Basketball is a game that’s been around for more than a hundred years, yeah pretty long enough. And during this period many teams were noticed and stayed on top as top favorites. Today some of them stay as true kings of NBA and still have a large number of fans. But what teams can be considered as all-time best in the history of NBA? Judging by their success, popularity with fans and overall score we’ve come to this list of top five.
Now Chicago Bulls might not be the best NBA team currently on the list but their success on the court over the years has definitely earned them a spot on this list. Many famous players played for this team including Michael Jordan, and Scottie Pippen back in the days. All of them contributed to this team’s undeniable success winning many championships year after year. With M.J. on the court, this team won 6 championships starting from 1991 until 1998, skipping only two years 1994 and 1995. Although Michael Jordan had some tough times at the beginning with his teammates, we all remember the period when we barely had any ball possession; he became an important asset to this team.
With astonishing 17 championships won starting form 1957 this team can be considered as an old school team, since they were there since NBA was founded. Not many know that this team success over the years can be attributed to coaches instead of the player. There were without a doubt some memorable players like Larry Bird and many others, but the key to their success was always strategy. And I’m not talking about any strategy here, but old school strategy that was proven many times before to be most effective.
Los Angeles Lakers
This team owns its success and popularity with fans mainly to players like Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Brian, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson in the old days. Everybody knows about Shaq and Kobe, but true fans, especially older generation still remember Kareem and others. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was recently actually rewarded with Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Golden State Warriors
Although their success is more noticeable in the last couple of years, they had their portion of championships back in the days. With only four championships won including 1947, 1956, 1975, and 2015 a lot of analytics will disagree that they should be on this list. But it’s not about the number of championships they’ve won, but general contribution of players to the success of this team.
This team is definitely my favorite, and players like Vince Carter and Vince Bosh, later on, became some of the most memorable in Raptors history only due to their skills. This team certainly had their ups and downs, but the important thing is that they’ve stood up every time and continued on. Their peak was probably around 1998 and later on, but their overall success as a team was undeniable.