Objectively Ranking the Most Successful NBA Franchises

TOP 5 MOST SUCCESSFUL NBA FRANCHISES

1. Los Angeles Lakers – 430 pts.
The Lakers have won the NBA finals a 16 times, with the most recent coming in 2010. The team won 5 championships in both the 1980’s with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and in the 2000’s with Kobe Bryant. However, since 2013, the team has not even made the playoffs.

2. Boston Celtics – 392 pts.
The Celtics have won the NBA finals a record 17 times, with the nine of them coming in the 1960’s. However, the team has only been to the NBA finals 21 times, with the most recent coming in 2010. The Celtics have also qualified for the playoffs in the last five consecutive years.

3. Philadelphia 76ers – 184 pts.
The 76ers have only won three NBA finals, two in Philadelphia and one in Syracuse. However the team went to six other NBA finals, most recently in 2010. The franchise was especially successful early in its history, making the playoffs in every year before 1970.

4. Golden State Warriors – 175 pts.
The Warriors have won six NBA finals, with three coming recently in 2015, 2016, and 2018. The team also went to the NBA finals five other times. However, for long stretches of the franchise’s history the team didn’t even make the playoffs.

5. San Antonio Spurs – 156 pts.
Most of San Antonio’s success has come recently, since 1999, the team has went to six NBA finals, winning five of them with forward Tim Duncan. The franchise has been consistently good, missing the playoffs only five times in its history. In fact, the last time the team missed the playoffs was in 1997.

FULL LIST

1 Los Angeles Lakers 430
2 Boston Celtics 392
3 Philadelphia 76ers 184
4 Golden State Warriors 175
5 San Antonio Spurs 156
6 Detroit Pistons 156
7 Chicago Bulls 150
8 New York Knicks 138
9 Atlanta Hawks 126
10 Houston Rockets 98
11 Miami Heat 88
12 Washington Wizards 82
13 Milwaukee Bucks 82
14 Portland Trailblazers 81
15 Cleveland Cavaliers 78
16 Sacramento Kings 75
17 Phoenix Suns 72
18 Seattle Sonics 68
19 Utah Jazz 65
20 Indiana Pacers 64
21 Dallas Mavericks 55
22 Denver Nuggets 40
23 Brooklyn Nets 39
24 Orlando Magic 37
25 Toronto Raptors 32
26 Oklahoma City Thunder 26
27 Los Angeles Clippers 21
28 Memphis Grizzlies 15
29 Charlotte Hornets 14
30 Minnesota Timberwolves 12
31 New Orleans Pelicans 9

Updated as of 09/27/2019

POINTS RUBRIC

16 pts – NBA Champions
8 pts – Conference Champions
4 pts – Appearance in Conference Championship
2 pts – Appearance in Conference Semi-Finals
1 pts – Appearance in the First Round of the playoffs

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