The Best NBA Teams to Never Win an NBA Title

5. 1986-87 Boston Celtics

Record and standing: 59-23, 1st in Atlantic Division
Hall of Famer(s): Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson, Bill Walton
Scoring leader: Larry Bird (28.1 PPG)
Rebounds leader: Robert Parish (10.6 RPG)
Assists leader: Larry Bird (7.6 APG)
Round eliminated: NBA Finals

After putting up what many consider to be the greatest season in NBA history in 1985-86, the Celtics had the No. 2 pick in the draft and looked like they'd grabbed another franchise cornerstone when they selected Maryland's Len Bias. However, Bias' tragic death after a cocaine overdose less than 48 hours after being drafted was the first of several turns of bad luck for the Celtics, as injuries began to derail the defending champions' title aspirations.

The Celtics limped into the Finals despite injuries to key players Bill Walton, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, and Danny Ainge, and were simply no match for a very strong Lakers squad. With Bias, the Celtics would surely have been able to ease the burden on their veterans and put on a better showing than the six game defeat they suffered at the hands of their rivals.

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