2020 NBA Championship Odds & Predictions

NBA Championship Predictions

  • The 2019-2020 NBA season is back in full swing!
  • 22 teams have been invited to the Orlando NBA Campus at Disney World to resume the season and fight for the NBA Championship.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers are the sportsbooks favorite to win the 2020 NBA Championship!

The NBA Championship and lifting the Larry O’Brien Trophy is the ultimate goal of every team in the NBA. Franchises can live or die by their success, as markets without championship aspirations have folded and been born again in new cities. On the other side, some franchises have dominated the NBA by winning multiple championships.

As of 2019, the reigning champions are the Toronto Raptors. Due to the suspension of the NBA season, in accordance with coronavirus protocols, the Toronto Raptors are the longest ever reigning Champions. They are also the first NBA Champion franchise not based out of the United States.

With the NBA bubble coming into effect, shortened schedule, and accelerated NBA Playoffs, predicting who will come out on top as champions is harder than ever! We go over our predictions, the odds, and the history of the NBA Championship below!

Who Is the Favorite to Win the 2020 NBA Championship?

2020 NBA Championship Odds

All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook (September 21, 2020)

LA Lakers-400
MIA Heat+550
BOS Celtics+700
DEN Nuggets+5000

At the top of the list for most sports bettors and fans are, naturally, the two best teams in the NBA this season. The Los Angeles Lakers, reinvigorated by a motivated LeBron James and a newly acquired Anthony Davis, lead the Western Conference standings with a 49-14 record over 63 games played.

In the other conference, the Milwaukee Bucks, led by 2019 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, have looked refocused after being knocked out by the eventual champion Toronto Raptors last season. The Bucks have the best record in the Eastern Conference and the NBA as a whole, boasting a 53-12 record over 65 games played.

It’s natural for the public to bet on the best two teams in the league, but you shouldn’t fail to recognize the success and chances of some of the apparent underdogs. The reigning champion Toronto Raptors, Lakers arena rival the LA Clippers, and the James Harden led Houston Rockets will certainly give them a run for their money.

Breaking down the 2020 NBA Championship hopefuls:

True Contenders

These teams are the cream of the crop. Dominant in both conferences and having the ability to overcome the toughest odds, these teams are the easy choices to at least make the Eastern Conference Finals.

Los Angeles Lakers (+250) (49-14, 1st in Western Conference, 2nd in NBA)

Key Players: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green

The Los Angeles Lakers have quickly found themselves back in the limelight after what was a forgettable debut season in purple and gold for LeBron James. Bolstered by the addition of All-NBA and All-Defensive talent Anthony Davis, and a new cast of efficient role players, the Lakers are the clear favourites to win this year’s NBA Championship.

Any team with LeBron James will have a chance to be in the title conversation, but it is the Lakers’ new found defensive focus that has fueled them to their current success. Currently ranked third overall in defensive rating (106.43), the Los Angeles Lakers have shown the ability to compete on both sides of the court. With Anthony Davis leading their defensive unit, and a perimeter guard led by Danny Green, the Lakers have been able to quell even the most prolific offences.

If there is any question regarding the Lakers’ ability to win the title it is around their depth. With Rajon Rondo out for four-to-six weeks and Avery Bradley out for the season, concerns swirl around the Lakers bench. LeBron James has carried teams to the finals before, but rarely has he succeeded without a proper supporting cast. Is Davis the player to make the difference? At the least Davis is, without a doubt, the best teammate LeBron James has had since Dwyane Wade.

Milwaukee Bucks (+250) (53-12, 1st in Eastern Conference, 1st in NBA)

Key Players: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe

Any team led by the reigning league MVP will usually have a good shout at the NBA title. Unexpectedly, the 2019 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is having an even better season while playing less minutes. Antetokounmpo has been unstoppable on the court, leading the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating (31.6) by a wide margin. Against their key competitors in the league – the LA Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Toronto Raptors – the Bucks have five wins and one loss.

The Bucks didn’t make many changes after their Eastern Conference Finals run last season. They returned with a similar squad, more focused on improving their execution than upgrading any single position. It is hard to say that it was the wrong choice, as they currently sit first overall in the league and the Eastern Conference.

