Southwest Division
ConferenceWestern Conference
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
Inaugural season2004–05 season
Teams
No. of teams5
Championships
Most recent champion(s)Dallas Mavericks
(3rd title)
Most titlesSan Antonio Spurs
(9 titles)

The Southwest Division is one of the three divisions in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division is located in the South Central United States and consists of five teams, the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets, the Memphis Grizzlies, the New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs. Three of the teams, the Mavericks, Rockets, and Spurs, are based in Texas.

Consisting of some of the most historically competitive teams in the NBA's Western Conference, 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 Southwest Division began with five inaugural members, the Mavericks, the Rockets, the Grizzlies, the Hornets (now Pelicans) and the Spurs.[1] The Mavericks, the Rockets, the Grizzlies and the Spurs joined from the now-defunct Midwest Division, while the Pelicans joined from the Central Division.

The Spurs have been dominant since the division's inaugural season, having won the most Southwest Division titles with nine. The Rockets have won four, the Mavericks have won two, and the Pelicans have won one title. The Grizzlies have never won the Southwest Division title. Four NBA champions came from the Southwest Division. The Spurs won the NBA championship in 2005, 2007 and 2014, while the Mavericks won in 2011. In the 2007–08 season, all four teams that qualified for the playoffs each had more than 50 wins. In the 2010–11 season and the 2014–15 season, all teams in the division had winning percentages above 0.500 (50%). In the 2014–15 season, the Southwest Division saw every one of its teams making the playoffs, a feat achieved only twice in the last 30 years.[2] The most recent division champion is the Dallas Mavericks.

Current standings

Main article: 2020–21 NBA season

Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yDallas Mavericks 42 29 .592 9.0 21–15 21–14 7–5 71
pbMemphis Grizzlies 38 33 .535 13.0 18–18 20–15 6–6 71
pbSan Antonio Spurs 33 37 .471 17.5 14–20 19–17 6–6 70
oNew Orleans Pelicans 31 40 .437 20.0 18–17 13–23 6–6 71
oHouston Rockets 17 54 .239 34.0 9–27 8–27 5–7 71

Notes

Teams

Team City Year From
Joined
Dallas Mavericks Dallas 2004 Midwest Division
Houston Rockets Houston 2004 Midwest Division
Memphis Grizzlies Memphis, Tennessee 2004 Midwest Division
New Orleans Pelicans (2013–present)
New Orleans Hornets (20022005, 20072013)
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (20052007)[a]
New Orleans

New Orleans and Oklahoma City[a]
2004 Central Division
San Antonio Spurs San Antonio, Texas 2004 Midwest Division

Division champions

^ Had or tied for the best regular season record for that season
Season Team Record Playoffs result
2004–05 San Antonio Spurs 59–23 (.720) Won NBA Finals
2005–06 San Antonio Spurs 63–19 (.768) Lost Conference Semifinals
2006–07 Dallas Mavericks^ 67–15 (.817) Lost First Round
2007–08 New Orleans Hornets 56–26 (.683) Lost Conference Semifinals
2008–09 San Antonio Spurs 54–28 (.659) Lost First Round
2009–10 Dallas Mavericks 55–27 (.671) Lost First Round
2010–11 San Antonio Spurs 61–21 (.744) Lost First Round
2011–12[b] San Antonio Spurs^ 50–16 (.758) Lost Conference Finals
2012–13 San Antonio Spurs 58–24 (.707) Lost NBA Finals
2013–14 San Antonio Spurs^ 62–20 (.756) Won NBA Finals
2014–15 Houston Rockets 56–26 (.683) Lost Conference Finals
2015–16 San Antonio Spurs 67–15 (.817) Lost Conference Semifinals
2016–17 San Antonio Spurs 61–21 (.744) Lost Conference Finals
2017–18 Houston Rockets^ 65–17 (.793) Lost Conference Finals
2018–19 Houston Rockets 53–29 (.793) Lost Conference Semifinals
2019–20[c] Houston Rockets 44–28 (.611) Lost Conference Semifinals
2020–21 Dallas Mavericks 39–28 (.582)
(season in progress)
TBD

