The NBA (National Basket Association) is America’s professional basketball league and one of the most successful professional sports leagues of all time. The NBA is the third wealthiest professional sports league after the NFL and MLB by revenue.
Originally, the league consisted of 11 teams; however, after a series of relocations and expansions, there are now 30 teams. The teams are divided into two conferences of three divisions with five teams each.
Over the years, there have been numerous teams and players with championship titles under its name. However, some teams have outrageously taken the lead as the most successful basketball teams of all time. In this article, we take a look at the most successful basketball teams in the history of the NBA.
Inaugurated in 1946, the Boston Celtics are probably the most successful team of the NBA with the most number of titles under its belt.
Boston Celtics have the richest history when it comes to winning the championship, with 17 wins.
The dominance of the Celtics began in the late 1950s, with their first title win in the year 1957. This win triggered the Celtics into the greatest winning streak in NBA history. They went on to create history by winning eight consecutive NBA titles throughout the 1960s.
Altogether, the team has won 17 NBA championships, 21 conference titles, and 22 division titles.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have also equally made many worthy records for the NBA history books.
To begin with, the team paved their way through an incredible 31 NBA finals, winning 12 against the Boston Celtics.
In fact, the Lakers have won 16 NBA finals, 31 conference titles, and 23 division titles.
The team also held the record for the NBA’s longest winning streak with 33 straight wins during the 1971-72 season.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors took off in Philadelphia as the Philadelphia Warriors in 1946. Later on, the Warriors moved to San Francisco and took the city’s name in 1962. They were finally named the Golden State Warriors in the year 1971.
The team has made it to the NBA finals 11 times and has won the title 6 times. Additionally, they also have 11 conference titles and 7 division titles under their name.
Warrior’s most recent title wins have been in the year 2017 and 2018. Moreover, they are also the third most valuable NBA franchise with an estimated value of $4.3 billion.
Without any offense, a definitive reason why the Chicago Bulls find themselves at number 3 is due to the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) player, Michael Jordan.
The Chicago Bulls have a 100% win record in the NBA finals with 6 NBA titles, 6 conference titles, and 9 division titles. In fact, all their titles were won in the golden era of the great Michael Jordan when he was at the peak of his career.
The Bulls were also the first team in the history of the NBA to win 70 games or more in a single season (72 games in 1995-96 season). Since then, the Golden State won 73 in its 2015-16 season.
San Antonio Spurs
Based in Texas, San Antonio is the fifth most successful basketball team in the history of the NBA league. The team started as the Dallas Chaparrals in the American Basketball Association, which gained overnight success in the league.
The Spurs have won five NBA championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014), which is one of the most dominant stretches in NBA history.
In fact, there have only been three rare seasons when the Spurs did not make it to the playoffs. The San Antonio Spurs also have 6 conference titles and a massive 22 division titles under its name.
The Bottom Line
The NBA has seen a fair share of dominant basketball teams over the years.
While many legendary players have been and gone, the league continues to provide exciting and adrenaline-filled matches to its viewers.