With the NBA season temporarily suspended due to the virus pandemic, fans around the globe are left to reminisce about the triumphs of their favorite teams on the court. After all, there’s nothing better to do than to relive the successes and the hard work of these basketball teams, right?
The goal of every NBA season is simple: to win the championship. Not only does this elevate the team’s overall ranking and franchise prestige, but this also gives the team and its members benefits on and off the court.
In this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at the basketball teams that are considered the greatest of the greats, many of which have garnered an impressive number of titles under their belt. Want to find out if your favorite team made the cut? Read on and find out.
The Boston Celtics are considered royalty when it comes to the NBA. Throughout their run, they have secured 17 championships with the NBA and a total of 21 finals’ appearances. As a matter of fact, they have won eight straight and 11 titles from 1957 to 1969, spanning a period of 13 years.
The Celtics’ eight consecutive streaks in the 1960s marked a glorious time for the team. Much of their success can be attributed to the Celtics players‘ dynamic ability as well as overall experience as a team, with seasoned professionals playing on the court.
Among the key figures that have helped the Celtics in the past include central figure Larry Bird a shooter for the team and Bob Cousy, who led the team to victory in their first-ever win in 1957.
Bill Russell was also a central force, winning 11 championships throughout his 13-year NBA career, alongside Sam Jones who scored over 15,000 points over a 12-year run. Robert Parish is also not to be forgotten.
Los Angeles Lakers
One of the formidable basketball teams to be reckoned with is no other than the Los Angeles Lakers. Compared to the consecutive wins of the Boston Celtics, the Lakers’ championships are more evenly spaced out, with 16 titles nabbed in 10 years’ time in three separate times.
The 16 championships by the LA Lakers come from a combination of NBA titles as well as the Basketball Association of America (BAA), making them the primary rival of the Boston Celtics.
The approach of the team is simple and straightforward: get the best players in the industry, particularly the center player. By building around the center, the Lakers bring together a strong team that works well with each other.
George Mikan was the testament to this approach, with the team soaring to fame thanks to this big man. Besides Mikan, the LA Lakers are most known for their greats: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and even James Worthy.
The games of these three giants became known as “Showtime,” thanks to the expert plays given by coach Pat Riley to Johson and the team.
Of course, not to be missed are the significant contributions of Shaquille O’Neal and the legendary Kobe Bryant, both of which secured them three consecutive wins since 1999. Later on, the addition of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard also proved to be a strategic move for the team.
Golden State Warriors
Last but certainly not least is the Golden State Warriors. One can say that these Warriors are truly golden, especially with six NBA championships to boast about. Tied with the Chicago Bulls, it appears that the GSW has been slowly improving their game, with recent successes as of late.
Having won in 2015, 2017, and 2018 championships, the Golden State Warriors was a shoo-in for the 2019 match, however, the Toronto Raptors swooped in at the very last minute. The fact remains that this team is the one to beat, with its strong defense and offense on the court.
Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson are all testaments to these moves, with each of these players easily dropping more than 25 points per game.
Besides defense, part of this team’s success is developing their core players and being given the chance to step up with the right opportunity, even for bench players.
The Bottom Line
These basketball teams have certainly come a long way from their humble beginnings. With their intense competition on the court, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for their future games.