The Golden State Warriors were crowned world champions of the 2017-18 NBA season, which didn't come as a shock to many. While the Dubs came out on top, this season had a different feel than what we've been accustomed to knowing and seeing from the Warriors. Compared to their 2015-16 campaign when they went 73-9 in the regular season, there are past NBA champions that come to mind that would have been able to take down this year's Warriors team.
Let's see who they might be.
5. 1999 Los Angeles Lakers
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant are one of the most dangerous duos to ever play in NBA history. Any given night either player could go off for 30 points or more. Not to mention sharpshooter Glen Rice and Robert Horry, both of whom turned into a different monster during the playoffs. This Lakers squad was a doozy then and would be ready to dethrone Golden State now.
4. 1988 Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Bad Boys are one of the most infamous teams to ever play in the NBA. A terror to any team that stood in their way, the 1988-89 Pistons were led by the backcourt tandem of Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, which would've made things extremely difficult for Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. With Bill Laimbeer and Dennis Rodman manning the paint, it would be a long Finals for the Warriors as they try to handle this feisty bunch of Pistons.
3. 1985 Boston Celtics
The 1985-86 Boston Celtics team had five Hall of Famers on their roster. That alone not only makes them one of the best NBA teams in history, but lets you know how much of a nightmare this team would be to the Warriors. Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson and Danny Ainge played tremendously on both sides of the ball and would have spelled trouble for the Warriors, who would finally get a matchup with a balanced top to bottom starting five.
2. 1986 Los Angeles Lakers
Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are only two players that would give the Warriors all type of problems. You toss in a young Byron Scott and James Worthy, you can almost say a sweep would be in order. Who would they have guard Magic? You put Draymond Green on him then Kareem would have his way with Kevin Durant. The amount of mismatches would be too much for the Warriors and more than likely a walk in the park for the Lakers.
1. 1995 Chicago Bulls
The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls are one of the greatest teams ever, there's no debate about it. Their intense defense makes it hard to even think the Warriors would be able to pull out one win. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen had no problem with playing both sides of the ball for 48 minutes, which is rare in today's league. Throw in a more seasoned Dennis Rodman, and those three would make it their duty to shut down the Warriors like they did against every team they went up against.