From Minnesota to Los Angeles and Phoenix to Portland, here are the complete NBA Western Conference standings.

Prior to 2020, the top eight went straight into the postseason. This has since changed, however, with the introduction of a play-in tournament. This opens up more opportunities to reach the playoffs and has had a wider impact on how front offices approach the backend of the campaign.


NBA fans are accustomed to the turbulent schedule. Back-to-backs, lengthy roadtrips and brutal runs of games can lead to freaky results that can mess up the Western Conference standings.

While the standings themselves are easy enough to grasp, there’s plenty about the NBA that is more complex (perhaps unnecessarily so). For these elements, we have produced a series of NBA explained articles covering the salary cap, trade exceptions and more.

In normal seasons, the Western Conference standings cover 82 games. The majority of these games are against conference opponents with such matchups often being of significant importance and having major postseason implications.

NBA Western Conference teams

Across the Northwest, Southwest and Pacific divisions, these are the 15 NBA Western Conference teams:

How to follow the NBA Western Conference

Following the NBA’s Western Conference can be tricky. With such worldwide support for the league, that’s particularly the case when time differences are involved. Fans in the UK have various ways to watch basketball, but sometimes time will not allow for watching the games.

As such, it’s important to be armed with platforms to help keep up to date. Franchise Sports provides regular NBA articles and a frequent NBA podcast, discussing the latest goings-on around the league. Beyond Western Conference standings, Franchise Sports aims to give readers a fresh look at the NBA, NFL and MLB. Subscribe to our newsletter or activate notifications to make sure you don’t miss the latest from Franchise Sports.