SLAM’s TOP 75 NBA Teams of All Time List: 66-75


Because the League continues to have a good time its seventy fifth season, we’ve devoted a complete particular concern, SLAM Presents TOP 75 NBA Groups of All Time (store right here), to rating the most effective 75 particular person season groups ever. We argued and shouted at one another for some time, ultimately deciding that our north star in these debates can be to search for the squads that dominated whoever it was they have been enjoying towards.

We all know there’ll most likely be some disgruntled followers on the market, however we’ve provide you with an inventory that we’re standing by. Right here’s our prime 66-75 greatest groups of all time:


75. 1997-98 Indiana Pacers

Coach: Larry Chook

Report: 58-24

Roster: Travis Greatest, Etdrick Bohannon, Austin Croshere, Antonio Davis, Dale Davis, Fred Hoiberg, Mark Jackson, Derrick McKey, Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Mark Pope, Jalen Rose, Rik Smits, Mark West

Sure, the ’97-98 Pacers misplaced a seven-game Jap Convention Finals collection to the Bulls, however this was an especially sturdy staff. Indy was the next-to-last companion in Chicago’s “Final Dance,” however the Pacers received 58 video games—second greatest within the East—and boasted a deep lineup led by the trio of sharpshooter Reggie Miller, 7-4 tower Rik Smits and do-everything ahead Chris Mullin. The loss was disappointing, however the Pacers had a lot to be pleased with.

74. 1994-95 Orlando Magic

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Coach: Brian Hill

Report: 57-25

Roster: Nick Anderson, Darrell Armstrong, Anthony Avent, Anthony Bowie, Horace Grant, Geert Hammink, Penny Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal, Tree Rollins, Donald Royal, Dennis Scott, Brian Shaw, Brooks Thompson, Keith Tower, Jeff Turner

In simply their sixth 12 months of existence, the Magic reached the Finals, due to the dynamic pairing of Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway. Orlando posted the East’s greatest document after which outlasted the Pacers to win the convention. Shaq was unstoppable inside, and Hardaway dazzled throughout. Add in Nick Anderson and Dennis Scott’s long-range capturing and Horace Grant’s regular inside sport, and the Magic have been fairly sturdy, even when Houston did sweep them within the Finals.

73. 1986-87 Boston Celtics

Coach: KC Jones

Report: 59-23

Roster: Danny Ainge, Larry Chook, Rick Carlisle, Darren Daye, Conner Henry, Dennis Johnson, Greg Kite, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Fred Roberts, Jerry Sichting, David Thirdkill, Andre Turner, Sam Vincent, Invoice Walton, Scott Wedman

A 12 months after domination, the Celtics returned to the Finals as soon as once more, however misplaced to the Showtime Lakers in six. The same old solid was again for the convention title winners. Larry Chook was virtually infallible, and Kevin McHale and Robert Parish plundered inside. Dennis Johnson ran the present, whereas Danny Ainge irritated all people however Celtics followers. However Boston lacked a robust bench, and that’s why the ’86-87 version was excellent, however not a champion.

72. 2011-12 Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder

Coach: Scott Brooks

Report: 47-19

Roster: Cole Aldrich, Nick Collison, Daequan Cook dinner, Kevin Durant, Derek Fisher, James Harden, Lazar Hayward, Serge Ibaka, Royal Ivey, Reggie Jackson, Eric Maynor, Nazr Mohammed, Kendrick Perkins, Ryan Reid, Thabo Sefolosha, Russell Westbrook

This was it. This was the final time the Thunder’s Huge Three can be collectively, and Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden virtually bought all of it performed. The Thunder received the West and made it to the Finals. They even received the primary sport towards Miami earlier than dropping 4 straight. Durant, Westbrook and Harden mixed for 70 ppg within the collection however couldn’t end the journey and hoist a trophy.

71. 1992-93 Phoenix Suns

Coach: Paul Westphal

Report: 62-20

Roster: Danny Ainge, Charles Barkley, Cedric Ceballos, Tom Chambers, Richard Dumas, Frank Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Tim Kempton, Negele Knight, Dan Majerle, Oliver Miller, Jerrod Mustaf, Kurt Rambis, Alex Stivrins, Mark West

The Suns had reached the Finals earlier than, in 1976, however fell to Boston. This time can be completely different, even when they have been dealing with the Bulls. Phoenix had the NBA’s greatest document, the League’s greatest offense and Charles Barkley, acquired from Philly in a blockbuster. The Suns have been deep and quick and enjoyable. However once they misplaced Sport 4 of the Finals to Chicago to fall behind 3-1, you knew it was over. And it was.

