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Where do the Warriors rank among all the NBA dynasties? How early the team compares to the Lakers, Bulls, Celtics and more

By definition, a dynasty is a succession of rulers of the same line of descent.

In the sports world, these rulers are known as champions and this line of descent refers to the franchise crowned with that title. Typical of the NBA, the grueling road to the crown is a reminder of how hard it is to win at the highest level.

Teams that define an era by winning multiple times? Well, it’s the NBA dynasty.

By winning their fourth title in eight seasons, the Warriors reminded us that their dynasty is not ended by returning to the top of the mountain after two seasons of decline.

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Led by head coach Steve Kerr, the Golden State dynasty revolved around the trio of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Clay Thompson, who each became four-time champions. They’ve been around for a long time, but how did the Warriors win four championships compared to other NBA dynasties of yesteryear?

One note on the dynasty table: You need at least three championships to rank, which means some solid runs have been omitted:

  • No “Bad Boys” Pistons, who ended the 1980s with three straight Finals appearances and back-to-back titles.
  • No Kobe Bryant-Pau Gasol Lakers, who also reached the Finals three times in a row and won back-to-back titles.
  • No Miami Heatles, who reached the Finals four times in a row and won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.

Apologies in advance to Pistons and Heat fans, but Lakers fans should feel great as the franchise has survived many other dynastic runs.

Now let’s move on to the list…

George Mikan

8. Minneapolis Lakers (1948-1954)

NBA championships: 5

Final appearances: 5

It would be a disservice to the game if we didn’t mention George Mikan’s Lakers, who won five of the first seven championships in league history, the first of which came when the league was known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).

While in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, the Lakers won back-to-back in 1949 and 1950 and lost in the 1951 division finals before winning three straight championships from 1952 to 1954. mock at.

The Lakers have had 12 teams or fewer in four of their five championship seasons. They dominated their era, but it’s hard to reconcile their work with the teams that dominated when the league was much more developed with talent.

Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan

7. San Antonio Spurs (1998-2014)

NBA championships: 5

Final appearances: 6

The Spurs race is unique in that it spans over three decades. The dynastic aspect is something more than championships, of which there were still plenty. Some of the names have changed along the way, but it’s the two that have stayed the same: Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich.

San Antonio’s five titles in 16 seasons aren’t exactly up to par with Showtime’s five Lakers titles in a decade or the Bulls’ six titles in eight years, but the Spurs have been a threat to win everything almost every season. Western conference was just glove.

San Antonio’s run longevity features names it eliminated along the way, including Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Dirk Nowitzki, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and two different versions. LeBron James.

For the better part of nearly 20 years, the Spurs have always been a threat to win. They may not have won in a row, but longevity is something we may never see again.

Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson and Shaquille O.

6. Los Angeles Lakers (1999-2004)

NBA championships: 3

Final appearances: four

There will never be another NBA pairing like Kobe and Shaq.

To kick off the new millennium, the Lakers arrived with the third dynasty in franchise history, winning the first of three consecutive NBA titles with their unstoppable duo leading the charge.

After establishing their dominance in 2000, they went through the league again in 2001, making it to the NBA Finals before settling for a five-game streak to close the postseason 15-1 (thank you, Iverson).

There were almost no triples in 2002, but the Lakers climbed out of the West’s gloves again by defeating the Kings in the Conference Finals before taking the Finals.

In 2003 they fizzled out, and in 2004 they became legendary, but it all ended in defeat in the final and the subsequent exchange, because of which Shaq went to Miami. A series that ran for five seasons and resulted in three chips will always leave us wondering, “What if?”

Larry Bird

5. Boston Celtics (1980-87)

NBA championships: 3

Final appearances: 5

Positioning the 1980s Celtics was a little tricky.

Led by a host of legends (most notably Larry Bird), the Celtics made it to the Finals five times and won three titles in seven years, defeating the Rockets twice and the Lakers once.

