Complete List of NBA Finals Winners

Complete List of NBA Finals Winners
2023 NBA Finals Winner Denver Nuggets

There are two conferences in the NBA, the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. Both conferences are composed of 15 teams each and the winner from each conference competes in the NBA Finals each year.

There have been a total of 77 NBA seasons since it started in 1946. The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers have won the trophy 17 times each, which is the most by any other team in the NBA. The two finalists play a seven-game series, first to win four games wins the championship.

Below is the list of all NBA champions to date:

YearWestern championResultEastern championFinals MVP
1947Chicago Stags 1–4Philadelphia Warriors -
1948Baltimore Bullets4–2Philadelphia Warriors -
1949Minneapolis Lakers 4–2Washington Capitols -
1950Minneapolis Lakers 4–2Syracuse Nationals -
1951Rochester Royals 4–3New York Knicks -
1952Minneapolis Lakers 4–3New York Knicks -
1953Minneapolis Lakers 4–1New York Knicks -
1954Minneapolis Lakers 4–3Syracuse Nationals -
1955Fort Wayne Pistons 3–4Syracuse Nationals -
1956Fort Wayne Pistons 1–4Philadelphia Warriors -
1957St. Louis Hawks 3–4Boston Celtics -
1958St. Louis Hawks 4–2Boston Celtics -
1959Minneapolis Lakers 0–4Boston Celtics -
1960St. Louis Hawks 3–4Boston Celtics -
1961St. Louis Hawks 1–4Boston Celtics -
1962Los Angeles Lakers 3–4Boston Celtics -
1963Los Angeles Lakers 2–4Boston Celtics -
1964San Francisco Warriors 1–4Boston Celtics -
1965Los Angeles Lakers 1–4Boston Celtics -
1966Los Angeles Lakers 3–4Boston Celtics -
1967San Francisco Warriors 2–4Philadelphia 76ers -
1968Los Angeles Lakers 2–4Boston Celtics -
1969Los Angeles Lakers 3–4Boston Celtics Jerry West
1970Los Angeles Lakers 3–4New York Knicks Willis Reed
1971Milwaukee Bucks 4–0Baltimore Bullets Lew Alcindor
1972Los Angeles Lakers 4–1New York Knicks Wilt Chamberlain
1973Los Angeles Lakers 1–4New York Knicks Willis Reed
1974Milwaukee Bucks 3–4Boston Celtics John Havlicek
1975Golden State Warriors 4–0Washington Bullets Rick Barry
1976Phoenix Suns 2–4Boston Celtics Jo Jo White
1977Portland Trail Blazers 4–2Philadelphia 76ers Bill Walton
1978Seattle SuperSonics 3–4Washington Bullets Wes Unseld
1979Seattle SuperSonics 4–1Washington Bullets Dennis Johnson
1980Los Angeles Lakers 4–2Philadelphia 76ers Magic Johnson
1981Houston Rockets 2–4Boston Celtics Cedric Maxwell
1982Los Angeles Lakers 4–2Philadelphia 76ers Magic Johnson
1983Los Angeles Lakers 0–4Philadelphia 76ers Moses Malone
1984Los Angeles Lakers 3–4Boston Celtics Larry Bird
1985Los Angeles Lakers 4–2Boston Celtics Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
1986Houston Rockets 2–4Boston Celtics Larry Bird
1987Los Angeles Lakers 4–2Boston Celtics Magic Johnson
1988Los Angeles Lakers 4–3Detroit Pistons James Worthy
1989Los Angeles Lakers 0–4Detroit Pistons Joe Dumars
1990Portland Trail Blazers 1–4Detroit Pistons Isiah Thomas
1991Los Angeles Lakers 1–4Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan
1992Portland Trail Blazers 2–4Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan
1993Phoenix Suns 2–4Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan
1994Houston Rockets 4–3New York Knicks Hakeem Olajuwon
1995Houston Rockets 4–0Orlando Magic Hakeem Olajuwon
1996Seattle SuperSonics 2–4Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan
1997Utah Jazz 2–4Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan
1998Utah Jazz 2–4Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan
1999San Antonio Spurs 4–1New York Knicks Tim Duncan
2000Los Angeles Lakers 4–2Indiana Pacers Shaquille O'Neal
2001Los Angeles Lakers 4–1Philadelphia 76ers Shaquille O'Neal
2002Los Angeles Lakers 4–0New Jersey Nets Shaquille O'Neal
2003San Antonio Spurs 4–2New Jersey Nets Tim Duncan
2004Los Angeles Lakers 1–4Detroit Pistons Chauncey Billups
2005San Antonio Spurs 4–3Detroit Pistons Tim Duncan
2006Dallas Mavericks 2–4Miami Heat Dwyane Wade
2007San Antonio Spurs 4–0Cleveland Cavaliers Tony Parker
2008Los Angeles Lakers 2–4Boston Celtics Paul Pierce
2009Los Angeles Lakers 4–1Orlando Magic Kobe Bryant
2010Los Angeles Lakers 4–3Boston Celtics Kobe Bryant
2011Dallas Mavericks 4–2Miami Heat Dirk Nowitzki
2012Oklahoma City Thunder 1–4Miami Heat LeBron James
2013San Antonio Spurs 3–4Miami Heat LeBron James
2014San Antonio Spurs 4–1Miami Heat Kawhi Leonard
2015Golden State Warriors 4–2Cleveland Cavaliers Andre Iguodala
2016Golden State Warriors 3–4Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James
2017Golden State Warriors 4–1Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Durant
2018Golden State Warriors 4–0Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Durant
2019Golden State Warriors 2–4Toronto Raptors Kawhi Leonard
2020Los Angeles Lakers 4–2Miami Heat LeBron James
2021Phoenix Suns 2–4Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo
2022Golden State Warriors 4–2Boston Celtics Stephen Curry
2023Denver Nuggets 4–1Miami Heat Nikola Jokić

