• 1949

    1949

    The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merge to create the National Basketball Association.

  • 1959

    1959

    The Boston Celtics win the first of their eight consecutive league championships.

  • 1962

    1962

    Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in one game.

  • 1969

    1969

    Lew Alcindor is drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks. In 1971, he changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

  • 1971

    1971

    The iconic logo is introduced.

  • 1979

    1979

    The NBA introduces the three-point line. The Boston Celtics’ Chris Ford makes the first three-pointer on October 12, 1979. (Image via)

  • 1984

    1984

    Larry Bird and Magic Johnson face each other in the NBA Finals for the first time. Johnson went on to win five titles with the Lakers, and Bird would lead the Celtics to three championships. (Image via)

  • 1984

    1984

    Michael Jordan is drafted by the Bulls with the third overall pick. (Image via)

  • 1986

    1986

    MJ scores a playoff record 63 points in a loss to the Celtics. (Image via)

  • 1992

    1992

    The Dream Team competes in the Olympics in Barcelona, winning gold.

  • 1995

    1995

    The NBA expands to Canada with the creation of the Vancouver Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors. (Image via)

  • 1996

    1996

    Kobe Bryant is drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick. (Image via)

  • 2002

    2002

    The Houston Rockets draft Yao Ming with the #1 overall pick. He is the first International player drafted #1 to have never played US college basketball. (Image via)

  • 2003

    2003

    Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade are all drafted in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft. (Image via)

  • 2010

    2010

    During an hour-long special on ESPN dubbed The Decision, Lebron James reveals he’s taking his talents to South Beach, joins the Miami Heat. (Image via)

  • 2011

    2011

    The Dallas Mavericks defeat the Miami Heat’s “Big Three,” win first NBA title in franchise history.

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