The Top 7 NBA Super Teams of All Time

The Top 7 NBA Super Teams of All Time

BRENNEN CREER


What technically classifies an NBA Super Team? 

The NBA Super Team: noun \ an unnatural phenomenon when multiple future hall of fame/all-star players join forces in an attempt to win a championship\

This occurrence often takes place when the dominance of opposing teams pose such a great threat to the egos and legacies of other players that the only solution becomes the formation of yet another NBA super team. 

After the 2017 NBA Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James stated in an interview, "I don't believe I've played for a super team, I don't believe in that."

Wait a second, LeBron James is saying he's never played for a NBA Super Team? That just makes him sound crazy. You cannot tell me that when LeBron took his talents to south beach and joined forces with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh - that wasn't a super team?

Come on LeBron.

I'm not the only one who thinks that LeBron sounded a little funny saying he's never played for a NBA Super Team.  

During the Golden State Warrior's parade following their victory in the 2017 NBA Finals, Green stole the show with the mike while taking a shot at LeBron.

In front of the entire loyal Warriors crowd Green stated, “Super team this, super team that. ‘I never played on a super team.’ You started the super team, bro! I ain’t joining a super team. Hey Slim (Kevin Durant), I don’t know what you just did, but you did something to those boys. We appreciate you joining the super team. ‘I never played on a super team.’ That’s crazy."

There's 2 things we need to clarify:

  1. LeBron was in fact wrong. He has played for a NBA Super Team - 2 of them to be exact. 
  2. Draymond was also in fact wrong, LeBron James did not start the NBA Super Team - and that is why we have complied this list.

Take a look at the Top 7 NBA Super Teams of All Time.

(The players stats for each team are referring to their awards and accolades at the time they formed the super team.)

 

7.   2012-2013 Los Angeles Lakers

After winning 2 NBA titles in 2009 & 2010, Kobe and Pau joined forces with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. Although Nash was on the decline, he was still a 2-time NBA MVP.  Dwight Howard also looked promising as he was flourishing in Orlando coming off of 3 NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards. Adding a veteran 2-time MVP in Nash and a dominant big man in his prime - the Lakers looked very hopeful but in the end did not meet expectations due to lack of chemistry.

Kobe Bryant: 5x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, NBA MVP, 14x All-Star, 2x Scoring Champ, 11x All-NBA First Team, 2x All-NBA Second Team, 2x All-NBA Third Team, 9x NBA All-Defensive First Team, 3x NBA All-Defensive Second Time, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, 4x All-Star Game MVP

Dwight Howard: 6x All-Star, 5x All-NBA First Team, 3x NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 4x NBA Rebounding Leader, 2x NBA Blocks Leader, 4x NBA All-Defensive First Team, Olympic Gold Medalist

Steve Nash: 2x NBA MVP, 8x NBA All-Star, 3x All-NBA First Team, 2x All-NBA Second Team, 2x All-NBA Third Team, 5x NBA Assists Leader, 4x 50-40-90 club, 2x NBA Skills Challenge Champ

Pau Gasol: 2x NBA Champion, 4x NBA All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, 2x All-NBA Third Team, World Cup Gold Medalist

Metta World Peace: NBA Champion, NBA All-Star, All-NBA Third Team, NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 2x NBA All-Defensive First Team, 2x NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Super Team Result:   Lost in the first round of the playoffs.

6.   1996-1997 Houston Rockets

After Hakeem and Clyde won NBA Titles together, they joined forces with All-Star forward Charles Barkley. They started off the year with a 21-2 record but the early success did not translate into playoff success. After Hakeem, Clyde and Charles left the Houston Rockets; the team did not reach the western conference finals again until 2015.

Hakeem Olajuwon: 2x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, NBA MVP, 11x All-Star, 5x All-NBA First Team, 3x All-NBA Second Team, 2x All-NBA Third Team, 2x NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 5x NBA All-Defensive First Team, 3x NBA All-Defensive Second Time, Olympic Gold Medalist, 2x NBA Rebounding Leader, 2x NBA Blocks Leader

Charles Barkley: NBA MVP, 10x All-Star, 5x All-NBA First Team, 5x All-NBA Second Team , All-NBA Third Team, NBA Rebounding Leader, All-Star Game MVP

Clyde Drexler: NBA Champion, 9x NBA All-Star, All-NBA First Team, 2x All-NBA Second Team, 2x All-NBA Third Team, Olympic Gold Medalist

Super Team Result: Lost in the Western Conference Finals

5.   2003-2004 Los Angels Lakers

Kobe and Shaq were a dominant force together as everyone remembers. They won 3 NBA Titles in a row from 1999-2002. The following year they had a disappointing end to their dynasty with a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. In an attempt to regain their throne, the Lakers added two future hall of famers in Gary Payton and Karl Malone. With the addition of these two players, the Lakers made it back to the NBA Finals in their first attempt but fell short to the Detroit Pistons in 5 games.

Kobe Bryant:  3x NBA Champion, 4x All-Star, All-NBA First Team, 2x All-NBA Second Team, All-NBA Third Team, NBA All-Defensive First Team, 2x NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Shaquille O'Neal:  3x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, NBA MVP, 9x All-Star, 4x All-NBA First Team, 2x All-NBA Second Team, 3x All-NBA Third Team, 2x NBA All-Defensive Team, NBA Rookie of the Year, 2x NBA Scoring Champ, All-Star Game MVP, Olympic Gold Medalist

Karl Malone:  2x NBA MVP, 11x NBA All-Star, 2x All-Star Game MVP, 11x All-NBA First Team, 2x All-NBA Second Team, All-NBA Third Team, 3x NBA All-Defensive First Team, NBA All-Defensive Second Team, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist

Gary Payton:  9x NBA All-Star, 2x All-NBA First Team, 5x All-NBA Second Team, NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 9x NBA All-Defensive First Team, NBA Steals Leader, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist

Super Team Result:   Lost in the NBA Finals

4.   2015-2016 Cleveland Cavaliers

Following his two championships in Miami, LeBron James returned to Cleveland in order to bring a title back to his home state. LeBron joined forces with up-and-coming star Kyrie Irving, as well as All-Star forward Kevin Love. The Cavs avenged their NBA Finals loss the previous year and became the NBA Champs - bringing Cleveland their first NBA Title. 

LeBron James:  2x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 4x NBA MVP, 11x All-Star, 2x All-Star Game MVP, 9x All-NBA First Team, 2x All-NBA Second Team, 5x NBA All-Defensive First Team, NBA All-Defensive Second Team, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA Scoring Champ, AP Athlete of the Year, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist

Kyrie Irving:  3x NBA All-Star, NBA All-Star Game MVP, All-NBA Third Team, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Rookie First Team, NBA Rising Stars Challenge MVP, NBA Three-Point Shootout Champ, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, Olympic Gold Medalist

Kevin Love:  3x NBA All-Star, 2x All-NBA Second Team, NBA Most Improved Player, NBA All-Rookie Second Team, NBA Three-Point Shootout Champion, NBA Rebounding Leader, Olympic Gold Medalist

Super Team Result:   Won the NBA Finals - 2016

3.   2007-2008 Boston Celtics

In the 2007 off-season the Boston Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, both of whom were All-Stars. These two joined forces with Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo to create "The Big 4."  The combination of these 4 led to the best single season turnaround in NBA history, as well as a 66-16 regular season record. They also reached the NBA Finals twice in 4 years.

Kevin Garnett:  NBA MVP, 10x All-Star, NBA All-Star Game MVP, 3x All-NBA First Team, 3x All-NBA Second Team, 2x All-NBA Third Team, 6x NBA All-Defensive First Team, 2x NBA All-Defensive Second Team, NBA All-Rookie Second Team, 4x NBA Rebounding Champ, Olympic Gold Medalist

Paul Pierce:  5x All-Star, 3x All-NBA First Team, NBA All-Rookie First Team, 2x All-NBA Third Team

Ray Allen:  7x NBA All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, All-NBA Third Team, NBA All-Rookie Second Team, NBA Sportsmanship Award, NBA Three-Point Shootout Champ, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, Olympic Gold Medalist

Rajon Rondo:  NBA All-Rookie Second Team

Super Team Result:   Won the NBA Finals

2.   2010-2014  Miami Heat

With the acquisition of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, the expectations were extremely high for Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat. In the 4 years that these 4 teamed up, the Heat made it to the NBA Finals each year. They lost their first bout to the Dallas Mavs, followed by winning 2 consecutive NBA Titles. Their last year together they were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs. This loss resulted in LeBron James returning to Cleveland the following year, and the end of the 'Big 3' era in Miami. 

LeBron James:  2x NBA MVP, 6x All-Star, 2x All-Star Game MVP, 4x All-NBA First Team, 2x All-NBA Second Team, 2x NBA All-Defensive First Team, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA Scoring Champ, AP Athlete of the Year, USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, Olympic Gold Medalist

Dwayne Wade:  NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP, 6x NBA All-Star, NBA All-Star Game MVP, 2x All-NBA First Team, 2x All-NBA Second Team, All-NBA Third Team, 3x All-Defensive Second Team, NBA All-Rookie First Team, NBA Scoring Champ, 2x NBA Skills Challenge Champ MVP, Olympic Gold Medalist

Chris Bosh:  5x NBA All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, NBA All-Rookie First Team, Olympic Gold Medalist

Super Team Result:   Won 2 NBA Finals in 4 Years

1.   2016-2017  Golden State Warriors

In 2016 the Golden State Warriors broke the regular season win with 73 wins. However, after losing to LeBron James and the Cavs in the Finals, they decided they needed to improve their 73-win roster by adding one of the best players in the world - Kevin Durant. Needless to say the Warriors became NBA Champions again as the Warriors stormed to a nearly undefeated 2017 Playoff run while defeating the Cavs in 5 games during the Finals. Some say this Warriors squad is already the most stacked team in NBA History.

Steph Curry:  NBA Champion, 2x NBA MVP, 3x All-Star, 2x All-NBA First Team, All-NBA Second Team, NBA Scoring Champ, NBA Steals Leader, NBA All-Rookie First Team, AP Athlete of the Year

Kevin Durant:  NBA MVP, 7x All-Star, NBA All-Star Game MVP, 5x All-NBA First Team, All-NBA Second Team, 4x NBA Scoring Champ, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA Rookie Challenge MVP, FIBA World Championship MVP, 2x USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist

Klay Thompson:  NBA Champion, 2x NBA All-Star, 2x All-NBA Third Team, NBA Three-Point Contest Champion, NBA All-Rookie First Team, Olympic Gold Medalist

Draymond Green:  NBA Champion, NBA All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, 2x NBA All-Defensive First Team, Olympic Gold Medalist

Super Team Result:   Won the NBA Finals & Only Lost 1 Game the Entire NBA Playoffs

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