Grading The Deal; The Resplendence of Riyaad Norodien to Orlando Pirates

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The silly season is fully underway, as club “think tanks” seek to delve into the transfer market and attempt to strengthen their teams going into the new season, while also ensuring that they get the best possible value for money deals in a very competitive and largely inflated global transfer market. We at GSV have taken it upon ourselves to give you a comprehensive breakdown of some transfer deals in our Grading The Deal supplement, an exclusive and comprehensive guide catered towards the purists who seek to know more than the average fan regarding the wheeling’s and dealings in football today. Enjoy!

#TheSuperMarket

The almost inexplicable rarity of a young talent bursting onto the scene as a teenager, earning the respect and accolades that some seasoned professionals retire without receiving, while managing to remain grounded and continue to grow at a progressive rate is something many South Africans all too familiar with. Yet every once in a while, the stars align for some of those “once in a generation” talents that transcend the norm and create a new plateau to be broken; the rise & rise of Riyaad Norodien has been spectacular to witness, the Ajax CT youth graduate has quickly established himself as one of the premier young talents in South African football, due to the great strides he has continued to make in his development since bursting onto the scene as a teen.

Riyaad made us all sit and take note of him towards the end of the 2014/15 season, where gaffer Roger De Sa looked to prepare the squad for the eminent departure of Keagan Dolly to Mamelodi Sundowns at the end of the season; the loss of one key player created an opportunity for a youth graduate to step in and continue the club’s proud tradition of promoting talent from within when there is an opportunity to do so. Riyaad stepped up to the elite level and took his opportunity with both hands and feet; after overcoming off-field troubles in the form of a legal battle with the club, Norodien seemed to use the platform as an opportunity to prove that he was good enough to be a professional, and now he has earned a move to an even more illustrious club as a reward for his perseverance and dedication to progression.

The transfer became one of the worst kept secrets of the transfer window, after news was leaked of the deal being announced as part of a dual-swoop on Ajax Cape Town by Bucs, that also included Abbubaker Mobara, who seemed to have his sights set on filling the vacancy at right-back, created by the departure of Ramahlwe Mphahlele, in the Mamelodi Sundowns side. Riyaad is said to be overjoyed to be linking up with gaffer Mushin Ertuğral, a keen admirer of young talents and enterprising attacking football, Mushin also happens to be the man that promoted Riyaad into the 1st team setup at Ajax when he was Head Coach. The great rapport between player and coach will assist Norodien in acclimatising to life at a club of Pirates’ stature, something that will be key if the lad is to avoid the fate that has befallen many a talented youngster, that moved to a big club and failed to receive the necessary tutelage to convert potential into regular displays of elite level ability. Orlando Pirates have now elected themselves to be entrusted with the responsibility of developing Riyaad Norodien into the top-class talent that his potential promises he will be, as custodians of such a great talent, the organisation can reap great rewards if they invest wisely in his development into the player we know he can become.

Riyaad Norodien

Bio

DoB: March 26th, 1995 (21)

PoB: Kensington, Cape Town; Western Cape

Nationality: South African

Caps & Goals: u/23 International | 3 Caps

Position/s: Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista, Inside Forward, Winger (L/R/C)

Height: 1, 68m

Preferred Foot: Either

Club: Orlando Pirates Football Club

Jersey No: #95

Former Club: Ajax Cape Town Football Club

Development Nest: Ajax Cape Town Youth Development

2015/16 Club Stats: 28 Games, 1 Goal & 5 Assists

Total Career Stats: 34 Games, 3 Goals & 5 Assists

GSV Deal Grader: Steve Lekoelea from Moroka Swallows to Orlando Pirates in of 1997 (4/5)

Orlando Pirates are a club that love their good attacking players, and Riyaad Norodien will provide the club with something many South African teams tend to lack, a natural left-sided player that brings dimension to the offensive unit by providing a different angle for deliveries or shooting chances in attack. The competition for starting places at a team like Orlando Pirates will always be tight, regardless of the phase the team is in; during this minor rebuild, players will be even more incentivised to prove their quality and readiness to fight for an opportunity to play regularly. Riyaad Norodien brings a unique set of abilities that are tailor-made to allow him to flourish in a thriving Orlando Pirates side, the youngster could go down in history as one of the best players to wear the Bucs jersey in the modern era once all is said and done.

