1. 2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks seemed destined for greatness at the beginning of the 2010-11 NBA season. Jason Terry tattooed the Larry O'Brien Trophy on his upper arm. This would be a foreshadowing of things to come.
During the offseason, the team acquired defensive anchor Tyson Chandler from the Charlotte Bobcats. The Mavs also resigned Nowitzki that season to 4 four-year $80 million deal and Brendan Haywood to a six-year contract. Dallas also added Peja Stojakovic and Corey Brewer in midseason acquisitions.
The team finished the season with a 57-25 record. This was good enough for a third-place finish, as Dallas tied with Los Angeles for second. In the playoffs, the Mavericks had one of the roughest schedules.
They opened up the first round against a young Portland Trailblazers. Dallas won the first games of the series before tying it up. The Mavs would go on to win the next two. The team then went on to sweep the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers.
Nowitzki and his team squared off against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. The Mavericks had no trouble winning the series, as they won the series in five.
Dallas's biggest test came against Lebron James and the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh were heavily favored against the Mavs. However, the Mavericks turned point came in game 2 when they mounted a 15-point comeback. In game 3, the team lost by two. The team would win the next three games of the series and be crowned NBA Champions.
Beating Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and James in the playoffs is enough to solidify the team as one of the best in team history.