NBA teams in alphabetical order by team name are 1. Atlanta Hawks 2. Boston Celtics 3. Brooklyn Nets 4. Charlotte Hornets and many more. 

The National Basketball Association is a men's professional basketball league that comprises 30 teams, divided into two conferences (Eastern and Western) and six divisions. 

Each team plays 82 regular season games, with the top eight franchises advancing to the playoffs from each conference. The reigning champions are Golden State Warriors, who won their seventh NBA Championship in history.

The league's most successful franchises are Boston Celtics and LA Lakers with 17 titles apiece. With both teams recently qualifying for the 2023 Conference Finals in their respective division, both of them have a chance to claim the accolade. 

NBA team list alphabetical In 2023 are:

  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Boston Celtics
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Houston Rockets
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Miami Heat
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • New York Knicks
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Orlando Magic
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Sacramento Kings
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Utah Jazz
  • Washington Wizards

Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks is the first NBA team in alphabetical order founded in 1946. The Hawks won their single NBA Championship to date in 1958.

The Hawks have produced several notable players, including Dejounte Murray, Dominique Wilkins, Bob Pettit, and Pete Maravich. The 24-year-old point guard Trae Young is another legend in the making for Atlanta.  

(Left) Trae Young scoring basket during a match against Boston Celtics in April 2023
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Besides, the Atlanta Hawks team colors are torch red, legacy yellow, infinity black and granite gray. Similarly. Harry the Hawk is their team mascot.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics franchise founded in 1946 is one of the most successful teams in NBA history with phenomenal 17 championships.

Their latest NBA title came in 2008 by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 in the NBA Finals under the tutelage of head coach Doc Rivers.

(Left) Marcus Smart during a match on April 28, 2023
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The Celtics have produced some of the greatest players in NBA history, including the likes of Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Sams Jones and John Havlicek.

The Boston Celtics' salary cap for the 2022-23 NBA season is $123,655,000, with Jayson Tatum having the largest guarantee of $97,800,180.

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are a professional basketball team founded in 1967. The club played in New Jersey before relocating to Brooklyn in 2012. 

The Nets have won two conference championships, in 2002 and 2003.  They have produced several notable players throughout their history like Jason Kidd, Julius Erving, Kevin Durrant, and Vince Carter

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The Brooklyn Nets jersey design is a swirl of teal, blue, red, black, and gray, with "NETS" written in bold letters across the chest. Jacque Vaughn is the current head coach for the team.

Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets are a professional NBA basketball team founded in 1988. Legendary Michael Jordan has the team ownership currently.

They were previously known as Charlotte Bobcats from 2004 to 2014. The eastern conference team plays its home matches in Spectrum Center.

LaMelo Ball during the first half against the Detroit Pistons in Charlotte, N.C.
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Although Charlotte has never won the championship, they have been home to players such as Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, and Kemba Walker. In recent years, the Hornets have seen promising performances from players like LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges.

Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls plays in the central division of the Eastern Conference in the NBA. Chicago played its first game during the 1966/67 season.

The Bulls has won six NBA championships including two three-peats, led by the legendary Michael Jordan and his teammates in the 1990s. 

(Left) DeMar DeRozan during a match against Miami Marlins in April 2023
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Some of the most notable names in the history of the franchise are Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Artis Gilmore, Chet Walker, Bob Love, Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Phil Jackson.

Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers, founded in 1970, plays its home games at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. They have had several notable players, including Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, and Kyrie Irving.

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In 2016, led by LeBron James, the Cavaliers conquered their first and only NBA championship against the Golden State Warriors. They have also made appearances in the NBA Finals in 2007 and 2015.

After a hiatus from the playoffs since 2018, the Cavaliers clinched a spot in the 2023 NBA playoffs but went down by 4-2 against the NY Knicks.

Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks also known as Mavs were founded in 1980. They won one NBA championship in 2011, with Dirk Nowitzki leading the team. 

Throughout history, the Mavericks have had many notable players, including Steve Nash, Michael Finley, Derek Harper, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, and Luka Doncic.

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The Mavericks have endured a decent run in the league winning their two conference titles in 2006 and 2011 and four division titles in 1987, 2007, 2010 and 2021.

Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets is an American professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets compete in the Western Conference.

Founded as an expansion team in 1967, Denver is yet to win an NBA championship. However, they have won 12 division titles to date.

