50 Greatest Players in NBA History

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The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (also referred to as NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team or NBA's Top 50) were chosen in 1996 to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA). These fifty players were selected through a vote by a panel of media members, former players and coaches, and current and former general managers. In addition, the top ten head coaches and top ten single-season teams in NBA history were selected by media members as part of the celebration.[1] The fifty players had to have played at least a portion of their careers in the NBA and were selected irrespective of position played.

The list was announced by NBA commissioner David Stern on October 29, 1996, at the hotel Grand Hyatt New York, the former site of the Commodore Hotel, where the original NBA charter was signed on June 6, 1946. The announcement marked the beginning of a season-long celebration of the league's anniversary.[1] Forty-seven of the fifty players were later assembled in Cleveland, during the halftime ceremony of the 1997 All-Star Game.[1] Three players were absent: Pete Maravich, who had died in 1988, at forty;[2] Shaquille O'Neal, who was recovering from a knee injury; and Jerry West, who was scheduled to have surgery for an ear infection and could not fly.[3] At the time of the announcement, eleven players were active; all have subsequently retired. O'Neal was the last to be active in the NBA, retiring at the end of the 2010–11 season.[4]

Players selected[edit]

Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who voted as a player, was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
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Larry Bird, who voted as a team representative, was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
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Wilt Chamberlain, who voted as a player, was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
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Michael Jordan was active at the time of the announcement of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
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Shaquille O'Neal was the last active member of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Selection process[edit]

The list was compiled through unranked voting completed by fifty selected panelists. Sixteen of the panelists were former players voting in their roles as players, thirteen were members of the print and broadcast news media, and twenty-one were team representatives: contemporary and former general managers, head coaches, and executives. Of the last group, thirteen were former NBA players. Players were prohibited from voting for themselves. Only three voting veterans (Bill Bradley, Johnny Kerr, and Bob Lanier) were not selected to the team.

Voters[edit]

*Denotes voter who was selected to the 50 Greatest Players list
Voter categoryAs categorized by the NBA
NameVoter category
Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*Player
Albert, MarvMarv AlbertMedia member
Attles, AlAl AttlesTeam
Auerbach, RedRed AuerbachTeam
Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor*Team
Bing, DaveDave Bing*Player
Bird, LarryLarry Bird*Team
Blake, MartyMarty BlakeTeam
Blinebury, FranFran BlineburyMedia member
Bradley, BillBill BradleyPlayer
Brown, HubieHubie BrownTeam
Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain*Player
Chortkoff, MitchMitch ChortkoffMedia member
Cousy, BobBob Cousy*Player
Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham*Team
Daly, ChuckChuck DalyTeam
DuPree, DavidDavid DuPreeMedia member
Embry, WayneWayne EmbryTeam
Erving, JuliusJulius Erving*Player
Gilmartin, JoeJoe GilmartinMedia member
Goldaper, SamSam GoldaperMedia member
Hannum, AlexAlex HannumTeam
Harrison, LesterLester HarrisonTeam
Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek*Player
Hearn, ChickChick HearnMedia member
Holzman, RedRed HolzmanTeam
Jasner, PhilPhil JasnerMedia member
Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson*Player
Kerr, JohnnyJohnny KerrPlayer
Koppett, LeonardLeonard KoppettMedia member
Lanier, BobBob LanierPlayer
Layden, FrankFrank LaydenTeam
Lewin, LeonardLeonard LewinMedia member
McCallum, JackJack McCallumMedia member
McGuire, DickDick McGuireTeam
Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan*Player
Pettit, BobBob Pettit*Player
Pollack, HarveyHarvey PollackTeam
Ramsay, JackJack RamsayTeam
Reed, WillisWillis Reed*Team
Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson*Player
Russell, BillBill Russell*Player
Ryan, BobBob RyanMedia member
Schayes, DolphDolph Schayes*Player
Sharman, BillBill Sharman*Player
Shue, GeneGene ShueTeam
Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas*Team
Unseld, WesWes Unseld*Team
Vecsey, PeterPeter VecseyMedia member
West, JerryJerry West*Team

List[edit]

Eleven players (Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Robert Parish, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson and John Stockton) were active in the 1996–97 season, during which the team was announced. O'Neal was the last to be active in the NBA, retiring at the end of the 2010–11 season. All of the selected players except O'Neal have, as of 2013, been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Under current Hall of Fame rules, a player must be retired for five years before becoming eligible for election and induction as a player; therefore, O'Neal will not be eligible until the induction class of 2017. Lenny Wilkens was the only member of the players list to have been selected as a member of the coaches list.

