Our Fab Five All-Time NBA Teams

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – There’s nothing like a list to get everyone stirred up and there’s nothing that Hang Time likes to do more than provide the straw that does the stirring.

So first we’ll provide with what the good folks at The Sporting News – continuing their 125th anniversary celebration – are calling their Top 10 NBA teams of all time.

But that’s the easy task. We here at Hang Time will do the heavy lifting and boil that down to our Top Five, including some changes:

No. 1: 1996 Chicago Bulls – Nobody’s really going to argue with the consensus top choice, are they? Michael Jordan fresh out of retirement and at the top of his game, joined by fellow future Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, the Bulls set the NBA record with 72 wins and outscored opponents by an average of 12.2 per game. These Bulls knew they were going to win every time they walked onto the court and usually were right.

No. 2: 1967 Philadelphia 76ers – It was a much smaller NBA back then, a more rugged, tougher league and the toughest thing about it was that you had to go through Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics. These Sixers did it with a lineup of three members of the NBA’s 50 Greatest in Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer and Billy Cunningham and a roster that also included Chet Walker, Luke Jackson, Wali Jones and Matt Guokas. They rolled to a 68-13 record, took out the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals and beat the Warriors with Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond in The Finals.

No. 3: 1986 Boston Celtics – They had five future Hall of Famers – Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson and Bill Walton – who played with an intelligence that matched their intensity and confidence. Walton was able to finally shake off years of foot problems to back up Parish and Walton’s passing skills seemed to take Bird to an even higher level. The Celtics rolled to an NBA record 40-1 home mark during the regular season and by the time they reached The Finals against a young and powerful Houston team with Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson, the outcome was practically a foregone conclusion.

No. 4: 1987 Los Angeles Lakers – With all due respect to the 1972 Lakers and their record 33-game winning streak, they and the NBA never had anything like a 6-foot-9 point guard in Magic Johnson. With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, this is was the season the Lakers went 65-17, won 10 of 11 playoff games in the first three rounds and had a relatively easy time beating Bird and the Celtics in The Finals 4-2. Magic’s baby sky hook won Game at Boston Garden to send them on their way and, when it was over, Pat Riley promised the Lakers would win it again the next year. And they did.

No. 5: 1965 Boston Celtics – Including coach Red Auerbach, there were eight Hall of Famers in the locker room – Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Sam Jones, K.C. Jones, Satch Sanders, Tom Heinsohn and a rookie named John Thompson. Sam Jones averaged 25.9 points per game to lead the way. But this was a Celtics team that was all about defense with K.C. Jones at the point and Russell in the middle. Russell averaged 24.1 rebounds per game. They handled the Lakers easily in The Finals, 4-1.

Time to do your own stirring. Send us your top 5.

461 Comments

  1. lo gulley says:

    Reading all the suggestions, makes me lol. All the Jordan championship teams, the celtics that started the string with Bill Russell, and the Magic Johnson Lakers championship teams. With the Dr. J lead 76’ers………

  2. Lakersfan4lyfe says:

    The worst 5 teams in NBA history:
    1. 1960-2011 Boston Celtics
    2. 2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks
    3.1998-1999, 2002-2003, 2004-2005, and 2006-2007 San Antonio Spurs
    4. 2003-2004 Detroit Pistons
    5.2009-2010 New Jersey Nets

  3. RyanGlance says:

    86 celtics or 87 lakers…

  4. Ben says:

    It seems since the ’96 Bulls got the top spot with their dominating 72 wins, we don’t pay any attention to the ’97 Bulls. They really fell off and only had 69 wins and lost a whole 4 games in the playoffs, where the 96 team only dropped 3.

    The fact that the Finals that year were so close and Jordan needed his flu game to pull out Game 5 doesn’t diminish how good the Bulls were, it actually shows just how good the Jazz were that year. In my opinion, there hasn’t been a better runner up since.

    Bulls 97 should be on the list.

  5. unknow fan says:

    lol you people kill maimi or dallas not even close

    1 87 lakers
    2 96 bulls
    3 86 bos
    4 72 lakers
    5 89 pis

    been watching b-ball for 35 years

  6. Levi says:

    Whatever happened to the 2001 Lakers which swept their opponents in the first 3 rounds of the playoffs and losing only once to then MVP Allen Iverson’s Sixers in the Finals? They still hold the NBA Playoffs Record 15-1 W-L. To me, that should be in the Top Five…

    • Brad says:

      56-26 regular season mark so even combined with that playoff record that is only 71-27 total. Top 5, seriously?

  7. hahah... says:

    KOBE did not win 2 championship by himself.. the LA team gave him the rings.. kobe had a terrible game against celtics in game 7…

    if kobe didn’t have shaq and the ‘Gasol/Bynum/Artes’ LA.. He would have 0 rings…
    If Kobe played in cleveland i bet they are an ave. or below average team…

    • Lakersfan4lyfe says:

      Oh so Jordan didnt have Pippen, Rodman, and Kerr. Bird didnt have Mchale, Parish, Johnson, and Walton. Magic didnt have Karim and Worthy. The Celtics of the 60’s had 5 hall of famers at one point. Do your research before posting.

  8. nrmn says:

    how about the 2011 Dallas Mavericks.. they played a great season (2010-2011).. they conquered and send em opponents shocked and crying.. they beat the young and athletic BLAZERZ, shamed the 2time Champion LAKERS, crushed the young and promising THUNDERS, and to top it all off, they denied championship and teached HUMILTY to LECHOKEs MIAMI HEAT.. and they did that with the help of a 33 year old Lone Superstar.. (of course they got other superstars but they are past their PRIME)..

    • Stefan Neßler says:

      Great team… Mavericks proven that team basketball wins against pure athleticism. LeBron knows so little about basketball, like Kobe before his MVP season. Heat were just lucky the Celtics had serve injuries to Rondo and Daniels and traded the wrong players… before that Boston was 3-0 in regular season against Miami!

  9. 2004 Detriot pistions.

  10. Lakeshow says:

    2001 LAKERS everything that happen in the regular season will go back to 0 when its post season time

    damn LA lose just 1 game in the whole playoffs they should be considered 1 of the best team

  11. Stefan Neßler says:

    You’re right Brad!

    Shaq dominated the league at this position since 1999-00 because there hasn’t been any rival of his caliber out there any more. In his first 7 years in the league he won nothing but got swept out of the playoffs 5 times! At the time he was an MVP caliber, guys like Antonio Davis, Dale Davis, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Jamaal Magloire were All-Stars but no match for Shaq.

    But I agree that the 2000 Lakers were great, I’d maybe rank them at #10 on my list.

    PS: You just can’t compare Russell and Shaq on PPG, it’s every players task to do whatever it takes to make your team win and Russell did just THAT. He is the GREATEST competitor ever!

  12. Benjamin says:

    Surely the 2000 Lakers deserve a spot somewhere here? They were able to three-peat, which three of the five teams on your list were unable to do. And while they only have two future hall of famers they are quite well-rounded, with Glen Rice, Ron Harper, Derek Fisher, Robert Horry, AC Green, Rick Fox, and others. Simply because they’re from the post-Jordan era doesn’t mean they do not deserve more credit than has been given. It would be hard to argue that Shaq and Kobe are not both top-10 all-time players. Both have had more storied and successful careers than many other regularly placed in that echelon. The only hall of fame centers aside from Shaq to three-peat are Mikan and Russell, and neither posted Shaq’s numbers. Kobe is almost certainly the second greatest shooting guard after Jordan. It’s simply unfair to the 2000 Lakers to exclude them. I can see no reason for doing so other than a preference for raising the profile of older teams. I would expect the 2000 Lakers to be able to not only compete but win consistently in any era. They would, at minimum, give any team mentioned above a run for their money.

    • Brad says:

      Shaq was so overrated. How did a guy that big and strong not average 35+ points a game in his prime? Shaq is like the 6th or 7th best center to play in the NBA.

  13. Stefan Neßler says:

    So this is about TEAM basketball, right?

    1. 1985-86 Boston Celtics
    (I watched so many games of that team and was amazed of their playing style almost every single night)
    2. 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers
    3. 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers
    4. 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers
    5. 1992-93 Chicago Bulls
    (much better than the later bulls teams despite their worse record in the regular season – in fact the 1993 bulls proved they could handle all playing styles: Knicks/Cavaliers (defence), Hawks/Suns (offense) and won against GREAT teams)
    (also mention the 1988-89 Detroit Pistons, 1993-94/1994-95 Houston Rockets and 2007-08 Boston Celtics)

    Best teams to not win the championship: 1992-93 New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns

  14. joel says:

    the 1976 Flint Tropic led by Jackie Moon that was a good team

  15. renz_garnett says:

    1. 2008 boston celtics – the 1st time they have been together and their first ring in their career
    2. 1991 chicago bulls – 1st jordan ring
    3. 1969 boston celtics – bill russell as head coach and player beating elgin baylor wilt chamberlain and jerry west in game 7 in lakers
    4. 2004 detroit pistons – upset star-studded lakers
    5. 1998 chicago bulls – the shot by michael jordan..

  16. Herome says:

    6) 2000-2001 lakers (dominated the entire playoffs with shaq-kobe back then )
    7) 1997-1998 jazz ( challenged the jordan led bulls into an exciting 6 game finals series)
    8) 1998-1999 spurs ( for me that team had the most formidable froncourt duo in duncan-robinson)
    9) 2007-2008 celtics ( won the title in the first year of the big three —>i wouldv’e put 10-11 heat in this have they won the championship )
    10) 2003-2008 pistons ( 5 consecutive conference finals appearances and a championship in 04 )

  17. Red&Yellow says:

    1. 1995-1996 Bulls
    Best record ever in the league, led by the great Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Rodman. Simply the best

    2. 1985-1986 Celtics
    Five Hall of Famers on this squad, with Larry Bird leading the way. He was still playing at an MVP-caliber, while McCale, Parish, Johnson, and Walton all contributed heavily. And they won the championship to boot.

    3. 1972-1973 Lakers
    With the likes of Chamberlain, West, and Baylor, its hard not to put this amazing team in the top 5, especially when they hold the 2nd best record ever.

    4. 1966-1967 Sixers
    Wilt Chamberlain led this team all the way to 68-13 record and an NBA Championship. Hal Greer and Billy Cunningham also contributed to this awesome team.

    5. 1994-1995 Rockets
    Everyone has at least one oddball on their list, and this is mine. Struggling through the season and only managing to get the 6th seed does not bode well for a defending champion. However, Olajuwon, Drexler, and the rest of the Rockets were determined to defend their trophy. Thus, the Houston Rockets took down four 50+ win teams, the first and only to do so, without home court advantage. The Rockets defeated these great teams, each led by even greater players (Stockton/Malone, Barkley, Robinson, O’Neal). The Rockets gave new meaning to the word “Clutch”, and earned the city the nickname of “Clutch City”. The Rockets no doubt had the heart of a champion, and for that, they deserve a place on the Top 10 NBA teams, if not Top 5.

  18. LakerFan09 says:

    2000-2001 LA Lakers!
    will never forget how they dominated the playoffs.

    • otis says:

      But the most memorable moment of that series is Iverson walking over Tyrone Lue.
      Epic Moment in Finals history.

  19. drose101 says:

    BULLS R THE BEST TEAM EVER

  20. Duckmaster says:

    1. 1995-96 Bulls
    2. 1960’s- Celtics
    3. 2004-05 Pistons (Chauncey and Wallace and Rip)
    4. 2001-02 Lakers (shaq and mamba)
    5. 1966-67 76ers

  21. Duckmaster says:

    1. 1995-96 Bulls
    2. 1960’s- Celtics
    3. 2004-05 Pistons (Chauncey and Wallace and Rip)
    4. 2001-02 Lakers (shaq and mamba)
    5. 1966-67 Sixers

  22. Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

    I don’t think the ’96 Bulls was the best Bulls team, Jordan didn’t get his legs back until ’97. I also don’t think any team since Jordan’s first retirement deserves to be on the same floor as any of the old schoolers because “the league” became a supermodel runway show once Jordan showed Stern and his minions how much money they could make through TV, apparel, marketing and exposure. Also the ’87 Lakers should be ahead of the ’86 Celtics, if it wasn’t for Ralph Sampson’s miracle shot the Lakers woulda beat the C’s just like they did the year after.

  23. Robert says:

    cmon the kobe and shaq lakers deserve a spot!! id like to see bill russell defend shaq in his prime. and if he even did a somewhat good job who on that team would stop kobe?

  24. MarkLadz says:

    2011 – LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers and Mike Bibby

  25. BOSH says:

    how about the raptors 2003-2004
    when kobe scored 81 or 82 points?

  26. Brad says:

    Here’s the stats that matter:
    1940’s championships: Warriors – 1, Bullets – 1, Lakers – 1
    1950’s championships: Lakers – 4, Celtics – 2, Royals – 1, Nationals – 1, Warriors – 1, Hawks -1
    1960’s championships: Celtics – 9, Sixers – 1
    1970’s championships: Knicks – 2, Celtics – 2, Bucks – 1, Lakers – 1, Warriors – 1, Blazers -1, Bullets – 1, Sonics – 1
    1980’s championships: Lakers – 5, Celtics – 3, Sixers – 1, Pistons -1
    1990’s championships: Bulls – 6, Rockets – 2, Pistons – 1, Spurs – 1
    2000’s championships: Lakers – 4, Spurs – 3, Pistons – 1, Heat – 1, Celtics – 1
    2010’s championships: Lakers – 1, Mavericks – 1
    So by decade it becomes quite clear who the best teams were because each champion had the same nucleus of stars. It doesn’t matter if a team from one decade could beat any other team in a different era because we’ll never know. It’s all speculation.

  27. volter79 says:

    The ’72 Lakers should have been mentioned in the top 3, at least, if not ALL-TIME #1. What could have happened if Elgin Baylor didn’t get injured , and eventually retired? To win 33 straight might stand in the records book for a long, long time. And all that happened after Baylor retired that year. Remove one superstar in an NBA team today, and that would equate to a sure losing season.

