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'89 & '90 NBA EXPANSION FRANCHISES How well did they do over the last three decades?

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Last last year marked three decades since the NBA’s expansion in the late 1980s. The Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat were introduced for the 1988-89 NBA season, while the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic joined the NBA for its 44th season in 1989-90.

Between themselves, the four franchises combined for three NBA championship titles (Miami Heat), five NBA finals appearances, three MVP awards, six Rookie of the Year awards, two Coach of the Year awards, three Executive of the Year awards and a grand total of 47 head coaching changes.

With the ongoing sale of the Minnesota Timberwolves at hand, let’s take an overall look at how those four franchises did in the selected categories over the last 31 years.

Charlotte Hornets

Kemba-Walker
  • Inaugural season: 1988-89
  • Overall record: 1050-1345, .438 W-L%
  • Conference titles: 0
  • Division titles: 0
  • Postseason appearances: 10
  • Maximum postseason reach: lost Eastern Conference semifinals (1993, 1998, 2001, 2002, )
  • Championships: 0
  • MVPs: /
  • Defensive player of the year: /
  • Most improved player of the year: /
  • Sixth Man of the Year: Dell Curry (1993-94)
  • Rookie of the year: Larry Johnson (1991-92); Emeka Okafor (2004-05);
  • Coach of the year: /
  • Executive of the year: Bob Bass (1996-97)
  • Number of head coaching changes: 11
  • 2019-20 Salary cap: #21 $122,870,739
  • 2019-20 Attendance: 478,591 (30th of 30)
  • Players perception: Great chance to meet MJ up close & personal!
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Miami Heat

Dwyane Wade
  • Inaugural season: 1988-89
  • Overall record: 1335-1224, .522 W-L%
  • Conference titles: 5 (2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Division titles: 13 (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018)
  • Postseason appearances: 20
  • Maximum postseason reach: won NBA finals (2006, 2012, 2013)
  • Championships: 3 (2006, 2012, 2013)
  • MVPs: LeBron James (2011-12, 2012-13)
  • Defensive player of the year: Alonzo Mourning (1998-99, 1999-00)
  • Most improved player of the year: Rony Seikaly (1989-90); Isaac Austin (1996-97);
  • Sixth Man of the Year: /
  • Rookie of the year: /
  • Coach of the year: Pat Riley (1996-97)
  • Executive of the year: Pat Riley (2010-11)
  • Number of head coaching changes: 7
  • 2019-20 Salary cap: #2 $135,262,022
  • 2019-20 Attendance: 629,771 (7th of 30)
  • Players perception: Great place for winning…and partying!

Minnesota Timberwolves

Kevin-Garnett
  • Inaugural season: 1989-90
  • Overall record: 980-1496, .396 W-L%
  • Conference titles: 0
  • Division titles: 1 (2004)
  • Postseason appearances: 9
  • Maximum postseason reach: lost Western conference finals (2004)
  • Championships: 0
  • MVPs: Kevin Garnett (2003-04)
  • Defensive player of the year: /
  • Most improved player of the year: Kevin Love (2010-11)
  • Sixth Man of the Year: /
  • Rookie of the year: Andrew Wiggins (2014-15); Karl Anthony-Towns (2015-16);
  • Coach of the year: /
  • Executive of the year: /
  • Number of head coaching changes: 15
  • 2019-20 Salary cap: #7 $132,706,778
  • 2019-20 Attendance: 482,112 (29th of 30)
  • Players perception: Colder than Toronto!

Orlando Magic

Shaquille-ONeal
  • Inaugural season: 1989-90
  • Overall record: 1188-1289, .480 W-L%
  • Conference titles: 2 (1995, 2009)
  • Division titles: 6 (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2019)
  • Postseason appearances: 15
  • Maximum postseason reach: lost NBA finals (1995, 2009)
  • Championships: 0
  • MVPs: /
  • Defensive player of the year: Dwight Howard (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11)
  • Most improved player of the year: Scott Skiles (1990-91); Darell Armstrong (1998-99); Tracy McGrady (2000-01); Hedo Turkoglu (2007-08), Ryan Anderson (2011-12);
  • Sixth Man of the Year: Darell Armstrong (1998-99)
  • Rookie of the year: Shaquille O’Neal (1992-93); Mike Miller (2000-01);
  • Coach of the year: Doc Rivers (1999-00)
  • Executive of the year: John Gabriel (1999-00)
  • Number of head coaching changes: 14
  • 2019-20 Salary cap: #5 $133,692,528
  • 2019-20 Attendance: 529,870 (22nd of 30)
  • Players perception: Great place for everyday life!
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