Ranking the Most Surprising NBA Finals Outcomes in the Last 20 Years

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Ranking the Most Surprising NBA Finals Outcomes in the Last 20 Years
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NBA title contending teams come and go throughout the years. Some teams build a dynasty that could contend for a championship for a long time, while other teams are a one-and-done deal. In recent memory, the San Antonio Spurs is the only team that has built a dynasty from scratch decades ago and are still competing in the league today.

Although a championship is always expected for the favorites, there have been multiple times in the past decade where an underdog has reached the Finals and defeated a team that was favored to win it all.

Some teams like the early 2000s Los Angeles Lakers and today's Miami Heat are expected to dominate the league, with no chance in the world that any opponent could even touch their greatness. So, an opposing team that overthrows them would be considered an upset and surprise.

This slideshow will rank the top five most surprising title winners in the past two decades.

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