Most Championships in NBA History


By Nick Browne

It takes a lot of work to be a winner in the NBA. Every franchise sets the goal of winning a championship every season, but there can only be one champ at the season’s end. There are some teams that have had way more success than others when it comes to being champs. These five franchises have won the most titles in NBA history.

Boston Celtics – 17 championships

Surely, most casual sports fans know of the Celtics dominant history. Their slew of championship-winning Hall of Fame players and pedigree is hard to miss. They can thank the likes of Larry Bird, Bill Russell, and Paul Pierce for their plethora of titles.

Los Angeles Lakers – 16 championships

Between their time as both the Milwaukee Lakers and the LA Lakers, these guys just knew how to win throughout their history. Players like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal took the Lakers to the highest of heights.

Chicago Bulls – 6 championships

The Bulls won their six titles over two different three-peat periods. From 1990-1993 and again from 1995-1998. They were led by the likes of the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, and company.

Golden State Warriors – 5 championships

Some people may be surprised to find the Warriors on this list. They won two of their titles as the Philadelphia Warriors in 1946-47 and 1955-56. Most recently, they’ve won thanks to Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and crew.

San Antonio Spurs – 5 championships

The Spurs have been a fixture at the top of the Western Conference standings and in the playoffs since the late 1990s–all with Greg Popovich at the helm. It began with David Robinson and Tim Duncan and progressed to the Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili teams.


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