Titles by team

Team Titles Season(s) won
San Antonio Spurs 9 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17
Houston Rockets 4 2014–15, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20
Dallas Mavericks 3 2006–07, 2009–10, 2020–21
New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans 1 2007–08
Memphis Grizzlies 0

Total Playoff Appearances

Team Playoff Berths Division Titles Western Conference
Championships
NBA Finals Wins
Dallas Mavericks 13 3 2 1
Houston Rockets 12 7 0 0
Memphis Grizzlies 10 0 1 0
New Orleans Pelicans 5 1 0 0
San Antonio Spurs 15 9 3 3

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
2004–05 (2) San Antonio^ (59–23) (4) Dallas* (58–24) (5) Houston* (51–31) (7) Memphis* (45–37) New Orleans (18–64)
2005–06 (1) San Antonio* (63–19) (3) Dallas+ (60–22) (5) Memphis* (49–33) New Orleans/OKC[a] (38–44) Houston (34–48)
2006–07 (1) Dallas* (67–15) (3) San Antonio^ (58–24) (5) Houston* (52–30) New Orleans/OKC[a] (39–43) Memphis (22–60)
2007–08 (2) New Orleans* (56–26) (3) San Antonio* (56–26) (5) Houston* (55–27) (7) Dallas* (51–31) Memphis (22–60)
2008–09 (3) San Antonio* (54–28) (5) Houston* (53–29) (6) Dallas* (50–32) (7) New Orleans* (49–33) Memphis (24–58)
2009–10 (2) Dallas* (55–27) (7) San Antonio* (50–32) Houston (42–40) Memphis (40–42) New Orleans (37–45)
2010–11 (1) San Antonio* (61–21) (3) Dallas^ (57–25) (7) New Orleans* (46–36) (8) Memphis* (46–36) Houston (43–39)
2011–12[b] (1) San Antonio* (50–16) (4) Memphis* (41–25) (7) Dallas* (36–30) Houston (34–32) New Orleans (21–45)
2012–13 (2) San Antonio+ (58–24) (5) Memphis* (56–26) (8) Houston* (45–37) Dallas (41–41) New Orleans (27–55)
2013–14 (1) San Antonio^ (62–20) (4) Houston* (54–28) (7) Memphis* (50–32) (8) Dallas* (49–33) New Orleans (34–48)
2014–15 (2) Houston* (56–26) (5) Memphis* (55–27) (6) San Antonio* (55–27) (7) Dallas* (50–32) (8) New Orleans* (45–37)
2015–16 (2) San Antonio* (67–15) (6) Dallas* (42–40) (7) Memphis* (42–40) (8) Houston* (41–41) New Orleans (30–52)
2016–17 (2) San Antonio* (61–21) (3) Houston* (55–27) (7) Memphis* (43–39) New Orleans (34–48) Dallas (33–49)
2017–18 (1) Houston* (65–17) (6) New Orleans* (48–34) (7) San Antonio* (47–35) Dallas (24–58) Memphis (22–60)
2018–19 (4) Houston* (53–29) (7) San Antonio* (48–34) Memphis (33–49) New Orleans (33–49) Dallas (33–49)
2019–20[c] (4) Houston* (44–28) (6) Dallas* (43–32) (9) Memphis* (34–39) San Antonio (32–39) New Orleans (30–42)

Rivalries

Main article: National Basketball Association rivalries § Southwest Division

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs

Main article: Rockets–Spurs rivalry

Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets

Main article: Mavericks-Rockets rivalry

Notes

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. ^ "Southwest Division's historical dominance". ESPN.com. April 15, 2015. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Lee (December 5, 2011). "'tis The Season". CNN Sports Illustrated. Time Warner Company. Retrieved April 30, 2012.