What is a superteam? It’s a unit composed of multiple players with high talent, thus making it nearly impossible to topple the team. Every match against them is a David and Goliath story; except David only wins on occasion. Several franchises have tried to assemble superteams over the years and some have failed. The successes have led to sleepless nights from opposing coaches. Some say they aren’t fair while the fans of the teams will tell you to stop complaining. For better or for worse, these superteams are top-ranked.
2011-14: If You Can’t Take The Heat, Join Them
Before assembling one of the terrifying teams in NBA history, Dwayne Wade was on his own in Miami. He averaged 26.6 points per game (ppg) in the 2009-10 season but couldn’t win a title by himself. LeBron James and the Cavaliers were knocked out of the playoffs and then “The Decision” happened.
Not one, not two, but three superstars joined forces on the Miami Heat to create a team that was incredibly hard to beat. Two out of the four years they played together were championship seasons. The trio of James, Wade, and Chris Bosh will go down in history.
2004: The Yankees Get Even Better
The New York Yankees have some of the most loyal fans in sports. When they’re hot, the whole city is there for them. When they’re down, the people are still rooting actively for their team. It figures that in 2004; the fanbase went ballistic!
The Yankees had names like Jorge Posada, Kenny Lofton, Jason Giambi, oh and Derek Jeter. Then they went and added a pretty good shortstop in Alex Rodriguez. On paper, the Yankees had a team general managers only dream of. This next team sent shockwaves across the NFL.
2011: The Dream Team Eagles
The 2011 Eagles stacked up both their defense and their offense. A team filled with Pro Bowl players surely had to strike fear in the hearts of teams in their division. Interestingly enough, their record didn’t reflect the “dream team” status predicted.
Their back up quarterback Vince Young was asked about his new team during training camp. “Aww, Dream Team, heh, heh, heh, heh,” Young started. “From Nnamdi [Asomugha] to [Dominique Rodgers-]Cromartie, to Jason [Babin] to myself.” Those are impressive names, but the whole team couldn’t get it together.
2007: The Celtics New Big Three
As great as Paul Peirce was, he couldn’t carry a lowly Boston Celtic team any longer. In the summer of 2007, mastermind general manager Danny Ainge got on the phone and made some calls. By the time the season started, 10-time All-Star Kevin Garnett, and legendary shooter Ray Allen were on the team.
Pierce instantly received the help he needed. The Celtics became favored to win the Eastern Conference as well. Sure enough, this superteam ended up winning a championship their first year together by beating the Lakers in the finals.
2007-12: Football In Spain Never Felt So Good
From 2007 to 2012, Spain was the football team to beat. One outstanding fact is that from 2007-09, Spain was unbeaten for 35 games. Wow. Not only that, a year after that streak, they went on to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
That’s only a piece of their resume. This team also won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. There aren’t many other football teams that can get close to this type of run. Some of the notable players include Carles Puyol, Xabi Alonso, and Iker Casillas.
2013: Showtime Reborn With Lakers?
The period between the Lakers last championship and Kobe Bryant’s retirement was extremely interesting. It was clear that Bryant was on the decline, but the Lakers fanbase doesn’t do well with losing. Thus, a new superteam formed. Only this time, the core talents of the team were fading away.
The Lakers acquired Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to play alongside Bryant, Metta World Peace, and Pau Gasol. Howard was coming off back surgery, and Nash was on his last legs. The team crawled into the playoffs but lost in the first round.
2001: The Avalanche That Keeps Going
The Colorado Avalanche dominated during the 2000-2001 season. One player on their team, Joe Sakic, netted 54 goals. Some teams can’t get that from three players combined. And we can’t forget how Peter Forsberg, Alex Tanguay, and Chris Drury combined powers for a total of 78 goals.
During the regular season, the team amounted to 118 points. They played together and made their way to the Stanley Cup Finals. The suspenseful series against the Devils went seven games, with the Avalanche coming out on top. Up next, a superteam that has a clear path for more dominance.
2017~: Who Can Stop The Warriors?
The Warriors were already a pretty good team when they won a title in 2015. They followed that up by losing a 3-1 series lead to LeBron the next year. So what do they do? Add a fourth All-Star to the team in Kevin Durant.
Durant and the Warriors went on to win two straight titles, but in the summer of 2018, things heated up even more. In a move no one saw coming, arguably the best center in the NBA, Demarcus Cousins, signed a deal with the Warriors. Who will be able to topple them?
2004: Go Trojans Go!
If we’re discussing superteams, there is no way these USC Trojans are left off the list. When you have two players in the finals for the Heisman Trophy race (Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart) and one of them wins, you’re doing pretty well.
Five college teams finished the 2004 season undefeated, but USC proved they were one of the most deserving teams to play for the championship. Their average margin of victory was 25.2 points, but their National Championship game victory was by 36 points.
1982: Vintage MJ And The Tarheels
Does the name Michael Jordan ring a bell? Before he was defying gravity in the NBA, he put on a pretty impressive run at his alma mater, University of North Carolina. At UNC, Jordan played alongside James Worthy and Sam Perkins. It was Perkins who was the cornerstone of the team.
Jordan, during his freshman year, averaged 13 ppg while Worthy poured in 15. Perkins used his talent to bring in 14 ppg and seven rebounds per game also. The team finished 32-2 and won the National Championship game thanks to a jump shot by Jordan.