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What was the most impressive (team) NBA championship run?

My top 5 most impressive championship runs ever:

  1. 2004 Detroit Pistons – one all star on the team (Ben Wallace) with no one scoring more than 17 pts a game – defeats heavily favored Lakers team with 4 HoFers in 5 games. It was the series that showed everyone that you can’t just put a bunch of stars on one team and expect it to beat a team with really good chemistry.
  2. 1995 Houston Rockets – this championship is so impressive because they were only a 6th seed in the playoffs! Hakeem was the only all star that year. But they went all the way to the Finals and SWEPT the Orlando Magic (who had beaten Jordan’s Bulls on the way there). Pretty great run.
  3. 1975 Golden State Warriors – another team with only one all star (Rick Barry), who wasn’t expected to contend for a championship that year, let alone make it to the Finals and SWEEP the heavily favored Bullets with 2 HoFers on that team. Considered one of the biggest upsets ever.
  4. 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers – you all know the story. They were down 3-1 in the Finals against a 73 win juggernaut, the Warriors stumbled and it came down to the closing minutes of the game 7 when Lebron made the most famous block ever and then Kyrie made one of the clutchest shots ever. I lost $2500 on a bet because of this series. At that time everyone thought the Warriors had it in the bag.
  5. 1969 Boston Celtics – This championship was the last of Bill Russell’s and it was impressive because the Celtics were running on fumes at that point. Russell and Sam Jones were both in their last season. They were 4th seed going into the playoffs. They beat a very talented Knicks team and went to 7 games against the heavily favored LA Lakers with 3 top 25 players ever- Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain. Bill Russell who proved that he was one of the most clutch players of all time – told Jerry West that those balloons aint coming down from the ceiling and won the Game 7 by 2 points. Came into the league a champion, went out a champion.

I also want to shout out the 2011 Mavericks (obviously another huge upset as well), 1977 Blazers (defeated the favored Dr J / McGinnis 76ers) and the 1998 Bulls (easily the worst of the Bulls championship teams) for great runs as well.

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What NBA team has inducted the most players into the Hall of Fame?

Boston Celtics have the most HOFers with (23)

Ed Macauley

Bob Cousy

Tom Heinsohn

Frank Ramsey

Satch Sanders

Sam Jones

KC Jones

Bill Sharman

Bill Russell

John Havlicek

Bailey Howell

Dave Cowens

Jo Jo White

Tiny Archibald

Larry Bird

Kevin McHale

Robert Parish

Dennis Johnson

Paul Pierce (future HOFer)

Kevin Garnett (future HOFer)

Ray Allen

Rajon Rondo (future HOFer)

Kyrie Irving (future HOFer)

Also other HOFers who played briefly with the Celtics:

Bill Walton

Pete Maravich

Dominique Wilkins

Shaq

Minneapolis /LA Lakers is second place with (17)

George Mikan

Jim Pollard

Slater Martin

Clyde Lovelette

Vern Mikkelsen

Elgin Baylor

Jerry West

Wilt Chamberlain

Gail Goodrich

Jamaal Wilkes

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Bob McAdoo

Magic Johnson

James Worthy

Kobe Bryant (future HOFer)

Shaq

Pau Gasol (future HOFer)

Also other HOFers who played briefly with the Lakers:

Spencer Haywood

Gary Payton

Karl Malone

Dwight Howard

Steve Nash

Lebron James

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Which professional sports team had the greatest era of unchallenged dominance?

New York Yankees (1921–1964)

20 World Series titles and 29 AL pennants in 44 years. Never has another professional sports team been so dominant. The Yankees won almost half of all the World Series titles during this 4 decade dominance. Legendary players such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle etc played for the team during this dominant time.

Boston Celtics (1957–1969)

13 seasons. 11 Championships (8 won in a row). 12 Finals. This coincides also with Bill Russell’s career, which started and ended at the exact same times. No other NBA team has been so dominant. Only lost one Finals during this remarkable span. No other player in professional sports history has as many rings as Bill Russell. In addition to Russell, this legendary dynasty contained such HOFers as Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Sharman, Sam Jones, and John Havlicek.

Montreal Canadiens (1953–1979)

During this 27 year period, the Canadiens won a remarkable 16 Stanley Cups, almost 60% of the time! Such legendary NHL players as Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard, Ken Dryden, Guy Lafleur played for the Canadiens during this time.

Green Bay Packers (1961–1967)

5 Super Bowl wins in 7 years. Not quite as long a period of dominance as the other teams I mentioned but as dominant an NFL team as you can get. They had such notable HOFers as Bart Starr, Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung.