In the NBA, winning a championship is celebrated with champagne and after-parties. But they are honored with a championship ring with your name on it.
But who exactly receives an NBA championship ring when a team wins? Those that receive a championship ring will be decided by the organization and its owners. There are no set rules on which individuals will receive a ring. Anyone can receive a ring from the players all the way down to the ball boys.
Some organizations will go all out for their first championship ring while other teams who have already won a championship will be more conservative in who gets a ring.
Who gets an NBA championship ring?
The team that wins 4 games in the NBA finals in a best of 7 Series will get Championship rings. Losing teams do not get rings, or a pat on the back for a job well done.
Not just the players and coaches get rings either, the managers, trainers, locker room staff and front office employees do.
Some teams will have two tiers of rings.
The first tier of rings will be the more expensive rings that go to the players and coaches etc.
The second tier of rings will be less expensive and go to the working personnel of other important staff that was a part of the team.
Because the owners pay for the rings it will be up to their discretion as to who gets a ring and who doesn’t.
Who receives a ring will all depend on the team’s organization and its owners, there are no set rules on which individuals get a ring.
The Toronto Raptors and their 5 tier of Rings
The Toronto Raptors after winning their first championship in 2019 decided to ball out and give everyone a ring who wanted one. Yes, that meant you and I could get a ring.
They had a five-tier system that starts from the first tier which was the cream of the crop and all the way down to the fifth tier where fans could get a ring also. So let’s go through the tiers:
This tier was for the team that consisted of the players, coaches, and very important people. Even if a player didn’t play a single game and rode the bench all-season or even was traded they would receive a ring.
These rings at the time were the most expensive rings ever in NBA History which had 640 diamonds. The price is uncertain but it was estimated at over $20,000 a ring.
Drake and Super Fan Nav Bhatia even got one. Heck, the Raptor Mascot has one.
Tier 2 & Tier 3
This would have been front office, medical staff, doctors, and those that worked directly with the team and it’s players. Think scouts, physiotherapists, and trainers.
Tier 4 ring owners would have been those that worked as cheerleaders, ball boys. Those that worked indirectly with the team. Possibly sponsors, concession stands employees etc.
If you were at the Raptors game on the opening night of the 2020 NBA season you would have received a ring on your seat, courtesy of the Raptors organization.
The value of the replica ring is around 40 dollars, you can actually find them online on Amazon.
Who pays for championship rings NBA?
Many people think that the National Basketball Association (NBA) provides and pays for the rings. Not the case, the team actually pays for the rings.
The players don’t have to fork over the money for the ring as the team makes more than enough money in ticket sales merchandise during the team’s playoff run, that it’s covered.
Think back to when you played team sports, if you wanted a ring or jacket in football you had to buy it yourself.
When do the players get their rings?
Usually, it takes time to have the rings designed and made for the winning team. Once made the rings are then presented in the following season on opening night at home.
A ceremonial ring presentation takes place, and each player and staff from the team is awarded the ring with their name on it.
Those who are no longer a part of the team will receive their ring the first time they play their former team at their old home.
Do traded players get a championship ring?
Do announcers get championship rings?
There are some broadcast announcers who have been with the same team commentating on basketball games for many years.
It is up to the team to decide who gets a ring and who doesn’t, then broadcasters are included on the list. And why wouldn’t they be?
Announcers although are supposed to be unbiased to the other team that the home team is playing against, they are in fact considered a part of the team.
Some announcers can be considered the voice of a team and many people associate that announcer with that team-specific team.
Does the team that wins the NBA Championship win money?
Yes and no, there is what is called a player pool. The NBA creates the player pool for the teams that make the playoffs and NBA finals at the beginning of the season.
In the last couple of seasons, the player pool was around 20 million dollars. This is split up between teams and their players, the further they get in the playoffs the more that is paid out.
The winning team gets a cut from the player pool and each player gets a share. For example, the winning team may have received a 3 million dollar split between 15 players.
This equates to around $200,000 for each player. This would be pennies to the star players but a good chunk of money for the bench warmers.
Who has the most NBA rings?
Bill Rusell has the most rings out of any player with eleven. Yes, 11. He won 11 championships in his 13 years as an NBA player. Rusell’s career started and ended with the Boston Celtics and was from 1956 to 1969.
While he tried his luck out as a coach in the NBA, he was unsuccessful as a coach to win a championship.