1940s
1947: Ed Gottlieb (Phil. Warriors), d. Harold Olsen (Chi. Stags), 4-1
1948: Buddy Jeannette (Baltimore), d. Ed Gottlieb (Phil. Warriors), 4-2
1949: John Kundla (Minneapolis), d. Red Auerbach (Washington), 4-2

1950s
1950: John Kundla (Minneapolis), d. Al Cervi (Syracuse), 4-2
1951: Lester Harrison (Rochester), d. Joe Lapchik (New York), 4-3
1952: John Kundla (Minneapolis), d. Joe Lapchik (New York), 4-3
1953: John Kundla (Minneapolis), d. Joe Lapchik (New York), 4-1
1954: John Kundla (Minneapolis), d. Al Cervi (Syracuse), 4-3
1955: Al Cervi (Syracuse), d. Charles Eckman (Fort Wayne), 4-3
1956: George Senesky (Phi. Warr.), d. Charles Eckman (Ft. W.), 4-1
1957: Red Auerbach (Boston), d. Alex Hannum (St. Louis), 4-3
1958: Alex Hannum (St. Louis), d. Red Auerbach (Boston), 4-2
1959: Red Auerbach (Boston), d. John Kundla (Minneapolis), 4-0

1960s
1960: Red Auerbach (Boston), d. Ed Macauley (St. Louis), 4-3
1961: Red Auerbach (Boston), d. Paul Seymour (St. Louis), 4-1
1962: Red Auerbach (Boston), d. Fred Schaus (L.A. Lakers), 4-3
1963: Red Auerbach (Boston), d. Fred Schaus (L.A. Lakers), 4-2
1964: Red Auerbach (Boston), d. Alex Hannum (San Francisco), 4-1
1965: Red Auerbach (Boston), d. Fred Schaus (L.A. Lakers), 4-1
1966: Red Auerbach (Boston), d. Fred Schaus (L.A. Lakers), 4-3
1967: Alex Hannum (Philadelphia), d. Bill Sharman (San Francisco), 4-2
1968: Bill Russell (Boston), d. Bill van Breda Kolff (L.A.L.), 4-2
1969: Bill Russell (Boston), d. Bill van Breda Kolff (L.A.L.), 4-3

1970s
1970: Red Holzman (New York), d. Joe Mullaney (L.A. Lakers), 4-3
1971: Larry Costello (Milwaukee), d. Gene Shue (Baltimore), 4-0
1972: Bill Sharman (L.A. Lakers), d. Red Holzman (New York), 4-1
1973: Red Holzman (New York), d. Bill Sharman (L.A. Lakers), 4-1
1974: Tom Heinsohn (Boston), d. Larry Costello (Milwaukee), 4-3
1975: Al Attles (Golden State), d. K.C. Jones (Washington), 4-0
1976: Tom Heinsohn (Boston), d. John MacLeod (Phoenix), 4-2
1977: Jack Ramsay (Portland), d. Gene Shue (Philadelphia), 4-2
1978: Dick Motta (Washington), d. Lenny Wilkens (Seattle), 4-3
1979: Lenny Wilkens (Seattle), d. Dick Motta (Washington), 4-1

1980s
1980: Paul Westhead (L.A. Lakers), d. Billy Cunningham (Phil.), 4-2
1981: Bill Fitch (Boston), d. Del Harris (Houston), 4-2
1982: Pat Riley (L.A. Lakers), d. Billy Cunningham (Phil.), 4-2
1983: Billy Cunningham (Phil.), d. Pat Riley (L.A. Lakers), 4-0
1984: K.C. Jones (Boston), d. Pat Riley (L.A. Lakers), 4-3
1985: Pat Riley (L.A. Lakers), d. K.C. Jones (Boston), 4-2
1986: K.C. Jones (Boston), d. Bill Fitch (Houston), 4-2
1987: Pat Riley (L.A. Lakers), d. K.C. Jones (Boston), 4-2
1988: Pat Riley (L.A. Lakers), d. Chuck Daly (Detroit), 4-3
1989: Chuck Daly (Detroit), d. Pat Riley (L.A. Lakers), 4-0

1990s
1990: Chuck Daly (Detroit), d. Rick Adelman (Portland), 4-1
1991: Phil Jackson (Chicago), d. Mike Dunleavy (L.A. Lakers), 4-1
1992: Phil Jackson (Chicago), d. Rick Adelman (Portland), 4-2
1993: Phil Jackson (Chicago), d. Paul Westphal (Phoenix), 4-2
1994: Rudy Tomjanovich (Houston), d. Pat Riley (New York), 4-3
1995: Rudy Tomjanovich (Houston), d. Brian Hill (Orlando), 4-0
1996: Phil Jackson (Chicago), d. George Karl (Seattle), 4-2
1997: Phil Jackson (Chicago), d. Jerry Sloan (Utah), 4-2
1998: Phil Jackson (Chicago), d. Jerry Sloan (Utah), 4-2
1999: Gregg Popovich (San Ant.), d. Jeff Van Gundy (New York), 4-1

2000s
2000: Phil Jackson (L.A. Lakers), d. Larry Bird (Indiana), 4-2
2001: Phil Jackson (L.A. Lakers), d. Larry Brown (Philadelphia), 4-1
2002: Phil Jackson (L.A. Lakers) d. Byron Scott (New Jersey), 4-0
2003: Gregg Popovich (San Antonio) d. Byron Scott (New Jersey), 4-2
2004: Larry Brown (Detroit) d. Phil Jackson (L.A. Lakers), 4-1
2005: Gregg Popovich (San Antonio) d. Larry Brown (Detroit), 4-3