Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

All time greatest 5 Basketball teams:

Miami Heat 2012-2013
0
No votes
Boston Celtics 1964-1965
1
2%
Los Angeles Lakers 1986-1987
8
16%
Boston Celtics 1985-1986
4
8%
Chicago Bulls 1991-1992
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12%
Los Angeles Lakers 2000-2001
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26%
Philadelphia 76ers 1966-1967
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No votes
Los Angeles Lakers 1971-1972
6
12%
New York Knicks 1969-1970
0
No votes
Chicago Bulls 1995-1996
11
22%
 
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Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby sonyplay10 on Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:16 am

Select the all-time greatest 5 Basketball teams
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby Magic Skywalker on Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:29 am

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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby wcsoldier81 on Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:02 am

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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby kenzo on Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:01 am

wcsoldier81 wrote:New Orleans Pelicans 2013-2014

Bobcats... since day 1 :man9:
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby Rooscooter on Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:13 am

Better yet.... Rambis Youth or Dancing Barry
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby Juronimo on Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:59 am

kenzo wrote:
wcsoldier81 wrote:New Orleans Pelicans 2013-2014

Bobcats... since day 1 :man9:


Well the Bobcats are when they play us, where Matt Carroll turns into Reggie Miller and Emeka Okafor turns into Hakeem Olajuwon.
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby Chillbongo on Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:53 pm

60's Celtics
80's Lakers
90's Bulls
2000's Lakers
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby Finwë on Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:12 pm

So you just make a list of teams you feel are the best and we have to vote on it? What makes them qualify for your list in the first place? Why not other teams?
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby Battle Tested20 on Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:52 pm

All I know is that I'm proud to say that the 2000-01 Lakers own the best record in NBA Playoff history at 15-1
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby LakerFanIam on Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:04 pm

Chillbongo wrote:60's Celtics
80's Lakers
90's Bulls
2000's Lakers
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:19 pm

I would have to say the 1996 Bulls. To go 72-10 is ridiculous. No one thought any team could do better than 69-13 but Chicago beat that by a full 3 games. Close to prime Mj, prime Pippen and Rodman still a monster. You are talking about three of the greatest defenders ever. Sort of like how Miami can turn up the heat sometimes on D and overwhelm teams with their speed and athleticism, Chicago took that to another level. But how would they deal with a dominant center like Shaq or Hakeem in their primes? They did lack size.

Kobe/Shaq is probably the best tandem ever. They would be a handful for anyone. And obviously can't forget the mid 80's Lakers and Celtics. Talk about talent.

And we have to see what Miami does the next couple of years. If they get a three peat, they have to rank up there with some of the best as a three peat is a very rare feat.
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby Iceberg Slim on Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:31 am

I don't know how it's not the 1996 Bulls. All one has to do is read 11 Rings and find out why Phil Jackson considers them the best team of all-time. During that season, Scottie Pippen missed 11 games. Rodman missed 10 games. And they still finished with only 10 losses. If they were healthy the whole year, they may have only lost 5...or less.
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby thkthebest on Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:48 am

Iceberg Slim wrote:I don't know how it's not the 1996 Bulls. All one has to do is read 11 Rings and find out why Phil Jackson considers them the best team of all-time. During that season, Scottie Pippen missed 11 games. Rodman missed 10 games. And they still finished with only 10 losses. If they were healthy the whole year, they may have only lost 5...or less.

"We could not have won 70 games playing against 1980's teams." - Dennis Rodman

The argument against the 72-10 Bulls is that it happened during an expansion "watered down" league. I think you mixed up a few seasons or something too because Pippen didn't miss 11 games.

Anyway, some may find the 00-01 Lakers playoff record to be much more impressive. It's not just the record but how badly they just trampled over their teams.

The 80s Lakers were also just absolutely stacked. They had the best PG of all-time, best C of all-time, a DPOTY, a FMVP as a third option, etc.

