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20 List Of Players With Most NBA Rings

By Bishow Adhikari / 6 December 2023 02:25 AM

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Even the best NBA players have difficulty winning championship rings. Winning multiples can be very challenging and requires a team effort.

With 11 titles during his 13 years playing career, Bill Russell holds the record for the most NBA championships won.

LeBron James currently has won a total of four championship rings. He won 2 with the Miami Heat, one with the Cleveland Cavaliers and one with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is the active player with the most rings in the NBA.

Although he has reached the finals eleven times, he has only won four times which highlights the immense challenge of winning the title.

Only four players who are LeBron James, Danny Green, Robert Horry and John Salley have won titles with three separate teams.

Most of the players who have won the most championship rings in NBA history were part of the Boston Celtics or the Los Angeles Lakers. These two teams have won the most rings in the league tied at 17 each.

1. Bill Russell - 11 NBA Championships

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Bill Russell participated in one Olympics, 13 NBA seasons and three years of college basketball. His total number of rings collected is 11.

During his rookie season, he won his first championship with the Boston Celtics. Following that, he won ten titles in the ensuing twelve years, including eight in a row from 1959 to 1966.

In 1968 and 1969, he captured his final two titles as a player-coach. Additionally, he also won two NCAA titles and an Olympic gold medal. 

Russell finished his career with an average of 15.1 points, 4.3 assists and 44.0 field goal percentage per game. He had the biggest impact on the team as a defender and shot blocker.

2. Sam Jones - 10 NBA Championships

Sam Jones played for the Boston Celtics team in the 1960s. Jones finished his 12-year career with the team participating in 11 finals and winning 10 rings.

He was a consistent high scorer for each year along with being the best closer. Jones is considered one of the greatest shooting guards of all time because of his clutch performance.

Except for 1958 and 1967, Jones won rings every year from 1958 to 1969.

Jones built up impressive career stats with an average of 17.7 points per game, 2.5 assists per game and an astounding 80.3 free throw percentage.

Apart from taking part in the boycott of games on the grounds of civil rights, he was also a member of the NBA's inaugural All-Black starting five in 1964.

Jones was a five-time All-Star, a three-time NBA All-Star and a Hall of Famer in addition to his rings.

3. Tom Heinsohn - 8 NBA Championships

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Between 1956 and 1965 Tom Heinsohn was a player of the Boston Celtics where he won eight championships along side Bill Russell and Sam Jones.

He also received six All-Star selections, four All-NBA selections and induction into the Hall of Fame.

Heinsohn spent nine seasons as a player only for the Boston Celtics. He was also the team coach for nine seasons and a few decades as a color analyst. For 64 seasons Mr. Celtic made contributions to the team.

Heinsohn was acknowledged into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his achievements as a head coach.

He was a founding member of the NBA Players Association as well. The only person to have participated in every one of the Celtics' 17 championships and their first 21 NBA Finals trips in an official team capacity was Heinsohn.

4. K. C. Jones - 8 NBA Championship

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K. C. Jones won 11 of his 12 NBA championships eight as a player, one as an assistant coach and two as a head coach with the Boston Celtics

As a player, he is one of three NBA players with an 8 - 0 record in the NBA Finals series and is tied for third place in terms of most NBA championships won in a career.

He is the only African-American coach who has won multiple NBA titles. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inducted Jones in 1989.

During his time as a Boston player from 1958 to 1967, he averaged 7.4 points per game, had a 38.7 field goal percentage and a 64.7 free throw percentage.

Jones is one of just eight athletes to have won an Olympic gold medal, an NBA championship and an NCAA Division I championship.

5. Satch Sanders - 8 NBA Championship

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Satch Sanders is tied for third place in the NBA championship with eight titles to his name. In the Finals, Sanders is one of only three players with an unbeaten 8-0 record.

In March 1962, he led the team to a 142-110 victory over the Syracuse Nationals scoring a career-high 30 points and pulling down 26 rebounds.

After his retirement, he was appointed as the head coach of the Boston Celtics and the Harvard Crimson men's basketball team. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame prefaced Sanders in 2011. 

He won eight titles and averaged 9.6 points per game along with a 42.8 field goal percentage and a 76.7 free throw percentage.

For 13 seasons until 1973, Sanders was the Celtic's defense penultimate line. He was the NBA Vice President for Player Programs for a long time.

6. John Havlicek - 8 NBA Championship

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John Havlicek was a versatile player who played basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1959 to 1962 where he won the 1960 NCAA championship.

Havlicek was drafted by the Celtics in 1962 and played for them until his retirement in 1978. Havlicek was a 13-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA First Team four times and to the All-NBA Second Team four times.

He was also selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team five times and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team three times.

