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BASKETBALL Timeline NBA, ABA, WNBA, Equipment, Rules Awards, Events

EARLY PRO Leagues
Years
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MODERN Leagues
Years
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INNOVATIONS
Years
NBL National Basketball League
1898
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NBA National Basketball Association
1949-
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EQUIPMENT
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6 teams
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NBL & BAA merge into NBA
1949
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Naismith invents game
1891
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Kings
23 -
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wire baskets
1892
ABL American Basketball League
1925-31
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Nuggets
35 -
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Basetball replaces soccer ball
1894
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Pistons
39 -
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Backboard
1895
NBL National Basketball League
1937-49
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Hawks
46 -
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Midcourt Line debuts
1932
To NBA *
1949
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Celtics
46 -
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Backboards move to 4'
1939
Fort Wayne PISTONs
41 - *
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Warriors
46 -
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6' Foul Lane to 12' wide
1951
Detroit GEMs
46 - *
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Lakers
46 -
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Foul Lane to 16' wide
1964
Rochester ROYALs
45 - *
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76ers
46 -
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Goodyear WINGFOOTs
37 - 42
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Denver NUGGETs
48 - 49
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NBA Expansion
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Wizzards
61 -
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RULES
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Bulls
66 -
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Dribbler may shoot
1908
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Spurs
67 -
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Players can re-enter game
1920
BAA Basketball Association of America
1946-49
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Nets
67 -
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Designated foul shooter gone
1923
11 Teams
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Rockets
67 -
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Double Dribble gone
1930
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Pacers
67 -
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10 second rule
1937
ABA American Basketball Association
1967-76
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Supersonics
67 -
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No defensive goaltending
1945
To NBA *
1976
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Bucks
68 -
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5 Flouls
1945
Indiana PACERs
67 - *
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Suns
68 -
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3 second rule
1945
New York NETs
67 - *
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Cavaliers
70 -
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1-and-1 free throw
1950
San Antonio SPURs
73 - *
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Clippers
70 -
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24 second shot clock
1954
Denver NUGGETs
74 - *
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Trail Blazers
70 -
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ABL 3 point shot
1961
Denver ROCKETs
67 - 74
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Jazz
74 -
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23'9" NBA 3 point shot
1979
Dallas CHAPARRALs
67 - 73
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Mavericks
80 -
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19'9" NBA 3 point shot
1987
New Orleans Buccaners
67 - 70
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Heat
88 -
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23'9" NBA 3 point shot
1997
Anaheim AMIGOs
67 - 68
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Hornets
88 -
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Los Angeles STARs
68 - 70
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Timberwolves
89 -
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Utah STARs
70 - 75
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Magic
89 -
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Houston MAVERICKs
67 - 69
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Grizzlies
95 -
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NBA EVENTS AWARDS
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Carolina COUGARs
69 - 74
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Bobcats
04 -
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All Star Game
1951
St Louis SPIRITs
1974
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Magic
89 -
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Rookie of the year
1953
Memphis PROs
70 - 75
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Grizzlies
95 -
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MVP selected by players
1956
FLORIDIANs
68 - 72
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Raptors
95 -
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Coach of the year
1962
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Bobcats
04 -
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MVP selected by writers
1981
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Defensive player of the year
1982
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WNBA Womens NBA
1997-
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Original 8 Teams
97 -
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Charlotte Sting
97 -
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Houston Comets
97 -
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Los Angeles Sparks
97 -
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New York Liberty
97 -
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Phoenix Mercury
97 -
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Sacramento Monarchs
97 -
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Detroit Shock
98 -
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Washington Mystics
98 -
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Current Teams
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Minnesota Lynx
99 -
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Indiana Fever
00 -
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Seattle Storm
00 -
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San Antonio Silver Stars
03 -
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Connecticut Sun
03 -
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Chicago Sky
06 -
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EARLY PRO Leagues
Years
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MODERN Leagues
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INNOVATIONS
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