Their issue going into this playoff will be the same as last year. Can the Milwaukee role players execute when all the focus is on Giannis? When they were eliminated by the Toronto Raptors during the 2019 NBA Playoffs, the Bucks were exposed. For all of Antetokounmpo’s effort, the Bucks didn’t have enough around him to make up the difference. With a similar roster, there will be nothing for the Bucks to hide behind this time around.

LA Clippers (+320) (44-20, 2nd in Western Conference, 4th in NBA)

Key Players: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Lou Williams

Talk all you want about load management, Kawhi Leonard is one of the NBA’s biggest stars. Not only is he proving that last season’s NBA Finals MVP worthy campaign wasn’t a fluke, Leonard has a supporting cast as strong, if not stronger, than he had when he was with his championship Raptors side. The Clippers have found incredible success this season, despite an inconsistent participation schedule between their two stars in Leonard and George.

The Clippers’ strength lies in the diversity of their attack. Yes, with Leonard and George they are one of the best defensive teams in the league. But with Lou Williams leading a blue collar bench unit, not only can the Clippers create new looks and exploit different matchups on the fly, they don’t lose much efficiency when Leonard or George leave the court. Their bench is first in the league in points per game at 51.5.

LA will be hoping, much like Toronto did last year, that the load management afforded to Kawhi Leonard will help them dominate the post season. They have the depth, it is just up to whether or not their ailing stars have the health to maintain their performance during a compressed schedule.

Toronto Raptors (+1400) (46-18, 2nd in Eastern Conference, 3rd in NBA)

Key Players: Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Fred Vanvleet

The success story of the 2019-2020 NBA season, the Toronto Raptors are in a position that very few foresaw them in. The reigning NBA Champions lost their biggest star in the offseason, couldn’t hold on to Kawhi Leonard, and looked like their old selves – a team of solid castaways and role players. Instead of failing, the Toronto Raptors have worked themselves to the second seed in the East and the third-best record in the NBA. But how did they do it?

All credit goes to the players and second year head coach Nick Nurse and his staff. An innovative offensive team and the league’s second-best defence, the Toronto Raptors have been teaching the entire NBA that the reigning NBA Champions aren’t so willing to give up their crown. Despite ranking third overall in man games lost due to injury, the Raptors have found their way to a 46-18 record after 64 games – the same record they had last year with Kawhi Leonard leading them.

Much of it is owed to the continued presence of veterans Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, and Marc Gasol, and the rise of young stars Pascal Siakam and Fred Vanvleet. Home to just a single lottery pick, Stanley Johnson who has played 4.8 minutes per game over 20 games, the Raptors rely on fantastic decision making and lockdown defence. They’re expected to struggle without a singularly brilliant player in isolation, but they hope to make up for it with a cavalcade of efficient, impact-heavy role players like Terence Davis, Chris Boucher, and Matt Thomas.

Worthy Underdogs

There are a lot of eyes following these teams. They may not have the championship DNA or starpower to suggest they can make their way to the top, but their brilliance in certain areas and seasons success show that they could upset a lot of sportsbooks.

Houston Rockets (+1600) (40-24, 6th in Western Conference, 10th in NBA)

Key Players: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, P.J. Tucker

The Houston Rockets have been one of the most confusing teams in the past four seasons. Now led by two former MVP winners in James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the Rockets are one of the most prolific scoring teams in league history. After parting ways with Clint Capela, the Houston Rockets committed entirely to Mike D’Antoni’s small ball aspirations. With a secondary star in Westbrook and a better than usual defensive rating (103.3, 15th of 30) the Rockets could surprise a lot of people.

Loaded with a number of versatile defenders, the Rockets have shown that they are effective in switches. With the renewed season and the playoffs likely moving to a slower pace, concerns surround the Rockets regarding how they might defend at the basket. They were able to make it by for the few games after trading Capela, but their interior weakness is unlikely to be addressed.

Boston Celtics (+2000) (43-21, 3rd in Eastern Conference, 5th in NBA)

Key Players: Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart

The Boston Celtics have been given a lot of credit by the public. They currently have the fifth best odds to win the NBA Championship, even better than their third ranked conference rivals the Toronto Raptors. A lot has to do with the Celtics’ excellent individual players. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have taken their play to another level this season, while new acquisition Kemba Walker is just what they needed to balance ball movement and scoring.

The issue with Boston moving forward is their overall inexperience in successful playoff series. While they have incredible individual ability, the Celtics have struggled against organized team defences. Contrary to when Brad Stevens stepped into the fold, the Celtics have relied on isolation scoring more and more. Compared to 2016-2017, where Boston was fifth overall on assists per field-goal made, they currently rank 25th overall in the league in the same category. The Celtics seem to be the ultimate high-risk, high-reward team.

Philadelphia 76ers (+2200) (39-26, 6th in Eastern Conference, 12th in NBA)

Key Players: Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Al Horford

The Philadelphia 76ers are the truest description of an enigma in the current NBA. Their young players Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are ultra-talented, but they lack a cohesiveness that could really send them over the top. Despite their shortcomings, the Sixers still have the talent to challenge for the title. It starts and ends with their defence. With Ben Simmons protecting the point of attack and Joel Embiid protecting the rim, Philly likely has the best two-man inside-out defensive combination in the NBA. Their ability to lock down teams on either front is matched only by the best in the league.

Where Philly may struggle is in their ability to score the ball. They are 21st in points per game and 17th overall in offensive rating at 110.4. The Sixers are about average both in the paint and from the perimeter. Owing to the offensive incompatibility of Embiid and Simmons, Philadelphia’s spacing can be dreadful at times. In one-on-one situations, few can stop Embiid or Simmons. It will be up to the efficiency of role players like Tobias Harris, Josh Richardson, and Matisse Thybulle to convert on what will surely be a fair number of bailout plays.

Denver Nuggets (+3000) (43-22, 3rd in Western Conference, 6th in NBA)

Key Players: Nikola Jokic, Will Barton, Jamal Murray

The Denver Nuggets are continuing their hot streak from last season. Led by the near incomparable skill set of All-Star Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets remain one of the Western Conference powers, despite the exponential improvement of the Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Clippers. Much of their success is due to their home court advantage, where they are 25-8 this season.

Where the Denver Nuggets will be dangerous is in their diversified attack. While they have some capable isolation scorers in Murray, Jokic, Barton, and Harris, head coach Michael Malone is partial to a more egalitarian offence. Denver assists on 64.6% of their field-goals, good enough for second in the NBA. In the crunch they may go to Jokic, but they’ll succeed by moving the ball and getting easy baskets.

Happy to be Here

We expect teams in this grouping to be competitive. However, due to roster imbalances, poor production in specific areas, or particularly bad matchups against the top teams, it is difficult to endorse any team here beyond the second round.

Miami Heat (+3000) (41-24, 4th in Eastern Conference, 8th in NBA)

Key Players: Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic

The Miami Heat really straddle the line of being “Happy to be Here” and being “Worthy Underdogs”. Why is that? The Heat are a bit like the Toronto Raptors, well equipped across the board but without that transcendent star. On the other hand, Miami depends on the contributions of a lot of young players and journeymen known for their lack of success in the NBA Playoffs. It has worked so far, mostly due to the brilliance of head coach Erick Spoelstra.

Excellent defensively and incredibly efficient when scoring the ball, the Miami Heat rely on fantastic ball movement and a league best three-point shooting stable. Miami may be the best team in this section, but it doesn’t change the fact that their only capable isolation scorer is Jimmy Butler. It’ll come down to their defence and start. The Heat are fourth overall in points allowed in the first quarter at 26.3, a strong opening has generally been their best avenue to victory.

Utah Jazz (+4000) (41-23, 4th in Western Conference, 7th in NBA)

Key Players: Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles

The Utah Jazz have been navigating a difficult space since the coronavirus pandemic took over the sports world. While the Jazz were at the center of the ordeal, it overshadowed their positive play over the course of the season. Donovan Mitchell has continued his brilliant rise while the addition of Bojan Bogdanovic was a boon to their offence. Utah’s offence can be streaky, but difficult to manage when they get going.

Utah plays at a slow pace, but they’ve been reasonably efficient at that rate. On the defensive side of things, they are still anchored by Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert. The acquisition of Mike Conley hasn’t quite worked out, but he had begun to find his feet as the season went on. Utah ranks first in opponent assists allowed, owing to their versatility on defence. They’ve shown the ability to stop the team attack, but in the clutch we’re not quite sure who they can lean on on either end of the court.