John Havlicek won eight NBA championships during his career with the Celtics. He is famous for stealing the ball and saving the game. Havlicek served as captain of the Celtics from 1969 to 1978.

Later, after his retirement the Celtics retired his number 17 jersey. Havlicek was established in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.

7. Jim Loscutoff - 7 NBA Championship

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Jim Loscutoff was on the Celtics championship teams between 1956 and 1964 winning 7 NBA Championships.

In the first round of the 1955 NBA draft, Loscutoff was chosen with the third non-territorial pick.  He made the game-winning two free throws in the 1957 NBA Finals that landed the Celtics their first NBA title with a 125-123 victory over the St. Louis Hawks.

He was a small forward known as the Celtics hatchet man at times. Together with Hall of Famer Bill Russell, his strength and defense contributed to the 1960s Celtics' legendary defense.

Loscutoff was the coach for the Boston State College basketball team from the year 1964 to 1976.

8. Frank Ramsey - 7 NBA Championship

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Frank Ramsey was a clutch player who was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.

Ramsey played basketball and baseball as a multi-sport athlete at the University of Kentucky. As a sophomore in 1951, he assisted the Wildcats in winning the NCAA Championship with a 68 - 58 victory over Kansas State alongside coach Adolph Rupp.

The 6 feet 3 inch forward and guard spent his whole nine-year NBA career from 1954 to 1964 with the Boston Celtics. He was a key player in the team's early success and helped them win seven titles.

From 1970 to 1971 Ramsey also served as head coach of the ABA Kentucky Colonels. In 1982, Ramsey received his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ramsey averaged 13.4 points per game or 8378 points in 623 NBA games. The Celtics have retired his No. 23 jersey.

9. Robert Horry - 7 NBA Championship

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Robert Horry holds the NBA record for the most steals in an NBA Finals game. Also, the most three-pointers made in a playoff game without missing a shot.

He dominated the NBA for 16 seasons winning an incredible seven championships. He is one of the only four players ever to have won NBA championships with three different teams.

Two championships with the Houston Rockets, three with the Los Angeles Lakers and two with the San Antonio Spurs without any defeats in the NBA Finals.

He was chosen for the SEC All-Academic, SEC All-Defensive and All-Southeastern Conference teams in 1992.

Horry was the first player in history to reach 100 three-pointers, 100 steals and 100 blocked shots in a single season. He was admitted to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

10. Bob Cousy - 6 NBA Championship

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Bob Cousy still holds the top 20 career assist record and is the final NBA player from the 1950s.

Cousy was a point guard for the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963. He also spent a brief time with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969 - 70 NBA season.

He was a 13-time NBA All-Star and the 1957 NBA Most Valuable Player. In his 13 years with the team, he won six NBA titles.

Cousy led the NBA in assists for eight straight seasons while bringing a fresh combination of passing and ball-handling abilities to the league.

Being the first NBA point guard to reach the 4,000, 5,000 and 6,000 assist career milestones, he is considered the league's first great point guard.

In addition, he served as the National Basketball Players Association's first president. President Donald Trump presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 22, 2019.

11. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 6 NBA Championship

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retired from the NBA with the most points, most blocked shots, most MVPs and most All-Star selections in history.

He played for the Milwaukee Bucks from 1969 to 1975 and the Los Angeles Lakers from 1975 to 1989.

Abdul-Jabbar was a six-time NBA Most Valuable Player during his career as a center. He is a 19-time NBA All-Star, 15-time All-NBA Team member and 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection.

He played on six NBA championship teams and served as an assistant coach on two more.

Abdul-Jabbar led the NBA in points with 38,387, games played for 1,560, minutes and blocked shots of 3,189 during his regular season career. In 2016, President Barack Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom upon him.

12. Michael Jordan - 6 NBA Championship

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Michael Jordan played in the NBA for fifteen years winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls.

He spent nine seasons from 1984 to 1993 with the Chicago Bulls and six seasons from 2001 to 2003 with the Washington Wizards.

Jordan led the Bulls to six NBA titles in eight years and was named NBA Finals MVP six times. In addition, he was a five-time NBA MVP, a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and a ten-time NBA Scoring Champion.

MJ played in the NBA for 15 seasons, retiring three times and making two comebacks.

He also received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2016. Jordan was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in October 2021.

His jersey from the first game of the 1998 NBA Finals was sold for $10.1 million in September 2022, making it the most expensive game-worn sports memorabilia in history.

13. Scottie Pippen - 6 NBA Championship

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Scottie Pippen played in the NBA for 17 seasons winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls.

He was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight times in a row and three times to the All-NBA First Team.

Pippen was a seven-time NBA All-Star and the MVP of the 1994 NBA All-Star Game. During the 1996-97 season, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

He is one of the four players in history whose jersey has been retired by the Chicago Bulls.