  28. Chris says:

    Well the 2011 Mavs would be on that list, if all players were still in their prime.
    Just imagine:
    Dirk
    J Kidd
    Marion
    Terry
    (a healthy) Butler
    Chandler
    If Marion still would be that double-double-machine, and Kidd that triple-double-machine of earlier days, that would be a heck of a team ;)
    plus they would have a great bench with Barea, Beaubois, Haywood, Stevenson
    of course they would not play together, if they all were still a bit younger…
    oh but I forgot the most important factor:
    THE CUSTODIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Pistons4Life says:

    What about the 2004 Pistons? they didn’t have a superstar and rocked LA till their dynasty crumbled

  30. gmoney says:

    Just because you are part of the brainwashed Jordan era of reporters does not mean we are all sheep!

    The 90’s era of basketball offered the worst talent level in the history of the NBA. The 96 Bulls are not one of the top teams of all-time because the league they dominated was really weak, they had no center and their point guard was weak.
    Of course they won the most games in history, expansion had watered down the league there were no great teams.

    1. 1986 Celtics
    2. 1967 76ers
    3. 1972 Lakers
    4. 1987 Lakers
    5. 1965 Celtics

    • Brad says:

      How did the ’90’s have the worst level of talent? Most of the ’80’s draft picks were in their prime and players like Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd, Alonzo Mourning, Rasheed Wallace, Grant Hill, Vince Carter, Toni Kukoc and Paul Pierce stared in that decade. Hate to break it to you but the reason the league expanded was because there was a lot of talent. Think about this; is it easier to gameplan against 22 teams or 26 to 28 teams? The Bulls beat teams in the finals with players like Magic Johnson, Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, Gary Payton, John Stockton and Karl Malone. That was certainly not watered down talent. Sure would be nice if people paid attention….

  31. jowell says:

    any team without ballhog kobe is good!

  32. KG says:

    This is the real list. Only 9 teams make it because only 9 teams really dominated in this kind of fashion.
    #1=1986 Celtics
    #2=1972 Lakers
    #3=1996 Bulls
    #4=1971 Bucks
    #5=1983 76ers
    #6=1965 Celtics
    #7=1967 76ers
    #8=2008 Celtics
    #9=1997 Bulls

    Those are the only 9 teams to dominate from start to finish loaded with HOF setting records and playing top competition. No other NBA team belongs in the same discussion as these 9 teams.

    • DIRK OWNS HEAT says:

      #1=1996 Bulls
      #2=1997 Bulls
      #3=1965 Celtics
      #4=1987 Lakers
      #4=1971 Bucks
      #5=1983 76ers
      #6=1972 Lakers
      #7=1967 76ers
      #8=1986 Celtics

      Ithin Kg mean it that way

      • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

        Chick Hearn was better than Tom Heinsohn, Heinsohn was a “homer”…like most C’s fans.

  33. Laker Man says:

    The 2001 Lakers! They ran the table in the playoffs with the exception of one loss to Philly in the finals. They won 31 out of 32 games at the end of the year, and during the playoffs and the start of the following season! The 71-72 Lakers. 33 wins in a row and a championship. Both teams should be in the top 5 greats, without question!

  34. The Ice Cream Man says:

    Anyone had a Lebron sighting since the playoffs ended? Just wondering if the Heat are gonna throw another parade anyway, like they did before the year started. LMAO!

  35. Laker Man says:

    The 1972 Lakers and the 2001 Lakers should be in the list; without a doubt. Cmon; 33 wins in a row and a championship! And the 2001 Lakers almost running the table in the playoffs. Only one loss to the sixers in the finals. And I think that team also won something like 31 out of 32 games, both before , during the playoffs, and the start of the fall season. And you include neither one in the list!!! Give me a break!

  36. KG says:

    And the 1987 7 seed Sonics got to the Western Confernce Finals because the Western Conference in the 1980’s was the WORST CONFERENCE IN ANY DECADE by far in sports history. So getting to the WCF in the 1980’s isn’t really saying much. The point is, is that writers like Hollinger get away with lines like this. “The Lakers beat the Celtics in six, and for the playoffs as a whole outscored their opponents by 205 points — the best of any team on this list” And he uses that stat to place the 1987 Lakers over the 1986 Celtics. What Hollinger doesn’t write is that 190 of those points came against the 10th, 14th, & 15th best teams in the league, 5 7 & 8 seeds, under .500. Why doesn’t he write that? Because he wants to put the team he likes on top. He doesn’t want to give you the real stats. He wants to tell his side of the story(205 points) instead of giving the real facts and details(5,7,8 seeds). The 1987 Lakers do not belong anywhere near the 1986 Celtics on Top 10 lists. No team that plays under .500 competition to get to the finals round belongs on Top 10 best teams of all-time lists. And that is a Fact.

  37. KG says:

    Yes those 7 seed Sonics were a cake walk. That is what a 7 seed with a record under .500 in a conference finals vs a team that made the Finals 8 times in the 1980’s is. A cake walk. You wrote that everything has to be earned in sports and there is a huge difference between playing teams with a record under .500 in the playoffs and playing the 2nd, 3rd or 4th best teams in the league. HUGE DIFFERENCE. Don’t you realize how absurd that is. Playing under .500 competition in the playoffs. I’ll give you some examples. In 108 years since the World Series began in baseball, NOT 1 TEAM even made the playoffs with a record under .500. NOT 1. In 45 years since the Super Bowl began in football, NOT 1 TEAM even made the playoffs with a record under .500. NOT 1. Teams with records under .500 DO NOT belong in the playoffs, and to think you can get to the finals round by playing nothing but teams under .500 that is the utltimate absurdity. Were the 1987 Lakers great? Sure they were, but they are NO WHERE NEAR the top teams of all-time. NOT EVEN CLOSE.

    • DIRK OWNS HEAT says:

      I think KG never watched a bball game, he just reads in the statsbook, But let me tell you something stats don´t win games.

      • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

        That happened in baseball because there was no wild card and only four divisions until the 90’s, so you had to win your division and only 4 teams made it to the playoffs. Nice try…

    • Brad says:

      First of all, the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks made the playoffs last year and defeated the defending champs…. duh! Second, the playoffs are a different season. You place a lot of emphasis on records. How many times has a 1 seed lost in any sport? LOTS. The only reason teams under .500 reach the playoffs is because the NBA is greedy and expanded the format to include more teams. Personally I think there should only be 3 rounds in the playoffs because it is a long enough season as it is. Great examples of low seeds winning titles: ’94-’95 Houston Rockets, ’97 Denver Broncos and 2010 Green Bay Packers. So for one season sure the Celtics kicked butt, but they never even had consecutive titles that decade. So that is the best ever? LOL

    • Brad says:

      By your standards those ’94-’95 Rockets must have been giants then since they were the #6 seed and each team they defeated in the playoffs won at least 50 games.

  38. poepro says:

    Loved Rodman with the Pistons & bulls.. Great player that doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Read http://tinyurl.com/3lspa8v

  39. Brad says:

    So those 7 seed Sonics must have been a real cake walk since they managed to get to the western conference finals. They had to beat a 2 seed in the 1st round. There are no gimmies in sports, everything has to be earned.

  40. KG says:

    Trivia Question:What is the only team in sports history to get to the Finals by playing teams in the playoffs with a combined record of under .500?
    Answer:1986-87 Lakers. Oh no wait, there are 2 teams to do it, that’s right Lakers again 1983-84.
    Only 2 teams in SPORTS HISTORY to get to the championship round by playing straight fluff in the playoffs.
    1984 Lakers:8 Seed Kings 38-44, 4 Seed Mavs 43-39, 6 Seed Suns 41-41. Combined record:122-124 .496
    1987 Lakers:8 Seed Nuggets 37-45, 5 Seed Warriors 42-40, 7 Seed Sonics 39-43. Combined record:118-128 .480.
    From 1984-1987 the Lakers played 12 teams in the Western Conference playoffs, ONLY 2 teams won more than 44 games, that’s right ONLY 2, the 52-30 1985 Nuggets and the 51-31 1986 Rockets. What a joke.
    -Sincerely #1 50-1 Big Boys.

    • Brad says:

      Sure, a 50-1 record for the Celtics at home in regular season and playoffs combined for ONE season is phenomenal. Which is more impressive, 50-1 at home or 87-13 for a season? Since you love stats so much, how about this one…. Magic’s Lakers 2-1 over Bird’s Celtics in the finals. Teams generally have a nucleus of stellar players for a decade or so. So, with the nucleus intact, you’re still stating the ’80’s Celtics were superior to the ’80’s Lakers? Okay, then I suppose the ’90’s Bulls and ’60’s Celtics were inferior too. LOL

      • KG says:

        Its very simple. From 1984-1987 the Celtics went 44-27 in the playoffs against teams with 45 or more wins, while the Lakers went 16-14. Not only did the Celtics play more than twice as many playoff games against quality teams they won nearly 3 times as many games. The 1980’s Celtics & Lakers are very similair and no team is really superior. However as far as single season teams go the 1986 Celtics are the best ever and better than any 1980’s Lakers team. It really isn’t close. I would give the 1986 Celtics 82-18 and edge over the 1996 Bulls 87-13 because there were 6 more teams in the league in 1996 than 1986 and expansion led to the Bulls winning 70. Had there been 23 teams in 1996 like there was in 1986 the Bulls would not have won 70 games. Also in 1986 the Celtics were on there way to winning 69 when Dr. J got lucky and got a rebound off a missed free throw and hit a 3 to win the game. The 1986 C’s lost 5 games by 2 or less points. 50-1 at home equals #1 of all-time. A 50-1 home record clinches an NBA Championship every single time and no team will ever accomplish that record again.

  41. KG says:

    Look at what Hollinger writes in regards to the 1987 Lakers being ranked by him over the 1986 Celtics. “This L.A. team nudged ahead of Boston by virtue of winning 65 games in the regular season and then trashing the West — 11 wins in 12 games — to make the Finals. ” Wow Hollinger 11 wins in 12 games huh??? Did those 12 games happen to come against the 8 seed 37-45 Nuggets, 5 seed 42-40 Warrios and 7 seed 39-43 Sonics?? Yes. They did. They sure trashed those 5,7 & 8 seeds, didn’t they. Then Hollinger writes about the 1986 Celtics “They rank behind L.A. mostly because their victory margin wasn’t as strong in the playoffs”. Do you think playing the 5,7 & 8 seeds has something to do with that? People are so stupid nowadays. They mix facts with fiction then they start making up stories to put the team they like on top. I’m going to write this in Caps one more time. THE 1987 LAKERS PLAYED THE 8 SEED 37-45 NUGGETS, 5 SEED 42-40 WARRRIOS, & 7 SEED 39-43 SONICS TO GET TO THE FINALS. THAT IS THE WORST COMPETITION TO GET TO THE FINALS IN SPORTS HISTORY!!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE.

  42. KG says:

    Anybody who puts the 1986-87 Lakers over the 1985-86 Celtics is seriously joke status.
    The Celtics were better in almost every stat you could think of. Higher PPG Celtics +9.4 Lakers +9.3, Higher SOS Celtics 9.06, Lakers 8.32. Celtics led the league in 6 different categories, Lakers 3. Celtics Top 5 in 22 different categories, Lakers Top 5 in 14. Celtics had more wins 67, Lakers 65. Celtics only needed 80 more free throws, Lakers needed 300 more free throws, same playoff record 15-3. Roughly the same +/-PPG in the playoffs. Here is the thing that most people don’t understand and now hopefully you will. The 1986-87 Lakers had BY FAR the easiest road to the Finals in NBA History. Look who they played. 1987 Lakers played the 8 seed 37-45 Nuggets, the 5 seed 42-40 Warriors and the 7 seed 39-43 Sonics to get to the Finals. That is the worst possible combination of teams to get to the Finals EVER!! What a joke!!! 1987 Lakers didn’t even play a 2,3 or 4 seed to get to the Finals. Don’t ever write 1987 Lakers over 1986 Celtics EVER AGAIN. 50-1 at home 1986 Boston Celtics PWNED.

    • DIRK OWNS HEAT says:

      @ KG: i think you are the joke. The 87 LAL beat the Celtics!!! what more to say? I´m a Bulls and Mavs fan, but the 80´Lakers defintly deserve the Spot over the 80´Celtics.

  43. kevin says:

    how about the spurs

  44. SynCity says:

    Jordan and the Bulls without a doubt can be listed as ‘all-time”…. you must be stupid enough to say there are other players or teams that are better than them. but honestly, i and most of us here only watch NBA from the beginning of the Modern Era. no disrespect to the hall of famers, but i still put my blue chip on guys like Kobe, Shaq, Duncan but not LeBron, at least until he made his own dynasty and left a legacy behind.

  45. HBIC says:

    LAKERS NEW COACH IS GOING TO MAKE SOME BIG CHANGES SO BE READY LAKERS FANS.

  46. HBIC says:

    WINNERS WIN AND LOSERS LOSE I’M TALKING THE 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES WHEN DALLAS MAVERICKS BEAT MIAMI HEAT. THAT WAS PRICELESS. I DON’T SEE MIAMI HEAT MAKING THROUGH THE FINALS NEXT YEAR. SO WHAT YOU BEAT THE CELTICS IN THE PLAYOFFS THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN NEXT SEASON.