70. 1988-89 Los Angeles Lakers

Coach: Pat Riley

Report: 57-25

Roster: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tony Campbell, Michael Cooper, AC Inexperienced, Magic Johnson, Jeff Lamp, Mark McNamara, David Rivers, Byron Scott, Mychal Thompson, Orlando Woolridge, James Worthy

There can be another final gasp for Showtime, however this actually felt like the tip of an period. Certain, the Lakers received the Pacific, put up probably the most wins within the convention and reached the Finals after posting an ideal 11-0 playoff document. However the traditional suspects—Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Byron Scott, Michael Cooper, and many others.—have been beat up by the identical Detroit Dangerous Boys they’d defeated a 12 months earlier.

69. 2018-19 Toronto Raptors

Coach Nick Nurse

Report: 58-24

Roster: OG Anunoby, Chris Boucher, Lorenzo Brown, Marc Gasol, Danny Inexperienced, Serge Ibaka, Kawhi Leonard, Jeremy Lin, Kyle Lowry, Jordan Loyd, Patrick McCaw, Jodie Meeks, CJ Miles, Malcolm Miller, Greg Monroe, Eric Moreland, Norman Powell, Malachi Richardson, Pascal Siakam, Jonas Valanciunas, Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright

In Canada for only one 12 months, Kawhi Leonard proved his absolute greatness. The Raptors had been good, however they weren’t championship good. No method. Then Leonard averaged 26.6. He hit a quadruple-doink jumper to beat the Sixers within the Jap Semis. And Kyle Lowry introduced the toughness, whereas Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam bumped and banged inside. The Trophy had by no means been north of the border, however Leonard made positive it bought there.

68. 1961-62 Boston Celtics

Coach: Pink Auerbach

Report: 60-20

Roster: Carl Braun, Al Butler, Bob Cousy, Gene Guarilia, Tom Heinsohn, KC Jones, Sam Jones, Jim Loscutoff, Gary Phillips, Frank Ramsey, Invoice Russell, Tom Sanders

Invoice Russell didn’t lead the NBA in factors, rebounds or assists, however he earned his third MVP award for main the Celtics to a League-best 60 regular-season wins and his (and Boston’s) fifth title. It was arguably his greatest statistical season—a career-best 18.9 ppg, together with 23.6 rpg—and he upped these averages to 22.9 factors and 27 boards within the Finals to carry Boston from a 3-2 deficit to a 4-3 victory over the Lakers.

67. 1980-81 Philadelphia 76ers

Coach: Billy Cunningham

Report: 62-20

Roster: Maurice Cheeks, Doug Collins, Earl Cureton, Monti Davis, Darryl Dawkins, Julius Erving, Lionel Hollins, Ollie Johnson, Bobby Jones, Caldwell Jones, Steve Combine, Clint Richardson, Andrew Toney

It’s simple to overlook how shut the early ’80s Sixers got here to dynasty standing. There have been Finals losses to L.A. in ’80 and ’82, and naturally, earlier than their eventual revenge in ’83. However the ’80-81 squad, led by Dr. J in his solely NBA MVP season, was proper there: They matched Boston’s 62 regular-season wins and took a 3-1 lead on the Celtics within the ECF earlier than an epic Larry Chook-led comeback carried the Cs to the Finals.

66. 1984-85 Boston Celtics

Coach: KC Jones

Report: 63-19

Roster: Danny Ainge, Larry Chook, Quinn Buckner, Rick Carlisle, ML Carr, Carlos Clark, Dennis Johnson, Greg Kite, Cedric Maxwell, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Scott Wedman, Ray Williams

The ninth Celtics-Lakers Finals matchup can be the primary from which Boston didn’t emerge victorious. You would virtually name it an upset. Larry Chook claimed his second straight MVP award, and the Cs received a League-best 63 video games, then cruised by means of the Jap Convention playoff bracket earlier than stomping the Lakers by 34 in Sport 1. Kevin McHale averaged 26 factors and 10.7 rebounds for the collection, however Boston couldn’t gradual the Kareem-Magic-Worthy trio and fell 4-2 to L.A.


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