The 7 Greatest NBA Offenses of All Time

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Defense might win championships, but the real joy of basketball comes at the offensive end of the court. NBA fans were reminded of this last year, when Miami was in the midst of their epic 27 win streak, and they were reminded again when the Spurs pass happy offense blew through everyone that wasn’t the Dallas Mavericks during the offseason. Good ball movement is awesome. Scoring is awesome. Teams that play as teams are awesome.

Whether it’s LeBron and Carmelo Anthony putting a new spin on the undersized powerforward, watching a well-executed outlet pass into a fast break, or watching Chris Paul vivisect in the half court, the best offenses culminate in jawdropping flashes of skill and precision. They also only get more fun when matched up against a competent defense, which is why some fans barely bother with the NBA until the playoffs arrive.

That’s fairly indefensible, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. No, now that we’re all stuck watching Summer League highlight videos and wishing that preseason would just hurry up and start already — we can take small solace in the FIBA World Championships, which is happening this summer (even if their rules about goaltending always take a game or five to look normal.) For now, let’s celebrate the best offensive juggernauts in the modern history of the NBA: only teams that played with a three point line are included.

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