5 SHOCKING Teams To Play In The NBA Finals 

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Although the Phoenix Suns were the 2 seed in the west, and people talked about the Milwaukee Bucks, it safe to say that we’re all at least a little surprised by this finals matchup.
So in honor of the great season that these teams are having, let’s go through some of the most surprising rosters in recent history to reach the NBA finals. What up everybody, my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
Starting off with the 1 and only number 8 seed to ever play in the finals. My New York Knicks.
Sure, the 1999 season was a lockout shortened one but still, that doesn’t take away the achievement of this group led by Patrick Ewing and the young additions of Allan Houston and Latrell Spewell.
In a legendary 1 vs 8 first round series against their arch rival and nemesis the Miami Heat, they knew that it would be tough, and they would need to fight hard and dig deep in order to win.
In that iconic battle, it all came down to a deciding game and 1 last shot. Houston curls, floats it up, front rim, backboard and in, shocking the entire arena as they became the first 8 seeded team to knock out a number 1.
Still on a high from that huge win, the Knicks rolled past Atlanta in a second round sweep, to set up a conference finals showdown with another famous New York enemy. Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers.
This series gave us another unforgettable shot in game 3. With the Knicks down 3 and little time left, they gave the ball to Larry Johnson, and the rest is history. As he converted the 4 point play, they went up 2-1 in the series, a lead that they wouldn’t give up. Ultimately clinching in 6, the New York Knicks stunned the basketball world as they secured a place in the NBA finals against Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs. Playing without Patrick Ewing who got injured in the Pacers series, the Knicks were no match for Duncan and Robinson as the Spurs won their first of 5 championships. Still, this improbable playoff run by the 8 seeded Knicks will live forever in NBA history.
Next, we got the 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers. And this collection of players that Lebron James was able to drag all the way to the finals, is possibly the best example of his greatness.
I mean look at this image. First of all, ask yourself how many of these guys you recognize, and then out of those, how many do you know just because they played on this roster alongside Lebron? I mean seriously, where did Boobie Gibson play after Cleveland? What happened to Damon Jones? Drew Gooden… Wooow no disrespect but all credit to James for this one.
Anyway the Cavaliers finished second in the east this season and blew past Washington in the first round sweeping them in 4 games.
In the second, they faced the trio of Jason Kidd, Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson, but took care of business in 6 games, setting up an anticipated matchup against the 1 seeded Detroit Pistons.
And game 5 of that series will forever be remembered as the moment when Lebron James officially became the king.
In a pivotal game with the series tied at 2, Lebron looked like a man possessed in the 4th quarter and overtime, scoring 29 of Cleveland’s last 30 points in that stretch. Huge shoutout to Donyel Marshall for chipping in with 1 made free throw.
The Pistons threw every single defender on Lebron but they all looked helpless and could only witness the historic performance that happened right before their eyes.
The Cavs would eventually close it out in game 6 and move on to the finals where once again the Spurs were more than happy to face a subpar team that surprisingly found themselves there. And again, despite the sweep, this finals appearance with this roster, to me speaks more for the greatness of Lebron than even possibly some of his titles.
It’s not that the 2011 Dallas Mavericks weren’t a good team but the West was absolutely stacked back then. You had the 61 win Spurs as the 1 seed, then Kobe and the Lakers looking for the three peat. The young Thunder still had James Harden and Jeff Green alongside KD and Russ of course, making them the most dangerous team on the rise.
And even the Blazers who were the first round opponent for the Mavericks that year.
Dallas took care of them in 6, which brought them to the defending champions the Lakers.
In a shocking turn of events, the core of Dirk, J-Kidd, Terry, the Matrix and Tyson Chandler among others, absolutely destroyed LA, sweeping them and essentially ending their run as contenders.
The Western Conference Finals was probably a bit more competitive than the 4-1 record would suggest but ultimately, the experience that the Mavs had was too much to handle for OKC despite the youth and athleticism that was on their side.

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Heat Check
Heat Check Πριν 24 ημέρες
*CORRECTION: Sry, I totally forgot about Mutombo hugging the ball on the floor after the 8 seeded Nuggets defeated the #1 Sonics in 1994. The Denver Nuggets were the first team to do that, before the '99 Knicks.*
Only Facts
Only Facts Πριν 2 ημέρες
@Zoz Plays RESEARCH???
Philip Bian Alcuizar
Philip Bian Alcuizar Πριν 20 ημέρες
@Only Facts okay then
Only Facts
Only Facts Πριν 20 ημέρες
@Philip Bian Alcuizar its not hate its a critique.
Philip Bian Alcuizar
Philip Bian Alcuizar Πριν 20 ημέρες
@Only Facts you hate lemickey?
