Southeast Division
ConferenceEastern Conference
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
Inaugural season2004–05 season
Teams
No. of teams5
Championships
Most recent champion(s)Miami Heat (11th title)
Most titlesMiami Heat (11 titles)

The Southeast Division is one of the three divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams, the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, the Miami Heat, the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards.

The division was created at the start of the 2004–05 season, when the league expanded from 29 to 30 teams with the addition of the Charlotte Bobcats. The league realigned itself into three divisions in each conference. The Southeast Division began with five inaugural members, the Hawks, the Bobcats, the Heat, the Magic and the Wizards.[1] The Hawks joined from the Central Division, while the Heat, the Magic and the Wizards joined from the Atlantic Division. The Bobcats changed their name to the Hornets effective with the 2014–15 season, after which it assumed the history of the original Hornets from 1988–2002. The Hornets name was previously used by the now-New Orleans Pelicans from 2002–2013.

The Heat have won the most Southeast Division titles with 11, while the Magic have won four, the Hawks have won two and the Wizards have won one. The Heat won the Southeast Division in four consecutive seasons from 2011 to 2014, a record to this day. Miami's three championships (2006, 2012, and 2013) each came after winning the Southeast Division. The current division champions are the Miami Heat. From 2004 through 2014, Florida's two state-based franchises, Miami and Orlando, won a combined ten straight division championships, a streak that was finally broken after Atlanta won with 60 wins in the 2015 season. Twice, in 2010 and 2014, four of five teams in the division made up half of the eight playoff teams in the postseasons of those two years.

Starting with the 2021–22 season, the Southeast Division champions would receive the Earl Lloyd Trophy, named after Hall of Famer Earl Lloyd.[2]

2021–22 standings

Main article: 2021–22 NBA season

Southeast Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
cMiami Heat 53 29 .646 0.0 29–12 24–17 13–3 82
xAtlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 10.0 27–14 16–25 9–7 82
piCharlotte Hornets 43 39 .524 10.0 22–19 21–20 8–8 82
Washington Wizards 35 47 .427 18.0 21–20 14–27 7–9 82
Orlando Magic 22 60 .268 31.0 12–29 10–31 3–13 82

Notes

Teams

Team City Year From
Joined
Atlanta Hawks Atlanta 2004 Central Division
Charlotte Hornets (19882002; 2014–present)
Charlotte Bobcats (20042014)
Charlotte, North Carolina 2004 dagger
Miami Heat Miami 2004 Atlantic Division
Orlando Magic Orlando, Florida 2004 Atlantic Division
Washington Wizards Washington, D.C. 2004 Atlantic Division
Notes

Division champions

^ Had or tied for the best regular season record for that season
Season Team Record Playoffs result
2004–05 Miami Heat 59–23 (.720) Lost Conference Finals
2005–06 Miami Heat 52–30 (.634) Won NBA Finals
2006–07 Miami Heat 44–38 (.537) Lost First Round
2007–08 Orlando Magic 52–30 (.634) Lost Conference Semifinals
2008–09 Orlando Magic 59–23 (.720) Lost NBA Finals
2009–10 Orlando Magic 59–23 (.720) Lost Conference Finals
2010–11 Miami Heat 58–24 (.707) Lost NBA Finals
2011–12[a] Miami Heat 46–20 (.697) Won NBA Finals
2012–13 Miami Heat^ 66–16 (.805) Won NBA Finals
2013–14 Miami Heat 54–28 (.659) Lost NBA Finals
2014–15 Atlanta Hawks 60–22 (.732) Lost Conference Finals
2015–16 Miami Heat 48–34 (.585) Lost Conference Semifinals
2016–17 Washington Wizards 49–33 (.598) Lost Conference Semifinals
2017–18 Miami Heat 44–38 (.537) Lost First Round
2018–19 Orlando Magic 42–40 (.512) Lost First Round
2019–20 Miami Heat 44–29 (.603) Lost NBA Finals
2020–21 Atlanta Hawks 41–31 (.569) Lost Conference Finals
2021–22 Miami Heat 53–29 (.646) Lost Conference Finals