    MARK MY WORDS

  47. Brad says:

    The whole point of this list was to get people stirred up and it seemingly worked. The fact is any list of teams is purely opinion since there are only 5 spots and over 60 years of champions. Everybody is entitled to an opinion so hopefully we can all appreciate the variety of reasons people choose different favorites for their lists.
    Here’s mine:
    1) ’95-’96 Bulls – Let’s face it, a 72-10 record (the last 3 losses were by a point each so if the ball had bounced differently they might have won 75 games) is incredible in any era. 15-3 in the playoffs (almost swept their way to the finals if not for an OT loss to the Knicks) is amazing too. Let’s see… 87-13 combined… is there another team that won 87% of their games during a season?
    2) ’86-’87 Lakers – They finished 65-17 and then 15-3 in the playoffs. They were not really tested until the finals where they beat Boston in 6 games. Statistically this was their best season during the ’80’s.
    3) ’85-’86 Celtics – This team had a 67-15 record (40-1 at home, still a record) and went 15-3 in the playoffs. They had to contain Michael Jordan in the 1st round and faced a scrappy Houston Rockets team in the finals. Statistically this was their best season during the ’80’s.
    4) ’98-’99 Spurs – Even though it was a lockout shortened season they still had a 37-13 record. Most surprising was they finished 15-2 in the playoffs en route to the 1st of their 4 titles. The great thing here was I’m sure with Jordan retired everybody thought the Jazz were a lock to win it.
    5) ’94-’94 Rockets – They had a horrible regular season with a 47-35 record and a journeyman 15-7 playoff record but that is what most impresses me. They weren’t expected to win. How many teams that statisically mediocre ever win a title? They faced the best and still won. Plus, the way Akeem Olajuwon dominated elite players like Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, David Robinson and Shaq still makes that season even more incredible.

    • KG says:

      No way 1987 Lakers over 1986 Celtics. read below

      • Brad says:

        Those same Lakers that defeated the Celtics? Sure it was one season apart but you can’t blame the Lakers for who they faced in the playoffs. They won in the first 3 rounds like they were expected to and then took care of the Celtics in the finals. The true fact of the matter is I only selected the Lakers best season statistically. But remember they won 5 titles in the ’80’s while the Celtics only won 3. These were essentially the same teams throughout the decade so you still think the Celtics were superior to the Lakers?

    • KG says:

      Nobody is blaming the Lakers for who they played. They do not belong in the Top 10 basketball teams of all-time because of who they played. That is what I am saying and that is a FACT. The 1987 Lakers got to the Finals by playing the 10th, 14th, & 15th best teams in the league. That is absolutely absurd to think they belong up there with the other top teams. If they won 75 games that would be one thing, but they didn’t. They were 65-17 and there have been more than 10 65 win teams in league history so they do not belong there. They had by far the easiest schedule that borderlines on being straight ludicrous. Playing under .500 competition to get to the finals. That is absurd. Yes the 1980’s Celtics and 1980’s Lakers were very similiar, however the Celtics faced a much tougher road and in 1986 they were way better than any single season Lakers team. 1984-87 Lakers are vastly overrated. They played 15 playoff series in those 4 years. 10 times they faced teams with 44 or less wins, and in the other 5 series they went 16-14. Those are not signs of a Top 10 NBA All-Time team. Not at all.

      • DIRK OWNS HEAT says:

        @ KG: are you a Lakers hater???

      • jranj24 says:

        yea u can make ur case and say that but did the play a below average team to win it all?so come on dude they easily beat the same 86 celtics the following year! if they were so week they shoulda gotten thrashed in the championship……

      • Brad says:

        Yet the sign of the Lakers rising to the level of their Eastern Conference rival Celtics in the Finals and posting a 2-1 advantage in 3 meetings during the ’80’s shows they played better when it was for all the marbles. Any team can have 1 great season…. heck even Larry Bird commented once he’d have won more championships if not for Magic Johnson.

      • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

        The C’s played like sissies and women in the 80’s…Bird said it himself. The C’s had great skill and shotmaking at the end of games but the Lakers consistently would run the C’s out of the gym. Go back and look at the games when they would play each other on the court head to head,

  48. ricardosalmon says:

    what about the 2001 lakers ???
    also lost only 1 game
    unstoppable

  49. monkey says:

    there are only 3 different teams ever got at least one 3-peats, Boston Celtics, LA Lakers and Chicago Bulls
    2000-2002 LA Lakers gotta be in the top 10.

  50. emf0823 says:

    1-chicago bulls 72-10 man nobody has even gotten closer that the same bulls in 1997 with 69-13

    2- 2001 Lakers 56-26 and 15-1 playoff record to win you got to go through the playoffs and everybody knows that the playoffs are the real things because teams bring more intensity due to the stage of the game. when you can dominate a and sweep them by winning four straight times when they bring their A game you can call yourself a team. but when you can do that to everybody during a playoff run you can call yourself the best team ever.

    3- 1972 lakers 33-game winning streak man!!

    4- 1986 celtics
    5-1966 celtics do you know how hard is to three-peat go ask kobe or MJ but how about 8-peating go ask bill russell

  51. monkey says:

    who ever made this list is a bias. chicago bulls got twice in the top 10 teams of all time. and 2000-2003 la lakers not even mention once? fyi lakers got 3-peats if you ever forgetten.

  52. bynum says:

    what about lebron always lose.. hahaha

  53. Beekeeper says:

    WE BELIEVE WARRIORS!

  54. duckas says:

    1992 Chicago Bulls:) They also went 65-17 and refused to be bullied by the physical Knicks in the semis

  55. seppe van bouwelen says:

    philadelphia 76ers of 2001

  56. chirundolo says:

    i think those top 5 are the right ones, only i would put the 65′ celtics in second. there is nooooo way miami could be in that list, i also like the 02′ lakers, and the late 80’s pistons, but its a really tight list and they dont make for sure in the top ten, loved the 90′ those were the good days, trailblazers, knicks, pacers, suns, rockets, it would of been crazy if the celtics and lakers had a good team in those days, alsoo the hawks, orlando, wowwwww those were the days, not this crappy time were going through…..
    go knicks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Anonymous says:

    ppl on point with 85-86 boston

  58. Big_Dog says:

    70’s knicks with clyde drexler? Damn lmao…

    1. 86 c’s
    2. 87 la
    3. 89 pistons
    4. 83 sixers
    5. 92 bulls
    6. 00 la
    7. 65 c’s
    8. 96 bulls
    9. 67 sixers
    10. 70’s knicks

    • jranj24 says:

      i like this list except i’d make 87 la-1 and c’s-2 and u gotta throw 01 la in their………

  59. JM says:

    Imagine if the Heat won 2011 NBA Finals. They’re gonna be nominated to rival the Bulls teams. But, ugh too bad. LBJoke STILL can’t do it yet.

  60. 123123123 says:

    ATLANTA 2010-2011! GREAT RUN!

  61. LBJ says:

    2009-2010 Cleveland Cavaliers
    they had the best record (66-16) and their only player was LeBron James.
    one player carried his team to the best record-now that is amazing

    • ajpotpot says:

      it’s all about the stats and records, definitely you have to win the championship during that year you had the best record, fran’s top 5 are somehow agreeable, what’s crazy is the one who said lebron’s 66 win team cleveland was the best and they didn’t even brought home the larry o’brien trophy, haha, how pathetic is LBJ for even thinkin’ of that how much more he did type it,

      • ajpotpot says:

        do u know how to count, 66 wins of the cleveland ’09-’10 is never better compared to the 72 wins of bulls ’95-’96, so i won’t even start mentioning that they didn’t win it all during that year, so why the hell can they be considered as top 5 of all time, ^_^

      • ajpotpot says:

        Jordan and the Bulls of 95 – 96 is without a doubt can be listed as ‘all-time’ no. 1 as of today, you must be stupid enough to say there are other players or teams that are better than them, but to even consider a clevaland 09 -10 team that have 6 more loses in the eliminations and didn’t even win the championship during the postseason of that year to better than the bulls of 95 96 makes him not just stupid but also a pathetic and idiotic person, haha, how pathetic LBJ, ^_^

  62. Vanessa4U says:

    Frank Blinebury wrote: “No. 2: 1967 Philadelphia 76ers – It was a much smaller NBA back then, a more rugged, tougher league”

    Tougher league? Back when there far less teams, when the majority of players were 6 foot white guys, when there were less defensive schemes, less training technology, less athleticism, and when the league itself was still in its earlier stages of overall development?

    I understand people have a tendency to hold the past with higher respect relative to the modern times they live in, but come on, let’s move on and get real.

    • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

      Wrong…Chamberlain was a greater physical specimen than Shaq or LEbron and he couldn’t even win in that era. Having a rap video, signature shoes and training like a track athlete for a supermodel show does not make u better at bball.

  63. Robbie says:

    2001 Toronto Raptors

  64. CELTICS says:

    70’s knicks must be top ten with willis reed and clyde drexler. they won a couple of rings, too

  65. mahyk says:

    These are very worthy and respectable picks. Looking at the comments here, there are very young and naive people posting in here. Kinda like the players nowadays, coincidentally….

  66. Fredj says:

    2003-04 Pistons, Billups, Hamilton, R Wallace, B Wallace, Prince starting line up.

  67. Zoki says:

    94′-95′ Houston Rockets is a must

  68. kobe 80/24 says:

    1988-89 pistons & 2001-2002 lakers

  69. BADBOYS says:

    The Detroit Pistons was the team that stopped Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls to get the championship in the late 80s. This is a good point to prove that it was a good team, good enough to get into this top5 list.

    • DIRK OWNS HEAT says:

      The Bulls where too young at this point.

      • BADBOYS says:

        But the Bulls immediately won the championship (3 in a row) right after the Pistons two consecutive champions.
        Jordan and his Bulls can get rid of the Pistons because the Pistons got some key players away.

  70. Oliver Ian C. Moron says:

    I think Boston Celtics is still the best team in the history of the basketball game, because of its team game execution on both offense and defense. And the discipline as the professional basketball team in the league. They prefer team game playing than individual game accomplishment.

  71. 2333 says:

    people need to pay attention to what this list is,it is the greatest teams not franchises if it were than ya boston and La would be at the top.but the greatest team in history is the 96 bulls.know your b-ball history before u make a foolish comment like kobes lakers even being close to jordans bulls

  72. Bryon says:

    1985,87 Lakers were the two best teams of all time. 1983 Sixers should be on this list.

    • KG says:

      1987 Lakers played the 8 seed 37-45 Nuggets, 5 seed 42-40 Warriros & 7 seed 39-43 Sonics to get to the Finals. That is so joke status its not even funny. They barely even played a team over .500 to get to the Finals. 50-1 1986 C’s are the Big Boys.

      • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

        Right on…That C’s team was behind the Lakers, ’83 sixers and the 88 or 89 Pistons…They are like the 4th best team in decade of the 80’s

  73. Mabs33 says:

    Yeah 89 Pistons were really good, Thomas and Dumars… Wow… And then you add mr rebound Rodman and you got a team of greats. But I think the top 5 on here is perfect but maybe slightly re ordered… I’m not sure lol. Yeah please don’t talk about 2008 celtics or cavs or the big three miami heat! Just shut your mouth! You don’t know what your talking about. I can name 20 players that will always be better then Lebron James.

    However claims of the 2004 pistons being on that list are elgiable… They are the personfication of a team. No real superstar but just intense defense led by Wallace and Billups. Thats a good shout out. But two teams need a mention; Millwakue Bucks with Kareem and Mr Thriple Double Oscar Robertson. I think they won a few championships. And this one is controvesial but I loved them Stockhom and Malone’s Jazz? Maybe not.

  74. BoyBoy says:

    Point is nobody could guard the ’86 Celtics frontcourt when healthy with an amazing team backing them up… they’re the best team ever. 6’7 Pippen, 6’8 Rodman and weak Longley couldn’t guard 6’9 Bird, 6’10 McHale and 7 foot Parish, too much size and skill… Crown them

    • 2333 says:

      r u kidding pippen one of the gretest defensive players of all time could easily cover bird,and rodman could definetly do a good job defending mchale.my question for u is who on that team would guard jordan and pippen?

      • Big_Dog says:

        LMAO at this kids. They hear about the 72 record and the overhyped Bulls team and wet themselfs… Bulls only started to win titles because the Celtics, the Lakers and the Pistons started to get old and full of injuries. How many time Bird scorched Pippen or Rodman, even when he had the back injury, nobody could stop McHale, and then you got Parish, DJ and Ainge always scoring in double figures with Walton and Wedman coming close to it. Yeah, Jordan would get his as he always did, but then what, Pippen would be exhausted covering Bird he wouldn’t be scoring more than 20 and who would get his share? Rodman or Longley? LOL… maybe only Kukoc.

        Point is 96 Bulls would’ve get eaten alive by 80’s Lakers or Celtics… Even the ’91 Bulls were better, people who know bbal know this…

      • DIRK OWNS HEAT says:

        @ big-dog: i think you are the kid. i´m sure you never watched a bulls game (maybe you was too young), when they had jordan. If you had watched just one in this 6 years, you would say too, that this is the greatest team off ALL-TIME. Learn something about bball, bevore you post such a BS.

      • DIRK OWNS HEAT says:

        PS. Jordan playoff rekord 63 points against the Celtics with Bird. Do i need to say more? i don´t think so!

  75. Matthewwaters says:

    The 2001 Lakers swept everyone in the playoffs, then only lost one game in the Finals. Oh, by the way, the teams they swept were Portland, Sacramento, and San Antonio. If you don’t remember, those were all the best teams in the west and all Laker rivals. That is impressive!

  76. BADBOYS says:

    1989 bad boys pistons should be on the list man.
    Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, Bill Laimbeer…
    Just a team with lots of good(or even great) players and definitely great TEAMWORK and DEFENSE.

  77. Daryl says:

    Best team ever??? 1996 Looney Toons…

  78. mj says:

    obviously its the bulls when michael Jordan was playing with them

  79. Get Real! says:

    @Elias: Which team did a less mature Bull’s team beat to win their first ever championship?

  80. Chris says:

    05-06 Suns? :)

  81. Anonymous says:

    ’04 Pistons!

  82. Niko says:

    I don’t know about those 60s-70s teams, but 2000-2001 Los Angeles Lakers should be in the top5 hands down. Kobe and Shaq on top of their games? Gotta be kidding me.

  83. tanveer ahmed says:

    I would say that the lakers team with Kareem and Magic come second in your list. Kareem the all time leader of points with a twenty year career in the NBA says only half of stats. Kareem’s sky hook was was unstoppable. Michael and scottie, rodman were a team of the ages. Their dominance on court was amazing and the 72-10 record speaks for it self. That team today would still dominate the NBA.

