Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are primed for another run at a championship, attempting to become the first team to three-peat since, well, Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers last decade.
Winning is nice, and it's pretty much the most important thing in professional sports, but what about excitement?
This current group of Lakers is obviously very good, but they don't make our jaws drop like the Showtime Lakers of the '80s did. Now they were fun to watch.
What exactly is an exciting team, though?
For an organization's fans, surely winning a championship, or two, or three is pretty exciting. There are 29 other teams that don't get to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy every year, however, and most of those fans aren't likely to be all that enthused about watching someone else celebrate.
So what if we take winning out of the equation? How about we really just look for the teams that kept us on the edge of our seats wanting more?
You know what I'm talking about. The teams that push the tempo to breakneck speeds. The ones showing up on the highlight reels every night with spectacular play after spectacular play.
With the point guard who fits passes into windows no one else can see. Or have a collection of talents who score more than we previously thought possible.
Those are the teams we're looking for here.
Yeah, winning rings helps the cause, but only if you fit in with some of the above scenarios. We want teams who score more than everyone else and do it for a sustained period of time. Who have the coaches that refuse to budge from their "Put Up a Shot As Fast As You Can" mentalities, even though everyone knows you need to play some defense to win it all.
And that's exactly how a team makes this list. A team has to have a player, or a coach, or a group of players who, for a number of years, were seemingly unstoppable in their scoring (at least during the regular season) and who, even still, make us sit in front of our computers looking up YouTube clips all day.
For once, it's not all about the championships.