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The complete NBA champions list

The National Basketball Association (NBA) Championships are one of the most coveted prizes in US sport. Nineteen different franchises have won at least one title and three teams – Lakers, Warriors and 76ers – have done so playing for different cities.

Only five teams – Celtics, Lakers, Bulls, Spurs and Warriors – have won more than three championships in total and between them account for almost 70 per cent of the titles.

There have been some surprise winners along the way though with the Pistons taking the title in 2004, while the Mavericks beat the ‘big three’ in 2011.

The Cavaliers may have had the great LeBron James but in 2016 they became the first team to overcome a 3-1 deficit, and statistically beat the best team ever – the Warriors – in the process.

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Here is our extensive guide to everything you need to know about the NBA.

List of NBA Champions since 1947 to 2019

Year
Winning team
Coach
Results
Losing team
Coach

2020
Los Angeles Lakers
Frank Vogel
4-2
Miami Heat
Erik Spoelstra

2019
Toronto Raptors
Nick Nurse
4-2
Golden State Warriors
Steve Kerr

2018
Golden State Warriors
Steve Kerr
4–0
Cleveland Cavaliers
Tyronn Lue

2017
Golden State Warriors
Steve Kerr
4–1
Cleveland Cavaliers
Tyronn Lue

2016
Cleveland Cavaliers
Tyronn Lue
4–3
Golden State Warriors
Steve Kerr

2015
Golden State Warriors
Steve Kerr
4–2
Cleveland Cavaliers
David Blatt

2014
San Antonio Spurs
Gregg Popovich
4–1
Miami Heat
Erik Spoelstra

2013
Miami Heat
Erik Spoelstra
4–3
San Antonio Spurs
Gregg Popovich

2012
Miami Heat
Erik Spoelstra
4–1
Oklahoma City Thunder
Scott Brooks

2011
Dallas Mavericks
Rick Carlisle
4–2
Miami Heat
Erik Spoelstra

2010
Los Angeles Lakers
Phil Jackson
4–3
Boston Celtics
Doc Rivers

2009
Los Angeles Lakers
Phil Jackson
4–1
Orlando Magic
Stan Van Gundy

2008
Boston Celtics
Doc Rivers
4–2
Los Angeles Lakers
Phil Jackson

2007
San Antonio Spurs
Gregg Popovich
4–0
Cleveland Cavaliers
Mike Brown

2006
Miami Heat
Pat Riley
4–2
Dallas Mavericks
Avery Johnson

2005
San Antonio Spurs
Gregg Popovich
4–3
Detroit Pistons
Larry Brown

2004
Detroit Pistons
Larry Brown
4–1
Los Angeles Lakers
Phil Jackson

2003
San Antonio Spurs
Gregg Popovich
4–2
New Jersey Nets
Byron Scott

2002
Los Angeles Lakers
Phil Jackson
4–0
New Jersey Nets
Byron Scott

2001
Los Angeles Lakers
Phil Jackson
4–1
Philadelphia 76ers
Larry Brown

2000
Los Angeles Lakers
Phil Jackson
4–2
Indiana Pacers
Larry Bird

1999
San Antonio Spurs
Gregg Popovich
4–1
New York Knicks
Jeff Van Gundy

1998
Chicago Bulls
Phil Jackson
4–2
Utah Jazz
Jerry Sloan

1997
Chicago Bulls
Phil Jackson
4–2
Utah Jazz
Jerry Sloan

1996
Chicago Bulls
Phil Jackson
4–2
Seattle SuperSonics
George Karl

1995
Houston Rockets
Rudy Tomjanovich
4–0
Orlando Magic
Brian Hill

1994
Houston Rockets
Rudy Tomjanovich
4–3
New York Knicks
Pat Riley

1993
Chicago Bulls
Phil Jackson
4–2
Phoenix Suns
Paul Westphal

1992
Chicago Bulls
Phil Jackson
4–2
Portland Trail Blazers
Rick Adelman

1991
Chicago Bulls
Phil Jackson
4–1
Los Angeles Lakers
Mike Dunleavy

1990
Detroit Pistons
Chuck Daly
4–1
Portland Trail Blazers
Rick Adelman

1989