  84. L4K3R5 says:

    What I always find funny is how the MJ fans say that Jordan was a better player than Kobe and yet he had one of the best Teams in league history. TEAMS. Not just MJ. And Kobe was able to win 5 rings and he didn’t even have the Team around him to vault him to that lofty place. If there was ever a reason to say Kobe is the GOAT, it would be this argument.

    I do think this list is missing the 1980 Lakers.
    I also don’t agree with any team from the 60’s since there were so few teams in the league and they were all stacked on the Celtics. Different era all together. Still, Red did get 10 championships out of his stacked teams during that run. Thankfully Phil Jackson got 11 in an era with a lot more teams and a lot more talent spread across the NBA. We won’t ever see anyone match that record for a very very very long time.

    • DIRK OWNS HEAT says:

      Kobe had no team? Kobe had Shaq, that means he doesn´t need a team. Shaq was the team. Kobe whitout shaq means just 2 not 5 rings for kobe. MJ is better then every player that have and will play basketball. MJ best of all time!!!!! better than kobe and shaq together!!!!

    • err yeah... says:

      Kobe only won 2 rings “by himself”. Kobe only won 5 ring because he had Shaq. If MJ had Shaq, they would have 10 rings. Comprende?

  85. the chicago lakers says:

    My OPINION of the top 10 of all time

    1) 1996 Bulls- MJ, Pippen, Rodman
    2) 1987 Lakers- Magic, Kareem, Worthy
    3) 2000 Lakers- Kobe, Shaq
    4) 1986 Celtics- Bird, McHale, Walton, DJ
    5)1992 Bulls- MJ, Pippen
    6) 2005 Spurs- Duncan, Manu, Parker
    7) 1989 Pistons- Bad Boys
    8) 1965 Celtics- Russell
    9) 1972 Lakers- Chamberlin, West
    10) 1983 Sixers- Erving, Mosses Malone,Cheeks

    – ’65 celtics in 8th spot becauase of the lack of competition…they would not beat any of the teams above in a 7 game series.
    – i would have liked to put the ’04 pistons in but i think you need to win more than once
    – ’92 bulls get 5th spot because they 3-peated from 91-93. 1992 being the season they had the better record
    – dont get me started on 2008 celtics and this years miami heat…please
    – the 95 rockets, 03 spurs, 70 bucks and even 04 pistons deserve a mention

  86. tok says:

    lebron shld learn some post moves from hawn marion and rings will come

  87. Narc says:

    2004 pistons
    2008 celtics
    2000 lakers
    2003 spurs
    1996 bulls

  88. basketballer2012 says:

    maybe the 94-95 Houston rockets?

  89. Ivan says:

    1. ’95-’96 Bulls

    2. ’85-’86 Celt’s

    3. ’87-88 Lakers

    4. ’82-’83 Sixers (my personal favorite!)

    5. 1964-65 Celt’s

    Everyone’s gonna haggle on one or two teams for their Top 5 .. but by modern standards the Bulls

    *must have* #1 spot – All Time. Every other team is before or since is jostling for the other 4 spots.

  90. Jerry says:

    How about the 2011 Dallas Mavs? Bro, they are awesome.

  91. Ramon Anciro says:

    If this particular ranking had been purely based on statistics, that is, ranking based on the most number of games won against losses in a regular NBA season all the way to the Finals, then won the Finals, then I would have to agree completely. However, since I have now the ambition to be an NBA trainer/coach myself, I would also have to say and request NBA.com Hang Time, if possible, to edit this post to include the notable coaches that led these teams to their respective victories and to thus include Phil Jackson that led the number one team in the history of the NBA in terms of a record run, the 1996 Chicago Bulls; Coach Pat Riley for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1987; Coach K. C. Jones for the Boston Celtics in 1986; and, Coach Alex Hannum for the 1967 Philadelphia 76’ers. Thank God for Google. And aside from Coach Red Auerbach, none of the aforementioned coaches were cited. I have a question if anyone else is wondering. Has there been or has anyone seen an NBA basketball game, or NBA team for that matter, without a basketball coach? Yes, it is the players who play the games and make the points and get exhausted, bruised and sometimes get injured. But I think it would be best to also take note of the guiding voice and guiding force that led these incredible teams and their respective incredible players to the top. And furthermore, it is also sad to note that the highest paid basketball coach is not in the NBA, but rather in Division I college basketball. With this slightly long comment, I would like to share my thoughts as well as effect change, in the status quo. Hmmm. That sounds like a line from High School Musical. But seriously, I’d rather see NBA coaches get a larger share of the pot money. Coaches have to deal with many different things – properly coach all their players who come from different backgrounds having different skill levels – aside from having to deal with highly paid players, some of which have attitude problems, and, at times, refuse to cooperate. Coaches also have to deal with a lot of people, most especially with team owners, other coaches, other executives within and outside of the NBA, and still many others. And, coaches are expected to deliver and take their respective teams to victory. All of these, I have seen for myself, on print, on tv and on video, in my attempt to be a basketball trainer/coach. Thank you. ^^,

  92. Nikola says:

    The Lakers 2000, Young Kobe, Shaq at his top of the game, Fish, Fox, Horry the clutch, and the rest of the crew.. They got to be somwhere there at the top :)

  93. MeeMee says:

    1991-1993 Chicago
    1996-1998 Chicago

    Period

  94. Yoann says:

    I’d have to include the 2001 Lakers in the Top5 for sure.
    As an anti-Laker, I still must pay tribute to their dominance.

    They were defending champs, Shaq had just won all 3 MVP trophies and Kobe really emerged the previous year as well. In 2001, they swept all WC teams, and destroyed Philly in 5 in the Finals.

    They had size, strength, depth, clutch, sharp shooting and A PRIME SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, which is practically enough to land them a top5 team in itself. It was like cheating: there was no beating L.A. that year.

  95. Hedo says:

    Just a thought for all you heat/Lebron haters out there, though i’m not a great fan of either of them and completely understand that they currently have no place in any top all time team lists, i do believe that many of you might be swallowing your own comments within about 5 years. For them to have made the finals in their 1st year after a big revamp, not to mention all the critisism they received throughout the year, is an achievement in its own. It usually takes a team 2-3 years to gel completely and be at their best. Lebron is not immature, ignorant or arrogant, he is a machine, one of the best players the nba has seen. These players want to be together and once the correct minor adjustments are made with the role players and these guys start to gel correctly, watch out all you heat haters!

  96. miami don't know teamwork says:

    i wonder why if there are kinds of posts like this, i always see miami heat… what’s good about them? did they win a championship, did “lebron” won the championship he promised? no way!!!!! they don’t deserve on the all time list, since they didn’t have a good record like michael jordan did… not even on the top 10…

  97. undisputed says:

    I think the 85 lakers were the greatest team karim was more in his prime and the lakers finally knocked off the celtics in the finals the 80’s greatest decade of basketball great teams lakers,celtics,pistons,76ers all great teams the league wasnt waterd down like it was in the 90’s and 2000’s

  98. Paul Ford says:

    The 1972 Lakers -Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry Wesr finished 69-13 and the championship. 33 game win streak. No doubt in the top 5.

  99. Raveman says:

    Don’t really see the point of including all these 60s teams, there wasn’t even a three point line back then and players are just so much more athletic and talented now. I think most 50 win teams in 2011 could have handled those 60s championship teams quite easily.

    Not sure about top 5, but I think these 2011 Mavs deserve an honorable mention for always being picked to lose, for all those amazing comebacks, and for defending the integrity of nba basketball from quick-fix superstar salads.

  100. torn acl says:

    … i would include the 83 Philadelphia which swept Los Angeles in the finals and 1971(?) New York …

  101. Arturas says:

    How about 89-90 Hawks?? they was great too with Dominique Wilkins, Doc Rivers, Spudd Webb and others…

  102. nico says:

    the 2004 detroit pistons deserves to be on the list.

  103. dgilbert says:

    2010-2011 Cavs!

  104. wildcat says:

    no.1 is the 96 chicago bulls with MJ leading the team finishing the season 72-10.. no.2 is the 87 Los Angeles lakers team with three star players along with a hall of famer coach pat riley…no.3 is the 86 boston celtics having five hall of famers and a good back up bench players….no.4 is the 2001 Los Angeles lakers team with kobe and shaq on his prime wining the championship with only one loss on the playoffs 16-1…the last but not the least no.5 is the 2004 Detriot pistons defeating the 3 times defending champions Los Angeles 4-1 they where the best team that year…

  105. LAKERS says:

    please stop bringing the below 75′ era teams in comparison with the modern 85-95-00 teams. thats just plain BS comeon its like comparing a highshool league with the NBA the 60’s 70’s teams should be stuck and categorized in that era. along with the questionable records of that time. bring back the credibility remove the barbershop talk and the barbershop claims about records of that time and compare it to this modern day’s difficulty rating. and bring some sense and credibility back into the game.

    • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

      Ur wrong, some of those teams woulda laughed today’s prima donnas off the floor

  106. claire pantoja says:

    yes the chicago bulls! and they are trying to return. they already started last year.. congrats to them! looking forward on the next season.. hope to see them on the finals nextyear!
    chicago bulls is really a great team! really a fa.legend and a history!!
    :))

  107. Denis says:

    What about the Spurs ? With David Robinson and young Duncan,Parker and Ginobili + Horry and co ,it was a dynasty,definately in top 10. What do you think ?

  108. Eli says:

    Special mention to the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers…they have 2 players winning 4 MVPs in the last 5 years(Moses Malone ’79, ’82 and ’83 and Julius Erving ’81). They also have the first 6th man of the year Bobby Jones, Boston strangler Andrew Toney and the prototype point guard Maurice Cheeks. Somehow, no great teams came after the 1980s except for the Bulls. Pardon for the teams of the new millennium, i cannot mention a team that i would consider great. Probably the nearest would be the 2008 Celtics(Garnet, Pierce, Allen, Rondo, Perkins, Davis, House, PJ Brown, Powe.

  109. THE JOKER says:

    i agree on the top 1 list the CHICAGO BULLS..

    but how about the DETROIT PISTONS team that dump the LAKERS in a 4-1 series in the year 2004.

    kudos to the lion hearts of ben and rashad wallace, billups,hamilton and prince vs the high profile players such as malone, oneal,bryant,fisher and phyton..

  110. Cha says:

    Agree

  111. SynCity says:

    honestly all teams that have won a championship are the best among the best. wouldn’t argue about the 96 bulls, they were and still the amazing team to date. 72 winning streak? come on…. but at least put Three Peat Lakers no.5. no teams since Jordan era have done what Kobe-Shaq and the TEAM had accomplished.

  112. the-chief-director says:

    2007 PHX
    2000-2002 LAL
    2007 DAL
    2005 SAS
    2004 DET

  113. cdtcons08045 says:

    Miami Heat 2012?

  114. Paul says:

    And I forgot about the 70/71 Bucks – They hammered the league!

  115. Paul says:

    Obviously this article is based on teams that were built over time – not teams that just stack players together quickly (before they can even get a chance to remember each others’ last names) such as the 71/72 Lakers. the 82/83 SIxers, the 04 Lakers, 06 Heat, and 08 Celtics.

    But then, if this article does not include stacked teams, on shat basis does this article define ‘best team’?
    Surely the 68/69 Celtics was the trophy won by players hearts and pride more than any other year in history.
    The late 80’s Pistons (may have been a 3-peat if it weren’t for Isiah’s ankle) were a ‘team’.

    The 03 Spurs and 04 Pistons (no superstars and took out Lakers 4-1) were great, and the 2000 Lakers were spectacular with Shaq’s best year ever (winning streak at regular season end was incredible and playoff run unmatched 15-1). The Lakers 09/10 built over time and playing the stacked Celtics who were at full force again.

    I agree with the list to some degree, but I wouldn’t put them above the 2000 Lakers or the 04 Pistons.
    And how can you not put up the 67/68 or especially 68/69 Celtics? The trophy means nothing if the regular season wasn’t so hot? Then if winning the trophy means nothing, where are teams that deserve to be on the list that didn’t win a trophy like the Supersonics in 95/96? or the 68/69 Lakers?

  116. cesc 23/33 says:

    and i was forgetting to say that chicago bulls of the 90s, with jordan playing the 1994 and 1995 nba season at his best, could be able to win 8 consecutive nba titles. thanks

  117. cesc 23/33 says:

    excelent choice°°°.. The greatest player with the greatest team of all time!!!.. Since that era, the nba has been just acircus and nothing but hilarious players such as lebron james!!!.. if the next season is posposed i think it would be a great idea to put all the bulls 1995-1996 nba 72-10 season, to show every new nba fan what was like, to watch michael jordan, scottie pippen and denis rodman at their best.. thanks!!!

  118. Joe says:

    The 1983 Sixers “Fo, Fo, Fo” were the best team ever!

  119. coolcat says:

    2001 lakers should be here. They swept the 1st three rounds of the playoffs and lost only once in the finals against philly.

  120. celtics101 says:

    these teams preety much are the best teams. Best players. Best coaches made them amazing to watch. Favourite team though surely the ’65 celtics with Bill Russell cant go wrong.

  121. Magic Jordan says:

    2010-2011 could be on top five for 3-on-3 basketball

  122. kg mardo says:

    hands down to number 1 team.

  123. J says:

    2007–08 Boston Celtics

  124. the final word haha says:

    The Lakers, when they were at there best with shaQ and the Coby, and only lost one game in the playoffs,
    they didn’t just sweep everyone with close games in the playoffs, they dominated every game, they hammered the spurrs, made them look like school boys,,, they were unstoppable,,,,, totally dominant that year, atleast as dominant as the 96 bulls, definetly deserve a spot in the top 5, if not number 1 ,,,,,,,,, and i think they would of crushed the old championship teams of the Celtics and magics Lakers,,,,, but that is a different subject,,,,,

  125. dawolf says:

    miami in this list? come on we are talking about the NBA greatests teams of all time…… not about the most commercial team of all time, it’s all about basketball…. the spurs might be here, the 2000 lakers, the rockets, “if they should only had one ring” the jazz, but it should have been a top ten, this top five is real……

  126. Elias says:

    I so do not agree with the order of that list. IMO, the number 1 team, hands down, should have been the ’87 Lakers (or ’88 Lakers since they won both years!). The 80’s Lakers are the best ever for many reasons: #1 the 80’s was when NBA basketball was at it’s peak! Unlike Chicago who played 5 different teams who never won titles (ie Seattle Supersonics? Phoenix Suns?) The Lakers played and beat championship teams: Larry and the Celtics, Isaiah and the Pistons, Dr. J and the 76ers all won multiple titles! The league was in transition in ’96. Another words, the league was soft when the Bulls won 72 and the title. There is no way to convince me that had that team played in the 80’s that would have won as many games!

    …just my 2 cents.

    • Elias says:

      …and to continue my point, they missed the finals in ’86 because they did not take Houston seriously. Had they played Boston, there is no reason why the same result could have taken place from the precious year when they beat Boston in ’85 since they owned Boston by then. Obviously! They beat them again in ’86! So why they are ranked higher than the ’87 Lakers is beyond comprehension when you think about it (that is number 2). #3 Bringing into the argument the 76ers from 1967 begs the modern era vs. the ancient past NBA argument up with fans all over I’m sure. Back in ’67, the league was a lot different with only 8 or 9 teams. I’m of the opinion that teams today could beat up on teams from back then! Anyway, I am still in shock that you people who claim to be expert sports analysts could rank the ’87 Lakers at #5. Ridiculous!

      • BoyBoy says:

        That Houston team was amazing… and in ’87 the Celtics were not the same as ’86, their main players were full of injuries, Walton was gone and the playoffs tired the whole team, the Lakers had an easy ride with weaker teams.

    • KG says:

      @Elias. If you played the 8 seed 37-45 Nuggets, 5 seed 42-40 Warriors & 7 seed 39-43 Sonics to get to the Finals would you be considered the best team of all-time? Not even close. That playoff schedule is strict joke status. Can you even name a player on any of those 3 teams? Alex English maybe a 2nd year Chris Mullin??? That is who the 1987 Lakers played to get to the Finals. That is the biggest JOKE in NBA playoffs history. So overrated its not even funny. 50-1 C’s are the Big Boys.

    • KG says:

      1980’s Western Confernce besides the Lakers were a JOKE. Worst conference in any decade in NBA history and its not even close.

      • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

        They beat em in ’85 too…If the Lakers played in the Eastern Conference in the 80’s, the Celtics wouldn’t have made the Finals the whole decade, in other words they woulda been the Nuggets, Warriors, Sonics.

  127. Chris says:

    08 celtics? are you kidding? they win 1 title and they are in top 5 ALL TIME? give me a break

    and don’t get me started on the miami heat of today, in your dreams they haven’t even won anything

    but the one team i do think deserve a bit of a arguement is the 2000-20002 lakers i mean the 2001 championship when they had the best playoff record in nba history with going 15-1 losing only 1 game and that was in the finals sweeping their way to the finals, that was the strongest team of that laker three peat dynasty and i think that era has a bit of a arguement being of one of the best of all time, but all 5 that were listed i believe are solid

  128. mjg says:

    I am not sure the last comment posted so I will rewrite. in response I agree fundamentals are lacking in most modern NBA teams to the degree they were instilled in the earlier years. However that is not to say they are not exhibited in many successful teams of today such as the dallas mavericks.

    I think there is a romanticism with mentioning earlier eras of NBA as they were pioneers of the sport. However I think many often overlook how amazing the athletes have become in the past 20 years because of that. If you were to put a team such as early shaq and kobe lakers era lakers up against many 60s teams they would destory them. no contest. plus they had fundamentals and phil jackson. Many of the 50s and 60s teams the players had no left hand!

    • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

      Shaq had an amazing left hand? Phil used to sleep on the bench during Bulls games, he didn’t do anything except stay outta MJ’s way.

  129. My Own List hehe says:

    1. ’95-’96 Bulls
    2. ’85-’86 Celtics
    3. ’71-’72 Lakers
    4. ’82-’83 76ers
    5. ’70-’71Bucks

    ____________

    6. ’94-’95 Rockets
    7. ’02-’03 Spurs
    8. ’96-’97 Bulls
    9. ’74-’75 Warriors
    10. ’75-’76 Celtics

    • showtime lakers says:

      how the hell arnt the 1980s showtime lakers that changed basketball history and 5 championships in that decade not make ur top 10???

      • KG says:

        I’ll tell you why. Because the 1980’s Western Conference was a JOKE besides the Lakers. Not 1 60 Win Team out of the west in the 80’s besides the Lakers. NOT 1!!! No team even won more than 57 games in the West in the 80’s besides the Lakers. From 1984 to 1986 the West only had 2 TEAMS win more than 50 games besides the Lakers. Easiest road to the Finals in Sports History=1980’s Lakers. They are overrated. By the time they got to the Finals all they had to do was win 4 games, they didn’t even play anybody to get there. An entire decade of cakewalks to the Finals and that includes getting 2 #1 draft picks in the decade. What a JOKE.

      • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

        The ’85 or ’87 Lakers woulda mopped the floor with every team on that list except the ’83 sixers and the one Laker team you actually put on your list.

  130. otis says:

    What about the 02-03 Spurs
    Timmy D, David Robinson, Tony Parker, Bruce Bowen, Stephen Jackson, Manu Ginobli, Steve Kerr, Steve Smith
    Those guys were pretty good.

  131. 1. 1997 Bulls
    2. 2000 Nets
    3. 2003 Spurs
    4. 2004 Pistons
    5. 2005 Spurs, 2006 Clippers, 2007 Cavs, 2008 Celtics, 2009 Cavs, 2011 Mavericks.

    What you think of my top 5?

    • cheese says:

      i think it better be a joke :)

    • the chicago lakers says:

      i think u have watched 7 games of basketball in your life as u have mentioned 4 teams that did not win the championship that year. and also that u only have teams from 1997 till 2011.

    • L.A. says:

      i think u were born in ’93 and looked up youtube videos of michael jordan. cavs and clippers and mavericks..smh

    • LA fan for life says:

      You dont watch basketball do you?

  132. Nashty says:

    2006-2007 SUNS!

  133. Luke Roberts says:

    1990’s Atlanta Hawks with Dominique Wilkins, Doc Rivers and Spudd Webb, although not a championship still a great team.

    2000 LA Lakers with Shaq and Kobe at the top of their games

    Underdog team: 2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks, look at the list the age of all those guys…beating the single two best players in the league and one of the leagues best power forwards.

  134. PVER says:

    Good list… but still: ’88 Pistons, ’73 Knicks deserved to be in that mix
    and 2011 MAVS C’MON Look what these guys did this year!!!

  135. Stoive says:

    Will people get over the miami heat. They will just be another 96 seattle sonics. We all know in Lebrons mind he is the best team because he has a gigantic ego.

    • Paul says:

      The Sonics won 64 games that year (would have been more if not resting) and played in a year when the league was superior to what it is today.
      No comparison to the Heat
      Even the new Franchise Raptors had over 20 wins that year beating out several teams in 10/11.
      If anything, the Cavs winning 66 games two years ago (would have been 67 if Lebron didn’t sit final game) is a team that should be given honorable mention – and the only reason they lost is because Mike Brown overplayed his players in the first half of every game, building up nice leads against Orlando every game only to blow them all because (1) they ran out of gas and (2)couldn’t set plays (both reasons = bad coaching. Any great coach knows you play for the 4th quarter!)

      • DIRK OWNS HEAT says:

        Thats sure that every coach knows that all goes down in the 4th quatter. BUT LEBRON DON´T KNOW. But don´t say it was Mike Browns fault.

  136. globetrotters!!!! says:

    22000 total wins

  137. globetrotters!!!! says:

    Harlem globetrotters, 2495 game win streak :)

  138. tip says:

    As a huge pistons fan, I want to chime in on what’s being said on them. I am down with the old bad boys being around 5th or 6th. But, while the 03-04 team was great, they would not make the cut. Actually, they were an even better during the 04-05 season. If it wasn’t for the infamous us of “the switch,” and the Pistons inability too constantly play their best, focused basketball, they would have won again.

  139. James says:

    I can’t believe not a single person has mentioned the lakers of the early seventies with Wilt, Jerry, Gail, McMillan, Hairston,…..you have got to be kidding me !~

  140. Alex says:

    2002 Lakers!?

    HAH!

    They didn’t even win…did they?

    • lol says:

      lmao they swept NJ nets in finals and completed their 3peat. u shouldve checked online at least before writing ur post lol

  141. Co says:

    LOL at people falling for the trolls saying thingsl ike 11′ Heat. They are obviously just trolling you fools who take random comments on the internet way too serious.

  142. Brandon says:

    I gotta give a top 5 place to the 99-00 Lakers. They went 67-15 and were almost unstoppable in the Playoffs

  143. Vincent Van Genechten says:

    Best team ever: 70 – 71 Milwaukee Bucks. They posted an average point differential of 12.2ppg (trailing only the 70 – 72 Lakers), and one of 14.5ppg in the playoffs, and an 11.90 SRS on basketball – reference (best ever). And they did it against though competition as the Western Conference posted an average winning % of 0.550 and their Midwest division one of 0.640.

    The 96 Bulls faced an EC with an overall winning % of ‘only’ 0.504 and an Atlantic Divison with one of 0.533. They post an SRS of 11.80.

    The 72 Lakers faced an WC with an overall winning % of 0.561 but faced an 18 – win Portland team which is why their SRS is ‘only’ 11.65 and the winning % in their Pacific Division only 0.534.

    The top 5 is completed by the 86 Celtics and the 87 Lakers. Birds’ Celtics posted an average point differential of 9.4ppg and an SRS of 9.06 against an EC with 3 other plus 50 – win teams (Bucks, Hawks, Sixers). Their Atlantic Division won 54.1% of their games. Magic’s Lakers posted an average point differential of 9.3ppg and an SRS of 8.32 mainly because their WC was not that though. Their Pacific Division only won 49.4% of their games.

    In retrospect:

    1. 70 – 71 Bucks
    2. 95 – 96 Bulls
    3. 71 – 72 Lakers
    4. 85 – 86 Celtics
    5. 86 – 87 Lakers

    Further down: 66 – 67 Sixers, 69 – 70 Knickerbockers, 99 – 00 Lakers, 06 – 07 Spurs and 61 – 62 Celtics.

    • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

      Ur stats are annoying and misguided

      • Vincent Van Genechten says:

        Annoying? They just tell the truth. The 70 – 71 Bucks come out as the most dominant team ever. You can’t compare teams if you leave out the context in which they played. In comparison, that Bucks team outplayed their strong opposition in the most dominant way. No other team was more dominant, only the 95 – 96 Bulls and the 71 – 72 Lakers come close. The 90 – 91 Bulls played a great season but in comparison to the 95 – 96 Bulls for example, the latter team faced thougher competition and outscored them by a greater margin. So who’s the better team then? Well simple, the 95 – 96 Bulls. You can’t say everything with statistics, I’m aware of that but you can’t argue without them.

  144. Blake says:

    Number 1 is an easy choice.
    2011 Toronto Raptors.

  145. NBA writers always bring out the douce in everyone says:

    TOP 5 Greatest teams of all time.
    90% of the guys here are either douches or 5 years old.

  146. Moreringsthanfingers says:

    How can anyone say Bill Russell is overrated of all people? 11 Championship rings, A national medal of honor, and considered by anyone with any knowledge of the game of basketball, one of if not the best big man of all time. Those Celtics teams are not overrated, you don’t just win 11 titles, no matter how bad the competition supposedly is. Not that it was bad seeing as how some of the greatest players ever came from that era. Also to say any team from today would beat the 65 celtics, 86 celtics or any of them because they have better conditioning and more athleticism. You realize if the past players were able to get the same training and conditioning, they would have more athleticism than most of today’s players. As far as there being no three point line, great, doesn’t mean there were not shooters, just means players today earn more for the same shots. Going inside and banging around in the paint is still a recipe for success in todays nba, Shaq was dominant, Dwight is dominant, and if a big man can get in the paint, the points are easier. There is not as much of that today because kid’s growing up work more on shooting than getting down and dirty in the paint. Also if you look at the stats, teams driving to the basket and getting in the paint in today’s nba win more games. It’s great to have shooters, but you cant win by just throwing up a 100 shots from deep every game. Ask the warriors

  147. David Kazaka says:

    With all due respect to the 1996 Chicago Bulls. they are certainly not the the best team of all-time despite winning 72 games in the regular season! The 1987 Lakers followed by the 86 Celtics I believe are the best teams of all-time. The 80’s era is considered by many the toughest era of all time while the 90’s era was considered the weakest. I think the hall of famers on both those squads would be too much for the Bulls to handle! Also remember,a 1987 Magic Johnson and 1986 Bird (both MVP years for them) was every bit as good as a 1996 Michael Jordan!!

    1. 1987 Lakers
    2. 1986 Celtics
    3.1996 Bulls
    4. 1967 76er’s
    5. 1965 Celtics

    • KG says:

      No way 1987 Lakers #1. Not even close. Read below. 8 seed 37-45 Nuggets, 5 seed 42-40 Warriors, 7 seed 39-43 Sonics to get to the Finals and you think that is the best NBA Team of all-time. NO WAY.

  148. Charles says:

    1. 1971-72 Lakers

    2. 1982-83 Sixers

    3. 1986-87 Lakers

    4. 1995-96 Bulls

    5. 1964-65 Celtics

  149. billy says:

    I just received my new issue of Sporting News with Jordan in the front cover. Usually, I don’t like Sporting News, I prefer Sports Illustrated, but the subscription cost is cheaper. Anyway, I usually don’t keep issues around since I’m not a big fan of the magazine, but I will keep this issue since MJ is and always be the man! They voted the 95-96 Bulls as the best team as well, not everybody was happy though, Micheal Cooper thought his 87 Lakers would have swept the Bulls. Personally, I find this interesting because I always would have loved to see Kareem vs Jordan if he didn’t retired two years before the Bulls made it the Finals for the first time. But my theory is this, we would have still won. Cooper claimed that the Bulls only had Pippen and Jordan and that was it. But for some reason, he forgot that Dennis Rodman was on that squad as well and if it wasn’t for the Worm, we wouldn’t had that great of a year. The same Rodman that was on that Detroit Piston squad that gave the Lakers a fit in 1988 and came so close to preventing them from repeating and in 1989 shattered their hopes of threepeating. Let’s see who threepeated, not once, but twice, I think my boys did, DaBulls. As a matter of fact, Phil Jackson pull off the threepeat three times with two different squads. He’s the only coach to this since Auerbach. I’m not dissing those 80’s Lakers, to go to eight Finals in a decade is amazing, but look at all the talent that was on that team as well as Boston. Only three other teams showed up in the Finals in that decade other than the Celtics and the Lakers: Houston, Philly, and Detroit. But in the end, despite all that Laker talent, that Bulls team or any Bulls championship squad, led by Jordan, would have found a way to beat them. Jordan was never afraid of talent, the more the merrier for him.

  150. What another the Houston rockets with Hakeem ” the dream ” olojawan or Clyde drexlers trailblazers or Kareem Abdul jabbars lakers or the 88 89 pistons or even The 69 70 Knicks These are dome of the greatest teams ever that weren’t mentioned yet

  151. PookieLee says:

    Of course the ’03-04 Pistons should be in the top 5! No superstars! Title! 4(couldve been 5) in All Star game…what else to say?

    And the ’02-03 Spurs!

    • PookieLee says:

      ’11 Heat: Some of these teams didnt win in their 1st year together. Minus the fact that the ’11 Heat didnt win the title they have the BEST 2 players ever on the same team. Better than Shaq and Kobe, Magic and Kareem, Mike and Scottie, etc.

      • lol says:

        looll probably an eleven year old miami heat fan trying to school us on basketball. OF COURSE lbj+wade is better than kobe+shaq, mj+pippen and mj+kareem lmao aw cute

      • DIRK OWNS HEAT says:

        What??? 2 Greatest players of all time in Miami????? Ok, Wade is really one of the better players in history, but wait a minute who is the seconde one??? Please tell me not you mean Lebron!!!! this guy has his moments, but common, hes one of the top 10 all time rollplayers, but still behind Kerr, Hornacek, Posey and Deshawn Stevenson

  152. Judd says:

    Well you got 3 out of 5 in my book. #1 is the 96 Bulls, #2 is the 86 Celtics, #3 the 87 Lakers, #4 the 83 76er’s and #5 the 71 Bucks with Lew Alcindor and The Big “O” Oscar Robertson.

  153. Jlc! says:

    Ok, Fist, The MIAMI HEAT and The 08 Celicts arent in the best Top 5 Teams Ever, no the Rockets, no The Timberholves, No Dallas, Come On, Keep The Fanatism Out Please And Lets Talk Basketball.

    Anyway I´m Desagree with the Official List, There Are Memorable Teams But Not The Best 5.

    My Top 5 Teams Ever:

    1- ´96 Bulls: Of Course They Have Jordan, Pippen and Win 2 3peats

    2- ´87 Lakers: The Best Point Guard Ever, Magic with Kareem and Their 5 Championships

    3- ´86 Celtics: They Have Larry Bird and Parish and They win Championships to Prove, they were Great.

    4- 2000 Lakers: They Have a Dream Team, Thant Win a 3peat starting the new millenium, They Have the Young Kobe, that is now the best player in the league, Shaq, the most dominant Center in NBA history and they keep the good basketball three years in a row, winning the only 3peat of this millenium.

    5- ´65 Celtics: They win 11 championships, helping the Celtics have the record of more championships in history, But it was fear, they have a 7 foot Center playing versus 5 or 6 foot players, but still aswome for the great quantity.

    THATS THE REAL LIST OF THE BEST TOP 5 TEAMS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  154. TheLASTdonut says:

    I was born in 1997, so basically ive had to watch modern basketball ;/

    But I know more bout past teams and players then anyone my age, and I think the team of Oscar Robertson and Lew Alcindor should at least get a mention, 3rd year Bucks winning the chamionship ?! Thats crazy. The 71′-72′ Knicks should get a mention to.

  155. Joe says:

    Lol at people saying miami, yes there good and i like em but 58 regular season wins and playoff runners up aint gona get you in the top 50 of all time let alone top 5. In my opinion the best team of all time is easily the 96 bulls for one reason and one reason only michael jordan, the greatest player to ever play the game and no one even comes close to him, his the best by a long long way from the second best and thats why the bulls are and were the best, if i had to pick a top 5 teams of all time id pick 5 of the 6 bulls championship winning teams that jordan was in its as simple as that when you have the greatest you are the greatest and thats how good jordan was to command the top 5 teams of all time all because of HIM in a team sport thats very very rare and thats the respect he commands and deserves and the respect i have for him, boy do i miss watching him and those bulls play what a sight he would drop 50 every few nights on todays so called best kobe and lebron.

  156. Johnny Ohio says:

    You Have to thro some San Antonio and some Detroit in there I would think

  157. commonSENSE says:

    How can the Lakers with multiple titles, the 2nd best player to ever step foot in the nba in kobe only behind jordan, and the most dominate hard to 1v1 guard center or player ever in the nba shaq never gets mentioned. Add well above average supporting cast like robert horry who won championships with the lakers and spurs, rick fox, and derrick fisher and I see the only reason for not mentioning any of those insane lakers teams is because they are so recent and not veiwed as a historic team sometimes.

  158. Ilich Torres says:

    86`s Celtics…Team Spirit….a winner machine…other teams are good, but this Team is the Game Mean

  159. Moiz Muqri says:

    ’96 Bulls all the way. The competed in a much larger NBA than previous teams mentioned. Neither of the Bulls trio was dominant in size rather they were dominant through their skills.

  160. ToughChoice says:

    2003 Spurs worth mentioning. Funny how the 1997 Bulls are always forgotten even with 69 Wins in the season.

  161. MonkeyMan says:

    2012 Miami Heat after they win 70 games next year and a NBA championship people will call them the 2nd best of all time behind the 96 Bulls because all you guys use to masturbate to MJ and the Bulls in the 90’s because they where winning! In the 90’s there where not more then 5 good teams a year now threes at least 10 a year. Go back and see how many teams wins at lest 50 games a year now its much higher then back then! 2009 all 8 West playoff teams won 50 or more games

  162. Julian J says:

    1972 Lakers.

    69-13, a 33-game winning streak (the longest in professional sports history) and an NBA championship. I mean, hell, numerically – FACT – they are the second-best team in NBA history.

  163. LakersFAN1977 says:

    Lakers from 2000-2001 were great too, Shan and Kobe, even with their feu were incredible together!

  164. Joe says:

    Lol at people saying miami, yes i like them and there good but 58 wins in the regular season and runners up in the playoffs aint gonna get you in the top 50 of all time let alone top 5, in my opinion 96 bulls are the best of all time clearly for 1 reason and 1 reason only MICHAEL JORDAN

  165. Brian says:

    None of these 5 teams could beat the “Fo-Fo-Fo” Sixers! That’s 1983 for you youngsters :)

    • MattyLee says:

      I don’t know about top team of all time, but I would definitely put them in MY top 5.

      • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

        They did play the Blazers and kicked their a$$…F ur stats

      • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

        Sorry I meant to post that Blazer comment somewhere else…That ’83 sixers tesm is legit

  166. JohnnyC says:

    1. ’86 Celtics (Nobody matched against their frontcourt, height, defense and skill, if not for injuries, players getting old and the death of Bias they would’ve continue to dominate)
    2. ’87 Lakers (I mean this team was just amazing)
    3. ’83 76ers (Moses, Dr. J, Cheeks… talented team)
    4. ’96 Bulls (Great team but a bit overrated or overhyped, if they played in the 80’s they would’ve get beaten by the above teams, no doubt. Amazing talented team though with maybe the best player ever)
    5. ’89 Pistons (Defensive team with skilled players)
    I didn’t watch teams before the 80’s enough so I can’t say much more. Also got to mention the 00’s Lakers.

  167. Danny Balaysoche JR says:

    I totally agree…….

  168. sam says:

    I’m pretty sure the title said “TEAMS”!!! Mentioning three guys for the No. 1 Bulls is not a team. Just like the Miami Heat weren’t an amazing team this season. Teams like the Pistons, or even other Lakers or some other awesome teams deserve better rankings than the Bulls. 88-90 Pistons should be at the best 2nd on that list.

  169. Bleep says:

    The 2003 Spurs should be here. They had the right mix of youth and veteran leadership in both their frontcourt and wingmen.

    And while I dislike the Lakers, their 2001 roster that went undefeated through the Western Conference playoffs should be counted here. Just pure and utter dominance.

    The Pistons’ 2004 team as well. They were a real team in its purest sense.

  170. The bulls 95-96 were the best team all time, no boubt but they are are leaving out too many good teams off that list such as the three-peat Lakers….I am sure the MIami Heat will be on the list when it is written again in another 10 years!!!!!

  171. Aaron Chernin says:

    Due to the expansion draft, the bulls played against a watered-down league. The 85-86 celtics on the other hand, played against the showtime lakers, the badboy pistons, the Hakeem led rockets and the dr j sixers. They also had 5 HOF on that team including bill Walton on the bench. Jordan’s team only had 3, and their non hall of famers couldn’t stand up to the Celtics role players. Plus the Cs only lost 1 home game l, which is incredible

  172. Michael says:

    I think for number 1 it should be the Boston Celtics in 1959 to 69 cause look they won 8 consecutive chamionships. OK?

  173. Chriskingsfan says:

    What about them 02 kings if that series was not fixed?

  174. Cleopuhs says:

    2011-2012 Heat

    • lol says:

      lol miami heat fans r starting over again. throw another parade and may b the writer will consider u for the all time top 5

  175. mo6 says:

    06 miami

  176. Daemonicus says:

    What about the 2003 Spurs? David Robinson? Future Hall-of-famers Bruce Bowen, TD, TP, and Manu G, alongwith the sidekick Stephen Jackson?

    • murph says:

      disagree bruce bowens a hall of famer.. duncan definitely.. big calls on the others but can happen..

      and if ur say it coz he was part of a dynasty how bout fisher? is he hall of fame material? dont think so

  177. AurikSarker says:

    What about the 2011 Cavaliers? They lost their key player, Lebron James, through free agency and had their major guys suffer injuries. But they still fought through the season and won NINETEEN GAMES.
    If you think that they don’t deserve a spot on this list, then you’re probably right

  178. Nate says:

    People seem to credit Magic with being the best player on the Lakers team. This is only partly true as he shared the leadership role between himself and Kareem. If I had to pick the better player out of Magic and Kareem, I’d pick Kareem. He seem a bit underrated annd underappreciated nowadays.

  179. CAVSFAN says:

    2010 cavs WOOHOO

  180. CAVSFAN says:

    the 2011 cavs woohoo

  181. Raj says:

    1.M
    2.I
    3.A
    4.M
    5.I

  182. Frooty says:

    Duh? you left out 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers!

  183. LikeMike says:

    ofcourse the 2010-2011 Miami Heat!

  184. gede wahyu says:

    2011 : Dallas Mavericks

  185. smokedatkush says:

    what about the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers? number one hands down!

  186. scott326 says:

    The 91 bulls were the best of the dynasty years. Mj and Scottie were in their athletic primes and though they only had 61 regular season wins, they had their most dominant postseason with only 1 loss against their toughest competition.

    • Lakerfan1979 says:

      Correction, 2 losses that season. they were 14 – 2. they lost one to the Lakers and one to the 76ers (2nd round).

    • Vincent Van Genechten says:

      No they were not. The 96 Bulls clearly stand the tallest, certainly when looking at dominance.

      The 96 Bulls posted an averge point differential of 12.2ppg and an SRS of 11.80 on basketball – reference. They played against a 60 – win Magic team and an EC with an overall winning % of 0.504. They played a very good Supersonics team in the Finals (avg. diff. 7.8ppg and SRS 7.39) in which they took control after being 3 – 0 up.

      The 91 Bulls posted an average point differential of only 9.0ppg and an SRS of 8.57. Their thoughest opponent was a 56 – win washed up Celtics team, with an overall average winning % 0.489. They played a washed – up Lakers team (abg. diff. 6.7ppg and SRS 6.73) in the finals. It would have been another story if they had faced the Blazers.

      • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

        They did beat the Blazers in ’92…stats are annoying and meaningless

      • Vincent Van Genechten says:

        The stats just tell you which team was more dominant and the 95 – 96 Bulls were by far the most dominant Bulls team ever. Next up are the 96 – 97 Bulls and then the 91 – 92 Bulls. The 90 – 91 Bulls come in fourth. They did posted a solid playoff run but you have to look at their opposition. They faced a Knicks team with a 39 – 43 record in the first round, a Sixers team with Barkley (who hardly played D) and Hersey Hawkins and uhm that was it in the second round, a declining Pistons team with an injured Isiah in the ECF and a washed-up Lakers team in the Finals. I give them credit for the Pistons series but still, they faced far more thougher opposition in 96, 97 and 92. I know they beat the Blazers in the 92 Finals but those Blazers were less good than the year before. They posted an SRS (average point differential in combination with strength of shedule) of 8.47 in 90 – 91 (Bulls 8.57) while they posted an SRS of 6.94 in 91 – 92 (Bulls 10.07). You see, basically the same teams posted different kind of seasons. That is why statistics matter.

  187. Tim says:

    what about the ’97 Jazz? they had 2 future HOF on the team (Malone and Stockton), plus they gave the Bulls a run for their money

    • Cris says:

      Let’s stop it with the adding teams that didn’t win it all that year.

      • Kyle says:

        I would like to allow the Jazz into the discussion at least, because had they not faced Jordan two years in the finals, they had the makeup of a championship team, Stockton is one of the top 5 point guards of all time, and Malone was one of the top power fowards…so again, if they don’t face the Bulls, with those two players and a solid team around them they would have won maybe 1 if not 2 titles.

