List of Philippine Basketball Association champions

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Logo of the PBA Finals used since the 2010-11 PBA season.

The Philippine Basketball Association awards a championship trophy (or cup) to the winning team at the end of each conference (tournament).

To determine a champion for a conference, a double-round elimination (sometimes a classification) round is usually held. After the elimination (or classification) round, the playoffs would be held.

There had been a variety of ways the league conducted its playoffs, such as:

  • Single-elimination tournament
  • The twice-to-beat advantage (The higher-seeded team needs to win only once in order to advance, while the lower-seeded team needs to win twice consecutively. This is basically a modification of the best-of-three series.)
  • Round-robin (or double-round robin)
  • Best-of-three series
  • Best-of-five series
  • Best-of-seven series
For a discussion of the different formats, see Playoff format.

The Finals is usually a best-of-seven series (although there had been notable exceptions). The winning team is said to be the champions of the conference. After each season, there would be no playoffs in order to determine a "season champion."

However, the teams which are both boldfaced and italicized, the Crispa Redmanizers (1976 and 1983), the San Miguel Beermen (1989), the Alaska Milkmen (1996) and the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers (2013-14), hold the distinction of winning all three conferences in one season and have the distinction of winning the "Grand Slam". Winning the Grand Slam is the equivalent of the "season championship," where the team is said to be the undisputed champion in the league.

There are two types of conferences: All-Filipino or import-laden. The All-Filipino conferences are tournaments where the teams are prohibited from hiring a foreigner as an additional player. An import-laden conference is a tournament where teams are allowed to hire a foreigner (the "import") as an additional player.

Champions by season[edit]

  Won the Grand Slam
  Won the first two championships in a season
  Special conference; does not count at the trophy tally below.

1975-1983: Prieto years[edit]

Season Conference Champion Series Runner-Up Third place Winning coach
1975 First Conference Toyota 3–1 Crispa U/Tex Dante Silverio
Second Conference Toyota 2–1 Crispa Noritake Dante Silverio
All-Philippine Crispa 3–2 Toyota U/Tex Baby Dalupan
1976 First Conference Crispa 3–1 Toyota Mariwasa Baby Dalupan
Second Conference Crispa 3–1 Toyota Royal Baby Dalupan
All-Philippine Crispa 3–2 Toyota U/Tex Baby Dalupan
1977 All-Filipino Crispa 3–2 Mariwasa Toyota Baby Dalupan
Open Crispa 3–2 U/Tex Toyota Baby Dalupan
Invitational Toyota 3–0 Emtex Brazil Crispa Dante Silverio
1978 All-Filipino Toyota 3–1 Filmanbank Tanduay Dante Silverio
Open U/Tex 3–0 Crispa Toyota Tommy Manotoc
Invitational Toyota 3–1 Tanduay Crispa Dante Silverio
1979 All-Filipino Crispa 3–2 Toyota Tanduay Baby Dalupan
Open Royal 3–1 Toyota Great Taste Eddie Ocampo
Invitational Toyota 3–1 Crispa U/Tex Fort Acuña
1980 Open U/Tex 3–2 Toyota Crispa Tommy Manotoc
Invitational Nicholas Stoodley (USA) 2–0 Toyota Adidas (France) Jerry Webber
All-Filipino Crispa 3–1 Toyota Tanduay Baby Dalupan
1981 Open Toyota 3–2 Crispa U/Tex Eddie Ocampo
Reinforced Filipino Crispa 3–1 U/Tex Presto Baby Dalupan
1982 Reinforced Filipino Toyota 4–3 San Miguel Crispa Eddie Ocampo
Invitational San Miguel 2–1 Crispa South Korea Tommy Manotoc
Open Toyota 3–0 Gilbey's San Miguel Eddie Ocampo
1983 All-Filipino Crispa 3–0 Gilbey's Great Taste Tommy Manotoc
Reinforced Filipino Crispa 3–2 Great Taste Tanduay Tommy Manotoc
Open Crispa 3–0 Great Taste San Miguel Tommy Manotoc

1984–1992: Yenko and R. Salud years[edit]