Detroit Pistons
Chuck Daly
4–0
Los Angeles Lakers
Pat Riley

1988
Los Angeles Lakers
Pat Riley
4–3
Detroit Pistons
Chuck Daly

1987
Los Angeles Lakers
Pat Riley
4–2
Boston Celtics
K. C. Jones

1986
Boston Celtics
K. C. Jones
4–2
Houston Rockets
Bill Fitch

1985
Los Angeles Lakers
Pat Riley
4–2
Boston Celtics
K. C. Jones

1984
Boston Celtics
K. C. Jones
4–3
Los Angeles Lakers
Pat Riley

1983
Philadelphia 76ers
Billy Cunningham
4–0
Los Angeles Lakers
Pat Riley

1982
Los Angeles Lakers
Pat Riley
4–2
Philadelphia 76ers
Billy Cunningham

1981
Boston Celtics
Bill Fitch
4–2
Houston Rockets
Del Harris

1980
Los Angeles Lakers
Paul Westhead
4–2
Philadelphia 76ers
Billy Cunningham

1979
Seattle SuperSonics
Lenny Wilkens
4–1
Washington Bullets
Dick Motta

1978
Washington Bullets
Dick Motta
4–3
Seattle SuperSonics
Lenny Wilkens

1977
Portland Trail Blazers
Jack Ramsay
4–2
Philadelphia 76ers
Gene Shue

1976
Boston Celtics
Tom Heinsohn
4–2
Phoenix Suns
John MacLeod

1975
Golden State Warriors
Al Attles
4–0
Washington Bullets
K. C. Jones

1974
Boston Celtics
Tom Heinsohn
4–3
Milwaukee Bucks
Larry Costello

1973
New York Knicks
Red Holzman
4–1
Los Angeles Lakers
Bill Sharman

1972
Los Angeles Lakers
Bill Sharman
4–1
New York Knicks
Red Holzman

1971
Milwaukee Bucks
Larry Costello
4–0
Baltimore Bullets
Gene Shue

1970
New York Knicks
Red Holzman
4–3
Los Angeles Lakers
Joe Mullaney

1969
Boston Celtics
Bill Russell
4–3
Los Angeles Lakers
Butch van Breda Kolff

1968
Boston Celtics
Bill Russell
4–2
Los Angeles Lakers
Butch van Breda Kolff

1967
Philadelphia 76ers
Alex Hannum
4–2
San Francisco Warriors
Bill Sharman

1966
Boston Celtics
Red Auerbach
4–3
Los Angeles Lakers
Fred Schaus

1965
Boston Celtics
Red Auerbach
4–1
Los Angeles Lakers
Fred Schaus

1964
Boston Celtics
Red Auerbach
4–1
San Francisco Warriors
Alex Hannum

1963
Boston Celtics
Red Auerbach
4–2
Los Angeles Lakers
Fred Schaus

1962
Boston Celtics
Red Auerbach
4–3
Los Angeles Lakers
Fred Schaus

1961
Boston Celtics
Red Auerbach
4–1
St. Louis Hawks
Paul Seymour

1960
Boston Celtics
Red Auerbach
4–3
St. Louis Hawks
Ed Macauley

1959
Boston Celtics
Red Auerbach
4–0
Minneapolis Lakers
John Kundla

1958
St. Louis Hawks
Alex Hannum
4–2
Boston Celtics
Red Auerbach

1957
Boston Celtics
Red Auerbach
4–3
St. Louis Hawks
Alex Hannum

1956
Philadelphia Warriors
George Senesky
4–1
Fort Wayne Pistons
Charles Eckman

1955
Syracuse Nationals
Al Cervi
4–3
Fort Wayne Pistons
Charles Eckman

1954
Minneapolis Lakers
John Kundla
4–3
Syracuse Nationals
Al Cervi

1953
Minneapolis Lakers
John Kundla
4–1
New York Knicks
Joe Lapchick

1952
Minneapolis Lakers
John Kundla
4–3
New York Knicks
Joe Lapchick

1951
Rochester Royals
Les Harrison
4–3
New York Knicks
Joe Lapchick

1950
Minneapolis Lakers
John Kundla
4–2
Syracuse Nationals
Al Cervi

1949
Minneapolis Lakers
John Kundla
4–2
Washington Capitols
Red Auerbach

1948
Baltimore Bullets
Buddy Jeannette
4–2
Philadelphia Warriors
Eddie Gottlieb

1947
Philadelphia Warriors
Eddie Gottlieb
4–1
Chicago Stags
Harold Olsen

Top NBA teams

We are still in the NBA season and it ends in July 2021. While you wait for the proud winners of 2021 NBA, you might want to have a look at the top NBA teams around. Here’s our guide to them!

Golden State Warriors

All you have to do is look at their record over the last four years to see they are the side to beat.

They have been involved in the last four finals and won three. They should have made it a clean sweep, but let a 3-1 lead slip to a LeBron James inspired Cleveland Cavaliers, and it is hard to not see them not being involved in the final once again this season

Boston Celtics

They may not have been in a final since 2010, but if you look at their history in the game then it is clear to see they are one of the most decorated NBA sides ever.

A dominant spell in the 1960-70s saw them reach 10 consecutive finals and they won nine of those, with the only blip coming against St Louis Hawks in 1958 for Red Auerbach’s side.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets have been in four finals, losing their first two back in 1981 and 1986 before making it back-to-back wins in 1994 and 1995 under the leadership of Rudy Tomjanovich.

LA Lakers

The Lakers have a big history in NBA and have participated in a staggering 31 finals (W16, L15) but have not reached one since winning the title back in 2010 – an 8-year hiatus and they have looked to address that by adding a certain LeBron James to their roster for the new season.

Known as the LA Lakers since 1958, they won their first five titles as Minneapolis.

Which NBA team so the biggest improvements?

The Philadelphia 76ers have improved hugely in recent years, partly due to a few seasons of ‘tanking’ – giving rise to the infamous catchphrase of ‘Trust the Process’.

A team with a bright young core of high draft picks and built around one of the game’s best big men in Joel Embiid, and athletic freak Ben Simmons, the Sixers are now genuinely feared throughout the game, and are almost a lock to be a top seed in the Eastern Conference if they play to their potential.

Top NBA League players

There have been so many great players to grace the NBA over the years and singling out the best is always contentious, but below are some of the biggest names past and present.

Michael Jordan

This man needs no introduction and his impact on the sport has been considerable.

He’s a six-time NBA Champion with the great Chicago Bulls and he picked up the MVP award in every single one of those finals as well, while also scooping the NBA’s Most Valuable Player on five occasion.

He went into retirement for two years citing a loss of the desire to play the game, but returned and enjoyed further success with the Bulls.

Another retirement and then a spell with the Washington Wizards between 2001 and 2003, before he hung his boots for good at the end of that season.

Lebron James

‘King’ James is often considered to be the best basketball player in the world, and by some, the greatest of all time.

He has picked up four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP awards, two Olympic gold medals to name just a few of his biggest achievements to date.

His first spell with the Cavalier brought no reward besides a 4-0 final defeat in 2007, but enjoyed plenty of success at Miami Heat, guiding them to three finals and two wins.

Shaquille O’Neal

Shaq as he was affectionately known stood at 7ft 1 and weighed 150kg. One of only three players to win NBA MVP, All star MVP and Finals MVP in the same year, he also won four NBA Championships and made the All-Star team 15 times throughout his career.

Such was his legacy in the NBA that he has had his jersey retired by both the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers, and was named NBA scoring champion twice.

Steph Curry

Undoubtedly one of the biggest names in modern basketball, Curry has already competed in five consecutive NBA Finals, winning three.

He has lived up to the potential the Warriors saw in him, making him a first round draft pick from Davidson College. After a few seasons finding his range, Curry would help deliver Golden State’s first Championship in over 40 years.

He is also widely credited with redefining the game with his incredible three-point accuracy. More teams than ever before are taking a higher percentage of shots from distance and that’s almost entirely due to Curry and his teammates.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem was a special player for a number of reasons. He was the first NBA player to play 20 seasons, and in that time, he was MVP six times, NBA champion six times, and still holds the records for most points scored and career wins.

Part of the incredible ‘Showtime’ Lakers, his trademark ‘Skyhook’ shot became a sight to be feared for opponents, due to its almost unblockable nature.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee’s Greek-born guard had the season of his career so far in 2019. He tied the record for most games with over 25 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, previously held by Shaquille O’Neal.

Although the Bucks would go on to lose 4-2 to eventual champions the Toronto Raptors in the NBA finals, the ‘Greek freak’ would go on to become only the fifth player born outside the US to win the NBA MVP.

Larry Bird

Widely considered one of the greatest shooters of all time, Bird is the only person in NBA history to be named Rookie of the Year, MVP, Finals MVP, All-Star MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year.

His contribution to basketball is almost unparalleled, and he spearheaded one of the leagues original ‘Big Three’ that won three championships in five seasons. Bird won three consecutive MVP awards, and even starred in the movie Space Jam for good measure.

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