NBA Champions by Year: The NBA started back in 1946, there have been 73 champions till date.
2019 was a historic year for the NBA. The first time a non-USA based team, aka, the Toronto Raptors won a title. They upset the then defending champions Golden State Warriors, 4-2, to do so.
There have been 21 different teams who won the coveted title, with Boston Celtics leading the way, has 17 titles. A close second is Los Angeles Lakers, with 16 titles. There have been teams who have had era based dominance, like the Chicago Bulls had, back in the 90s. They won 6 titles in 8 years.
There is also LA Lakers, who did a 3-peat from 2000-2002 and won 2 more in 2009&10. Then came the era of the Miami Heat. They made it to 4 straight finals between 2010-2014, winning in two of those four years. The last era we saw before us was the Warriors era. They went from a below the radar team to a Champion in 2014, and have won 3 titles in 5 years.
This year’s NBA Champion will be declared in the month of October, for the first time in the league’s history. The Champions will also have an asterisk next to their name, signifying the Bubble victory.
NBA Champions for every Year:
|2019||Toronto Raptors||4-2||Golden State Warriors|
|2018||Golden State Warriors||4-0 (sweep)||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2017||Golden State Warriors||4-1||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2016||Cleveland Cavaliers||4-3||Golden State Warriors|
|2015||Golden State Warriors||4-2||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2014||San Antonio Spurs||4-1||Miami Heat|
|2013||Miami Heat||4-3||San Antonio Spurs|
|2012||Miami Heat||4-1||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2011||Dallas Mavericks||4-2||Miami Heat|
|2010||Los Angeles Lakers||4-3||Boston Celtics|
|2009||Los Angeles Lakers||4-1||Orlando Magic|
|2008||Boston Celtics||4-2||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2007||San Antonio Spurs||4-0 (sweep)||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2006||Miami Heat||4-2||Dallas Mavericks|
|2005||San Antonio Spurs||4-3||Detroit Pistons|
|2004||Detroit Pistons||4-1||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2003||San Antonio Spurs||4-2||New Jersey Nets|
|2002||Los Angeles Lakers||4-0 (sweep)||New Jersey Nets|
|2001||Los Angeles Lakers||4-1||Philadelphia 76ers|
|2000||Los Angeles Lakers||4-2||Indiana Pacers|
|1999||San Antonio Spurs||4-1||New York Knicks|
|1998||Chicago Bulls||4-2||Utah Jazz|
|1997||Chicago Bulls||4-2||Utah Jazz|
|1996||Chicago Bulls||4-2||Seattle SuperSonics|
|1995||Houston Rockets||4-0 (sweep)||Orlando Magic|
|1994||Houston Rockets||4-3||New York Knicks|
|1993||Chicago Bulls||4-2||Phoenix Suns|
|1992||Chicago Bulls||4-2||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1991||Chicago Bulls||4-1||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1990||Detroit Pistons||4-1||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1989||Detroit Pistons||4-0 (sweep)||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1988||Los Angeles Lakers||4-3||Detroit Pistons|
|1987||Los Angeles Lakers||4-2||Boston Celtics|
|1986||Boston Celtics||4-2||Houston Rockets|
|1985||Los Angeles Lakers||4-2||Boston Celtics|
|1984||Boston Celtics||4-3||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1983||Philadelphia 76ers||4-0 (sweep)||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1982||Los Angeles Lakers||4-2||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1981||Boston Celtics||4-2||Houston Rockets|
|1980||Los Angeles Lakers||4-2||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1979||Seattle SuperSonics||4-1||Washington Bullets|
|1978||Washington Bullets||4-3||Seattle SuperSonics|
|1977||Portland Trail Blazers||4-2||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1976||Boston Celtics||4-2||Phoenix Suns|
|1975||Golden State Warriors||4-0 (sweep)||Washington Bullets|
|1974||Boston Celtics||4-3||Milwaukee Bucks|
|1973||New York Knicks||4-1||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1972||Los Angeles Lakers||4-1||New York Knicks|
|1971||Milwaukee Bucks||4-0 (sweep)||Baltimore Bullets|
|1970||New York Knicks||4-3||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1969||Boston Celtics||4-3||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1968||Boston Celtics||4-2||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1967||Philadelphia 76ers||4-2||San Francisco Warriors|
|1966||Boston Celtics||4-3||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1965||Boston Celtics||4-1||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1964||Boston Celtics||4-1||San Francisco Warriors|
|1963||Boston Celtics||4-2||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1962||Boston Celtics||4-3||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1961||Boston Celtics||4-1||St. Louis Hawks|
|1960||Boston Celtics||4-3||St. Louis Hawks|
|1959||Boston Celtics||4-0 (sweep)||Minneapolis Lakers|
|1958||St. Louis Hawks||4-2||Boston Celtics|
|1957||Boston Celtics||4-3||St. Louis Hawks|
|1956||Philadelphia Warriors||4-1||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|1955||Syracuse Nationals||4-3||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|1954||Minneapolis Lakers||4-3||Syracuse Nationals|
|1953||Minneapolis Lakers||4-1||New York Knicks|
|1952||Minneapolis Lakers||4-3||New York Knicks|
|1951||Rochester Royals||4-3||New York Knicks|
|1950||Minneapolis Lakers||4-2||Syracuse Nationals|
|1949||Minneapolis Lakers||4-2||Washington Capitols|
|1948||Baltimore Bullets||4-2||Philadelphia Warriors|
|1947||Philadelphia Warriors||4-1||Chicago Stags|
Ever since the inception of the league, there was always a tough battle for the coveted trophy.
Everyone knows that the championship can’t be won by a player alone, but there are always players who stand out in the series. The NBA Finals MVP award was taken out to recognize that player and was named after Bill Russell, the player who has won the NBA Championships the most times.
Currently, the player with the maximum number of Finals MVP is Micheal Jordan, with 6. No other player in the history of the league has over 3.
Best Playoff player of all time?
This is a question that makes everyone wonder a lot. There have been a lot of players who can make cases for this title, but when the dust settles, only two big names stand. There is the most NBA titles holder, Bill Russell. In his 13 years with the Celtics, he went to the Finals 12 times, and won it 11 times! 11 titles in a 13-year career!
The second name is Micheal ‘his Airness’ Jordan. Micheal Jordan has led a decorated career. He led the Chicago Bulls to 2 different 3-peats. The first was between the 1990-91 season till the 1992-93 season. The second 3-peat was between 1995-96 season till 1997-98 season. Jordan has played in 6 NBA Finals, won all 6 of them, and bagged the Finals MVP in all 6. Jordan averaged 33.6ppg, 6apg, and 6rpg in his 35 appearances in Finals matches.
The numbers speak for themselves, don’t they?