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NBA Champions and MVP’s

See a complete list of NBA Champions and Finals MVP’s. The 2015–16 season NBA champions are the Cleveland Cavaliers. This was their first championship title. The Final’s MVP was LeBron James.

Fast Facts:

  • The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association  (NBA) and the conclusion of the sport’s postseason  that is played each year in June.
  • The series is played between the winners of Eastern Conference Finals and Western Conference Finals.
  • At the conclusion of the championship round, the winner of the NBA Finals is presented the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
  • Since 1985, the winner of the NBA Finals has been determined through a 2–3–2 best-of-seven playoff format. In 2014 the NBA team owners voted to change the format the finals will be played in to 2–2–1–1–1.

NBA Champions:

YEAR
CHAMPION
OPPONENT
RESULT
MVP
2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors 4-3 LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
2014- 15
Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers
4-2
Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
2013-14 San Antonio Spurs Miami Heat 4-1 Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
2012- 13
Miami Heat
San Antonio Spurs
4-3
LeBron James, Miami Heat
2011-12 Miami Heat Oklahoma City 4-1 LeBron James, Miami Heat
2010- 11
Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat
4-2
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
2009-10
Los Angeles Lakers
Boston Celtics
4-3
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles
2008-09
Los Angeles Lakers
Orlando Magic
4-1
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles
2007-08
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
4-2
Paul Pierce, Boston
2006-07
San Antonio Spurs
Cleveland Cavaliers
4-0
Tony Parker, San Antonio
2005-06
Miami Heat
Dallas Mavericks
4-2
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
2004-05
San Antonio Spurs
Detroit Pistons
4-3
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
2003-04
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Lakers
4-1
Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons
2002-03
San Antonio Spurs
New Jersey Nets
4-2
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
2001-02
Los Angeles Lakers
New Jersey Nets
4-0
Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles
2000-01
Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers
4-1
Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles
1999-00
Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers
4-2
Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles
1998-99
San Antonio Spurs
New York Knicks
4-1
Tim Duncan, San Antonio
1997-98
Chicago Bulls
Utah Jazz
4-2
Michael Jordan, Chicago
1996-97
Chicago Bulls
Utah Jazz
4-2
Michael Jordan, Chicago
1995-96
Chicago Bulls
Seattle SuperSonics
4-2
Michael Jordan, Chicago
1994-95
Houston Rockets
Orlando Magic
4-0
Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
1993-94
Houston Rockets
New York Knicks
4-3
Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
1992-93
Chicago Bulls
Phoenix Suns
4-2
Michael Jordan, Chicago
1991-92
Chicago Bulls
Portland Trail Blazers
4-2
Michael Jordan, Chicago
1990-91
Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers
4-1
Michael Jordan, Chicago
1989-90
Detroit Pistons
Portland Trail Blazers
4-1
Isiah Thomas, Detroit
1988-89
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Lakers
4-0
Joe Dumars, Detroit
1987-88
Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons
4-3
James Worthy, Los Angeles
1986-87
Los Angeles Lakers
Boston Celtics
4-2
Magic Johnson, Los Angeles
1985-86
Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets
4-2
Larry Bird, Boston
1984-85
Los Angeles Lakers
Boston Celtics
4-2
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles
1983-84
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
4-3
Larry Bird, Boston
1982-83
Philadelphia 76ers
Los Angeles Lakers
4-0
Moses Malone, Philadelphia
1981-82
Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers
4-2
Magic Johnson, Los Angeles
1980-81
Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets
4-2
Cedric Maxwell, Boston
1979-80
Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers
4-2
Magic Johnson, Los Angeles
1978-79
Seattle SuperSonics
Washington Bullets
4-1
Dennis Johnson, Seattle
1977-78
Washington Bullets
Seattle SuperSonics
4-3
Wes Unseld, Washington
1976-77
Portland Trail Blazers
Philadelphia 76ers
4-2
Bill Walton, Portland
1975-76
Boston Celtics
Phoenix Suns
4-2
Jo Jo White, Boston
1974-75
Golden State Warriors
Washington Bullets
4-0
Rick Barry, Golden State
1973-74
Boston Celtics
Milwaukee Bucks
4-3
John Havlicek, Boston
1972-73
New York Knicks
Los Angeles Lakers
4-1
Willis Reed, New York
1971-72
Los Angeles Lakers
New York Knicks
4-1
Wilt Chamberlain, Los Angeles
1970-71
Milwaukee Bucks
Baltimore Bullets
4-0
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
1969-70
New York Knicks
Los Angeles Lakers
4-3
Willis Reed, New York
1968-69
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
4-3
Jerry West, Los Angeles
1967-68
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
4-2
1966-67
Philadelphia 76ers
San Francisco Warriors
4-2
1965-66
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
4-3
1964-65
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
4-1
1963-64
Boston Celtics
San Francisco Warriors
4-1
1962-63
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
4-2
1961-62
Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers
4-3
1960-61
Boston Celtics
St. Louis Hawks
4-1
1959-60
Boston Celtics
St. Louis Hawks
4-3
1958-59
Boston Celtics
Minneapolis Lakers
4-0
1957-58
St. Louis Hawks
Boston Celtics
4-2
1956-57
Boston Celtics
St. Louis Hawks
4-3
1955-56
Philadelphia Warriors
Fort Wayne Pistons
4-1
1954-55
Syracuse Nationals
Fort Wayne Pistons
4-3
1953-54
Minneapolis Lakers
Syracuse Nationals
4-3
1952-53
Minneapolis Lakers
New York Knicks
4-1
1951-52
Minneapolis Lakers
New York Knicks
4-3
1950-51
Rochester Royals
New York Knicks
4-3
1949-50
Minneapolis Lakers
Syracuse Nationals
4-2
1948-49
Minneapolis Lakers
Washington Capitols
4-2
1947-48
Baltimore Bullets
Philadelphia Warriors
4-2
1946-47
Philadelphia Warriors
Chicago Stags
4-1
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