NBA Champions Winners Complete List - Grosvenor Sport Blog (2022)

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 2020

YearWinning teamCoachResultsLosing teamCoach
2020Los Angeles LakersFrank Vogel4-2Miami HeatErik Spoelstra
2019Toronto RaptorsNick Nurse4-2Golden State WarriorsSteve Kerr
2018Golden State WarriorsSteve Kerr4–0Cleveland CavaliersTyronn Lue
2017Golden State WarriorsSteve Kerr4–1Cleveland CavaliersTyronn Lue
2016Cleveland CavaliersTyronn Lue4–3Golden State WarriorsSteve Kerr
2015Golden State WarriorsSteve Kerr4–2Cleveland CavaliersDavid Blatt
2014San Antonio SpursGregg Popovich4–1Miami HeatErik Spoelstra
2013Miami HeatErik Spoelstra4–3San Antonio SpursGregg Popovich
2012Miami HeatErik Spoelstra4–1Oklahoma City ThunderScott Brooks
2011Dallas MavericksRick Carlisle4–2Miami HeatErik Spoelstra
2010Los Angeles LakersPhil Jackson4–3Boston CelticsDoc Rivers
2009Los Angeles LakersPhil Jackson4–1Orlando MagicStan Van Gundy
2008Boston CelticsDoc Rivers4–2Los Angeles LakersPhil Jackson
2007San Antonio SpursGregg Popovich4–0Cleveland CavaliersMike Brown
2006Miami HeatPat Riley4–2Dallas MavericksAvery Johnson
2005San Antonio SpursGregg Popovich4–3Detroit PistonsLarry Brown
2004Detroit PistonsLarry Brown4–1Los Angeles LakersPhil Jackson
2003San Antonio SpursGregg Popovich4–2New Jersey NetsByron Scott
2002Los Angeles LakersPhil Jackson4–0New Jersey NetsByron Scott
2001Los Angeles LakersPhil Jackson4–1Philadelphia 76ersLarry Brown
2000Los Angeles LakersPhil Jackson4–2Indiana PacersLarry Bird
1999San Antonio SpursGregg Popovich4–1New York KnicksJeff Van Gundy
1998Chicago BullsPhil Jackson4–2Utah JazzJerry Sloan
1997Chicago BullsPhil Jackson4–2Utah JazzJerry Sloan
1996Chicago BullsPhil Jackson4–2Seattle SuperSonicsGeorge Karl
1995Houston RocketsRudy Tomjanovich4–0Orlando MagicBrian Hill
1994Houston RocketsRudy Tomjanovich4–3New York KnicksPat Riley
1993Chicago BullsPhil Jackson4–2Phoenix SunsPaul Westphal
1992Chicago BullsPhil Jackson4–2Portland Trail BlazersRick Adelman
1991Chicago BullsPhil Jackson4–1Los Angeles LakersMike Dunleavy
1990Detroit PistonsChuck Daly4–1Portland Trail BlazersRick Adelman
1989Detroit PistonsChuck Daly4–0Los Angeles LakersPat Riley
1988Los Angeles LakersPat Riley4–3Detroit PistonsChuck Daly
1987Los Angeles LakersPat Riley4–2Boston CelticsK. C. Jones
1986Boston CelticsK. C. Jones4–2Houston RocketsBill Fitch
1985Los Angeles LakersPat Riley4–2Boston CelticsK. C. Jones
1984Boston CelticsK. C. Jones4–3Los Angeles LakersPat Riley
1983Philadelphia 76ersBilly Cunningham4–0Los Angeles LakersPat Riley
1982Los Angeles LakersPat Riley4–2Philadelphia 76ersBilly Cunningham
1981Boston CelticsBill Fitch4–2Houston RocketsDel Harris
1980Los Angeles LakersPaul Westhead4–2Philadelphia 76ersBilly Cunningham
1979Seattle SuperSonicsLenny Wilkens4–1Washington BulletsDick Motta
1978Washington BulletsDick Motta4–3Seattle SuperSonicsLenny Wilkens
1977Portland Trail BlazersJack Ramsay4–2Philadelphia 76ersGene Shue
1976Boston CelticsTom Heinsohn4–2Phoenix SunsJohn MacLeod
1975Golden State WarriorsAl Attles4–0Washington BulletsK. C. Jones
1974Boston CelticsTom Heinsohn4–3Milwaukee BucksLarry Costello
1973New York KnicksRed Holzman4–1Los Angeles LakersBill Sharman
1972Los Angeles LakersBill Sharman4–1New York KnicksRed Holzman
1971Milwaukee BucksLarry Costello4–0Baltimore BulletsGene Shue
1970New York KnicksRed Holzman4–3Los Angeles LakersJoe Mullaney
1969Boston CelticsBill Russell4–3Los Angeles LakersButch van Breda Kolff
1968Boston CelticsBill Russell4–2Los Angeles LakersButch van Breda Kolff
1967Philadelphia 76ersAlex Hannum4–2San Francisco WarriorsBill Sharman
1966Boston CelticsRed Auerbach4–3Los Angeles LakersFred Schaus
1965Boston CelticsRed Auerbach4–1Los Angeles LakersFred Schaus
1964Boston CelticsRed Auerbach4–1San Francisco WarriorsAlex Hannum
1963Boston CelticsRed Auerbach4–2Los Angeles LakersFred Schaus
1962Boston CelticsRed Auerbach4–3Los Angeles LakersFred Schaus
1961Boston CelticsRed Auerbach4–1St. Louis HawksPaul Seymour
1960Boston CelticsRed Auerbach4–3St. Louis HawksEd Macauley
1959Boston CelticsRed Auerbach4–0Minneapolis LakersJohn Kundla
1958St. Louis HawksAlex Hannum4–2Boston CelticsRed Auerbach
1957Boston CelticsRed Auerbach4–3St. Louis HawksAlex Hannum
1956Philadelphia WarriorsGeorge Senesky4–1Fort Wayne PistonsCharles Eckman
1955Syracuse NationalsAl Cervi4–3Fort Wayne PistonsCharles Eckman
1954Minneapolis LakersJohn Kundla4–3Syracuse NationalsAl Cervi
1953Minneapolis LakersJohn Kundla4–1New York KnicksJoe Lapchick
1952Minneapolis LakersJohn Kundla4–3New York KnicksJoe Lapchick
1951Rochester RoyalsLes Harrison4–3New York KnicksJoe Lapchick
1950Minneapolis LakersJohn Kundla4–2Syracuse NationalsAl Cervi
1949Minneapolis LakersJohn Kundla4–2Washington CapitolsRed Auerbach
1948Baltimore BulletsBuddy Jeannette4–2Philadelphia WarriorsEddie Gottlieb
1947Philadelphia WarriorsEddie Gottlieb4–1Chicago StagsHarold 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 byShaquille 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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