Strengths

Skilful players are a dime a dozen in South Africa, yet we still find it hard to develop our dribbling wizards into technically gifted professionals that also possess the physical and tactical dexterity needed to excel at the elite level. Riyaad Norodien is an outrageously gifted technical footballer that seems able to do whatever he wishes on the ball, the playmaker has the ability to weave his way out of tight situations and beat his marker with relative ease. When you consider his high talent ceiling and the incredible scope for growth he is blessed with, one cannot help but feel as if Riyaad is perfectly positioned to become a genuine star in the coming seasons for club and country. A nimble midfielder with the pace to out gas most defenders in the league, Norodien has the ability to be effective on and off the ball, something that marks him out as a premier attacking outlet in the making.

Weaknesses

Great ability is nothing without the mental aptitude to apply oneself towards using those God given gifts to the best of one’s ability, Riyaad’s mentality was questioned when he took his former employer to court in an attempt to server ties with the club and seek gainful employment elsewhere. The determination he showed to overcome those obstacles is commendable, but now the spotlight will be on how he handles the pressure of playing for such a prestigious club. One weakness most modern players make is reading too much into media reports, and often using those very same outlets and channels to get themselves into trouble by saying something that is almost always taken out of context. Riyaad will need to show more control of his overall business as a player, in a city where the media cycle and supporter interest is double what he was experiencing in Cape Town, we would like to read about Riyaad as it pertains to his on-field exploits and not what may be occurring off the field and affecting his image as a promising young star for the future.

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Grading The Deal; The Grandeur of Granit Xhaka to Arsenal

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The silly season is fully underway, as club “think tanks” seek to delve into the transfer market and attempt to strengthen their teams going into the new season, while also ensuring that they get the best possible value for money deals in a very competitive and largely inflated global transfer market. We at GSV have taken it upon ourselves to give you a comprehensive breakdown of some transfer deals in our Grading The Deal supplement, an exclusive and comprehensive guide catered towards the purists who seek to know more than the average fan regarding the wheeling’s and dealings in football today. Enjoy!

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Arsène Wenger is a man that developed a blueprint to winning titles in England, refined it and made an art form out of its intricacy, before discarding the model for one that was based on the Tiki-Taka era that blossomed before reaching its plateau and fading out in popularity and effectiveness. The largely unflattering season past seems to have reignited a fire in Le Professor’s belly, a fire that has seemed to coincide with what can only be the result of a nostalgic wine induced trip down memory lane with the Missus, one that lead to him digging in the attic and dusting off his “master plan for success”. The pre-Tiki-Taka Arsenal were a combative, yet technical football side, that could play as pretty as they could mix it up, and get stuck in if need be; that flexibility allowed Wenger to showcase his tactical dexterity, by making subtle changes in-game without having to totally move certain players out of position, or sacrifice the balance or functionality of the team, in an attempt to attain the desired outcome.

The current Arsenal squad is largely undersized when compared to the more bullish big EPL sides like Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United, who over the years have sampled that formula hatched by Wenger, to build combative yet attacking sides, that won games and titles with more regularity than the more aesthetically pleasing Arsenal led by Wenger. From Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Vieira to Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira, a thriving Arsenal side under Wenger has always been built around two physical, yet technical central midfield players, that form the heart of the team and offer balance on both sides of the ball. Le Prof seems to be returning to those deep roots, judging by his last two transfers. Mohamed Elneny came in as a much needed buy in January, and the industrious Egyptian has already won over many fans with his tenacious approach on the defensive end, while his propensity to take a pop from range has him marked as a future terrace favourite in the making. The arrival of Elneny has been followed up with yet another physical yet technically gifted former FC Basel 1893 midfield player, a lad who may just be the long awaited replacement for Patrick Vieira that many Gooners have prayed for, in more ways than one. Granit Xhaka could be the type of player Arsenal fans have been yearning for in their quest to reaffirm themselves as one of the elite clubs in English and World football, the squad knows that they can go a long way towards fulfilling their undoubted potential by winning a major piece of silverware or two for Wenger before he hangs up his faulty zipper having winter coat.

