As the NBA Finals approach, it’s always good to look back at the history of the league to find the most interesting facts and figures. For example, which team is the top dynasty of all time? Which player scored the most in a Finals game?
Or what team produced the lowest scoring output ever? Get those questions answered and many more in this fascinating look at the NBA Finals.
The Never Beens
Most franchises have actually BEEN to the Finals except for a few. Those include the Bobcats, Clippers (shown above), Timberwolves, Raptors, Nuggets, Grizzlies an Hornets.
Eight is Enough
The 1999 New York Knicks are the only No. 8 seed to ever reach the Finals. They were defeated by the Spurs in five games.
As Low as a Team Can Get
The 1995 Houston Rockets are the lowest seed (No. 6) to win the NBA Finals. That year, the swept the Orlando Magic in four games.
Get a Hand in His Face!
In 1962, Elgin Baylor of the Lakers scored 61 points against Boston in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Lakers eventually lost in Game 7 despite Baylor scoring 41.
Their Losses Are Still More Impressive
The Lakers have been swept twice in the Finals which is more than half the teams in the league have ever been. The first sweep occurred at the hands of Dr. J (pictured above) and the Sixers in 1983.
Could Someone Please Make a Shot?
In Game 3 of the 1998 NBA Finals, the Utah Jazz lost to the Chicago Bulls in humiliating fashion, 96-54. The 54 points scored by the Jazz was the lowest in Finals history.
Just Like Deja Vu All Over Again
Either the Lakers or Celtics have participated in 49 of the 63 NBA Finals ever played. Head-to-head, the two teams have played each other 12 times with both teams combining to win 33 championships.
A Bull Market
Led by the best player of all-time, Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls were the top dynasty in NBA history winning six championships between 1991 and 1998.
Been There, Done That
The Los Angeles Lakers have appeared in the most NBA Finals with 31, winning 16 times.
Celtic Pride – And Then Some
In their illustrious history, the Boston Celtics have won 17 NBA titles with the Lakers a close second with 16. The Celtics have amazingly won in 17 of their 21 appearances.