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Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors and the Longest Time Between Western Conference Finals Appearances

TEAM SPAN (SEASONS IN BETWEEN) PREVIOUS CONF. FINALS APP. (OR FIRST SEASON*) LAST CONF. FINALS APP. NOTES
1. Los Angeles Clippers 45 1970-71* Active Includes Buffalo Braves (1970-71 thru 1977-78) and San Diego Clippers (1978-79 thru 1983-84)
2. Golden State Warriors 38 1975-76 2014-15
3. Denver Nuggets 23 1984-85 2008-09
4. Sacramento Kings 20 1980-81 2001-02 Includes Kansas City Kings (1980-81 thru 1984-85)
4. Toronto Raptors 20 1995-96* Active
6. Houston Rockets 18 1996-97 Active
7. Memphis Grizzlies 17 1995-96* 2012-13 Includes Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96 thru 2000-01)
7. Utah Jazz 17 1974-75* 1991-92
7. Utah Jazz 17 1997-98 Active
10. Sacramento Kings 16 1963-64 1980-81 as Cincinnati Royals (1963-64 thru 1971-72), Kansas City-Omaha Kings (1972-73 thru 1974-75) and Kansas City Kings (1975-76 thru 1980-81)
11. Portland Trail Blazers 15 1999-00 Active
12. Dallas Mavericks 14 1987-88 2002-03
12. Minnesota Timberwolves 14 1989-90* 2003-04
12. Oklahoma City Thunder 14 1995-96 2010-11 Includes Seattle SuperSonics (1995-96 thru 2007-08)
15. New Orleans Pelicans 13 2002-03 Active Includes New Orleans Hornets (2002-03 thru 2004-05, 2007-08 thru 2012-13) and New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2005-06 thru 2006-07)
15. Sacramento Kings 13 2001-02 Active
17. Portland Trail Blazers 12 1976-77 1989-90
18. Minnesota Timberwolves 11 2003-04 Active
18. Phoenix Suns 11 1992-93 2004-05
18. San Antonio Spurs 11 1982-83 1994-95
21. Oklahoma City Thunder 10 1967-68* 1977-78 as Seattle SuperSonics

Atlanta Hawks and the Longest Time Between Eastern Conference Finals Appearances

TEAM SPAN (SEASONS IN BETWEEN) PREVIOUS CONF. FINALS APP. (OR FIRST SEASON*) LAST CONF. FINALS APP. NOTES
1. Atlanta Hawks 44 1969-70 2014-15 1969-70 Hawks were in Western Div. Finals
2. Washington Wizards 36 1978-79 Active Includes Washington Bullets (1978-79 thru 1996-97)
3. Brooklyn Nets 25 1976-77* 2001-02 as New Jersey Nets
3. Charlotte Hornets 25 1988-89* Active Includes Charlotte Bobcats (2004-05 thru 2013-14)
5. Detroit Pistons 24 1961-62 1986-87 1961-62 Pistons were in Western Div. Finals
6. Toronto Raptors 20 1995-96* Active
7. New York Knicks 18 1973-74 1992-93
8. Indiana Pacers 17 1976-77* 1993-94
9. Cleveland Cavaliers 15 1975-76 1991-92
9. New York Knicks 15 1952-53 1968-69
9. New York Knicks 15 1999-00 Active
9. Philadelphia 76ers 15 1984-85 2000-01
13. Cleveland Cavaliers 14 1991-92 2006-07
13. Milwaukee Bucks 14 1985-86 2000-01
13. Milwaukee Bucks 14 2000-01 Active
13. Philadelphia 76ers 14 2000-01 Active
17. Boston Celtics 13 1987-88 2001-02
17. Chicago Bulls 13 1974-75 1988-89
19. Brooklyn Nets 12 2002-03 Active Includes New Jersey Nets (2002-03 thru 2011-12)
19. Chicago Bulls 12 1997-98 2010-11
19. Orlando Magic 12 1995-96 2008-09
22. Detroit Pistons 11 1990-91 2002-03

NBA: The Longest Playoff Apperance Streaks of All Time (Team)

The 1966-67 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers, Led By Wilt Chamberlain

The 1966-67 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers, Led By Wilt Chamberlain

Over the years, everybody gets a chance to go on a postseason run in the NBA for a while, or just about everybody.

Postseason dynasties do abound in pro basketball. Almost nobody just makes the playoffs one season in the middle of nowhere. Teams always make it back at least a few times in a row or say five out of six years.

Many have streaks of seven, eight or nine seasons in a row.

And a full 15 – half the league – have at one time or another sported a postseason appearance streak of 10 years in a row. They are listed below.

What about two decades in a row? Yup, three teams have done it, our leaders in today’s post: the Philadelphia 76ers (and Syracuse Nationals) of the 1950’s and 1960’s and the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz of the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Imagine that. Being in the postseason every season for at least 20 years. Wow.

Quite the opposite of the Golden State Warriors, one of the no-shows. The Warriors, out of Oakland, (through Philadelphia and San Francisco) have never been to the postseason more than five consecutive seasons – way back in the first five seasons of the BAA/NBA itself. Another wow. The Warriors are one of the original teams.

The Boston Celtics, another original team, have a 19-season playoff streak, fourth best, and their mortal enemies, the Los Angeles Lakers have three postseason streaks of 10 years or more.

The longest current streak is about to start knocking on the top four. The San Antonio Spurs will tie the Celts if they make it again in 2015-16.

TEAM POSTSEASON APP. STREAK SEASONS FRANCHISE NOTES
1. Philadelphia 76ers 22 1949-50 thru 1970-71 Includes Syracuse Nationals (1949-50 thru 1962-63)
2. Portland Trail Blazers 21 1982-83 thru 2002-03
3, Utah Jazz 20 1983-84 thru 2002-03
4. Boston Celtics 19 1950-51 thru 1968-69
5. San Antonio Spurs* 18 1997-98 thru Present
6. Los Angeles Lakers 17 1976-77 thru 1992-93
7. Los Angeles Lakers 16 1958-59 thru 1973-74
8. Boston Celtics 14 1979-80 thru 1992-93
8. Chicago Bulls 14 1984-85 thru 1997-98
8. Detroit Pistons 14 1949-50 thru 1962-63 Includes Fort Wayne Pistons (1949-50 thru 1956-57)
8. New York Knicks 14 1987-88 thru 2000-01
12. Phoenix Suns 13 1988-89 thru 2000-01
13. Dallas Mavericks 12 2000-01 thru 2011-12
13. Milwaukee Bucks 12 1979-80 thru 1990-91
13. Philadelphia 76ers 12 1975-76 thru 1986-87
13. Washington Wizards 12 1968-69 thru 1979-80 As Baltimore Bullets (1968-69 thru 1972-73), Capital Bullets (1973-74) and Washington Bullets (1974-75 thru 1979-80)
17. Atlanta Hawks 11 1962-63 thru 1972-73
18. Denver Nuggets 10 2003-04 thru 2012-13
18. Los Angeles Lakers 10 1994-95 thru 2003-04
18. New York Knicks 10 1946-47 thru 1955-56

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