Atlantic Division (NBA)

Atlantic Division (NBA)
Atlantic Division
Conference Eastern Conference
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Inaugural season 1970–71 season
No. of teams 5
Most recent champion(s) Boston Celtics (20th title)
Most titles Boston Celtics (20 titles)

The Atlantic Division is one of the three divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams, the Boston Celtics, the New Jersey Nets, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors. All teams, except the Raptors, are located on the East Coast of the United States.

The division was created at the start of the 1970–71 season, when the league expanded from 14 to 17 teams with the addition of the Buffalo Braves, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers. The league realigned itself into two conference, the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, with two divisions each in each conference. The Atlantic Division began with four inaugural members, the Celtics, the Braves, the Knicks and the 76ers.[1] The Celtics, the Knicks and the 76ers all joined from the Eastern Division.

The Celtics have won the most Atlantic Division titles with 20. The 76ers have won the second most titles with five. Eight NBA champions came from the Atlantic Division. The Celtics won six championships, while the Knicks and the 76ers won one championship each. All of them, except the 1972–73 Knicks, were division champions. In the 1983–84 season, all five teams from the division qualified for the playoffs. In the 1982–83 season, all teams in the division had winning percentages above 0.500 (50%). The most recent division champion is the Boston Celtics.

Contents

Standings

Atlantic Division v · d · e W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683 33–8 23–18 13–3
x-New York Knicks 42 40 .512 14 23–18 19–22 10–6
x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 15 26–15 15–26 9–7
New Jersey Nets 24 58 .293 32 19–22 5–36 3–13
Toronto Raptors 22 60 .268 34 16–25 6–35 5–11

Notes

  • y – Clinched division title
  • x – Clinched playoff spot

Teams

Team City Year From
Joined
Boston Celtics Boston, Massachusetts 1970 Eastern Division
New Jersey Nets (1977–present)
New York Nets (1968–1977)
Piscataway / East Rutherford / Newark, New Jersey
New York City, New York
1976 ABAdouble-dagger
New York Knicks New York City, New York 1970 Eastern Division
Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1970 Eastern Division
Toronto Raptors Toronto, Ontario 2004 Central Division
Notes

Former teams

Team City Year From Year To Current division
Joined Left
Buffalo Braves (19701978, now Los Angeles Clippers) Buffalo, New York 1970 dagger 1978 Pacific Division
(as San Diego Clippers)
Pacific Division
Charlotte Hornets (19882002, now New Orleans Hornets) Charlotte, North Carolina 1988 dagger 1989 Midwest Division Southwest Division
Miami Heat Miami, Florida 1989 Midwest Division 2004 Southeast Division Southeast Division
Orlando Magic Orlando, Florida 1991 Midwest Division 2004 Southeast Division Southeast Division
Washington Wizards (1997–present)
Washington Bullets (19741997)
Washington, D.C.
Landover, Maryland
1978 Central Division 2004 Southeast Division Southeast Division
Notes

Team timeline

Denotes team that is currently in the division
Denotes team that has left the division