Only Facts
Only Facts Πριν 20 ημέρες
@Philip Bian Alcuizar Now explain what you were trying to say, but in ENGLISH...
Phat Do
Phat Do Πριν 4 ημέρες
3:52 best flop ever recorded
sunshine 💮
sunshine 💮 Πριν 5 ημέρες
I dunno about yall but them Mavs team are nice nice, they dont have 2 or 3 superstar, But Jet? J kidd? And Chandler they're not just good players, they're Great.
Sean Kenneth Vicencio
Sean Kenneth Vicencio Πριν 6 ημέρες
How about the Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic?
bball bros
bball bros Πριν 9 ημέρες
2001 76ers
Aaron Rooks
Aaron Rooks Πριν 10 ημέρες
How did this generation make it seem ok to praise other players for losing in the Finals
Aaron Rooks
Aaron Rooks Πριν 10 ημέρες
Where’s the ‘01 Sixers team
FILZ F Πριν 14 ημέρες
YesSiRr!! Mate.. I knew it was a good idea to suBB here... that was not only very interesting but also entertaining!! Awesome video bro... MuchO Appreciated!! Lol! Take it easy and Stay Safe out there!!
seanie seares
seanie seares Πριν 17 ημέρες
That 2018 cavs run to the finals with Lebron was also amazing
bhuwan chandra
bhuwan chandra Πριν 17 ημέρες
Every other team that mentioned here has at least 2 or more all stars or superstars. But 07 cavs. It was one man wrecking crew. Lebron carrying bench players to the finals
Leonardo De Carlo
Leonardo De Carlo Πριν 19 ημέρες
That playoff run of Nowitzki it is the best basketball ever played, no one ever played a basket like him in the series against Thunders.
maro yagu
maro yagu Πριν 19 ημέρες
That 2006-07 cavs is not that bad of a team,.. skilled vets and good players,... not all that great,... but definitely not that bad in that period,... not as if it was a trash team,...
Wojciech Kogut.
Wojciech Kogut. Πριν 19 ημέρες
Cleveland 2018 team was even worse than 2007.
Tigreal Paxley
Tigreal Paxley Πριν 19 ημέρες
imagine if 07 cavs won the finals...
Good'Jounkie Aquatics
Good'Jounkie Aquatics Πριν 20 ημέρες
2006-2007 Finals has a lot of very very good healthy veteran players. Unfortunately, that's it. All they have are vets and not developing rookies. Then there's Lebron's stepfather.
Manuel Ayala
Manuel Ayala Πριν 20 ημέρες
Lol Lebron has 10 finals appearances because his conference has always been garbage.
Noraj Nodezespouar
Noraj Nodezespouar Πριν 20 ημέρες
You finally worked your rebound !
Rn-WIlX Πριν 20 ημέρες
The Bucks weak team we all know why they in the finals thanks to Giannis injuring Kyrie and Ben Simmons throwing the 76ers games, the Bucks the weakest in all 8 teams.
Cedric Asdfghjkl
Cedric Asdfghjkl Πριν 20 ημέρες
I honestly wasn't surprised at all to see the Raps in 2019 and Heat in 2020 in the finals, because they were my pick to make it out of the East. I was also not surprised that the Suns are in the Finals, because I knew pretty early in the season that if the Lakers don't make for some reason the finals, the Suns will.
John Paul Punla
John Paul Punla Πριν 20 ημέρες
Cavs 2018 finals by lebron
jdelgado216 Πριν 20 ημέρες
That Cavs 07 team was mediocre offensively but really good on defense
Joalcas Payne
Joalcas Payne Πριν 21 ημέρα
Haters will never recognized the greatness of Bron... But who cares😁
Seye Joseph
Seye Joseph Πριν 21 ημέρα
Most special Run is 95 houston Rockets 🚀 6th seed to Championship...Ran through Stockton Malone, Barkley KJ Marle, David Robinson Rodman , Shaq Penny Grant... oh and Jordan was in the NBA to witness the Dream in 1995
Ok Bud
Ok Bud Πριν 21 ημέρα
Great vid
Samsung Phone
Samsung Phone Πριν 21 ημέρα
Dallas Mavericks 2011 Playoffs For Me Is The Most Hardest Playoff Runs Until They Reach The Finals.
