List of ABA champions

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This article is about the champions of the American Basketball Association that existed from 1967 to 1976. For the league that began in 1999, see American Basketball Association (2000–present).

The American Basketball Association (ABA) Finals were the championship series of the ABA, a professional basketball league, in which two teams played each other for the title. The ABA was formed in the fall of 1967, and the first ABA Finals were played at the end of the league's first season in the spring of 1968.[1][2] The league ceased operations in 1976 with the ABA-NBA merger and four teams from the ABA continued play in the National Basketball Association.[3]

All ABA Finals were in best-of-seven format and were contested between the winners of the Eastern Division and the Western Division finals. The only teams to win the championship more than once were the Indiana Pacers and the New York Nets. The Indiana Pacers initially played in the ABA Finals in 1969, which they lost to the Oakland Oaks, but they won the championship the next year against the Los Angeles Stars.[4][5] They won in the ABA Finals again in 1972, their first after moving to the Western Division, against the New York Nets and won their final ABA championship against the Kentucky Colonels in 1973.[6][7] The New York Nets won their first championship in 1974 against the Utah Stars, and their second against the Denver Nuggets in 1976.[8][9]

The last ABA Finals were in 1976, after which the ABA-NBA merger took place; three of the four teams that continued into the NBA made it to or won the ABA Finals.[3]

Key[edit]

Bold Winning team of the ABA Finals
Had or tied for the best regular season record for that season
Team (X) Denotes the number of times the team has won

Champions[edit]

Year Western Champion Result Eastern Champion Reference
1968 New Orleans Buccaneers 3–4 Pittsburgh Pipers [2]
1969 Oakland Oaks 4–1 Indiana Pacers [4]
1970 Los Angeles Stars 2–4 Indiana Pacers [5]
1971 Utah Stars 4–3 Kentucky Colonels [10]
1972 Indiana Pacers (2)[a] 4–2 New York Nets [6]
1973 Indiana Pacers (3) 4–3 Kentucky Colonels [7]
1974 Utah Stars 1–4 New York Nets [8]
1975 Indiana Pacers 1–4 Kentucky Colonels [11]
1976 New York Nets (2) 4–2 Denver Nuggets [9]

Results by teams[edit]

Teams Finals
appearances
Championships Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
Indiana Pacers 5 3 2 1970, 1972, 1973 1969, 1975
New York Nets 3 2 1 1974, 1976 1972
Kentucky Colonels 3 1 2 1975 1971, 1973
Los Angeles / Utah Stars 3 1 2 1971 1970, 1974
Oakland Oaks 1 1 0 1969
Pittsburgh Pipers 1 1 0 1968
Denver Nuggets 1 0 1 1976
New Orleans Buccaneers 1 0 1 1968

Notes[edit]

  • a The Indiana Pacers moved from the Eastern Division to the Western Division between the 1969–1970 and 1970–1971 seasons.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1967–68 ABA Regular Season Standings". RemembertheABA.com. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  2. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1968 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  3. ^ a b "ABA History - The Original American Basketball Association". InsideHoops.com. 2004-02-12. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  4. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1969 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  5. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1970 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  6. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1972 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  7. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1973 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  8. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1974 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  9. ^ a b Sports Reference LLC. "1976 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  10. ^ Sports Reference LLC. "1971 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  11. ^ Sports Reference LLC. "1975 ABA Playoff Summary". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  12. ^ "Year by Year with the Pacers". National Basketball Association. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 

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