The NBA celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2022, which means its list of former champions is quite the roll of honour.
While the game has certainly changed since the first champions were crowned in 1947, the sport as we know it today was shaped by teams' early success.
Below is a look back at the previous NBA champions, along with a list of every winner from 1947 through to the 2022 Golden State Warriors.
The record for most NBA titles is held jointly by bitter rivals the LA Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
The pair have each won 17 championships, meaning they have come out on top in almost half of the seasons in league history. They also share the record for the most frequent finals matchup, with the Celtics holding a 9-3 record across their 12 previous clashes.
There's quite a gap between the league's two most-storied franchises and the rest, with the Golden State Warriors the third most successful side with seven titles.
Four of those championships have come since 2015, with the Warriors marking themselves into a modern NBA dynasty.
Of the current 30 NBA teams, 19 of them have claimed at least one championship. Meanwhile, the likes of the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies are in contention to win the Larry O'Brien trophy for the first time this season.
Phil Jackson is the most successful coach in NBA history, thanks to hugely successful spells in Chicago and LA. Jackson twice three-peated with the Bulls before going on to claim five titles with the Lakers between 2000 and 2010.
His third three-peat as a coach came with the Lakers between 2000 and 2002 took him level with Red Auerbach, who led the Celtics to nine of their 17 titles between 1957 and 1966.
Gregg Popovich is the most successful active coach, with five championships to his name. However, Steve Kerr – a five-time winner as a player – has nine rings in total thanks to his spell in charge of the Golden State Warriors.
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The legendary Bill Russell won 11 championships in his 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics, making him the most decorated NBA player of all time.
No active player is anywhere close to that, with LeBron James and four Warriors level on four rings to date.
|1947||Philadelphia Warriors||4-1||Chicago Stags|
|1948||Baltimore Bullets||4-2||Philadelphia Warriors|
|1949||Minneapolis Lakers||4-2||Washington Capitols|
|1950||Minneapolis Lakers||4-2||Syracuse Nationals|
|1951||Rochester Royals||4-3||New York Knicks|
|1952||Minneapolis Lakers||4-3||New York Knicks|
|1953||Minneapolis Lakers||4-1||New York Knicks|
|1954||Minneapolis Lakers||4-3||Syracuse Nationals|
|1955||Syracuse Nationals||4-3||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|1956||Philadelphia Warriors||4-1||Fort Wayne Pistons|
|1957||Boston Celtics||4-3||St Louis Hawks|
|1958||St Louis Hawks||4-2||Boston Celtics|
|1959||Boston Celtics||4-0||Minneapolis Lakers|
|1960||Boston Celtics||4-3||St. Louis Hawks|
|1961||Boston Celtics||4-1||St. Louis Hawks|
|1962||Boston Celtics||4-3||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1963||Boston Celtics||4-2||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1964||Boston Celtics||4-1||San Francisco Warriors|
|1965||Boston Celtics||4-1||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1966||Boston Celtics||4-3||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1967||Philadelphia 76ers||4-2||San Francisco Warriors|
|1968||Boston Celtics||4-2||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1969||Boston Celtics||4-3||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1970||New York Knicks||4-3||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1971||Milwaukee Bucks||4-0||Baltimore Bullets|
|1972||Los Angeles Lakers||4-1||New York Knicks|
|1973||New York Knicks||4-1||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1974||Boston Celtics||4-3||Milwaukee Bucks|
|1975||Golden State Warriors||4-0||Washington Bullets|
|1976||Boston Celtics||4-2||Phoenix Suns|
|1977||Portland Trail Blazers||4-2||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1978||Washington Bullets||4-3||Seattle SuperSonics|
|1979||Seattle SuperSonics||4-1||Washington Bullets|
|1980||Los Angeles Lakers||4-2||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1981||Boston Celtics||4-2||Houston Rockets|
|1982||Los Angeles Lakers||4-2||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1983||Philadelphia 76ers||4-0||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1984||Boston Celtics||4-3||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1985||Los Angeles Lakers||4-2||Boston Celtics|
|1986||Boston Celtics||4-2||Houston Rockets|
|1987||Los Angeles Lakers||4-2||Boston Celtics|
|1988||Los Angeles Lakers||4-3||Detroit Pistons|
|1989||Detroit Pistons||4-0||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1990||Detroit Pistons||4-1||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1991||Chicago Bulls||4-1||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1992||Chicago Bulls||4-2||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1993||Chicago Bulls||4-2||Phoenix Suns|
|1994||Houston Rockets||4-3||New York Knicks|
|1995||Houston Rockets||4-0||Orlando Magic|
|1996||Chicago Bulls||4-2||Seattle SuperSonics|
|1997||Chicago Bulls||4-2||Utah Jazz|
|1998||Chicago Bulls||4-2||Utah Jazz|
|1999||San Antonio Spurs||4-1||New York Knicks|
|2000||Los Angeles Lakers||4-2||Indiana Pacers|
|2001||Los Angeles Lakers||4-1||Philadelphia 76ers|
|2002||Los Angeles Lakers||4-0||New Jersey Jets|
|2003||San Antonio Spurs||4-2||New Jersey Jets|
|2004||Detroit Pistons||4-1||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2005||San Antonio Spurs||4-3||Detroit Pistons|
|2006||Miami Heat||4-2||Dallas Mavericks|
|2007||San Antonio Spurs||4-0||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2008||Boston Celtics||4-2||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2009||Los Angeles Lakers||4-1||Orlando Magic|
|2010||Los Angeles Lakers||4-3||Boston Celtics|
|2011||Dallas Mavericks||4-2||Miami Heat|
|2012||Miami Heat||4-1||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2013||Miami Heat||4-3||San Antonio Spurs|
|2014||San Antonio Spurs||4-1||Miami Heat|
|2015||Golden State Warriors||4-2||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2016||Cleveland Cavaliers||4-3||Golden State Warriors|
|2017||Golden State Warriors||4-1||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2018||Golden State Warriors||4-0||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2019||Toronto Raptors||4-2||Golden State Warriors|
|2020||Los Angeles Lakers||4-2||Miami Heat|
|2021||Milwaukee Bucks||4-2||Phoenix Suns|
|2022||Golden State Warriors||4-2||Boston Celtics|
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