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Ranking the top 10 basketball teams of all time

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The Warriors in the trophy ceremony

As a game, basketball has constantly evolved over the years to a point now when one player is hoisting more 3-pointers today than entire teams attempted over 48 minutes in the early 1980s.

Thus, establishing a pecking order of the top 10 basketball teams ever assembled is a daunting task, but I gave it a shot anyway. Note that for the purposes of this article, we're considering not just teams in the NBA.

The Golden State Warriors have proved with their back-to-back titles that they are one of the greatest basketball teams of all time. Adding DeMarcus Cousins to the mix this past summer makes them even more prohibitive favourites, if that were possible, then they were in '16-17 or last season. There's a pretty good chance that they land somewhere on this list following the playoffs this season. Read on to find which of their squads makes this list:


#10 Los Angeles Lakers, 2000-01

The Lakers, 2000-01 season
The Lakers, 2000-01 season

While their regular season record may suggest otherwise, the 2000-01 Lakers were the most dominant postseason team I've ever had the chance to go through game footage of. The combination of the most dominant player on the planet with the most complete guard in the game made for the best 1-2 punch in NBA history.

The Lakers had a deep rotation comprising the likes of Derek Fisher, Robert Horry, Rick Fox, Ron Harper and Horace Grant: tough-as-nails veterans who picked up the slack when Kobe and Shaq sat.

In my opinion as a Kobe stan, he played the best two-way basketball of his career rocking the #8 and the afro. His performances in the Conference Semifinals against the Spurs were legendary, as were Shaq's Finals numbers against Dikembe Mutombo, as the Lakers embarked on a 15-1 run in the playoffs in going back-to-back.

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SENIOR ANALYST
Started as an Arsenal fan at the age of 6. Became a Ronaldo and a Real Madrid fan after the 2002 World Cup. Bandwagon Celtics fan this season, though I've watched the NBA with increasing frequency over the past 14 years or so. Played both games with my high school team at some of the highest levels there are in India. Played against East Bengal u-17s in college. A member of Mercurial FC, 1st division Amateur League team in Bangalore.
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