Which teams have played the most NBA Finals and won the most championships?

The Los Angeles Lakers have played in the most NBA Finals, but they’re tied with the Boston Celtics for the most NBA championships won with 17 titles.

Won most championships

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are tied for the most NBA championship titles in NBA history with 17 championships each.

Some would argue the Boston Celtics take home the title for the most NBA championships seeing as the Los Angeles Lakers were once the Minnesota Lakers.

The Lakers became the Los Angeles Lakers in 1960, making history by becoming the first NBA team on the west coast. Prior to becoming the Los Angeles Lakers, the Lakers won five NBA titles in Minnesota, the "land of 10,000 lakes."

Although the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics come with a ton of fans, notoriety, and talent, they are not the top two franchises when it comes to money and valuations. As of this year, they are beat out by the New York Knicks, worth $5 billion, and the Golden State Warriors, worth $4.7 billion according to Forbes.

Which years did the LA/Minneapolis Lakers win the NBA championship?

  • 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2020
  • Total wins: 17
  • Total championship appearances: 32

Which years did the Boston Celtics win the NBA championship?

  • 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2008
  • Total wins: 17
  • Total championship appearances: 21
  • Fun fact: The Boston Celtics won 11 championships in a row. 1956-1969 is known as the Bill Russell Era, as Russell played a large factor in that winning streak. He was a part of the Boston Celtics for all 11 NBA championships. Russell is therefore the most decorated player in the NBA.

In the 2021 NBA Finals, history is set to be made whatever the result:

  • The Milwaukee Bucks could take home the title for the first time since 1971.
  • The Phoenix Suns have the opportunity to win the NBA championship for the first time ever.