NBA: who are the most successful teams?

The NBA 2021 final, which is fast approaching, will be unprecedented, with teams with fairly sparse track records. A perfect opportunity to revise its classics and reopen the great history book of the league.


At the top of the NBA, two legendary teams reign supreme: the Lakers and the Celtics. Two cities and above all two cultures at opposite ends. For now, the duel between them is a draw, since the Angelenos and the Celtics have 17 titles each.

The Lakers were thus titled in 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010 and finally, in 2020.

Boston Celtics (17)

The Celtics have also written some of the finest pages in the NBA, including indecent domination in the 60s. They were titled in 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986 and in 2008.

Chicago Bulls (6)

Six titles in total for the Windy City franchise, which places it on the podium tied all conquered under the leadership of his airness Michael Jordan in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998

Golden State Warriors (6)

Six titles also for Californians, in 1947, 1956, 1975, followed by the dynasty of recent years, in 2015, 2017 and finally 2018.

San Antonio Spurs (5)

Spurs have one of the best records of the past 25 years, with five titles won in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.

Miami Heat (3)

The Heat is a recent team, founded in 1988, but it has managed to create a solid track record, with three titles, acquired in 2006, 2012 and 2013.

Philadelphia Sixers (3)

The Sixers have been crowned three times (1955, 1967 and 1983). In this last title, the duo of Julius Erving and Moses Malone was simply unplayable.

Detroit Pistons (3)

The Pistons were crowned in 1989 and 1990, when the Bad Boys were reigning terror in the league. The 2004 title, on the other hand, had surprised all observers, since it seemed promised to the Lakers led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. But, opposite, Ben Wallace, Rip Hamilton, Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace put up an iron defense to win 4-1.

Houston Rockets (2)

Thank you Hakeem Olajuwon, main architect of the two titles won by the Rockets, in 1994 and 1995. And thank you also to Michael Jordan, who had taken his first sports retirement at that time.

New york Knicks (2)

The many Knicks fans are desperately waiting for a third title, after the two conquered in 1970 and 1973. We will have to wait, even if the 2020-2021 epic has given them hope.

Toronto Raptors (1)

Like the Heat, the Raptors are a recent team, formed in 1995, that failed to come to the fore. The arrival of the megastar Kawhi Leonard changed everything on the shores of Lake Ontario with this unexpected title conquered in 2019.

Cleveland Cavaliers (1)

The LeBron James touch. After two titles won with Miami, the Chosen One set sail for their home state, Ohio. Perfectly supported by Kyrie Irving, he offered a title to a city that had dreamed of it since his arrival in the grand ligie.

Dallas Mavericks (1)

A fantastic epic, masterfully led by Dirk Nowitzki in 2011. While the title seemed promised to the fantastic Miami Big Three, the Mavs stood up as one man, with a series won 4-2.

Oklahoma City Thunder (1)

A somewhat complicated story, since the Thunder does indeed have a title in its purse, but it was conquered in 1979, when the team had another name, The Supersonics, and played in another city, Seattle.

Washington Wizards (1)

Only one title conquered in 1978, when the Wizards (magicians) were still the Bullets (firearm bullets). A name that was changed in 1997, to avoid controversy around the shootings in the United States.

Portland Trailblazers (1)

This title owes a lot to Bill Walton, who dominated the final between the Blazers and the Sixers with a head and shoulders.

Milwaukee Bucks (1)

The Bucks can hope to double the stake this year, after this title conquered in 1971 by a team led by Lew Alcindor, who would become the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Atlanta Hawks (1)

A title that dates back to the late 1950s (1958, to be exact. This year, Trae Young’s troops have a superb opportunity to make Atlanta shine again.

Sacramento Kings (1)

A title so old (1951) that only fans of the franchise and historians of the league can still remember.

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