ItalicsDenotes player who was active in the NBA at the time of induction
*Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
All StarDenotes number of All-Star appearances
YearDenotes year of Basketball Hall of Fame induction
GGuardFForwardCCenter
PosPositionPtsPointsRebRebounds
AstAssistsMVPMost Valuable Player

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2010–11 season, the last in which any player on the 50 Greatest list was active.

NameTeam(s) played for (years)[a]PosPtsRebAstChampionships won[b]MVP wonFinals MVP wonAllStarYearRef.
Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*Milwaukee Bucks (19691975)
Los Angeles Lakers (19751989)
C38,38717,4405,660 6 (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) 6 (1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980) 2 (1971, 1985)191995[5]
Archibald, NateNate Archibald*Cincinnati Royals / Kansas City-Omaha / Kansas City Kings (19701976)
New York Nets (1976–1977)
Boston Celtics (19781983)
Milwaukee Bucks (1983–1984)
G16,4812,0466,476 1 (1981) None None61991[6]
Arizin, PaulPaul Arizin*Philadelphia Warriors (19501962)F/G16,2666,1291,665 1 (1956) None None101978[7]
Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley*Philadelphia 76ers (19841992)
Phoenix Suns (19921996)
Houston Rockets (19962000)
F23,75712,5464,215 None 1 (1993) None112006[8]
Barry, RickRick Barry*San Francisco / Golden State Warriors (19651967, 19721978)
Houston Rockets (19781980)
F18,3955,1684,017 1 (1975) None 1 (1975)81987[9]
Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor*Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers (19581971)F23,14911,4633,650 None None None111977[10]
Bing, DaveDave Bing*Detroit Pistons (19661975)
Washington Bullets (19751977)
Boston Celtics (1977–1978)
G18,3273,4205,397 None None None71990[11]
Bird, LarryLarry Bird*Boston Celtics (19791992)F21,7918,9745,695 3 (1981, 1984, 1986) 3 (1984, 1985, 1986) 2 (1984, 1986)121998[12]
Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain*Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors (19591965)
Philadelphia 76ers (19651968)
Los Angeles Lakers (19681973)
C31,41923,9244,643 2 (1967, 1972) 4 (1960, 1966, 1967, 1968) 1 (1972)131979[13]
Cousy, BobBob Cousy*Boston Celtics (19501963)
Cincinnati Royals (1969–1970)
G16,9604,7866,955 6 (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963) 1 (1957) None131971[14]
Cowens, DaveDave Cowens*Boston Celtics (19701980)
Milwaukee Bucks (1982–1983)
C/F13,51610,4442,910 2 (1974, 1976) 1 (1973) None71991[15]
Cunningham, BillyBilly Cunningham*Philadelphia 76ers (19651972)
Philadelphia 76ers (19741976)
F/C13,6266,6382,625 2 (1967, 1983) None None41986[16]
DeBusschere, DaveDave DeBusschere*Detroit Pistons (19621968)
New York Knicks (19681974)
F/G14,0539,6182,497 2 (1970, 1973) None None81983[17]
Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler*Portland Trail Blazers (19831995)
Houston Rockets (19951998)
G/F22,1956,6776,125 1 (1995) None None102004[18]
Erving, JuliusJulius Erving*Philadelphia 76ers (19761987)F/G18,3645,6013,224 1 (1983) 1 (1981) None111993[19]
