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    SLAM’s TOP 75 NBA Groups of All Time Listing: 32-22

    What makes an ideal championship workforce? And what makes one higher than the opposite? These are the questions we tackled when placing collectively our checklist of the 75 greatest NBA groups of all time checklist, which is featured in our SLAM Presents high 75 NBA Groups of All Time particular challenge.

    At this level within the checklist, we’re moving into dynasty territory. Clutch moments and high-pressure conditions have been the norm for these squads, a lot of whom gained a number of championships over a 3 to 5 yr interval. Totally different.

    From iconic three-peats to historic dubs, right here’s our picks for No. 32-22:

    32. 2004-05 San Antonio Spurs

    Coach: Gregg Popovich

    Document: 59-23

    Roster: Brent Barry, Bruce Bowen, Devin Brown, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Dion Glover, Robert Horry, Linton Johnson, Sean Marks, Tony Massenburg, Nazr Mohammed, Rasho Nesterovic, Tony Parker, Glenn Robinson, Malik Rose, Beno Udrih, Mike Wilks

    The Spurs and Pistons got here into the season having break up the earlier two NBA championships, and each upset higher-seeded opponents (the Suns and Warmth, respectively) within the Convention Finals that spring. That arrange a title bout that made up for a relative lack of star energy with heavyweight depth and dominant D. 5 of seven Finals video games ended with the shedding workforce not breaking 80 factors. The collection ended with Tim Duncan securing his third ring.

    31. 1963-64 Boston Celtics

    Coach: Pink Auerbach

    Document: 59-21

    Roster: John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn, KC Jones, Sam Jones, Jim Loscutoff, Clyde Lovellette, Johnny McCarthy, Willie Naulls, Frank Ramsey, Invoice Russell, Tom Sanders, Larry Siegfried

    Yawn, one other title run, however at the least Boston acquired a brand new Finals opponent to interrupt up the monotony. The San Francisco Warriors tried to play immovable object to the Celtics’ unstoppable pressure, and in Wilt Chamberlain, the Dubs at the least had the firepower. However Boston had the stability, expertise and pedigree: John Havlicek and Sam Jones led the offense, and Invoice Russell did his traditional work, dominating defensively and on the glass to guide Boston to its seventh championship in eight tries.

    30. 1969-70 New York Knicks

    Coach: Pink Holzman

    Document: 60-22

    Roster: Dick Barnett, Nate Bowman, Invoice Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Walt Frazier, Invoice Hosket, Don Might, Willis Reed, Mike Riordan, Cazzie Russell, Dave Stallworth, John Warren

    When a brand new decade introduced an finish to the Celtics’ dominance, the Knicks asserted themselves as the category of the League. Behind MVP Willis Reed’s 21.7 ppg and 13.9 rpg and Walt Frazier’s fashionable 20.9 factors and eight.2 dimes per, New York rolled to the League’s greatest report and a Finals assembly with the Lakers. What adopted was a seven-game traditional in opposition to West, Wilt and Baylor, greatest remembered for Reed’s Sport 7 effort on a bum leg that impressed his teammates to victory.

    29. 1981-82 Los Angeles Lakers

    Coach: Paul Westhead, Pat Riley

    Document: 57-25

    Roster: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brewer, Michael Cooper, Clay Johnson, Magic Johnson,Eddie Jordan, Mitch Kupchak, Mark Landsberger, Bob McAdoo, Mike McGee, Kevin  McKenna, Norm Nixon, Kurt Rambis, Jamaal Wilkes

    Pat Riley was second alternative. When Paul Westhead was fired (at Magic Johnson’s urging) 11 video games into the ’81-82 season, Lakers proprietor Jerry Buss named Jerry West head coach. Solely West didn’t need it, so Riley—the previous participant turned broadcaster turned inexperienced assistant—acquired the gig. Duly motivated, Magic, Kareem and Jamaal Wilkes led L.A. again to the Finals, the place they bounced the Sixers in six. Showtime was in impact, and one of many best teaching careers was born.

    28. 2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers

    Coach: Phil Jackson

    Document: 58-24

    Roster: Kobe Bryant, Joe Crispin, Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Devean George, Robert Horry, Lindsey Hunter, Mark Madsen, Jelani McCoy, Stanislav Medvedenko, Shaquille O’Neal, Mike Penberthy, Mitch Richmond, Brian Shaw, Samaki Walker

    The third title of the Shaq-Kobe axis didn’t come simply. That Western Finals collection with Sacramento was brutal, and there have been those that thought the Lakers shouldn’t have gained it. However they did, after which L.A. dusted Jersey within the Finals, behind one other overpowering efficiency from O’Neal. The dynamic duo was once more great, whereas Derek Fisher supplied stability on the level, and supporting gamers like Rick Fox and Robert Horry stepped up when wanted.

