One of the most awaited championship finals in America is the final of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Starting from 1946 to the present time, the NBA has produced some excellent teams that contain extraordinary players.
Though the pattern of the final match was 2–2–1–1–1 in the beginning, in 1985, the NBA has restructured it into a 2–2–1–1–1 format. Again, in 2014, NBA decides to change the structure, and the previous 2–2–1–1–1 design has been reintroduced in the finals. In the article, we will discuss the highlights of the NBA finals history.
1946–1956: Beginnings and Lakers dynasty
From the beginning, the Lakers had been an essential part of NBA history. They started their NBA journey as Minneapolis Lakers and now famous as the Los Angeles Lakers with five titles. Though the Lakers have established dominance in the basketball world, other teams had also done well.
In 1947, The Philadelphia Warriors had achieved the inaugural title with several championship titles. Again, in 1951, the Rochester Royals won everyone’s heart with their mesmerizing performance against the New York Knicks.
1957–1969: Celtics dynasty
The Boston Celtics have created one of the historical events in the NBA with them as a single team. They were able to appear in over 65% of finals and successfully stole the NBA finals with a straight-eight championship title from 1959 to 1966. As most of the star players were suffering from several injuries, it became quite hard for the Celtics to step into the postseason in 1969.
1970–1979: Decade of parity
The decade of the 70s was quite interesting in the NBA finals to witness, as eight different franchises gained the championship title, where ten other franchises entered into the NBA finals. One of the most remembered shots from the NBA finals was also from 1970 when Jerry West tie a match by hitting the basket from 60 feet.
The Phoenix Suns also experienced a win to finish 42–40 after having eight years-long losing experience. The decade ended with The SuperSonics’ most awaited win against the Washington Bullets in 1979.
1980–1990: Celtics–Lakers rivalry and “Bad Boys” Pistons
The 80s was actually good for the Celtics (3), the 76ers (1), the Lakers (5), and the Detroit Pistons (2) as only these four teams had won the championship title in the 80s. The Celtics and the Lakers faced each other in most of the finals in the 80s. Again, the pistons became famous as the bad boys for their defense-oriented style of playing.
1991–1998: Bulls dynasty
Another team named the Chicago Bulls had dominated the 90s from 1991 to 1998 with six championship titles in the six finals. In between this time, only the Houston Rockets gave them competition and gained the championship titles in 1994 and 1995.
1999–2010: Lakers & Spurs dominance
In the early 2000s, the Lakers and the spurs represented the Western Conference every year without 2006 and successfully collected nine NBA Championships. The Spurs gained the championship title in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007. On the other hand, the Lakers showed their magical performance in the leftover years.
2011–2014: Heat wave
With the arrival of Captain Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh in the Miami Heat, they took part in four championships and got the victory in two among them in 2012 and 2013. Again, in 2014 they were in the NBA finals.
2015–2019: Warriors dynasty
Another franchise, The Golden State Warriors showed their dominance in the basketball world from 2015-2019, where they had taken participation in the final for long five years and gained the championship title in 2015, 2017, 2018.
The NBA championship finals are the most awaited match among basketball fans. Every year, there is something new to mesmerize the audience. It can be a new/old team, or players and their performance. The National Basketball Association manages to hold the curiosity of the audience with their great management skill also.