Ewing, PatrickPatrick Ewing*New York Knicks (19852000)
Seattle SuperSonics (2000–2001)
Orlando Magic (2001–2002)
C/F24,81511,6072,215 None None None112008[20]
Frazier, WaltWalt Frazier*New York Knicks (19671977)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19771980)
G15,5814,8305,040 2 (1970, 1973) None None71987[21]
Gervin, GeorgeGeorge Gervin*San Antonio Spurs (19761985)
Chicago Bulls (1985–1986)
G/F20,7083,6072,214 None None None91996[22]
Greer, HalHal Greer*Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers (19581973)G/F21,5865,6654,540 1 (1967) None None101982[23]
Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek*Boston Celtics (19621978)F/G26,3958,0076,114 8 (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976) None 1 (1974)131984[24]
Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes*San Diego / Houston Rockets (19681972, 19811984)
Baltimore / Capital / Washington Bullets (19721981)
F/C27,31316,2792,398 1 (1978) None None121990[25]
Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson*Los Angeles Lakers (19791991, 1996)G/F17,7076,55910,141 5 (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) 3 (1987, 1989, 1990) 3 (1980, 1982, 1987)122002[26]
Jones, SamSam Jones*Boston Celtics (19571969)G/F15,4114,3052,209 10 (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969) None None51984[27]
Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan*Chicago Bulls (19841993, 19951998)
Washington Wizards (20012003)
G/F32,2926,6725,633 6 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998) 5 (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998) 6 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)142009[28]
Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas*Cincinnati Royals (19631969)
San Francisco Warriors (19691971)
New York Knicks (19711974)
F/C14,05312,9422,732 1 (1973) None None71980[29]
Malone, KarlKarl Malone*Utah Jazz (19852003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2004)
F36,92814,9685,248 None 2 (1997, 1999) None142010[30]
Malone, MosesMoses Malone*Buffalo Braves (1976)
Houston Rockets (19761982)
Philadelphia 76ers (19821986, 1993–1994)
Washington Bullets (19861988)
Atlanta Hawks (19881991)
Milwaukee Bucks (19911993)
San Antonio Spurs (1994–1995)
C/F27,40916,2121,796 1 (1983) 3 (1979, 1982, 1983) 1 (1983)122001[31]
Maravich, PetePete Maravich*Atlanta Hawks (19701974)
New Orleans / Utah Jazz (19741980)
Boston Celtics (1980)
G15,9482,7473,563 None None None51987[32]
McHale, KevinKevin McHale*Boston Celtics (19801993)F/C17,3357,1221,670 3 (1981, 1984, 1986) None None71999[33]
Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan*Minneapolis Lakers (19481956)C10,1564,1671,245 5 (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954) None None41959[34]
Monroe, EarlEarl Monroe*Baltimore Bullets (19671971)
New York Knicks (19711980)
G17,4542,7963,594 1 (1973) None None41990[35]
Olajuwon, HakeemHakeem Olajuwon*Houston Rockets (19842001)
Toronto Raptors (2001–2002)
C26,94613,7483,058 2 (1994, 1995) 1 (1994) 2 (1994, 1995)122008[36]
OnealShaquille O'NealOrlando Magic (19921996)
Los Angeles Lakers (19962004)
