One season later,  NBA 2K17 MT and the ascending Lakers dynasty quickly usurped the Sonics in the Western Conference hierarchy. The Bullets as a franchise (now known as the Wizards) have not been back to The Finals since 1979.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 1983

1983 Finals: Sixers vs. Lakers

Dr. J and the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.


In the previous Finals: Led by first-year coach Pat Riley, the Lakers eliminated the Sixers in Game 6 of the 1982 Finals.

The rematch: Sixers sweep Lakers to win first title since 1968.

How it went: "Showtime" was blossoming in Los Angeles, as the Lakers were beginning a run of seven Finals appearances in eight seasons. The Sixers, meanwhile, had lost in The Finals in three of the previous six seasons, and were hoping to grasp a championship while Julius "Dr. J" Erving was still in  .