The Best NBA Teams Of All-Time

There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to basketball. That’s because the NBA is a complex and deep sport with a long history. This means that while some teams are undoubtedly better than others, there are always exceptions. In this blog post, we will explore the best NBA teams of all time. We will take a look at the teams that have had the greatest impact on the game, their place in NBA history, and why they’re considered the best. So whether you’re a fan of one of these teams or not, read on to get an inside look at some of the greatest squads in NBA history.

The Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most storied franchises in all of professional basketball, and they have a lot to show for it. The Lakers have won more championships than any other team in NBA history, and they continue to be one of the most popular teams in the league. They have had some of the greatest players in NBA history play for them, including Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. These four players alone account for more than half of all the championships that the Lakers have won.

The Lakers also have a rich history outside of basketball. They were one of the original six teams in the NBA, and their home arena, Staples Center, is one of the most famous venues in all of sports. The fans at Staples Center are some of the best in all of basketball, and they always provide a great atmosphere during games.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are one of the most iconic and storied NBA teams of all time. They have been to 11 NBA championships and have had some of the best players in the league, like Larry Bird, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett. They are a hardworking team that is always fighting for a championship. Their fans are die-hard and passionate about their team, and they always seem to be in the playoffs. If you’re a fan of the NBA, then you should definitely check out the Boston Celtics!

Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have been one of the most successful NBA franchises in recent history, having won numerous championships throughout their storied history. The 76ers are currently in the midst of a rebuild, but they possess a number of Hall-of-Famers on their roster that make them one of the most consistent teams in the league.

Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are the most successful team in NBA history, with five championships. They were founded in 1967 and played their first season in the Western Division of the American Basketball Association. The Warriors finished fourth in their inaugural season but won the division title and advanced to the playoffs. They lost to the San Diego Rockets in their first playoff game.

The Warriors moved to the NBA in 1971 and won their first championship that year. They repeated as champions in 1975 and 1976, becoming only the fourth team after Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, and Philadelphia 76ers to win consecutive championships. The Warriors reached the playoffs every year from 1977 to 1989 but failed to win another championship.

In 1990, they added players Rick Barry and Jeff Mullins, who helped them reach the postseason for the first time since 1977. In 1991, they reached their first Finals after winning 68 games during the regular season. They faced off against Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, who had been defending champions for six seasons. The Warriors won four straight games to take an improbable series lead before losing Game 7 at home.

The Warriors reached the Finals again in 1994 but lost to Jordan’s Chicago Bulls three games to one. In 1995, they signed free agent Chris Mullin, who led them to a second-place finish behind Jordan’s Bulls. Mullin was named MVP of both the NBA Finals and Super Bowl XXXVIII while playing for Golden State that year.

In 1996, they acquired Latrell Sprewell and P. J. Carlesimo, who helped them reach the Finals for the third time in four years. They faced off against Jordan’s Bulls again, this time winning the series 4–1. Sprewell was named MVP of the Finals and Super Bowl XXXIX while playing for Golden State that year.

In 2015, they signed free agent Kevin Durant to a three-year contract, marking their first major acquisition since Mullin departed in 1998. The Warriors won their fourth championship in five years by defeating Cleveland Cavaliers 4–1 in the 2016 NBA Finals. Durant was named MVP of the Finals and Super Bowl LI while playing for Golden State that year.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers are one of two teams to have made it to the NBA Finals three times (the other being the Boston Celtics). The Clippers were founded as an expansion team in 1970 and played their first season in the Western Division of the American Basketball Association. The Clippers finished fourth in their inaugural season but advanced to the playoffs. They lost to the San Diego Rockets in their first playoff game.

The Clippers moved to the NBA in 1978 and reached the playoffs every year from 1978 to 1988 but failed to win another championship. In 1989, they acquired Dean Smith and Norm Nixon, who helped them reach the postseason for the first time since 1978. In 1990, they reached the Finals after winning 68 games during the regular season. They faced off against Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, who had been defending champions for six seasons. The Clippers won four straight games to take an improbable series lead before losing Game 7 at home.

The Clippers reached the Finals again in 1994 but lost to Jordan’s Chicago Bulls three games to one. In 1995, they signed free agent Chris Mullin, who led them to a second-place finish behind Jordan’s Bulls. Mullin was named MVP of both the NBA Finals and Super Bowl XXXVIII while playing for Golden State that year.

In 1996, they acquired Latrell Sprewell and P. J. Carlesimo, who helped them reach the Finals for the third time in four years. They faced off against Jordan’s Bulls again, this time winning the series 4–1. Sprewell was named MVP of the Finals and Super Bowl XXXIX while playing for Golden State that year.

In 2015, they signed free agent Kevin Durant to a three-year contract, marking their first major acquisition since Mullin departed in 1998. The Clippers won their fourth championship in five years by defeating Cleveland Cavaliers 4–1 in the 2016 NBA Finals. Durant was named MVP of the Finals and Super Bowl LI while playing for Golden State that year.

Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks are a professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The team was established in 1946 as the Chicago Stags, and played their first season in the National Basketball League (NBL). The Stags were one of three teams that founded the NBA at its inception. The Hawks joined the league in 1949 as part of a merger with the NBL and have played there ever since. They reached the NBA Finals in 1958 and 1990, losing to the Boston Celtics each time. In 2006, they reached the playoffs for the first time in 17 years and won their first playoff series since 1998. As of 2018, they have won three division titles (1996–1998, 2013–2015), two conference championships (2002 and 2015) and one NBA championship (1975).

Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the most successful teams in NBA history. They have won five championships (1971, 1974, 1975, 1986, 2009) and have been to the playoffs 11 times. The Bucks have had some of the best players in NBA history including Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sidney Moncrief, Lew Alcindor and Michael Jordan.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the most successful teams in NBA history. They have six division championships, four conference championships, and two NBA Finals appearances. They are also one of only a few teams that have had four players win MVP Awards. The team was founded in 2007 and played their first season in Seattle. Since then, they have played their home games in Oklahoma City.