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NBA: The 10 Best and 10 Worst Playoff Teams of the Past 25 Years

10 BEST PLAYOFF TEAMS (1990-91 thru 2014-15)

TEAM PLAYOFF APP. / SEASONS PLAYOFF APPEARANCE PERCENTAGE NBA FINALS APP. / TITLES FURTHEST ADVANCE FRANCHISE NOTES
1. San Antonio Spurs 24/25 96.0% 7/6 NBA Champs (1998-99, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2013-14)
2. Los Angeles Lakers 21/25 84.0% 8/5 NBA Champs (1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2008-09, 2009-10)
3. Indiana Pacers 19/25 76.0% 1/0 NBA Finals (1999-00)
4. Chicago Bulls 18/25 72.0% 6/6 NBA Champs (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98)
4. Miami Heat 18/25 72.0% 5/3 NBA Champs (2005-06, 2011-12, 2012-13)
4. Portland Trail Blazers 18/25 72.0% 1/0 NBA Finals (1991-92)
4. Utah Jazz 18/25 72.0% 2/0 NBA Finals (1996-97, 1997-98)
8. Phoenix Suns 17/25 68.0% 1/0 NBA Finals (1992-93)
9. Atlanta Hawks 16/25 64.0% 0/0 Eastern Conf. Semi-Finals (1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11)
9. Houston Rockets 16/25 64.0% 2/2 NBA Champs (1993-94, 1994-95)
9. Oklahoma City Thunder 16/25 64.0% 2/0 NBA Finals (1995-96, 2011-12) Includes Seattle SuperSonics (1990-91 thru 2007-08)

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10 WORST PLAYOFF TEAMS (1990-91 thru 2014-15)

TEAM PLAYOFF APP. / SEASONS PLAYOFF APPEARANCE PERCENTAGE NBA FINALS APP. / TITLES FURTHEST ADVANCE FRANCHISE NOTES
1. Golden State Warriors 7/25 28.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Semi-Finals (1990-91, 2006-07, 2012-13)
1. Washington Wizards 7/25 28.0% 0/0 Eastern Conf. Semi-Finals (2004-05, 2013-14) Includes Washington Bullets (1990-91 thru 1996-97)
3. Los Angeles Clippers 8/25 32.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Semi-Finals (2005-06, 2011-12, 2013-14)
3. Minnesota Timberwolves 8/25 32.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Finals (2003-04)
5. Toronto Raptors 7/20 35.0% 0/0 Eastern Conf. Semi-Finals (2000-01)
6. Charlotte Hornets 9/25 36.0% 0/0 Eastern Conf. Semi-Finals (1992-93, 1997-98, 2000-01, 2001-02) Includes Charlotte Bobcats (2004-05 thru 2013-14)
6. Sacramento Kings 9/25 36.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Finals (2001-02)
8. Memphis Grizzlies 8/20 40.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Finals (2012-13) Includes Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96 thru 2000-01)
8. Milwaukee Bucks 10/25 40.0% 0/0 Eastern Conf. Finals (2000-01)
10. Philadelphia 76ers 11/25 44.0% 1/0 NBA Finals (2000-01)

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EVERYBODY (1990-91 thru 2014-15)

