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Solutions Showcase: The Greatest Franchise in the History of the NBA?

My solution showcase is on the Greatest Franchise in the History of the NBA, and it took me 3 quarters, but I finally had made my final decision, and you will know my decision by the end of this article. Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, LA Lakers, Miami Heat, and SA Spurs: these are the 5 teams that I had to decide between at the beginning of the 4th quarter, and I am going to take you all through my decision-making process. I started this quarter with my 5 teams, and I begun to narrow them down, 1 by 1, until there was only one team left.

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The first team that I removed from the running was the Chicago Bulls. I did this simply because they have been a bad or mediocre franchise every year, except when they had Michael Jordan. Proof of this is that they have won 6 championships and they were all led by Michael Jordan, and when he was retired or taking a break from the NBA, they weren’t even successful.

The second team that I eliminated from my final five was the Miami Heat. I know that some may not agree for the very point that Lebron James won 2 championships with the Heat, but the difference is that the Heat were an incredible team even without Lebron. For example, they had Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Udonis Haslem, who were all in their prime. The Heat’s stats may not be too impressive, but they have been in the NBA 40 years less than some incredible franchises like the Celtics and Lakers. I feel like they deserve this spot for their incredible performances, such as winning 3 championships and making the playoffs 20 times all in 30 years.

The third team that I eliminated was the Los Angeles Lakers. I know that this may come as a shock because I don’t have the Lakers in the top 2, and there are many reasons. The main reason is that the Lakers have won 16 championships, but how many have they lost? 15. I cannot make this team #1 or #2 when they are barely positive on final wins. Another big reason is that the Lakers have been going down hill for quite a few years now, especially when Kobe began to deteriorate. I just don’t see them getting out of this slump any time soon. As most of you already know, there are only 2 teams left, and one of them is the greatest franchise, but let’s compare the remaining two teams, the Spurs and the Celtics.

The Celtics obviously have better stats than the Spurs but you have to take into account that the Celtics have been in the league over 20 more years than the Spurs. Also the Celtics were around at the very beginning of the NBA, so they didn’t have to take players from the bottom of other teams’ rosters like most expansion teams do, such as the Spurs. This is a weird system because almost all expansion teams have a very hard time in their first few years due to having to draft from the bottom of other teams rosters.

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Well, I think that is enough of that, it is time to reveal the Greatest Franchise in the History of the NBA. The Greatest Franchise is … the Boston Celtics, simply because even though the arguments that I just made for the Spurs are pretty strong in my opinion, I cannot overlook the Celtics incredible stats and records. The Celtics have won 17 championships, they have made the playoffs 54 times, and their overall winning Percentage is 60%. I still know that the Spurs have another 22 years to catch up with the Celtic current stats, but I don’t see this happening because the Spurs would have to win 12 championships and make the playoffs 17 more times in the next 2 decades. That would be incredible but might be impossible. The Spurs are currently in a 22 year active playoff streak, but they are going down hill, being the 7th seed in the playoffs this year and being eliminated 1st round. The Celtics are the Greatest Franchise in my opinion, and I have no doubts in my decision or my decision-making.

Drew Minnis is a freshman in Mr. Peightel’s Honors English Class.

 

 

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