So...I don't think it's as easy as pointing at the 72-10 record.
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby gcclaker on Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:58 am

3 Laker teams, the 72-10 Bulls squad and that team that took it in 1986.
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby Iceberg Slim on Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:11 am

thkthebest wrote:
Iceberg Slim wrote:I don't know how it's not the 1996 Bulls. All one has to do is read 11 Rings and find out why Phil Jackson considers them the best team of all-time. During that season, Scottie Pippen missed 11 games. Rodman missed 10 games. And they still finished with only 10 losses. If they were healthy the whole year, they may have only lost 5...or less.

"We could not have won 70 games playing against 1980's teams." - Dennis Rodman

The argument against the 72-10 Bulls is that it happened during an expansion "watered down" league. I think you mixed up a few seasons or something too because Pippen didn't miss 11 games.

Anyway, some may find the 00-01 Lakers playoff record to be much more impressive. It's not just the record but how badly they just trampled over their teams.

The 80s Lakers were also just absolutely stacked. They had the best PG of all-time, best C of all-time, a DPOTY, a FMVP as a third option, etc.

So...I don't think it's as easy as pointing at the 72-10 record.


You quoted Dennis Rodman for validity? This is the guy who said Lebron James is a bum and would be average in the 1980's. This is also the same guy who said this about a human rights violator... (Kim Jong Eun)

“He’s a good guy to me. He’s my friend. I don’t condone what he does, but as a person to person, he’s my friend.


His statements have been so dumb I've essentially disqualified him from saying anything intelligent/unbiased. Forgive me, I don't hold much stock in what Dennis Rodman says.



With that said you're right about Scottie's games missed. He missed 5. Rodman missed a total of 18. 23 missed games between both instead of the 21 I incorrectly quoted.

Outside of that, I'm on Phil Jackson's side when it comes to this topic.

Also, this watered down league idea humors me. The Expansion Era. They added the Vancouver Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors...who were both bottom feeders. I don't think the players on that team affected much of the complexion of the league in the late 90's.

According to who you talk to, every single decade of the league was "watered down" outside of the the 1980's. The early 1970's hadn't combined with the ABA yet, so much of the most talented and athletic stars weren't accounted for. The 1960-1961 season featured 8 NBA teams, total. 3 of them played above .500 ball with the Celtics monopolizing much of the talent. No one even talks about the 1950's and back. What's the point?

So when I hear people say MJ and the Bulls dominated a watered down league I'm puzzled. Which era is watered down? Fact of the matter is, the league has always been top heavy. Its why basketball is the most predictable sport in North America year to year. It's a dynasty sport without much parity. Jordan and that Bulls team might be the best defensive unit in the history of the game, regardless of era. Their talent and style transcends eras. They didn't have to bully people and physically beat them (like the 80's Bad Boys). They didn't have a 6'10-7'0" defensive juggernaut center a la' KAJ, Bill Russell, Wilt, Hakeem, Moses Malone anchoring the post, They had two fluid, dynamic wing players who could score AND defend better than anyone, paired with a 6'9" pogo stick in Rodman who hustled better than anyone and out rebounded guys 3-5 inches taller than him. They could guard virtually EVERY position on the floor.

97 total games played. 14 total losses. I'll give them the nod.
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:53 am

^^^^^

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I kind of agree and disagree with your post above. I also pick the 1996 Bulls as the best team ever if I had to pick just one. But it is also somewhat true that the league was watered down somewhat in 1996. When you add two teams, it does further water down the talent of the league. It's simple mathematics.

Now, i'm not taking anything away from the Bulls and what they accomplished. Their talent would transcend any era as you stated. But still, you have to at least entertain the argument that adding 2 teams did affect the talent pool of the league.
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby Juronimo on Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:57 am

I'd take the 2001 Laker team over the 1996 Bulls team. The main reason is Shaq. Bulls had no one on that team that could counter Shaq. Pippen and Jordan could tag team Kobe but the Bulls had no one that could handle Shaq.

