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5 Best NBA Teams from the 2010s

  • A ranking of the very best teams from this decade.
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 17:01 IST

#4 San Antonio Spurs, 2013-14

Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five
Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five

Starting lineup: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw/Tiago Splitter

Bench players: Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw/Tiago Splitter, Patty Mills, Marco Belinelli, Matt Bonner, Aron Baynes, Cory Joseph, Jeff Ayres

What made the Spurs' triumph in the Finals from this year the biggest Finals win ever by average margin of victory was the sheer level of teamwork, ball movement and commitment to getting others involved that everyone on the team displayed.

Starting from the Conference Semifinals, after they'd been given a rude wakeup call by the Mavericks in the first round that went to 7 games, the Spurs played a brand of basketball that can only be described as beautiful.

They dispatched the Grizzlies in a sweep before the Thunder briefly gave them a patch of trouble. They eventually succeeded in polishing off Kevin Durant and his supporting cast in 6 games.

As the 2-time defending champions loomed, the city of San Antonio was besieged by a spirit of revenge for the losses they suffered in 2013. It was a payback made in full and with interest, as the Heat looked like a Euroleague team pitted against real NBA opposition in the Finals at many points.

The reason this team is placed so low is because it was short on two-way players - only 4 players could legitimately be called above average on both sides of the ball.

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Published 01 Aug 2018, 21:36 IST
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