Throughout the course of history, several players have had the honor to win an NBA Championship, but just a handful of them are able ever to win an MVP award, let alone win multiple rings and also personal accolades.
Some may argue winning an MVP is harder than a Championship because being the league’s most valuable player means you’ve made your teammates better throughout an entire campaign while making it to the Finals relies on a bunch load of factors.
Even so, we’ve seen some outstanding players be able to constantly lead their teams to success and Championships, while also standing out from the pack as the league’s most valuable. Today, we’re going to let you know about the 9 NBA players that have won multiple rings and MVPs.
9. Bill Russell – 11 Championships (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969), 5 MVPs (1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965)
Well, most NBA insiders and fans see Bill Russell’s Championships and personal accolades with a grain of salt, as the league wasn’t really competitive and the Celtics piled up the most talented players in the world back then.
Even so, Bill Russell completely owned the NBA on all levels throughout his 13 season tenure, winning 11 Championships and 5 MVPs over that span. He may not be your favorite, but he’s the GOAT at winning.
8. Wilt Chamberlain – 2 Championships (1967, 1972), 4 MVPs (1960, 1966, 1967, 1968)
Wilt Chamberlain was an extremely dominant player throughout his entire career, up to the point where the league actually had to change several rules in order to make it more difficult for him to have such a huge advantage over his competition.
However, he wasn’t able to replicate his personal success on a team level and most people feel as if he should’ve won more Championships, and that’s why you barely ever see his name in the GOAT conversation.
7. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 6 Championships (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988), 6 MVPs (1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980)
We don’t talk about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar nearly half as much as we should. He was a two-way beast that made the skyhook popular, and that was a major part on his team’s success from day one to the day he retired.
Kareem was durable, strong, physical, skilled, and made a huge impact on both ends of the hardwood. He had a hell of a supporting cast, but his personal numbers were also outstanding throughout his entire career.
6. Larry Bird – 3 Championships (1981, 1984, 1986), 3 MVPs (1984, 1985, 1986)
Young NBA fans just don’t know how entertaining Larry Bird was back in the day. His haters called him slow, fat, and unathletic, but he was neither of those things, and he proved them wrong year after year.
He was arguably the first consistent three-point shooter in the history of the game, a smart defender, a willing facilitator and one of the most dominant scorers of the 80s, even on a team stacked with talent.
5. Magic Johnson – 5 Championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988), 3 MVPs (1987, 1989, 1990)
Magic Johnson is the best point guard in the history of the game. Period. He led the Showtime Lakers to 5 NBA Championships and put together one of the most entertaining dynasties in the history of sports.
His playmaking ability, height, length, and heart, made him a walking triple-double, but it was his basketball IQ and vision that made him the ultimate legend. He was the last great Laker before the Shaq-Kobe era.
4. Michael Jordan – 6 Championships (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998), 5 MVPs (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
Obviously, the greatest player ever had to make it to this list. Michael Jordan could’ve won 8 straight Championships if he hadn’t retired, but hey, Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets are surely glad he stepped aside for a couple of years.
Jordan was as dominant in the offensive end of the floor as he was when it came to protecting his own basket. He was a scoring machine, and his killer instinct in the playoffs made him the best ever.
3. Tim Duncan – 5 Championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014), 2 MVPs (2002, 2003)
Nowadays, people tend to forget how good Tim Duncan was in both sides of the hardwood, most likely because of the fact that he didn’t do much talking on or off the court throughout his entire career.
Duncan is the most important player in Spurs history and the main reason why the team was able to build such a winning culture. His game may not be the prettiest, but he was their driving force.
2. LeBron James – 3 Championships (2012, 2013, 2016), 4 MVPs (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
LeBron James is arguably the second or third best player in the history of the game, especially in the regular season, where he’s been a top-5 player in pretty much all stats over the last 15 seasons.
Still, his losing record in the Finals (3-6) put a huge question mark over his legacy, regardless of the fact that you need more than just one to win it all. If he takes the Lakers to the Chip, he’ll put his doubters at ease.
1. Stephen Curry – 3 Championships (2015, 2017, 2018), 2 MVPs (2015, 2016)
Stephen Curry has been doubted and criticized his entire career. He’s used to being an underdog, and up to this day, there’s still a lot of people that think he’s overrated despite all of what he’s accomplished.
He’s been the best player on one of the best 5 teams of the decade. He led the league in scoring while making it to the 50-40-90 club, owns most of the three-point shooting-related records, is the first ever unanimous MVP, and the greatest shooter in the history of the game.