There have been hundreds of teams over the past 25 years of NBA basketball and it certainly takes a lot to be considered one of the greatest. Talent, chemistry and tenacity are all necessary components. Of course, the occasional superstar doesn't hurt matters either. Just ask Michael. Or Magic. Or Bird.

We took our time in deciding the 25 greatest teams of these past 25 years, finding the best version of each candidate, with no overlap. Because where's the fun in picking the '91,'92 and '93 Bulls, right? 

Fortunately for us-and for you-many of these teams are playable in NBA 2K12, in stores October 4th. Have a beef with our picks? An argument amongst friends? Pick up a controller and settle it yourselves. But don't be surprised if things turn out how we told you.