Granit Xhaka

Bio

Full Name: Granit Xhaka

DoB: September 27th, 1992 (23)

PoB: Basel; Switzerland

Nationalities: Albanian, Swiss

Caps & Goals: 47 Caps, 6 Goals & 5 Assists

Position/s: Ball-Winning Midfielder, Deep-Lying Playmaker, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista, Inside Forward, Winger (L/R/C)

Height: 1, 85m

Preferred Foot: Left

Club: Arsenal FC

Jersey No: #29

Former Clubs: FC Basel 1893 (2010-2012), Borussia Mönchengladbach (2012-2016)

Development Nest/s: Concordia Basel (2000-2002), FC Basel Youth (2002-2010)

Transfer Fee: £30m + add-ons

Wage: £120k p/w

Contract Expiry: June 30th, 2019 + 1 Year Renewal Option

2015/16 Club Stats: 36 Games, 3 Goals, 2 Assists, 7 Yellow Cards, 2 Double Yellow/Red Cards & 1 Red Card

Total Career Stats: 207 Games, 12 Goals, 15 Assists, 45 Yellow Cards, 5 Double Yellow/Reds & 1 Red Card

GSV Deal Grader: Patrick Vieira to Arsenal from Inter Milan on August 14th, 1996 for £3.5m (5/5)

Signing Granit Xhaka is a sign of intent from Arsenal, the former Gladbach skipper brings leadership traits and a physical prowess that has been sorely missed at London Colney; Xhaka may take a few months to fully adapt to the style of play at Arsenal, yet he seems like a long-term replacement for the pivotal Santi Cazorla in the deep-lying playmaker role. Xhaka affords Wenger more flexibility in tactical outlook and personnel selection, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see the team change formations more often in the coming season, as Wenger looks to get the best out of an already talented midfield group, one that can be said to have underachieved given the plethora of talent battling for the 5 starting positions.

A combative, yet intelligent midfield general, with a good eye for the pass and an instinctive positional sense that allows him to keep the midfield ticking over on both sides of the ball, Granit Xhaka has all the tools required to develop into an elite level regista for Arsenal and Switzerland.

Strengths

Granit may have played in a more direct system at Gladbach, yet he has always been the player who starts most attacking moves, with a decisive pass or a defensive line shifting run. An average passing accuracy of 85%, with an average pass length of 20m, in the 2015/16 season, proves that Xhaka will not necessarily take too long adapting to the constant passing demanded in an Arsenal side; Granit is well adept at looking to play with his head up and look for the forward pass first, before going sideways or backwards to retain possession if the pass is not on, this trait makes him akin to Santi Cazorla in many ways, and that places him in good stead for the future in an Arsenal jersey. An 81% success rate in take-ons, 30 out of 37 attempted, is a testament to the brilliant combination of guile and strength that is Granit Xhaka; the midfield general is well versed in the art of breaking from deep in midfield, ala-Aaron Ramsey or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and forcing the opposition defenders to break out of shape to halt him, it’s on such runs that Granit makes his living, picking out teammates with pinpoint through-passes.

Weaknesses

A return of 3 goals in 28 games during the previous campaign is a poor showing for such a talented midfield player, Xhaka will have to up his goal tally and aim for double figures in all competitions if he seeks to be an upgrade to the players he seeks to play over regularly; Arsenal have largely failed to reach the lofty heights of the great Wenger sides before them, due to a drought of goals from midfield, where they used to get a steady supply in the past from players like Marc Overmars, Robert Pirès, Fredrik Ljunberg, Patrick Vieira, Sylvain Wiltord & Ray Parlour. It’s worth noting how Xhaka had a 48% shot accuracy for Gladbach in the 2015/16 season; as a technically gifted player with a powerful shot on him, the Basel born star can expect to get tons of encouragement from the terraces to have a pop from range when there is an opening for him to shoot on sight, something that seems to be currently largely unencouraged from within the team.