Season Conference Champion Series Runner-Up Third place Winning coach
1984 First All-Filipino Crispa 4–1 Gilbey's Northern Cement Narciso Bernardo
Second All-Filipino Great Taste 3–0 Beer Hausen Tanduay Baby Dalupan
Invitational Great Taste 3–2 Crispa Beer Hausen Baby Dalupan
1985 Open Great Taste 4–2 Magnolia Northern Cement Baby Dalupan
All-Filipino Great Taste 3–1 Shell Tanduay Baby Dalupan
Reinforced Northern Cement 4–0 Manila Beer Ginebra Ron Jacobs
1986 Reinforced Tanduay 4–2 Great Taste Ginebra Turo Valenzona
All-Filipino Tanduay 3–1 Ginebra Shell Turo Valenzona
Open Ginebra 4–1 Manila Beer Great Taste Robert Jaworski
1987 Open Tanduay 4–1 Great Taste Magnolia Turo Valenzona
All-Filipino Great Taste 3–0 Hills Bros. Magnolia Baby Dalupan
PBA-IBA* Great Taste 1–0 IBA All-Stars San Miguel Baby Dalupan
Reinforced San Miguel 4–1 Hills Bros. Ginebra Norman Black
1988 Open San Miguel 4–3 Purefoods Alaska Norman Black
All-Filipino Añejo 3–1 Purefoods Alaska Robert Jaworski
PBA-IBA* Añejo 1–0 Alaska Los Angeles Jaguars Robert Jaworski
Reinforced San Miguel 4–1 Shell Añejo Norman Black
1989 Open San Miguel 4–1 Shell Alaska Norman Black
All-Filipino San Miguel 4–2 Purefoods Shell Norman Black
Reinforced San Miguel 4–1 Añejo Alaska Norman Black
1990 First Conference Shell 4–2 Añejo San Miguel Arlene Rodriguez
All-Filipino Presto 4–3 Purefoods Añejo Jimmy Mariano
Third Conference Purefoods 3–2 Alaska Shell Baby Dalupan
1991 First Conference Ginebra 4–3 Shell Sarsi Robert Jaworski
All-Filipino Purefoods 3–2 Sarsi Alaska Ely Capacio
Third Conference Alaska 3–1 Ginebra San Miguel Tim Cone

1993–2002: Marquez and Bernandino years[edit]

Season Conference Champion Series Runner-Up Third place Winning coach
1992 First Conference Shell 4–1 San Miguel Alaska Rino Salazar
All-Filipino San Miguel 4–3 Purefoods Swift Norman Black
Third Conference Swift 4–0 7-Up Ginebra Yeng Guiao
1993 All-Filipino Coney Island 4–2 San Miguel Swift Chot Reyes
Commissioner's Swift 4–2 Purefoods San Miguel Yeng Guiao
Governors' San Miguel 4–1 Swift Sta. Lucia Norman Black
1994 All-Filipino San Miguel 4–2 Coney Island Alaska Norman Black
Commissioner's Purefoods 4–1 Alaska Swift Chot Reyes
Governors' Alaska 4–2 Swift Pepsi Tim Cone
1995 All-Filipino Sunkist 4–3 Alaska Sta. Lucia Derrick Pumaren
Commissioner's Sunkist 4–2 Alaska Sta. Lucia Derrick Pumaren
Governors' Alaska 4–3 San Miguel Sunkist Tim Cone
1996 All-Filipino Alaska 4–1 Purefoods San Miguel Tim Cone
Commissioner's Alaska 4–3 Shell Sta. Lucia Tim Cone
Governors' Alaska 4–1 Ginebra Shell Tim Cone
1997 All-Filipino Purefoods 4–2 Gordon's Sta. Lucia Eric Altamirano
Commissioner's Gordon's 4–2 Alaska San Miguel Robert Jaworski
Governors' Alaska 4–1 Purefoods San Miguel Tim Cone
1998 All-Filipino Alaska 4–3 San Miguel Pop Cola Tim Cone
Commissioner's Alaska 4–2 San Miguel Pop Cola Tim Cone
Centennial* Mobiline 1–0 Shell Pop Cola Eric Altamirano
Governors' Shell 4–3 Mobiline Purefoods Perry Ronquillo
1999 All-Filipino Shell 4–2 Tanduay Barangay Ginebra Perry Ronquillo
Commissioner's San Miguel 4–2 Shell Alaska Jong Uichico
Governors' San Miguel 4–2 Alaska Tanduay Jong Uichico
2000 All-Filipino Alaska 4–1 Purefoods Tanduay Tim Cone
Commissioner's San Miguel 4–1 Sta. Lucia Alaska Jong Uichico
Governors' San Miguel 4–1 Purefoods Red Bull Jong Uichico
2001 All-Filipino San Miguel 4–2 Barangay Ginebra Pop Cola Jong Uichico
Commissioner's Red Bull 4–2 San Miguel Alaska Yeng Guiao
Governors' Sta. Lucia 4–2 San Miguel Shell Norman Black
2002 Governors' Purefoods 4–3 Alaska Coca-Cola Ryan Gregorio
Commissioner's Red Bull 4–3 Talk 'N Text San Miguel Yeng Guiao
All-Filipino Coca-Cola 3–1 Alaska San Miguel Chot Reyes

