#1 2012 MIAMI HEAT
Even with the lockout-shortened season, they were able to bring a ring home in 2012.
#2 2004 DETROIT PISTONS
The original “Bad Boys” had a difficult time taking down the giants of the NBA, but the determination leaked into the legacy of Detroit’s new breed of underdogs. They were able to get a ring in 2004.
#3 2001 LOS ANGELES LAKERS
The Lakers have always found success in basketball. However, that 2000-2001 season was legendary. Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant (RIP) proved to be an unstoppable duo in the postseason and finals. They won their 2nd title together in what became a three-peat.
#4 2007 SAN ANTONIO SPURS
The Spurs showed that they could become a formidable quiet storm. They were a great all-around team with Tim Duncan at the helm. What they did in 2006-2007 was magical.
#5 1989 DETROIT PISTONS
The Lakers and Celtics dominated this decade. However, the Pistons crept behind and built their own legacy. They swept the competition and became known as the “Bad Boys.”
#6 2008 BOSTON CELTICS
Here’s a story that shows chemistry is everything. The synergy helped the team reach a title in 2008.
#7 2009 LOS ANGELES LAKERS
While Kobe didn’t have his sidekick, Shaq. He was able to work with a great supporting cast who played their role and helped Kobe get another title for the Lake Show.
#8 1999 SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Talk about the Spurs looking in some amazing defense! The season started off a bit rocky, but they locked-in after the lockout! Their teamwork allowed the Admiral, David Robinson, to get his first ring.
#9 1992 CHICAGO BULLS
This season became legendary as the Bulls works hard in the playoffs to beat the top tier teams. Their persistence allowed them to eventually take the NBA title. Michael Jordan became the MVP the 2nd year in a row.
#10 1985 LOS ANGELES LAKERS
The Lakers dominated half of the 1980s. With players such as Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, there’s no wonder why they were able to sit on top of the world of basketball. 1985 was no different.