The Nuggets during their training session at Ball Arena in April 2023
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Moreover, the Nuggets have had some of the most exceptional players in the league, such as Carmelo Anthony, Dikembe Mutombo, Fat Lever, David Thompson, Marcus Camby and Nikola Jokic

Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons established in 1937 compete in the Eastern Conference Central Division. The Pistons has won three NBA Championships.

Notable players that have graced the Piston's history include Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Chauncey Billups, Dennis Rodman and Ben Wallace. 

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Detroit Pistons play their home matches in Little Caesars Arena whereas Hooper has been serving as their team mascot since 1996.

Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have won seven championships, with their latest triumph coming in 2022 with Steph Curry becoming the Finals MVP.

GSW competes in the Pacific division of the Western Conference. Royal blue and yellow are the team colors, while Chase Center is the home arena.

(Right) Stephen Curry during the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals at American Airlines Center on May 22, 2022 in Dallas, Texas
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Over the years, the franchise has had several notable players, including Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway, and Steph Curry.

Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets belong to the Western Conference Southwest Division in NBA. The crew was initially founded in 1967 as the San Diego Rockets.

Houston won two NBA championships in 1994 and 1995 thanks to head coach Rudy Tomjanovich and star player Hakeem Olajuwon.

Tari Eason on attack for the Rockets on March 20, 2023
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Stephen Silas served as the head coach of the Rockets from 2020 to 2023, but he was recently succeeded by Ime Udoka, who took over the reins on April 25, 2023, as the new head coach of the Rockets.

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are part of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division. The Pacers were founded in 1967 as an original American Basketball Association (ABA) member.

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The franchise became part of the NBA in 1976 when the two leagues merged. Indiana has had a fair share of success in their history, winning three ABA championships and reaching the NBA Finals once.

Some notable players in Pacers' history include Reggie Miller, George McGinnis, Roger Brown, Paul George and Jermaine O'Neal.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers belong to the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the NBA. The franchise was founded in 1970 as Buffalo Braves. 

Their home court is the Arena, shared with the Los Angeles Lakers, the LA Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), and the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). 

Clippers' Norman Powell celebrating the victory after the match on May 9, 2023
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Over the years, the Clippers have seen some remarkable players, including Ron Harper, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Manning, Randy Smith, and DeAndre Jordan.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers is a renowned basketball team in the NBA. It boasts an impressive track record and has produced numerous notable players, such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. 

(Left) Anthony Davis at Footprint Center on April 05, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona
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Currently competing in the 2023 playoffs, Anthony Davis has been a vital asset to the team alongside the likes of LeBron and Austin Reaves

In their most recent match, the Los Angeles Lakers secured a victory over the Golden State Warriors to book their place in the Conference Finals.

Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies play in the Western Conference of the NBA. The Memphis-based team is yet to win championship and conference titles.

The team originated in 1995 as an expansion franchise and was initially based in Vancouver, Canada. Later in 2001, they relocated to Memphis and have played there ever since. 

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The Grizzlies have accomplished two division titles, most recently in 2022 and 2023. FedExForum is their home arena while Grizz is the mascot.

Miami Heat

Miami Heat is a part of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division. Erik Spoelstra is the head coach whereas Kaseya Center is the home arena.

The team was established in 1988 and has achieved commendable success winning three NBA championships in 2006, 2012 and 2013.

Shaquille O'Neal  at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on June 17, 2006
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Miami Heat has had many notable players who have significantly contributed to the team's success. These players include Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Bosh, Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, and Jimmy Butler.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was established in 1968. They are members of the Eastern Conference Central Division. 

Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Giannis Anteokounmpo during NBA Media Day at Fiserv Forum on September 25, 2022.
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The team has garnered recognition for their impressive performance in recent years, having won two NBA championships in 1971 and 2021. 

Their talented player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, received several prestigious awards, including the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2019 and 2020.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves play in the NBA's Western Conference Northwest Division. Since their inception in 1989, they have qualified for the playoffs 11 times.

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The team has had many accomplished players, including Kevin Garnett. Garnett, a Timberwolves legend, won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2004 and was selected for the NBA All-Star team ten times.

New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans is part of the Western Conference Southwest Division and plays their home games at the Smoothie King Center.

The team has undergone a name change from New Orleans Hornets to New Orleans Pelicans in 2013. The crew was founded as the New Orleans Hornets in the 2002-03 season.

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Willie Green is currently serving as the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. He accepted the position on July 22, 2021, and became the eighth head coach in the team's history.

New York Knicks

The New York Knicks are a basketball team that has existed since 1946. Knicks has won two NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973. 

Throughout history, the Knicks have had some notable players like Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Allan Houston and Patrick Ewing. 

(Right) Immanuel Quickley at Madison Square Garden on March 01, 2023 in New York City
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As for the current roster, some key players on the New York Knicks include RJ Barrett, Evan Fournier, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder was founded in 1967 as the Seattle SuperSonics. The team was later relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008.

Jaylin Williams at the Smoothie King Center on April 12, 2023.
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Oklahoma has had some of the most remarkable players in the history of the NBA, including Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden

The team has enjoyed considerable success in the playoffs, reaching the NBA Finals in 2012 and the Western Conference Finals three times in 2011, 2012, and 2016.

Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic competes in the Southeast division of the Eastern Conference. It was founded in 1989 as an expansion franchise.

The team has made 16 playoff appearances out of 32 seasons, reaching the NBA Finals twice in 1995 and 2009, but losing to the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, respectively. 

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The Orlando Magic was the second most successful among the four expansion teams that entered the league in 1988 and 1989. The team has achieved significant success in winning percentage and playoff performance, second only to the Miami Heat.

Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers are an NBA team in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and are part of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. 

(Left) James Harden during practice on March 9, 2022 at Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex
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If the NBA teams in alphabetical order by nickname are listed, the 76ers will come first. Besides, the team boasts a remarkable record of 12 division titles and two conference titles.

Throughout history, the 76ers have had many notable players, including basketball legends like Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain, and Allen Iverson.

Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns are a professional NBA basketball team founded in 1968. The Suns have reached the NBA Finals thrice in 1976, 1993, and 2021. 

The Suns have never won an NBA championship but have had several notable players throughout their history, including Charles Barkley, Steve Nash, and Devin Booker.

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Moreover, the team is known for its fast-paced offense. They have won 3 conference titles and 8 division titles, with the latest triumph in 2022.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers falls amongst the NBA teams with long names. It was affiliated with the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team.

Despite being relatively new to the league, the Blazers have made it to the NBA Finals on three occasions. They emerged as the NBA champions in 1977, marking an impressive achievement for the team

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On 23 June 2022, the Blazers added Shaedon Sharpe, a talented guard from the University of Kentucky to their team roster by selecting him in the 2022 NBA Draft with the 7th pick.

Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings was founded in 1945 and has won one NBA championship, in 1951, as the Rochester Royals. 

Domantas Sabonis during the first half of Game Two of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs at Golden 1 Center on April 17, 2023
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The Kings have had several notable players, including Oscar Robertson, Chris Webber, and DeMarcus Cousins. Besides, the team is known for playing at the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento, California, and has a dedicated fan base.

San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs was founded in 1967 and currently competes in the Western Conference under president and head coach Gregg Popovich.

The Spurs won five NBA championships in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014. Moreover, they also boast six conference titles and 22 division titles.

 Popovich (middle) huddles during a timeout against the Grizzlies at FedExForum in January 2023
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The Spurs have had several notable players, including Tim Duncan, David Robinson, and Tony Parker. They play at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors' championship win in 2019 was a historic moment not just for the franchise but for the entire country of Canada. 

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In addition to Vince Carter and Chris Bosh, the Raptors have had international stars such as Kyle Lowry from the United States, Pascal Siakam from Cameroon, and Marc Gasol from Spain. 

Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz competes in the Western Conference. They have been playing their home games at the Vivint Arena since the 1991-92 season.

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Utah emerged as one of the top contenders in the 1990s, resulting in two conference titles and two NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998.

Washington Wizards

Washington Wizards comes last on the list of all NBA teams in order. They were founded in 1961 and were initially known as the Chicago Packers.

The Washington D.c. based franchise has appeared in the NBA Finals four times and emerged as champions in 1978 beating Seattle Supersonics.

Michael Jordan during the NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre on October 30, 2002.
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Wes Unseld is the sole player in the team's history to earn the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 1969 and the Finals MVP award in 1978.

Apart from the 1978 championship triumph, the Wizards have won four conference titles and eight division titles to date.