Wins have been a fairly scarce commodity for most expansion franchises in their inaugural year, but fan support has often been strong. Here's how these teams have fared on the court and at the turnstiles:

Expansion Team First Season
Record
Average Attendance Points For Points Against
Buffalo Braves* 1970-71 22-60 4,977 105.5 112.1
Charlotte Hornets 1988-89 20-62 23,172 104.5 113.0
Chicago Bulls 1966-67 33-48 4,772 113.2 116.9
Chicago Packers** 1961-62 18-62 NA 110.9 119.4
Cleveland Cavaliers 1970-71 15-67 3,518 102.1 113.3
Dallas Mavericks 1980-81 15-67 7,789 105.1 109.9
Miami Heat 1988-89 15-67 14,945 97.8 109.0
Milwaukee Bucks 1968-69 27-55 5,942 110.2 115.4
Minnesota Timberwolves 1989-90 22-60 26,160 95.2 99.4
New Orleans Jazz*** 1974-75 23-59 4,955 101.5 109.3
Orlando Magic 1989-90 18-64 15.060 110.9 119.8
Phoenix Suns 1968-69 16-66 4,335 111.7 120.5
Portland Trail Blazers 1970-71 29-53 6,135 115.5 120.0
San Diego Rockets**** 1967-68 15-67 4,067 112.4 121.0
Seattle SuperSonics 1967-68 21-61 8,823 107.4 114.9
Toronto Raptors 1995-96 21-61 23,179 97.5 105.0
Vancouver Grizzlies 1995-96 15-67 17,183 89.8 99.8


* Moved to San Diego and became the Clippers for the 1978-79 season,
then moved to Los Angeles for the 1984-85 season.

** Became the Zephyrs for the 1962-63 season, moved to Baltimore and became the Bullets for the 1963-64 season, then renamed the Washington Bullets for the 1974-75 season.

*** Moved to Utah for the 1979-80 season.

**** Moved to Houston for the 1971-72 season.

Expansion team first-year records:

  • Most home victories: Trail Blazers (18)
  • Most road victories: Bulls and Trail Blazers (9)
  • Longest winning streak: Bucks (6)
  • Longest losing streak: Heat (17)
  • Highest individual scoring average: Geoff Petrie, Trail Blazers (24.8 ppg)
  • Highest individual rebounding average: Jim Fox, Suns (13.3 rpg)
  • Most points in a game: Walt Wesley, Cavaliers (50)
  • Most rebounds in a game: Toby Kimball, Rockets (28).