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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)

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

The Best Playoff Team In Hockey: The Detroit Red Wings

The Best Playoff Team In Hockey: The Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs 24 of the last 25 seasons. In fact, they have made it the past 24 seasons in a row, collecting four Stanley Cups along they way (via six Finals appearances). The Wings are unquestionably the best NHL playoff team of the past 25 years.

The New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins have three Cups over this period and sport an 80 percent playoff probability. In other words, over the past 25 seasons, these two teams made the postseason four out of every five years.

The St. Louis Blues have also made the playoffs 80 percent of the time, but have no Stanley Cup Finals appearances to claim. They actually haven’t been to the Finals since 1969-70.

What about the worst playoff teams of the past 25 seasons?

Most are relatively new teams. Five of the 10 (11 with ties) worst playoff teams haven’t even been around 25 years. The rest joined the league with the third expansion in 1972-73 or later. Well, except for one of the Original Six!: The Toronto Maple Leafs. They haven’t won a Cup, either, since the 1960’s. Egad, get it together classic team!

10 BEST PLAYOFF TEAMS (1989-90 thru 2014-15)

TEAM PLAYOFF APP. / SEASONS PLAYOFF APPEARANCE PERCENTAGE STANLEY CUP FINALS APP. / TITLES FURTHEST ADVANCE
1. Detroit Red Wings 24/25 96.0% 6/4 Stanley Cup Champions (1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2007-08)
2. New Jersey Devils 20/25 80.0% 5/3 Stanley Cup Champions (1994-95, 1999-00, 2002-03)
2. Pittsburgh Penguins 20/25 80.0% 4/3 Stanley Cup Champions (1990-91, 1991-92, 2008-09)
2. St. Louis Blues 20/25 80.0% 0/0 Western Conf Finals (2000-01)
5. Boston Bruins 19/25 76.0% 3/1 Stanley Cup Champions (2010-11)
6. San Jose Sharks 17/23 73.9% 0/0 Western Conf. Finals (2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11)
7. Montreal Canadiens 18/25 72.0% 1/1 Stanley Cup Champions (1992-93)
7. Vancouver Canucks 18/25 72.0% 2/0 Stanley Cup Finals (1993-94, 2010-11)
7. Washington Capitals 18/25 72.0% 1/0 Stanley Cup Finals (1997-98)
10. Ottawa Senators 15/22 68.2% 1/0 Stanley Cup Finals (2006-07)

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10 WORST PLAYOFF TEAMS (1989-90 thru 2014-15)

TEAM PLAYOFF APP. / SEASONS PLAYOFF APPEARANCE PERCENTAGE STANLEY CUP FINALS APP. / TITLES FURTHEST ADVANCE FRANCHISE NOTES
1. Winnipeg Jets 2/15 13.3% 0/0 Eastern Conf. Quarter-Finals (2006-07) Includes Atlanta Thrashers (1999-00 thru 2010-11)
2. Columbus Blue Jackets 2/14 14.3% 0/0 Western Conf. Quarter-Finals (2008-09); Eastern Conf. Quarter Finals (2013-14)
3. Florida Panthers 4/21 19.0% 1/0 Stanley Cup Finals (1995-96)
4. Carolina Hurricanes 8/25 32.0% 2/1 Stanley Cup Champions (2005-06) Includes Harford Whalers (1989-90 thru 1996-97)
5. New York Islanders 9/25 36.0% 0/0 Wales Conf. Finals (1992-93)
6. Tampa Bay Lightning 8/22 36.4% 1/1 Stanley Cup Champions (2003-04)
7. Edmonton Oilers 10/25 40.0% 2/1 Stanley Cup Champions (1989-90)
8. Minnesota Wild 6/14 42.9% 0/0 Western Conf. Finals (2002-03)
9. Arizona Coyotes 12/25 48.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Finals (2011-12) Includes Winnipeg Jets I (1989-90 thru 1995-96)
9. Calgary Flames 12/25 48.0% 1/0 Stanley Cup Finals (2003-04)
9. Toronto Maple Leafs 12/25 48.0% 0/0 Campbell Conf. Finals (1992-93); Western Conf. Finals (1993-94); Eastern Conf. Finals (1998-99, 2001-02)

