Winningest NBA Franchises in History

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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Sep 27, 2022, 9:16 PM
  • Here’s a list of the winningest franchise in the NBA.
  • The Lakers and Celtics lead the list.

In the 75-year history of the NBA, we witnessed a handful of dominant teams in the league. From the Bill Rusell-led Boston Celtics in the 1960s, the ‘’Showtime Lakers’’ in the 1980s, up to the revolutionary team of Golden State in the 2010s. But the question boils down to who has the most championships in their franchise and are perpetual favorites in online sports betting through NBA betting lines? Well, two teams are tied for the most titles in NBA history.

Rival teams Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, have 17 championships apiece, with Boston winning nine of the twelve meetings they had in the finals, thus dominating the head-to-head record. The Lakers’ latest championship came in 2020, where they dominated the Miami Heat, 4-2, while the Celtics’ last title win was in 2008 when they outlasted the purple and gold, 4-2.

The two franchises have produced a few strong teams in their quest to win the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy, with Boston being guided by Bill Russell in the 1960s, Larry Bird in the 1970s and 1980s. On the other hand, Los Angeles has graced the dominance of Wilt Chamberlain, the Showtime Lakers of Magic Johnson and Kareem and the supremacy of Shaq and Kobe in the early 2000s.

Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls sit right behind L.A. and Boston with six championships each. Golden State’s last three championships came in 2015, 2017 and 2018, headed by the duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Meanwhile, Chicago’s titles are from two three-peats in the 1990s, spearheaded by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

Following the Warriors and Bulls for the most championships by a franchise is the San Antonio Spurs with five championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014). Next are three teams with three total titles, the Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons and the Miami Heat. Also, there are three teams who have two championships, namely the New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and the Houston Rockets.

Eight teams have celebrated at least one championship in their history – Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and the Sacramento Kings.

Here is a full table of NBA teams and the championships they won throughout the franchise’s history, plus their NBA Finals appearance:

TeamNBA Titles WonFinals Appearances
Los Angeles Lakers1732
Boston Celtics1722
Golden State Warriors711
Chicago Bulls66
San Antonio Spurs56
Philadelphia 76ers39
Detroit Pistons37
Miami Heat36
New York Knicks28
Houston Rockets24
Milwaukee Bucks23
Cleveland Cavaliers15
Atlanta Hawks14
Oklahoma City Thunder14
Washington Wizards13
Portland Trail Blazers13
Dallas Mavericks12
Toronto Raptors11
Sacramento Kings11
Phoenix Suns03
Utah Jazz02
Orlando Magic02
Brooklyn Nets02
Indiana Pacers01
Denver Nuggets00
Los Angeles Clippers00
Minnesota Timberwolves00
New Orleans Pelicans00
Memphis Grizzlies00
Charlotte Hornets00

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.