For a deep-lying playmaker ,with good positional sense and a frame that allows him to compete with the best of them, Granit Xhaka still seems a tad bit naïve in some defensive situations, and that will be something which has to be worked on, if Arsenal aren’t going to stop turning-over the ball in midfield as often as they do; a 41% success-rate in tackles, 49 out of 121 attempted, is also not flattering for a player that carries so much defensive responsibility in the double-pivot. Xhaka has also seemingly unfairly developed the tag of being a hot-headed player, due to his determination to succeed, coupled with his inability to time tackles as well as he should, much like a modern age Paul Scholes. The lad is maturing with each season, and his defensive game can only improve when playing in a side that forces defenders to earn their keep more often than not, due to their more expansive style of play and obvious defensive fragilities.

The Olympians: South Africa’s u/23 (Amaglug-Glug) 2016 Rio Olympics Squad

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The talk of Vision 2022 has returned to the top of most Mzansi diski discussion once again, as national under 23 coach, Owen Da Gama, announced his 18 man plus stand-by list of players to represent South Africa in the 26th male edition of the football spectacle part of the Olympic Games, to be held in Rio. It seems to have been eons since we’ve had a national team announcement, at any level, that hasn’t failed to produce great unrest amongst most football following South Africans regarding the personnel selected. The trend seems to have progressed, as two Kaizer Chiefs players have been named as the 2 over-age players chosen in the rather inexperienced squad; one that could have used the luxury of another more seasoned campaigner further up field to ease the pressure of carrying the offensive unit, a unit comprising of a few talented youngsters that haven’t played much football at the elite level. I was fortunate enough to come across a list of the 19 candidates nominated on the overage shortlist by Owen Da Gama, a list exclusively sourced by The Times and circulated on Social Media, seeing players like Solomon Mathe, Surprise Moriri, Tlou Segolela, Asavela Mbekile and Ndumiso Mabena on the list, players who wouldn’t not have been much use within the current circumstances, was a slap in the face, as it seems as though our national teams are still being treated like a friends & clients of friends club. Players like Thabo Matlaba, Hlompho Kekana, Thabo Rakhale, Prince Nxumalo & Moeketsi Sekola, who were all also on the list, would have added a different quality to the squad, and given them a different outlook, particularly regarding how they setup their offensive game. Andile Jali and Lebogang Phiri are said to have had their call-ups rejected by their respective club sides, Jali was to serve as the 3rd overage player, while Phiri would have been a lock to start in one of the two double-pivot slots, in what cloud have been his international level breakthrough for South Africa.

Potential is a great commodity in modern sports, where we often value high potential ceiling prospects over good readymade talents, simply because, a young talent with the perceived scope for growth is seen as an asset that has the potential to yield greater rewards. The process behind negating the option of calling up a 3rd overage player for the tournament has been explained by a desire to afford another u/23 player with the opportunity to make the nation proud, and build upon that great platform to catapult their career to the next level. One cannot disagree with that notion, but with the squad already consisting of a few players that could be said to have been “afforded a platform to make the nation proud”, which is more like a gift to some who have largely been unseen & are unproven on the professional level, one cannot help but feel as if, yet again, we let our politics get in the way of us assembling the best possible side, which is a pity as this is such a pivotal tournament in the success of said Vision 2022.

