Basketball is undoubtedly one of the most popular games in the United States. The credit of the popularity of the game obviously goes to the players, who have made the game exciting and enticing. Naming the great basketball players is not a simple task. Each and every player is talented in their own way. Therefore, it will form a never ending list. If you want to have a glance at the glorious achievements of the basketballs teams, you can check out the records. Whether you are a fan of Los Angeles Lakers, or the Boston Celtics, or any other team, you need to appreciate the contribution of each and every team. Every team has made some praiseworthy records in their career. Therefore, it is always very difficult to select the top ten teams. However, to provide the fans a brief idea about the basketball scenario of the United States, top ten basketball teams of the United States have been selected based on their exceptional achievements in this field.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers, formed in the year 1948, has failed to qualify for the playoffs only five times. They have clinched sixteen victories in the NBA finals. In the year 1972, the team showcased their best performance with a score of 69-13. The team, which always boasts of a talented lineup, has never been defeated in all sixty matches of a season.
2. Boston Celtics
Formed in the year 1946, Boston Celtics made a dominating presence from the year 1957 to 1969. With the terrific performance of the players, Boston Celtics registered eleven championships wins out of thirteen. From 1959 to 1966, the Celtics won eight titles at a stretch, which is, till now, the longest winning streak for any basketball team in the country.
3. Orlando Magic
Formed in the year, 1989, the young team of Orlando Magic has played twelve playoffs so far. In this short period of time, the team had players like Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, Steve Francis, Tracy McGrady, Grant Hill, Penny Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal and many more. Among the four team included in the year 1989, Magic has performed much better than other three teams at the same time.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers have made their first appearance in the year 1970. Since then, they have achieved some glorious feats. Nate Thurmond and Walt Frazier, who had been the part of the team for a significant period of time, have been inducted in the ‘Hall of Fame’ list.
5. Chicago Bulls
Formed in the year 1960, Chicago Bulls deserves a special mention for their great performance during the 90s. The team is still known for winning six championships in a short spell of eight years. Bulls are also credited for spreading the popularity of NBA across the globe.
6. San Antonio Spurs
Located in San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio Spurs was formed in the year 1967. The team, which has joined the NBA in the year 1976, is a part of the Western Conference’s Southwest Division. In a span of thirty-three years, they have secured great feats.
7. Denver Nuggets
Initially named as Denver Rockets, the team was formed in the year 1967. The team later changed their name to Denver Nuggets, and has been one of the most successful teams of the league. Alex English, David Thompson and Dan Issel were some of the well-known players of this team.
8. Portland Trail Blazers
Founded in the year 1970, Portland Trail Blazers have recorded some glorious performance in their career. They have played NBA finals for three times. Though they played well in three championships, they have won one title match of NBA.
9. Atlanta Hawks
Part of Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division, the Atlanta Hawks were formed in the year 1946. The team, which boasts of having some of the best players the game has seen, has claimed one NBA championship titles so far, in the year 1958.
10. Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers along with the New York Knicks share the record of not losing all sixty games in one season. Though the team had a bad patch in their career, under the guidance of Coach Jerry Sloan, the team has made significant improvements in their performance.