With an amazing win streak, the reigning MVP and a crew of solid spot up shooters this years Miami Heat team is being talked about as arguably the best NBA team ever. You have analyst, ex and current NBA players and every sports media outlet debating how good this team really is compared to some of the greatest ever, specifically the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. The 71-72 Lakers had a 33 game win streak and finished the regular season at 69-13 and went on to win the NBA championship. The 95-96 Bulls longest win streak was only 18 games but they finished the year with an NBA record 72-10 regular season record and they also went on to win the NBA championship. This years Miami Heat team is currently on the second longest win streak in NBA history and is considered the favorite to win the NBA championship but the greatest of all time I just don’t think so!

You might be saying to yourself how can I say that the 2012-2013 Miami Heat aren’t the best team ever. Well let me explain! First of all this years Miami Heat team relies very heavily on LeBron James to carry this team in all aspects of the game. In other words he leads the team in rebounds per game, points per game, assists per game and he’s top three in all other statistical categories for the Heat. Second, this team has no real big man to control the paint whether that is rebounding and defense or scoring with there back to the basket. Finally this is a team that relies heavily on low percentage shots unless LeBron James or Dwayne Wade can create an easier basket for themselves or their teammates. In other words this team may be dominating this years NBA but put them up against the 71-72 Lakers or the 95-96 Bulls and this team would be in trouble. The 71-72 Lakers had a dominate post threat in Wilt Chamberlain who the Heat have no one to match up with offensively or defensively. In other words Chamberlain would control the paint and the Heat wouldn’t be able to do anything about it! On top of the Hall of Fame center the Lakers also had two other future Hall of Famers in Elgin Baylor and Jerry West who the NBA symbol was made to honor! The 71-72 Lakers team also won by an average of 12 points per game during the regular season while this years Heat team is winning by an average of 8 points per game. The other team that this years Heat are being compared to are the 95-96 Chicago Bulls who many consider the greatest of all time because they set the NBA record for most wins in a season with 72. On top of that they had arguably the greatest player of all time in Michael Jordan, one of the greatest rebounders of all time Dennis Rodman and one of the greatest wing men of all time in Scottie Pippen. You also have to remember they had head coach Phil Jackson who has won more NBA championships then any other coach in the history of the NBA with 11 and two more as a player. Once again the 95-96 Bulls just like the 71-72 Lakers would be able to exploit this years Heat team and most likely beat them. Rodman would be able to own the paint even with LeBron being moved to the power forward spot Rodman was good enough that he would have been able to guard him without a double team. The 95-96 Bulls also were beating teams by 12 points per game and had all the components to beat this years Heat team. The Bulls also had a deep bench with solid players such as Toni Kukoc and Steve Kerr a player considered the best three point shooter of all time behind only Ray Allen (on this years Heat roster) and Reggie Miller. If we could only see these matchups in real life and not have to let a video game play games for them.

Now I’m not trying to deny how talented this team is nor how great they can be! All I’m trying to say is that I don’t think you can call them the best team ever in the history of the NBA. Even if this team wins out they will be 68-14 at best which would be behind both the 71-72 Lakers (69-13) and the 95-96 Bulls (72-10) but they could have the longest win streak in NBA history and pass the 71-72 Lakers record of 33 games. Let’s be serious though it doesn’t matter what you really do in the regular season when you’re as good as the Miami Heat it’s all about the playoffs. As the 95-96 Bulls said after they won 72 games “It doesn’t mean a thing without a ring”!

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