Since the NBA’s inception in 1946, we have seen 74 NBA Finals. The Los Angeles Lakers have played the most NBA finals. They have got 32 appearances in the NBA finals. The last time they have played the NBA finals is in the 2019-20 season. By winning the 74th NBA Finals, the Lakers hold the shared record of highest NBA championships wins collectively with Boston Celtics. Until 2020 19 different teams have won the NBA finals championship.
Which team has played the most NBA Finals?
The Los Angeles Lakers have played the most NBA Finals. They started their journey in 1947 in the basketball world. They competed in the NBA finals for the first time in the year 1949. They have also appeared in the finals at 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966,1968, 1969,1970, 1972, 1973,1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985,1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2020
The Los Angeles Lakers have won 17 Championships in the NBA. On their 3rd appearance, the Lakers won their 1st championship in the year 1949. They have also won the championships in 1950, 1952, 1953,1964, 1972,1980,1982,1985,1987,1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2020.
Most Recent Appearance
In the 2019-20 season of the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers entered the playoffs for the first time since 2013. They also advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time after 2010, where they beat the Miami Heat to win their 17th Championship in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Lakers team history
Lakers is truly one of the most prominent franchises in the history of the NBA. They have a legacy of 74 years in the NBA.
The lakers started their journey in 1947 after Ben Berger, and Morris Chalfen purchased the recently disbanded Detroit Gems. In 1949 they won their first NBA championship. They have six championships during 1949-1960.
The Lakers won 53 games in 1962-63. They also won 43 games in 1964-65. In 1968 Wilt Chamberlain joined Los Angeles. He was a vital part of the Lakers 1971-72 team, which is known as one of the best teams in NBA history.
In 1979 Lakers picked Magic Johnson on their team. Thus started the “Showtime” era. 1979-1991 was the pick time of the showtime era as the lakers appeared in 9 NBA finals in 12 years.
After 1991 the Lakers struggled to get success till 2000. In 2000 they went on to win the championship after a ten years break. 2001-2010 has been one of the best eras of the Los Angeles Lakers. They have won 6 championships in this timeline under the guidance of hall of fame coach Phil Jackson.
After 2010 Lakers lost their former glory. For 10 years, they couldn’t appear in the NBA Finals.
In 2020 the Lakers, coached by Frank Vogel and with the combination of Lebron James and Anthony Davis, secured the NBA championship after a decade.
Lakers Rivals in NBA Finals
The rivalry between the Lakers and Boston Celtics is the best rivalry of NBA history. However, these two teams have met 12 times in the NBA Finals. In the 1960s and 1980s, they collided head to head in the finals 9 times.
The rivalry between the Lakers and the Detroit Pistons started in the late 80s. In 1988 they faced each other in the NBA Finals that the Lakers won. The following year in the 1989 NBA Finals, Pistons snatched the championship from the Lakers, winning in 4 games. Their rivalry rejuvenated in the early 2000s as they faced each other in the 2004 NBA Finals that the Pistons won in 5 games.
San Antonio Spurs
This rivalry started in the early 2000s as these two clubs faced each other in seven consecutive NBA finals from 1999-2005.
Lakers Home Arena
The Lakers home arena is at Staples Center, which is situated at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. It was inaugurated in 1999. Staples Center till now has hosted seven NBA Finals. Prior to Staples Center, Los Angeles Memorial Arena was their home arena.
Notable Lakers Players in NBA Finals
In 74 years, a total of 26 players of The Lakers team have won the Hall of Fame. Some of the notable Lakers Players in the NBA Finals are:
In 1968 Wilt Chamberlain joined Los Angeles. In the 1971-72 NBA season, he became the NBA Finals most valuable player award.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
After the 1974-75 season, the Lakers purchased Kareem Abdul Jabbar. He teamed up with Magic Johnson to create showtime. Kareem played in 1080, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987and 1988 NBA Finals. He holds the record of the most points with 38,387 points in NBA history.
Magic Johnson is one of the most valuable players of the Lakers. He played for the Lakers from 1979-1991. He came back to the Lakers as a coach and player in 1994. He has played 9 NBA finals for the lakers by playing 13 seasons.
In the 2020 NBA finals, LeBron James put up a stellar performance to snatch the win against the Miami heat. His incredible performance won him the MVP in the finals.
How many times Lakers failed to win the finals
Despite Los Angeles Lakers undoubtedly being one of the best teams in NBA history, unfortunately, they hold the record of most losses in the NBA Finals history. The Lakers have failed to win the finals on 15 occasions. They have lost in the NBA finals in 1954, 1959, 1962, 1965,1966,1968,1969,1970,1973,1983,1984,1989,1991 & 2008
Along with 17 championships and 32 appearances in the NBA Finals, Los Angeles Lakers is one of the most popular and successful franchises in the history of the NBA. The determination of exciting players, incredible support stuff, and let’s not forget about the support of their die-hard fans is the secret to their success. The spectators are expecting that the Lakers continue their legacy and make them proud.