In our latest research, we looked up the number of champions in five major basketball competitions (NBA, Olympics, World Cup, Euroleague and NCAA) on league rosters right now.
Some interesting takeaways:
* There’s only one NBA team with at least one champion in each of those five competitions. You will not be surprised to know that squad is the mighty San Antonio Spurs.
* In terms of NBA championship experience, no one beats Cleveland’s roster – which makes sense since they won last season and for the most part kept the team together.
* Warriors players combine for a league-leading five Olympic titles. The lone Golden State star without one is two-time MVP Stephen Curry. The also lead the league in world championships – meaning FIBA World Cups – with five golds.
* Knicks are No. 1 in at least one department – most college success (on the court). Joakim Noah, Carmelo Anthony, Lance Thomas and Marshall Plumlee have a combined five NCAA titles.
* There’s eight teams without a single NBA champion on roster: Philadelphia, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Boston, Indiana, Brooklyn and Orlando.
* It gets worse for the Magic: They are the only squad without a single champion in any of the five competitions we’ve researched.
* Of the 450 NBA players, only 56 have a championship ring. That’s just 12.4 percent of the league.
* There’s 33 Olympic gold-medal winners in the NBA right now (all but Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola are North American, obviously), 36 college basketball champions, 22 world champions and a mere seven players with a Euroleague title.
Full data below.
Key: Number of players who have won those titles in parentheses.