Ranking The Top Five Most "Storied" Franchises in NBA History

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Ranking The Top Five Most "Storied" Franchises in NBA History

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Ranking The Top Five Most "Storied" Franchises in NBA History

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History in sports is something to behold. It reminds us of the accomplishments of the past and gives us something to look forward too as well. Within the NBA, history especially is discussed because of the different eras and teams that the league has seen. The question of the most “storied” franchises comes up and can be debated. Here are the top five most “storied” franchises in NBA history:

  1. San Antonio Spurs (Five Championships)

-One of the classiest organizations around the NBA, the Spurs have made their mark on the league over the last 20 years. They won five championships between 2000 and 2014 and have been the staple of excellence since. This also includes the franchise making the playoffs 22 years in a row during this time. The dominance of the Spurs within the NBA has been apparent and lands them on this list. Some players that have worn the jersey are Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Manu Ginobili, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, James Silas, and LaMarcus Aldridge. While the Spurs have been down the last few seasons, they still find themselves as the fifth team on this list due to their franchise accomplishments.

  1. Chicago Bulls (Six Championships)

-Michael Jordan headlines this team and their history. You can’t forget about what he did for this franchise, helping guide them to six rings. However, outside of the time that Jordan was with the Bulls, Chicago has been pretty irrelevant, and this is why they land as the fourth team on this list. They looked as if they could have a new potential run in the early 2010s, but injuries derailed them heavily. Some of the best to wear this jersey include Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Derrick Rose, Jerry Sloan, Dennis Rodman, and Joakim Noah among others. The Bulls are still seen as one of the better organizations around the sport but they fall behind the Warriors in this ranking.

  1. Golden State Warriors (Seven Championships)

-What the Warriors have done over the last eight seasons has been incredible. Six NBA Finals appearances in the eight years and the team has won four rings. Yet, the Warriors have had success during moments other than this era with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Before the trio came along, the franchise had won three other titles. Players such as the three mentioned above plus Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Nate Thurmond, Kevin Durant, and Chris Mullin are just some of the greats to wear a Warriors jersey. he pure dominance of this current era helps the Warriors move up to the third spot on this list.

  1. Boston Celtics (17 Championships)

-While the Celtics are tied with the Lakers for the most championships by any franchise around the NBA, the reason they come in at number two is simple. The franchise has only seen one title in the last 36 years. The 2008 title was special to the Celtics and their fans, but it has been the only claim to fame for the historic franchise since the late 1986. The franchise has seen some very good teams during that time, but the majority of the titles won by Boston were won in the 1960s. This isn’t shaming the Celtics because in any era, winning championships is extremely difficult. Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen are just some players who have worn the green and white. This franchise is legendary in their own right and is still seen as one of the best around the league.

  1. Los Angeles Lakers (17 Championships)

-The Lakers have excelled in winning pretty much since the beginning of the franchise. Yet, 11 of the 17 rings have come since 1980 and this team has proven their worth. Overall, the Lakers have made the NBA Finals 32 times in their history as well, the most ever. They are the most storied franchise in NBA history, not only due to the championships but the pure talent that has put the purple and gold on. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, James Worthy, Pau Gasol, and more. The Lakers have been dominant in almost every era of the game, and they land as the top team on this list because of it.

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