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Image for Caleb Tallman Caleb Tallman - Updated May 23, 2023

How Many Championship Rings Does LeBron James Have?

LeBron James is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time and has cemented his place in NBA history with an impressive collection of championship rings. 

Over the course of his illustrious career, James has won a total of four NBA championships, demonstrating his immense talent, leadership, and ability to perform at the highest level when it matters most. 

In this article we'll delve into each of LeBron's championship wins and and discuss how he compares to the winningest NBA players in history. 

With LeBron contemplating retirement every off-season at this point in his career, is he done chasing rings or will he continue to climb the ranks of most championships of any NBA player. Not only that, if LeBron appears in two more NBA Finals, he will be tied for the most appearances of all time.

LeBron James Championship Rings

2012: Miami Heat

In 2012, LeBron James lifted his first NBA championship with the Miami Heat. Alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, LeBron showcased his versatility and dominance on both ends of the court. Miami defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games, with James delivering a series-clinching performance that earned him his first NBA Finals MVP award.

LeBron's journey to that championship victory was not an easy one. After enduring intense scrutiny and criticism following his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for Miami in 2010, James faced immense pressure to deliver a title. His tenacity was on full display as he silenced his doubters and solidified his place among the game's elite.

2013: Miami Heat

The following season, LeBron and the Heat successfully defended their title, defeating the San Antonio Spurs in a thrilling seven-game series. James once again proved his mettle, averaging 25.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 7 assists per game during the Finals. His dominant performance in Game 6, including a memorable clutch three-pointer, is etched in NBA lore. 

LeBron also claimed his second consecutive Finals MVP trophy, solidifying his status as one of the game's premier superstars. His ability to elevate his game in crucial moments became a trademark of his championship runs.

2016: Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron's return to Cleveland in 2014 set the stage for a historic championship run. In 2016, facing a formidable Golden State Warriors team that had set the regular-season wins record, the Cavaliers found themselves down 3-1 in the Finals. However, James delivered virtuoso performances in Games 5, 6, and 7, sparking an incredible comeback and leading the Cavaliers to their first-ever NBA championship. He also secured his third Finals MVP accolade, becoming the first player in NBA history to lead two teams in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in a playoff series.

The 2016 NBA Finals showcased LeBron's ability to carry a team on his shoulders and will them to victory against all odds. His iconic chase-down block on Andre Iguodala in Game 7 and his clutch shot over Stephen Curry in the closing minutes are enduring images of his greatness.

2020: Los Angeles Lakers

After joining the LA Lakers in 2018, LeBron wasted no time in leaving his mark on the storied franchise. In 2020, he guided the Lakers to their first NBA championship in a decade. LeBron's partnership with Anthony Davis proved to be a winning formula as they dominated their opponents throughout the playoffs. 

In the Finals against his old team Miami, James averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists per game. His performances in this series earned him his fourth Finals MVP award, joining an elite group of players who have achieved such a feat.

Comparing LeBron's Rings to the Winningest Players in NBA History

LeBron's four championship rings place him among the most successful players in NBA history. 

He is in company with players like Bill Russell and his extraordinary 11 championships with the Boston Celtics. As well as Sam Jones and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who each have 10 rings to their name. 

The key difference between LeBron and the other names in the table below is that LeBron isn't finished yet. I'm sure he still has future championships in his sights despite being 38 years of age.

Player

No. of Rings

Years Won

Teams Won With

Bill Russell

11

1957, 1959-1969

Boston Celtics

Sam Jones

10

1959-1966, 1968-1969

Boston Celtics

Robert Horry

7

1994-1995, 2000-2002, 2005, 2007

Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

6

1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988

Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers

Michael Jordan

6

1991-1993, 1996-1998

Chicago Bulls

Scottie Pippen

6

1991-1993, 1996-1998

Chicago Bulls

Magic Johnson

5

1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-1988

Los Angeles Lakers

Tim Duncan

5

1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014

San Antonio Spurs

Kobe Bryant

5

2000-2002, 2009-2010

Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James

4

2012, 2013, 2016, 2020

Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Finals Appearances Compared to NBA Legends

LeBron's impact on the game extends beyond the number of rings he has won. He has consistently elevated his teams to championship contention and left an indelible mark on every franchise he has been a part of.

LeBron ran into some of the best teams in NBA history in the Finals, but at times he seemingly dragged some of his teams to the NBA Finals. LeBron is tied for third all-time for the most finals appearances which some argue is a great accomplishment while others argue that Michael Jordan never lost in a Final, making him better than LeBron in the best player ever debate.

Player

Finals Appearances

Winning Percentage

Years Appeared in Finals

Teams Appeared With

Bill Russell

12

91.6%

1957, 1959-1966, 1968-1969

Boston Celtics

Sam Jones

11

90.9%

1958-1966, 1968-1969

Boston Celtics

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

10

60.0%

1971, 1974, 1980, 1982-1989

Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James

10

40.0%

2007, 2011-2014, 2015-2018, 2020

Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

Tom Heinsohn

9

88.8%

1957-1965

Boston Celtics

Magic Johnson

9

55.5%

1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991

Los Angeles Lakers

Jerry West

9

11.1%

1962-1966, 1968-1970

Los Angeles Lakers

Frank Ramsey

8

87.5%

1957-1964

Boston Celtics

K. C. Jones

8

100%

1959-1966

Boston Celtics

John Havlicek

8

100%

1963-1966, 1968-1969, 1974, 1976

Boston Celtics

Bob Cousy

7

85.7%

1957-1963

Boston Celtics

Robert Horry

7

100%

1994-1995, 2000-2002, 2005-2007

Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs

Kobe Bryant

7

71.4%

2000-2002, 2004, 2008-2010

Los Angeles Lakers

James Worthy

6

50.0%

1984-1985, 1987-1989, 1991

Los Angeles Lakers

Michael Jordan

6

100%

1991-1993, 1996-1998

Chicago Bulls

Scottie Pippen

6

100%

1991-1993, 1996-1998

Chicago Bulls

Shaquille O'Neal

6

66.7%

1995, 2000-2002, 2004, 2006

Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

Tim Duncan

6

83.3%

1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014

San Antonio Spurs

Tony Parker

5

80.0%

2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014

San Antonio Spurs

Larry Bird

5

60.0%

1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987

Boston Celtics

While he may not have the most rings in NBA history, his legacy extends far beyond championships, as he has influenced the game and inspired a generation of players. As LeBron continues to compete, his pursuit of championship success remains a compelling storyline in the NBA landscape.

LeBron James Championship Rings FAQ

How Does LeBron James Compare to Michael Jordan in Terms of Championship Rings?

Michael Jordan won six NBA championships during his career, two more than LeBron James.

Will LeBron James Win More Championships in the Future?

As long as he remains healthy and continues to play, LeBron will undoubtedly strive for more championships. However, with him approaching his 39th birthday the question is how many seasons does he have left in him?

How Does LeBron James’ Championship Count Compare to Other Contemporary NBA Stars?

LeBron James' ranks 10th all-time in NBA Championship wins, behind legends such as Kobe Bryant (5), Tim Duncan (5), and Michael Jordan (6).

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