NBA honors: all the champion teams in history

If you are a basketball fan, but sometimes you forget who are the teams that have been consecrated with the precious NBA honors, you have come to the right place. Although there have been around twenty winning teams, the championships that have been carried out are many.

About 73 years have passed since that first game and the most awarded to date are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, both of whom share that honor. However, those who have made their mark on the court have various names.

If you want to review the list of winners in the history of this famous championship, with each of their titles achieved and thus not be embarrassed by connoisseurs of the subject, stay with us and enjoy the article that we have made especially for you!

NBA Finals

The finals of the National Basketball Association, better known as NBA, have been in charge of facing the two greatest powers of world basketball for many years. In them, each of the series for the title of the maximum champion have been played for the best of seven games and the champions of the Eastern and Western Conferences.

However, a few years ago, specifically in 1949, the playoffs were held as a three-stage tournament in which various teams from the Basketball Association of America participated. With the arrival of the end of the decade and after the union of the BAA with the NBL (National Basketball League), there was a reordering of the NBA into three divisions.

In this way, the team that obtained the best balance in the regular season, after the division finals, automatically advanced to the NBA finals. For their part, the other two teams had to meet in the semi-finals of the league in order to select the other opponent. After a year, the system of confrontation between the champions of the West division and the East division was officially established.

These were known as divisions until 1970, when their names were changed to conferences. In addition to this, after the grouping of the aforementioned leagues, the team that received the title of champion, would also obtain the famous Larry O’Brien trophy (in honor of the late former commissioner of the NBA) and the precious ring of champions, detail that each franchise confers on whoever they think deserves it.

The current holders of such award are Los Angeles Lakers. Today, the Eastern conference surpasses its opponent, the Western conference, in series won, with a score of 36-29. The now defunct Central Division, could hardly win a championship while it was constituted. In addition, it should be noted that the current format of 2-2-1-1-1 matches was established again as of 2014.

In the past, it was only used during the periods: 1947-1948, 1950-1952, 1957-1970, 1972-1974, 1976-1977, and 1979-1984. The format known as 2-3-2 was used in the years 1949, 1953-1955 and 1985-2013. As for the 1-2-2-1-1 format, it was only imposed between 1975 and 1978. Lastly, the least used of all, the 1–1–1–1–1–1 format, in force in 1956 and 1971.

Champions list and final results

It has been 73 years since this wonderful competition that exalts the world of basketball and its protagonists began, that is why we wanted to collect which have been its champions year after year. These are as follows:

BAA Champions

  • 1947: Champion of the West, Philadelphia Warriors. Eastern Champion, Chicago Stags. Results: 4-1.
  • 1948: Champion of the West, Baltimore Bullets. Eastern Champion, Philadelphia Warriors. Results: 4-2.
  • 1949: Champion of the West, Minneapolis Lakers. Eastern Champion, Washington Capitols. Results: 4-2.

