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This is a LIST OF NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (NBA) FRANCHISE POST-SEASON APPEARANCE DROUGHTS . This list includes the all-time and the active consecutive non-playoffs . Aside from the NBA playoff appearance droughts, this list also includes droughts of series wins, appearances in the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
and NBA championship wins. The teams which have never made an NBA Playoffs
NBA Playoffs
appearance, an NBA Finals appearance and have never won an NBA championship are listed from the year they entered the league.

Of the 30 current NBA franchises, 12 have never won the NBA championship. The oldest such franchise is the Suns (48 seasons), while the Royals/Kings and the Hawks have even longer championship droughts (65 and 58 seasons, respectively). Seven franchises have never been to the NBA Finals, the highest number among the major North American sports . The oldest such team is the Braves /Clippers franchise (45 seasons); the Kings and the Hawks have appearance droughts that are even longer (65 and 58 seasons, respectively). The longest a franchise has gone without appearing in the playoffs at all is 15 seasons: the Braves/Clippers franchise from 1977 to 1991.

Of the 18 franchises that have won an NBA championship, 8 have droughts of 34 seasons or more, which is to say that the past 34 championships have been shared among only 10 franchises: the Lakers (8), the Bulls (6), the Spurs (5), the Celtics (3), the Pistons (3), the Heat (3), the Rockets (2), the Warriors (2), the Mavericks (1), and the Cavaliers (1). By contrast, the other three major North American sports have each had at least 15 franchises become champions over the same period of time.

CONTENTS

* 1 Active droughts

* 1.1 NBA Playoffs
NBA Playoffs
appearance droughts * 1.2 NBA Playoffs
NBA Playoffs
series win droughts * 1.3 NBA Division Championship droughts * 1.4 NBA Conference Finals appearance droughts * 1.5 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
appearance droughts * 1.6 NBA championship title droughts

* 2 All-time droughts

* 2.1 Closest approaches without winning * 2.2 Longest post-season droughts in team history * 2.3 Longest NBA Playoffs
NBA Playoffs
appearance droughts * 2.4 Longest Conference finals droughts

* 3 Finals droughts

* 3.1 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
in which neither team had previously won a championship * 3.2 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
in which neither franchise had won a championship in 20-plus seasons

* 4 Teams awaiting their first NBA championship * 5 See also * 6 References

ACTIVE DROUGHTS

NBA PLAYOFFS APPEARANCE DROUGHTS

Appearance droughts updated through 2017 playoffs. Playoff picture at NBA.com

^ Longest drought in team history

† Tied for longest drought in team history

SEASONS TEAM Last earned appearance in NBA playoffs
NBA playoffs
REFERENCE

13 Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
^ 2004 Western Finals

11 Sacramento Kings ^ 2006 First Round

7 Phoenix Suns ^ 2010 Western Finals

5 Philadelphia 76ers 2012 Eastern Semifinals

5 Orlando Magic ^ 2012 First Round

4 Los Angeles Lakers ^ 2013 First Round

4 Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
2013 First Round

4 New York Knicks 2013 Eastern Semifinals

2 Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
2015 First Round

2 New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans
2015 First Round

1 Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
2016 First Round

1 Detroit Pistons 2016 First Round

1 Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
2016 First Round

1 Miami Heat
Miami Heat
2016 Eastern Semifinals

2017 PLAYOFF TEAMS

Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
2017 First Round

Chicago Bulls 2017 First Round

Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
2017 First Round

Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
2017 First Round

Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
2017 First Round

Indiana Pacers 2017 First Round

Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
2017 First Round

Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
2017 First Round

Washington Wizards 2017 Eastern Semifinals

Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
2017 Eastern Semifinals

Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
2017 Western Semifinals

Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
2017 Western Semifinals

Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
2017 Eastern Finals

San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
2017 Western Finals

Golden State Warriors 2017 Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
2017 Finals

NBA PLAYOFFS SERIES WIN DROUGHTS

Droughts updated through the 2017 finals. Playoff picture at NBA.com

0^0 Longest drought in team history

0†0 Tied for Longest drought in team history

0♦0 Most consecutive series losses in team history

0§0 Equals most consecutive series losses in team history

Current Playoff series loss streak TEAM Last series win in NBA Playoffs
NBA Playoffs
Seasons since win Losing streak SERIES LOSSES – TEAMS REF

Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
^ 2001 Eastern Semifinals 16 8 ♦ 2001 Philadelphia 2003 New Jersey Nets 00 2004 Detroit 2006 Detroit 2010 Atlanta 2013 Miami 2015 Chicago 2017 Toronto

Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
^ 2002 Eastern First Round 13 4 ♦ 2002 New Jersey Nets 2010 Orlando 2014 Miami 2016 Miami

Sacramento Kings 2004 Western First Round 13 3 2004 Minnesota 2005 Seattle 2006 San Antonio

Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
2004 Western Semifinals 13 1 2004 Los Angeles Lakers

New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans
^ 2008 Western First Round 9 4 ♦ 2008 San Antonio 2009 Denver 2011 Los Angeles Lakers 2015 Golden State

Detroit Pistons 2008 Eastern Semifinals 9 3 2008 Boston 2009 Cleveland 2016 Cleveland

Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
2009 Western Semifinals 8 5 2009 Los Angeles Lakers 2010 Utah 2011 Oklahoma City 2012 Los Angeles Lakers 2013 Golden State

Orlando Magic 2010 Eastern Semifinals 7 3 2010 Boston 2011 Atlanta 2012 Indiana

Phoenix Suns 2010 Western Semifinals 7 1 2010 Los Angeles Lakers

Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
2011 Finals 6 4 ♦ 2012 Oklahoma City 2014 San Antonio 2015 Houston 2016 Oklahoma City

Philadelphia 76ers 2012 Eastern First Round 5 1 2012 Boston

Los Angeles Lakers † 2012 Western First Round 5 2 2012 Oklahoma City 2013 San Antonio

New York Knicks 2013 Eastern First Round 4 1 2013 Indiana

Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
2014 Eastern First Round 3 2 2014 Miami 2015 Atlanta

Indiana Pacers 2014 Eastern Semifinals 3 3 2014 Miami 2016 Toronto 2017 Cleveland

Chicago Bulls 2015 Eastern First Round 2 2 2015 Cleveland 2017 Boston

Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
2015 Western First Round 2 2 2015 Golden State 2016 San Antonio Spurs 2017 San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs

Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
2015 Western First Round 2 3 2015 Houston 2016 Portland 2017 Utah

Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
2016 Eastern First Round 1 2 2016 Cleveland 2017 Washington

Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
2016 Western First Round 1 2 2016 Golden State 2017 Golden State

Miami Heat
Miami Heat
2016 Eastern First Round 1 1 2016 Toronto

Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
2016 Western Semifinals 1 2 2016 Golden State 2017 Houston

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Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
2017 Eastern First Round — 1 2017 Cleveland

Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
2017 Western First Round — 1 2017 Golden State

Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
2017 Western First Round — 1 2017 San Antonio

Washington Wizards 2017 Eastern First Round — 1 2017 Boston

San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
2017 Western Semifinals — 1 2017 Golden State

Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
2017 Eastern Semifinals — 1 2017 Cleveland

Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
2017 Eastern Finals — 1 2017 Golden State

Golden State Warriors 2017 Finals — 0 7000400000000000000♠ 4 series win streak

TEAM Last series win in NBA Playoffs
NBA Playoffs
Seasons Since win Losing Streak SERIES LOSSES – TEAMS REF

A Charlotte was inactive for two years following the 2001–02 season.

NBA DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP DROUGHTS

Updated through the 2016–17 season.

0^0 Longest drought in team history

0†0 Tied for longest drought in team history

0♦0 2016–17 Division Champion

Left click once on Seasons since win column heading then once on Division column heading to show teams listed in order of division championships.

