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Western Conference
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Formerly known as: Western Division
League NBA
Founded 1970
No. of teams 15
Divisions Northwest Division
Southwest Division
Pacific Division
Current teams
Former teams
Championships
First Champion Milwaukee Bucks
Recent Champion Phoenix Suns (3)
Most Wins Los Angeles Lakers (19)

The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each.

The three division winners are seeded 1, 2 and 3 for the playoffs in order of their record, with all non-division winners seeded 4 through 8. This leaves open the possibility that a #4 seed could have a better record than a #3 or #2 seed. On the other hand, home-court advantage in a playoff series is decided by record, not by seeding, so if a #3 and #4 team met in a playoff series in which the #4 team had the better record, the #4 team would have home-court advantage.

The Western Conference playoffs is divided into three rounds, with the winner facing the Eastern Conference champion in the NBA Finals to determine the champion. All playoff series are best-of-seven.

The current divisional alignment was adopted at the start of the 04-05 season, when the Charlotte Bobcats began play as the NBA's 30th franchise. This necessitated the move of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets from the Eastern Conference's Central Division to the newly-created Southwest Division of the Western Conference.

Northwest Division

Denver Nuggets
Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail Blazers
Utah Jazz

Pacific Division

Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings

Southwest Division

Dallas Mavericks
Houston Rockets
Memphis Grizzlies
New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs

Conference champions

Western Conference champions
Season Team Record Playoffs result
1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks 66–16 Won NBA Finals 4–0 over the Baltimore Bullets
1971–72 Los Angeles Lakers 69–13 Won NBA Finals 4–1 over the New York Knicks
1972–73 Los Angeles Lakers 60–22 Lost NBA Finals 1–4 to the New York Knicks
1973–74 Milwaukee Bucks 59–23 Lost NBA Finals 3–4 to the Boston Celtics
1974–75 Golden State Warriors 59–23 Won NBA Finals 4–0 over the Washington Bullets
1975–76 Phoenix Suns 52–30 Lost NBA Finals 2–4 to the Boston Celtics
1976–77 Portland Trail Blazers 49–33 Won NBA Finals 4–2 over the Philadelphia 76ers
1977–78 Seattle SuperSonics 46–36 Lost NBA Finals 3–4 to the Washington Bullets
1978–79 Seattle SuperSonics 52–30 Won NBA Finals 4–1 over the Washington Bullets
1979–80 Los Angeles Lakers 60–22 Won NBA Finals 4–2 over the Philadelphia 76ers
1980–81 Houston Rockets 40–42 Lost NBA Finals 2–4 to the Boston Celtics
1981–82 Los Angeles Lakers 57–25 Won NBA Finals 4–2 over the Philadelphia 76ers
1982–83 Los Angeles Lakers 58–24 Lost NBA Finals 0–4 to the Philadelphia 76ers
1983–84 Los Angeles Lakers 54–28 Lost NBA Finals 3–4 to the Boston Celtics
1984–85 Los Angeles Lakers 62–20 Won NBA Finals 4–2 over the Boston Celtics
1985–86 Houston Rockets 51–31 Lost NBA Finals 2–4 to the Boston Celtics
1986–87 Los Angeles Lakers 65–17 Won NBA Finals 4–2 over the Boston Celtics
1987–88 Los Angeles Lakers 62–20 Won NBA Finals 4–3 over the Detroit Pistons
1988–89 Los Angeles Lakers 57–25 Lost NBA Finals 0–4 to the Detroit Pistons
1989–90 Portland Trail Blazers 59–23 Lost NBA Finals 1–4 to the Detroit Pistons
1990–91 Los Angeles Lakers 58–24 Lost NBA Finals 1–4 to the Chicago Bulls
1991–92 Portland Trail Blazers 57–25 Lost NBA Finals 2–4 to the Chicago Bulls
1992–93 Phoenix Suns 62–20 Lost NBA Finals 2–4 to the Chicago Bulls
1993–94 Houston Rockets 58–24 Won NBA Finals 4–3 over the New York Knicks
1994–95 Houston Rockets 47–35 Won NBA Finals 4–0 over the Orlando Magic
1995–96 Seattle SuperSonics 64–18 Lost NBA Finals 2–4 to the Chicago Bulls
1996–97 Utah Jazz 64–18 Lost NBA Finals 2–4 to the Chicago Bulls
1997–98 Utah Jazz 62–20 Lost NBA Finals 2–4 to the Chicago Bulls
1998–99 San Antonio Spurs 37–13 Won NBA Finals 4–1 over the New York Knicks
1999–00 Los Angeles Lakers 67–15 Won NBA Finals 4–2 over the Indiana Pacers
2000–01 Los Angeles Lakers 56–26 Won NBA Finals 4–2 over the Philadelphia 76ers
2001–02 Los Angeles Lakers 58–24 Won NBA Finals 4–0 over the New Jersey Nets
2002–03 San Antonio Spurs 60–22 Won NBA Finals 4–2 over the New Jersey Nets
2003–04 Los Angeles Lakers 56–26 Lost NBA Finals 1–4 to the Detroit Pistons
2004–05 San Antonio Spurs 59–23 Won NBA Finals 4–3 over the Detroit Pistons
2005–06 Dallas Mavericks 60–22 Lost NBA Finals 2–4 to the Miami Heat
2006–07 San Antonio Spurs 58–24 Won NBA Finals 4–0 over the Cleveland Cavaliers
2007–08 Los Angeles Lakers 57–25 Lost NBA Finals 2–4 to the Boston Celtics
2008–09 Los Angeles Lakers 65–17 Won NBA Finals 4–1 over the Orlando Magic
2009–10 Los Angeles Lakers 57–25 Won NBA Finals 4–3 over the Boston Celtics
2010–11 Dallas Mavericks 57–25 Won NBA Finals 4–2 over the Miami Heat
2011–12 Oklahoma City Thunder 47–19 Lost NBA Finals 1–4 to the Miami Heat
2012–13 San Antonio Spurs 58–24 Lost NBA Finals 3–4 to the Miami Heat
2013–14 San Antonio Spurs 62–20 Won NBA Finals 4–1 over the Miami Heat
2014–15 Golden State Warriors 67–15 Won NBA Finals 4–2 over the Cleveland Cavaliers
2015–16 Golden State Warriors 73–9 Lost NBA Finals 3–4 to the Cleveland Cavaliers
2016–17 Golden State Warriors 67–15 Won NBA Finals 4–1 over the Cleveland Cavaliers
2017–18 Golden State Warriors 58–24 Won NBA Finals 4–0 over the Cleveland Cavaliers
2018–19 Golden State Warriors 57–25 Lost NBA Finals 2–4 to the Toronto Raptors
2019–20 Los Angeles Lakers 52–19 Won NBA Finals 4–2 over the Miami Heat
2020–21 Phoenix Suns 51–21 TBA NBA Finals vs. the Milwaukee Bucks



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