The Laker team in the playoffs absolutely demolished every team they played against. They didn't just win, they embarassed their opponents. Their regular season record wasn't that impressive but when it counted, which is the playoffs, no team in history was as dominant as that Laker team. Shaq and Kobe both played the best basketball of their careers at exactly the same time. I don't think any team in any period could have beaten them. They could score at will. They were stifling defensively and they loved to rip your throat out.

Chick Hearn himself said that was the best team he'd ever seen. That's good enough for me.
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby thkthebest on Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:23 pm

I have nothing against choosing the 72-10 Bulls. You can make a great argument for them, but there are a lot of other teams that can make a great case.

Also, if Rodman wasn't enough, here are some other quotes from that time.

"I can tell you right now that they're not as good as the Boston Celtics teams of the '80s or the Lakers of the '80s, and they're not as good as the Chicago team that won three in a row." - Brendan Malone

"We haven't won anything yet, even though this is the best we've been at this stage of the season. To compare us to our three championship teams is unfair. Back then we played as more of a unit. Here we've been able to scrap and find ways to win, but the continuity and chemistry aren't quite the same. But that's not to say we can't win a championship the way we're playing." - Michael Jordan

"The Bulls are an excellent team in what appears to be an increasingly mediocre league." - Jack Ramsay

"Chicago is jumping all over teams, but it's doing it in a league with a dearth of talent that's been watered down even further by expansion." - Walt Frazier

Kerr said he wasn't sure if the 96 Bulls were the best, but he did say that the Bulls were right up there with the 80s Celtics/Lakers.
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby gcclaker on Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:34 pm

Bird was once asked how his 1986 squad would deal with the Chicago 72-10 team. He laughed it off commenting that they would not be able to handle him, Parish and McHale along with Walton inside.
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby slimjim on Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:44 pm

I pick 00-01 Lakers for one reason.

Prime Shaq.

No team in the history of the league has an answer for prime Shaq.
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:59 pm

On the flip side, for those of you choosing the 2000-01 Lakers due to Shaq's dominance, one can also argue that he played in a very weak era in terms of centers. So it was much easier for him to dominate.

We can do this type of stuff all day. If we just look at the negatives, we can nitpick anything.

I don't have a problem with someone picking the 2001 Lakers or the 1996 Bulls. Whatever floats your boat.
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby sonyplay10 on Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:06 am

I read (in youtube) that Lakers in 2000-2001 lost only one match in the pre-season. how many matches does a team play in a pre-season?
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby havoc33 on Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:44 am

slimjim wrote:I pick 00-01 Lakers for one reason.

Prime Shaq.

No team in the history of the league has an answer for prime Shaq.

To be honest with you, the Blazers in '00 and Kings in '02 came awfully close. Shaq put up his most dominant playoff numbers each year in the Finals when facing far weaker Eastern Conference teams. Kobe on the other hand, did much of the heavy lifting in the Western Conference playoffs, especially 01 and 02. Not trying to take anything away from Shaq though, in his prime he was a full on beast. I'm just saying he definitely could be bothered and taken out of his game come playoff time (it happened several times during the threepeat).

I still think the Bulls from '92 would beat them. Cartwright was an excellent scrappy defensive center, and Pippen and Jordan in their prime as help defenders would give Shaq way more fits than the Kings or Spurs in '01 ever did. That entire '92 Bulls team was just crazy good defensively.. Grant, Jordan, Pippen, Cartwright, Levingston, Williams... all very, very good.
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Re: Top 5 NBA teams of all time:

Postby Rooscooter on Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:05 am

I think the 60's Celtic teams were the best ever in comparison to their contemporary competition. Their run proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt.

As for the "modern era" I'd have to go with the Bulls and it's not really that close. Those teams were some of the most balanced to every play. Every slot had the perfect role player and MJ/Pippen were at the top of their respective games. That team was consistent game after game.... they didn't have lapses mentally during the long season and they crushed teams during the playoffs.
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