From the NBA’s genesis to the height of its glory, a vast number of prodigious squads have graced the hardwood court. Which ones make the top five, however? Read on to find out!
5. The 2012-13 Miami Heat
I know this is a fairly modern team to rank at number five; however, a superteam consisting of Lebron James (the third best player of all-time), Dwyane Wade in his prime, and Chris Bosh is pretty ridiculously talented. Not to mention they had Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, and Shane Battier, all of whom could still shoot lights out, even out of their prime. This team finished 66-16 in the regular season, 16-7 in the playoffs, and capped all of this off with a Finals victory against the Spurs.
4. The 2016-17 Golden State Warriors
Many consider this team to be the greatest team ever formed with future Hall-of-Famers in Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson sharing the court. The Dubs finished 65-17 in the regular season, 16-1 in the playoffs, and then proceeded to win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
3. The 1985-86 Boston Celtics
One could make an argument for this Boston Celtics team consisting of Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson, and Danny Ainge being the best of all time. This impressive goliath of a squad went 67-15 in the regular season, 15-3 in the playoffs, and they beat the Houston Rockets in the Finals (I’m still a bit bitter about that as I wish my Rockets could’ve had the glory of taking down this super-team).
2. The 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers
At the height of the “Showtime” era for the Los Angeles Lakers, there wasn’t a team more feared than this one. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, A.C. Green, Michael Cooper and others combined to make a fearsome behemoth of a NBA lineup. This squad had the exact same record in the regular season and playoffs as the 1985 Celtics, going 67-15 and then 15-3 in the playoffs. The only reason they’re ranked higher is because they actually beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals in ‘87.
1. The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls
Michael Jordan in his prime. That’s all that really needs to be said here, but this team was stacked across the board, with Scottie Pippen, Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, Ron Harper, and Steve Kerr sharing the court. Starting off the season an unfathomable 41-3, this squad finished with a ridiculous regular season record of 72-10, a playoff record of 15-3, while capping it off with a victory in the championship against the Seattle SuperSonics.
All in all, the NBA has seen a multitude of incredible teams; however, these five are the cream of the crop.