NBA Finals winners by team: Where Warriors, Celtics, Lakers and more land on all-time championship list

As a fitting end to the season for the NBA’s 75th anniversary, one of the league’s charter franchises will be hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

The 2022 NBA Finals ends with either the Celtics or the Warriors being crowned champions, with either outcome breaking an all-time tie in the ranks.

The Warriors’ most recent title in 2018 put them third on the all-time list with the Bulls, who won six titles in the 1990s. While Golden State has a chance to conquer third place on its own, it still has a long way to go before it takes first place.

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In 2020, the Lakers tied rival Celtics with an NBA-leading 17th title. The two franchises have won 34 championships combined. Add in the Warriors, Bulls, and Spurs, and a total of five NBA franchises have collectively won 52 of the league’s 75 titles.

On the flip side, more than 10 franchises haven’t won a single title, with the Suns falling short more than anyone else.

MORE: Complete list of players with most NBA Finals appearances

Who has won the most championships in NBA history?

rank team championships final appearances Latest title
1. Celts 17 22 2008
lakers 17 32 2020
3. cops 6 6 1998
warrior 6 12 2018
5. spores 5 6 2014
6. heat 3 6 2013
Pistons 3 7 2004
76er 3 9 1983
9. dollar 2 3 2021
rockets 2 4 1995
curtsy 2 8th 1973
10 birds of prey 1 1 2019
kings 1 1 1951
outsider 1 2 2011
Trailblazer 1 3 1977
thunder 1 4 1979*
wizard 1 4 1978
hawks 1 4 1958
Cavaliers 1 5 2016

*The Seattle SuperSonics won the 1979 NBA title. The franchise relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008.

NBA franchises that have never won a championship

Eleven franchises have never won an NBA title, and six of those franchises have never made it to the NBA Finals.

team Finals Appearances (Recent) Last playoff appearance
to sunbathe 3 (2021) 2022
jazz 2 (1998) 2022
nets 2 (2003) 2022
magic 2 (2009) 2020
pacemaker 1 (2000) 2020
grizzlies 0 2022
nuggets 0 2022
pelicans 0 2022
wood wolves 0 2022
clippers 0 2021
hornets 0 2016

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