The NBA usually has a typical set of teams that are in the upper echelon of the league each and every year. In fact, it is not unusual for the same franchise to win back-to-back championships and sometimes even back-to-back-to-back championships. Winning is often times predictable in the NBA, but how would these championship teams compare to one another if we juxtaposed them next to the each other? More specifically, what are some of the best championship teams in the past 20 years? This may even include the same franchise from different years.
For example, the Chicago Bulls won a three-peat two different times for a total of 6 championships, but which of the Chicago Bulls teams were the best and in what pecking order?
Or to take another example, Robert Horry played for three different championship teams. He played for the ’94 and ’95 Houston Rockets championship teams, the ’00, ’01, and ’02 Los Angeles Lakers championship team and the ’05 and ’07 San Antonio Spurs championship team. In total, Big Shot Bob has tallied 7 championships on 3 different teams. It is no wonder that one of the most frequent questions that Horry gets asked is, what was the best team he has ever played for? By all accounts, all 7 of those teams were the best that particular year, but how would these championship teams compare against one another?
Robert Horry has often said that Hakeem Olajuwon was the best player that he has ever played with and he has also said that his game winning shot to beat the Sacramento Kings was the most clutch shot that he has ever hit, but what was the best team that Robert Horry has ever played for?
In light of that question, what are the Top-10 best championship teams over the past 20 years (from 1994-2013) and how do they compare against one another?
10 ’94-’95 Houston Rockets
9 ’11-’12 Miami Heat
8 ’98-’99 San Antonio Spurs
7 ’99-’00 Los Angeles Lakers
6 ’02-’03 San Antonio Spurs
5 ’97-’98 Chicago Bulls
4 ’01–‘02 Los Angeles Lakers
3 ’00–‘01 Los Angeles Lakers
2 ’96-’97 Chicago Bulls
1 ’95-‘96 Chicago Bulls
Quite possibly the best team ever assembled, the Chicago Bulls finished the regular season with a 72-10 record, which is still the best of all-time. Jordan now had a year under his belt after returning to the NBA and he may have had the biggest chip, in the history of chips, on his broad shoulders. Jordan was mad. He was angry. And he was going to assassinate anyone that got in his path to another NBA Championship. During Jordan’s sabbatical, Scottie Pippen also developed into a better leader, and the acquisition of Dennis Rodman, along with the development of 6th Man of the Year – Tony Kukoc – made this team incredibly deep on offense and defense. In fact, Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman all made the All-Defensive First Team, which is the first time that three players on the same team ever made together. This Chicago Bulls team was not only the best in the past 20 years, but may be the best of all-time.
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