1952 - 1954
The Minneapolis Lakers, led by Hall-of-Famer George Mikan, were the league's first dynasty. The Lakers defeated the New York Knickerbockers in The 1952 and '53 Finals and vanquished the Syracuse Nationals in seven games during The 1954 Finals. This run came, improbably, after the league widened the paint from six feet to 12 in 1951 in an effort to slow down Mikan, who had previously led the league in scoring. His scoring fell, but his dominance stayed consistent. The Minneapolis Lakers relocated to Los Angeles in 1961, becoming the first West coast team.