Miami Heat (20042008)
Phoenix Suns (20082009)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2009–2010)
Boston Celtics (2010–2011)
C28,59613,0993,026 4 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006) 1 (2000) 3 (2000, 2001, 2002)15[37]
Parish, RobertRobert Parish*Golden State Warriors (19761980)
Boston Celtics (19801994)
Charlotte Hornets (19941996)
Chicago Bulls (1996–1997)
C23,33414,7152,180 4 (1981, 1984, 1986, 1997) None None92003[38]
Pettit, BobBob Pettit*Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks (19541965)F/C20,88012,8492,369 1 (1958) 2 (1956, 1959) None111971[39]
Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen*Chicago Bulls (19871998, 2003–2004)
Houston Rockets (1998–1999)
Portland Trail Blazers (19992003)
F/G18,9407,4946,135 6 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998) None None72010[40]
Reed, WillisWillis Reed*New York Knicks (19641974)C/F12,1838,4141,186 2 (1970, 1973) 1 (1970) 2 (1970, 1973)71982[41]
Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson*Cincinnati Royals (19601970)
Milwaukee Bucks (19701974)
G/F26,7107,8049,887 1 (1971) 1 (1964) None121980[42]
Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson*San Antonio Spurs (19892003)C20,79010,4972,441 2 (1999, 2003) 1 (1995) None102009[43]
Russell, BillBill Russell*Boston Celtics (19561969)C14,52221,6204,100 11 (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969) 5 (1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965) None121975[44]
Schayes, DolphDolph Schayes*Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers (19491964)F/C18,43811,2563,072 1 (1955) None None121973[45]
Sharman, BillBill Sharman*Washington Capitols (1950–1951)
Boston Celtics (19511961)
G12,6652,7792,101 4 (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961) None None81976[46]
Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton*Utah Jazz (19842003)G19,7114,05115,806 None None None102009[47]
Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas*Detroit Pistons (19811994)G18,8223,4789,061 2 (1989, 1990) None 1 (1990)122000[48]
Thurmond, NateNate Thurmond*San Francisco / Golden State Warriors (19631974)
Chicago Bulls (19741975)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19751977)
C/F14,43714,4642,575 None None None71985[49]
Unseld, WesWes Unseld*Baltimore / Capital / Washington Bullets (19681981)C/F10,62413,7693,822 1 (1978) 1 (1969) 1 (1978)51988[50]
Walton, BillBill Walton*Portland Trail Blazers (19741979)
San Diego / Los Angeles Clippers (19791985)
Boston Celtics (19851987)
C/F6,2154,9231,590 2 (1977, 1986) 1 (1978) 1 (1977)21993[51]
West, JerryJerry West*Los Angeles Lakers (19601974)G/F25,1925,3666,238 1 (1972) None 1 (1969)141980[52]
Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens*St. Louis Hawks (19601968)
Seattle SuperSonics (19681972)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19721974)
Portland Trail Blazers (1974–1975)
G17,7725,0307,211 1 (1979) None None91989[53]
Worthy, JamesJames Worthy*Los Angeles Lakers (19821994)F16,3204,7082,791 3 (1985, 1987, 1988) None 1 (1988)72003[54]

