SLAM’s TOP 75 NBA Teams of All Time: No. 43-33


As we make our means down our SLAM’s TOP 75 NBA Groups of All Time listing, the groups on this group separate themselves from the pack with one phrase: championships. We all know we talked about earlier that you simply don’t need to win a ‘chip to be included on this listing, however relating to rating one of the best groups of all time, you may’t ignore the heavy hitters who captured the {hardware} in the long run.

From dominant huge threes and electrifying duos to all-around greatness, right here’s our prime 43-33:


43. 1958-59 Boston Celtics

Coach: Crimson Auerbach

Report: 52-20

Roster: Gene Conley, Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, KC Jones, Sam Jones, Jim Loscutoff, Frank Ramsey, Invoice Russell, Invoice Sharman, Bennie Swain, Lou Tsioropoulos

The best rivalry in NBA historical past started, for all sensible functions, within the spring of ’59, and it foreshadowed the last decade to return. Led by veteran guard Invoice Sharman’s 20.4 ppg, 5 Celtics averaged higher than 15 ppg en path to the League’s greatest report. They wanted seven video games to dispatch Syracuse within the convention finals, organising a first-ever Finals assembly with the Minneapolis Lakers. Three Cs averaged 20-plus, Invoice Russell pulled down 22.1 boards per and Boston swept their method to the title.

42. 2002-03 San Antonio Spurs

Coach: Gregg Popovich

Report: 60-22

Roster: Mengke Bateer, Bruce Bowen, Devin Brown, Speedy Claxton, Tim Duncan, Danny Ferry, Manu Ginobili, Anthony Goldwire, Stephen Jackson, Steve Kerr, Tony Parker, David Robinson, Malik Rose, Steve Smith, Kevin Willis

The Kings, Mavs, Spurs and Timberwolves all completed forward of the three-time-defending-champion Lakers in ’02-03, however one in all them would nonetheless need to beat L.A. when it mattered. Led by Tim Duncan, recent off a second straight League MVP award, and second-year level guard Tony Parker, San Antonio received its likelihood within the second spherical and dispatched Shaq and Kobe in six video games. They dealt with Dallas and New Jersey in equally businesslike style en path to the chip.

41. 2018-19 Golden State Warriors

Coach: Steve Kerr

Report: 57-25

Roster: Jordan Bell, Andrew Bogut, Quinn Cook dinner, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Marcus Derrickson, Kevin Durant, Jacob Evans, Draymond Inexperienced, Andre Iguodala, Jonas Jerebko, Damian Jones, Damion Lee, Shaun Livingston, Kevon Looney, Alfonzo McKinnie, Klay Thompson

The three-peat was by no means a given, nevertheless it was proper there,
inside attain. As injury-impacted NBA championships go, this one is true up there. With Steph, KD and Klay, the Dubs have been the scariest offensive group within the League; however a mixture of minor and main accidents to the Splash Bros, Durant and far of the supporting solid in Might and June have been an excessive amount of for the Dubs to beat. Toronto received them in six video games within the Finals. You simply know they’d love a do-over.

40. 1993-94 Houston Rockets

Coach: Rudy Tomjanovich

Report: 58-24

Roster: Scott Brooks, Matt Bullard, Sam Cassell, Earl Cureton, Mario Elie, Carl Herrera, Robert Horry, Chris Jent, Vernon Maxwell, Hakeem Olajuwon, Richard Petruska, Eric Riley, Larry Robinson, Kenny Smith, Otis Thorpe

Go forward and attribute Houston’s first title to Michael Jordan’s baseball flirtation. Others have accomplished it, and it’s simply mistaken. The Rockets excelled at each ends of the court docket, had all-time nice Hakeem Olajuwon and his Dream Shake within the center and boasted a flexible lineup of fierce avid gamers like guards Kenny Smith and Vernon Maxwell and rugged Otis Thorpe. Houston outlasted the Knicks in a traditional Finals collection and deserves a title with no asterisk.

39. 1983-84 Boston Celtics

Coach: KC Jones

Report: 62-20

Roster: Danny Ainge, Larry Fowl, Quinn Buckner, ML Carr, Carlos Clark, Gerald Henderson, Dennis Johnson, Greg Kite, Cedric Maxwell, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Scott Wedman

After two years of watching hated rivals Philadelphia and the Lakers hoist the trophy, Boston reclaimed its rightful spot atop the NBA. Or at the least that’s how Celtics followers figured it. Name the roll: Larry Fowl, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale have been up entrance. Dennis Johnson, Cedric Maxwell and Gerald Henderson dealt with the backcourt. The Celtics had far more regular-season victories than anybody else and gained an exciting seven-gamer over L.A. to take the title.

