The Most All-Time Regular Season Wins By NBA Franchises

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The Most All-Time Regular Season Wins By NBA Franchises

The NBA has been around for 75 years, but not all teams have been around that long. Some teams like the Pistons, Knicks, and Celtics have been around for what feels like the beginning of time. Other teams like the Raptors and Grizzlies have been around since the 90s, while the Pelicans just turned 20 years old this year. With that said, despite some teams having longevity in the league, it doesn’t mean that their tenure has produced the most wins.

Success comes with winning. The best franchises are the ones that win because that brings in fans, players, and championships. Since the league began, only one team can have the most wins. Some teams have a long way before they will ever sniff the surface of being one of the best franchises in the league. Other franchisees were just built differently and have had success in nearly every decade.

Let’s take a look at the all-time wins from the NBA franchises.

30. New Orleans Pelicans - 740 Wins

In 20 seasons, the Pelicans have won more than 50 games just one time. That came during the 2007-08 season with Chris Paul leading the franchise to their lone divisional title with 56 wins. Winning 40 games can sometimes be a struggle, as the Pelicans have accomplished that seven times. The Pelicans recently won 48 games during the 2017-18 season, but have been looking for that breakout season. With a newly extended Zion Williamson, the team is hopeful that could be in the future.

29. Memphis Grizzlies - 920 Wins

Seasons: 27, from 1995-96 to 2021-22

Record: 920-1,227, .429 W-L%

Ja Morant is already taking over the Grizzlies in just three years. In his third year, the Most Improved Player of the Year helped the Grizzlies tie the franchise record for wins with 56 last season. That tied the 2012-13 team of Mike Conley Jr. and DPOY Marc Gasol’s squad of 56 wins. The tandem of Conley and Gasol helped the Grizzlies rise to the top of the league as the Grizzlies won 55 games in 2014-15 and 50 games in 2013-14. The only other 50-win team came in 2003-04 when the team won 50 games.

28. Toronto Raptors - 1,030 Wins

Seasons: 27, from 1995-96 to 2021-22

Record: 1,030 to 1,116, .480 W-L%

May 2013 should be a date that all Raptors remember because that is when team president Masai Ujiri was hired. Since he was hired, the Raptors own eight seasons with the highest number of wins. That includes all five seasons in which the team won at least 50 games or more. The 2017-18 team won 59 games and set a franchise record. Then, Ujiri traded away their best player in DeMar DeRozan and the 2018-19 team won 58 games with Kawhi Leonard and the 2019 title. Since 2000-01, the Raptors have won at least 47 games or more 10 times.

27. Minnesota Timberwolves - 1,049 Wins

Seasons: 33, from 1989-90 to 2021-22

Record: 1,049-1,581, .399 W-L%

The Timberwolves have not been known for being a winning franchise, but that could change with the new additions for the 2022-23 season. The team has won 50 games or more just four times. All four years featured Kevin Garnett leading the way, including the 2003-04 squad that won 58 games when Garnett was the league MVP. The 2000-01 team just missed 50 games, which could have made it five straight years. The 2021-22 team won 46 games and looks to make their first splash in the 50-win mark in nearly 20 years.

26. Charlotte Hornets - 1,126 Wins

Seasons: 32, from 1988-89 to 2021-22

Record: 1,126-1,423, .442 W-L%

Winning has not been the way of the land in Charlotte since joining the league as an expansion team. The Hornets own only 11 winning records in their franchise history. The team has won at least 50 games just three times. No team has been close to their success from the 90s, which included 54 wins in 1996-97 and 51 wins the following season. The Hornets won 50 games in 1994-95, while 2015-16 is the closest in wins with 48 from that season. With that said, the 2021-22 team won 43 wins and boasts a young core that could bring the team back to relevancy.

25. Orlando Magic - 1,234 Wins

Seasons: 33, from 1989-90 to 2021-22

Record: 1,234-1,405, .468 W-L%

If the Magic have a strong center on the team, then the likelihood is that they are competitive. All seven times that the Magic won 50 or more games in a season featured either Shaquille O’Neal or Dwight Howard on the team. The 1995-96 team that won 60 games, the only time, featured O’Neal in his final season. The 59-win teams in 2008-09 and 2009-10 featured Dwight Howard, while the 2009 team made a run to the NBA Finals.

24. Miami Heat - 1,431 Wins

Seasons: 34, from 1988-89 to 2021-22

Record: 1,431-1,290, .526 W-L%

When your team makes the playoffs in 23 of the 34 seasons, it’s a good run of success since Miami entered as an expansion team. The Heat have won 50 games or more 10 times and have scattered their success over four decades. In the 1996-97 season, the Heat won 61 games thanks to Alonzo Mourning manning down the defense. The 2004-05 and 2005-06 teams each won more than 50 games and won a championship in 2006 with Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade. The 2012-13 team won a franchise-record 66 games in 2012-13 with Wade and LeBron James, while the 2021-22 team is coming off a 53-win season with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.

