Of the original 11 teams, only the Kentucky Colonels and Indiana Pacers remained for all nine seasons without relocating, changing team names, or folding. Tinkham was an executive with the Indiana Pacers when they were in the original ABA. The American Basketball Association (ABA) Finals were the championship series of the ABA, a professional basketball league, in which two teams played each other for the title. 50 Greatest Players in NBA History; Top 10 Coaches in NBA History; NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team; NBA Silver Anniversary Team; SLAM 500 Greatest NBA Players of All Time; Bill Simmons Hall of Fame Pyramid; ABA All-Time Team; NBA & ABA All-Star Game. It is the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. Seeing the writing on the wall, seven ABA owners agreed to a merger, set for August 5, 1976, with the NBA; it was announced to the public on June … They licensed the ABA name from the NBA. In addition to the four surviving ABA teams, eight current NBA markets have ABA heritage: Utah, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Memphis, Minnesota and Charlotte all h… As part of the merger agreement, the NBA agreed to accept four of the remaining six ABA teams: the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and San Antonio Spurs. The remaining two ABA teams, the Kentucky Colonels and the Spirits of St. Louis, folded, with their players entering a … All-ABA First Team All-ABA Second Team (1968, 1970) 2013: 50: Mack Calvin: G: Los Angeles Stars (1969–1970) The Floridians (1970–1972) Carolina Cougars (1972–1974) Denver Nuggets (1974–1975) Virginia Squires (1975–1976) None: All-Rookie First Team All-ABA First Team (1971, 1974–1975) All-ABA Second Team : None: 41: Darel Carrier: G: Kentucky Colonels (1967–1972) The ABA was formed in the fall of 1967, and the first ABA Finals were played at the end of … NBA & ABA Team Index » Visit our League … However, the Denver Larks/Rockets/Nuggets, a team that had been assigned to Kansas City, Missouri, moved to Denverwithout playing a game in Kansas City due to the lack of a suitable arena. NBA & ABA Miscellaneous Honors. Index of NBA & ABA Teams, Active and Defunct. It is composed of 30 teams (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada) and is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The current ABA was started by Joe Newman and Richard Tinkham.