Who owns the most championship rings in NBA History?

Championship rings are a token of honor, gratitude, and a symbol of distinction. The ring is not a piece of metal but it is a symbol of dignity and is the evidence of perseverance and hard work that a sportsman puts in through all these years.


Let’s talk about the NBA first before diving into the ring count. NBA (National Basketball Association) previously named Basketball Association of America is a professional basketball league in North America. It consists of 30 teams. It is one of the four major leagues in the United States. The other three include Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL).

Most championship rings in NBA History

Most NBA Championship Rings as a Coach

Philip Douglas Jackson ((born September 17, 1945) is an American former professional basketball player, coach, and executive. When it comes to ring counts as players and coaches, one name stand above all, Phil Jackson. He has won 11 NBA championships as a coach (ex-Chicago Bulls coach) and 2 as a player. No other coach even comes close.

Most NBA Championship Rings as a Player

Bill Russel of the Boston Celtics has won 11 championship rings as a player. He owns the title for having most NBA Championship Rings as a player and dominated the season during 1956-57.

  1. Bill Russell – 11 Rings
  2. Same Johns – 10 Rings
  3. John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn, K.C. Jones and Tom Sanders – 8 Rings

Sam Jones Of the Boston Celtics won 10 championship rings. Tom Heinson of team Boston Celtics won 8 championship rings. KC Jones, Tom Satch Sanders, John Havlikeck each of team Boston Celtics won 8 championship rings.

Jim Loscutoff of team Boston Celtics won 7 championship rings. Frank Ramsay of the Boston Celtics won 7 championship rings.

Robert Horry of Housten rockets, team LA Lakers, San Antonio Spurs won 7 championship rings. Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics won 6 championship rings. Kareem Abdul Jabbar of Milwaukee Bucks, La players got 6 championship rings to his credit.

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls got 6 championship rings. George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Slater Martin of Minneapolis lakers won 5 championship rings.

Larry Seigfried, Don Nelson of the Boston Celtics won 5 championship rings. Michael Cooper, Magic Johnson, Dennis Rodman of the LA lakers won 5 rings. Ron Harper and Steve Kerr won 5 championship rings. Kob Bryant and Derek Fisher of La lakers Won 5 championship rings.

Kc Jones and Tommy Heinsohn won 10 championship rings and started coaching after playing basketball for many seasons.

Most NBA Championship Rings as a Coach, Player, and Executive (Combined)

Championship rings are given as a distinction to the winning players. Arnold Jacob “Red” Auerbach an American professional basketball player, coach, general manager, and executive has won the most NBA rings as a coach, player, and executive. He won 16 rings in a time span of 29 years (1957-1986). He has won so many trophies and titles that it was inevitable for the player to grab most of the rings. Red Auerbach has the greatest number of rings. No one has ever been able to collect such a great amount of rings.

Red captured seven titles during 1966-1984. No one has ever been able to get the status of the throne that Red Auerbach has captured. He won nine championships with Boston Celtics.

Perfectly beautiful rings are given to the winning players in each NBA tournament. Red Auerbach did not remain behind in getting these amazingly charming rings. Even his fans started to order the replica championship rings. There are many other players who won the championship rings but Red Auerbach won the most rings.

History of NBA Championship Rings

NBA was formed on August 3, 1949, after the merger of the two rivals: Basketball Association of America (BAA) and National Basketball League (NBL). NBA championship rings have been awarded out to winners since the first NBA Finals. These rings are made of silver or gold with team name and symbol, championship year, and player name.