The below table lists the number of championships won by each team as well as the teams who are yet to win a championship:

TeamWinAppsYear(s) won
Los Angeles Lakers17321949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2020
Boston Celtics17221957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2008
Golden State Warriors7121947, 1956, 1975, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2022
Chicago Bulls661991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998
San Antonio Spurs561999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014
Philadelphia 76ers391955, 1967, 1983
Detroit Pistons371989, 1990, 2004
Miami Heat372006, 2012, 2013
New York Knicks281970, 1973
Houston Rockets241994, 1995
Milwaukee Bucks231971, 2021
Cleveland Cavaliers152016
Atlanta Hawks141958
Washington Wizards141978
Oklahoma City Thunder141979
Portland Trail Blazers131977
Dallas Mavericks122011
Baltimore Bullets (original) (folded in 1954)111948
Sacramento Kings111951
Toronto Raptors112019
Denver Nuggets112023
Phoenix Suns03
Utah Jazz02
Brooklyn Nets02
Orlando Magic02
Chicago Stags (folded in 1950)01
Washington Capitols (folded in 1951)01
Indiana Pacers01
Charlotte Hornets
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans

Which teams have won the most NBA championships?

The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers are tied for the most NBA championships, with each boasting a total of 17 NBA titles, as of December 2023.

The teams with the most NBA championships are as follows:

  1. Boston Celtics - 17 championships
  2. Los Angeles Lakers - 17 championships
  3. Chicago Bulls - 6 championships
  4. Golden State Warriors - 6 championships
  5. San Antonio Spurs - 5 championships

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Which players have won the most NBA championships?

These are the players with the most NBA championships, as of December 2023:

Player NameNo. of ChampionshipsChampionship Teams
Bill Russell11Boston Celtics (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969)
Sam Jones10Boston Celtics (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969)
Tom Heinsohn8Boston Celtics (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965)
K. C. Jones8Boston Celtics (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966)
Satch Sanders8Boston Celtics (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969)
John Havlicek8Boston Celtics (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976)
Jim Loscutoff7Boston Celtics (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964)
Frank Ramsey7Boston Celtics (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964)
Robert Horry7Houston Rockets (1994, 1995)
Los Angeles Lakers (2000, 2001, 2002)
San Antonio Spurs (2005, 2007)
Bob Cousy6Boston Celtics (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(formerly Lew Alcindor)
6Milwaukee Bucks (1971)
Los Angeles Lakers (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
Michael Jordan6Chicago Bulls (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Scottie Pippen6Chicago Bulls (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
George Mikan5Minneapolis Lakers (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954)
Jim Pollard5Minneapolis Lakers (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954)
Slater Martin5Minneapolis Lakers (1950, 1952, 1953, 1954)
St. Louis Hawks (1958)
Larry Siegfried5Boston Celtics (1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969)
Don Nelson5Boston Celtics (1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976)
Michael Cooper5Los Angeles Lakers (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
Magic Johnson5Los Angeles Lakers (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
Dennis Rodman5Detroit Pistons (1989, 1990)
Chicago Bulls (1996, 1997, 1998)
Ron Harper5Chicago Bulls (1996, 1997, 1998)
Los Angeles Lakers (2000, 2001)
Steve Kerr5Chicago Bulls (1996, 1997, 1998)
San Antonio Spurs (1999, 2003)
Kobe Bryant5Los Angeles Lakers (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010)
Derek Fisher5Los Angeles Lakers (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010)
Tim Duncan5San Antonio Spurs (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
Vern Mikkelsen4Minneapolis Lakers (1950, 1952, 1953, 1954)
Frank Saul4Rochester Royals (1951)
Minneapolis Lakers (1952, 1953, 1954)
Bill Sharman4Boston Celtics (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961)
Gene Guarilia4Boston Celtics (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963)
Jamaal Wilkes4Golden State Warriors (1975)
Los Angeles Lakers (1980, 1982, 1985[j])
Kurt Rambis4Los Angeles Lakers (1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
Robert Parish4Boston Celtics (1981, 1984, 1986)
Chicago Bulls (1997)
Will Perdue4Chicago Bulls (1991, 1992, 1993)
San Antonio Spurs (1999)
John Salley4Detroit Pistons (1989, 1990)
Chicago Bulls (1996)
Los Angeles Lakers (2000)
Horace Grant4Chicago Bulls (1991, 1992, 1993)
Los Angeles Lakers (2001)
Shaquille O'Neal4Los Angeles Lakers (2000, 2001, 2002)
Miami Heat (2006)
Manu Ginóbili4San Antonio Spurs (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
Tony Parker4San Antonio Spurs (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
LeBron James4Miami Heat (2012, 2013)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2016)
Los Angeles Lakers (2020)
Stephen Curry4Golden State Warriors (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022)
Draymond Green4Golden State Warriors (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022)
Andre Iguodala4Golden State Warriors (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022)
Klay Thompson4Golden State Warriors (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022)

Which teams have never won an NBA championship?

There are in total 10 NBA teams who never won an NBA championship, as of 2023. The NBA is a league that thrives on narratives, and each franchise has its own unique story filled with triumphs, heartbreaks, and unfinished tales. Let's delve into the histories of some notable teams and their journeys through the highs and lows of the NBA. These 10 NBA teams without the championship banner include:

1. Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns have reached three NBA finals but they failed to win a championship in each finals appearance. In the 2022 NBA Finals, the Suns led by Devin Booker and Chris Paul faced an agonizing defeat against Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday's Milwaukee Bucks in 6 games. This loss echoed previous heartbreaks including the 1976 Finals loss against the Boston Celtics and the 1993 Finals against the Chicago Bulls, led by the legendary Michael Jordan. Almost every decade since their formation, the Suns have been on the cusp of a championship, but fell just short when it mattered the most.

2. Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies were formed in 1995 as Vancouver Grizzlies and ever since their formation, their best performance in the playoffs has been only one Western Conference Finals in 2013. During the "Grit 'n' Grind" era led by Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley, and Tony Allen, the Memphis Grizzlies found success in the 2013 playoffs, although their dream run was halted by the formidable San Antonio Spurs, led by "Big-3" of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginóbili.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves

Led by the NBA MVP 2003-04 Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves went all the way to the 2004 Western Conference Finals which was their best playoff run in history. Despite their great efforts, the 2004 Timberwolves lost to the powerhouse duo of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in a challenging six-game series.

