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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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NFL Draft: Marcus Mariota and The Best and Every No. 2 Pick in Draft History

What? No. 2?

Well, we already did all the No. 1’s.

Ten No. 2’s have made it to the Hall of Fame.

NO. 2 PICK HALL OF FAMERS

NFL DRAFT NO. 2 PICK POS. TEAM COLLEGE
1. 1939 Sid Luckman QB Chicago Bears Columbia
2. 1940 George McAfee HB Philadelphia Eagles Duke
3. 1952 Les Richter LB Dallas Texans California
4. 1964 Bob Brown T Philadelphia Eagles Nebraska
5. 1966 Tom Mack G Los Angeles Rams Michigan
6. 1975 Randy White DT Dallas Cowboys Maryland
7. 1977 Tony Dorsett RB Dallas Cowboys Pittsburgh
8. 1981 Lawrence Taylor LB New York Giants North Carolina
9. 1983 Eric Dickerson RB Los Angeles Rams SMU
10. 1994 Marshall Faulk RB Indianapolis Colts San Diego State

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ALL THE NO. 2 PICKS

NFL DRAFT NO. 2 PICK POS. TEAM COLLEGE
2015 Marcus Mariota QB Tennessee Titans Oregon
2014 Greg Robinson T St. Louis Rams Auburn
2013 Luke Joeckel T Jacksonville Jaguars Texas A&M
2012 Robert Griffin QB Washington Redskins Baylor
2011 Von Miller LB Denver Broncos Texas A&M
2010 Ndamukong Suh DT Detroit Lions Nebraska
2009 Jason Smith T St. Louis Rams Baylor
2008 Chris Long DE St. Louis Rams Virginia
2007 Calvin Johnson WR Detroit Lions Georgia Tech
2006 Reggie Bush RB New Orleans Saints USC
2005 Ronnie Brown RB Miami Dolphins Auburn
2004 Robert Gallery T Oakland Raiders Iowa
2003 Charles Rogers WR Detroit Lions Michigan State
2002 Julius Peppers DE Carolina Panthers North Carolina
2001 Leonard Davis T Arizona Cardinals Texas
2000 LaVar Arrington LB Washington Redskins Penn State
1999 Donovan McNabb QB Philadelphia Eagles Syracuse
1998 Ryan Leaf QB San Diego Chargers Washington State
1997 Darrell Russell DT Oakland Raiders USC
1996 Kevin Hardy LB Jacksonville Jaguars Illinois
1995 Tony Boselli T Jacksonville Jaguars USC
1994 Marshall Faulk RB Indianapolis Colts San Diego State
1993 Rick Mirer QB Seattle Seahawks Notre Dame
1992 Quentin Coryatt LB Indianapolis Colts Texas A&M
1991 Eric Turner DB Cleveland Browns UCLA
1990 Blair Thomas RB New York Jets Penn State
1989 Tony Mandarich T Green Bay Packers Michigan State
1988 Neil Smith DE Kansas City Chiefs Nebraska
1987 Cornelius Bennett LB Indianapolis Colts Alabama
1986 Tony Casillas DT Atlanta Falcons Oklahoma
1985 Bill Fralic G Atlanta Falcons Pittsburgh
1984 Dean Steinkuhler T Houston Oilers Nebraska
1983 Eric Dickerson RB Los Angeles Rams SMU
1982 Johnie Cooks LB Baltimore Colts Mississippi State
1981 Lawrence Taylor LB New York Giants North Carolina
1980 Lam Jones WR New York Jets Texas
1979 Mike Bell DE Kansas City Chiefs Colorado State
1978 Art Still DE Kansas City Chiefs Kentucky
1977 Tony Dorsett RB Dallas Cowboys Pittsburgh
1976 Steve Niehaus DT Seattle Seahawks Notre Dame
1975 Randy White DT Dallas Cowboys Maryland
1974 Bo Matthews RB San Diego Chargers Colorado
1973 Bert Jones QB Baltimore Colts LSU
1972 Sherman White DE Cincinnati Bengals California
1971 Archie Manning QB New Orleans Saints Mississippi
1970 Mike McCoy DT Green Bay Packers Notre Dame
1969 George Kunz T Atlanta Falcons Notre Dame
1968 Bob Johnson C Cincinnati Bengals Tennessee
1967 Clint Jones RB Minnesota Vikings Michigan State
1966 Tom Mack G Los Angeles Rams Michigan
1965 Ken Willard RB San Francisco 49ers North Carolina
1964 Bob Brown T Philadelphia Eagles Nebraska
1963 Jerry Stovall DB St. Louis Cardinals LSU
1962 Roman Gabriel QB Los Angeles Rams North Carolina State
1961 Norm Snead QB Washington Redskins Wake Forest
1960 George Izo QB St. Louis Cardinals Notre Dame
1959 Dick Bass FB Los Angeles Rams Pacific
1958 John David Crow HB Chicago Cardinals Texas A&M
1957 Jon Arnett HB Los Angeles Rams USC
1956 Earl Morrall QB San Francisco 49ers Michigan State
1955 Max Boydston E Chicago Cardinals Oklahoma
1954 Lamar McHan QB Chicago Cardinals Arkansas
1953 Billy Vessels HB Baltimore Colts Oklahoma
1952 Les Richter LB Dallas Texans California
1951 Bob Williams QB Chicago Bears Notre Dame
1950 Adrian Burk QB Baltimore Colts Baylor
1949 John Rauch QB Detroit Lions Georgia
1948 Skippy Minisi HB New York Giants Pennsylvania
1947 Glenn Davis HB Detroit Lions Army
1946 Dub Jones HB Chicago Cardinals LSU
1945 Paul Duhart FB Pittsburgh Steelers Florida
1944 Pat Harder FB Chicago/Pittsburgh Cardinals/Steelers Wisconsin
1943 Joe Muha FB Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Eagles/Steelers VMI
1942 Jack Wilson HB Cleveland Rams Baylor
1941 John Kimbrough FB Chicago Cardinals Texas A&M
1940 George McAfee HB Philadelphia Eagles Duke
1939 Sid Luckman QB Chicago Bears Columbia
1938 Jim McDonald FB Philadelphia Eagles Ohio State
1937 Ed Goddard FB Brooklyn Dodgers Washington State
1936 Riley Smith FB/LB Boston Redskins Alabama

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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)
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