FRANCHISE MOST RECENT TITLE DIVISION SEASONS SINCE WIN

Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
^ 1 !None East !Southeast 27

Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
^ 1.1 !None West !Southwest 22

Philadelphia 76ers ^ 2000–01 East !Atlantic 16

Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
† 2000–01 East !Central 16

Sacramento Kings 2002–03 West !Pacific 14

Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
2003–04 West !Northwest 13

Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
2005–06 East !Atlantic 11

Phoenix Suns 2006–07 West !Pacific 10

New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans
^ 2007–08 West !Southwest 9

Detroit Pistons 2007–08 East !Central 9

Orlando Magic 2009–10 East !Southeast 7

Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
2009–10 West !Southwest 7

Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
2009–10 West !Northwest 7

Los Angeles Lakers 2011–12 West !Pacific 5

Chicago Bulls 2011–12 East !Central 5

New York Knicks 2012–13 East !Atlantic 4

Indiana Pacers 2013–14 East !Central 3

Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
2013–14 West !Pacific 3

Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
2014–15 West !Southwest 2

Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
2014–15 West !Northwest 2

Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
2014–15 East !Southeast 2

Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
2015–16 East !Atlantic 1

Miami Heat
Miami Heat
2015–16 East !Southeast 1

Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
2015–16 West !Northwest 1

Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
♦ 2016–17 East !Atlantic —

Washington Wizards ♦ 2016–17 East !Southeast —

Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
♦ 2016–17 East !Central —

Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
♦ 2016–17 West !Northwest —

Golden State Warriors ♦ 2016–17 West !Pacific —

San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
♦ 2016–17 West !Southwest —

NBA CONFERENCE FINALS APPEARANCE DROUGHTS

^ Longest drought in team history

† Tied for longest drought in team history

SEASONS TEAM Last appearance in Conference Finals RESULT REFERENCE

47 Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
^ Never z —

38 Washington Wizards ^ 1979 Won vs. San Antonio

27 Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
^ Never z —

17 Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
^ 2000 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers

17 New York Knicks 2000 Lost vs. Indiana

16 Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
^ 2001 Lost vs. Phil0Lost vs. Philadelphia0

16 Philadelphia 76ers † 2001 Won vs. Milwaukee

15 Sacramento Kings 2002 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers

15 New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans
^ Never z —

14 Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
2003 Won vs. Detroit

13 Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
2004 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers

10 Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
2007 Lost vs. San Antonio

9 Detroit Pistons 2008 Lost vs. Boston

8 Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
2009 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers

7 Orlando Magic 2010 Lost vs. Boston

7 Phoenix Suns 2010 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers

7 Los Angeles Lakers † 2010 Won vs. Phoenix

6 Chicago Bulls 2011 Lost vs. Miami

6 Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
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4 Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
2013 Lost vs. San Antonio

3 Miami Heat
Miami Heat
2014 Won vs. Indiana

3 Indiana Pacers 2014 Lost vs. Miami

2 Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
2015 Lost vs. Cleveland

2 Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
2015 Lost vs. Golden State

1 Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
2016 Lost vs. Cleveland

1 Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
2016 Lost vs. Golden State

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.75 — Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
2017 Lost vs. Cleveland

.75 — Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
2017 Won vs. Boston

.75 — Golden State Warriors 2017 Won vs. San Antonio

San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
2017 Lost vs. Golden State

NBA FINALS APPEARANCE DROUGHTS

SEASONS TEAM Last appearance in NBA Finals
NBA Finals
RESULT REFERENCE

66 Sacramento Kings 1951 Won vs. New York

56 Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
1961 Lost vs. Boston

47 Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
Never yyyy —

43 Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
1974 Lost vs. Boston

41 Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
Never yyyy—

38 Washington Wizards 1979 Lost vs. Seattle

28 Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
Never yyyy—

27 Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
Never yyyy—

25 Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
1992 Lost vs. Chicago

24 Phoenix Suns 1993 Lost vs. Chicago

22 Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
Never yyyy—

22 Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
1995 Won vs. Orlando

22 Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
Never yyyy—

19 Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
1998 Lost vs. Chicago

19 Chicago Bulls 1998 Won vs. Utah

18 New York Knicks 1999 Lost vs. San Antonio

17 Indiana Pacers 2000 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers

16 Philadelphia 76ers 2001 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers

15 New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans
Never yyyy—

14 Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
2003 Lost vs. San Antonio

12 Detroit Pistons 2005 Lost vs. San Antonio

8 Orlando Magic 2009 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers

7 Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
2010 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers

7 Los Angeles Lakers 2010 Won vs. Boston

6 Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
2011 Won vs. Miami

5 Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
2012 Lost vs. Miami

3 Miami Heat
Miami Heat
2014.5 2014 Lost vs. San Antonio

3 San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
2014.52014 Won vs. Miami

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Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
2017 Lost vs. Golden State

Golden State Warriors 2017 Won vs. Cleveland

* A The Sacramento Kings last appeared in the 1951 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
as the Rochester Royals. * B The Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
last appeared in the 1961 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
as the St. Louis Hawks. * C The Washington Wizards last appeared in the 1979 Conference Finals and NBA Finals
NBA Finals
as the Washington Bullets. * D The Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
last appeared in the 2003 Conference Finals and NBA Finals
NBA Finals
as the New Jersey Nets.

