Who Has Won the Most Championships in NBA History?

Bill Russell has won the most NBA Championships as a player. The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers have won the most team championships with 17 each.

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A view of the Bruins and Celtics Championship Banners in the Boston Garden
That's a lot of fabric

On these lists, you won't find legendary NBA players of yore such as Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

You also won't find current legends like Lebron James and Steph Curry, both of which have won recent NBA titles.

And, you won't find obscure trivia names like Jim Loscutoff, Frank Ramsey.

The people with the most NBA Championship Rings

With regard to the sport, these are the top five people who have won the most championships in NBA History. This includes time spent as a player, as a coach, as an executive, and as an owner.

Fun fact, if you add up all of their titles, you get the same amount of beers Wade Boggs drank on a cross country flight.

Teams with the Most Championship Rings (Titles)

Runners up include the Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, and Miami Heat (a team that does not end in S).

A statue of Boston Celtics Hall of Famer, Bill Russell, winner of 11 championships, in Boston, Massachusetts
Bill Russell Statue in Boston, MA

Players with the Most NBA Championship Rings (Titles)

Runners up include ... everyone who didn't play for the Celtics from 1957 to 1969.

Coaches with the Most NBA Championship Rings (Titles)

Runners up include all of the coaches who went against these Hall of Famers.

Commissioners who have handed out the most NBA Championship Trophies

Even Pro Commissioners need some recognition.

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