The leaders tasked with guiding the beautiful game in our beloved South Africa have made little attempt to fully clarify what it is their Vision 2022 will achieve in the short, mid and long terms; yet whenever the topic is conveniently brought up for discussion, the nation just happens to be on the cusp of a youth international tournament that never appears to be fully logistically prepared for by those in charge. The appointment of Neil Tovey as Technical Director of SAFA was intended to have put an end to an era where clubs are at odds with the national team over player availability, for whatever reason, we often see players from the same local clubs get preferential treatment when it comes to national call-ups, and that is something that was intended to stop as we moved towards this Vision 2022, that promotes youth development and inclusion of players from across the board. The one truly commendable facet of the side is the diversity of where they selected players were developed or nurtured into professionals; of the 18 man squad, 8 were groomed in Gauteng, with a much improved 5 in Cape Town, 2 from the North-West and one each from, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

South Africa is a nation blessed with great sporting talent in abundance, for whatever reason, we have failed to continually translate our great gifts into elite level players, that elevate the standard of our national teams, and give our loving fan base something to truly be proud of. Aside from the 1996 African Cup of Nations triumph, South African football has barely made a mark on the field in the sport, and that is very disappointing when you consider the wealth of talent and resources we are fortunate enough to have at our disposal. The 18 men selected will do very well to fully represent the splendour and richness of South African football, in a country that embraces good attacking football much like we do, one can only pray that our current group of u/23’s can go further than the Class of 2000, and win enough points to secure passage out of a group that contains the host nation, in the 26th edition of football at the Olympic games. South Africa will be hoping to finish in the top 2 of Group A, and book a quarter-final battle with Colombia, Japan, Nigeria or Sweden, who will all be vying for the two available qualifying slots in group B.

South Africa Under-23 Olympic Squad (Rio 2016)

Goalkeepers

Name Club DoB Height Preferred Foot
Itumeleng Isaac Khune Kaizer Chiefs FC, RSA June 20th, 1987 (29) 1, 81m Right
Jody Jason February Ajax Cape Town FC, RSA May 12th, 1996 (20) 1, 82m Right

 

Defenders

Name Club Position/s DoB Height Preferred Foot
Kwandakwensizwa Ishmael Mngonyama Mamelodi Sundowns FC, RSA RB/CB/LB September 25th, 1993 (22) 1, 80m Right
Abbubaker Mobara Orlando Pirates FC, RSA RB/CB/DM February 18th, 1994 (22) 1, 79m Right
Repo Tercious Malepe Orlando Pirates FC, RSA CB February 18th, 1997 (19)   Right
Mulomowandau Erick Mathoho Kaizer Chiefs FC, RSA CB March 1st, 1990 (26) 1, 90m Right
Rivaldo Roberto Genino Coetzee Ajax Cape Town FC, RSA CB October 16th, 1996 (19) 1, 79m Right
Tebogo Moerane BidVest Wits FC, RSA LB April 7th, 1995 (21) 1, 65m Left

 

Midfielders

Name Club Position/s DoB Height Preferred Foot
Mothobi Mvala Highlands Park FC, RSA DM June 14th, 1994 (22) 1, 82m Right
Phumlani Nkosinathi Ntshangase BidVest Wits FC, RSA CB/DM/DLP December 24th, 1994 (21) 1, 65m Right
Gift Mohlatlego Motupa Orlando Pirates FC, RSA AM/AF/CF September 23rd, 1994 (21) 1, 80m Right
Deolin Quade Mekoa Maritzburg United FC, RSA DLP/AM/AP (L/R/C) August 10th, 1993 (22) 1, 60m Right
Menzi Alson Masuku Orlando Pirates FC, RSA AM/AP(L/R/C) April 15th, 1993 (23) 1, 72m Right
Keagan Larenzo Dolly Mamelodi Sundowns FC, RSA AM/AP(L/R/C) January 22nd, 1993 (23) 1, 70m Either
Aubrey Maphosa Modiba Cape Town City FC, RSA LB/AM/AP(L/R) July 22nd 1995 (20) 1, 60m Right

 

Forwards

Name Club DoB Height Preferred Foot
Tashreeq Morris Ajax Cape Town FC, RSA May 13th, 1994 (22) 1, 84m Right
Lebohang Mothiba Lille OSC, FRA January 28th, 1996 (20)   Right
Tyroane Joe Sandows Grêmio FBPA, BRA February 12th, 1995 (21) 1, 70m Right

 

Standby List

Name Club Position/s DoB Height Preferred Foot
Nkosingiphile Gumede Golden Arrows FC, RSA GK December 1st, 1993 (22) 1, 76m Right
Thapelo James Morena Bloemfontein Celtic FC, RSA RB/AP/AM/AF (R/L/C) August 6th, 1993 (22) 1, 70m Right
Andile Fikozolo SuperSport United FC, RSA AP/AM/AF (L/R/C) February 18th, 1997 (19) 1, 69m Right
Thabiso Simon Kutumela Orlando Pirates FC, RSA AP/AF/CF (L/R/C) July 3rd, 1993 (23)   Right

South Africa Under-23 Olympic Games Fixtures

Group Fixture 1

Brazil vs South Africa

Date: Thursday August 4th, 2016; 16H00 | 21H00 CAT

Venue: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília; Brazil

 

Group Fixture 2

Denmark vs South Africa

Date: Sunday August 7th, 2016; 19H00 | Monday August 8th, 2016 02H00 (CAT)

Venue: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília; Brazil

 

Group Fixture 3

South Africa vs Iraq

Date: Wednesday August 10th, 2016; 22H00 | Thursday August 11th, 2016 03H00 (CAT)

Venue: Arena Corinthians, São Paulo; Brazil

The Grandstand View

Owen Da Gama is a man caught in a very precarious situation; his team overcame the odds to qualify for the Olympic Games, without anything near the level of support one needs to regularly pull off such a majestic feat, the pressure will now be on him to ensure that the newfound expectations of a demanding public are met, starting with three respectable performances being the bare minimum. One cannot begin to understand how ODG is feeling, the pressure of overseeing a successful campaign will be new to him in this position, as there was little pressure and expectation on the side during the earlier rounds of qualifying; the pressure seemed to intensify as the dream became more and more of a reality, and now the dreamers have heaped expectations on the man affectionately known as Rubber Doll to deliver the stuff of legends.

The comparison of the Class of 2000 and the current crop of players would be unfair for many a reason, yet the latent fact is that this selection looks a tad bit weaker on paper, which is unfortunate, when one regards the progress we expect ourselves to have made as a nation and a fraternity after 16 years and 3 Olympic cycles worth of experience, planning and implementation. South African football cannot grow as it should, when we are still having to deal with favouritism of certain club’s and agent’s players, club vs country tug-of-war’s that are intentionally going unmediated, and a general lack of proactive thinking, planning, implementation & ingenious corrective measures when it comes to handling the logistical side of our national teams.

One can only wonder how long our talents will continue to mask the shambles that is our football fraternity. The 2016 Rio Olympic Games may be a wakeup call for South African football administrators in more ways than one. If we can achieve any ounce of measurable success with a team that if far from our best composition of u/23 players, the powers that be will be left knowing that we could have achieved even more with proper planning and implementation. Lord forbid we become the whipping boys of a group almost as open as our 2000 one, a group that comprised of Brazil, Japan & Slovakia, South African football would have to do a lot of much needed soul searching to find solutions to our deeper lying problems; our team should, at the very least, not be losing to teams like Denmark & Iraq at any level, and these tests will be a gauge of where we truly stand in terms of progressing towards any success regarding Vision 2022.

By @MCPetjeIII

Half-Time Orange For Thought; Who Got Next? | The NBA Dynasty Race

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Dissected with the attention to detail of a legendary Masterchef 2nd season casting outcast , your good mate Uncle Bob serves up his weekly Half-Time Orange For Thought; a mental morsel for the sports fanatic with a healthy appetite for wholesome consumables. We at GSV have reluctantly declared ourselves accountable for any digestion difficulties that may or may not occur. Enjoy!

