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Ranking the top 10 basketball teams of all time

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#9 Boston Celtics 1964-65

Virtually the same squad, with the same core, won 8 straight championships from '59-'66
Virtually the same squad, with the same core, won 8 straight championships from '59-'66

Easily the greatest dynasty of all-time, Bill Russell's Boston Celtics won 11 championships in 13 years, including eight straight from 1959 to 1966. Six of their eleven titles came at the expense of the Lakers, in addition to one Finals win for their arch-rivals when they were still based in a town with lakes.

Their most dominant season during their 8 championship run was probably 1964-65 when they boasted a 62-18 record during the regular season before beating the Lakers 4-1 in the Finals. This was at the late-prime stage of Bill Russell's career, and he was beginning to let go of his role as a tertiary scorer to focus all of his energy on his GOAT-calibre defence.

The likes of Bob Cousy, Frank Ramsey and Tommy Heinsohn were the reason the Celtics were a good offensive team, but without Russell, they wouldn't have had a single championship in those years.

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