NBA: Ranking the Dynasties by Card44
With the Golden State’s strong start at repeating as champions and their run at becoming a dynasty, we decided to rank the other dynasties out there.
10. New York Knicks 1969-1973
The Knicks had talent in Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley, Jerry Lucas, and Phil Jackson. They also went to 3 NBA finals during this run and went 2-1 in the Finals against the Lakers.
9. Miami Heat 2010-2014
The Heat’s big three of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh came together with the goal of winning not one, not two, not three, not four titles…. However they felt short and only won two (and lost two more). Their is no denying their talent, there is also no denying that they carried such a level of douchiness that made them very easy to hate.
8. Detroit Pistons 1986-1992
The Pistons were a tough team, dubbed the Bad Boys they were nasty and played physical. Isiah Thomas was the leader, but they had guys that could play in Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman, who were all big time players. They won 2 titles during this period and also went to 5 straight Eastern Conference finals. There is no arguing how good they are, there is also no arguing they were easy to hate if your team was on the wrong side of a Laimbeer elbow.
7. Minneapolis Lakers 1949-1954
George Mikan is one of the most often forgotten names when talking about the all time greats, but he was the leader of this dominant team. They won the 48-49 BAA Championship then proceeded to win NBA titles in 1950, 1952, 1953, and 1954. That’s one hell of a run.
6. 1999-2002 Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe+Shaq+Phil Jackson seems like a recipe that equals success. They strolled to three consecutive NBA titles, but Kobe and Shaq couldn’t get along, so they traded Shaq and Kobe got a little rapey.
5. 1981-1987 Boston Celtics
The big three before the big three in Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish won three titles in this period and lost some more to the Lakers. If not for those Lakers teams they’d be considerably higher up this list.
4. 1998-Present San Antonio Spurs
Talk about Impressive longevity, winning 5 titles over the period is remarkable. Tim Duncan has been the constant presence, he started with David Robinson and Sean Elliot, and the won with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli, and then they added Kawhi Leonard, and now no one would be shocked to see them win another with Lamarcus Aldridge added to the equation. Greg Popovich knows what he’s doing.
3. 1979-1991 Los Angles Lakers
The Showtime Lakers won 5 NBA titles and appeared in 10 finals in this time frame led by Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Big Game James Worthy. They were a force to be reckoned with. It really is crazy that they’re third on this list.
2. 1957-1969 Boston Celtics
The Bill Russell led Celtics were absolutely loaded and won 11 straight NBA titles. It would be easy to justify them being number one on this list, but you have to take in to consideration they averaged around 9 teams in the league during their run and they didn’t have to worry about things like free agency.
1. 1990-1998 Chicago Bulls
Question for you: If Jordan didn’t choose (or forced) to play baseball, would the Bulls have won 8 straight titles? Two 3-petes is nothing to scoff at either. Michael Jordan is the greatest player of all time, but, man, Scottie Pippen could play too. It’s also rumored that Phil Jackson knew a few things about coaching as well. They always had some shooters, and the second three peat was their peak. Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, and Ron Harper were all key editions. Going 72-10 is incredible, especially in the 90’s aka #THEGOLDENERAOFNBA.