By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on May 15, 2014
The San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference Finals once again with a victory on Wednesday night. We’ve been waiting on their decline for years now and it just hasn’t happened as they’ve continued to relish in their dynasty. Where do the Spurs rank among the greatest dynasties in NBA history?
Probably the biggest run of misfortune for the Houston Rockets in the 1990s was the fact that they were stuck in the same era as Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. However, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler did find two titles during Jordan’s baseball hiatus and were a perennial contender in that era.
It may not have been a long run from the Knicks in the early 70s, but they did capture two titles in 1970 and 1973 with Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Willis Reed running the show. More importantly, many Knicks fans still hang their hats on this run from their team given what they’ve gone through since.
When you can say that you were the kryptonite to Michael Jordan for a while, you probably were doing something right. With the Detroit Pistons in the late 80s and early 90s led by Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, the team won back-to-back titles and became one of the most iconic teams in the history of the league.
At the start of the 2000s, Shaq and Kobe Bryant were tearing through the league. They appeared in four consecutive Finals and three-peated to start that run. Their run ended abruptly due to some well-documented egotistical behavior, but they were near unstoppable while it lasted.
Five seasons resulted in five titles for the Minneapolis Lakers led by the legendary George Mikan. Not only was this team dominating the league at the time, but they also produced the first real big man in the league and the NBA’s first star.
This teams rivalry with the Lakers in the 80s is arguably the greatest thing to ever happen to the NBA and started its skyrocketing in popularity. The Celtics made it to the Finals five times with Bird leading the way, capturing three titles. Obviously the supporting cast was full of stars name McHale, Parish, and DJ also, but Bird defined this team and helped define an era for the league.
Here’s where the Spurs fall. While their four titles are impressive alone, the longevity of this team in terms of being a force in the league is just absolutely remarkable. This team has been one of the league’s best for a decade and a half, which is just absolutely insane to think about.
As I said when talking about Bird’s Celtics, the Lakers in the 80s and 90s helped elevate the NBA to new heights. The Showtime Lakers are one of the most iconic teams in history, led of course by the one of the all-time greats in Magic Johnson. Not many teams to ever play this game could have hung with this team.
The greatest basketball player of all-time led one of the greatest teams of all-time for over a decade. Two three-peats, the best regular season record in the history of the league, and a multitude of iconic moments land the Bulls here, just short of being the greatest dynasty of ever.
You could make the argument that Jordan’s Bulls would have beat Bill Russell’s Celtics, but in terms of a dynasty there is nothing coming close to a team capturing 11 NBA Championships. There were a litany of all-time greats playing for those Celtics, but Russell was the stalwart in the middle that truly led them to a pinnacle no NBA team will probably ever reach again.
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