Discovering The Players With The Most NBA Rings: Who Holds The Record?

Discovering The Players With The Most NBA Rings: Who Holds The Record?

Awarded to each member of the team that wins the annual NBA Finals, NBA rings are the most sought-after piece of bling in basketball.

In this article, we look at who has the most NBA rings in the sport’s history. We’ve also included a list of every single player who’s won more than two rings at the end, so let’s get right into it!

1. Bill Russell (11 NBA Rings)

Bill Russell in Celtics uniform
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With 11 rings, Bill Russell holds the outright record for the most NBA rings owned by a single player. He is one of the most iconic players from the 50s and 60s, helping the Boston Celtics dominate the league for a decade and a half. Incredibly, Russell played just 13 seasons in the NBA and won the championship in 85% of them.

He is not only the man who won the most rings in the NBA, he redefined how influential a center position could be, and was a huge presence on the court, particularly on defense. Russell was a five-time NBA Most Valuable Player, two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame (as a player and a coach), and was even awarded the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.

He passed away in 2022 at the age of 88. His record will undoubtedly remain untouched for the rest of history.

2. Sam Jones (10 NBA Rings)

The Celtics dynasty of the 50s and 60s is arguably the greatest in American sports history. The run of eight consecutive championships, recorded between 1959 and 1966, is the longest in US professional sports. So, it’s no surprise that a lot of Bill Russell’s teammates also feature towards the top of this list.

Sam Jones was the yin to Bill Russell’s yang. Russell would intimidate opponents in the paint and block anything that came near to him, where Jones was an athletic shooting guard, known for his ability to knock down clutch baskets.

His 10 NBA rings came in just 12 seasons, and he was a five-time NBA All-Star. He died in 2021, aged 88.

3. Tom Heinsohn, K. C. Jones, Satch Sanders, John Havlicek (8 NBA Rings)

Four players share the record for the third most rings in NBA history. Tom Heinsohn, K. C. Jones, Satch Sanders, and John Havlicek all earned eight rings, and, unsurprisingly, were all members of the Celtics dynasty that starred alongside Bill Russell and Sam Jones.

Heinsohn and Jones have the highest championship-winning percentage (89%), as they both played in just 9 seasons. Satch Sanders (62%) and John Havlicek (50%) had a much more modest win percentage, as both played into the 70s when the Celtics’ domination had waned slightly.

Tom Heinsohn is probably the most well-known of this fab four, as he went on to coach the Celtics’ for 9 years, and then had a 30-year career in commentary. He was either a player, coach, or commentator for each of the Celtics’ 17 championship wins and was aptly known as “Mr. Celtic”.

NBA: Celtics vs Spurs, TD Garden, Boston
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4. Jim Loscutoff, Frank Ramsey and Robert Horry (7 NBA Rings)

Jim Loscutoff and Frank Ramsey were (you guessed it) also members of the Celtics dynasty.

Both won their seven rings between 1957 and 1964, but flew somewhat under the radar compared to some of their teammates on this list. Loscutoff is the only member of the Celtics dynasty in this article who has not been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Robert Horry is the most decorated NBA Champion from the modern era, thanks to his championship wins with the Houston Rockets (2), the Los Angeles Lakers (3), and the San Antonio Spurs (2).

Although Horry was never a prolific scorer, (he averaged 7 points per game throughout his career) and often started games on the bench, he was known for performing in the big moments, especially in the playoffs.

He hit game-winning shots in the 2002 Western Conference Finals, 2003 Western Conference Finals, and the 2005 NBA Finals. In the latter, he scored 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime with the performance garnering comparisons to Michael Jordan’s playoff heroics in 1998.

5. Bob Cousy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen (6 NBA Rings)

Michael Jordan playing for the Bulls
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Bob Cousy was another Celtics legend who won six NBA Championships with the franchise between 1957 and 1963. He was drafted to the Celtics six years before Bill Russell joined the team.

He is regarded by some as the first great point guard in the history of the NBA, was the league MVP in 1957, a 13-time All-Star, and an eight-time NBA Assist leader.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is another legend associated with a great dynasty, but this time, it’s not the Celtics. After starting his career at the Milwaukee Bucks, where he would win one championship in 1971, he joined the Celtics’ greatest rivals, the LA Lakers, in 1975. Throughout the 1980s, Abdul-Jabbar went on to inspire the Lakers to win five NBA Championships.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar playing for the Lakers
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One of the most decorated basketball players of all time, Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA career scoring record holder for nearly 40 years, a six-time NBA MVP, 19-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year, two-time scoring champion, four-time blocks leader, and one-time rebounding leader.

Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan are two legends of the modern NBA that scarcely need an introduction. They formed an incredible on-court chemistry that resulted in two three-peats for the Chicago Bulls from 1991-1993 and 1996-1998.

Both players made each other better and were a dominant force on both ends of the floor. When not playing together, Jordan averaged 7.5 points less, and Pippen 2 points less per game. Both Pippen and Jordan have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and share 21 NBA All-Star appearances between them.

Despite their obvious connection on the court in the 90s, their relationship seems to have soured in recent years. According to Pippen, Michael didn’t properly acknowledge the role of his teammates and the importance they played in the Last Dance documentary released in 2020. However, their legacy and impact on the sport can never be altered, and they rightfully take their place among the most decorated players in the history of the NBA.

List Of NBA Players With The Most Rings

LeBron James playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in a game against the Washington Wizards in 2014
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You may have noticed some of the sport’s most famous players are absent from the above list. Where does Lebron rank? What about Dennis Rodman? How many rings did Kobe win?

Well, they only just missed out on the top spots. Kobe Bryant and Dennis Rodman won five each, while Lebron James comes in just below with four NBA championships under his belt.

Check out the full list below of players who have won more than two rings so far. We start with the NBA players with the most rings.

PlayerNo. of rings
Bill Russell11
Sam Jones10
Satch Sanders8
K. C. Jones8
Tom Heinsohn8
John Havlicek8
Frank Ramsey7
Jim Loscutoff7
Robert Horry7
Scottie Pippen6
Michael Jordan6
Bob Cousy6
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar6
Larry Siegfried5
Dennis Rodman5
Jim Pollard5
Don Nelson5
George Mikan5
Slater Martin5
Steve Kerr5
Magic Johnson5
Ron Harper5
Derek Fisher5
Tim Duncan5
Michael Cooper5
Kobe Bryant5
Jamaal Wilkes4
Klay Thompson4
Bill Sharman4
Frank Saul4
John Salley4
Kurt Rambis4
Will Perdue4
Tony Parker4
Robert Parish4
Shaquille O’Neal4
Vern Mikkelsen4
LeBron James4
Andre Iguodala4
Gene Guarilia4
Draymond Green4
Horace Grant4
Manu Ginóbili4
Stephen Curry4
James Worthy3
Scott Williams3
Bill Wennington3
Dwyane Wade3
Whitey Skoog3
Dickey Simpkins3
Paul Silas3
Brian Shaw3
Byron Scott3
John Paxson3
Willie Naulls3
Mitch Kupchak3
Kevin McHale3
JaVale McGee3
Patrick McCaw3
Clyde Lovellette3
Kevon Looney3
Luc Longley3
Shaun Livingston3
Toni Kukoč3
Stacey King3
James Jones3
Dennis Johnson3
Gerald Henderson3
Udonis Haslem3
Bob Harrison3
Danny Green3
A.C. Green3
Devean George3
Rick Fox3
Mario Elie3
James Edwards3
Gene Conley3
Sam Cassell3
Bill Cartwright3
Jud Buechler3
Randy Brown3
Bruce Bowen3
Larry Bird3
B. J. Armstrong3

FAQs About NBA Rings

Who has the most NBA rings?

With 11 rings, Bill Russell is the player who has the most NBA rings. He won with the Boston Celtics in 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969. Amazingly, he only missed out on the championship win twice.

Who has won the most NBA championships?

The player who has the most NBA rings, Bill Russell, has won the most NBA championships. He won 11/13 championships for the Boston Celtics between 1957 and 1969.

How many NBA players have 11 rings?

Only one player, Bill Russell, has won 11 NBA championship rings. He is the player who has the most rings in the NBA.

Which NBA players have 0 rings?

There are plenty of NBA players who have never won a ring. Some notable names include Steve Nash, Charles Barkley, Elgin Baylor, and Russell Westbrook.

Does each NBA player get a ring?

Yes. Typically, an NBA championship ring is awarded to each player, coach and staff member of the winning team.

Which point guard has the most rings?

The point guard who has won the most NBA rings is K.C. Jones. Jones won eight rings between 1959 and 1964.

How many rings did Kobe win?

Kobe Bryant won five NBA rings in his career. Kobe won the championship in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 with the LA Lakers.

How many rings did Dennis Rodman win?

Dennis Rodman won five NBA rings. He won two with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990, and three with the Chicago Bulls in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

How many rings does Lebron have?

LeBron James has three NBA rings. He won two with Miami Heat (2012, 2013), one with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2016), and one with the LA Lakers (2020).

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