2000-01 Lakers Named Top NBA Team Since 2000

2000-01 Lakers Named Top NBA Team Since 2000


Debates will always take place in professional sports with comparisons being made between teams of the past and present. Recently, DimeMag.com crunched the numbers and took a look back at the last 13 years in the NBA to break down the best teams from one to 10 since 2000.

As expected the Los Angeles Lakers were at the top of the list of the best of the best during this time period. The Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal lethal combination back in 2000-01 was so dominant that they lost only one game in the NBA playoffs against Allen Iverson’s Philadelphia 76ers during the NBA Finals.

Iverson lit up the Lakers at Staples Center in the first game of the Finals going off for 48 points and will always be remembered for crossing up and stepping over Tyronn Lue in the final minute of play in the fourth quarter to basically put the nail in the coffin.

After dropping Game 1 to Iverson’s squad, Kobe and Shaq turned it on like they had many times before during that season to wipe the floor with the inferior 76ers by winning the next four games to win a second consecutive championship under Phil Jackson.

Leading up to their meeting with the 76ers in the Finals, the Lakers squared off against some of the best teams in the Western Conference during that era. The Lakers swept the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs before reaching the Finals.

Few teams compared to the dominance of the ’01 Lakers in the playoffs and that was enough to put that above other teams on the list. The Lakers also made the list for the squad that won the third consecutive title during the 2001-02 season and the Kobe and Pau Gasol combination in 2008-09.

In 2002, the Lakers swept Jason Kidd’s New Jersey Nets in the Finals, but were given a run for their money by the Kings. As for 2009, Gasol and Kobe proved to be too much for Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic as the Lakers taking the series in five games.

Other notable teams that made the list are the 2004-05 Spurs, 2011-12 Miami Heat, 2007-08 Boston Celtics and 2003-04 Detroit Pistons. The Spurs, Celtics and Pistons all had to get past the Lakers to win a championship.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=557137495 Kevin Zgheib

    I’d take the 2007 spurs, with Pop as Coach, Parker Manu and Duncan all in their prime, and a great Kobe Stopper in Bruce Bowen.

    • Chandleryen

      Duncan was heading out. Also, that was probably the weakest year in the NBA. Only Cleveland and Detroit were good in the East and Phoenix and San Antonio in the West.

    • That One Guy

      there is no such thing as a kobe stopper.

    • Guest oo7

      you mean Bruce “Lee” Bowen with his kung fu kicks?

  • Petey Pablo

    Kevin..you are stupid bro…no competition that year around the league

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YOHY227XSWFLKHZCFLI5SMXEBI Rey Ryan

      you dont know anything about basketball petey, i can name most of the elite players during shaq-kobe era. You should know that mutombo is the one of the greatest dfensive players ever and 2001 is the best year of iverson. How could you say that? Most of the defensive players in the nba history was came from shaq-kobe era.

  • Saul

    No team can compare to what that lakers team did 2001 total dominance…lakers team from the early 2000s will dominate the Miami heat team from now

  • Saul

    And other teams they mechand