Best NBA Teams of 2020 and All-Time

December 21, 2020

The NBA is such a competitive league, with several elite teams vying for a championship every season. But to be considered one of the best teams in the NBA, a squad needs to be something truly special. In this look at the best NBA teams, we will take a look at the best NBA teams 2020 has to offer as well as the best NBA teams of all time.

Best NBA Teams of 2020

Los Angeles Lakers

The champions of the 2019-2020 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers proved that they were the best team in the league last season. This coming year, the Lakers are poised to be just as good as they were last year, or even better. LeBron James and Anthony Davis lead the team and are both top NBA MVP candidates. And with improved supporting players around them, it is clear that they will be one of the best teams in NBA competition again.

Adding Montrezl Harrell and Dennis Schroder will improve the players around James and Davis in a big way. While the Lakers were relying on older talent around their top two last season, both Harrell and Schroder are young and can give the team a lift. Once this team gets to the playoffs, teams will have to decide how they want to try and stop the defending champions, though there aren’t many good answers to that question.

Milwaukee Bucks

Unlike the Lakers, the Milwaukee Bucks aren’t likely to be one of the best NBA teams ever. But they are one of the best teams in the league heading into this year, thanks to the two-time MVP being on their side. Giannis Antetokounmpo has had his problems in the playoffs, but he is nearly unstoppable when he drives to the rim. That is why NBA betting odds have Giannis as the second favorite to win MVP.

Of course, the supporting cast for the Bucks is of high quality too. Khris Middleton is a really good second scorer, and supporting cast members like Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez prevent defenses from giving Giannis too much attention. For the third straight year, the Bucks are on the short list of title contenders. 

Best NBA Teams of All Time

2010s Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors changed the way that NBA basketball as played in the 2010s. Led by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors won several championships during that era. They broke the record for the most regular season games won in one year with 73 wins and 9 losses in a single season. And with multiple championship wins over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers during that time period, the Warriors certainly beat the best to be the best.

What sets the Warriors apart as the best team of all time is the fact that they were a championship team that then added Kevin Durant after winning a ring. Durant was arguably the best player in the league when the Warriors brought him in. And the championships that Durant helped Golden State win were more impressive than what any team had accomplished before them.

1990s Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls didn’t have as tough a slate of competition as the Warriors dynasty. But they did manage to win six championships in six tries with Michael Jordan leading them. Coached by arguably the best head coach of all-time in Phil Jackson, the Bulls ran over all of the major stars of their era en route to their double three-peat.

Before the Warriors tore up the NBA, the Bulls had the record for the most wins in a single season. Their 72-10 season was thought to be the gold standard in the league, and a mark that would never be matched again. But even with that mark being eclipsed two decades later, the Bulls will still go down as one of the best teams in NBA history and the best in the eyes of some.

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Who are some of the other best teams in today’s NBA?

There are several other contending teams in the NBA in the present day. The Los Angeles Clippers will be a title contender again this year, as will the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics. There are more good teams than there have been in a long time in the NBA, with talent being distributed among a number of quality squads who will look to topple the Lakers.

Will any team break the wins record in 2020-2021?

No, it will not be possible to set the record for the most wins in a single season in the 2020-2021 campaign. That is because there are only 72 games to be played during this regular season. Instead of a normal 82 game season, even an undefeated season would result in a team falling one game short of the all-time mark.

Will there be a bubble in 2020-2021?

At this point, there are no plans to have a bubble system in place for the 2020-2021 NBA season. Regular season games are going to be played at the home court of each team. The postseason would be a chance for the league to shift to a bubble with fewer teams involved, but there are no plans to do so at this point.

Jay Sanin
Jay Sanin is a sports writer and broadcaster from Albany, NY. He has covered sports betting and the gambling industry since 2013.