38. 2011-12 Miami Warmth

Coach: Erik Spoelstra

Report: 46-20

Roster: Joel Anthony, Shane Battier, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Eddy Curry, Mickell Gladness, Terrel Harris, Udonis Haslem, Juwan Howard, LeBron James, James Jones, Mike Miller, Dexter Pittman, Ronny Turiaf, Dwyane Wade

Though LeBron James had taken his abilities to Miami a 12 months earlier, the Warmth hadn’t gained a title. Within the lockout-shortened ’11-12 marketing campaign, James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh & Co. modified that. The Huge Three have been a power all season, and a powerful supporting solid helped gas a targeted postseason run. The seven-game Jap Finals collection with Boston was a grind, however the Warmth dominated OKC within the Finals to take the title.

37. 1972-73 New York Knicks

Coach: Crimson Holzman

Report: 57-25

Roster: Dick Barnett, Henry Bibby, Invoice Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Walt Frazier, John Gianelli, Phil Jackson, Jerry Lucas, Dean Meminger, Earl Monroe, Luther Rackley, Willis Reed, Tom Riker, Harthorne Wingo

If it’s potential, the Knicks five-game wipeout of L.A. within the Finals was truly an anticlimax after their thrilling Jap Finals upset of the Celtics. The Knicks have been the consummate assortment of group gamers. Backcourt males Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe have been virtually unguardable. Dave DeBusschere was a power inside, whereas Invoice Bradley patrolled the wings. Jerry Lucas was the League’s greatest passing huge man, and Willis Reed might nonetheless grasp with one of the best facilities round.

36. 1999-2000 Los Angeles Lakers

Coach: Phil Jackson

Report: 67-15

Roster: Kobe Bryant, John Celestand, Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Devean George, AC Inexperienced, Ron Harper, Robert Horry, Sam Jacobson, Travis Knight, Tyronn Lue, Shaquille O’Neal, Glen Rice,
John Salley, Brian Shaw

This was the primary of three straight for the Huge Brother-Little Brother Lakers. Shaq and Kobe have been collectively for 3 seasons earlier than ’99-00, and though their relationship wasn’t at all times the warmest, their expertise was overwhelming. There was simply no stopping the Diesel. O’Neal overpowered defenders and swept the boards clear, whereas Bryant offered offense from throughout. Glen Rice was a potent outdoors weapon, and a solid of veteran winners accomplished the Laker machine.

35. 1979-80 Los Angeles Lakers

Report: 60-22

Roster: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ron Boone, Marty Byrnes, Kenny Carr, Jim Chones, Michael Cooper, Don Ford, Spencer Haywood, Brad Holland, Magic Johnson, Mark Landsberger, Butch Lee, Ollie Mack, Norm Nixon, Jamaal Wilkes

Showtime made its NBA debut in Magic Johnson’s rookie season, when the 6-9 level guard introduced enjoyable again to the Lakers and kick-started maybe the League’s most entertaining decade. Johnson revitalized heart Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and served because the set off for a raucous L.A. assault that was bolstered by Norm Nixon, Jamaal Wilkes and Jim Chones. The Lakers dominated the West and completed off Philadelphia in six, with Johnson scoring 42 within the Finals-clinching victory.

34. 2014-15 Golden State Warriors

Coach: Steve Kerr

Report: 67-15

Roster: Leandro Barbosa, Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Stephen Curry, Festus Ezeli, Draymond Inexperienced, Justin Vacation, Andre Iguodala, Ognjen Kuzmic, David Lee, Shaun Livingston, James Michael McAdoo, Brandon Rush, Marreese Speights, Klay Thompson

The Warriors’ first title in 40 years—and the primary of three in 4 seasons—was completed primarily by the unending capturing of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, whose resolution to robust defenses was merely to maneuver again one other step or two. Draymond Inexperienced dealt with the robust work and by no means backed down from a soul, whereas Harrison Barnes and Marreese Speights did what was crucial. The Warriors dumped the Cavs in six to take the crown.

33. 1976-77 Portland Path Blazers

Coach: Jack Ramsay

Report: 49-33

Roster: Corky Calhoun, Johnny Davis, Herm Gilliam, Bob Gross, Lionel Hollins, Robin Jones, Maurice Lucas, Clyde Mayes, Lloyd Neal, Larry Steele, Dave Twardzik, Wally Walker, Invoice Walton

The Blazers weren’t overpowering through the common season, however by the playoffs, that they had develop into the proper group, working as a extremely environment friendly unit below coach Jack Ramsay. It began with Invoice Walton, a pivot savant who might move, rating and rebound. Maurice Lucas offered the muscle, with Lionel Hollins, Dave Twardzik, Bob Gross and Larry Steele willingly enjoying supporting roles. Portland overcame Julius Erving’s high-flying Sixers within the Finals with textbook unselfish basketball.


Learn right here to seek out out who made it on the remainder of the listing, together with No. 75-66, 65-55 and 54-44.

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