4. Brooklyn Nets

The early 2000s saw the Brooklyn Nets, then the New Jersey Nets, reach consecutive NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 under the leadership of two-way superstar point guard Jason Kidd. However, they faced disappointment against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 and the San Antonio Spurs (2003). In the 2002 NBA finals, the Nets lost to the Lakers in a sweep, while they lost to the Spurs in six games.

5. Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have been a consistent force in the Eastern Conference, reaching the ECF seven times, but they reached the NBA finals only once. Their lone NBA Finals appearance came in 2000 when they were led by Jalen Rose, Reggie Miller, and Rik Smits. Their championship pursuit ended in a hard-fought six-game series loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, led by Shaq and Kobe duo.

6. Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets never went beyond the Eastern Conference Semifinals round. They have made four appearances in the Eastern Semis, losing all four. They faced a particularly heart-wrenching defeat in the 2001 East Semis. Led by explosive guard Baron Davis and Jamal Mashburn, the Hornets held a 3-2 series lead against the Milwaukee Bucks, led by Ray Allen and Glen Robinson but they faltered 7 games.

7. New Orleans Pelicans

In their 21 years of existence, the New Orleans Pelicans are yet to advance beyond the conference semifinals. They experienced a great 2008 playoff run led by Chris Paul and David West, where they lost in seven games against the San Antonio Spurs after leading the series 3-2.

8. Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz, led by the iconic duo of Karl Malone and John Stockton, faced back-to-back NBA Finals defeats against the Chicago Bulls in 1997 and 1998.

9. Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic has experienced two NBA finals heartbreaks in their history. In 1995, the Magic led by the young duo of Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway lost to Hakeem Olajuwon-led "Clutch City" Houston Rockets. Then in the year 2009, with superstar Dwight Howard at the helm, Orlando Magic lost against Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol led the Los Angeles Lakers.

10. Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers are often deemed as the NBA's perennial underachievers. After their formation in 1970, they have never reached the Western Conference Finals only once. In 2021, they reached the Western Conference Finals behind the stellar performances of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.

Until last season, there was another NBA team, Denver Nuggets in this list. However, in 2023, the Denver Nuggets, led by star duo Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray won the NBA title dominantly and ended Denver's championship drought. Similarly, the Toronto Raptors are another team that ended their title drought recently as they won an iconic 2019 finals against the Golden State Warriors.

The Sacramento Kings have never secured an NBA title while based in Sacramento; however, they previously won one championship as the Rochester Royals. The NBA officially recognizes the Sacramento Kings' franchise history to their origins in Rochester. The Kings, which originated in Rochester, relocated to Cincinnati, then to Kansas City, before ultimately settling in Sacramento.

Which teams have never made it to the NBA Finals?

There are in total five NBA teams who never won an NBA championship, as of 2023.

  • Memphis Grizzlies: Their best record was one Western Conference Finals appearance back in 2013.

  • Minnesota Timberwolves: Led by 2003-04 MVP Kevin Garnett, the Timberwolves reached their one and only Western Conference Finals in 2004.

  • Los Angeles Clippers: The Lost Angeles Clippers have one Western Conference Finals appearance in their 53-year history. This west finals appearance came in 2021.

  • Charlotte Hornets: The Charlotte Hornets never went beyond the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Their four conference semi-final appearances came in 1993, 1998, 2001 and 2002.

  • New Orleans Pelicans: The New Orleans Pelicans also had two Western Conference Semifinals, with one in 2008 and another 10 years later in 2018.


Q. Who has won the most NBA Finals?

A. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics have won the most NBA Finals, with 17 NBA titles each.

Q. Who has the most NBA titles since 2000?

A. The Los Angeles Lakers have won six NBA titles since 2000.

Q. Who has lost the most NBA Finals games?

A.  LeBron James has lost 33 NBA Finals games, which is the most for any NBA player.

Q. Who has won the most consecutive NBA championships?

A. Between 1959 - 1966, the Boston Celtics won eight consecutive NBA titles.