Lemuel Borinaga
Lemuel Borinaga Πριν 21 ημέρα
Mavs run was epic and my GOAT
Only Facts
Only Facts Πριν 21 ημέρα
2007 CLEVELAND was a good team in a horrible EAST COAST...they won 50 games. LEBRON missed 4 games and they won 3 and only lost 1 by 2 points. Without LEBRON, CAVS won by 27 points and 24 points and 8 against the SIXERS. L.Hughes lead the league in steals 2years earlier with 3 steals per game , and was one of the best defenders in the game. Varejao was also a hustle and a great defender. E.Snow was a great defender. Ilgauskas was an all-star... D.Gooden was a good role player. Gibson and Pavlovic were good 3 point shooters. D.Jones was in the 3 point contest. D.Marshall had the NBA record of 3 points made 12 in a game...
Chris John Guyo
Chris John Guyo Πριν 21 ημέρα
TOP 5: 2011, 2011, 2011, 2011, and 2011
Alexandre Lct
Alexandre Lct Πριν 21 ημέρα
The 2019's toronto isn't what you mine, they clearly had on of the best team since the start of the season, and clearly become on of the favorite when they took marc gasol to the grizz. In sthe summer 2018 when I seen their new roster I bet that they would be champion, I was surprise I was right, but we can't say that they doesn't were one of the favorites
RVid88 Πριν 21 ημέρα
So what?no means at all he is not the goat
Renjolo Bagunu
Renjolo Bagunu Πριν 21 ημέρα
Lebron was really built different
RiccieP Πριν 21 ημέρα
That Detroit finals against Spurs
Brando Πριν 21 ημέρα
bucks only beat nets because of injuries if we still had Lamarcus,dinwiddie,kyrie, and harden there's no way...
Jerome Πριν 21 ημέρα
I expected to see miami in the finals last year since february
Mister Class
Mister Class Πριν 21 ημέρα
Actually Lebron had a decent roster in 07 that were good enough to compete against very weak teams in the east. Everybody knows that whoever wins the WCF that time were the ones winning the ring.
ColadaK 58
ColadaK 58 Πριν 22 ημέρες
Where are the 2021 bucks at?
Dante Eudora
Dante Eudora Πριν 22 ημέρες
How are the '01 Sixers not on here? That was every bit as much of a "carry job" as the '07 Cavs were.
jdelgado216 Πριν 20 ημέρες
Yeap, any of those teams had great defense but mediocre offense depending on a single player for that
ACE REAL Πριν 22 ημέρες
76ers 2001 vs lakers.
Jona Ralte14
Jona Ralte14 Πριν 22 ημέρες
Alongside lebron I only know varjeo... I think I heard Jones before but not sure
Epupify Πριν 22 ημέρες
The '99 knicks don't count as underdogs, if anything the surprising thing is they finished 8th instead of top 3.
Leon Coronado
Leon Coronado Πριν 22 ημέρες
Lebrons taking a pic for them in the thumbnail because they’ll never be there again lol
幽助浦飯 Πριν 22 ημέρες
3:49 i love that, veterans doesn't flop huh?
josh mirr
josh mirr Πριν 21 ημέρα
Lebron learned from them. Players used to pound bron everytime without getting a whistle just because he is too strong and too fast
Adrian G-More
Adrian G-More Πριν 22 ημέρες
Peace out
hokuto shinken
hokuto shinken Πριν 22 ημέρες
2:37 I recognise every single player on this picture, and I m Italian.......
Pygmalion Aprilis
Pygmalion Aprilis Πριν 22 ημέρες
2007 and 2018 cavs were lottery teams if not for LeBron. They had absolutely no business being in the finals.
Owen G
Owen G Πριν 22 ημέρες
@Pygmalion Aprilis fax
Pygmalion Aprilis
Pygmalion Aprilis Πριν 22 ημέρες
@Owen G By a mile. Only CP comes to mind as a distant second, he has turned many loosing franchises.
Owen G
Owen G Πριν 22 ημέρες
Fax Lebron is the most impactful player in nba history
Lawrence Rafael Brazil
Lawrence Rafael Brazil Πριν 22 ημέρες
3:49 flop😳😳😳
Rosvelando Cruz II
Rosvelando Cruz II Πριν 22 ημέρες
People diminish Dirk's legacy by pushing for the narrative that LeBron or Miami choked/underperformed rather than acknowledge the Mavs and Dirk's greatness.
Vanguardas Πριν 22 ημέρες
Disliked cause you didn't pu the 2001 Sixers
Jayvee Gabriele Villanueva
Jayvee Gabriele Villanueva Πριν 22 ημέρες
It should include 2018 Cleveland cavaliers
Rotsen Victor Esteban
Rotsen Victor Esteban Πριν 22 ημέρες
Mad respect to the Raptors that year but shame on the fans that cheered when Durant got injured.
