10 Greatest NBA Dynasties Of All-Time
#9 Miami Heat (2010-14)
Championships - 2 (2012, 13)
So how this team came about might be very controversial and that might have resulted in them being the most scrutinized team in league history. Either way, what they achieved cannot be put aside or ignored because the players exercised what's within their rights.
Over a four year stretch, led by their Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat from 2010 to 2014 made it four straight NBA Finals. Of those four Finals trips, they clinched back-to-back titles in 2012 and 13 by defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs respectively.
While the three superstars were the key to the dynasty, they wouldn't have been competitive without some of their role players - Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller and Chris Anderson being the most notable.
The team was a spectacle as they sold out every road arena they were slated to play in. Once the stars got used to playing with each other, they were really unstoppable. They showcased that when they won 27 games in a row in 2013. It's a pity the way it ended but the grind of four consecutive Playoffs eventually got to them.
They rank seventh because of their conversion rate in the Finals. Two out of four is far too less and one was clinched because Ray Allen knocked down one of the most clutch shots in NBA history.
So despite all of their greatness, they are still just 9th because, at the end of the day, they won only two championships. Nobody is saying that's easy but we had to nitpick when comparing great teams. In addition, their greatest team accomplishment - 4 straight NBA Finals - was made in a fairly easier Eastern Conference as compared to East the next team on this list had to face.
Championships - 2 (2015, 17)
When this list is re-evaluated in a few years, these current Golden State Warriors are bound to be far higher on the list. A majority of the success this franchise has tasted these past couple of years has been because of the ownership change back in 2010.
That change led to a change in the front office and which eventually resulted in more sound roster decisions. e.g: Picking Stephen Curry ahead of Monta Ellis as the franchise's cornerstone and building through the Drafts (Klay Thompson and Draymond Green). And that resulted in them being able to sign Kevin Durant in the summer of 2016.
In terms of dominance, their numerous records speak for themselves - 73 regular season wins, largest point differential for a season, 16-1 Playoff record en route to a championship.
Again, they rank at #9 right now because of their comparatively shorter period of dominance (championship contending years) and the number of championships.
Published 14 Dec 2017, 17:32 IST