List of ABA champions

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The American Basketball Association (ABA) Finals were the championship series of the ABA, a professional basketball league, in which two teams played each other for the title. The ABA was formed in the fall of 1967, and the first ABA Finals were played at the end of the league's first season in the spring of 1968.[1][2] The league ceased operations in 1976 with the ABA-NBA merger and four teams from the ABA continued play in the National Basketball Association.[3]

All ABA Finals were in best-of-seven format and were contested between the winners of the Eastern Division and the Western Division finals. The only teams to win the championship more than once were the Indiana Pacers and the New York Nets. The Indiana Pacers initially played in the ABA Finals in 1969, which they lost to the Oakland Oaks, but they won the championship the next year against the Los Angeles Stars.[4][5] They won in the ABA Finals again in 1972, their first after moving to the Western Division, against the New York Nets and won their final ABA championship against the Kentucky Colonels in 1973.[6][7] The New York Nets won their first championship in 1974 against the Utah Stars, and their second against the Denver Nuggets in 1976.[8][9]

The last ABA Finals were in 1976, after which the ABA-NBA merger took place; three of the four teams that continued into the NBA made it to or won the ABA Finals.[3]

Key[edit]

BoldWinning team of the ABA Finals
Had or tied for the best regular season record for that season
Team (X)Denotes the number of times the team has won

Champions[edit]

YearWestern ChampionResultEastern ChampionReference
1968New Orleans Buccaneers3–4Pittsburgh Pipers[2]
1969Oakland Oaks4–1Indiana Pacers[4]
1970Los Angeles Stars2–4Indiana Pacers[5]
1971Utah Stars4–3Kentucky Colonels[10]
1972Indiana Pacers (2)[a]4–2New York Nets[6]
1973Indiana Pacers (3)4–3Kentucky Colonels[7]
1974Utah Stars1–4New York Nets[8]
1975Indiana Pacers1–4Kentucky Colonels[11]
YearWinnerResultRunners-upReference
1976New York Nets (2)4–2Denver Nuggets[9]

Results by teams[edit]

TeamsFinals
appearances
ChampionshipsRunners-upYears wonYears runners-up
Indiana Pacers5321970, 1972, 19731969, 1975
New York Nets3211974, 19761972
Kentucky Colonels31219751971, 1973
Los Angeles / Utah Stars31219711970, 1974
Oakland Oaks1101969
Pittsburgh Pipers1101968
Denver Nuggets1011976
New Orleans Buccaneers1011968

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1967–68 ABA Regular Season Standings". RemembertheABA.com. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  2. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1968 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  3. ^ a b "ABA History - The Original American Basketball Association". InsideHoops.com. 2004-02-12. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  4. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1969 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  5. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1970 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  6. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1972 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  7. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1973 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  8. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1974 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  9. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1976 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  10. ^ Sports Reference LLC. "1971 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  11. ^ Sports Reference LLC. "1975 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  12. ^ "Year by Year with the Pacers". National Basketball Association. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 

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