Today, I will be talking about my top 5 teams of all-time. I take into account not only their for that season record, but also the competition they faced and how they fared against said competition. Before you ask, the Warriors will not be on the list since their season is still in progress.
5. 1970-1971 Milwaukee Bucks
- These guys knew how to put up points! They featured a young and fresh Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and a veteran walking triple-double in Oscar Robertson. They finished the season at 66-16 and went on to sweep the Baltimore Bullets in the NBA Finals. Led by head coach Larry Costello, the Bucks revolved around a high-powered offense with a great supporting cast for their two stars that included Bob Dandridge, Jon McGlocklin, Greg Smith, and Dick Cunningham. It would be the first and only championship for the Big O, but the beginning of a great career for Kareem as he took home MVP honors for the season.
4. 1985-1986 Boston Celtics
- So are you surprised to see a Larry Bird team on here? Of course not. Sporting a 65-win season that included a 40-1 record at the Boston Garden, the Celtics just overpowered opponents with their great combination of players. The rotation featured Danny Ainge, Dennis Johnson, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parrish as the starters. Here’s an awesome fact, BILL WALTON was the sixth man, and won the Sixth Man of the Year award! Larry Bird took home another MVP award and the Finals MVP after taking down the Houston Rockets in six games.
3. 1986-1987 Los Angeles Lakers
- This team was loaded. They had four guys who scored over 1,000 points in coach Pat Riley’s “showtime” offense. This team featured the great Magic Johnson, verstile swingman Byron Scott, all-around forward James Worthy, and the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. After winning 65 games in the regular season, the Lakers went on to win the NBA Finals over the defending champion Celtics in what would be the final time that Magic Johnson and Larry Bird would meet in the postseason. What made these Lakers so good was that they had so many weapons, which allowed them to just run all over opponents. That is why they come in at number three.
2. 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers
- 33 games. That’s how many they won IN A ROW at one point. Spearheaded by the great Bill Sharman as head coach, the Lakers of 1972 set a then record with 69 regular season wins. The team was led by Hall of Famers Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, and Wilt Chamberlain. The supporting cast included Jim McMillan, Happy Hairston, and none other than future coach Pat Riley. I mean these guys steamrolled some of their opponents on their way to a 5-game series win of the Knicks in the NBA finals to bring Los Angeles it’s first ever basketball championship.
- 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls
- You probably could have seen it going this way. Let me put it this way, they had the Coach of the Year (Phil Jackson), the best rebounder (Dennis Rodman), the best perimeter defender (Scottie Pippen), the Sixth Man of the Year (Toni Kukoc), and the Most Valuable Player (Michael Jordan). With those guys as the focal points, the Bulls used a supporting cast of guys like Ron Harper, Luc Longley, and Steve Kerr to run the famous triangle offense and pick apart opponents with their ball and player movement. I also consider this one of the best defensive teams in league history. They currently hold the best regular season record of 72-10 and the best total season record of 87-13.