The Celtics of the 1985-1986 season are one of the greatest NBA teams ever created. They finished the regular season 67-15, including 40-1 at home at Boston Garden, before dominating Michael Jordan’s Bulls, Dominic Wilkins’ Hawks and a talented Bucks team en route to the Finals.

Now about the opponents of the final. You play the one who is put in front of you, but this affects the dynastic resume.

While the 1986 Rockets were a force in their own right, the 1981 Rockets, which were beaten by the Celtics, went 40-42 in the regular season—not their strongest opponent in the Finals.

Boston got the better of Los Angeles in 1984, but lost rematches in 1985 and 1987, giving the Lakers the lead of the decade. If one of these final trips had gone differently, then things could have turned out a little differently here.

4. Golden State Warriors (2014-present)

NBA championships: four

Final appearances: 6

Part of me feels like a prisoner of the moment, but we’re watching a dynasty in real time, folks.

The Warriors have won four championships in six Finals games in eight seasons. Two seasons in which they didn’t reach the final? Injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic prevented them from reaching the NBA playoffs.

So, to put it simply, since Dynasty started in 2014, the team has been a perfect 6 out of 6 to reach the Finals when they go into the postseason.

Since entering the scene in the 2014-15 season. The Warriors have made a huge contribution to the development of the game, relying on the best offensive zone of all time in Curry and Thompson, as well as the perfect all-round player in Green. . After Duran joined the team in 2016? Cheat code.

Thanks to the Herculean efforts of LeBron’s Caves in 2016 and Kawhi Leonard’s Raptors in 2019, the Warriors aren’t perfect in the Finals, but four out of six games is good. seriousespecially when you consider that along the way they defeated eight members of the NBA 75 team.

They are not getting younger, but the dynasty continues. Let’s see if Golden State can move up the list in the future.

Bill Russell

3. Boston Celtics (1957-1969)

NBA championships: eleven

Final appearances: 12

I know I talked about the Minneapolis Lakers a few years ago, but this is a little different. Bill Russell and the Celtics won 11 championships in 12 seasons, including eight (!) in a row.

It’s hard enough to win eight games in a row, but eight championships? Come on.

Now, from 1957 to 1965, it only took two playoff rounds to win the title, but in those rounds, Boston beat greats like Paul Arizin, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, and Jerry West. , among others.

The Celtics themselves had a roster full of legends such as the aforementioned Russell, Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn and Sam Jones.

Boston not only defined this era, it was In this era, very few teams in any professional sport can say that.

Pat Riley Lakers Magic Johnson

2. Los Angeles Lakers (1979-1989)

NBA championships: 5

Final appearances: eight

The Showtime Lakers were a force.

By selecting Magic Johnson first overall in the 1979 NBA draft, the Lakers rightfully earned the title of team of the 1980s. Only two times in a decade the Lakers did not participate in the NBA Finals (1981 and 1986).

With Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Lakers won five titles in the 1980s, defeating Julius Erving and the Sixers twice, Larry Bird and the Celtics twice, and ending their streak with a win over Isaiah Thomas and the Pistons in 1988. which was the second of two titles in a row.

Magic and Kareem were at the forefront, but there were a lot of changes along the way: Pat Riley took over as head coach in 1981, and important players like James Worthy, Byron Scott and Bob McAdoo appeared along the way.

Los Angeles’ decade of dominance ended when it was ousted by Detroit in the 1989 finals.

Michael Jordan Scotty Pippen

1. Chicago Bulls (1990-98)

NBA championships: 6

Final appearances: 6

Led by the duo of Michael Jackson and Scottie Pippen, the Bulls were in a 1990s team that overcame odds for the first time by defeating the defending champion Pistons in the 1991 NBA Playoffs en route to defeating the Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals.

From there the Bulls would have three peat twicescoring a perfect 6 out of 6 in the NBA Finals in eight years.

To start their second triumph, the Bulls won 72(!) games in a season and, as documented in The Last Dance, overcame many internal strife to win the championship in 1997 and 1998.

The Bulls robbed so many worthy franchises of opportunities to win titles and were never truly dethroned, the pinnacle of an undefeated dynasty.

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