Oklahoma City Thunder (+7000) (40-24, 5th in Western Conference, 9th in NBA)

Key Players: Chris Paul, Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The Oklahoma City Thunder are an interesting team. Despite doing away with three eventual league MVP’s, the most recent being Russell Westbrook, the Thunder still find their way into the playoff race. Due to the leadership of Chris Paul and the development and contribution of young guards Dennis Schroeder and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder have continued their success when many thought they’d falter.

To say that Oklahoma City are dependent on their guard play would be an understatement. Chris Paul, Dennis Schroeder, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander have a usage rating of 23% or higher when they are on the court. The combination of the three yields the best offensive rating (127.1) of any three-man lineup who has played more than 50 games. Unfortunately, their tremendous guard play can be undermined by their less than stellar interior play. In the bottom third of the league in points in the paint, interior offence is the main concern for the Thunder in a more deliberate playoff setting.

Indiana Pacers (+10000) (39-26, 5th in Eastern Conference, 11th in NBA)

Key Players: Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon, Victor Oladipo

Nate McMillan and his Indiana Pacers team have overcome the difficulty of not having their best player, Victor Oladipo, available to them for the majority of the NBA season. The Pacers play a rather old school type of game, opting for success in the paint rather than the run and gun style of many modern NBA teams. They’ve been productive in their gameplan, relying on the interior presence and distribution of first time All-Star Domantas Sabonis.

The Indiana Pacers will find their strength lies in their defensive ability. They are top ten in blocks, steals, and field-goal percentage allowed. Their offensive game plan lacks some individuality, but is overall effective. Indiana is expected to struggle due to their 11-15 record against plus-.500 teams. Despite their ability to beat up on the lesser teams of the NBA, against the cream of the crop they’ve struggled. Simply put, the overall quality doesn’t look to be there for Indiana.

Who Were the 2019 NBA Champions?

The 2018-2019 season was rife with excitement and surprises during the regular season and the NBA Playoffs. Bolstered by the acquisition of eventual two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, the Toronto Raptors shocked the world by bringing down a legendary Golden State Warriors franchise in six games and closing their long-time Oakland home on a loss.

Their route to the Championship was no simple task:

OpponentConferenceSeed (Record)Series RecordTeam PPGOpp PPGTOR PPG LeaderTOR REB LeaderTOR AST Leader
Orlando MagicEast#7 (42-40)4-1106.492.0Kawhi Leonard (27.8)Pascal Siakam (8.4)Kyle Lowry (8.6)
Philadelphia 76ersEast#3 (51-31)4-3101.698.9Kawhi Leonard (34.7)Kawhi Leonard (9.9)Kyle Lowry (6.0)
Milwaukee BucksEast#1 (60-22)4-2107.7106.7Kawhi Leonard (29.8)Kawhi Leonard (9.5)Kyle Lowry (5.2)
Golden State WarriorsWest#1 (57-25)4-2111.5105.8Kawhi Leonard (28.5)Kawhi Leonard (9.8)Kyle Lowry (7.2)

The 2019 NBA Championship was Toronto’s first-ever title and the first-ever NBA Championship by a team based outside of the United States.

If you want to speak about the quality of the Toronto Raptors organization, the 2019 Toronto Raptors were the first team to ever win the NBA title without a player picked in the lottery. The highest selected player on their team was Kawhi Leonard, drafted 15th overall in 2011 by the Indiana Pacers.

NBA Champions by Year

Here is a list of historical NBA Champions by year:

YearWestern Conference ChampionSeries ResultEastern Conference Champion
2019Golden State Warriors2-4Toronto Raptors
2018Golden State Warriors4-0Cleveland Cavaliers
2017Golden State Warriors4-1Cleveland Cavaliers
2016Golden State Warriors3-4Cleveland Cavaliers
2015Golden State Warriors4-2Cleveland Cavaliers
2014San Antonio Spurs4-1Miami Heat
2013San Antonio Spurs3-4Miami Heat
2012Oklahoma City Thunder1-4Miami Heat
2011Dallas Mavericks4-2Miami Heat
2010Los Angeles Lakers4-3Boston Celtics
2009Los Angeles Lakers4-1Orlando Magic
2008Los Angeles Lakers2-4Boston Celtics
2007San Antonio Spurs
4-0Cleveland Cavaliers
2006Dallas Mavericks2-4Miami Heat
2005San Antonio Spurs4-3Detroit Pistons
2004Los Angeles Lakers1-4Detroit Pistons
2003San Antonio Spurs
4-2New Jersey Nets
2002Los Angeles Lakers4-0New Jersey Nets
2001Los Angeles Lakers4-1Philadelphia 76ers
2000Los Angeles Lakers4-2Indiana Pacers
1999San Antonio Spurs4-1New York Knicks
1998Utah Jazz2-4Chicago Bulls
1997Utah Jazz2-4Chicago Bulls
1996Seattle SuperSonics2-4Chicago Bulls
1995Houston Rockets
4-0Orlando Magic
1994Houston Rockets
4-3New York Knicks
1993Phoenix Suns2-4Chicago Bulls
1992Portland Trail Blazers2-4Chicago Bulls
1991Los Angeles Lakers1-4Chicago Bulls
1990Portland Trail Blazers1-4Detroit Pistons
1989Los Angeles Lakers0-4Detroit Pistons
1988Los Angeles Lakers4-3Detroit Pistons
1987Los Angeles Lakers4-2Boston Celtics
1986Houston Rockets2-4Boston Celtics
1985Los Angeles Lakers4-2Boston Celtics
1984Los Angeles Lakers3-4Boston Celtics
1983Los Angeles Lakers0-4Philadelphia 76ers
1982Los Angeles Lakers4-2Philadelphia 76ers
1981Houston Rockets0-4Boston Celtics
1980Los Angeles Lakers4-2Philadelphia 76ers
1979Seattle Supersonics4-1Washington Bullets
1978Seattle Supersonics3-4Washington Bullets
1977Portland Trail Blazers4-2Philadelphia 76ers
1976Phoenix Suns2-4Boston Celtics
1975Golden State Warriors4-0Washington Bullets
1974Milwaukee Bucks3-4Boston Celtics
1973Los Angeles Lakers1-4New York Knicks
1972Los Angeles Lakers4-1New York Knicks
1971Milwaukee Bucks4-0Baltimore Bullets
1970Los Angeles Lakers3-4New York Knicks
1969Los Angeles Lakers3-4Boston Celtics
1968Los Angeles Lakers2-4Boston Celtics
1967San Francisco Warriors2-4Philadelphia 76ers
1966Los Angeles Lakers3-4Boston Celtics
1965Los Angeles Lakers1-4Boston Celtics
1964San Francisco Warriors1-4Boston Celtics
1963Los Angeles Lakers2-4Boston Celtics
1962Los Angeles Lakers3-4Boston Celtics
1961St. Louis Hawks3-4Boston Celtics
1960St. Louis Hawks3-4Boston Celtics
1959Minneapolis Lakers0-4Boston Celtics
1958St. Louis Hawks4-2Boston Celtics
1957St. Louis Hawks3-4Boston Celtics
1956Fort Wayne Pistons1-4Philadelphia 76ers
1955Fort Wayne Pistons3-4Syracuse Nationals
1954Minneapolis Lakers4-3Syracuse Nationals
1953Minneapolis Lakers4-1New York Knicks
1952Minneapolis Lakers4-3New York Knicks
1951Rochester Royals4-3New York Knicks
1950Minneapolis Lakers4-2Syracuse Nationals
1949Minneapolis Lakers4-2Washington Capitols
1948Baltimore Bullets
4-2Philadelphia 76ers
1947Chicago Stags1-4Philadelphia Warriors

Do the NBA Champions Receive a Prize?

The NBA Champions receive the Larry O’Brien Trophy upon closing out their opponents in the NBA Finals. The Larry O’Brien Trophy was only awarded beginning in 1984. Before that, teams received the Walter A. Brown Trophy. The Walter A. Brown Trophy now resides in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

In terms of prize money, the NBA Champions don’t receive anything of the sort. Due to the fact that teams participating in the NBA Playoffs are entitled to additional television revenues, players receive a bonus for each game they participate in. In 2018, the amount was reported to be in the realm of $20 million. The winner of the prize pool had approximately $3 million to split between their players.

Exposure is also a huge reward for the NBA Champions during their following season. Massive amounts of signage, imagery, and player likeness from the championship side is used for the subsequent season. Champions can also expect an increase in nationally televised games. For example, the 2019 Champion Toronto Raptors received 11 nationally broadcasted games in 2019-2020, compared to an average of just three per season in their previous ten seasons.

What Is the Larry O’Brien Trophy?

