The Top 10 NBA Teams of the 2000s That Didn’t Win a Championship

January 5th, 2010 by Andrew Kennedy Leave a reply »
The 2000s of the NBA were primarily dominated by two dynasties: the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs.

This past decade also saw three players experience more success than any others: Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan.

O’Neal won one regular season MVP, three Finals MVPs, and was part of four championship teams in the decade, appearing in five NBA Finals in all.

Bryant won an MVP, a Finals MVP, and four championships, while playing in six Finals series.

Duncan won two MVPs in the regular season and in the NBA Finals and took home championships in the three trips he made to the NBA Finals.

But there were a lot of other good teams that might not be remembered because they were unlucky enough to cross paths with O’Neal, Bryant, and Duncan in their primes.

Here is a list (in chronological order) of the 10 best teams that did not win it all in the 2000s.


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