NBA Champions

  • 1950: Champion of the West, Minneapolis Lakers. Eastern Champion, Syracuse Nationals. Results: 4-2.
  • 1951: Champion of the West, Rochester Royals. Eastern Champion, New York Knicks. Results: 4-3.
  • 1952: Champion of the West, Minneapolis Lakers. Eastern Champion, New York Knicks. Results: 4-3.
  • 1953: Champion of the West, Minneapolis Lakers. Eastern Champion, New York Knicks. Results: 4-1.
  • 1954: Champion of the West, Minneapolis Lakers. Eastern Champion, Syracuse Nationals. Results: 4-3.
  • 1955: Champion of the West, Ft. Wayne Pistons. Eastern Champion, Syracuse Nationals. Results: 3-4.
  • 1956: Champion of the West, Ft. Wayne Pistons. Eastern Champion, Philadelphia Warriors. Results: 1-4.
  • 1957: Champion of the West, St. Louis Hawks. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 3-4.
  • 1958: Champion of the West, St. Louis Hawks. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 4-2.
  • 1959: Champion of the West, St. Minneapolis Lakers. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 0-4.
  • 1960: Champion of the West, St. Louis Hawks. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 3-4.
  • 1961: Champion of the West, St. Louis Hawks. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 1-4.
  • 1962: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 3-4.
  • 1963: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 2-4.
  • 1964: Champion of the West, San Francisco Warriors. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 1-4.
  • 1965: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 1-4.
  • 1966: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 3-4.
  • 1967: Champion of the West, San Francisco Warriors. Eastern Champion, Philadelphia 76ers. Results: 2-4.
  • 1968: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 2-4.
  • 1969: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 3-4.
  • 1970: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, New York Knicks. Results: 3-4.
  • 1971: Champion of the West, Milwaukee Bucks. Eastern Champion, Baltimore Bullets. Results: 4-0.
  • 1972: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, New York Knicks. Results: 4-1.
  • 1973: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, New York Knicks. Results: 1-4.
  • 1974: Champion of the West, Milwaukee Bucks. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 3-4.
  • 1975: Champion of the West, Golden State Warriors. Eastern Champion, Washington Bullets. Results: 4-0.
  • 1976: Champion of the West, Phoenix Suns. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 2-4.
  • 1977: Western Champion, Portland Trail Blazers. Eastern Champion, Philadelphia 76ers. Results: 4-2.
  • 1978: Western Champion, Seattle SuperSonics. Eastern Champion, Washington Bullets. Results: 3-4.
  • 1979: Western Champion, Seattle SuperSonics. Eastern Champion, Washington Bullets. Results: 4-1.
  • 1980: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Philadelphia 76ers. Results: 4-2.
  • 1981: Western Champion, Houston Rockets. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 2-4.
  • 1982: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Philadelphia 76ers. Results: 4-2.
  • 1983: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Philadelphia 76ers. Results: 0-4.
  • 1984: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 3-4.
  • 1985: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 4-2.
  • 1986: Western Champion, Houston Rockets. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 2-4.
  • 1987: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 4-2.
  • 1988: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Detroit Pistons. Results: 4-3.
  • 1989: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Detroit Pistons. Results: 0-4.
  • 1990: Western Champion, Portland Trail Blazers. Eastern Champion, Detroit Pistons. Results: 1-4.
  • 1991: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Chicago Bulls. Results: 1-4.
  • 1992: Western Champion, Portland Trail Blazers. Eastern Champion, Chicago Bulls. Results: 2-4.
  • 1993: Champion of the West, Phoenix Suns. Eastern Champion, Chicago Bulls. Results: 2-4.
  • 1994: Western Champion, Houston Rockets. Eastern Champion, New York Knicks. Results: 4-3.
  • nineteen ninety five: Western Champion, Houston Rockets. Eastern Champion, Orlando Magic. Results: 4-0.
  • nineteen ninety six: Western Champion, Seattle SuperSonics. Eastern Champion, Chicago Bulls. Results: 2-4.
  • 1997: Champion of the West, Utah Jazz. Eastern Champion, Chicago Bulls. Results: 2-4.
  • 1998: Champion of the West, Utah Jazz. Eastern Champion, Chicago Bulls. Results: 2-4.
  • 1999: Western Champion, San Antonio Spurs. Eastern Champion, New York Knicks. Results: 4-1.
  • 2000: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Indiana Pacers. Results: 4-2.
  • 2001: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Philadelphia 76ers. Results: 4-1.
  • 2002: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, New Jersey Nets. Results: 4-0.
  • 2003: Western Champion, San Antonio Spurs. Eastern Champion, New Jersey Nets. Results: 4-2.
  • 2004: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Detroit Pistons. Results: 1-4.
  • 2005: Western Champion, San Antonio Spurs. Eastern Champion, Detroit Pistons. Results: 4-3.
  • 2006: Champion of the West, Dallas Mavericks. Eastern Champion, Miami Heat. Results: 2-4.
  • 2007: Western Champion, San Antonio Spurs. Eastern Champion, Cleveland Cavaliers. Results: 4-0.
  • 2008: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 2-4.
  • 2009: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Orlando Magic. Results: 4-1.
  • 2010: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Boston Celtics. Results: 4-3.
  • 2011: Champion of the West, Dallas Mavericks. Eastern Champion, Miami Heat. Results: 4-2.
  • 2012: Western Champion, Oklahoma City Thunder. Eastern Champion, Miami Heat. Results: 1-4.
  • 2013: Western Champion, San Antonio Spurs. Eastern Champion, Miami Heat. Results: 3-4.
  • 2014: Western Champion, San Antonio Spurs. Eastern Champion, Miami Heat. Results: 4-1.
  • 2015: Champion of the West, Golden State Warriors. Eastern Champion, Cleveland Cavaliers. Results: 4-2.
  • 2016: Champion of the West, Golden State Warriors. Eastern Champion, Cleveland Cavaliers. Results: 3-4.
  • 2017: Champion of the West, Golden State Warriors. Eastern Champion, Cleveland Cavaliers. Results: 4-1.
  • 2018: Champion of the West, Golden State Warriors. Eastern Champion, Cleveland Cavaliers. Results: 4-0.
  • 2019: Champion of the West, Golden State Warriors. Eastern Champion, Cleveland Cavaliers. Results: 2-4.
  • 2020: Western Champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Eastern Champion, Miami Heat. Results: 4-2.

Number of championships per team

Originally, the Boston Celtics and what are now the Los Angeles Lakers have been the two most dominant teams throughout the history of the championship. Between them they own almost half of all NBA titles, with 34 of 74. However, since its inception the league has recognized as winners around 20 franchises:

  • Boston Celtics (17).
  • Los Angeles Lakers / Minneapolis (17).
  • Chicago Bulls (6).
  • Golden State Warriors / Philadelphia (6).
  • San Antonio Spurs (5).
  • Detroit Pistons (3).
  • Miami Heat (3).
  • Philadelphia 76ers / Syracuse Nationals (3).
  • Houston Rockets (2).
  • New York Knicks (2).
  • Baltimore Bullets (extinct) (1).
  • Milwaukee Bucks (1).
  • Portland Trail Blazers (1).
  • Sacramento Kings / Rochester Royals (1).
  • Oklahoma City Thunder / Seattle SuperSonics (1).
  • Atlanta Hawks / St. Louis (1).
  • Washington Wizards / Bullets (1).
  • Dallas Mavericks (1).
  • Cleveland Cavaliers (1).
  • Toronto Raptors (1).

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