The NBA's Best Teams In The Last Decade That Never Won

francis vetterContributor IJune 30, 2009

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The last decade it seems like the NBA has had five more powerhouse teams who haven't lived up to their potential. Whether it's the trades or free agent signing every year, a number of teams go out and try to buy a ring. To this point I don't think it worked for the following teams.

The Houston Rockets, for the last five years, have a been a favorites in the West. Having talent from Yao Ming, Stevie Francis, Cuttino Mobley, Tracy McGrady, Shane Battier and Ron Artest, they still haven't been able to do anything but barely make it out of the first round.

Even then it was without the VERY OVERRATED Tracy McGrady. Yao never had a coach or a steady line-up to give him a consistent team effort. Their window is closed.

The Dallas Mavericks have the most over-bearing owner in history of sports. Mark Cuban makes foolish trades, treats refs poorly, and calls out players and coaches on other teams.

He has tried everything to buy a championship, but he just was smart enough to a build a team. He let go of a future All-Star Devon Harris for a past his prime Jason Kidd.

Dirk wasted his prime and talent in a city that will never win as long has Cuban tries to Jerry Jones his way to wins and rings.

Their best years and chance was to Let Finley, Nash, and Dirk grow together over the course the past ten years and add talent to that core. The Mavericks' window is closed.

The Phoenix Suns probably have had the most fluent and potent offense the game has seen in a long time. For the past few years, they've had consistent scorers as well as one of the best point guards in this era in Steve Nash. Year after year, they finished at the top of the West, have the highest scoring offense, and basically an all-star team on the court every night.

However, because their organization was ran into the ground they wasted their opportunity to win, and were forced to live with first and second round playoff exits.

They're now in the process of losing Amar'e Stoudemire; an opposing threat wherever he goes. They gave Shaquille O'Neal away for nothing, not only that, but they traded Shaun Marion to get O'Neal.

Now the Suns are right back where they started five years ago in terms of progress. WINDOWS SLAMMED CLOSE

The New Jersey Nets had a solid Core for years. They sent Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson, Kenyon Martin, and a young Jason Kidd on the court every night, rolling over everyone in the east for two straight years in the process.

Too bad they didn't have the money or ability to get a strong center to go against the Lakers because with all of those guys that was their best shot at a ring.

The Detroit Pistons had amazing success making the Eastern Conference finals six years in a row with two finals appearances and one ring. That team and talent should of won at least two championships.

As soon as Larry Brown left you saw that team slowly break apart. They had the best opportunity to win out of every team in the league. Windows closed. Detroit will not be in a final again for another six or seven years.

You almost feel sorry for the Sacramento Kings. They put on amazing shows every night, played hard every game, and had a chance to contend with the Lakers when they made a trade for Mike Bibby.

The only thing that stopped Chris Webber and his kings was Shaq, Kobe, and of course Robert Horry. I wouldn't have minded seeing them in the finals as they were so fun to watch.

So in closing I think the Lakers and the Spurs are the blueprint for every owner in the league on how to win championships.