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The top 10 champs in the NBA's early years

Originally Published: June 6, 2007
By Ken Shouler | Special to ESPN.com

To accompany the ranking of the past 60 NBA Finals opponents, we're also ranking the top 10 teams from the league's first 30 years, 1947-1976.

These teams are recalled by fewer and fewer people, but their achievements live on in record books and in the minds of those who saw them, and several of them are among the very greatest basketball teams ever.

First, the criteria. To qualify for this list, a team must have won the championship.

So if the 1974 Bucks were more dominant ...

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