The NBA is back and there are a lot of teams playing in Florida! Here’s a breakdown of how many teams are playing in the Sunshine State.
NBA in Florida
The NBA is currently playing their 2020-2021 season and a handful of teams have made the decision to play in Florida. This is due to the state having less stringent coronavirus guidelines than other states. Right now, there are four teams playing in Florida: the Miami Heat, the Orlando Magic, the Tampa Bay Raptors, and the Houston Rockets.
The Orlando Magic are an American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. The Magic compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The franchise was established in 1989 as an expansion team, and such notable NBA stars as Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway, Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, and Dwight Howard have played for the club throughout its young history. As of 2019, the franchise has played in the NBA playoffs for exactly half of its existence (14 out of 28 seasons).
The Miami Heat is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Heat play their home games at American Airlines Arena, and are owned by Micky Arison, who also owns cruise-ship giant Carnival Corporation. The team is coached by Erik Spoelstra.
The Miami Heat began play in the 1988–89 NBA season as an expansion team. They play their home games at American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami. The team’s colors are red, black, and white, after the colors of Minor League Baseball’s Charlotte Stone Crabs.
The Heat have appeared in three NBA Finals: in 2006, when they lost to the Dallas Mavericks 4-2; in 2011, when they defeated the Mavericks 4-2 to win their first championship; and in 2012, when they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 to win their second consecutive championship. In 2013, they lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals 4-3.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays are a professional baseball team based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) East division. Since its inception, the team’s home ballpark has been Tropicana Field.
How Many NBA Teams Are Playing in Florida?
The NBA is a professional basketball league in North America. It is composed of 30 teams, 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada. The league was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).
3 NBA teams
As of the 2020-2021 season, there are three NBA teams playing in Florida: the Miami Heat, the Orlando Magic, and the Tampa Bay
2 NBA teams
2 NBA teams are playing in Florida. The Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic are both based in the state of Florida.
1 NBA team
The Orlando Magic are the only NBA team playing in Florida.