The 5 All-Time Greatest NBA Teams

Winning a championship is the greatest and most triumphant moment for any NBA club.

In the league’s 65-year history, 65 teams have earned the distinction of being the world’s ultimate basketball champions.

Every championship-winning team, whether it was the 1965 Boston Celtics, the 1987 Los Angeles Lakers, or the 1997 Chicago Bulls, personified brilliance.

 

1. 1995-96 Chicago Bulls

Record: 72-10

That’s all there is to it. The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls are the greatest team in NBA history.

The 1995-96 NBA season was the pinnacle of the Chicago Bulls’ greatness, and really the pinnacle of greatness in general.

The Chicago Bulls underperformed in the 1994-95 season, owing in part to Michael Jordan’s absence from baseball. Jordan, on the other hand, made a stunning comeback later in the season.

However, his return did not dramatically improve the team’s fortunes, as they were defeated in the second round of the playoffs by the Orlando Magic.

As a result, there was no doubt that Jordan and the Bulls would return to Chicago with a championship in 1995-96.

 

2. 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers

Record: 65-17

The 1985-86 season for the Los Angeles Lakers was a disaster. After a 62-win regular season, they were unable to go to the NBA Finals, losing in the Western Conference finals to the Houston Rockets.

 

Worse yet, the Boston Celtics were crowned world champs.

As a result, it’s reasonable to assume that the Lakers were desperate to retake their kingdom.

The Lakers enjoyed a fantastic regular season the year before, winning 65 games. With 23.9 points per game and 12.2 assists per game, Magic Johnson led the club in scoring and assists. With an average of 19.4 points per game, James Worthy began to take on a larger role on the squad.​

 

3. 1985-86 Boston Celtics

Record: 67-15

 

Now we’ll look at the best three NBA teams of all time.

It was exceedingly tough to choose the top three, but in the end, I decided to put the 1985-86 Boston Celtics in third place since the list would be incomplete without them.

Let’s take a closer look at the Celtics’ fantastic 1985-86 season.

The Celtics had lost in the NBA Finals the previous season to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a result, Larry Bird and the squad were as fired up as ever to dethrone their despised foe.

The Celtics had a very successful regular season. Bird, who averaged 25.8 points per game, and Kevin McHale, who averaged 21.3 points per game, continued to dazzle defences with their diverse offensive repertoire.

 

4. 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers

Record: 69-13

It’s easy to see why the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers were such a terrific team when you look at their roster.

 

The Lakers were able to successfully transfer the ball to each other despite having outstanding offensive threats such as Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, and Happy Hairston.

As a result, the squad trounced opponents, winning 33 consecutive games from November to January, a record that holds to this day.

The Lakers finished the season with a league-high 69 wins and went on to win the NBA Finals against the New York Knicks.

 

5. 1988-89 Detroit Pistons

Record: 63-19

 

Because of their violent style of play, the 1988-89 Detroit Pistons are one of the most despised teams in NBA history.

The Pistons, on the other hand, were undeniably dominant—a fact that cannot be denied.

The Pistons were excellent on defence, to say the least. They were the epitome of defensive ferocity.

In the low post, Dennis Rodman, John Salley, and Bill Laimbeer offered a solid defensive presence, preventing anyone from driving to the hoop.

Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, on the other hand, were excellent perimeter defenders. In fact, Dumars was regarded as one of the few offensive players who could worry Jordan.

The Pistons also had a number of offensive threats.