    27. 2006-07 San Antonio Spurs

    Coach: Gregg Popovich

    Document: 58-24

    Roster: Brent Barry, Matt Bonner, Bruce Bowen, Jackie Butler, Tim Duncan, Francisco Elson, Melvin Ely, Michael Finley, Manu Ginobili, Robert Horry, Fabricio Oberto, Tony Parker, Beno Udrih, Jacque Vaughn, James White, Eric Williams

    These Spurs scored once they wanted to, they usually moved the ball like nobody else. However the true power of the workforce was on protection, the place San Antonio may stifle rivals, similar to it did Cleveland within the Finals sweep. Tim Duncan was a no-frills frontcourt star, with level guard Tony Parker’s creativity and Manu Ginobili’s aptitude and keenness the keys to the workforce’s success. Position gamers like Bruce Bowen and Michael Finley helped full a pure workforce.

    26. 1980-81 Boston Celtics

    Coach: Invoice Fitch

    Document: 62-20

    Roster: Tiny Archibald, Larry Hen, ML Carr, Terry Duerod, Eric Fernsten, Chris Ford, Gerald Henderson, Wayne Kreklow, Cedric Maxwell, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Rick Robey

    After Magic Johnson acquired his title in 1980, it was Larry Hen’s flip. He and the Celtics waged a year-long battle with the Sixers that culminated with a seven-game Jap Finals collection that featured three huge Boston comebacks. Kevin McHale and Robert Parish have been inside forces, whereas Tiny Archibald, Chris Ford and Cedric Maxwell patrolled the perimeter. The Rockets have been powerful within the Finals, however they weren’t powerful sufficient to cease the Celtics machine.

    25. 1989-90 Detroit Pistons

    Coach: Chuck Daly

    Document: 59-23

    Roster: Mark Aguirre, William Bedford, Joe Dumars, James Edwards, Dave Greenwood, Scott Hastings, Gerald Henderson, Vinnie Johnson, Stan Kimbrough, Invoice Laimbeer, Ralph Lewis, Dennis Rodman, John Salley, Isiah Thomas

    The Unhealthy Boys went back-to-back with the identical system that gained their first title: ferocious protection, well timed offense and a Imply Streets perspective. Isiah Thomas smiled rather a lot, however he was a killer. Joe Dumars quietly piled up the factors. Invoice Laimbeer made no pals inside. Dennis Rodman rebounded and defended like a dervish. Mark Aguirre scored in some ways. James Edwards was a pressure within the put up. And no one needed to mess with John Salley.

    24. 2008-09 Los Angeles Lakers

    Coach: Phil Jackson

    Document: 65-17

    Roster: Trevor Ariza, Shannon Brown, Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, DJ Mbenga, Chris Mihm, Adam Morrison, Lamar Odom, Josh Powell, Vladimir Radmanovic, Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, Solar Yue

    The primary of back-to-back titles was Kobe Bryant’s preliminary one as undisputed chief of the Lakers and redemption for the Mamba. A yr after shedding within the Finals to ancestral rival Boston, the Lakers piled up 65 wins—third most in franchise historical past—with Bryant main the way in which however receiving loads of assist from Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum inside. The anticipated Finals matchup with Cleveland and LeBron James didn’t occur, so L.A. whipped Orlando as an alternative.

    23. 2007-08 Boston Celtics

    Coach: Doc Rivers

    Document: 66-16

    Roster: Ray Allen, Tony Allen, PJ Brown, Sam Cassell, Glen Davis, Kevin Garnett, Eddie Home, Kendrick Perkins, Paul Pierce, Scot Pollard, James Posey, Leon Powe, Gabe Pruitt, Rajon Rondo, Brian Scalabrine

    Relying on the way you outline it, the Tremendous Staff period began in Boston in the summertime of ’07, when future Corridor of Famers Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined Paul Pierce to offer the Celtics their greatest workforce in (at the least) 20 years. Behind Pierce’s scoring, Allen’s capturing and KG’s two-way play, the Cs posted an NBA-high 66 wins and bounced LeBron and the Cavs en path to the Finals, the place they renewed their rivalry with the Lakers. Not lengthy after, they hung banner No. 17.

    22. 1992-93 Chicago Bulls

    Coach: Phil Jackson

    Document: 57-25

    Roster: BJ Armstrong, Ricky Blanton, Invoice Cartwright, Joe Courtney, Jo Jo English, Horace Grant, Michael Jordan, Stacey King, Rodney McCray, Ed Nealy, John Paxson, Will Perdue, Scottie Pippen, Trent Tucker, Darrell Walker, Corey Williams, Scott Williams

    The Lakers and Pistons had taken among the magic out of title repeats by the point the Bulls
    gained their second straight, however no workforce because the Celtics’ ’60s dynasty had gained three in a row. The Bulls felt like making historical past. The system by now was acquainted: Jordan averaged League-
    highs in factors (32.6) and steals (2.8), Scottie Pippen was a terror at each ends and Chicago made the large performs when it mattered, edging Barkley and the Suns within the Finals to seal the threepeat.

    Learn right here to search out out who made it on the remainder of the checklist, together with No. 75-66, 65-55, 54-44 and 43-33.

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