2. 2010s – Golden State Warriors
Finally, we have arrived at the Golden State Warriors. This team is unlike any other on the list in that they consistently grew stronger each year until suddenly, they fell apart all at once.
It all began when the trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green broke out. Curry won the MVP in the 2015 NBA season while Klay became a premiere shooter and Green blossomed into the defensive playmaker we know today.
After winning the championship in 2015, the Dubs responded with the greatest regular season in league history, going 73-9 in the following year. Behind the first-ever unanimous MVP campaign from Curry, the Dubs fell one game short of repeating as champions.
What did they do after this loss? Well, they added Kevin Durant and became the greatest team of all-time. There is no doubt in my mind that the 2017 Warriors would beat any team on this list. With the combined star power of Durant, Curry, Thompson and Green at their peaks, the Dubs went 16-1 in the playoffs and coasted to a championship.
Accolades on the 2017 Dubs roster:
- 17 All-Star Games
- 15 All-NBA teams
- 3 MVP Awards
- 5 Scoring titles
- 1 Defensive Player of the Year
They continued by winning the 2018 title in a sweep over the Cleveland Cavaliers, then reached their fifth consecutive NBA Finals in 2019. Had it not been for a miraculous amount of injuries, the Dubs may have completed the three-peat.
While the Dubs may have split up for different reasons than the Shaq and Kobe Lakers, their dynasty may have come to just of an abrupt end. Injuries to Thompson and the loss of many key players cut their run short. Still, they rank second on our list.