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- Today, few NBA superstars get to win six rings like Michael Jordan did
- Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have come close but both ran out of time
- Sports Brief looks at NBA stars who have the most rings since Jordan
Michael Jordan has been retired for over 20 years, and no NBA player has come close to replicating his accolades and performances in the NBA Finals.
Some great players have come and gone, and Jordan's six NBA titles have stood the test of time. LeBron James turns 39 in December, while Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are in their mid-30s.
Jordan is considered by many the greatest basketball player of all time. His influence on and off the court has been felt in every corner of the globe.
Jordan won his sixth and final NBA ring in 1998 after the Chicago Bulls defeated Karl Malone, John Stockton and the Utah Jazz in the NBA Finals.
Since then, a few players have come close to winning six rings since then, but they ran out of time. So, who has won the most rings since then? Sports Brief takes a look.
Kawhi Leonard - 2 rings (Spurs, Raptors)
Leonard helped the Spurs stop LeBron James and the Miami Heat from winning the three-peat in 2014. He won the Finals MVP and his first ring. He then produced a historic performance to lead the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title in 2019 against the Golden State Warriors. Who can forget that iconic buzzer-beater? Since then, near misses, collapses, and injuries have seen the LA Clippers star struggle to replicate those performances.
Kevin Durant - 2 rings (Warriors)
Durant has been a star since his second season in the NBA and is regarded as one of the greatest scorers of all time. He took the OKC Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals but lost to LeBron James and the Miami Heat. He joined the Warriors in 2016 and instantly won two straight NBA titles (2017, 2018) and two Finals MVPs.
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Dwyane Wade - 3 rings (Miami Heat)
Wade won three titles with Miami in 2006, 2012 and 2013. The last two he teamed up with LeBron James. He remains one of the best shooting guards ever - winning the Finals MVP in 2006 - and is Miami Heat's greatest player ever.
Stephen Curry - 4 rings (Warriors)
After struggling with injuries in his first few NBA seasons, Curry exploded into the best player in the world in 2015 and 2016. He led the Warriors to their first title in 40 years in 2015. They won again in 2017, 2018 and 2022. He got his first Finals MVP in 2022.
LeBron James - 4 rings (Heat, Cavs, Lakers)
James is the NBA's all-time leading scoring leader and boasts so many other records. Even at 38, he still looks so good. He has four NBA titles (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020) won with three different teams. His most iconic has to be the 2016 ring. He led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a historic comeback from 1-3 down in the NBA Finals to stun reigning champions Warriors who had won 73 regular season games.
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Shaquille O'Neal - 4 rings (Lakers, Heat)
Shaq won three Finals MVPs from 2000 to 2002 with the Lakers, alongside the last three-peat in the NBA. Of course, he had a legendary partnership with the late Kobe Bryant. He went on to help the Miami Heat win their first NBA title in 2006. he remains the most dominant player in NBA history.
Tim Duncan - 5 rings (Spurs)
Duncan and the Spurs dominated the 2000s. He won the title and Finals MVP in 1999, 2003 and 2005. He added more rings in 2007 and 2014, per the Athletic. He retired as arguably the best power forward in NBA history.
Kobe Bryant - 5 rings (Lakers)
The late Kobe Bryant remains one of the biggest NBA stars of all time. After winning the three-peat with Shaq, the Lakers struggled in an era dominated by the Spurs and Duncan. However, his last two rings came in 2009 and 2010. He won Finals MVPs in those two years.
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Durant, James, Leonard and Curry are still playing, and who knows - they might still surpass Jordan's ring count.
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The LA Lakers star has scooped many records and accolades in his long and hugely successful career, and is truly among the debate as one of the greats.
While Michael Jordan has always been considered the best in the sport, James has always been seen as the only player who could challenge the legend.