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List of NBA players who have spent their entire career with one franchise

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Dirk Nowitzki spent his entire 20-year NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks and is still active.
Kobe Bryant spent his entire 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league consisting of 30 teams in North America (twenty-nine in the United States and one in Canada). The NBA was founded on June 6, 1946 in New York City, as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).[1] The league adopted its current name at the start of the 1949–50 season when it merged with the National Basketball League (NBL).[2] The NBA is an active member of USA Basketball, which is recognized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as the National Governing Body (NGB) for basketball in the country.[3] The league is considered to be one of the four major professional sports leagues of North America.[4]

The players listed here have spent their entire NBA career with only one franchise. Dirk Nowitzki played his entire 20-year career with the Dallas Mavericks and is still looking to be active for a 21st season. Kobe Bryant played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Hall of Famer John Stockton spent his entire 19-year playing career with the Utah Jazz, while Tim Duncan also played 19 years for the San Antonio Spurs.

All-time list[edit]

Key[edit]

Pos. G F C
Position Guard Forward Center

Note: This list is correct through the end of the 2017–18 season. Players who have moved to new teams in the 2018 offseason after having previously been with only one franchise are not included.

^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Denotes player who has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame
NBA players who have spent their career at one franchise
No. of seasons played Player Pos. Team Career Notes Ref.
20 Dirk Nowitzki^ F Dallas Mavericks 1998–present Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1998 and traded to the Mavericks. Nowitzki played for the German club DJK Würzburg from 1994 to 1998. [5]
20 Kobe Bryant G Los Angeles Lakers 19962016 Drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 and traded to the Lakers. [6]
19 John Stockton* G Utah Jazz 19842003 [7]
19 Tim Duncan F/C San Antonio Spurs 19972016 [8]
18 Reggie Miller* G Indiana Pacers 19872005 [9]
16 Manu Ginóbili^ G San Antonio Spurs 20022018 Drafted by the Spurs in 1999, but did not enter the NBA until 2002 [10]
16 John Havlicek* F/G Boston Celtics 19621978 [11]
15 Udonis Haslem^ F Miami Heat 2003–present Went undrafted in 2002, but signed as a free agent with the Heat a year later [12]
15 Dolph Schayes* F/C Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers 19491964 Drafted by the New York Knicks in 1948, but opted to play for the Nationals in the NBL before moving to the NBA with the Nationals in 1949[13] [14]
15 Hal Greer* G/F Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers 19581973 [15]
14 Nick Collison F/C Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder 20042018 He was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2003, however, he missed the 2003–04 season due to injury[16] [17]
14 Elgin Baylor* F Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers 19581971 Retired in November 1971 due to injury after only playing 9 games in the 1971–72 season [18]
14 Jerry West* G Los Angeles Lakers 19601974 [19]
14 Joe Dumars* G Detroit Pistons 19851999 [20]
14 David Robinson* C San Antonio Spurs 19892003 Drafted by the Spurs in 1987, but did not enter the NBA until 1989 due to his commitment with the Navy[21] [22]
13 Bill Russell* C Boston Celtics 19561969 Drafted by the St. Louis Hawks in 1956 and traded to the Celtics [23]
13 Bob Cousy* G Boston Celtics 1950-1963 Drafted by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks but traded to the Boston Celtics. Played seven games for the Cincinnati Royals while coaching in 1970 to support ticket sales.
13 Satch Sanders* F Boston Celtics 19601973 [24]
13 Wes Unseld* C/F Baltimore / Capital / Washington Bullets 19681981 [25]
13 Calvin Murphy* G San Diego / Houston Rockets 19701983 [26]
13 Fred Brown G Seattle SuperSonics 19711984 [27]
13 Alvan Adams C/F Phoenix Suns 19751988 [28]
13 Larry Bird* F Boston Celtics 19791992 Drafted by the Celtics in 1978, but did not enter the NBA until 1979, after his college graduation[29] [30]
13 Magic Johnson* G Los Angeles Lakers 19791991; 1996 Came out from retirement on January 1996 and played 32 games in the 1995–96 season [31]
13 Kevin McHale* F Boston Celtics 19801993 [32]
13 Isiah Thomas* G Detroit Pistons 19811994 [33]
13 Jeff Foster F/C Indiana Pacers 19992012 Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1999 and traded to the Pacers [34]
12 Sam Jones* G/F Boston Celtics 19571969 [35]
12 Michael Cooper G/F Los Angeles Lakers 19781990 [36]
12 James Worthy* F Los Angeles Lakers 19821994 [37]
12 Nate McMillan G/F Seattle SuperSonics 19861998 [38]
12 Rik Smits C Indiana Pacers 19882000 [39]
11 Mike Conley^ PG Memphis Grizzlies 2007–present [40]
11 Bob Pettit* F/C Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks 19541965 [41]
11 Jack Twyman* G/F Rochester / Cincinnati Royals 19551966 [42]
11 Al Attles G Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors 19601971 [43]
11 Rudy Tomjanovich F San Diego / Houston Rockets 19701981 [44]
11 Julius Erving* F Philadelphia 76ers 19761987 Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1972, but opted to play in the ABA before joining the 76ers after the ABA–NBA merger in 1976[45] [46]
11 Mark Eaton C Utah Jazz 19821993 [47]
10 Vern Mikkelsen* F/C Minneapolis Lakers 19491959 [48]
10 Paul Arizin* G/F Golden State Warriors 19501962 Missed the 1953–54 season and the 1954–55 season due to military service[49] [50]
10 Al Bianchi G Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers 19561966 Drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1954 and traded to the Nationals, but did not enter the league until 1956 due to military service[51] [52]
10 Cliff Hagan* G/F St. Louis Hawks 19561966 Drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1953 and traded to the Hawks, but did not enter the league until 1956 due to military service[53] [54]
10 Willis Reed* F/C New York Knicks 19641974 [55]
10 Bill Bradley* G/F New York Knicks 19671977 Drafted by the Knicks in 1965, but did not enter the NBA until 1967 due to academic commitment in England[56] [57]
10 Tom Boerwinkle C Chicago Bulls 19681978 [58]
10 Allen Leavell G Houston Rockets 19791989 [59]
10 Darrell Griffith G Utah Jazz 19801991 Missed the 1985–86 season due to injury[60] [61]
10 Bobby Wanzer G Rochester Royals 19471957 [62]
10 Dan Issel G Denver Nuggets 19751985 [63]
10 Russell Westbrook^ G Oklahoma City Thunder 2008–present He was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics, however, the franchise relocated to Oklahoma six days later. [64]
10 Marc Gasol^ C Memphis Grizzlies 2008–present Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007 and traded to the Grizzlies [65]

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References[edit]

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