  188. Travie says:

    2007 Spurs. Lowest rated Finals ever, because the outcome was such a foregone conclusion. That wasn’t even a sweep, it was a SWEEEEEP.

  189. Arman says:

    How is the Moses malone sixers not on their?

  190. Wow says:

    since was the 02 lakers “kobe’s team”
    news flash shaquille ran that team so please stop with the nonsense

  191. eli43 says:

    lets all not forget kobe and shaq in their prime in the three peat!come on man

  192. MattA says:

    Birds 86 celtics would have ripped appart the 96 bulls. Much more balanced team and much bigger frontcourt. Probably the best frontcourt in a single team in history.

    In the 34 times Bird played Jordan Bird won 23 times.

    • airjoca says:

      Michael Jordans teams in the Bird era were crap, and still, by himself, he took the 86 Celtics to the limit, making a statement with the record setting 63 point game at the Garden.

      96 Bulls are way superior to the 86 Celtics.

      • Law064 says:

        Agreed MJ teams in Birds era was a joke and MJ piled it on the C’s as a 1 man show. 96 Bulls hands down Best ever 72-10

  193. Dan D says:

    03-04 Pistons were Great!
    How many other teams in history have won the title with no superstars?

    • tim says:

      to win a title you must be close to being a superstar well you would be one after winning a title

      • Kyle says:

        The 03-04 Pistons did not have a superstar before or after the championship, they just had one of the most solid starting 5, not going to say all time, but their starting 5 was impressive, Big Ben, Sheed, Prince, Hamilton, Billups…not a superstar there, just 5 guys who played really well as a TEAM and look what happened, they beat the Lakers in what was called the 5 game sweep, cause of Kobe’s previously mentioned buzzer beater.

  194. eli43 says:

    hey and the celtics with a 11 championships with bill russell hello one season has to be out of there in the top 5

  195. hyrum says:

    thats all time

  196. hyrum says:

    the top 5 teams in nba are
    1 celtics
    2bulls
    3lakers even though i hate 2 say it
    4 spurs
    5philidelphia
    but thats my opinion

  197. hyrum says:

    the top 5 teams in nba are
    1 celtics
    2bulls
    3lakers even though i hate 2 say it
    4 spurs
    5philidelphia

    • Cris says:

      is this top five teams or franchise????

      Hard to say that any team is better than the 96Bulls, as much as I hate to admit it. 72-10 speaks volumes.

  198. NBA Live says:

    2001 Lakers
    2002 Lakers
    2000 Lakers
    2009 Lakers
    1996 Bulls

  199. MavsofPhils says:

    it’s the author’s top five. Make your own. This isn’t written on history books.

  200. Basketball Fan says:

    Best TEAM to ever not win a championship: 2002 Sacramento Kings.

  201. DunderMiffilin says:

    These are great teams in NBA history, but what about the Fo Fo Fo Sixers in 1983 with Julius “The Doctor” Evring, Mo Ceeks, and Mosses Malone? They defeated the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals that year, and went on to destroy the Lakers in the Finals.

    • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

      For all the hype and talk that goes on, if all these teams had to settle it on the court I don’t know if anybody could hang with that ’83 Sixers team.

  202. Paolo says:

    booo were are the 2000-2003 lakers

  203. Lakers Fan says:

    those 2000 and 2001 lakers would have killed the bulls. they wouldn’t have an answer for shaq. It would be ridiculous watching pippen and horace grant against a 350 pound beast. The Bulls were lucky to play in the 90s, in between the 80s lakers and celtics and the shaq in his prime lakers.

    • Jake says:

      The 96′ Bulls played against Shaq’s Magic teams and they handled them alright.

    • Mike says:

      You clearly no nothing… Horace grant wasnt even on the ’96 bulls

    • Rick James says:

      Just like how the lakers were lucky they didn’t play in a different generation. :)

    • mario cheese says:

      they had an answer for shaq in 95-96 when they swept the Magic in the eastern conference finals and they would have an answer for the 00-02 Lakers… oh and Jordan would shut down Kobe Bryant

    • DontbestupidLakersFan says:

      No one can defeat MJ in the Finals…

    • Law064 says:

      Laker Fan you have to be smoking crack Ohh let’s see Dennis Rodman actually played Shaq pretty well. You have to be joking to think the 2001 2002 Lakers could beat the 96 Bulls. Who guards MJ? Kobe? LMAO The Lakers are Lucky the Bulls were breaking up a dynasty by 2000 2001. 96 Bulls best team of all time 72-10

    • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

      The 2000 P-town Blazers with Sabonis were better than the 2000 Lakers…I think the ’01 Lakers are the only legit team of that 3-peat…As for the 2002 LAL-Kings rigged series, does anyone remember that Pat Riley trademarked the term 3-peat after ’88 and then there were three 3-peats in 13 years.

      • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

        n Riley retired Jordan’s jersey 23 in Miami’s arena…that is why Lebron switched to 6

  204. Prodigy says:

    Any team today would mop up the floor with teams back then… they didnt even fken shoot 3s back then…
    I don’t think NBA anything should be counted until at least the invention of the 3 point line. The Warriors today would outscore them. What is basketball without the 3 point line??? then you can just pack the paint and whoever is the biggest guy wins. (Chamberlain 100 pts, Russell 11 rings) .. not to mention they had like 10 teams back then… so much higher chance of winning… Today theres so much competition and even the worst teams can beat the best team any day.
    Not to mention today the athletic ability and conditioning of athletes is just way higher than in the old days. The problem athletes have today is they don’t really have high basketball IQ or work on their skills because they rely too much on athleticism. But theres plenty of guys who are all around good players.
    The best teams have been the Michael Jordan Bulls Teams and the Kobe Bryant Lakers Teams.

    • Jake says:

      Plus you have to consider that there used to be rules limiting the amount of black players one team could have– where would the NBA be right now if those rules were still around?– and in the last decade or so international players (Nash, Nowitzski, Ginobli, Parker, Yao etc.) have also increased the competition.

      • Cris says:

        I think that also you need to remember that there was a divide. The NBA wasn’t the only show around. The ABA also had some of that talent in the other league, so the talent pool was not as large. I think also that the rules were in favor of poor free three shoters. I remember hearing some where that they had a rule were if you missed a free through back in the day, then you could get a “muligan” and try it again. Lastly about the three point line. Don’t get it twisted that players back in the day didn’t have range. They did, they just didn’t get rewarded for it.

    • aaron says:

      NBA players look like what they do today largely due to the advancement in health science, psychology, nutrition, training equipment etc etc. In 1987 it was your talent that led you to the top. So if you re claiming that todays warriors would take on ’65 boston celtics – LOL – i am wondering if your are comparing celtics+todays training vs warriors (105:49 final score) or celtics vs warriors minus professional help, food supplement and all the rest of the crap they are getting to improve their game (105:19). You are right that artificially made teams of today cannot be compared to the teams of the era of true ball.
      p.s. i am not 65 yr old i just give credits where they need to be given

      • Jake says:

        The point is that players back in the day didn’t have all that stuff (which isn’t a big of a deal as you seem to think) so they wouldn’t be able to beat more modern NBA teams.

      • aaron says:

        i know that. what i am saying is that if u take the players back then and add “all that stuff” you would get better teams. these guys had to work on their game straight up naturally so u can just imagine if they had all the equipment and conditioning and etc.

    • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

      I don’t understand the reasoning that if there are less teams it is easier to win…If there are less teams wouldn’t that mean there are less bad players and more good players per team? You think it is an accident that Red Auerbach and the Celtics won I think 8 in a row and then nobody repeated again until the ’88 Lakers.

    • err yeah... says:

      Correction, the best teams of late were the Michael Jordan Bulls and the SHAQ O’NEAL Lakers Teams. Unless you happen to be referring to 2008-2010 which I doubt.

      Seriously, what’s with people thinking that Kobe was the man when LA won there three-peat. He was a Pippen; a centre piece and much needed part of the team. But you don’t see people saying Pippen’s 96 Bulls do you…

  205. Mavericks says:

    Im too young to know about any of this.

  206. eli43 says:

    what about the 2005 spurs they swept lebrin and the cavs

  207. tavo77 says:

    thats exactly what it means. how can they be considered a great team when A,they didn’t win and B, they aren’t really a team. its 2 amazing players and a bunch of washed up, vet minimum paid has beens!

  208. Chris says:

    I think the oldtimers are overestimated. I’d definitely take the ’65 Celtics out of that list. I didn’t watch the to the late 90s, so I don’t know who should take their place, but the best team since then (which won a title) were definitely the 2002 Lakers.

    • THOUGHTS FROM DOWN UNDER says:

      Really? A core group of players that won 11 of 13 championships between 1957 and 1967 is overrated? That’s quite a high standard you set there…

  209. Mohammad Rasheed says:

    the 2004 lakers was the best
    Gary Payton
    Kobe Bryant
    Shaq
    Karl Malone

    • acsuk says:

      HAHAHAHA yeah the 04 Lakers?! Yeah they had Payton and Malone, both WAY past their prime and just trying to grab a ring. Much like many of the members of this years Heat team. Also like this years Heat team, they didn’t win! This is the same team that got beaten 4-1 by the underdog pistons in the finals.

      • Cris says:

        Yeah, this was probably the worst and most banged up Lakers team that ever made the Finals. Well in my memory atleast. Malone was hurt and shouldn’t have played, Payton was a no show not only all playoffs but all season (much like Glen Rice in 2000) Kobe and Shaq weren’t getting along and the rest of the roster was just plain old. Big shot rob and Rick Fox both were non-factors due to not getting much playing time. Rookie Luke Walton was about the only decent spark out there at the time. The Lakers limped into the Finals and burned out. But like the Heat, it goest to show you that you can’t throw a bunch of superstars together at the end and win it all. Also the 2007 Rockets met the same fate when Sir Charles’ tried to do the same. Face it, the formula is not full proof.

      • Law064 says:

        @acsuk Yeah some team they lost 4-1 LOL Detroit killed them

    • Jake says:

      I don’t think you can say that a team belongs in the top 5 of all time when they weren’t even the best team that year.

    • Lakerfan1979 says:

      I am a Laker fan since I started watch basketball 32 years ago, but even I can’t agree with that. You had, as mentioned above, 2 players at the end of their careers, and two more hall of famers dealing with their own issues. Like the Heat year, great potential, but potential not fulfilled.

  210. TheLakeShow says:

    showtime lakers 1st
    2000 lakers 4th

  211. mp says:

    i dont see how a team that three peats in the modern era (lakers) doesnt at the very least get a mention

    • tim says:

      thats right winning a single championship is admirable but multi championships that nothing short of amazing getting the title and defending it twice now that is a top five team

  212. he bigg pops says:

    what miami fans need 2 understand is that you can put 5 allstars together to lay agains the rest of the league and it still is not called a team you need at leats 8 good players (or desent) to call your self a team

    p.s. the BOSTON CELTICS des not not matter the year there the best

  213. caseybledsoe says:

    best team ever = 2009 nets

  214. danito says:

    thats 2010 2011 miami, are u serouis 59 wins and lost in the final, whats special about them. move on miaminmia

  215. justnbafan says:

    Lakers from 2002 should be on this list definitely

  216. gggfffff says:

    hahaha miami… they need a better supporting cast in order to be considered a great team, need players who can play off the ball and seriously mia. get a real center and pf.

  217. iamlorkans says:

    The 2010-2011 Miami Heat can’t be in this list, they haven’t accomplished anything YET. If they could fulfill their promise of winning “multiple championships” then they could be in this list.

  218. Cireland says:

    MIAMI 2011?really?
    they haven’t won a championship yet and didn’t set any record..
    they can’t even be considered in the top 20 all-time.

    2001 LAKERS should be on that list..
    as well as 89 PISTONS..
    how about the 1994 Rockets?

  219. choi says:

    spurs 2003 nba champion. tim dun, david robinson,tony parker, Manu ginobili and bruce bowen.

  220. js says:

    Its tough because you’re only doing 5 and I didnt get a chance to look at the other top 10 list. But I feel like the 99′ spurs with Duncan and Robinson dominating the front court has to be up there

  221. joseph says:

    2005 San Antonio Spurs they deserve to be in this list

  222. Jonku says:

    How about the 1999 Spurs Championship team or even the 2005 Spurs team that beat Detroit in the NBA Finals.

    • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

      In the lockout season after Jordan retired and they played the 8 seeded knicks in the Finals? They belong below the 11 heat on thiis list

  223. mjg says:

    but 96 bulls, done deal number 1 any way you look at it….

    • Celts34 says:

      I don’t belive that the ’96 Bulls are the best team ever… they may have had the best record ever and the best player ever but the competition in the 90’s was so much inferior to the competition of the mid 80’s. the 86 celtics, 87 laker, and 83 sixers all would have had a good shot at beating the bulls, they had so much more team resourcefullness then those garbage jazz and sonics teams the bulls beat up on

      • DIRK OWNS HEAT says:

        96´Bulls team was the best team ever, is the best team ever, and will it be for the next 25 years. And thats the truth. EVERYONE who disagrees, don´t know much about bball. period, over and out.

      • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

        96 was not the best bulls team…Jordan talked constantly in ’97 about how he lost weight and finally started to get his legs back. 91-93 Jordan would’ve mauled 96 Jordan

      • murph says:

        so because jordan was better in 91 then he was in 96 that means the bulls werent better? they had rodman longley kukoc and kerr.. they were better.. they won 72 games and in all but in 1 of the 10 games they lost by under 10 points.. so they literally had a shot to win 81 games in a season.. name me another team even remotely close to that? and you idiots that mention the competition being harder is a joke..

  224. frank says:

    I would add the 82-83 sixers with Malone, Doc, Cheeks, Andrew Toney, and Maurice Cheeks 65-17 (could have easily won 70 if the starts didn’t sit the last month) and 12-1 in the playoffs.

