This year yet again we witnessed some spine-tingling matches and thrilling performances by our favorite players in the NBA championship . It was full of surprises-the biggest being- Toronto raptors scooping their first ever NBA title. This historic win of Toronto Raptors over the Golden Warriors was celebrated by the people of Toronto by parading on the streets and enjoying the victory. This year proved to be lucky for Toronto raptors but there are many other teams that play remarkably well and have bagged quite a lot of NBA titles over the years. In this list, we have ranked the most successful NBA teams ever.
Here are the 10 most successful NBA teams ever based on the titles won.
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10. Cleveland Cavaliers
Winning only one NBA title Cleveland Cavaliers have had a very interesting history. The early years for Cleveland Cavaliers were very difficult. During their initial years they had to face the losing streak a couple of times until LeBron James joined the team in 2003. He led the team to the NBA finals in 2007 for the first time after winning the Eastern Conference championship. However, in 2010 James joined Miami Heat and as a result Cavaliers came last in the conference of 2010-2011 season. LeBron James returned to the Cavs in 2014 and led the team to four straight NBA Finals appearances. In 2016, the Cavaliers won their first NBA title, marking Cleveland’s first major sports title since 1964.
9. Houston Rockets
1994-95 and 1993-94 were the golden years for Houston Rockets, when they won NBA titles. They are one of the most consistent teams of NBA. Featuring the world’s best centers Elvin Hayes, Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon Houston had a rich history. Moses Malone and Calvin Murphy are another big names who has played for the rockets.
8. Philadelphia 76ers
Winning 3 NBA titles in 1982-83, 1966-67 and 1954-55, Philadelphia 76ers is another great team. They are one of the oldest franchises in NBA. Julius Erving, Wilt Chamberlain and Charles Barkley are one of the finest players to have played for 76ers and helped them in winning championships.
7. Miami Heat
Winning 3 NBA championships in 2012-13, 2011-12 and 2005-06, Miami heat are the most successful recent NBA expansion teams. Under the leadership of Pat Riley Miami had some of the best basketball players. The duo Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal led the heat to win its first ever NBA title in 2006.They had their most prosperous years when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the heat. With Wade, James and Bosh Miami went to three NBA team finals and won two of them. They have won a total of 3 NBA titles and earned themselves a place among most successful NBA teams.
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6. Detroit Pistons
This team had some hard time finding strong coaches but when they did in 2003-04, 1989-90 and 1988-89 they brought the NBA titles home. The Detroit Pistons is an NBA team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are known for their toughest players and was nick named “ The Bad boys” because of it. Led by Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman, the Pistons experienced their best years. Pistons have won 3 NBA titles altogether.
5. San Antonio Spurs
Based in Texas, San Antonio Spurs are a part of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference. As they say the best team usually features the best players Spurs have some world class players including David Robinson, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. San Antonio began their golden era with David Robinson but when he suffered a knee injury, Tim Duncan carried the team’s legacy forward. Spurs have won 5 NBA championships and are well known for their stability and consistency in drafting great players.
4. Golden State Warriors
One of the strongest teams of the current era, GSW won NBA titles in 2017-18, 2016-17, 2014-15, 1974-75 ,1955-56 and 1946-47, a total of six times. Based in Oakland, California, they are a member of pacific division of Western Conference in NBA. Some of the finest names associated with GSW includes Stephen Curry, Wilt Chamberlain, and Klay Thompson. Golden State warriors also made it to the finals this year (2018-2019).
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3. Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls is among one of another great NBA teams having won the Championship six times. Michael Jordan is a very popular attached with Chicago Bulls, who is clearly an undisputed possessor of one of the greatest basketball player of all time. Scottie Pippen and Jerry Sloan are also some of the few great players of the team who have contributed a huge part in winning championships. Chicago bulls had some highs and lows along its journey but they have successfully become one of the favorite teams of all time.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Lagging behind Boston Celtics from just one NBA title Los Angeles Lakers have won about 16 NBA titles in 2009-10, 2008-09, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-00, 1987-88, 1986-87, 1984-85, 1981-82, 1979-80, 1971-72, 1953-54, 1952-53, 1951-52, 1949-50, 1948-49.
They have always had a combination of best centers, power forward and shooting guards who have helped the team to garner a name for itself. Some of these timeless players are Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
1. Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics are the most popular NBA team who have won 17 NBA titles till date-the most championships won by any team. They feature some record-breaking players such as Bill Russel. Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish.
Bill Russel was the first ever great player to wear the Celtics green and white who led the team to win a whopping 11 championships in 13 seasons. Russel is considered to be one of the best players of all times. The legends Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish have also powered the Celtics to five NBA finals, winning three championships.