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Top-10 Best Teams to Not Win the NBA Championship

In recent years, we have witnessed some amazing teams that have won it all. The teams who get to hang the banners are in our minds forever, but who are some of the best teams that did not win the NBA Championship? Here are my top-10 teams to haven fallen short of winning the NBA Finals in ‘recent’ memory.

Malone and Stockton

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10. 1997-98 Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz posted a record of 62-20 and were the top seed in the West. Not only that, but they had two all-time greats, and members of the famous 1992 Dream Team; John Stockton and Karl Malone. They faced both the Robinson/Duncan Spurs and Bryant/O’Neal Lakers and won eight out of nine games to reach the NBA Finals. Through no fault of the Jazz, they happened to play against the Jordan/Pippen/Rodman-led Chicago Bulls, who won the series 4-2. Every game was competitive, and of course, who could forget the end of game 6?

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  1. Zach Brunner

    Zach Brunner

    January 28, 2018 at 11:49 AM

    Good list, but that Jazz team has to be higher! And I agree, that Celtics-Bulls series in 2009 was the greatest of all time. I think I lost a couple years of life from that NBA postseason.

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