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The NBA playoffs are going well and while waiting for the new champion, we thought we could take a look at some of the best NBA teams of the year and in history.
5 best NBA teams in 2021
While the debate over the best NBA teams right now could probably be left to the court since the playoffs are underway, there are many factors that affect a team’s success in the playoffs. So here are our top five picks for top NBA teams in 2021:
the Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs but we would be doing them an injustice if we did not include them on our roster as the current champions have struggled with injuries all season.
Still, the team that has Anthony Davis and LeBron James are certainly some of the best in the NBA. In addition to the main duo, the Lakes also have a good supporting cast, including Kyle Kuzma, Dennis Schroeder, Montrezl Harrell and a few other exciting actors.
We’ve seen great teams in recent history and a few “Big 3” teams like Team Heat with James, Bosh and Wade, or Team Celtics with Garnett, Pierce and Allen. But the Big 3 that now resides in Brooklyn probably surpasses them all.
In good health, it’s hard to see a better team than the Nets. In addition to Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden, the Nets also have Blake Griffin, Joe Harris, Jeff Green and a few other helpful players. There is also Spencer Dinwiddie who has missed the entire season with injury.
We can now officially say that the Nuggets have the MVP on their team, which is a big piece of the puzzle that makes the Nuggets one of the best teams in the NBA. Nikola Jokic is the first center to win this prestigious award since Shaquille O’Neal.
The Nuggets built their team by drafting smart. For example, Jokic was the 41st pick, Murray was 7th, and Michael Porter Jr. was 14th. In addition to them, the Nuggets also have other good players like Will Barton, Aaron Gordon and Monte Morris. If Jamal Murray can do well once he recovers from an ACL tear, the Nuggets certainly have a bright future.
The Bucks were seeded in the East for two straight years before finishing third this season, so they consistently lead the standings. However, they also failed to impress in the playoffs, which is a huge question mark over the true quality of the squad.
Still, a team that has double MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo must be considered among the best around, especially since the Bucks also have a lot of depth with Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Bobby Portis, Donte DeVincenzo, and d ‘other.
The team that is often overlooked today finished the season in first place in the Western Conference and started the playoffs strong. They aren’t the flashiest team in the NBA, which is why they don’t always get the respect they deserve.
However, the squad has a lot of top quality players, including Donovan Mitchell and one of the best defensive players in the league Rudy Gobert. The Jazz also have experienced Mike Conley Jr. and Croatian sniper Bojan Bogdanovic. Jordan Clarkson, Royce O’Neal and a few other players add a nice boost from the bench.
5 best NBA teams of all time
Choosing the best NBA teams of all time is not easy and the debate about it will always be alive. However, we’ve handpicked our top five favorite NBA teams of all time for you:
1985-86 Boston Celtics
The Celtics entered the season after losing to the Lakers in the NBA Finals, determined to get their revenge. After ending the regular season with a 67-15 record, everyone expected Celtic and Lakers to meet again in the final.
However, they didn’t have the chance to play against the Lakers – the Rockets made it to the final instead and they weren’t a game for the Celtics led by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Danny Ainge, Dennis Johnson and Robert Parish.
1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers
After failing to advance to the NBA Finals the previous season, the Lakers desperately wanted to return to the top – especially since the Celtics won the title in 1986. The team improved their regular season record to reach 65 wins and they were over ready for the playoffs.
The Lakers were led by Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as well as Byron Scott, AC Green, Kurt Rambis, Mychal Thompson and others. The team reached the NBA Finals, in which we saw another classic against the Boston Celtics and the Lakers win in six games.
1988-89 Detroit Pistons
One of the best defensive teams in NBA history, the Detroit Bad Boys weren’t anyone’s favorite champion. But the team that relied on physical play and sometimes dirty tactics had to fight for their right to usurp the Celtics / Lakers duality of the 80s.
While they relied on defense to get them to the top, these Pistons were far from talentless. They had Isiah Thomas, one of the best playmakers in the league. The energy was brought in by the young and wild Dennis Rodman, as well as other quality players like John Salley, Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, Mark Aguirre and others.
2016-17 Golden State Warriors
The team that broke the all-time regular-season winning record in 2015-16, but ultimately didn’t win the title, was sure to compete for the title again. However, the Warriors rocked the basketball world when they recruited one of the NBA’s top players Kevin Durant over the summer.
With the same base that included Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, the Warriors were rightly seen as unstoppable. The team reached 67 regular season wins and also dominated the playoffs and finished the playoffs with just one loss.
1995-96 Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls started the season with great optimism after the return of Michael Jordan at the end of the previous one. While his return did not immediately bring success to the team, the Chicago Bulls were again the NBA’s greatest force in 1995-96.
The team finished the regular season with 72 wins and many people thought it was the record to keep for eternity. However, the Warriors broke the record in 2016, but unlike the Bulls in 1996, they failed to win the title. Next to Jordan, this team also included Pippen, Rodman, Kukoc, Longley, Kerr, Harper and others.