  225. mjg says:

    I agree with the list if we are talking achievements mixed with skill level. If we are talking who would actually win a basketball game and therefore who is the best team,well you’d have to add a whole bunch of teams from the last 23 years rather than just one. Nobody likes to say it but basketball players today are bigger, more athletic, more versatile, have better training facilities and are just plain better in nearly every aspect than their 60s couterparts. So if we actually had the aid of some time machine and could match them up even 2011 finals losing heat would wup satch sanders and co. Nobody likes to admit it and for the most part why would you discuss it – but its the truth.

    • Lakerfan1979 says:

      Yeah, but with all the equipment and everything you mentioned, they are missing the most important thing that the 60’s players had. FUNDAMENTALS!!! What makes Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird 3 of the best players of all times. They had fundamentals. and I’ll put a team of those 3 with Oscar Robins and Kareem or Wilt anyday.

    • kenny says:

      those guys back in the days had real talent. not bounch of coaches and health professionals, food supplements and what not to boost up supernatural humans. if u want to compare bulls 96 team (or any team on that top 5 list) with heat 11 team than compare them on the same level of todays training OR BETTER YET i would love to see heat in 1996 when the game was about ur talent and not how many ppl train u looll ridiculous

  226. Thinking logically says:

    Yeah, I was surprised the ’88-89 Pistons weren’t up there, but hey. 6th place, maybe.

    ’01 Lakers and ’04 Pistons, for the reasons stated above, definitely worth an honorable mention.

    No Duncan-Robinson Spurs? :/ Oh well…

    And I have no idea as to why the Miami Heat even deserve a mention on this list. Not only did they not win a championship, they didn’t even have a stellar season. Maybe in a few years, they might scratch the top ten list…who knows. But please, Lebron fans, please keep your nose out of this conversation until you guys have built that dynasty that your hero was talking about at the beginning of this season.

  227. stefoka says:

    cmon seriously 2010-2011 Heat ?! You must be jokin. If they were to enter the all-time top 5 without a title,they should’ve been 82-0 in the regular season. And they weren’t

  228. esojg4 says:

    what about the 2011 cavs

  229. Zar The Knicks Fan says:

    2002-2003 spurs championship team should be one of them. admiral retired as a champion and Manu, Parker and TD were all there and begin their era.

  230. MIAinMIA says:

    just because they didnt win the championship doesnt mean we can forget about the 2010-2011 heat, they have 2 of the best players on the planet, and chris bosh on the side, that is simply amazing

    • cory says:

      you cant call a team one of the best of all time without a championship. especially a team with only three good players.

    • AuldSkool says:

      Clearly, because they didn’t win the championship means can absolutely forget about them – there was at least one better team in Dallas. That’s a bit of a daft comment, frankly.

      • DIRK OWNS HEAT says:

        and in the regular season they werent the best. period. MIAMI is a team with one star – wade, one co-star – bosh, and two good rollplayers – haslem & james.

        There where about 10 teams that where better then them in this season.

        SOME MIAMI FANS ARE SO STUPID, They don´t know nothing about the game of basketball.

    • BaraChat says:

      Are you being serious here? “Hey look, they lost in the Finals, they didn’t even led the league in wins, but they are pretty good! We should definitely compare them with the greatest teams of all-time.” Did you start watching basketball last november?

      Being “amazing” doesn’t mean crap if you don’t win.

    • js says:

      how DOESNT that mean you can forget about them. This isnt the top 5 best players on a roster team of all time. just TEAM. They weren’t even the best TEAM THIS year, nevermind talking about all time. They have alot of roster upgrades and a championship season to have before they are talked about in terms of all time

    • MIA = just about right says:

      You have absolutely and positively overlooked the concept of TEAM. We’re talking about great TEAMS here, not teams with the highest number of high caliber/profile/marketable players.

      And yes, you can forget about the 2010-2011 Heat, because if another TEAM beat them in the Finals then they’re not the best TEAM. The TEAM that beat them is the best TEAM.

      Put Jordan, Bird, Barkley, Russell & Stockton together on a team: if they can’t work out how to play together to win games, then they’re not the best TEAM. They’re just a bunch of individually talented players. Getting the concept yet?

    • eli43 says:

      yeah but if your considered the best you haft to be the best and lebron did not show that in the finals and they still lost the series to the mavs 4-2 but they are a great team but they didnt finish

    • baller says:

      but who do they have backing those three guys up? just a bunch of role players, so not one of the greatest teams ever..yet, anyway

      • Ryan says:

        Well look at the Lakers in the early 2000’s. they had shaq and kobe and every other player on that team was role players. Lakers new how to run their offense and defense evenly. You can’t have lebron and wade on the same team. yeah its cool and all but they dont belong together. keep bosh and wade. it works better have a big man and a little man. not both of them and then a guy that takes away the rebounding from the big man and the scoring from the little man. like if they can get rid of lebron for 3-4 good players, they actually might win. because that will give you a great starter in his place, and 2-3 ood role players possibly a reliable sixth man to help boost that bench energy. heat forget lebron he couldnt do it in cleveland and miami. he should have stayed in cleveland, he would have had the same result. hes immature, arrogant, ignorant and doesnt know what it takes to win. before he even gets a ring he has to grow up. he brought wade down with him, what a low way to make fun of someones sickness. lebron needs to approach the game in a different way because what hes doing aint working. is completely a liability in the clutch time. 4th quarter in the final couple minutes or when the playoffs get to the point where they really matter, he cant show up. he cant handle pressure. 8 years in the league and he still has yet to prove he can.

        not trying to hate on lebron im just pointing out the obvious,

      • wlc says:

        RYAN YOU ARE AN IDIOT. WADE WAS MOCKING DIRK BEFORE LEBRON DID

    • dude says:

      we are talking about teams, not 2 amazing players and a bunch of crap, in that list they might be on top

    • acsuk says:

      Are you insane?! You are exactly right, they DIDN’T win a championship, meaning, they were not even the best team in the league THIS YEAR, let along a top five team of all time. For them to be a top five all time this years Mavericks would also have to be, and I think we can all agree that is not the case. Sorry but they were at no point the best team in the league, regular season or playoffs. The fact that you would even comment that they should be considered for top five all time just shows how little you actually know about basketball.

    • Cesar says:

      Cant be the best team without a championship..

      • Cris says:

        This Miami Heat team doesn’t even deserve to be mentioned on this list. Too much has been said about them already.

    • mattyC says:

      They didnt win! Good lord miami…

  231. hey says:

    How about the 2001 Lakers where they only lost once in the playoffs and it was against allen iverson and the 76ers in the finals.

    • Cris says:

      I have to agree. The Lakers had a tough road and Iverson’s 76ers would not go away. They definitely earned that one and not to mention that big run of wins the Lakers had just before the playoffs as well. Though I think they are left off this list because they didn’t have a great regular season until the end and were actually a surprise to win the whole things when all the experts were riding the Spurs band wagon that year.

    • tony says:

      actually i would like to correct you they lost one game to allen iverson period
      they had no one at the time.

    • LA fan for life says:

      I think that to i looked at the list and wonder where is that team.

  232. LebronTheKing says:

    the 2010-2011 Miami Heat!! should be number 1!

    • js says:

      yea a team that got shat on in the finals should be a top 5 all time ahahahaha

    • eli43 says:

      the heat didnt even when this year

    • KINGATL11 says:

      NO RING FOR THAT TEAM THO

    • Lakerfan1979 says:

      Wow, I wish people would get off Lebron’s jock already. The guy has all of the physical ability in the world, but he has proven time and time again that he can’t do it when it counts. Until he proves that he’s a winner and leads a team to a title, he’ll just be a pretender, and he’ll never prove it as long as he’s riding Wade’s coat tails. Wade is the real deal, he’s the backbone of that team.

    • anti lebron says:

      lebron sucks!! a team that does ‘nt know what a team play is…

      • LA fan for life says:

        And don’t forget he made a ultimatium for gm to fire coach Brown who had nothing to do with team losing to better team and the next year just went to miami yeah that is a real great player if they put him on NBA ALL STARS there should be an astorix that should say he disapointed all his fans GM’s team players and had no scoring abilitis beyond 4 feat.

      • wth says:

        Right right. I guess you missed the part about the 86 Celtics having not 1 2 or 3, but **5** FUTURE HALL OF FAMERS on that team.

        But THAT was ok though right? Because they didnt have someone named Lebron James, that was perfectly ok.

      • MattyLee says:

        The difference is that they were 4 & 5 players that PLAYED like Hall of Famers, not players that SAID they were Hall of Famers. They played hard and were rewarded with multiple tiles and a place in the Hall of Fame. They didn’t announce ahead of time that they were Hall of Famers or that they were going to win multiple titles or anything else. They all just stepped up and played the game.

    • kenny says:

      argh some of u miami fans just make the whole organization look dumb. u need to have guts (and no brains) to bring up ur 2.5 player-team on the blog that mentionned 96 bulls and 87 lakers. stop bein as full of urself as lebron is

  233. asdf says:

    87 lakers and 96 bulls are the best teams of all time. prolly deserve a fifth spot for 2001 lakers, considering they just dropped a record one game in the playoffs,

  234. PSoul says:

    I agreee about the 89 Pistons Andy

  235. Warsaw says:

    2003-2004 Detroit Pistions. They were the epitome of “a team.” They dismantled the Lakers that year 4-1, it would have been a sweep but the Kobie hit that amazing shot at the buzzer. So yes I believe this Pistons team is worthy of one of the greatest NBA teams…….

    • Clutchcityin210 says:

      They were great, but would have been crushed in a series by each of these teams. First, all of these teams won multiple championships. Second, back then you had Hall of famers who could take over the game at both ends of the court. There were more x’s and o’s, back cuts, and double screens.

      Today there is give LBJ the ball at the top of the ket and get out of the way. Much easier to defend. The ’86 Celtics B-Ball IQ and shooting would have been too much for the Pistons or the 2K Laers to handle. They were not at the “elite” level of the teams on this list. Multiple Hall of Famers executing a system to razor sharp perfection. Unstoppable.

      • FLEXwizdom says:

        Not True. That Pistons team could of ran wit ‘em. Billups, Prince, Hamilton, and the Wallaces were a solid team. Intelligent, resilient, and undeniable defensively. All those x’s and o’s, back cuts and double screens you’re talking about, Hamilton was on that all day! Billups’ purpose on this earth was execution. Sheed stretching out the D so Tayshawn can cut down the lanes.

        Not saying they’d win, but it would have been good.

  236. RJKlee says:

    What about the 04′ Pistons, a hodge podge of players brought together and then proceeded to shut everyone down

    • LA fan for life says:

      YOU HAVE TO WATCH NBA FOR MAYBE 40 YEARS TO EVEN SAY SOMETHING LA AND BOSTON HAVE HALF OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS THAN THE REST OF THE NBA TEAMS IT SHOULD BE LA, BOSTON, LA, BOSTON AND THAN MAYBE CHICHAGO!!!!!!!!!

      • chigangster says:

        Maybe Chicago.. Must be smoking that san andreas crack…. of course The Chi-Dobermans… #1 in offense and #1 in defense all year long. 72-10 record and to cap it with another championship..

        stop smoking on the san andreas CRACK…

    • Lego Lindo Lake Show says:

      Beating that Laker team was not an accomplishment…That was the year of Kobe’s rape case and the height of his feud with Shaq because Kobe ratted out Shaq for sleeping around. N the over the hill groupies didn’t help.

  237. Rico says:

    2008 – Boston Celtics
    2000 – LA Lakers

    • js says:

      Maybe if that roster was together 5 years earlier, along with rondo and perkins. but that 08′ team a top 5 ALL TIME? comeon

    • haonan says:

      not even close

    • aj says:

      no celtics werent even the number one seed

    • R4 says:

      People who just started to watch basketball in the 2000s should stop it before they make themselves look dumb. if your favourite players are superstars of today. don’t know players like Isiah Thomas, Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller, Clyde Dexter, and I could go on. should not have an opinion on a top 5 all time team

      • Ismaeel says:

        That’s why I’m not saying anything

      • SirPwnALot says:

        Yeah yeah, basketball used to be so much better, nowadays nobody hits a 15-footer, everybody wears their shorts too long, it’s raining a lot and my only joy in life is glorifying the days when everybody was dribbling one-handed, yadda yadda yadda….

      • T says:

        Totally agree with R4.

      • Fronzo says:

        yea silly kids these days, dont even know clyde dexter..

      • UHHHH says:

        Isn’t it Clyde Drexler? If I’m wrong don’t go crazy on me…

      • rayallen says:

        clyde dexter haha

      • Elvz says:

        Yeah, Clyde DEXTER he was. lol!

      • Jerid says:

        Finally someone that makes sense

      • Cameron says:

        The fact that you list Reggie Miller and Clyde Drexler shows that you’re a nostalgic joke. Lebron, Kobe, Shaq, Tim Duncan, all better players than Reggie and Clyde. And to think that one can’t start watching basketball in the 2000’s and learn about basketball before then through watching and reading makes you even more insane. Keep your old man logic out of here.

      • downtown_brownclown says:

        it’s clyde drexler.. :P stupid!

    • shaqduece34 says:

      2000 LA Lakers for sure!

  238. Basketball Artistry says:

    Only 1 team from the past 23 years makes the top 5?

  239. R4 says:

    I think you got it about right. Detriot was piston in the 88 89′ years were a great team too.

  240. YeeDog says:

    what about the 2010=2011 timberwolves ?

    • hussein says:

      2011-2012.. 2012-2013.. 2013-2014 exc.. Miami Heat, All deserve to be in the top 5. Cmon man!

      • LETS GO MAVS! says:

        yeah thats why they lost to the 2010-2011 mavericks

      • LA fan for life says:

        Like they won something yet the list is PEFECT and Heat will never be La Lakers of Boston they have to win 19 championships at least you think they can win 19 in a row i don’t think so. What a stupid coment they were beaten by maybe 2-3 ALL STARS.

    • DURANTULA says:

      I know the 2010-2011 timberwolves should have been first but the 2010-2011 cleveland team would be a close second too.

  241. Andy Teow says:

    The 88-89 Detroit Pistons deserved at least tied for 5th.

  242. HeroAJ says:

    the 2002 Lakers :)

  243. sean says:

    first comment?
    boo yah