Previous NBA Franchise Names/Locations

Answer with what the franchise was called prior to their current name. If a team name and location has not changed since the franchise started, it will not be listed here. Some answers are from the franchises' ABA history.
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Last updated: April 27, 2017
First submittedAugust 21, 2015
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Team
Years
Answer
Atlanta Hawks
1955-1968
St. Louis Hawks
Brooklyn Nets
1977-2012
New Jersey Nets
Charlotte Hornets
2004-2014
Charlotte Bobcats
Denver Nuggets
1967-1974
Denver Rockets
Detroit Pistons
1949-1957
Fort Wayne Pistons
Golden State Warriors
1962-1971
San Francisco Warriors
Houston Rockets
1967-1971
San Diego Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers
1978-1984
San Diego Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
1947-1960
Minneapolis Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies
1995-2001
Vancouver Grizzlies
New Orleans Pelicans
2002-2013
New Orleans Hornets
Oklahoma City Thunder
1967-2008
Seattle SuperSonics
Philadelphia 76ers
1946-1963
Syracuse Nationals
Sacramento Kings
1975-1985
Kansas City Kings
San Antonio Spurs
1971-1973
Dallas Chaparrals
Utah Jazz
1974-1979
New Orleans Jazz
Washington Wizards
1974-1997
Washington Bullets
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Aug 21, 2015
Weird. "Rockets" seems like such a natural fit for Houston, what with the Johnson Space Center.
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Apr 27, 2017
"The San Diego franchise was named the Rockets, since it was the city where the Atlas Rockets for NASA were made." - http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nba/sdrock/sdrockets.html