The diamonds that surround a team’s logo on the NBA champion ring are befitting of a team that has labored to the top of basketball’s most coveted prize. The stellar ring a player wears after having earned an NBA title is the ultimate sign of his dedication to the sport he bled and labored so vigorously over. NBA Finals rings are not only indicative of a leader in the sport, but of a collaborative effort by a team that has come together and mastered the art of playing at a high level. It’s no wonder collectors clamor for an authentic or replica ring.
The player who has more NBA champion rings than any other is Bill Russell, who played professional basketball for 13 seasons (1956-1969) and won 11 NBA championships, all with the Boston Celtics. Russell was a five-time NBA MVP, five-time NBA rebounding champion, 12 time All-Star and an All-Star game MVP in 1963. His defensive abilities on the court were astounding and his rivalry with Wilt Chamberlain (a once close personal friend) was legendary (although Russell claimed in his eulogy for Chamberlain that he disliked the term rivalry because they never talked about basketball).
Russell is among nine Boston Celtic players who have six or more NBA champion rings. They are Sam Jones (10), John Havlicek (8), Tom Heinsohn (8), K.C. Jones (8), Tom Sanders (8), James Loscutoff (7), Frank Ramsey (7) and Bob Cousy (6). Original Celtics title rings rarely come on the market. You can find a good supply of replica-type 2008 Celtics championship rings. Click here to see some.
In 1991, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls achieved a couple of three-peats (91, 92, 93 and 96, 97, 98) that give both Jordan and Scottie Pippen 6 NBA champion rings. The second three-peat was achieved with the addition of Dennis Rodman to the team. Rodman already had 2 NBA champion rings with the Detroit Pistons, which gave him a total of five. A few Bulls championship rings have come up for sale and dozens are often on eBay including some complete sets of all six which are very cool to own.
The 80’s rivalry between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson ended in a combined eight NBA champion rings between the two. Johnson had five with the Los Angeles Lakers and Bird had 3 with the Boston Celtics.
In 2000, the Shaq and Kobe duo achieved a three-peat of their own making for quite a collection of Lakers championship rings for collectors to chase. Shaquille O’Neal ended up with four NBA champion rings, adding his last one with the Miami Heat in 2006. Kobe Bryant now has five rings, all with the Los Angeles Lakers. Derek Fisher and Robert Horry were also a part of the Lakers three-peat. Fisher has 5 rings, all with the Lakers. Horry has a total of 7 NBA champion rings now. Three with the Lakers, two with the Houston Rockets (1994 and 1995) and two with the San Antonio Spurs (2005 and 2007).
Active players with four or more NBA champion rings are Kobe Bryant (5), Derek Fisher (5) and Tim Duncan (4 with the San Antonio Spurs). The talent certainly is there for anyone of these three players to add more. There are more L.A. rings around than any other–even authentic Lakers title rings that sell for thousands of dollars.