 2017 226 Southeast
24 Los Angeles Clippers 44 60 .423 2017 104 Pacific
25 Toronto Raptors 28 44 .389 2017 72 Atlantic
26 Memphis Grizzlies 29 46 .387 2017 75 Southwest
27 Denver Nuggets 61 101 .377 2013 162 Northwest
28 New Orleans Pelicans 15 25 .375 2015 40 Southwest
29 Charlotte Hornets 23 40 .365 2016 63 Southeast
30 Minnesota Timberwolves 17 30 .362 2004 47 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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