Division champions

^ Had or tied for the best regular season record for that season
Season Team Record Playoffs result
1970–71 New York Knicks &10000000000000000634000 52–30 (.634) Lost Conference Finals
1971–72 Boston Celtics &10000000000000000683000 56–26 (.683) Lost Conference Finals
1972–73 Boston Celtics^ &10000000000000000829000 68–14 (.829) Lost Conference Finals
1973–74 Boston Celtics &10000000000000000683000 56–26 (.683) Won NBA Finals
1974–75 Boston Celtics^ &10000000000000000732000 60–22 (.732) Lost Conference Finals
1975–76 Boston Celtics &10000000000000000659000 54–28 (.659) Won NBA Finals
1976–77 Philadelphia 76ers &10000000000000000610000 50–32 (.610) Lost NBA Finals
1977–78 Philadelphia 76ers &10000000000000000671000 55–27 (.671) Lost Conference Finals
1978–79 Washington Bullets^ &10000000000000000659000 54–28 (.659) Lost NBA Finals
1979–80 Boston Celtics^ &10000000000000000744000 61–21 (.744) Lost Conference Finals
1980–81 Boston Celtics^ &10000000000000000756000 62–20 (.756) Won NBA Finals
1981–82 Boston Celtics^ &10000000000000000768000 63–19 (.768) Lost Conference Finals
1982–83 Philadelphia 76ers^ &10000000000000000793000 65–17 (.793) Won NBA Finals
1983–84 Boston Celtics^ &10000000000000000756000 62–20 (.756) Won NBA Finals
1984–85 Boston Celtics^ &10000000000000000768000 63–19 (.768) Lost NBA Finals
1985–86 Boston Celtics^ &10000000000000000817000 67–15 (.817) Won NBA Finals
1986–87 Boston Celtics &10000000000000000720000 59–23 (.720) Lost NBA Finals
1987–88 Boston Celtics &10000000000000000695000 57–25 (.695) Lost Conference Finals
1988–89 New York Knicks &10000000000000000634000 52–30 (.634) Lost Conference Semifinals
1989–90 Philadelphia 76ers &10000000000000000646000 53–29 (.646) Lost Conference Semifinals
1990–91 Boston Celtics &10000000000000000683000 56–26 (.683) Lost Conference Semifinals
1991–92 Boston Celtics &10000000000000000622000 51–31 (.622) Lost Conference Semifinals
1992–93 New York Knicks &10000000000000000732000 60–22 (.732) Lost Conference Finals
1993–94 New York Knicks &10000000000000000695000 57–25 (.695) Lost NBA Finals
1994–95 Orlando Magic &10000000000000000695000 57–25 (.695) Lost NBA Finals
1995–96 Orlando Magic &10000000000000000732000 60–22 (.732) Lost Conference Finals
1996–97 Miami Heat &10000000000000000744000 61–21 (.744) Lost Conference Finals
1997–98 Miami Heat &10000000000000000671000 55–27 (.671) Lost First Round
1998–99[a] Miami Heat &10000000000000000660000 33–17 (.660) Lost First Round
1999–00 Miami Heat &10000000000000000634000 52–30 (.634) Lost Conference Semifinals
2000–01 Philadelphia 76ers &10000000000000000683000 56–26 (.683) Lost NBA Finals
2001–02 New Jersey Nets &10000000000000000634000 52–30 (.634) Lost NBA Finals
2002–03 New Jersey Nets &10000000000000000598000 49–33 (.598) Lost NBA Finals
2003–04 New Jersey Nets &10000000000000000573000 47–35 (.573) Lost Conference Semifinals
2004–05 Boston Celtics &10000000000000000549000 45–37 (.549) Lost First Round
2005–06 New Jersey Nets &10000000000000000598000 49–33 (.598) Lost Conference Semifinals
2006–07 Toronto Raptors &10000000000000000573000 47–35 (.573) Lost First Round
2007–08 Boston Celtics^ &10000000000000000805000 66–16 (.805) Won NBA Finals
2008–09 Boston Celtics &10000000000000000756000 62–20 (.756) Lost Conference Semifinals
2009–10 Boston Celtics &10000000000000000610000 50–32 (.610) Lost NBA Finals
2010–11 Boston Celtics &10000000000000000683000 56–26 (.683) Lost Conference Semifinals

Titles by team

^ Denotes team that has left the division
Team Titles Season(s) won
Boston Celtics 20 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1984–85,
1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1991–92, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
Philadelphia 76ers 5 1976–77, 1977–78, 1982–83, 1989–90, 2000–01
New York Knicks 4 1970–71, 1988–89, 1992–93, 1993–94
Miami Heat^ 4 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00
New Jersey Nets 4 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06
Orlando Magic^ 2 1994–95, 1995–96
Washington Bullets^ (now Washington Wizards) 1 1978–79
Toronto Raptors 1 2006–07

