Ranking the Greatest Championship Teams in NBA Finals History

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Ranking the Greatest Championship Teams in NBA Finals History
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How many times will Michael Jordan appear on this list?

Of all the legendary teams to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy, which was the greatest in NBA Finals history?

Travel back into the distant (and not-so-distant) past of basketball history to recall the biggest names to ever play the game. Once there, you'll realize that this is one of the trickiest sorts of arguments sports has to offer.

Considering factors like a squad's single-season dominance, its historical significance and the confounding task of comparison across eras, it is virtually impossible to come to a perfect answer in this all-time debate. It's empirically crystal clear that every NBA champion was very good; greatness is more subjective.

That subjective greatness is the benchmark to enter this discussion. We will only look at truly dominant teams that came to define and transform the league around them.

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