List of Lowest Seeds in NBA History to Win the Championship

List of Lowest Seeds in NBA History to Win the Championship


The NBA Playoffs are where dominant teams from the regular season go to cement their legacies. Though the postseason often goes through the top seeds, a few unexpected contenders have hoisted the Larry O'Brien Trophy before.

With that in mind, here's a look at the lowest seeds in NBA history to win the championship.

What's the Lowest Seed to Ever Win the NBA Finals?

The lowest seed in NBA history to win the Finals was the No. 6 Houston Rockets in 1995. Houston, fresh off of a championship win in 1994, returned to the playoffs as one of the Western Conference's lowest-ranked teams. That didn't matter, though, as Hakeem Olajuwon and company marched all the way to the Finals and defeated the Orlando Magic 4-0 to repeat as champs.

During their incredible run, the Rockets took down the 3-seed Utah Jazz, 2-seed Phoenix Suns and 1-seed San Antonio Spurs.

Lowest Seeds to Win the NBA Finals

The 1994-95 Rockets remain the only 6-seed in NBA history to win the Finals. Only one No. 4 seed (the 1968-69 Boston Celtics) has ever captured the Larry O'Brien trophy as well, while eight 3-seeds have won the title.

No. 2 (16 times) and No. 1 (50 times) seeds account for the remaining NBA championships won. No team has ever earned a ring after being the 5-, 7- or 8-seed in playoff history.



Finals Opponent

Series Result

1994-95 Houston Rockets


Orlando Magic

Rockets win 4-0

1968-69 Boston Celtics


Los Angeles Lakers

Celtics win 4-3

1976-77 Portland Trail Blazers


Philadelphia 76ers

Blazers win 4-2

1977-78 Washington Bullets


Seattle SuperSonics

Bullets win 4-3

2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers


New Jersey Nets

Lakers win 4-0

2003-04 Detroit Pistons


Los Angeles Lakers

Pistons win 4-1

2006-07 San Antonio Spurs


Cleveland Cavaliers

Spurs win 4-0

2010-11 Dallas Mavericks


Miami Heat

Mavericks win 4-2

2020-21 Milwaukee Bucks


Phoenix Suns

Bucks win 4-2

2021-22 Golden State Warriors


Boston Celtics

Warriors win 4-2

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