NBA Playoffs: Teams with the Most Finals Appearances

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics – the two most storied franchises in NBA history – have appeared in 52 of the 68 NBA Finals (76 percent!). OK, since there are two teams every Finals, the Lakers and Celts covered 52 of 136 slots (they played each other 12 times). Still, that’s 38 percent. None of the other major sports boast such a one-two combination of domination.

The Lakers have a big edge, too. They have made it to the Finals 31 times (including their Minneapolis years)…ten more than the Celtics.

Then there’s the huge drop off to the Philadelphia 76ers, who had three appearances as the Syracuse Nationals.

The Miami Heat just snagged their fifth appearance tonight, tying them, in fact, with the San Antonio Spurs. But if the Spurs win tomorrow night, they’ll have their sixth.

Ready for a rematch?

1. Los Angeles Lakers 31 2010 W
2009 W
2002 W
2001 W
2000 W
1988 W
1987 W
1985 W
1982 W
1980 W
1972 W
2008 L
2004 L
1991 L
1989 L
1984 L
1983 L
1973 L
1970 L
1969 L
1968 L
1966 L
1965 L
1963 L
1962 L
Minneapolis Lakers 1954 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1953 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1952 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1950 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1949 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1959 L
2. Boston Celtics 21 2008 W
1986 W
1984 W
1981 W
1976 W
1974 W
1969 W
1968 W
1966 W
1965 W
1964 W
1963 W
1962 W
1961 W
1960 W
1959 W
1957 W
2010 L
1987 L
1985 L
1958 L
3. Philadelphia 76ers 9 1983 W
1967 W
2001 L
1982 L
1980 L
1977 L
Syracuse Nationals 1955 W
Syracuse Nationals 1954 L
Syracuse Nationals 1950 L
4. New York Knicks 8 1973 W
1970 W
1999 L
1994 L
1972 L
1953 L
1952 L
1951 L
5. Detroit Pistons 7 2004 W
1990 W
1989 W
2005 L
1988 L
Fort Wayne Pistons 1956 L
Fort Wayne Pistons 1955 L
6. Chicago Bulls 6 1998 W
1997 W
1996 W
1993 W
1992 W
1991 W
6. Golden State Warriors 6 1975 W
Philadelphia Warriors 1956 W
Philadelphia Warriors 1947 W
Philadelphia Warriors 1948 L
San Francisco Warriors 1967 L
San Francisco Warriors 1964 L
8. Miami Heat 5 2014 TBD
2013 W
2012 W
2006 W
2011 L
8. San Antonio Spurs 5 2007 W
2005 W
2003 W
1999 W
2013 L
10. Houston Rockets 4 1995 W
1994 W
1986 L
1981 L
10. Oklahoma City Thunder 4 2012 L
Seattle SuperSonics 1979 W
Seattle SuperSonics 1996 L
Seattle SuperSonics 1978 L
10. St. Louis Hawks 4 1958 W
1961 L
1960 L
1957 L
10. Washington Bullets 4 1978 W
1979 L
1975 L
Baltimore Bullets 1971 L
14. Portland Trail Blazers 3 1977 W
1992 L
1990 L
15. Dallas Mavericks 2 2011 W
2006 L
15. Milwaukee Bucks 2 1971 W
1974 L
15. Orlando Magic 2 2009 L
1995 L
15. Phoenix Suns 2 1993 L
1976 L
15. Utah Jazz 2 1998 L
1997 L
20. Baltimore Bullets (DEF) 1 1948 W
20. Chicago Stags (DEF) 1 1947 L
20. Cleveland Cavaliers 1 2007 L
20. Indiana Pacers 1 2000 L
20. New Jersey Nets 1 2003 L
20. New Jersey Nets 1 2002 L
20. Rochester Royals 1 1951 W
20. Washington Capitols (DEF) 1 1949 L

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