Let’s assume the Spurs close out the Cadavers before the weekend is over to claim their 4th NBA title in 8 years. Dynasty? Absolutely. One of the all-time teams? You betcha. Now let’s get specific. Assuming they win one more game in the next week or so, where does this Spurs team rank among the all-time great NBA teams??? Here’s Wally’s stab at the ranking:
1) Auerbach’s Celtics with Russell, Cousy, et al.
2) Chicago Bulls (6 titles in 8 years)
3) Magic’s Lakers of the 80’s (5 titles)
4) SPURS (’99-’07)
5) Bird’s Celtics of the 80’s
6) Minneapolis Lakers (5 in 6 years) with George Mikan
7) Shaq/Kobe Lakers (3-peat)
8) Chamberlain/West/Baylor Lakers (set records for Finals losses)
9) Bad Boy Pistons with Laimbeer, Thomas, Dumars, et al.
10) Rockets repeat with Hakeem Olajuwan
Up front apologies if I’ve missed a fine Rochester Royals or Syracuse Nationals run, but this is what immediately came to my mind. To refresh your memory, go to: http://www.nba.com/history/finals/champions.html.
San Antonio could very well pressure Magic’s Lakers for the #3 spot over the next couple of years if they manage to win one or two more. Duncan is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and Parker and Ginobili will probably get strong consideration before their careers are over. Naysayers are belittling their performance because the Cadavers haven’t mounted much of a fight, but don’t forget what an achievement it was for the Spurs to win the West when everyone expected Phoenix or Dallas to run away with it. This team plays great TEAM ball and often the heroics from game to game come from the likes of Bowen, Horry, Berry, Oberto, and Finlay. This is one of the best defensive teams ever!!! Bill Russell would be proud.
Let us know if you beg to differ on the Spurs or Wally’s overall rankings of the all-time NBA teams.