NBA CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE DROUGHTS

SEASONS TEAM LAST NBA CHAMPIONSHIP REFERENCE

66 Sacramento Kings 1951

59 Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
1958

49 Phoenix Suns Never

47 Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
Never

46 Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
1971

44 New York Knicks 1973

43 Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
Never

41 Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
Never

41 Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
Never

41 Indiana Pacers Never

40 Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
1977

39 Washington Wizards 1978

38 Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
1979

34 Philadelphia 76ers 1983

28 Orlando Magic Never

28 Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
Never

27 Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
Never

22 Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
1995

22 Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
Never

22 Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
Never

19 Chicago Bulls 1998

15 New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans
Never

13 Detroit Pistons 2004

9 Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
2008

7 Los Angeles Lakers 2010

6 Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
2011

4 Miami Heat
Miami Heat
2013

3 San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
2014

1 Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
2016

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Golden State Warriors 2017

* A The Sacramento Kings last won an NBA championship in 1951 as the Rochester Royals. * B The Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
last won an NBA championship in 1958 as the St. Louis Hawks. * C The Washington Wizards last won an NBA championship in 1978 as the Washington Bullets. * D The Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
last won an NBA championship in 1979 as the Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
.

ALL-TIME DROUGHTS

CLOSEST APPROACHES WITHOUT WINNING

Updated through the 2017 playoffs.

TEAM CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL APPEARANCES1 CONFERENCE SEMI-FINAL APPEARANCES2 CONFERENCE FINAL APPEARANCES3 NBA FINAL APPEARANCES FEWEST WINS SHORT OF NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
19 7 2 2 02 wins short : 2003

Indiana Pacers 24 10 8 1 02 wins short : 2000

Phoenix Suns 26 18 9 2 02 wins short : 1976 , 1993

Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
26 15 6 2 02 wins short : 1997 , 1998

Orlando Magic 14 5 4 2 03 wins short : 2009

Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
9 3 1

6 wins short : 2016

Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
8 1 1

06 wins short : 2004

Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
4 22 8 3

06 wins short : 1978 , 2009

Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
10 3 1

08 wins short : 2013

Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
11 7

9 wins short : 1975 , 2006 , 2015

New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans
5 6 1

9 wins short : 2008

Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
5 10 4

11 wins short : 2002

LONGEST POST-SEASON DROUGHTS IN TEAM HISTORY

Updated through the 2017 playoffs.

0^0 Denotes active drought

TEAM Longest streak with no post-season appearances SEASONS

Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
1976–77 through 1990–91 15

Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
^ 2004–05 through 2016–17 13

Golden State Warriors 1994–95 through 2005–06 12

Sacramento Kings ^ 2006–07 through 2016–17 11

Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
1990–91 through 1999–2000 10

Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
1974–75 through 1982–83 9

Washington Wizards 1988–89 through 1995–96 8

Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
1995–96 through 2002–03 8

Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
1995–96 through 2002–03 8

Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
1999–2000 through 2006–07 8

New York Knicks 1959–60 through 1965–66 7

Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
1967–68 through 1973–74 7

Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
1991–92 through 1997–98 7

Philadelphia 76ers 1991–92 through 1997–98 7

Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
1998–99 through 2004–05 7

Phoenix Suns ^ 2010–11 through 2016–17 7

Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
1970–71 through 1975–76 6

Detroit Pistons 1977–78 through 1982–83 2009–10 through 2014–15 6

Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
1995–96 through 2000–01 6

Chicago Bulls 1998–99 through 2003–04 6

Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
1969–70 through 1973–74 5

Indiana Pacers 1981–82 through 1985–86 5

Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
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TEAM Longest streak with no post-season series wins SEASONS

Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
1976–77 through 2004–05 29

Washington Wizards 1982–83 through 2003–04 22

Sacramento Kings 1981–82 through 1999–2000 19

Indiana Pacers 1976–77 through 1992–93 17

Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
1984–85 through 2000–01 17

Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
^ 2001–02 through 2016–17 16

New York Knicks 1953–54 through 1967–68 15

Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
1976–77 through 1990–91 15

Golden State Warriors 1991–92 through 2005–06 15

Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
1995–96 through 2009–10 15

Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
1989–90 through 2002–03 14

Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
1994–95 through 2007–08 14

Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
2001–02 through 2014–15 14

Detroit Pistons 1962–63 through 1974–75 13

Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
2000–01 through 2012–13 13

Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
^ 2004–05 through 2016–17 13

Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
1988–89 through 1999–2000 12

Orlando Magic 1996–97 through 2006–07 11

Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
1997–98 through 2007–08 11

Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
1974–75 through 1982–83 9

Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
1992–93 through 2000–01 9

Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
1999–2000 through 2007–08 9

New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans
^ 2008–09 through 2016–17 9

Philadelphia 76ers 1968–69 through 1975–76 color:transparent;">001971 †0– 2017 Active drought

44 Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
1971 – 2014 2015

38 Golden State Warriors 1977 – 2014 2015

38 Washington Wizards ^ 1980 – 2017 Active drought

27 Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
^ 001989 †0– 2017 Active drought

25 New Jersey Nets 001977 †0– 2001 2002

23 Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
1986 – 2008 2009

20 Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
01996 † – 2015 2016

20 Sacramento Kings 1982 – 2001 2002

* A Streak includes seasons as Buffalo Braves
Buffalo Braves
and San Diego Clippers. * B Team last qualified for the Conference Finals as Washington Bullets. * C Franchise inactive for two seasons between 2002 and 2004. * D Current Brooklyn Nets; includes one season as New York Nets. * E Includes four seasons as Kansas City Kings.

FINALS DROUGHTS

NBA FINALS IN WHICH NEITHER TEAM HAD PREVIOUSLY WON A CHAMPIONSHIP

In these instances, the matchup ensured that one team would win the first NBA championship in its history.

SEASON WON LOST

2006 * Miami Heat
Miami Heat
Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks

1978 Washington Bullets
Washington Bullets
Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
(OKC)

1971 * Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
Baltimore Bullets (WSH)

1957 * Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
St. Louis Hawks (ATL)

1955 Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
(PHI) Fort Wayne Pistons
Fort Wayne Pistons
(DET)^

1951 * Rochester Royals
Rochester Royals
(SAC) ^ New York Knicks

1949 * Minneapolis Lakers
Minneapolis Lakers
(LAL) ^ Washington Capitols

1947 * Philadelphia Warriors
Philadelphia Warriors
(GSW) Chicago Stags
Chicago Stags

* *- In these cases, each team was making its first NBA Finals appearance. * ^- Team had previously appeared in the National Basketball League finals before said league was merged for the NBA's formation. * †- Defunct franchise. * Abbreviation in parentheses – Current location of NBA franchise.

NBA FINALS IN WHICH NEITHER FRANCHISE HAD WON A CHAMPIONSHIP IN 20-PLUS SEASONS

Teams that had never won the NBA championship are included, even if they were less than 20 seasons old at the time.

SEASON WON DROUGHT (SEASONS) LOST DROUGHT (SEASONS)

2015 Golden State Warriors 39 Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
44*

2006 Miami Heat
Miami Heat
17* Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
25*

1999 San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
22* New York Knicks 25

1994 Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
26* New York Knicks 20

1978 Washington Bullets
Washington Bullets
16* Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
10*

1971 Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
2* Baltimore Bullets 9*

1957 Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
10* St. Louis Hawks 7*

1955 Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
5* Fort Wayne Pistons
Fort Wayne Pistons
6*

1951 Rochester Royals
Rochester Royals
2* New York Knicks 4*

1949 * Minneapolis Lakers
Minneapolis Lakers
0* Washington Capitols 2*

1947 Philadelphia Warriors
Philadelphia Warriors
0* Chicago Stags
Chicago Stags
0*

Numbers marked with * indicates that the number is counted from either the franchise's first year in the NBA or the first year of the league (1946, then known as the BAA).