Titles by team

Team Titles Season(s) won
Miami Heat 11 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2019–20, 2021–22
Orlando Magic 4 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2018–19
Atlanta Hawks 2 2014–15, 2020–21
Washington Wizards 1 2016–17
Charlotte Hornets 0

Season results

^ Denotes team that won the NBA championship
+ Denotes team that won the Conference Finals, but lost the NBA Finals
* Denotes team that qualified for the NBA Playoffs
× Denotes team that qualified for the NBA Play-In Tournament
Denotes team that did not qualify for the 2020 NBA Bubble season restart
Season Team (record)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
2004–05 Miami* (59–23) Washington* (45–37) Orlando (36–46) Charlotte (18–64) Atlanta (13–69)
2005–06 Miami^ (52–30) Washington* (42–40) Orlando (36–46) Charlotte (26–56) Atlanta (26–56)
2006–07 Miami* (44–38) Washington* (41–41) Orlando* (40–42) Charlotte (33–49) Atlanta (30–52)
2007–08 Orlando* (52–30) Washington* (43–39) Atlanta* (37–45) Charlotte (32–50) Miami (15–67)
2008–09 Orlando+ (59–23) Atlanta* (47–35) Miami* (43–39) Charlotte (35–47) Washington (19–63)
2009–10 Orlando* (59–23) Atlanta* (53–29) Miami* (47–35) Charlotte* (44–38) Washington (26–56)
2010–11 Miami+ (58–24) Orlando* (52–30) Atlanta* (44–38) Charlotte (34–48) Washington (23–59)
2011–12[a] Miami^ (46–20) Atlanta* (40–26) Orlando* (37–29) Washington (20–46) Charlotte (7–59)
2012–13 Miami^ (66–16) Atlanta* (44–38) Washington (29–53) Charlotte (21–61) Orlando (20–62)
2013–14 Miami+ (54–28) Washington* (44–38) Charlotte* (43–39) Atlanta* (38–44) Orlando (23–59)
  • 2014: The Charlotte Bobcats were renamed Charlotte Hornets, and acquired the history and records of the original Charlotte Hornets (1988–2002) from the New Orleans Pelicans.
2014–15 Atlanta* (60–22) Washington* (46–36) Miami (35–47) Charlotte (33–49) Orlando (25–57)
2015–16 Miami* (48–34) Atlanta* (48–34) Charlotte* (48–34) Washington (41–41) Orlando (35–47)
2016–17 Washington* (49–33) Atlanta* (43–39) Miami (41–41) Charlotte (36–46) Orlando (29–53)
2017–18 Miami* (44–38) Washington* (43–39) Charlotte (36–46) Orlando (25–57) Atlanta (24–58)
2018–19 Orlando* (42–40) Charlotte (39–43) Miami (39–43) Washington (32–50) Atlanta (29–53)
2019–20 Miami+ (44–29) Orlando* (33–40) Washington (25–47) Charlotte† (23–42) Atlanta† (20–47)
2020–21 Atlanta* (41–31) Miami* (40–32) Washington* (34–38) Charlotte× (33–39) Orlando (21–51)
2021–22 Miami* (53–29) Atlanta* (43–39) Charlotte× (43–39) Washington (35–47) Orlando (22–60)

Notes

Rivalries

References

General
  • "NBA & ABA League Index". Basketball-Reference.com.
Specific
  1. ^ "Expansion Bobcats prompt change". ESPN.com. November 17, 2003. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "NBA unveils new trophies for division winners named after 6 NBA legends". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved April 23, 2022.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Lee (December 5, 2011). "'tis The Season". CNN Sports Illustrated. Time Warner Company. Retrieved April 30, 2012.