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Current National Basketball Association (NBA) Teams

Have you ever wondered which teams are the best in the NBA? There are thousands of websites and blogs covering the NBA, creating articles on a variety of topics. Among them, there is a list of super-fans that have a team they love to watch play, whether it is their own city, or one they just find enjoyable to see.

In the NBA, teams are always changing. Some teams make big trades, some teams improve their rosters in the draft, and some get worse over time. There are currently 30 teams in the NBA and at any given time, my opinion about who the best teams are will change (in fact I’ve changed it five times since I started typing this sentence). With that said, here is my list of the top 5 current NBA teams.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have been around in the NBA for over a decade. Like most teams, they have made some bad decision and seen their fair share of ups and downs. If you are a fan of this team, there are plenty of resources dedicated to the purple and gold players.

The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics.

Brooklyn Nets

Are the Brooklyn Nets for real? They have arguably been the most impressive team in the NBA over the last month, having won 12 of their last 14 games and doing so without James Harden playing a single minute during that stretch.

The Nets are now 24-13 and are sitting atop the Eastern Conference, which is really hard to believe considering how bad they were at the start of the season.

Not only did they get off to a 5-7 start, but they also had to deal with Kyrie Irving missing more than a month due to personal reasons that included him deciding not to show up to practice after he was fined $50,000 by the NBA for violating COVID-19 protocols.

Now that he’s back on the court and playing well, it appears as if this team has turned a corner.

For proof of that, all you have to do is look at their wins over some of the best teams in the league. In March alone, they’ve taken down both the Bucks and Lakers (twice), and there’s just no denying that this team has staying power.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are an American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They are part of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, and currently plays at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl was the long-time owner of the team, but on April 16, 2014, a group led by billionaire hedge fund managers Wes Edens and Marc Lasry agreed to purchase a majority interest in the team from Kohl, a sale which was approved by the owners of the NBA and its Board of Governors one month later on May 16. The team is managed by John Hammond and coached by Jason Kidd.

The Bucks have won one league title (1971), two conference titles (1971 and 1974), and 13 division titles (1971–1974, 1976, 1980–1986, 2001). They have featured such notable players as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sidney Moncrief, Oscar Robertson, Bob Dandridge, Bob Lanier, Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen, Sam Cassell, Junior Bridgeman, Michael Redd, Terry Cummings and current stars Brandon Jennings and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Milwaukee Bucks are the hottest team right now, coming off big wins against the Warriors and Raptors. The Bucks have been led by Giannis Antetokounmpo aka the Greek Freak, who is averaging 26 points per game.

Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. The Warriors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. Founded in 1946 in Philadelphia, the Warriors moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1962 and took the city’s name, before changing its geographic moniker to Golden State in 1971. They play their home games at the Oracle Arena.

The Warriors won the inaugural Basketball Association of America (BAA) championship in 1947, and won again in 1956, led by Hall of Fame trio Paul Arizin, Tom Gola, and Neil Johnston. However, the Warriors would not return to similar heights in Philadelphia, and after a brief rebuilding period following the trade of star Wilt Chamberlain, they relocated to San Francisco prior to the 1962–63 season. Led by Hall of Fame coach Al Attles and Hall of Fame player Rick Barry, Golden State was one of the most successful teams in NBA history and got its nickname from Attles’ promotion of his team with “The City” radio show leading up to their first championship title. (Attles had previously played for Cincinnati Royals where he was part of former City Manager Pat Kennedy’s NBA All-Star team).

Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz are an American professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. Since 1991, the team has played its home games at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The franchise began play in 1974 as an expansion team based in New Orleans. The Jazz were one of the least successful teams in the league in their early years. Although 10 seasons elapsed before the Jazz qualified for their first playoff appearance (in 1984), they did not miss the playoffs again until 2004. During the late 1980s, John Stockton and Karl Malone arose as the franchise players for the team, and formed one of the most famed point guard–power forward duos in NBA history. Led by coach Jerry Sloan, who took over from Frank Layden in 1988, they became one of the powerhouse teams of the 1990s, culminating in two NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998, where they lost both times to the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan.

Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers (also commonly known as the Sixers) are an American professional basketball team based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The 76ers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division and play at Wells Fargo Center.

Founded in 1946 and originally known as the Syracuse Nationals, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA, and one of only eight (out of 23) to survive the league’s first decade.

The 76ers have had a rich history, with many of the greatest players in NBA history having played for the organization, including Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, and Allen Iverson.

They have won three NBA championships, with their first coming as the Syracuse Nationals in 1955. The second title came in 1967, a team which was led by Chamberlain. The third title came in 1983, won by a team led by Erving and Malone.

Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division, and are the only team in their division not to be based in California.

The brand started out in 1968 as an expansion group, and their early years were shrouded in mediocrity, but their fortunes changed in the 1970s after the partnership with Dick Van Arsdale and Alvan Adams with Paul Westphal. The team made it to the NBA Finals in 1976. However, after failing to win the championship, the Suns would rebuild around Walter Davis for much of the 1980s.

In 2004, the Suns became known around the world for their fast, dynamic attack, which helped them achieve a franchise record in wins in the 2004–05 season. This was followed by the Conference’s top two spots, but the Suns fell short of the NBA championship and were forced to rebuild another game. After ten consecutive seasons without a playoff berth, the Suns reached the 2021 NBA Finals after acquiring Chris Paul, forming a trio with their young core Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton