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The National Basketball Association or NBA was founded in 1946. Since then, it has established itself as one of the most important sports leagues in America, especially in the United States and Canada, where sports enthusiasts follow and play basketball in school, college and professional levels to a large extent. These teams have the Greatest NBA players of all time.

In fact, basketball has acted as social glue in the American society, and been the foundation of sportsman spirit, equality, fair play, etc. among them. Over a period of more than half a century, the NBA has seen the participation of some of the top players, who represent various teams. Let us take a look at the Top 10 Teams in NBA History.

Top 10 Teams in NBA History

Boston Celtics (1985–86)

NBA franchise Boston Celtics achieved 67–15 record with a winning average of .817 in the 1985–86 season of the National Basketball Association, and is inducted in the top place in our list of top 10 teams in NBA history. The squad members of the team in 1985–86 NBA season were Danny Ainge, Larry Bird, Rick Carlisle, Dennis Johnson, Greg Kite, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Jerry Sichting, David Thirdkill, Sam Vincent, Bill Walton, Scott Wedman and Sly Williams. Five members of that season’s Boston Celtics team, McHale, Bird, Parish, Walton, and Johnson, were inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. 4 players, McHale, Bird, Parish, and Walton were also listed among the 50 Greatest Players in the All-Time list of the NBA. Boston Celtics were managed by Coach K. C. Jones in the 1985–86 NBA Season.

Los Angeles Lakers (1971–72)

NBA franchise Los Angeles Lakers achieved 69–13 record with a winning average of .841 in the 1971–72 season of the National Basketball Association, and is inducted in the second place in our list of top 10 teams in NBA history. The squad members of the team in 1971–72 NBA season were Wilt Chamberlain, Jim Cleamons, LeRoy Ellis, Keith Erickson, Gail Goodrich, Happy Hairston, Jim McMillian, Pat Riley, Flynn Robinson, John Trapp and Jerry West. Four members of that season’s Los Angeles Lakers team, Goodrich, West, Chamberlain, and Baylor, were inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. 3 players, West, Chamberlain, and Baylor, were also listed among the 50 Greatest Players in the All-Time list of the NBA. Los Angeles Lakers was managed by Coach Bill Sharman in the 1971–72 NBA Season.

Boston Celtics (1964–65)

NBA franchise Boston Celtics achieved 62–18 record with a winning average of .775 in the 1964–65 season of the National Basketball Association, and is inducted in the third place in our list of top 10 teams in NBA history. The squad members of the team in 1964–65 NBA season were Ron Bonham, Mel Counts, John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn, K. C. Jones, Sam Jones, Willie Naulls, Bevo Nordmann, Bill Russell, Tom Sanders, Larry Siegfried, John Thompson and Gerry Ward. Five members of that season’s Boston Celtics team, K. Jones, S. Jones, Heinsohn, Russell, and Havlicek, were inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. 3 players, S. Jones, Russell, and Havlicek, were also listed among the 50 Greatest Players in the All-Time list of the NBA. Boston Celtics were managed by Coach Red Auerbach in the 1964–65 NBA Season.

Los Angeles Lakers (1986–87)

NBA franchise Los Angeles Lakers achieved 65–17 record with a winning average of .793 in the 1986–87 season of the National Basketball Association, and is inducted in the fourth place in our list of top 10 teams in NBA history. The squad members of the team in 1986–87 NBA season were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Adrian Branch, Frank Brickowski, Michael Cooper, A. C. Green, Magic Johnson, Wes Matthews, Kurt Rambis, Mike Smrek, Byron Scott, Billy Thompson, Mychal Thompson and James Worthy. Three members of that season’s Los Angeles Lakers team, Johnson, Worthy, and Abdul-Jabbar, were inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. 3 players, Johnson, Worthy and Abdul-Jabbar, were also listed among the 50 Greatest Players in the All-Time list of the NBA. Los Angeles Lakers was managed by Coach Pat Riley in the 1986–87 NBA Season.

Philadelphia 76ers (1966–67)

NBA franchise Philadelphia 76ers achieved 68–13 record with a winning average of .840 in the 1966–67 season of the National Basketball Association, and is inducted in the fifth place in our list of top 10 teams in NBA history. The squad members of the team in 1966–67 NBA season were Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Costello, Billy Cunningham, Dave Gambee, Hal Greer, Matt Guokas, Luke Jackson, Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni, Chet Walker and Bob Weiss. Four members of that season’s Philadelphia 76ers team, Greer, Chamberlain, Cunningham, and Walker, were inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. 3 players, Greer, Chamberlain, and Cunningham, were also listed among the 50 Greatest Players in the All-Time list of the NBA. Philadelphia 76ers was managed by Coach Alex Hannum in the 1966–67 NBA Season.

New York Knicks (1969–70)

NBA franchise New York Knicks achieved 60–22 record with a winning average of .732 in the 1969–70 season of the National Basketball Association, and is inducted in the sixth place in our list of top 10 teams in NBA history. The squad members of the team in 1969–70 NBA season were Dick Barnett, Nate Bowman, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Walt Frazier, Bill Hosket, Don May, Willis Reed, Mike Riordan, Cazzie Russell, Dave Stallworth and John Warren. Four members of that season’s New York Knicks team, Frazier, Bradley, DeBusschere, and Reed, were inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. 3 players, Frazier, DeBusschere, and Reed, were also listed among the 50 Greatest Players in the All-Time list of NBA. New York Knicks was managed by Coach Red Holzman in the 1969–70 NBA Season.

Chicago Bulls (1995–96)

NBA franchise Chicago Bulls achieved 72–10 record with a winning average of .878 in the 1995–96 season of the National Basketball Association, and is inducted in the seventh place in our list of top 10 teams in NBA history. The squad members of the team in 1995–96 NBA season were Randy Brown, Jud Buechler, Jason Caffey, James Edwards, Jack Haley, Ron Harper, Michael Jordan, Steve Kerr, Luc Longley, Toni Kukoč, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, John Salley, Dickey Simpkins and Bill Wennington. Three members of that season’s Chicago Bulls team, Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman, were inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. 2 players, Jordan and Pippen, were also listed among the 50 Greatest Players in the All-Time list of the NBA. Chicago Bulls was managed by Coach Phil Jackson in the 1995–96 NBA Season.

Chicago Bulls (1991–92)

NBA franchise Chicago Bulls achieved 67–15 record with a winning average of .817 in the 1991–92 season of the National Basketball Association, and is inducted in the eighth place in our list of top 10 teams in NBA history. The squad members of the team in 1991–92 NBA season were B. J. Armstrong, Bill Cartwright, Horace Grant, Bob Hansen, Craig Hodges, Dennis Hopson, Michael Jordan, Stacey King, Cliff Levingston, Chuck Nevitt, John Paxson, Will Perdue, Scottie Pippen, Mark Randall, Rory Sparrow and Scott Williams. Two members of that season’s Chicago Bulls team, Jordan, and Pippen were inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. 2 players, Jordan and Pippen, were also listed among the 50 Greatest Players in the All-Time list of NBA. Chicago Bulls was managed by Coach Phil Jackson in the 1991–92 NBA Season.

Philadelphia 76ers (1982–83)

NBA franchise Philadelphia 76ers achieved 65–17 record with a winning average of .793 in the 1982–83 season of the National Basketball Association, and is inducted in the ninth place in our list of top 10 teams in NBA history. The squad members of the team in 1982–83 NBA season were J. J. Anderson, Maurice Cheeks, Earl Cureton, Franklin Edwards, Julius Erving, Marc Iavaroni, Clemon Johnson, Reggie Johnson, Bobby Jones, Moses Malone, Mark McNamara, Clint Richardson, Russ Schoene and Andrew Toney. Two members of that season’s Philadelphia 76ers team, Erving, and Malone, were inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. 2 players, Erving and Malone, were also listed among the 50 Greatest Players in the All-Time list of the NBA. Philadelphia 76ers was managed by Coach Billy Cunningham in the 1982–83 NBA Season.

Detroit Pistons (1988–89)

NBA franchise Detroit Pistons achieved 63–19 record with a winning average of .768 in the 1988–89 season of the National Basketball Association, and is inducted in the tenth place in our list of top 10 teams in NBA history. The squad members of the team in 1988–89 NBA season were Mark Aguirre, Adrian Dantley, Darryl Dawkins, Fennis Dembo, Joe Dumars, James Edwards, Steve Harris, Vinnie Johnson, Bill Laimbeer, John Long, Rick Mahorn, Pace Mannion, Dennis Rodman, Jim Rowinski, John Salley, Isiah Thomas and Micheal Williams. Four members of that season’s Detroit Pistons team, Thomas, Dumars, Dantley, and Rodman, were inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame. Thomas was also listed among the 50 Greatest Players in the All-Time list of the NBA. Detroit Pistons was managed by Coach Chuck Daly in the 1988–89 NBA Season.

Today, when the NBA is one of the greatest brands in the world of sports, each of the NBA teams has become a franchise. The young players consider it a privilege to be associated with these teams, while the patrons of basketball owe great allegiance to the teams and support them wholeheartedly at every match.

So these were the top 10 teams in NBA history. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments down below.

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