23. Dallas Mavericks - 1,709 Wins

Seasons: 42, from 1980-81 to 2021-22

Record: 1,709-1,670, .506 W-L%

Everyone remembers how great Dirk Nowitzki was when he played, but when you look at what he did even closer, it will make you respect his legendary status. Seven times, the Mavericks won at least 55 games and all of those teams featured Dirk. Out of the 15 times the Mavericks won at least 50 games or more, there are only three teams that did not feature Nowitzki on it. That included the 1986-87 and 1987-88 teams. The other featured the new rising star in Luka Doncic, who just led the team to a 52-30 record last year. The 67-win team that owns the franchise record saw Nowitzki win the league MVP Award.

22. Los Angeles Clippers - 1,748 Wins

Seasons: 52, from 1970-71 to 2021-22

Record: 1,748-2,448, .417 W-L%

The rise of the Clippers is a big deal because when your franchise historically wins only 40% of its games, it can turn you into a laughingstock. The Clippers have won over 50 games five times in team history and all of those seasons have come within the last 10 years. That includes the 2013-14 team that won 57 games, which topped the 2014-15 and 2012-13 teams that won 56 games. The Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan era were special. Now, the league is waiting for Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to make a move as the Clippers have not topped 50 wins with these two on the roster yet.

21. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1,933 Wins

Seasons: 52, from 1970-71 to 2021-22

Record: 1,933-2,256, .461 W-L%

Both times the Cavaliers won more than 60 games in a season, LeBron James was their star player. Out of the 11 times, the Cavaliers won at least 50 games, none of those teams featured James. The only outliers were the 1988-89 and 1991-92 teams that each won 57 games. The record for wins was 66 in 2008-09 and then the team followed that with 61 wins. Both years, the Cavaliers won at least 60 games featuring James winning the league MVP Award. Without James, the Cavaliers have struggled to remain above .500, but the 2021-22 team finished 44-38 last year and features a lot of young talent to lead the future.

20. Brooklyn Nets - 1,951 Wins

Seasons: 55, from 1967-68 to 2021-22

Record: 1,951-2,497, .439 W-L%

The Nets have not risen to the success of their ABA days. From 1973 to 1976, the Nets combined for 168 wins, including their record-setting 58 wins in 1974-75. The 2001-02 team with 52 wins is the only other time that the Nets have surpassed the 50-win total. That is correct. Despite having a roster that had Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden in recent years, the Nets topped 48 wins in 2020-21, while reaching 44 wins last season. Underachieving has certainly taken its toll over the last 50 years.

19. Utah Jazz - 2,109 Wins

Seasons: 48, from 1974-75 to 2021-22

Record: 2,109-1,759, .545 W-L%

When John Stockton and Karl Malone were leading your franchise from the 80s to the start of the 2000s, your team would win a lot of games, too. Out of the 17 times that the Jazz has won 50 or more games, Stockton and Malone were on 11 of those teams. Outside of them, the Jazz won 54 games in 2007-08, 53 games in 2009-10, and 51 games in 2006-07, with Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer leading the way. The 2020-21 team won 52 games with Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, but that band has broken up after this off-season. The Jazz won 60 games or more three times, including the record 64 wins in 1996-97.

18. Washington Wizards - 2,222 Wins

Seasons: 61, from 1961-62 to 2021-22

Record: 2,222-2,701, .451 W-L%

It’s been a long time since we have seen a really good Washington Wizards team. Since 1979, no Washington team has won more than 50 games in a season. Among the five times that has happened, four of those times came in the 70s, while the other was the 1968-69 season. The record for wins is 60, which is the only time a team reached 60 wins, which came in 1974-75. The closest a Washington team has come to the top of best seasons in team history was 2016-17 when the team finished 49-33.

17. Portland Trail Blazers - 2,238 Wins

Seasons: 52, from 1970-71 to 2021-22

Record: 2,238-1,960, .533 W-L%

Clyde Drexler, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Damian Lillard are both big pieces of the reason why the Trail Blazers have the record they have. In the 90s, the Trail Blazers won 50 or more games five times with Drexler leading the way. The Trail Blazers won 54 games during the 2013-14 season, while the 2018-19 team won 53 games. We cannot forget about the 58-win team led by league MVP Bill Walton. The Trail Blazers topped 60 games once in team history in 1990-91 when the team won 63 games.

