Ranking this year's Miami Heat team among NBA's greatest winners may seem a bit overzealous, but it's difficult not to look further down the road to see where this Miami team could possibly end up among some of the top rosters ever assemled.
There are too many variables that could play in the mix when you consider all of the injuries that have taken place, including the one to Dwyane Wade's knee that kept him out of Miami's Game 4 series-clincher over Milwaukee.
Plus, they've only just wrapped up the first round. It wouldn't be fair to rank the Heat among those who have gone back-to-back when we don't even know how they fair in each of their series, yet. Most of the rankings of teams to win consecutive crowns goes into just how efficient these teams were during their title runs.
However, with so many quality opponents losing key players to injury and other teams not replicating the playing style they used to challenge Miami in the regular season, Miami appears set to become the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010 to win consecutive titles.
We'll have to give it a few weeks for this Miami team, even if their Eastern Conference competition is only looking worse and their potential Western Conference competition is in shambles because of injuries.
Still, the Heat have the potential to pull off something never seen before: a 16-0 postseason record.
For now, we take a look at the teams Miami would be in company with if they do what they were put together to do: win consecutive titles.