Top NBA Teams of the Decade

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Top NBA Teams of the Decade

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1. 2016-2017 Golden State Warriors: The most obvious choice for the best team of the decade, the 2016-2017 Golden State Warriors. The team was star-packed with multiple All-Stars including two-time league MVP Stephen Curry, five-time All-Star Klay Thompson, three-time All-Star Draymond Green, and arguably one of the best players of all time, Kevin Durant. The 2016-2017 Warriors went on to beat Lebron James and the Cavaliers 4-1 in the NBA Finals to finish off one of the most dominating seasons ever seen in NBA history.

2. 2012-2013 Miami Heat: The 2012-2013 Miami Heat won their second straight championship as they beat the seemingly unstoppable San Antonio Spurs 4-1 in the NBA Finals. This stacked Miami Team had Lebron James, Dwayne Wade both in their prime along with perennial All-Star Chris Bosh and a whole cast of amazing role players including one of the best shooters of all time, Ray Allen. Easily one of the most dominating teams of the decade. 

3. 2015-2016 Cleveland Cavaliers: The first NBA team ever to come back from a 3-1 lead in the NBA finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers was certainly one of the best teams of the decade. Frontline by Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, the Cavaliers did the impossible and beat the seemingly unbeatable Golden State Warriors who broke the regular season win record as they went 73-9. 

4. 2017-2018 Golden State Warriors: The entirely unfair 2017-2018 Golden State Warriors completely ran the NBA as it was their second year with Kevin Durant who was arguably the best player in the league and still had their core three members, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Most fans already crowned the Warriors champions before the year even started and they did exactly what everyone thought they would do and won back to back championships.

5. 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors: Although the 2015-2016 Warriors where on the losing end of a 3-1 comeback by Lebron James and the Cavaliers, they were still a record-breaking team as they broke the 1996 Chicago Bulls regular-season record with 73 wins and nine losses. The cornerstone of their success was Stephen Curry as he had one of the best seasons of his career and obtained his second MVP award which was the first unanimous Most Valuable Player award ever.

6. 2011-2012 Miami Heat: The first championship for Lebron James and the second for Dwayne Wade, the 2011-2012 Miami Heat finally accomplished their goal as the previous year they were upset by the Dirk Nowitzki, who lead the Dallas Mavericks. Lebron James and the Heat were utterly unstoppable as they dominated the young up and coming Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 in the NBA finals. 

7. 2014-2015 Golden State Warriors: The start of a future dynasty, the 2014-2015 Golden State Warriors was the first of three championships the Warriors will win in the next 4 years. This year Stephen Curry acquired his first MVP and he continued his domination through the playoffs. The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 in the NBA finals.

8. 2013-2014 San Antonio Spurs: The beginning of the end of the Tim Duncan era, the 2013-2014 Spurs beat the Miami Heat 4-2 in the NBA Finals as a young Kawhi Leonard obtained his first of two Finals MVPs. This team was lead by the legendary trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. As one of the most dominant dynasties in history, the Spurs are consistently one of the best teams in the league due to Gregg Popovich. He solidified himself as one of the best coaches of all time after this championship. 

9. 2011-2012 Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC was lead by the league MVP Kevin Durant and his best friends Russel Westbrook and James Harden. This OKC team lost to the Miami Heat 4-1 in the NBA finals but proved how great these young men could have been. The future of the OKC seemed very bright and could have possibly changed the NBA forever but their Six-Man James Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets.

10. 2018-2019 Toronto Raptors: After Kawhi Leonard’s amazing playoff run, the Toronto Raptors obtained their first NBA championship in franchise history. Leonard had one of the most amazing playoff runs anyone has ever seen in NBA history as he single-handedly defeated league MVP Giannis Antetenkunpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Joel Embiid lead Philadelphia Seventy Sixers.