Ranking Each Decade of NBA Basketball, from the 1960s to Today

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Ranking Each Decade of NBA Basketball, from the 1960s to Today
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Throughout NBA history, we've experienced the purity of the 1960s, the creativity and growth of the '70s, the sheer competitive nature of the '80s, the on-court brilliance of the '90s, the raw athleticism of the '00s and the yet-to-be-determined, but certainly impressive, legacy of our current decade.

They all bring different elements to the table, but which one is the best of all time?  

In order to put each of the six decades into their proper order, we've asked six writers to make a case for their favorite era, and we've also asked B/R's NBA writers and editors to rank them from best to worst in six different categories: entertainment value, competitive balance, athleticism, overall quality of play and star power. 

Forty-five writers and editors participated in this voting, with an average age of 26.1. 

Each category was weighted evenly, and the overall rankings were determined by the decades' standings in these six criteria. Receiving a 6.00 in a category was the best possible result, as that would indicate that each of the 45 NBA writers polled gave that decade the top spot. Conversely, a 1.00 in a category means that all 45 writers voted that decade last. 

The scores for each category were summed to produce the overall ranking, with 30 being a perfect score. 

You'll see our opinions here, but which decade was the greatest in your eyes, and why?

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