1st Seed Teams That Made the NBA Finals

Summary of how many teams won and lost the NBA Championship after entering the playoffs as the 1 seed, and a full list with all of them one by one with details of year, rival and result of the Finals.

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How many 1 seeds have reached the NBA Finals?
89 teams that arrived to the Playoffs as the 1st seed reached the Finals and 27 times both finalists were the number 1 seeds of that season. A total of 62 Finals have had at least one seed 1 on them.

And how many 1 seeds won the NBA Championship?
Of those 89 teams, 51 won the title (57.3%), while the other 38 lost the Finals.

Summary - 1st Seeded Teams

Champions Lost FinalsWinning % Finalists Finals Made
51
38
.573
89
62

Notes: in multiple years between 1954 and 1972 the Playoffs only had seeds 1, 2 and 3. Seeds are Conference seeds since 1973 and Division seeds previous to that.

1 Seeds that reached the Finals - One by one

Finals
Champion
Runner-up
4-1 vs. Miami Heat (8th)
4-2 vs. Miami Heat (5th)
4-1 vs. Miami Heat (2nd)
4-3 vs. San Antonio Spurs (2nd)
Finals
Champion
Runner-up
4-2 vs. Utah Jazz (1st)
4-2 vs. Utah Jazz (1st)
4-0 vs. Orlando Magic (1st)
Finals
Champion
Runner-up
4-2 vs. Phoenix Suns (1st)
4-2 vs. Houston Rockets (2nd)
Finals
Champion
Runner-up