Top 9 Most Hyped Super-teams in NBA History
Nothing builds hype more than a super team - after all, everyone wants to see what a team with two or more elite players would do in a league. In some cases, super teams lead teams to finals and even to winning cups. But in others, it ends in tears - like what happened when LeBron, Dosh, and Wade joined the Heat in 2010. But make no mistake, the super team went ahead and won back-to-back in the subsequent years. The below graphic taken from a Betway NBA article illustrates some of the recent super teams.
Without further ado, here are the top 9 most hyped super teams in NBA history:
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles is mostly hyped today because of LeBron James, the most-used Laker and the only player to be averaging a triple-double in the bubble. But even before LeBron, the team was already hyped for different reasons. With the Big Four: Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Metta World Peace in the lineup, it's easy to see why Lakers was hyped in 2012-13.
Los Angeles Lakers
In addition to the NBA's first Big Four, the Lakers was hyped for Gary Payton and Karl Malone super team pursuing the first NBA titles. It was also hyped between 1982 and 1989 when Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and Abdul-Jabbar led the team.
Miami Heat has had its hype for years, particularly in 2010-11 when LeBron, Bosh, and Wade team made it the NBA's most hated super team. Never before had NBA seen players in free agency collaborate to form a super team. The Big Three led Miami Heat to be the most hated team in the NBA. And while they lost in 2011, the super team played four seasons together and won back-to-back NBA series in 2012 and 2013.
Cleveland Cavaliers or Cavs won their first NBA title in 2016 after LeBron James and Kyrie Irvin began a stretch of outstanding play. The two led Cavs to three straight wins while on the brink of elimination – something that had never previously been done in NBA finals. The super team was broken the following year as Irvin moved to Boston Celtics and LeBron left in 2018.
Golden State Warriors
The three super trio - Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson, led the Golden State Warriors to its 2015 season victory (73-9) but lost the following year to Cavaliers in the finals. But the team later signed in Kevin Durant to form the scariest quartet of players the NBA had ever seen. With two league MVPs – Durant and Curry - The warriors had a fierce offensive duo that saw them win consecutive titles in 2017 and 2018. Part of the hype was fans wondering how the team would look without Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala. However, many people were eager to see Stephen Curry outscore opponents even with the defense.
The Boston Three party is why the Boston Celtics are hyped. After winning the 1985-86 NBA series, the team went on a more than the two-decade drought. Later on, Celtics signed in Ray Allen, Kevin Garnet, and Rajon Rondo to form the NBA's first "Big Three." The team would have a 44-game turnaround, winning 66 games in the regular season. They also won the 2008 NBA title after beating Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Houston Rockets got its hype in 1996-97 when three guys with memorable nicknames teamed up. The Round Mound of Rebound (Charles Barkley) teamed up with Clyde the Glide (Clyde Drexler) and Hakeem the Dream (Hakeem Olajuwon). However, Barkley never won an NBA title and didn't help the Rockets live up to the massive hype.
Los Angeles Clippers
Kahwi Leonard and Paul George were a part of the super team in Los Angeles - it just wasn't Lakers. The two entertaining superstars played for the Clippers in 2019-20, but it ended up in tears after losing to Denver Nuggets. Kahwi and Paul duo is a modern NBA super team with great potential, and we're hoping to see great things ahead.
With players like Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, Peja Stojakovic and Vlade Divac in the team, the Sacramento Kings were set to take on the mighty Lakers – then led by Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, in the 2001-02 finals. But sadly, they were beaten by the Lakers.