The 10 best teams of the decade never to win a championship

Byron MotenCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2009

The 10 best teams of the decade never to win a championship

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    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  A detailed picture of the Larry O'Brien trophy after the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges a

10. Miami Heat, 2004-05

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    MIAMI - MAY 01:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat pumps his fist after the heat get a stop in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at American Airlines Arena on May 1, 2009 in Miami, Florida.

9. Detroit Pistons, 2005-06

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    AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 24:  Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Detroit Pistons looks on while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 24, 2009 in A

8. Phoenix Suns, 2004-05

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    OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 15:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns dribbles the ball against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game on March 15, 2009 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by down

7. Minnesota Timberwolves, 2003-04

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    SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 6:  Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots a jump shot during a game against the Sacramento Kings at Arco Arena on November 6, 2006 in Sacramento, California.  The Kings won 93-81.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ac

6. Los Angeles Lakers, 2003-04

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    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers rests for a moment in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won 99-86.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly ac

5. San Antonio Spurs, 2003-04

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    DALLAS - APRIL 25:  Forward Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs during play against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 25, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers, 2008-09

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    ORLANDO, FL - MAY 30:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a play against the Orlando Magic in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 30, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User e

3. Sacramento Kings, 2001-02

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    SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Peja Stojakovic #16 of the Sacramento Kings stands next to his teammates Chris Webber #4 and Mike Bibby #10 during the game against the Memphis Gizzlies at Arco Arena on November 19, 2004 in Sacramento, California.  The King

2. Portland Trail Blazers, 1999-00

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    PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13:  Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Portland Trail Blazers argues with the referee as teammate Damon Stoudamire #3 holds him back during a NBA game against the Sacramento Kings November 13, 2003 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

1. Dallas Mavericks, 2006-07

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    DENVER - MAY 13:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks sits on the bench late in the game against  the Denver Nuggets in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 13, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.

Honorable Mention

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    SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 18:  The NBA logo after a game between the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 18, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER