Top ten NBA champions this decade.
Of all the great teams we have seen this decade, only ten have been able to win an NBA championship. How do those teams rank amongst each other? I ranked this decade's title-winning teams.
10. 2010 Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers won the 2010 title to capture their 16th championship in franchise history. The gap between the first three teams on this list is minimal, and this Lakers squad could have been ranked slightly higher. Kobe Bryant being past his prime in 2010 and his team needing 7 games to beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA finals are why the Lakers are ranked tenth.
9. 2019 Toronto Raptors
The Raptors won the 2019 title to capture their first title in franchise history. The reason why they aren’t ranked higher is that Kawhi Leonard was the team's only true star and they benefited from Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson being injured in the NBA finals.
8. 2011 Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks defeated the two-time defending champion Lakers, an extremely young and talented Thunder team, and the heavily favored Miami Heat on their way to the franchise’s first championship. The reason why they aren’t ranked higher on this list is that their only star player was an aging Dirk Nowitzki.
7. 2015 Golden State Warriors
Golden State shocked the league by winning a league-best 67 games and capturing the NBA title. However, we must acknowledge that this was before Stephen Curry reached his peak and the Warriors needed six games to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals, who were a one-man show because of the injuries to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
6. 2014 San Antonio Spurs
The 2014 Spurs won a league-best 62 games and obliterated the Miami Heat in the NBA finals. This team would be ranked higher if they had a superstar player and if it didn’t take them seven games to defeat the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks.
5. 2012 Miami Heat
The Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games to win the 2012 NBA championship. At the time, Lebron was the best player in the world, Dwyane Wade was one of the best players in the league, and Chris Bosh was an all-star. This team headlined by that amazing big three would have been ranked higher if it didn’t take them seven games to beat an aging Celtics team in the Eastern Conference Finals.
4. 2013 Miami Heat
The 2013 Miami Heat had a 27 game winning streak, the third-longest in NBA history, and ended up winning the title. They would be ranked higher if they weren’t pushed to seven games by both the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs.
3. 2018 Golden State Warriors
Any team with Steph Curry and Kevin Durant is extremely tough to defeat. The reason why they aren’t ranked higher on this list is that they were down 3-2 to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals before Chris Paul’s injury.
2. 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers
After winning 57 regular-season games, the 2016 Cavaliers lost just two playoff games before meeting the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals. Thanks to super-hero like performances from Lebron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers were able to defeat a team that went 73-9. The 2016 Cavaliers would be ranked higher if the 2017 Warriors weren’t so good.
1. 2017 Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors became heavy favorites to win the title after signing Kevin Durant. This team had two of the three best players on the planet in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, along with two other all-stars in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The 2017 Warriors only lost one game in the playoffs and breezed to an NBA championship.