The Best of the NBA: Superteams of the 2010s

It is a significant source of joy for NBA fans whenever they see three or more All-Star superstars playing together in one team, forming what is now known as a superteam. This has grown to be quite a popular talking point for over 15 years now. Fans love seeing the best players in the sport teaming up.

However, there is a split of opinion since a section of the fanbase believes that there isn’t any competitiveness when players start combining forces to challenge a trophy win. There has been a recent development where there is a possibility of James Harden leaving the Houston Rockets and joining the Brooklyn Nets.

The seasoned star will be joining the likes of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, forming another one of the coveted superteams. This speculation is what has brought forth new debate over the matter.

The Brooklyn Nets will now stand a higher chance of becoming the 2020/21 NBA champions if James Harden joins them. But that won’t be the only superteam in the recent past. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the most successful superteams of the 2010s. The infographic below, taken from a Betway NBA article outlines the latest NBA Superteams.

NBA Superteams

Boston Celtics (2007-12)

The 2007 Boston Celtics team became the first superteam in the NBA across this modern age. The team boasted of having the 5-time NBA All-star Player Paul Pierce. Pierce was still in his prime at this point. However, the season 2006 season wasn’t an easy one for the Celtics since they came in last that year.

But that didn’t stop Danny Ainge, the general manager at the time, from adding two key players to the team. First in was Kevin Garnett, who had won the MVP award in 2004. The other superstar was Ray Allen, a reputed sharpshooter who had already made his mark in the world of Basketball. Garnett was previously a part of the Minnesota Timberwolves team while Allen was from the Seattle SuperSonics.
The impact was immediate, with the three players helping Celtics clinch the NBA title with stiff competition from the Los Angeles Lakers. However, Allen later joined Miami Heat in 2012, which saw the end of the formidable trio.

Miami Heat (2010-14)

Miami Heat in 2010 is arguably the most popular superteam there’s ever been although, it attracted its fair share of controversy. LeBron James was the most awe-inspiring talent at the time and was approaching the final stages of his contract.

Rumors started spreading around that he would be teaming up with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, who were also All-Stars. They would form part of the formidable Miami Heat team, although it took a while to taste glory. LeBron James faced a lot of criticism for ditching his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers Team both from fans and players.

It wasn’t long before James and his teammates led Miami Heat to the two consecutive NBA titles in 2012 and 2013. LeBron clinched the MVP award on both occasions. The team went on to reach the finals four times until James made a return to his former Cleveland team.

2014-17 Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James decided to return to his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. This was after winning back-to-back titles with Miami Heat, during which time he had already made his mark as the best NBA player. He would go on to join Kyrie Irving, a rising superstar with promising potential. But the two of them weren’t enough to achieve superteam status.

Not long after, the 3-time All-Star player Kevin Love was on his way to join the Cavs making the team a formidable superteam. They went on to reach the finals that season but were beaten by the Golden State Warriors.

The next season was the Cavs’ breakthrough season, who went on to clinch their first-ever NBA title. In 2017, Irving chose to join the Boston Celtics, which meant that the team wasn’t as powerful as t once was. LeBron later left the Cavs, but this time with favor from the fans as well.

Golden State Warriors (2016-19)

The Golden State Warriors had already achieved superteam status in 2016. They were the NBA champions in 2015, led by the stellar partnership of Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson.

Right before losing to the Cavs in 2016, the team had broken the record for having the best regular season of 73-9. Kevin Durant, already among the best in the competition, later became part of the Warriors team, which meant that they were the most talented NBA team of all time.

Durant and teammate Curry were the winners of the last three MVP awards. The offensive ability of the two playing together was unmatched. The team went on to clinch two successive league titles in 2017 and 2018.

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