NBA Playoffs: 3 Teams Most Likely to Produce the Next NBA 3-Peat
Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are arguably two of the most accomplished and renowned basketball players to ever step foot on an NBA court. Between the two, they not only possess six MVP awards and 11 NBA Championship rings, but they've also been apart of three NBA title three-peats.
Winning one NBA Championship is hard enough, but winning three in a row has been a rare occurrence throughout NBA history. There's no telling if the NBA will ever see another team accomplish the phenomenal feat again, but for these three teams, the three-peat is attainable.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder have already evolved into one of the more dominant teams in the NBA, despite an average age of 23.4 years in their starting lineup. With two MVP-caliber players in Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, who are each only 23 years of age, the Thunder appear to be the favorites to take the NBA title in 2012.
Because of their rare combination of youth and talent, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the ability and potential to win multiple NBA Championships in the future and have a realistic shot to become the next team to three-peat.
The Miami Heat and the "Big 3" (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) also have the capability of achieving the three-peat. In the 2011, the Heat managed a trip to the NBA Finals and in 2012, they look even better than they did a year ago.
After receiving an unwelcoming amount of criticism last year, LeBron James looks to be playing with a chip on his shoulder in 2012, which could prove to be just what the Heat need to help the "Big 3" earn their first ring together. With Steve Nash showing interest in signing with the Heat after the end of the 2012 season, the Heat could be the next team to make history and win three NBA titles in consecutive seasons.
The last time the Chicago Bulls won an NBA title, Michael Jordan was the one who led the team and took home the NBA Finals MVP award. Not only did the Bulls conclude that 1998 season with an NBA title, but it was also their third NBA title in as many years.
Fourteen years later, the Bulls have put together another formidable roster, led by NBA MVP Derrick Rose. With Rose's work ethic and proven ability to close games, the Bulls should contend for an NBA title in the 2012 playoffs.
But in order to achieve a three-peat, the Bulls will have to add another elite player this coming offseason. One notable player that will become a free agent at the end of the season is Dwight Howard. Signing a player of this caliber could possibly make the Bulls favorites to produce the next NBA three-peat.