When LeBron James took his talents to South Beach in 2010 to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat, many proclaimed that team was the first super team assembled in NBA history.
James, Wade and Bosh were all in their primes and were a lethal Big Three during their time together. They went to four straight Finals, winning two of them.
But one of the best players the game has ever seen, Hall-of-Famer Clyde Drexler, disagrees with the notion that LeBron's Heat team was the first super team in the NBA.
"I do know that super teams are not a new phenomenon," Drexler told Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson of Basketball Society.com. "They’ve been happening for years. Bill Russell played with five Hall of Famers at the same time and that’s why he won 11 championships in 13 years. On top of being phenomenal, you’ve got five to six Hall of Famers that you’re playing with.
“Then you got Celtics again with [Larry] Bird, [Kevin] McHale, [Robert] Parish, [Danny] Ainge. I mean, that’s a super team and they’ve always been around. The super teams usually win. Because why? They’re very talented and they know how to play the game."
Drexler, who was a 10-time All-Star and won the 1994-95 championship with the Houston Rockets, also says the Los Angeles Lakers were a super team.
"You’ve got Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], [James] Worthy, Magic [Johnson], c’mon, man," Drexler said. "And then you got [Ben] McAdoo, Mychal Thompson, you’ve got Byron Scott, A.C. Green, Kurt Rambis; all these great players playing together and at a very high level. That’s what super teams are all about."
By Drexler's standards, the Golden State Warriors are the only super team in the league currently. They have four future Hall of Famers in their starting lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.
Golden State also signed DeMarcus Cousins this summer on a one-year deal. When Cousins returns from his Achilles injury, the Warriors' starting lineup will feature five players who have been to multiple All-Star games.