2003–2010: Eala and Barrios years[edit]

Season Conference Champion Series Runner-Up Third place Winning coach
2003 All-Filipino Talk 'N Text 4–2 Coca-Cola Alaska Joel Banal
Invitational[1] Alaska 2–1 Coca-Cola FedEx Tim Cone
Reinforced Coca-Cola 4–3 San Miguel Talk 'N Text Chot Reyes
(2004) Fiesta Barangay Ginebra 3–1 Red Bull Talk 'N Text Siot Tanquingcen
2004–05 Philippine Barangay Ginebra 4–2 Talk 'N Text San Miguel Siot Tanquingcen
Fiesta San Miguel 4–1 Talk 'N Text Shell Jong Uichico
2005–06 Fiesta Red Bull 4–2 Purefoods Air21 Yeng Guiao
Philippine Purefoods 4–2 Red Bull Alaska Ryan Gregorio
2006–07 Philippine Barangay Ginebra 4–2 San Miguel Talk 'N Text Jong Uichico
Fiesta Alaska 4–3 Talk 'N Text Red Bull Tim Cone
2007–08 Philippine Sta. Lucia 4–3 Purefoods Red Bull Boyet Fernandez
Fiesta Barangay Ginebra 4–3 Air21 Red Bull Jong Uichico
2008–09 Philippine Talk 'N Text 4–3 Alaska Sta. Lucia Chot Reyes
Fiesta San Miguel 4–3 Barangay Ginebra Burger King Siot Tanquingcen
2009–10 Philippine Purefoods 4–0 Alaska San Miguel Ryan Gregorio
Fiesta Alaska 4–2 San Miguel Talk 'N Text Tim Cone

2010–present: A. Salud years[edit]

Season Conference Champion Series Runner-Up Winning coach
2010–11 Philippine Talk 'N Text 4–2 San Miguel Chot Reyes
Commissioner's Talk 'N Text 4–2 Barangay Ginebra Chot Reyes
Governors' Petron Blaze 4–3 Talk 'N Text Ato Agustin
2011–12 Philippine Talk 'N Text 4–1 Powerade Chot Reyes
Commissioner's B-Meg 4–3 Talk 'N Text Tim Cone
Governors' Rain or Shine 4–3 B-Meg Yeng Guiao
2012–13 Philippine Talk 'N Text 4–0 Rain or Shine Norman Black
Commissioner's Alaska 3–0 Barangay Ginebra Luigi Trillo
Governors' San Mig Coffee 4–3 Petron Blaze Tim Cone
2013–14 Philippine San Mig Super Coffee 4–2 Rain or Shine Tim Cone
Commissioner's San Mig Super Coffee 3–1 Talk 'N Text Tim Cone
Governors' San Mig Super Coffee 3–2 Rain or Shine Tim Cone

