On the Court
Who’s On the Court? Explaining the Teams List
There are 30 teams in the NBA. The League is divided into two conferences, the Eastern and the Western Conferences. These conferences are divided into divisions. Each division has 5 teams.
The Eastern Conference has three divisions, called the Atlantic, Central, and Southeast.
The Atlantic teams are the Boston Celtics, the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Toronto Raptors. The Central teams are the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers, and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Southeast teams are the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, the Miami Heat, the Orlando Magic, and the Washington Wizards.
The Western Conference has three divisions, called the Northwest, pacific, and Southwest.
The Northwest Teams are the Denver Nuggets, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Portland Trailblazers, and the Utah Jazz. The Pacific Teams are the Golden State Warriors, the LA Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns, and the Sacramento Kings. The Southwest teams are the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets, the Memphis Grizzlies, The New Orleans Pelicans, and the San Antonio Spurs.
Off the Court
Victor Oladipo’s Name
Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo, better known as Victor Oladipo, is a 25-year-old point guard for the Pacers. Oladipo sits right outside the top 10 at #11 in most average points scored per game per player. He played his first three professional years in Orlando before heading off to OKC for a year. This year, he’s the biggest asset the Pacers have. He’s also a huge family guy and he loves to sing. Although his family gave him four names on his birth certificate, his mom adoringly calls him “Son” and his aunt calls him “Kenny”. Interestingly enough, “Kehinde” means “the second born of twins” in his Nigerian language. In his culture, although he was born second, he is seen as older because in the womb, he “told” his sister to leave first, making him the older twin with the authority to tell the younger one what to do.
The Court Itself
#34 Retirement in TD Garden
Before roping his number up into the rafters of TD Garden last night, Paul Pierce said a few words. Some highlights included Pierce getting emotional while thanking his family and kids, an amazing tribute video from the Celtics, Doc Rivers applauding Pierce’s ability to be coached, and Kevin Garnett’s gravity-defying hoodie. Garnett and Pierce made a great duo in Boston, and KG recorded the ceremony in the corner on his phone like a proud dad.
Image source: twitter.com/pacers
Nina is a 21 year old college student from Massachusetts studying Elementary Education and Political Science. She has always been involved in playing and analyzing sports her whole life and is an avid fantasy football and basketball player. Her favorite teams are the New England Patriots and the Boston Celtics, as well as wherever Aaron Rodgers and Kelly Olynyk are playing!