Season results

^ Denotes team that won the NBA championships
+ Denotes team that won the Conference Finals, but lost the NBA Finals
* Denotes team that qualified for the NBA Playoffs
Season Team (record)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1970–71 New York* (52–30) Philadelphia* (47–35) Boston (44–38) Buffalo (22–60)
1971–72 Boston* (56–26) New York+ (48–34) Philadelphia (30–52) Buffalo (22–60)
1972–73 Boston* (68–14) New York^ (57–25) Buffalo (21–61) Philadelphia (9–73)
1973–74 Boston^ (56–26) New York* (49–33) Buffalo* (42–40) Philadelphia (25–57)
1974–75 Boston* (60–22) Buffalo* (49–33) New York* (40–42) Philadelphia (34–48)
1975–76 Boston^ (54–28) Philadelphia* (46–36) Buffalo* (46–36) New York (38–44)
1976–77 Philadelphia+ (50–32) Boston* (44–38) N.Y. Knicks (40–42) Buffalo (30–52) N.Y. Nets (22–60)
1977–78 Philadelphia* (55–27) New York* (43–39) Boston (32–50) Buffalo (27–55) New Jersey (24–58)
1978–79 Washington+ (54–28) Philadelphia* (47–35) New Jersey* (37–45) New York (31–51) Boston (29–53)
1979–80 Boston* (61–21) Philadelphia+ (59–23) Washington* (39–43) New York (39–43) New Jersey (34–48)
1980–81 Boston^ (62–20) Philadelphia* (62–20) New York* (50–32) Washington (39–43) New Jersey (24–58)
1981–82 Boston* (63–19) Philadelphia+ (58–24) New Jersey* (44–38) Washington* (43–39) New York (33–49)
1982–83 Philadelphia^ (65–17) Boston* (56–26) New Jersey* (49–33) New York* (44–38) Washington (42–40)
1983–84 Boston^ (62–20) Philadelphia* (52–30) New York* (47–35) New Jersey* (45–37) Washington* (35–47)
1984–85 Boston+ (63–19) Philadelphia* (58–24) New Jersey* (42–40) Washington* (40–42) New York (24–58)
1985–86 Boston^ (67–15) Philadelphia* (54–28) Washington* (39–43) New Jersey* (39–43) New York (23–59)
1986–87 Boston+ (59–23) Philadelphia* (45–37) Washington* (42–40) New Jersey (24–58) New York (24–58)
1987–88 Boston* (57–25) Washington* (38–44) New York* (38–44) Philadelphia (36–46) New Jersey (19–63)
1988–89 New York* (52–30) Philadelphia* (46–36) Boston* (42–40) Washington (40–42) New Jersey (26–56) Charlotte (20–62)
1989–90 Philadelphia* (53–29) Boston* (52–30) New York* (45–37) Washington (31–51) Miami (18–64) New Jersey (17–65)
1990–91 Boston* (56–26) Philadelphia* (44–38) New York* (39–43) Washington (30–52) New Jersey (26–56) Miami (24–58)
1991–92 Boston* (51–31) New York* (51–31) New Jersey* (40–42) Miami* (38–44) Philadelphia (35–47) Washington (25–57) Orlando (21–61)
1992–93 New York* (60–22) Boston* (48–34) New Jersey* (43–39) Orlando (41–41) Miami (36–46) Philadelphia (26–56) Washington (22–60)
1993–94 New York+ (57–25) Orlando* (50–32) New Jersey* (45–37) Miami* (42–40) Boston (32–50) Philadelphia (25–57) Washington (24–58)
1994–95 Orlando+ (57–25) New York* (55–27) Boston* (35–47) Miami (32–50) New Jersey (30–52) Philadelphia (24–58) Washington (21–61)
1995–96 Orlando* (60–22) New York* (47–35) Miami* (42–40) Washington (39–43) Boston (33–49) New Jersey (30–52) Philadelphia (18–64)
1996–97 Miami* (61–21) New York* (57–25) Orlando* (45–37) Washington* (44–38) New Jersey (26–56) Philadelphia (22–60) Boston (15–67)
1997–98 Miami* (55–27) New York* (43–39) New Jersey* (43–39) Washington (42–40) Orlando (41–41) Boston (36–46) Philadelphia (31–51)
1998–99[a] Miami* (33–17) Orlando* (33–17) Philadelphia* (28–22) New York+ (27–23) Boston (19–31) Washington (18–32) New Jersey (16–34)
1999–00 Miami* (52–30) New York* (50–32) Philadelphia* (49–33) Orlando (41–41) Boston (35–47) New Jersey (31–51) Washington (29–53)
2000–01 Philadelphia+ (56–26) Miami* (50–32) New York* (48–34) Orlando* (43–39) Boston (36–46) New Jersey (26–56) Washington (19–63)
2001–02 New Jersey+ (52–30) Boston* (49–33) Orlando* (44–38) Philadelphia* (43–39) Washington (37–45) Miami (36–46) New York (30–52)
2002–03 New Jersey+ (49–33) Philadelphia* (48–34) Boston* (44–38) Orlando* (42–40) Washington (37–45) New York (37–45) Miami (25–57)
2003–04 New Jersey* (47–35) Miami* (42–40) New York* (39–43) Boston* (36–46) Philadelphia (33–49) Washington (25–57) Orlando (21–61)
2004–05 Boston* (45–37) Philadelphia* (43–39) New Jersey* (42–40) Toronto (33–49) New York (33–49)
2005–06 New Jersey* (49–33) Philadelphia (38–44) Boston (33–49) Toronto (27–55) New York (23–59)
2006–07 Toronto* (47–35) New Jersey* (41–41) Philadelphia (35–47) New York (33–49) Boston (24–58)
2007–08 Boston^ (66–16) Toronto* (41–41) Philadelphia* (40–42) New Jersey (34–48) New York (23–59)
2008–09 Boston* (62–20) Philadelphia* (41–41) New Jersey (34–48) Toronto (33–49) New York (32–50)
2009–10 Boston+ (50–32) Toronto (40–42) New York (29–53) Philadelphia (27–55) New Jersey (12–70)
2010–11 Boston* (56–26) New York* (42–40) Philadelphia* (41–41) New Jersey (24–58) Toronto (22–60)

Rivalries

Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Notes

  • a 1 2 Because of a lockout, the season did not start until February 5, 1999, and all 29 teams played a shortened 50-game regular season schedule.[2]

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