The Golden State Warriors made multiple appearances on The Athletics list of the top 25 most dominant NBA teams of all-time.
There has never been a better time to debate basketball. With the NBA approaching three months since it’s last game took place, fans are beginning to grasp for any discussion they can manifest. Most recently, Sam Amick of The Athletic sparked a conversation with his list of the top 25 most dominant NBA teams of all-time, which included the Golden State Warriors in second place.
Since The Athletic is covered by a paywall, we won’t reveal Amick’s full criteria when ranking each team. If you want to see the full list in all of its glory, I strongly encourage you to subscribe. For now, we will focus on a few of the rankings and delve slightly into detail.
One thing that should be noted is that only teams that won the championship qualified for this ranking. That means the record-breaking 2015-16 Warriors were not included in the list. However, the 2016-17 Dubs earned the second-highest position on the list, falling behind only the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
This seems fair. While the 2017 Warriors were at the league’s pinnacle in terms of star power with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all at the height of their talents, it’s hard to argue against the triumphant season the 96 Bulls had.
As ‘The Last Dance’ showed us across the last few weeks, Michael Jordan was something special. After an underwhelming return to the NBA in 1994-95, Jordan knew he had to set the league ablaze in order to prove himself once again. He won the MVP award this season while averaging 30.4 points per game.
Alongside a heavy supporting cast of Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, Jordan and the Bulls rattled off 72 regular-season wins on their way to a 15-3 record in the playoffs and their fourth championship in six years.
As for the Dubs, they finished with 67 wins and only lost one game en route to a title over the Cleveland Cavaliers. They were the definition of dominance, overwhelming each opponent with their offensive onslaught and versatile defense. They won all but four games of the playoffs by double digits as Durant sped to the Finals MVP Award with averages of 35.2 points on 55.6 percent shooting.
The Warriors franchise made another appearance on this list. Their 2014-15 championship run placed 14th, just ahead of the Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant 2001 Los Angeles Lakers. The 2015 season marked Curry’s first MVP season and was punctuated by a 16-5 run to the trophy.
This puts Curry, Thompson and Green in a unique company as one of the only trios to be placed twice on this list. Soon, we will see if the Dubs are capable of rebuilding their dynasty from the ground up and returning to the list of all-time greats.