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Power Ranking the 9 Worst NBA Championship Teams
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Tim Duncan and Tony Parker celebrate their 2007 Finals win.

"Worst Champion,"—it's like "Jumbo-Shrimp"—it's a phrase that almost makes no sense when you first read it. 

How can you be the "best" without being "the best?" 

With 69 NBA Champions in the record books, they can't all be equal. Surely there were better teams and worse teams included in the long history of the NBA. Some teams probably dominated their opponents for an easy title win. Others may have struggled and ultimately just eked out the victory. 

What about the competition? If a great team beats another great team, then that's impressive. What about a great team beating an opponent that wasn't that great? What if key players were injured? There really are a lot of factors when one thinks about it. 

Like any major professional sports league, the NBA has changed a lot over the years. For the purposes of this discussion, the list includes the champs from the post ABA-NBA merger, which took place on June 17, 1976. That makes the 1976-1977 season the starting point. That means that nine of the 35 Champions from June of 1977 on will be included in this slideshow.

All of them are ultimately great teams, but these nine might just be a shade below some of their peers.  

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