9. Los Angeles Lakers 1999-2000
The Lakers broke out this season as an exceptional force. They hired Phil Jackson as head coach and he brought in the triangle offense that brought him six championships in Chicago. With Shaquille O’Neal in tremendous form, it was no wonder he won the MVP Award as well.
Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant broke out as an elite talent as well, exciting the masses. ‘The Black Mamba’ made the All-NBA Defensive First-Team too. It was a remarkable year for the Lakers, who went 67-15 overall. In the end, they defeated the Indiana Pacers in the Finals to win their first title since 1988.