Top Professional Basketball Franchise in History
by Josh Brown
(Phoenix, AZ (transplant))
The Boston Celtics are undoubtedly the best all-time Professional Basketball Franchise. There are many reasons, but really only one is needed. The reason? They have won the most National Basketball Association (NBA) Championships with 17!!
The Celtics play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association. Since establishment in 1946, the NBA’s top franchise has won more championships than any NBA franchise, including eight straight titles from 1959 to 1966. That streak was by far the longest Championship streak in NBA history.
Currently, Doc Rivers is the head coach of the Celtics, franchise is owned by Wycliffe Grousbeck, and TD Banknorth Garden is their home ground.
The dynasty of Boston Celtics began in 1957 with KC Jones, Cousy, Heinsohn and Russell in the team which lasted for more than a decade. Following to this they had The Larry Bird Years; a golden years, once again in 1979-1992.
From 1992 to 2001, things kept getting worse for the Celtics. However, they rebuilt themselves from 2001 to 2007. Finally, the Boston Three Party era was initiated in 2007 with the surfacing of Celtics to prominence. On June 17, 2008, the best all time Pro Basketball Franchise won their seventeenth championship, defeating the
Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals.
Overall the Boston Celtics have proved themselves as the franchise that is tough to beat and plays like a very cohesive unit. The franchise comes forth with astonishing defense and the best ever Boston Three Party; Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. However, the weakness of Celtics lie in that the franchise lacks a pro center, comparable to Yao Ming or Shaq O’ Neil. Kedrick Perkins is strong and functional but is undersized. Additionally, the Celtics, in comparison with teams like the LA Lakers, lack a strong bench.
Overall it’s very hard to beat Boston because it had three exceptionally good players that need double coverage. Garnett makes himself useful in the post and can easily shoot mid-range jumpers. Paul Pierce could go through for an effortless deuce. And, the deadliest shooter since Reggie Miller is the brilliant Ray Allen.
Given the strengths Boston franchise could be hoisting no. 18 very soon as long as they play their cards well. If the Celtics don't make it this year, they still have a two to three year window with the Big Three to gain yet another championship for the top NBA franchise in the history of the game.