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Four of the biggest one-man teams in NBA history

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So no team in the NBA is a one-man team. Every star player needs help, but some get more than others.

Stephen Curry had assistance from Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as the Golden State Warriors won the title in 2015, while the Miami Heat's 'big three' of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh worked together to bring success to the organisation. But sometimes there are players who take on an incredible amount in the name of success.

With Russell Westbrook set to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder into a new, post-Durant era, here are four examples of the biggest one-man teams in recent history.

1997-98 Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls had been a dominant team throughout the 1990s, but by '98 there was a sense their time at the top was coming to an end. Michael Jordan was 34 and Scottie Pippen was no longer at the height of his powers.

Having topped the Eastern Conference and navigated their way through the playoffs once again, they played the Utah Jazz in the Finals and MJ produced his superhuman best one final time.

Throughout the postseason, he averaged 32.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists while playing 41.5 minutes a game and shooting 46.2 percent from the field.

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls celebrates 14

2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers

The 'big three' of Miami was replaced by the 'big three' of Cleveland in James' life as he returned to his home franchise. But having got to the finals, it had all fallen apart for the Cavs. 

With Kevin Love succumbing to an injury in their first round victory over the Boston Celtics after having his arm yanked by Kelly Olynyk, Kyrie Irving suffered a season-ending injury in game one against the Warriors. 

Despite his best efforts, LeBron couldn't claim his third ring. He led both teams in points, assists and rebounds as Golden State won the series 4-2 and ended their long wait for another title. 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists was simply incredible.

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2008-10 L.A. Lakers

Following the three-peat era of Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant wanted to prove to everybody he could win the ultimate prize without The Diesel. It may have taken him five years, but the guard finally achieved his goal. 

He had some help from Pau Gasol and other Lakers, but two Finals MVP awards show that it was all about the Black Mamba. 

In the 2009 success over the Orlando Magic, Bryant averaged 32.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists per 43.8 minutes on the court. A year later during the epic seven-game series with the Boston Celtics, his 28.6 points, eight rebounds and 3.9 assists led the Lakers victory.

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1996-2006 Philadelphia 76ers 

So he never got his hands on the title, but there is no questioning Allen Iverson's ability to get people off their seats with his incredible style of play. 

For all of his ability, he was only able to play in the NBA finals once for the Philadelphia 76ers, in a losing effort to the L.A. Lakers, but he carried them that far and sadly came up against the incredible duo of Kobe and Shaq. 

If only the front office could've done something to put the right pieces around AI. However, his one-man show of aggression, passion and sheer skill inspired a generation and changed the landscape of the NBA. 

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