10. 2007: San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
This series pitting the No. 3 seed San Antonio Spurs vs. the No. 2 seed Cleveland Cavaliers is widely regarded as the worst NBA Finals of this century. In LeBron James’ first trip to the NBA Finals, he carried a weak, overachieving Cleveland squad into a San Antonio powerhouse.
Although the Cavaliers won both games in the regular season, it quickly became clear that LeBron and Co. were overmatched. The Spurs won the first two games by a total of 22 points, making it look easy in the process.
While Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland were both close, Gregg Popovich game-planned against James masterfully, holding him to 22.0 points per game on 35.6 percent shooting from the field.
Finals MVP Tony Parker carved up Cleveland’s defense, averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Many believed this victory signified the end of the Spurs’ era, but San Antonio and LeBron meet a few more times later on this list…
Result: Spurs win in 4
Source: USA Today