TEAMS AWAITING THEIR FIRST NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

This list includes teams within the current NBA that have never won an NBA championship; sorted by the number of seasons played in the NBA.

Last team to leave list – Cleveland 2016 Total seasons (NBA) FRANCHISE Last NBA Finals appearance

7001490000000000000♠49 seasons Phoenix Suns (1968 –2017 ) 1993

7001470000000000000♠47 seasons Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
§ (1984 –2017 ) —

7001430000000000000♠43 seasons Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
§ (1979 –2017 ) 1998

7001410000000000000♠41 seasons Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
(1976 –2017 ) —

7001410000000000000♠41 seasons Indiana Pacers ‡ (1976 –2017 ) 2000

7001410000000000000♠41 seasons Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
§‡ (2012 –2017 ) 2003

7001280000000000000♠28 seasons Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
(1989 –2017 ) —

7001280000000000000♠28 seasons Orlando Magic (1989 –2017 ) 2009

7001270000000000000♠27 seasons Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
† (1988 –2002 ) (2014 –2017 ) —

7001220000000000000♠22 seasons Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
(1995 –2017 )

7001220000000000000♠22 seasons Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
§ (2001 –2017 ) —

7001150000000000000♠15 seasons New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans
† (2013 –2017 ) —

Notes

* § NBA teams that have relocated from their original city(s). * † NBA teams that have re-branded to/from their original concept. * ‡ NBA teams that have won an ABA championship.

SEE ALSO

* National Basketball Association portal

* List of NBA franchise post-season streaks * List of National Basketball Association longest losing streaks * List of National Basketball Association longest winning streaks * List of Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise post-season droughts

* List of National Football League (NFL) franchise post-season droughts * List of National Hockey League (NHL) franchise post-season droughts * List of Major League Soccer (MLS) club post-season droughts

REFERENCES

General

* "Team Index". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 11, 2009.

Specific

* ^ Newberry, Paul (May 10, 2015). "NBA: NFL has most parity, NBA is most exclusive club when it comes to winning titles". Associated Press. Retrieved June 19, 2016. * ^ Major League Baseball has 18 different franchises that have won championships and have droughts of less than 32 years; the National Football League has 16 such franchises, and the National Hockey League has 15 such franchises. * ^ Aldridge, David (June 6, 2015). "Warriors close in on title ... and keep NBA history afloat". NBA.com. Retrieved June 19, 2016. * ^ A B "Playoff picture". NBA.com. Retrieved March 6, 2014. * ^ A B C D E F "Minnesota Timberwolves". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E F G H "Sacramento Kings". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "Phoenix Suns". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "Philadelphia 76ers". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "Orlando Magic". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "Los Angeles Lakers". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E F G "Denver Nuggets". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "New York Knicks". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E F "Brooklyn Nets". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "New Orleans Pelicans". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E F "Charlotte Hornets". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "Detroit Pistons". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E F "Dallas Mavericks". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "Miami Heat". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D "Oklahoma City Thunder". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "Chicago Bulls". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "Milwaukee Bucks". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E F "Memphis Grizzlies". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E F G "Atlanta Hawks". basketball-reference.com. Archived from the original on January 19, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "Indiana Pacers". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E F G H "Los Angeles Clippers". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "Portland Trail Blazers". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E F G "Washington Wizards". basketball-reference.com. Archived from the original on June 25, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E F "Toronto Raptors". basketball-reference.com. Archived from the original on July 28, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E F "Utah Jazz". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "Houston Rockets". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "Boston Celtics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E F "San Antonio Spurs". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E F G H "Golden State Warriors". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. * ^ A B C D E "Cleveland Cavaliers". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.

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* Chicago Bulls * Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
* Detroit Pistons * Indiana Pacers * Milwaukee Bucks
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* Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
* Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
* Miami Heat
Miami Heat
* Orlando Magic * Washington Wizards

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* Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
* Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
* Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
* Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
* Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz

PACIFIC

* Golden State Warriors * Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
* Los Angeles Lakers * Phoenix Suns * Sacramento Kings

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* Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
* Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
* Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
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New Orleans Pelicans
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