16. Denver Nuggets - 2,257 Wins

Seasons: 55, from 1967-68 to 2021-22

Record: 2,257-2,192, .507 W-L%

Nikola Jokic just got paid the most money we have ever seen, but he has led the Nuggets to just one season with over 50 wins. With a healthy roster, there is a lot of belief that will change in the future. The 2018-19 team won 54 games, which is the most a Jokic-led team has won. In the 2021-22 season, the Nuggets came close with 48 wins, but when the Nuggets were winning 50 games or more, it featured a slew of other stars. The team’s best play came when they were in the ABA. In 1974-75, the team won 65 games, while the following season, the team won 60 games.

15. Indiana Pacers - 2,275 Wins

Seasons: 55, from 1967-68 to 2021-22

Record: 2,275-2,173, .511 W-L%

The Pacers have won 50 or more games nine times in franchise history. Their best year came in 2003-04 when they won over 60 games for the only time in team history with a 61-21 record. That beat the ABA record of 59 wins set in 1969-70. The closest a team has come to that record was in 2013-14 when the team won 56 games in the regular season. In the last 22 years, only two teams have surpassed the 50-win mark.

14. Milwaukee Bucks - 2,282 Wins

Seasons: 54, from 1968-69 to 2021-22

Record: 2,282-2,079, .523 W-L%

Some might point to Giannis Antetokounmpo as the greatest Bucks in team history, but don’t forget that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ran this franchise in the 70s. The franchise-record 66 wins came from the 1970-71 team, while Abdul-Jabbar led the Bucks to 63 wins the following season, and then 60 wins after that. Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to 60 wins in 2018-19, while Sidney Moncrief had a run of success in 1980-81 with 60 wins. Altogether, the Bucks have won at least 60 games five times and 50 games 16 times.

13. Chicago Bulls - 2,304 Wins

Seasons: 56, from 1966-67 to 2021-22

Record: 2,304-2,212, .510 W-L%

The Michael Jordan years were pretty special. The 1996-97 team won 69 games, which was just one year after the 1995-96 team won a then NBA-record 72 games. With Jordan on the team, the Bulls won 60 games or more five times. The only other time the Bulls topped the 60-mark was 2010-11 when Derrick Rose won the MVP Award by leading the team to a 62-20 record. The modern-day Bulls have struggled with mediocrity as the 2014-15 and 2011-12 Bulls are the only other teams in team history to win over 50 games.

12. Houston Rockets - 2,306 Wins

Seasons: 55, from 1967-68 to 2021-22

Record: 2,306-2,136, .519 W-L%

Hakeem Olajuwon was a special player for the Rockets in the 90s. Olajuwon helped the Rockets win 50 games or more five times. There were a handful of years that Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming played their part as well. However, the man, or the beard in this game, James Harden, is the only player in team history to be a part of a 60-win Rocket team. When Harden won the MVP in 2017-18, the Rockets won a franchise record of 65 games. As a whole, the Rockets have won at least 50 games 14 times.

11. Phoenix Suns - 2,335 Wins

Seasons: 54, from 1968-69 to 2021-22

Record: .535 W-L%

The 2021-22 team was special, which is why their second-round playoff loss was disappointing. The team set the franchise record for wins with a 64-18 record, which topped the record of 62 wins held by the 2004-05 and 1992-93 teams. Both of those squads were led by MVPs Steve Nash and Charles Barkley respectively, while this team did not feature an MVP winner. The Suns also won 61 games in the 2006-07 season to make it four times in team history. The Suns have won 50 or more games 21 times with string success all in the 90s and 2000s.

10. Oklahoma City Thunder - 2,373 Wins

Seasons: 55, from 1967-68 to 2021-22

Record: 2,373-2,069, .534 W-L%

Oklahoma City's best stretch of success came when the team was the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1990s. The 1995-96 team won 64 games to defeat the 1993-94 record of 63 wins. The 1997-98 team made a run at the record with 61 wins. Outside of those three teams, the only other 60-win season came during the 2012-13 season, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the way. The franchise won at least 50 games 15 times and Durant was a member of five of those teams. Since Durant left the team, the franchise has not eclipsed 50 wins in a season.

9. San Antonio Spurs - 2,639 Wins

Seasons: 55, from 1967-68 to 2021-22

Record: 2,639-1,808, .593 W-L%

The Spurs were just built differently. The Spurs are a perfect example of what great business can look like as the franchise has nearly won 60% of their games in 55 seasons. That includes seven teams winning more than 60 games. Five of those seasons featured Tim Duncan, including the team that won a franchise-record 67 games in Duncan’s final season playing. The Spurs have won 50 or more games 29 times, which nearly pushes 50% of the time. Along with Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, George Gervin, David Robinson, and a slew of other players have helped the Spurs become one of the most successful franchises ever.