Top 10 Coaches in NBA History[edit]

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Red Auerbach (left) and Phil Jackson (right) both made the 1996 list of the top ten coaches in NBA history.

Alongside the selection of the 50 greatest players, was the selection of the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History. The list was compiled based upon unranked selection undertaken exclusively by members of the print and broadcast media who regularly cover the NBA. All 10 coaches named were alive at the time of the list's announcement, and four of them—Phil Jackson, Don Nelson, Pat Riley, and Lenny Wilkens—were then active. Four have since died: Red Holzman in 1998, Red Auerbach in 2006, Chuck Daly in 2009, and Jack Ramsay in 2014. Jackson was the last of the ten to coach in the NBA; he announced his retirement after the 2010–11 season. Nelson was the only member to have never won a championship as a coach, even though he won five as a player. Wilkens was the only member of the coaches list to have been selected as a member of the players list.

*Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
YearDenotes year of Basketball Hall of Fame induction
CoachTeam(s) coached (years)[a]Coaching recordChampionships won as coach[b]Coach of the Year award(s) wonYearRef.
Auerbach, RedRed Auerbach*Washington Capitols (19461949)
Tri-Cities Blackhawks (1949–1950)
Boston Celtics (19501965)
938–479 (.662) 9 (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966) 1 (1965)1969[55]
Daly, ChuckChuck Daly*Cleveland Cavaliers (1982)
Detroit Pistons (19831992)
New Jersey Nets (19921994)
Orlando Magic (19971999)
564–379 (.598)
638–437 (.593)[c]
2 (1989, 1990) None1994[56]
Fitch, BillBill FitchCleveland Cavaliers (19701979)
Boston Celtics (19791983)
Houston Rockets (19831988)
New Jersey Nets (19891992)
Los Angeles Clippers (19941998)
944–1106 (.460) 1 (1981) 2 (1976, 1980)[57]
Holzman, RedRed Holzman*Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks (19541956)
New York Knicks (19671982)
696–604 (.535) 2 (1970, 1973) 1 (1970)1986[58]
Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson*Chicago Bulls (19891998)
Los Angeles Lakers (19992004, 20052011)
414–160 (.721)
1155–485 (.704)[c]
11 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010) 1 (1996)2007[59]
Kundla, JohnJohn Kundla*Minneapolis Lakers (19481959) 423–302 (.583) 5 (1949 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954) None1995[60]
Nelson, DonDon Nelson*Milwaukee Bucks (19761987)
Golden State Warriors (19881995, 20062010)
New York Knicks (1995–1996)
Dallas Mavericks (19972005)
851–629 (.575)
1335–1063 (.557)[c]
None 3 (1983, 1985, 1992)2012[61][62]
Ramsay, JackJack Ramsay*Philadelphia 76ers (19681972)
Buffalo Braves (19721976)
Portland Trail Blazers (19761986)
Indiana Pacers (19861988)
864–783 (.525) 1 (1977) None1992[63]
Riley, PatPat Riley*Los Angeles Lakers (19811990)
New York Knicks (19911995)
Miami Heat (19952003, 20052008)
798–339 (.702)
1210–694 (.636)[c]
5 (1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2006) 3 (1990, 1993, 1997)2008[64]
Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens*Seattle SuperSonics (19691972, 19771985)
Portland Trail Blazers (19741976)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19861993)
Atlanta Hawks (19932000)
Toronto Raptors (20002003)
New York Knicks (20042005)
1014–850 (.544)
1332–1155 (.536)[c]
1 (1979) 1 (1994)1998[65]

Top 10 Teams in NBA History[edit]

Also included in the NBA's 50th-anniversary celebration was the selection of the Top 10 Teams in NBA History. The list was compiled based upon unranked selection undertaken exclusively by members of the print and broadcast media who regularly cover the NBA. Teams were chosen from among all single-season individual teams. Each team won the NBA championship, and they combined to average 66 wins per season. The 1995–96 Chicago Bulls had the best single-season record in NBA history with 72 wins.

Six out of the thirty NBA franchises (twenty-nine franchises at the time of announcement) had a team named to the list; the Boston Celtics, the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers had two teams selected.

Six players were on the roster of two teams on the list—Wilt Chamberlain with the 1966–67 Sixers and 1971–72 Lakers; James Edwards, Dennis Rodman, and John Salley with the 1988–89 Pistons and 1995–96 Bulls; and Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen with the Bulls in both 1991–92 and 1995–96. Three other individuals both played for and coached honored teams, all of whom completed this "double" with a single franchise—K. C. Jones with the Celtics as a player in 1964–65 and coach in 1985–86, Billy Cunningham with the Sixers as a player in 1966–67 and coach in 1982–83, and Pat Riley with the Lakers as a player in 1971–72 and coach in 1986–87. Phil Jackson, head coach of the Bulls from 1989 to 1998, was the only man to coach two teams that made the list. Although Jackson was under contract to the Knicks as a player in their 1969–70 championship season, he did not play that season as he was recovering from spinal fusion surgery.[66]

Players whose names are italicized were inducted after the announcement of the ten best teams. The Hall of Famers listed for each individual team are solely those inducted as players, and do not include those inducted in other roles.