TEAM PLAYOFF APP. / SEASONS PLAYOFF APPEARANCE PERCENTAGE NBA FINALS APP. / TITLES FURTHEST ADVANCE FRANCHISE NOTES
1. San Antonio Spurs 24/25 96.0% 7/6 NBA Champs (1998-99, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2013-14)
2. Los Angeles Lakers 21/25 84.0% 8/5 NBA Champs (1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2008-09, 2009-10)
3. Indiana Pacers 19/25 76.0% 1/0 NBA Finals (1999-00)
4. Chicago Bulls 18/25 72.0% 6/6 NBA Champs (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98)
4. Miami Heat 18/25 72.0% 5/3 NBA Champs (2005-06, 2011-12, 2012-13)
4. Portland Trail Blazers 18/25 72.0% 1/0 NBA Finals (1991-92)
4. Utah Jazz 18/25 72.0% 2/0 NBA Finals (1996-97, 1997-98)
8. Phoenix Suns 17/25 68.0% 1/0 NBA Finals (1992-93)
9. Atlanta Hawks 16/25 64.0% 0/0 Eastern Conf. Semi-Finals (1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11)
9. Houston Rockets 16/25 64.0% 2/2 NBA Champs (1993-94, 1994-95)
9. Oklahoma City Thunder 16/25 64.0% 2/0 NBA Finals (1995-96, 2011-12) Includes Seattle SuperSonics (1990-91 thru 2007-08)
12. Boston Celtics 15/25 60.0% 2/1 NBA Champs (2007-08)
12. New York Knicks 15/25 60.0% 2/0 NBA Finals (1993-94, 1998-99)
14. Dallas Mavericks 14/25 56.0% 2/1 NBA Champs (2010-11)
14. Detroit Pistons 14/25 56.0% 2/1 NBA Champs (2003-04)
14. Orlando Magic 14/25 56.0% 2/0 NBA Finals (1994-95, 2008-09)
17. Brooklyn Nets 13/25 52.0% 2/0 NBA Finals (2001-02, 2002-03) Includes New Jersey Nets (1990-91 thru 2011-12)
18. Cleveland Cavaliers 12/25 48.0% 1/0 NBA Finals (2006-07)
18. Denver Nuggets 12/25 48.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Finals (2008-09)
20. New Orleans Pelicans 6/13 46.2% 0/0 Western Conf. Semi-Finals (2007-08) Includes New Orleans Hornets (2002-03 thru 2004-05, 2007-08 thru 2012-13) and New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2005-06, 2006-07)
21. Philadelphia 76ers 11/25 44.0% 1/0 NBA Finals (2000-01)
22. Memphis Grizzlies 8/20 40.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Finals (2012-13) Includes Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96 thru 2000-01)
22. Milwaukee Bucks 10/25 40.0% 0/0 Eastern Conf. Finals (2000-01)
24. Charlotte Hornets 9/25 36.0% 0/0 Eastern Conf. Semi-Finals (1992-93, 1997-98, 2000-01, 2001-02) Includes Charlotte Bobcats (2004-05 thru 2013-14)
24. Sacramento Kings 9/25 36.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Finals (2001-02)
26. Toronto Raptors 7/20 35.0% 0/0 Eastern Conf. Semi-Finals (2000-01)
27. Los Angeles Clippers 8/25 32.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Semi-Finals (2005-06, 2011-12, 2013-14)
27. Minnesota Timberwolves 8/25 32.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Finals (2003-04)
29. Golden State Warriors 7/25 28.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Semi-Finals (1990-91, 2006-07, 2012-13)
29. Washington Wizards 7/25 28.0% 0/0 Eastern Conf. Semi-Finals (2004-05, 2013-14) Includes Washington Bullets (1990-91 thru 1996-97)

NBA: San Antonio Spurs and Teams with the Longest Current Playoff Appearance Streaks

TEAM PLAYOFF APPEARANCE STREAK SINCE
1. San Antonio Spurs 18 1997-98
2. Atlanta Hawks 8 2007-08
3. Chicago Bulls 7 2008-09
4. Miami Heat* 6 2008-09
5. Memphis Grizzlies 5 2010-11
5. Oklahoma City Thunder* 5 2009-10
7. Indiana Pacers* 4 2010-11
7. Los Angeles Clippers 4 2011-12
9. Golden State Warriors 3 2012-13
9. Houston Rockets 3 2012-13
11. Brooklyn Nets* 2 2012-13
11. Dallas Mavericks 2 2013-14
11. Portland Trail Blazers 2 2013-14
11. Toronto Raptors 2 2013-14
11. Washington Wizards 2 2013-14
16. Cleveland Cavaliers 1 2014-15
16. Milwaukee Bucks 1 2014-15
Boston Celtics* 0
Charlotte Hornets 0
Denver Nuggets 0
Detroit Pistons 0
Los Angeles Lakers 0
Minnesota Timberwolves 0
New Orleans Pelicans* 0
New York Knicks 0
Orlando Magic 0
Philadelphia 76ers 0
Phoenix Suns 0
Sacramento Kings 0
Utah Jazz 0

Minnesota Timberwolves and NBA Teams with The Longest Current Postseason Appearance Droughts

TEAM YEARS SINCE POSTSEASON LAST PLAYOFF RUN
1. Minnesota Timberwolves 11 2003-04
2. Sacramento Kings 9 2005-06
3. Detroit Pistons* 6 2008-09
4. Phoenix Suns* 5 2009-10
5. New Orleans Pelicans* 4 2010-11
6. Orlando Magic 3 2011-12
6. Philadelphia 76ers 3 2011-12
6. Utah Jazz 3 2011-12
9. Boston Celtics* 2 2012-13
9. Denver Nuggets 2 2012-13
9. Los Angeles Lakers 2 2012-13
9. Milwaukee Bucks* 2 2012-13
9. New York Knicks 2 2012-13
14. Brooklyn Nets* 1 2013-14
14. Charlotte Hornets* 1 2013-14
14. Dallas Mavericks* 1 2013-14
14. Indiana Pacers* 1 2013-14
14. Miami Heat* 1 2013-14
14. Oklahoma City Thunder* 1 2013-14
20. Atlanta Hawks 0 2014-15
20. Chicago Bulls 0 2014-15
20. Cleveland Cavaliers 0 2014-15
20. Golden State Warriors 0 2014-15
20. Houston Rockets 0 2014-15
20. Los Angeles Clippers 0 2014-15
20. Memphis Grizzlies 0 2014-15
20. Portland Trail Blazers 0 2014-15
20. San Antonio Spurs 0 2014-15
20. Toronto Raptors 0 2014-15
20. Washington Wizards 0 2014-15
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