After 1972, the Rockets name was abandoned in favor of Nuggets. The reason was in anticipation of a merger between the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association; which already had a team in Houston named the Rockets.
The Nuggets joined the NBA in 1976.
| Western Conference|
Dallas Mavericks | Denver Nuggets | Golden State Warriors | Houston Rockets | Los Angeles Clippers | Los Angeles Lakers | Memphis Grizzlies | Minnesota Timberwolves | New Orleans Pelicans | Oklahoma City Thunder | Phoenix Suns | Portland Trail Blazers | Sacramento Kings | San Antonio Spurs | Utah Jazz