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10 Greatest NBA Dynasties Of All-Time

  • Where would Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls of the 1990's be on this list?
Yash Matange
FEATURED WRITER
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 09 Jun 2018, 10:13 IST

#8 Detroit Pistons - (late 1990's)


The Bad Boys Pistons (Image courtesy: nba.com)
The Bad Boys Pistons (Image courtesy: nba.com)

Championships - 2 (1989, 90)

So although these Pistons from the late 1990's have won just as many championships as the two prior teams, they rank ahead because their identity as a team was fixed. From 1986 to 1991, they reached at least the Eastern Conference Finals each year.

The team relied heavily on their versatile physical defense, considered throughout the league to be far too physical. The defense was led by the Pistons' frontcourt of Dennis Rodman, Bill Lambier, and Rick Mahorn. Meanwhile, their offense was mostly taken care off by the perimeter players in Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Mark Aguire and Adrian Dantley. An underrated important role player for both the championship winning teams was reserve Vinnie Johnson.

Other than winning just two championships, their lack of converting chances also ranks them at the 8th spot. They reached the Conference Finals in 1987 but came short against a great aging Celtics team. In 1988, they won their first Eastern Conference title but couldn't win against the Magic Johnson-led Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals. Largely due to an injury to Thomas in a crucial Game 6.

And in 1991, in what meant the end of their dynasty, they came up short in dramatic fashion to the Chicago Bulls, who they had beaten all three times en route to their three straight Finals trips (1988-90).


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Published 14 Dec 2017, 17:32 IST
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