The National Basketball Association has had to face accusations of favouritism, puppet-pulling and spread-sheet gambling for years, and those painful claims resurfaced during the past post-season, where we blatantly saw the league change position on the type of calls the officials chose to give or let slide when the Playoffs reached game 4 of the NBA Finals. Kevin Durant signing for the Warriors & creating a “super team” in the Western Conference seemed to lay to bed many of those fears, as some felt that the league would have found a way to block this move if they had any ulterior motives; yet the fact that Durant was a free agent that Golden State were allowed to sign under the agreed collective bargaining agreement, in a Billion Dollar league where salaries are still capped for some odd reason, may show just how much the balance of power has shifted into the hands of the players and club owners.

As the revenue streams increase within the league, owners & GM’s are becoming increasingly infatuated with the idea of building sustainable success again; for the past decade, most sides were invested in a “win now” mentality, which left little room for contingencies in case of failure, and created a short-sighted planning outlook. The race is now on to see which franchise can build the next great NBA dynasty, there are a few sides that have the potential to do so, yet the onus will be on all invested parties to pull together to attain that common goal. I personally pray that the Golden State Warriors continue to develop into a team capable of doing so; the arrival of Kevin Durant could provide the momentum they need to keep progressing in the right direction, the team has 4 All-Star players in the prime of their careers, which is a solid foundation for sustained dominance. While there are other talent laden ball clubs in the NBA with dynasty potential, I can easily see the Minnesota Timberwolves becoming a genuine force to be reckoned with in the coming years; the beauty of sports is in the unpredictability of such occurrences, the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, to a lesser extent, & Boston Celtics may not currently be the powerhouses they once were, yet  they have the pedigree to rebuild their rosters and have a shot at building some sustainable success in years to come as well.

Greatest NBA Dynasties (Top 6)

Team Duration Rings Championship Years Era Defining Icons
Minneapolis Lakers 1948-54 5 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953 & 1954 George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Herm Schaefer, Vern Mikkelsen, Slater Martin, Clyde Lovellette & Frank Saul| John Kundla (Coach)
Boston Celtics 1957-1969 11 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968 & 1969 Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn, K.C. Jones, Sam Jones, Willie Naulls, Tomas “Satch” Sanders, Bill Sharman, Frank Ramsey, Jim Loscutoff, Larry Siegfried, Don Nelson & John Havlicek | Red Auerbach (Coach/GM)
Los Angeles Lakers

“Showtime Lakers”

1979-1991 5 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 & 1988 Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Michael Cooper, Jamaal Wilkes & Kurt Rambis | Pat Riley (Coach)
Chicago Bulls 1989-1998 6 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 & 1998 Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant, Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, Robert Parish, John Paxton, Will Perdue & John Salley | Phil Jackson (Coach)
Los Angeles Lakers 1998-2004 3 2000, 2001 & 2002 Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Robert Horry, Derek Fisher, Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, John Salley & Horace Grant | Phil Jackson (Coach)
San Antonio Spurs 1998 – 2008 4 1999, 2003, 2005 & 2007 Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbli & Robert Horry | Gregg Popovich (Coach)

NBA Dynasty Honourable Mentions List

St. Louis Hawks | 1956-1962 | “The Bob Pettit Era” | 1 Ring, 4 Finals

Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets | 1970 – 1980 | “The Wes Unseld Era” | 1 Ring, 4 Finals

New York Knicks | 1970-1974 | “When The Garden Was Eden” | 2 Rings, 3 Finals

Philadelphia 76ers | 1977 – 1984 | “The Julius Irving Era” | 1 Ring, 4 Finals

Boston Celtics | 1980-1991 | “The Original Big Three” | 3 Rings, 5 Finals

Detroit Pistons | 1987 – 1991 | “The Bad Boy Pistons” | 2 Rings

Houston Rockets | 1993-1995 | “Clutch City” | 2 Rings

Boston Celtics | 2007-2012 | “The New Big Three” | 1 Ring, 2 Finals

Miami Heat | 2010-2014 | “The Three Heats” | 2 Rings, 4 Finals

By @MCPeTjeIII