Ish_JAz_MeTaL 2.0
Ish_JAz_MeTaL 2.0 Πριν 22 ημέρες
I think Chris Paul will gonna have his first championship ring he deserves it🤘😉
dimitri clarke
dimitri clarke Πριν 22 ημέρες
Really 2007 cavs ….. brah the team wasnt bad eye test prove that cause they played like a team focus around lebron so obviously lebron will shine over everyone else , but if yu actually watched them play u saw alot a talent cause lebron didn’t have to play 40 minutes every game so that says alot
James Allen Sandoval
James Allen Sandoval Πριν 22 ημέρες
You forgot 2018 cavs
Red Fox
Red Fox Πριν 23 ημέρες
how can you forgot AI???? #3
Nagoto Uzumaki
Nagoto Uzumaki Πριν 23 ημέρες
Klay only got injured during second half of game 6. I know KD got injured but Warriors still made it to the finals without him. Warriors were still a good team. Thanks for mentioning the Raptors, people undermine their win cause of injuries but don’t recognize that they were still a good team.
Randy Lane
Randy Lane Πριν 23 ημέρες
crazzy thing about that 8 seeded Knick team, because it was a strike shorten season they were not your normal 8th seed.record wise or even team wise. 1 - 8 were all equal that year
Luis Colon
Luis Colon Πριν 23 ημέρες
Not a single word about jj barea in that mavericks playoffs run……
Gabe Karl
Gabe Karl Πριν 23 ημέρες
this vid shows Crowder always in the finals haha
Aaron Betancourt
Aaron Betancourt Πριν 23 ημέρες
The 2001 sixers beside AI were trash. They had Eric snow, raja bell, tyron hill, Aaron McKee, they did motombo but that team was ass
Aaron Betancourt
Aaron Betancourt Πριν 23 ημέρες
2001 sixers should of been obvious
Lorenzo Πριν 23 ημέρες
Shoutout to the Bratislava Knicks
Alan Armstrong
Alan Armstrong Πριν 23 ημέρες
assumed would spoken about more of the 80, 00 teams. what about the nets that got there twice
Epupify Πριν 22 ημέρες
Maybe only the rockets in '81 and '86, because apart from them all the teams making the finals were complete studs. And since I wasn't alive back then, I'll have to assume that if the Rockets made the finals those seasons is because they were a legit threat in the conference, even when the Lakers, Celtics and Sixers ended up being everything people remember being good at that time. And the thing with the sixers, nets and pistons in the 2000's is that even when they looked weak for a finalist, they were still the best team in their conferences, and favored to get to the finals.
Devin Booker
Devin Booker Πριν 23 ημέρες
DALLAS in 2011!
William Fernandes
William Fernandes Πριν 23 ημέρες
The 2004 Detroit Pistons are missing.
Adidas Boy
Adidas Boy Πριν 23 ημέρες
put some respect on Big Z
Damir Vujević
Damir Vujević Πριν 23 ημέρες
98/99 was a crazy season. MJ just retired so half of the league thought "This is our year". Especially New Yorkers. But Knicks had a problem - Ewing was getting older, slower and injury-prone. And Gundy didn't have the b*lls to change anything. He wanted to have another go, but management decided for him and traded two fan favorites (Starks and Oakley) for the young(er) guys with a question mark above them - Camby had problems with injuries and Sprewell was batshit crazy. And those guys (with Houston) got them to the finals.
V H Πριν 23 ημέρες
Dallas Mavericks 2011 was the most impressive team on this lists because they ran through all healthy team for a championship.
Paolo De Guzman
Paolo De Guzman Πριν 23 ημέρες
What about iverson?
ugnius ugnisu
ugnius ugnisu Πριν 23 ημέρες
Nice list. I would have replaced bubble Heat with 1994 Rockets which was arguably the greatest postseason performance ever by a single player (Hakeem). That team was abysmal. Also, Iverson's 2001 team could be here and they actually took a game off the Lakers who would have otherwise swept the whole playoffs (unlike the 2007 Cavs who were swept in the Finals). Although the 2001 East was weak and Philly were probably the favourites, but again it was the same in 2007 with Cavs.
clarsonsx Πριν 23 ημέρες
Too bad, Lebron gave up on Cavs after their loss on Spurs. Maybe at that time he already started to blame the team. 😅
Epupify Πριν 22 ημέρες
No, the team got actually dominant, and definitely better, for two seasons after that finals run, with Lebron still at the helm and some significant roster changes. But lots of people, including Lebron, didn't accept the fact that despite the team dominating the regular season, there were better teams like the big three Celtics come playoff time, and after not making the finals those two seasons is that Lebron gave up on the team and decided to leave.
Krzysztof Mikiński
Krzysztof Mikiński Πριν 23 ημέρες
More like 5 shocking teams to play in the nba finals after 1999. Can stop pretending that nba started in 90/00?
Renan Bustamante
Renan Bustamante Πριν 23 ημέρες
Where’s the 2009 magic?
Ivan Prskalo
Ivan Prskalo Πριν 23 ημέρες
Zydrunas and Snow were solid players.
Adidas Boy
Adidas Boy Πριν 23 ημέρες
Big Z was great
Dangic23 Πριν 23 ημέρες
Yes!!!! The NYK 1999 team was fun to watch.
Luis Gomez
Luis Gomez Πριν 23 ημέρες
The 2015 warriors
Joseph Tan
Joseph Tan Πριν 23 ημέρες
Lebron the goat
gavo Πριν 23 ημέρες
And that 2019 Toronto run was special. I wish Kawhi would’ve stayed for another year or 2 to run it back.
OjoRojo40 Πριν 23 ημέρες
How the fuck can you forget the 2004 Pistons?????
gavo Πριν 23 ημέρες
Another great video. Imma say this tho, I hate this narrative that the 07’ Cavs weren’t suppose to be in the finals. Like you said, they were a top 3 seed and they had a top 5 defense. LeBron had solid role players that suited his play style & that Detroit team wasn’t the same as that 04’ Championship team (Big Ben was in Chicago).
Afro Jack
Afro Jack Πριν 23 ημέρες
I love your videos but 2019 Raptors was stacked asf.
D Πριν 23 ημέρες
Great video as always, but I would argue regarding 2011 Dallas team. In my opinion, that was hell of a team and amazingly prepared for the playoffs
milan j
milan j Πριν 23 ημέρες
what about the 95 rockets? facing contenders every round as the underdog except maybe the finals itself
inl New life
inl New life Πριν 23 ημέρες
2018 lebron james team
neben Πριν 23 ημέρες
If Giannis doesn't come back, it's a sweep.
Itz Looney
Itz Looney Πριν 23 ημέρες
For my wwe fans, yes that was carmella
Knots Billington
Knots Billington Πριν 23 ημέρες
8:17 dude on left didn't even jump lol
Knots Billington
Knots Billington Πριν 23 ημέρες
4:33 how he walked off 🤣🤣
Harman Baddesha
Harman Baddesha Πριν 23 ημέρες
That raps run was the best run I watched for sure
The sports
The sports Πριν 23 ημέρες
Arthur Soprani
Arthur Soprani Πριν 23 ημέρες
Varejao carried the 07 Cavs shm
Adidas Boy
Adidas Boy Πριν 23 ημέρες
Big Z
Leonardo De Carlo
Leonardo De Carlo Πριν 23 ημέρες
This was because of very poor Estearn conference for long time.
Bilbo McFonzie
Bilbo McFonzie Πριν 23 ημέρες
03:48 Legendary flop!
Pedro Henrique
Pedro Henrique Πριν 23 ημέρες
04 pistons 95 rockets and 18 cavs too
jothom516 Πριν 23 ημέρες
As a sixers fan, I can confirm that the kawhi leanoard game winner was the most heartbreaking thing I've ever experienced
tri dra
tri dra Πριν 23 ημέρες
Giannis and the Bucks have been insane this playoffs
Lonny Breaux
Lonny Breaux Πριν 23 ημέρες
You really missed two unbelievable runs of the 86-87 Rockets and the 93-94 Rockets of which the last is probably the hardest championship ever won as the lowest seed ever(7th).
Lonny Breaux
Lonny Breaux Πριν 20 ημέρες
@Itachi-kun Sorry that's right 6th, still the lowest seed.
Itachi-kun Πριν 20 ημέρες
6th seeded
Justher Paul Daguplo
Justher Paul Daguplo Πριν 23 ημέρες
Bamb8s Πριν 23 ημέρες
Well last year I expected that Lakers would be champions and the heat runner ups. This year the west was crazy tho so I was wrong but I expected before the play in that the bucks would be east champions and lose in the finals. We ll see how that last one will age
Roger Makarov
Roger Makarov Πριν 23 ημέρες
You know that CAVS team had one more hall of famer (if you know you know)
Adidas Boy
Adidas Boy Πριν 23 ημέρες
And they also had Big Z. A 2 time allstar
DrTensley Πριν 23 ημέρες
Wasn't the nuggets the 1st 8 seed to win the first round
ellanvanninaldeain ჰმ
ellanvanninaldeain ჰმ Πριν 23 ημέρες
i actually wouldn't say that GSW was this struck by Thompson's injuries, he missed only 5 quarters. and Raptors played the entire playoffs without Anunoby
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