He spent 12 seasons with the Bulls, one with the Houston Rockets and four with the Portland Trail Blazers during his 17-year career making the playoffs 16 times in a row.

Pippen was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in October 2021 confirming his status as one of the league's greatest players of all time.

He is the only NBA player to have won an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal in the same year twice in 1992 and 1996.

14. George Mikan - 5 NBA Championship

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Mikan had a highly successful playing career winning seven NBL, BAA and NBA championships in nine seasons, an NBA All-Star Game MVP award and three scoring titles.

He appeared in the first four NBA All-Star games and was named to the first six All-BAA and All-NBA teams.

Mikan was so dominant that he prompted several significant rule changes in the NBA including the introduction of the goaltending rule, the widening of the foul and the creation of the shot clock.

Mikan was named the Helms NCAA College Player of the Year in 1944 and 1945 and he was a three-time All-American.

Following his playing career, he became one of the founders of the American Basketball Association (ABA) serving as the league's commissioner.

Mikan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959 for his achievements. He was also selected to the NBA's 25th, 35th, 50th and 75th-anniversary teams.

15. Jim Pollard - 5 NBA Championship

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Jim Pollard is a five-time NBA champion and four-time NBA All-Star. He spent his entire eight-year NBA career with the Minneapolis Lakers.

Pollard was regarded as one of the best forwards in the 1950s and his leaping ability earned him the moniker The Kangaroo Kid.

Pollard, a five-time NBA champion and four-time NBA All-Star spent his entire eight-year NBA career with the Minneapolis Lakers.

In 1978, Pollard was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Bay Area Hall of Fame, the Stanford Hall of Fame, and the Pac-12 Hall of Honor.

Pollard retired from basketball after eight seasons after making an average of 13.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

16. Slater Martin - 5 NBA Championship

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Slater Martin was a playmaking guard for eleven seasons and played in seven NBA All-Star Games.

Martin was a standout defensive player for the George Mikan-led Minneapolis Lakers, who won four NBA championships between 1950 and 1954. He joined Bob Pettit's St. Louis Hawks in 1956 and won another NBA championship in 1958.

From 1967 to 1968 and part of the 1968-69 season Martin was the head coach of the Houston Mavericks of the American Basketball Association. He also led the Mavericks to the ABA Playoffs.

In May 1982, Martin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is the only Longhorn to have received such recognition.

In January 2009, the University of Texas retired his jersey number 15 making him only the second Longhorn basketball player to have his number retired.

17. Larry Siegfried - 5 NBA Championship

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Larry Siegfried played 5 seasons with the Boston Celtics and 5 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks.

He won five NBA championships and was a key member of the 1960s Boston Celtics dynasty. The Celtics selected Siegfried in the second round of the 1963 NBA draft.

He quickly established himself as a valuable member of the Celtics by providing depth and versatility at the guard position. During his first four seasons with the Celtics, he helped them win four NBA championships.

Siegfried was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1968. He remained a productive player for the Bucks and he helped them win the NBA title in 1971.

18. Don Nelson - 5 NBA Championship

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Don Nelson won 5 NBA Championship games during his professional career with the Boston Celtics from 1965 to 1976.

Nelson retired after the 1975-76 season. In 1978, the Boston Garden rafters retired his number 19 jersey. Nelson averaged 11.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 872 games with the Celtics over 11 seasons.

Nelson went on to coach the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers among others. He was known for developing high-scoring offenses and for his innovative coaching style.

His teams finished 422-443 (.488) in 11 seasons with Golden State from 2006 to 2010. He retired as a coach after 2398 games and a 1335-1063 (.557) record.

19. Michael Cooper - 5 NBA Championship

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Michael Cooper was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 60th overall pick in the third round of the 1978 NBA draft.

Throughout his NBA career, he spent the majority of his time with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1978 to 1990 where he won five NBA championships.

He was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team eight times and five times on the first team. In 1987, he was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Cooper guided the Los Angeles Sparks to two WNBA championships and the Albuquerque Thunderbirds to one NBA G League championship.

He has also served as a coach in the NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League.

20. Magic Johnson - 5 NBA Championship

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Magic Johnson played 13 seasons in the NBA winning 5 championships.

His career achievements comprise the three NBA MVP Awards, three NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, 12 All-Star games and nine All-NBA First Team selections.

Johnson was a member of the United States Men's Olympic basketball team that won gold in Barcelona in 1992. After retiring from the NBA in 1991, he formed the Magic Johnson All-Stars a traveling team that played exhibition games around the world.

He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996 and was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in 2021.

Johnson was a two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. First for his individual career in 2002 and then in 2010 as a member of the Dream Team.

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