8. Sacramento Kings - 2,654 Wins

Seasons: 74, from 1948-49 to 2021-22

Record: 2,654-3,187, .454 W-L%

For a team that has been as bad as the Kings, it’s good that the team has been around for 74 years to accumulate the wins thanks to longevity. The Kings haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, which is also the last time the Kings owned a winning record. The Kings saw their best stretch of success from 2001 to 2005. Of the seven seasons that the Kings won 50 or more games, five of those seasons came during that time. That included the one time the team won more than 60 games, which was the 2001-02 team that finished with a 61-21 record.

7. Detroit Pistons - 2,796 Wins

Seasons: 74, from 1948-49 to 2021-22

Record: 2,796-3,038, .479 W-L%

The 2000s were truly the dynasty of the Pistons. The Pistons won at least 50 games each season from 2001-02 to 2007-08. That included a franchise record of 64 wins in 2005-06. The only other outliers were the Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, and Bad Boys Pistons years in the late 80s, as well as a surprise 1996-97 squad that won 54 games. The Bad Boys years were the only other team to win at least 60 games, which included 63 wins in 1988-89.

6. Atlanta Hawks - 2,850 Wins

Seasons: 73, from 1949-50 to 2021-22

Record: 2,850-2,923, .494 W-L%

The Hawks have been an inconsistent program for the last 30 years. During that span, the Hawks have topped 50 wins only four times. Their best mark came during the 2014-15 season when the Hawks won 60 games and claimed the No. 1 record in the Eastern Conference. When the Hawks won their lone championship in 1958, the team went 41-31 during the regular season. In 73 seasons, the Hawks have won 50 or more games 12 times with five of those times coming from the 80s.

5. New York Knicks - 2,877 Wins

Seasons: 76, from 1946-47 to 2021-22

Record: 2,877-3,064, .484 W-L%

When fans see Stephen A. Smith yelling about his mediocre Knicks, he has a point. The Knicks have won 50 or more games 13 times and the only team outside of the 70s, 80s, or 90s to accomplish that was the 2012-13 squad that won 54 games. The 1992-93 team tied the 1969-70 team for the most wins in franchise history with 60 games. Those two teams are the only teams to win more than 60 games in a season. In the end, because the Knicks have been around for so long, they can rank among the top of the NBA wins total.

4. Golden State Warriors - 2,879 Wins

Seasons: 76, from 1946-47 to 2021-22

Record: 2,879-3,,060, .485 W-L%

The Warriors have been spoiled with some pretty great players. Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, and Stephen Curry just to name a few. With Curry on the team, the Warriors have won more than 60 games the only three times in franchise history. That includes the NBA record for wins of 73 in 2015-16. The 67-win teams came in 2014-15 and 2016-17. The Warriors have won at least 50 games 11 times and Curry has been on all but four of those teams.

3. Philadelphia 76ers - 3,000 Wins

Seasons: 73, from 1949-50 to 2021-22

Record: 3,000-2,777, .519 W-L%

To reach 3,000 wins in the NBA, you must have a long list of special players. Dolph Schayes, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, and now Joel Embiid are among the players on that list. The 76ers have won more than 60 games four times, and two of those times came in the 60s and 80s apiece. In the 2000-01 season, MVP Allen Iverson led the team, as they won 56 games, which is the most wins for a team since the 80s. The 76ers have won 50 or more games 19 times. The most wins by an Embiid-led team came in 2017-18 with 52 wins.

2. Los Angeles Lakers - 3,460 Wins

Seasons: 74, from 1948-49-2021-22

Record: 3,460-2,380, .592 W-L%

In 74 seasons, the Lakers have made the playoffs 62 times, which means that is a lot of winning. The Lakers have reached the 60-win mark 11 times, which is more than what some teams have won 50 games in a season. LA has reached 50 wins or more 33 times. The best Laker team was in 1971-72 when the team won 69 games. In the 1999-00 season, the team made a run at that record when MVP Shaquille O’Neal led the team to 67 wins. The 2008-09 team owns the third-best record when Kobe Bryant won 65 games, while Magic Johnson led the 1986-87 team to 65 wins as well.

1. Boston Celtics - 3,513 Wins

Seasons: 76, from 1946-47 to 2021-22

Record: 3,513-2,437, .590 W-L%

If the Celtics fail to break the franchise record for wins this upcoming season, the record will have stood for 50 years. The 1972-73 team’s 68-14 record has stood for many years untouched, with the 2007-08 team coming the closest with 66 wins. The Celtics have reached 60 or more wins 13 times. Along with the 2007-08 team, the 2008-09 team won 62 games, making those two teams the most recent 60-win squads. Winning seems to find the Celtics as the team owns only 19 losing seasons.