Most NBA Championships

Top Teams With the Most NBA Championships

The NBA has created a rich legacy and history and is one of the most decorated leagues in the world. The NBA has produced many great stars, with the continued success of the clubs. The NBA Final is one of the most anticipated events in the U.S, and it attracts attention from around the globe. Everyone gets charged up during this time and makes their NBA predictions, which teams have won the most NBA Championships?

Teams With the Most NBA Championships

If we look into NBA history, it goes back to 1946. Since then, only two teams have won the NBA championship more than fifteen times. It’s a tie between Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers with 17 championships each, followed by Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors with six titles each.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have won 17 NBA championships after beating the Miami Heat with 106-93 in 2020. It matches the 17 titles held by the Boston Celtics. It means out of the 73 NBA championship games, 34 have been won by the Lakers and the Celtics.

Before becoming the Los Angeles Lakers, their name was Minneapolis Lakers, and they won five NBA championship titles.

Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the Los Angeles Lakers to win five NBA titles in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988.

Check out where the 1986-87 Lakers rank in the all-time list.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics began their legacy with Bill Russell, a Celtics center, from 1956 to 1964. He won 11 championships, including two as a player-coach with the Celtics.

Russell also holds the record for the most NBA Championships won between 1957-1969. One of the greatest achievements of the Celtics is winning eight straight championships with Russell from 1959 to 1966.

Chicago Bulls

Despite winning fewer titles than the Celtics and Lakers, the Chicago Bulls have had an indelible impact on sports history. Michael Jordan was a leading player for the Bulls in the 1990s and dominated the sports and the fame culture and is considered to be the father of sports stardom.

With Phil Jackson as the head coach and players like Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Steve Kerr in the lineup, it was easy for the team to become a basketball powerhouse. 1998 marked the Bulls’ sixth NBA title, making them one of the sports’ greatest teams.

Golden State Warriors

For some time, the team was known as the Philadelphia Warriors. After which, their name changed to San Francisco Warriors, and then from 1971 to this day, they are referred to as the Golden State Warriors.

Their record of six NBA titles since 1947 includes 1956, 1975, 2015, 2017, and their most recent win in 2018. Looking at their record, the most famous period of their history was probably the Wilt Chamberlain period.

Because of their recent success, there has been a debate if there is a comparison between the Golden State Warriors era from 2015 to 2018 and the Michael Jordan era of the Chicago Bulls.

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Winning 11 titles during the Celtics’ golden era, Bill Russell is at the top of the list with the most championship rings of any player. Russell is the only player on this list who was on all those championship squads, but the top spots are dominated by Celtics players from that era.

The only players who have won championships with three different teams are LeBron James, Danny Green, Robert Horry, and John Salley. LeBron is also the only NBA player to win MVP awards with three different teams.

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Michael Kovacs

I’ll take the All-time Lakers, 100%, not close.

Drew Crabtree, Managing Editor

I am biased towards the Celtics, but, what, 11 of their titles came where there were 8 teams in the NBA? I’d take the Bulls in this one.


I agree that the Celtics championships are a bit watered down.

Conner Dempster

Gotta go Lakers on this one. They seem to compete every decade consistently, although the Bulls and Celtics aren’t to far behind.

Michael Kovacs

Yeah man, seems pretty clear. Though we’re also betting against MJ.


All time Lakers

Billy Jean

Lakers or the Celtics, but I have to go Lakers.

Evan Thompson

Celtics are two-deep with HOFers at every position. Sometimes three-deep. I’ll take that any day.


All-Time Lakers seems like the best bet to me!

Al Preziosi

Lakers over everybody

Matt Jarvis

Lakers for me!

Matt Pollard

Really curious to see how many more Golden State can win in this era.

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