The Basketball Association of America (BAA) was a professional basketball league in North America, founded in 1946. The league absorbed teams from the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949, and formed the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Philadelphia Warriors won the inaugural BAA championship in 1947, followed by the Baltimore Bullets and the Minneapolis Lakers in 1948 and 1949 respectively. Six teams from the BAA are still active in the NBA as of the 2012–13 season. The inaugural BAA season began with 11 teams; the league contracted to 8 teams in 1947–48, then expanded to 12 for 1948–49. Only the records and statistics of the BAA are considered valid in official NBA totals for records and statistics, unlike the invalid records and statistics of the rival NBL.
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