Charter a Private Jet to the NBA Finals
There’s nothing like the thrill of watching a 27-foot shot taken by your favorite player swish through the net and win the game – except watching that favorite player take that shot in a quest for the national championship.
Every year, 30 National Basketball Association teams that are filled with the best shooters, dunkers, passers and rebounders in the game play 82 regular season games with the hopes of getting into the playoffs.
The 16 teams that make it into the playoffs must then win the best of seven games in three series before getting down to two teams in the championship series where they must once again win the best of seven games.
The NBA Championship, where the best-of-the-best face off.
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NBA Finals Q&As
How are home courts determined?
The Finals series’ home-and-away format is 2-2-1-1-1. The team with the better regular season record plays at home first.
Why is it called the Larry O’Brien trophy?
The Championship trophy was named the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, in honor of the 1975-1983 commissioner, in 1984. Designed to look like a ball entering a net, it is sterling silver and vermeil with a 24-karat overlay. It is 2 feet tall and weighs 14.5 pounds. The winning team is engraved on it every year.
Which players got their teams to the Finals with last-second shots?
The only two players ever to make buzzer-beating Game 6 shots to send their teams to the Finals were Ralph Sampson of Houston Rockets in 1986 and John Stockton of the Utah Jazz in 1997.
Which NBA Finals team had the most sharp-shooters?
In 1991, the Chicago Bulls shot 81 times, making 50 shots or 62 percent against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Which players have appeared in the most Finals games?
Bill Russell appeared in the most NBA Finals – 12. Heading into the 2016 NBA Finals, there were 32 players who appeared in the series at least six times, the top stars -- along with Russell -- are:
- LeBron James
- Bill Russell
- Michael Jordan
- Magic Johnson
- Tim Duncan
- Kobe Bryant
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Jerry West
- Shaquille O’Neal
- Wilt Chamberlain
- Scottie Pippen
How many teams have never been to the NBA Finals?
There are seven:
What Finals game was the most exciting?
The greatest Finals game ever played (arguably) is Game 5 of the 1976 series between the Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns. It went into triple overtime with Boston winning the championship, 128-126.