The Larry O’Brien Trophy is the ultimate reward for the years NBA Championship team. Introduced in 1984, the Larry O’Brien Trophy replaced the more cup-like Walter A. Brown Trophy. Unlike the Walter A. Brown Trophy, each team gets to keep one version of the Larry O’Brien Trophy for themselves.

The Larry O’Brien Trophy is made of seven kilograms of sterling silver and vermeil, with a 24 karat gold overlay as defined by Tiffany & Co. The design imitates a basketball entering the net. The team name and year of their victory is engraved on the base of the trophy, usually displayed prominently in the team’s home arena.

Players, coaches, and staff are usually able to organize times during the offseason in which they can acquire the Larry O’Brien Trophy for temporary, personal use.

What Are NBA Championship Rings?

Due to the fact that NBA players on the championship side don’t get to keep a version of the Larry O’Brien Trophy for themselves, Championship Rings have been common for teams to commission for its players.

Modest during the outset of the NBA, Championship rings have grown more beautiful and lavish as the years have gone on.

The 2019 NBA Champion Toronto Raptors’ ring was crafted by Baron Championship Rings. It has 640 diamonds, the most diamond total carat weight, and the largest single diamond of all championship rings in major sports.

Who Were the First NBA Champions?

The inaugural winners of the NBA Championship were the 1946-1947 Philadelphia Warriors. Technically speaking, at the time of their victory the league was known as the BAA or the Basketball Association of America. If you consider 1948 as the true debut season of the NBA, the eventual NBA Champions were still the Philadelphia Warriors.

Which Franchise Has the Most NBA Championships?

NBA ChampionshipsTeamYear(s) Won
17Boston Celtics1957, 1959, 1960, 1961,

1962, 1963, 1964, 1965,

1966, 1968, 1969, 1974,

1976, 1981, 1984, 1986,


16Los Angeles Lakers

(Also as Minneapolis Lakers)

1949, 1950, 1952, 1953,

1954, 1972, 1980, 1982,

1985, 1987, 1988, 2000,

2001, 2002, 2009, 2010

6Golden State Warriors

(Also as Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors)

1947, 1956, 1975, 2015,

2017, 2018

Chicago Bulls1991, 1992, 1993, 1996,

1997, 1998

5San Antonio Spurs1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014
3Philadelphia 76ers

(Also as Syracuse Nationals)

1955, 1967, 1983
Detroit Pistons

(Also as Fort Wayne Pistons)

1989, 1990, 2004
Miami Heat2006, 2012, 2013
2New York Knicks1970, 1973
Houston Rockets1994, 1995
1Cleveland Cavaliers2016
Atlanta Hawks

(As St. Louis Hawks)

Washington Wizards

(As Washington Bullets)

Oklahoma City Thunder

(As Seattle SuperSonics)

Portland Trail Blazers1977
Milwaukee Bucks1971
Dallas Mavericks2011
Baltimore Bullets1948
Sacramento Kings1951
Toronto Raptors2019

Which Franchise Hasn’t Won an NBA Championship?

There are a number of NBA franchises that are yet to win a title. Whether they’ve been terribly close or never within striking distance, these teams are still looking to add the Larry O’Brien trophy to their cabinet.

  1. Indiana Pacers (est. 1976)
  2. Charlotte Hornets (est. 1988 as Hornets, 2004 as Bobcats, 2014 as Hornets)
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder (est. 2008)
  4. Brooklyn Nets (est. 2012)
  5. Memphis Grizzlies (est. 2001)
  6. Utah Jazz (est. 1979)
  7. Phoenix Suns (est. 1968)
  8. New Orleans Pelicans (est. 2002 as NO Hornets, 2013 as Pelicans)
  9. LA Clippers (est. 1984)
  10. Denver Nuggets (est. 1976)
  11. Orlando Magic (est. 1989)
  12. Minnesota Timberwolves (est. 1989)

Which NBA Franchise Was Quickest to an NBA Championship?

Founded in 1968-1969, the Milwaukee Bucks won their first NBA Championship during the 1970-1971 NBA season. Outside of the Philadelphia Warriors, who won the inaugural BAA Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks were the fastest expansion team to the title. But how did they do it?

After the drafting of Lew Alcindor, later known as NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in 1969 and acquiring Oscar Robertson in a trade, the Milwaukee Bucks found their way to an NBA Championship by sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in the 1971 NBA Finals.

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