Where a Miami Heat Title Repeat Would Rank with All-Time Mini Dynasties
What exactly is a mini-dynasty? Well, I'm glad you asked.
A mini-dynasty is the baby step before any sports franchise reaches the nearly unobtainable level of being a full-blown dynasty.
To qualify to be considered a mini-dynasty, a team must have at least two NBA Finals appearances and won at least one within three years. There aren't many teams who have obtained this honor, but as you can guess, the Miami Heat are on the brink of reaching this achievement.
Let's assume that LeBron James and company can reach the mini-dynasty level. Where would they rank with the others? Let's find out.
5. 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 Detroit Pistons
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I like to equate the Detroit Pistons of the 2000s to the New England Patriots.
They were the team everyone hated to face, and fans loved to hate them because they were so good, even without having legitimate superstars on the roster.
With Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Ben Wallace leading the way, the Pistons became an extremely dominant force in the mid 2000s.
Not only was the Lakers vs. Pistons fire rekindled when the Pistons demolished the Lakers in the 2004 NBA Finals, the Pistons also embodied that "bad boy" mentality from the 1989-90 Pistons championship teams.
While their dominance in the NBA Finals was cut short by the San Antonio Spurs, the 2004 and 2005 Pistons were a special group to watch.
4. 2007-2008 to 2009-2010 Boston Celtics
Simply put, the best part of this mini-dynasty was that to win their first championship, they had to rekindle the Lakers vs. Celtics fire that once burned so brightly.
While the Celtics got the best of Kobe and company in 2008, the Lake Show got the best of the Celtics in 2010, and those two NBA Finals battles made this Celtics mini-dynasty an epic one.
Ever since 2008, it's seemed like the Celtics have been in contention to be a major players not only in the playoffs but also in the NBA Finals.
While this mini-dynasty might be standing on its last leg, Boston's "Three Party" in the late 2000s was a special team to watch. It's always fun watching a group of players who've never won a title get their first one together after fighting through so much adversity.
3. 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 Houston Rockets
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The Houston Rockets, led by Hakeem Olajuwon, stole the NBA championship back from the Eastern Conference after five years, and they held on to it for two straight seasons.
What makes this mini-dynasty so special was the way it began back in 1994, when Olajuwon took down the mighty Patrick Ewing in a battle of the league's best centers.
After 1994, Clyde Drexler entered the fray in Houston and helped them claim back-to-back championships before passing the Western Conference torch to Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz.
In 1995, Olajuwon set his sights on taking down the up-and-coming Shaquille O'Neal, and he did just that, proving that he was the dominant center in the NBA.
Olajuwon's dominance and his battles with two Hall of Fame centers makes the Rockets dynasty one that won't soon be forgotten.
2. 1988-1989 and 1989-1990 Detroit Pistons
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You'd be hard-pressed to find a player considered dirtier than Isiah Thomas during the pre-Golden Age of the NBA, and that's what gave the Detroit Pistons such an edge as the 1980s ended.
Not only did this Pistons mini-dynasty sweep the mighty Los Angeles Lakers in 1989, bringing their dynasty to an end, but they also took down Michael Jordan and the mighty Chicago Bulls two years in a row in the Eastern Conference finals.
Sure, this mini-dynasty was short-lived, as the Bulls swept them in 1991 and they wouldn't make another Eastern Conference finals for 12 years.
With that being said, the late 1980s were the glory days for Detroit as Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Bill Laimbeer were leading the way.
1. 2011-? Miami Heat
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Let's assume the Miami Heat win back-to-back NBA titles. That would put them in the mini-dynasty realm with the likes of the other greats on this list.
But when all is said and done, the Heat will be at the top of the mini-dynasty list, and there's one main reason why. That reason is because of the hatred and animosity that LeBron and company face day in and day out for taking their talents to South Beach.
The Heat have a massive target on their back no matter who they are going up against, and that makes their level of dominance extremely impressive.
It is now the dawn of "superteams" in the NBA.
What would make this mini-dynasty that much sweeter would be if LeBron James could face off against Kevin Durant again in the NBA Finals. Creating a legitimate rivalry wouldn't only be great for the NBA, it would be great for the Heat's newest trek toward the league's next great dynasty.