Champions by franchise[edit]

Franchise Championships Runners-up Third places Total trophies Last championship
Petron/San Miguel/Magnolia/Royal 19 14 13 46 2011 Governors'
Alaska/Hills Bros. 14 12 12 37 2013 Commissioner's
Crispa* 13 8 3 24 1984 First All-Filipino
San Mig Coffee/B-Meg/Purefoods/Coney Island 13 13 1 27 2014 Governors'
Toyota* 9 9 3 21 1982 Open
Ginebra/Gordon's/Añejo/Gilbey's 8 14 11 33 2008 Fiesta
Talk 'N Text/Mobiline/7-Up/Pepsi 6 9 5 21 2012–13 Philippine
Great Taste/Presto/Tivoli* 6 5 4 15 1990 All-Filipino
Shell* 4 5 6 15 1999 All-Filipino
Pop Cola/Sarsi/Sunkist/Swift* 4 3 7 14 1995 Commissioner's
Tanduay* 3 2 8 13 1987 Open
Barako Bull/Red Bull (Chua)* 3 2 4 9 2005-06 Fiesta
U/Tex* 2 2 5 9 1980 Open
Sta. Lucia* 2 1 6 9 2007-08 Philippine
Powerade/Coca-Cola* 2 3 1 6 2003 Reinforced
Northern Cement** 1 0 2 3 1985 Reinforced
Rain or Shine 1 3 0 3 2012 Governors'
Nicholas Stoodley (United States)** 1 0 0 1 1980 Invitational
Beer Hausen/Manila Beer 0 3 1 4 --
Mariwasa/Noritake 0 1 2 3 --
Barako Bull (Lina)/Burger King/Air21/FedEx 0 1 2 3 --
Filmanbank 0 1 0 1 --
South Korea** 0 0 1 1 --
Adidas (France)** 0 0 1 1 --
Emtex (Brazil)** 0 0 1 1 --
* Defunct franchise
** Guest team

Champions by coach[edit]

Listed below are the coaches who won at least two PBA Championships.

^ Denotes coach who is still active
* Elected to the PBA Hall of Fame
*^ Active coach who has been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame
Coach Championships Champion teams handled Last championship
Cone, TimTim Cone 18 Alaska, B-Meg/San Mig Coffee 2014 Governors' (San Mig Super Coffee)
Dalupan, BabyBaby Dalupan 15 Crispa, Great Taste, Purefoods 1990 Third Conference (Purefoods)
Black, NormanNorman Black 11 Magnolia/San Miguel, Sta. Lucia, Talk 'N Text 2012–13 Philippine (Talk 'N Text)
Reyes, ChotChot Reyes 8 Purefoods/Coney Island, Coca Cola, Talk 'N Text 2011–12 Philippine (Talk 'N Text)
Uichico, JongJong Uichico 8 San Miguel, Barangay Ginebra 2008 Fiesta (Barangay Ginebra)
Manotoc, TommyTommy Manotoc 6 U/Tex, San Miguel, Crispa 1983 Open (Crispa)
Guiao, YengYeng Guiao 6 Swift, Red Bull, Rain or Shine 2012 Governors' (Rain or Shine)
Silverio, DanteDante Silverio 5 Toyota 1978 Invitational (Toyota)
Jaworski, RobertRobert Jaworski 4 Añejo/Ginebra/Gordon's Gin 1997 Commissioner's (Gordon's Gin)
Ocampo, EdEd Ocampo 4 Royal Tru Orange, Toyota 1982 Open (Toyota)
Gregorio, RyanRyan Gregorio 3 Purefoods 2009–10 Philippine (Purefoods)
Tanquingcen, SiotSiot Tanquingcen 3 Barangay Ginebra, San Miguel 2009 Fiesta (San Miguel)
Valenzona, TuroTuro Valenzona 3 Tanduay 1987 Open (Tanduay)
Ronquillo, PerryPerry Ronquillo 2 Shell 1999 All-Filipino (Shell
Pumaren, DerrickDerrick Pumaren 2 Sunkist 1995 Commissioner's (Sunkist)

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