NBA Teams With the Most Finals Played

Which teams have played the most NBA Finals and the full list of teams that reached that stage in the Playoffs, ordered by Finals played.

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Which team has played in the most NBA Finals?

The Los Angeles Lakers are the team with the most Finals played in NBA history with 32 appearances in the Championship series. That means that they have been present in 41.0% of a total of 78 NBA Finals.

Most NBA Finals Played

32 finals
Los Angeles Lakers

In 78 editions of the NBA Playoffs, a total of 28 teams have reached the Finals at least once, 21 of them did it 2 or more times and 10 of them did it 5 or more times. Here you can see the full list of these teams ordered by Finals played.

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NBA Teams With the Most Finals Played

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Team
Finals Played
% of NBA's Total Finals
Finals Won
Finals Lost
% of Finals Won
1.Los Angeles Lakers3241.0% 171553.1%
2.Boston Celtics2329.5% 18578.3%
3.Golden State Warriors1215.4% 7558.3%
4.Philadelphia 76ers911.5% 3633.3%
5.New York Knicks810.3% 2625.0%
6.Detroit Pistons79.0% 3442.9%
Miami Heat79.0% 3442.9%
8.Chicago Bulls67.7% 6-100.0%
San Antonio Spurs67.7% 5183.3%
Team
Finals Played
% of NBA's Total Finals
Finals Won
Finals Lost
% of Finals Won
10.Cleveland Cavaliers56.4% 1420.0%
11.Houston Rockets45.1% 2250.0%
Atlanta Hawks45.1% 1325.0%
Oklahoma City Thunder45.1% 1325.0%
Washington Wizards45.1% 1325.0%
15.Milwaukee Bucks33.8% 2166.7%
Dallas Mavericks33.8% 1233.3%
Portland Trail Blazers33.8% 1233.3%
Phoenix Suns33.8% -30.0%
Team
Finals Played
% of NBA's Total Finals
Finals Won
Finals Lost
% of Finals Won
19.Brooklyn Nets22.6% -20.0%
Orlando Magic22.6% -20.0%
Utah Jazz22.6% -20.0%
22.Baltimore Bullets (1st)11.3% 1-100.0%
Denver Nuggets11.3% 1-100.0%
Sacramento Kings11.3% 1-100.0%
Toronto Raptors11.3% 1-100.0%
Chicago Stags11.3% -10.0%
Indiana Pacers11.3% -10.0%
Washington Capitols11.3% -10.0%