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoffs
result
Roster and head coachPlayers in the
Hall of Fame
Players on the
50 Greatest Players list
Ref.
1964–65Boston Celtics 62–18 (.775)Won 1965 Finals
vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Ron Bonham, Mel Counts, John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn, K. C. Jones, Sam Jones, Willie Naulls, Bevo Nordmann, Bill Russell, Tom Sanders, Larry Siegfried, John Thompson, Gerry Ward, coach Red Auerbach[d] 5 (K. Jones, S. Jones, Heinsohn, Russell, Havlicek)[e] 3 (S. Jones, Russell, Havlicek)[67]
1966–67Philadelphia 76ers 68–13 (.840)Won 1967 Finals
vs. San Fran. Warriors
Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Costello, Billy Cunningham, Dave Gambee, Hal Greer, Matt Guokas, Luke Jackson, Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni, Chet Walker, Bob Weiss, coach Alex Hannum[d] 4 (Greer, Chamberlain, Cunningham, Walker) 3 (Greer, Chamberlain, Cunningham)[68]
1969–70New York Knicks 60–22 (.732)Won 1970 Finals
vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Dick Barnett, Nate Bowman, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Walt Frazier, Bill Hosket, Don May, Willis Reed, Mike Riordan, Cazzie Russell, Dave Stallworth, John Warren, coach Red Holzman[d] 4 (Frazier, Bradley, DeBusschere, Reed) 3 (Frazier, DeBusschere, Reed)[69]
1971–72Los Angeles Lakers 69–13 (.841)Won 1972 Finals
vs. New York Knicks
Wilt Chamberlain, Jim Cleamons, LeRoy Ellis, Keith Erickson, Gail Goodrich, Happy Hairston, Jim McMillian, Pat Riley, Flynn Robinson, John Trapp, Jerry West, coach Bill Sharman[d] 4 (Goodrich, West, Chamberlain, Baylor[f]) 3 (West, Chamberlain, Baylor)[70]
1982–83Philadelphia 76ers 65–17 (.793)Won 1983 Finals
vs. Los Angeles Lakers
J. J. Anderson, Maurice Cheeks, Earl Cureton, Franklin Edwards, Julius Erving, Marc Iavaroni, Clemon Johnson, Reggie Johnson, Bobby Jones, Moses Malone, Mark McNamara, Clint Richardson, Russ Schoene, Andrew Toney, coach Billy Cunningham 2 (Erving, Malone) 2 (Erving, Malone)[71]
1985–86Boston Celtics 67–15 (.817)Won 1986 Finals
vs. Houston Rockets
Danny Ainge, Larry Bird, Rick Carlisle, Dennis Johnson, Greg Kite, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Jerry Sichting, David Thirdkill, Sam Vincent, Bill Walton, Scott Wedman, Sly Williams, coach K. C. Jones 5 (McHale, Bird, Parish, Walton, Johnson) 4 (McHale, Bird, Parish, Walton)[72]
1986–87Los Angeles Lakers 65–17 (.793)Won 1987 Finals
vs. Boston Celtics
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Adrian Branch, Frank Brickowski, Michael Cooper, A. C. Green, Magic Johnson, Wes Matthews, Kurt Rambis, Mike Smrek, Byron Scott, Billy Thompson, Mychal Thompson, James Worthy, coach Pat Riley[d] 3 (Johnson, Worthy, Abdul-Jabbar) 3 (Johnson, Worthy, Abdul-Jabbar)[73]
1988–89Detroit Pistons 63–19 (.768)Won 1989 Finals
vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Mark Aguirre, Adrian Dantley, Darryl Dawkins, Fennis Dembo, Joe Dumars, James Edwards, Steve Harris, Vinnie Johnson, Bill Laimbeer, John Long, Rick Mahorn, Pace Mannion, Dennis Rodman, Jim Rowinski, John Salley, Isiah Thomas, Micheal Williams, coach Chuck Daly[d] 4 (Thomas, Dumars, Dantley, Rodman) 1 (Thomas)[74]
1991–92Chicago Bulls 67–15 (.817)Won 1992 Finals
vs. Portland Blazers
B. J. Armstrong, Bill Cartwright, Horace Grant, Bob Hansen, Craig Hodges, Dennis Hopson, Michael Jordan, Stacey King, Cliff Levingston, Chuck Nevitt, John Paxson, Will Perdue, Scottie Pippen, Mark Randall, Rory Sparrow, Scott Williams, coach Phil Jackson[d] 2 (Jordan, Pippen) 2 (Jordan, Pippen)[75]
1995–96Chicago Bulls 72–10 (.878)Won 1996 Finals
vs. Seattle Sonics
Randy Brown, Jud Buechler, Jason Caffey, James Edwards, Jack Haley, Ron Harper, Michael Jordan, Steve Kerr, Luc Longley, Toni Kukoč, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, John Salley, Dickey Simpkins, Bill Wennington, coach Phil Jackson[d] 3 (Jordan, Pippen, Rodman) 2 (Jordan, Pippen)[76]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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