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|L to R: Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, and Julius Randle pose for GQ|
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1972-73 vs. 2012-13 New York Knicks
"For me, the most fun I ever had playing basketball was 1973. (In) '70, it was a lot of dedication to the get to the top, but in '73 the group of guys we had just was incredible," Bill Bradley once stated.
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|1991-1992 Chicago Bulls. image found via Google|
1991-92 vs. 2012-13 Chicago BullsI feel like this the team that everyone wanted to be. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen scoring majority points still had a seamless squad to accompany them. With players like Craig Hodges, Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright, BJ Armstrong, and John Paxon, each player individually dominate in different areas such as 3-point execution and rebounds, pretty much the Bulls' entire 91-92 roster was a powerhouse of gold.
The last time I remember being extremely impressed with the Bulls was 2012-2013 when Derrick Rose and Nate Robinson were teammates, although Nate Robinson wasn't necessarily considered to be a key player then. To this day, Nate Robinson is one of my favorite guards, simply because standing at only 5'9", he has such impressive skill set, both defense and offense and he is still incredibly underrated. Right next to them stood Jimmy Buter, Joakim Noah, Vladimir Radmanovic, and Marquis Teague.
My first real memory of watching basketball with my dad was circa '94. Back then, the power trio was made up of Gary Payton, Detlef Schrempf, and Shawn Kemp, and all 3 went to play in the 1995 NBA All Star game.
1994-95 (Seattle SuperSonics) vs. 2011-12 Oklahoma City Thunder
|The Durant-Westbrook era. Photo cred. : Reuters|
It seriously doesn't get much better than experiencing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the reincarnate of Payton and Kemp. The end of the Durant and Westbrook era was both shocking and heartbreaking for a lot of basketball fans, even more so for them. I seriously detest the CBA for breaking up this duo that morphed into a trio when Harden proved to be more of an asset in 2012, just like their predecessor trio. I will never understand what made the executives break up the dynasty, but it was probably a smart money move more than anything. Another relatively new team after moving from Seattle, this was truly a force to be reckoned with. In addition to the trio, they had Dereck Fisher, Kendrick Perkins, Cole Aldridge, and Serge Ibaka. I hold the Lakers dear to my heart, but his would've been the perfect opportunity to switch up teams and hop on a bandwagon.
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1959-1960 (Philadelphia) vs. 2014-2015 Golden State WarriorsTaking it all the way back here, I can't conclude without mentioning the team where superstar, all hail Wilt Chamberlain took reign. The Philadelphia Warriors made up of Chamberlain, Guy Rodgers, Tom Gola, Paul Arizin, and Woodrow Sauldsberry Jr. who were all averaging approximately 27 ppg ended the season in 49-26 record and a 10 game winning streak.
I have yet to see a player comparable to Wilt, so there really isn't really another team within the franchise worth comparing them to.
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With a 65-15 regular season record, 16-5 playoff record, and a NBA Finals Championship win, which became their first title in 40 years...talk about epic! To start with 3-point dominators, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, who was the first Warrior to earn NBA MVP since Wilt, was a power move in itself. To accompany them were key players like Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut, and Harrison Barnes, so the success of this winning lineup was to be expected.
sidenote: I was thinking of making #SquadGoals and on going series on here, because as long as this post is, I know there are some notable squads missing from this round's picks.
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