American Basketball Association

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American Basketball Association
Founded 16 May 1953; Template:Time ago (1953-05-16)
First season 1953
Region North America
Divisions 2
Number of teams 14
Current champions United States Boston Celtics
(5th title)
Most championships United States Boston Celtics
(5 titles)
1964–65 American Basketball Association

The American Basketball Association (ABA) is a professional basketball league in North America. The league is composed of 16 teams and is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. It is the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.

History[edit | edit source]

Early Years[edit | edit source]

Celtics' dominance[edit | edit source]

Decline in attractiveness and financial difficulty[edit | edit source]

Teams[edit | edit source]

Team Location Stadium Capacity Joined Head coach
American Conference
Baltimore Bullets Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Coliseum 4,500 1953 Albert Barthelme
Brooklyn Visitations New York City, New York Mitchell Athletic Arena 5,000 1953 Carl Braun
Chicago Tigers Chicago, Illinois Chicago Stadium 17,350 1953 Jim Pollard
Cleveland Thorns Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Arena 11,000 1953 Charles Wolf
Des Moines Farmers Des Moines, Iowa Metro Sports Arena 3,461 1953 Jack McMahon
Los Angeles Stars Los Angeles, California Memorial Sports Arena 16,161 1953 Bobby Leonard
Washington Brewers Washington, D.C. Capital Centre 19,035 1953 Neil Johnston
National Conference
Boston Celtics Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden 14,890 1953 Red Auerbach
Detroit Pistons Detroit, Michigan Olympia Stadium 15,000 1953 Dick McGuire
Minneapolis Lakers Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis Armory 8,400 1953 Fred Schauss
New York Knicks New York City, New York Madison Square Garden III 23,000 1953 Eddie Donovan
Philadelphia Sixers Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena 6,159 1953 Alex Hannum
St-Louis Hawks St-Louis, Missouri St-Louis Arena 14,200 1953 Andrew Levane
San Francisco Warriors San Francisco, California San Francisco Civic Auditorium 8,500 1953 Frank McGuire

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Championship[edit | edit source]

Year Winner Result Runner-up
1953-54 Minneapolis Lakers 4-3 Baltimore Bullets
1954-55 Brooklyn Visitations 4-2 Philadelphia Warriors
1955-56 Brooklyn Visitations 4-2 Philadelphia Warriors
1956-57 Baltimore Bullets 4-3 Boston Celtics
1957-58 St-Louis Hawks 4-0 Pittsburgh Harlequins
1958-59 Boston Celtics 4-2 Atlanta Sphas
1959-60 Boston Celtics 4-2 Atlanta Sphas
1960-61 Boston Celtics 4-2 Los Angeles Sphas
1961-62 Boston Celtics 4-1 Los Angeles Sphas
1962-63 Boston Celtics 4-1 Washington Brewers
1963-64 Boston Celtics 4-1 Los Angeles Stars

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