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EVERYBODY (1989-90 thru 2014-15)

TEAM PLAYOFF APP. / SEASONS PLAYOFF APPEARANCE PERCENTAGE STANLEY CUP FINALS APP. / TITLES FURTHEST ADVANCE FRANCHISE NOTES
1. Detroit Red Wings 24/25 96.0% 6/4 Stanley Cup Champions (1996-97, 1997-98, 2001-02, 2007-08)  
2. New Jersey Devils 20/25 80.0% 5/3 Stanley Cup Champions (1994-95, 1999-00, 2002-03)  
2. Pittsburgh Penguins 20/25 80.0% 4/3 Stanley Cup Champions (1990-91, 1991-92, 2008-09)  
2. St. Louis Blues 20/25 80.0% 0/0 Western Conf Finals (2000-01)
5. Boston Bruins 19/25 76.0% 3/1 Stanley Cup Champions (2010-11)
6. San Jose Sharks 17/23 73.9% 0/0 Western Conf. Finals (2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11)  
7. Montreal Canadiens 18/25 72.0% 1/1 Stanley Cup Champions (1992-93)
7. Vancouver Canucks 18/25 72.0% 2/0 Stanley Cup Finals (1993-94, 2010-11)
7. Washington Capitals 18/25 72.0% 1/0 Stanley Cup Finals (1997-98)
10. Ottawa Senators 15/22 68.2% 1/0 Stanley Cup Finals (2006-07)
11. Philadelphia Flyers 17/25 68.0% 2/0 Stanley Cup Finals (1996-97, 2009-10)
12. Chicago Blackhawks 16/25 64.0% 3/2 Stanley Cup Champions (2009-10, 2012-13)  
12. Dallas Stars 16/25 64.0% 3/1 Stanley Cup Champions (1998-99) Includes Minnesota North Stars (1989-90 thru 1992-93)
12. New York Rangers 16/25 64.0% 2/1 Stanley Cup Champions (1993-94)
15. Buffalo Sabres 15/25 60.0% 1/0 Stanley Cup Finals (1998-99)
15. Colorado Avalanche 15/25 60.0% 2/2 Stanley Cup Champions (1995-96, 2000-01) Includes Quebec Nordiques (1989-90 thru 1994-95)
17. Anaheim Ducks 11/21 52.4% 2/1 Stanley Cup Champions (2006-07)
18. Los Angeles Kings 13/25 52.0% 3/2 Stanley Cup Champions (2011-12, 2013-14)  
19. Nashville Predators 8/16 50.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Semi-Finals (2010-11, 2011-12)  
20. Arizona Coyotes 12/25 48.0% 0/0 Western Conf. Finals (2011-12) Includes Winnipeg Jets I (1989-90 thru 1995-96)
20. Calgary Flames 12/25 48.0% 1/0 Stanley Cup Finals (2003-04)
20. Toronto Maple Leafs 12/25 48.0% 0/0 Campbell Conf. Finals (1992-93); Western Conf. Finals (1993-94); Eastern Conf. Finals (1998-99, 2001-02)  
23. Minnesota Wild 6/14 42.9% 0/0 Western Conf. Finals (2002-03)
24. Edmonton Oilers 10/25 40.0% 2/1 Stanley Cup Champions (1989-90)
25. Tampa Bay Lightning 8/22 36.4% 1/1 Stanley Cup Champions (2003-04)
26. New York Islanders 9/25 36.0% 0/0 Wales Conf. Finals (1992-93)
27. Carolina Hurricanes 8/25 32.0% 2/1 Stanley Cup Champions (2005-06) Includes Harford Whalers (1989-90 thru 1996-97)
28. Florida Panthers 4/21 19.0% 1/0 Stanley Cup Finals (1995-96)
29. Columbus Blue Jackets 2/14 14.3% 0/0 Western Conf. Quarter-Finals (2008-09); Eastern Conf. Quarter Finals (2013-14)  
30. Winnipeg Jets 2/15 13.3% 0/0 Eastern Conf. Quarter-Finals (2006-07)

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MLB 2015: The 20 Best Players in Baseball (MLB, ESPN, FoxSports and Sports Illustrated Rankings)

The Unanimous Best Player In Baseball: Mike Trout

The Unanimous Best Player In Baseball: Mike Trout

It’s official and it’s unanimous. Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout is projected to be the best player in baseball this season, according to four of the biggest baseball sources on the Internet, including Major League Baseball itself.

ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated also perch Trout at the top of the rankings.

Then, naturally, things get fuzzier.

Three different players – Clayton Kershaw, Giancarlo Stanton and Andrew McCutchen – can claim second best.

Add Felix Hernandez, Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Cabrera, and you have everybody that populates the top five.

Check out the top 20 below for all four sources (and click on the source name to see the full rankings from each – from 100 to 300 players. Overall, 31 different players from 21 different teams make the cut. The Washington Nationalsfavorites to win the 2015 World Series – have the most with four.

THE RANKINGS

ESPN (BBTN) MLB FOX SPORTS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
1. Mike Trout, CF Mike Trout, CF Mike Trout, CF Mike Trout, CF
2. Clayton Kershaw, LHP Giancarlo Stanton, RF Giancarlo Stanton, RF Andrew McCutchen, CF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF Andrew McCutchen, CF Miguel Cabrera, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Andrew McCutchen, CF Clayton Kershaw, LHP
5. Felix Hernandez, RHP Clayton Kershaw, LHP Clayton Kershaw, LHP Giancarlo Stanton, RF
6. Miguel Cabrera, 1B Miguel Cabrera, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Jose Abreu, 1B
7. Chris Sale, LHP Carlos Gomez, CF Carlos Gomez, CF Miguel Cabrera, 1B
8. Robinson Cano, 2B Jose Abreu, 1B Jose Abreu, 1B Carlos Gomez, CF
9. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Jose Altuve, 2B Felix Hernandez, RHP Anthony Rizzo, 1B
10. Buster Posey, C Adam Jones, CF Jose Bautista, RF Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
11. Max Scherzer, RHP Jose Bautista, RF Anthony Rizzo, 1B Adam Jones, CF
12. Jose Abreu, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B Troy Tulowitzki, SS Jose Bautista, RF
13. Troy Tulowitzki, SS Felix Hernandez, RHP Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B
14. Jose Bautista, RF Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B Felix Hernandez, RHP
15. Madison Bumgarner, LHP Troy Tulowitzki, SS Jose Altuve, 2B Adrian Beltre, 3B
16. Corey Kluber, RHP Anthony Rizzo, 1B Anthony Rendon, 3B Chris Sale, LHP
17. Johnny Cueto, RHP Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Adam Jones, CF Troy Tulowitzki, SS
18. David Price, LHP Yasiel Puig, RF Buster Posey, C Anthony Rendon, 3B
19. Yasiel Puig, RF Michael Brantley, LF Adrian Beltre, 3B Ian Desmond, SS
20. Stephen Strasburg, RHP Hanley Ramirez, SS Max Scherzer, RHP Jose Altuve, 2B

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THE PLAYERS

PLAYER # OF TOP 20 LISTS TOP RANKING TEAM
1. Mike Trout, CF 4 1 Los Angeles Angels
2. Andrew McCutchen, CF 4 2 Pittsburgh Pirates
3. Clayton Kershaw, LHP 4 2 Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF 4 2 Miami Marlins
5. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4 3 Detroit Tigers
6. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B 4 3 Arizona Diamondbacks
7. Felix Hernandez, RHP 4 5 Seattle Mariners
8. Jose Abreu, 1B 4 6 Chicago White Sox
9. Robinson Cano, 2B 4 8 Seattle Mariners
10. Jose Bautista, RF 4 10 Toronto Blue Jays
11. Troy Tulowitzki, SS 4 12 Colorado Rockies
12. Carlos Gomez, CF 3 7 Milwaukee Brewers
13. Anthony Rizzo, 1B 3 9 Chicago Cubs
14. Jose Altuve, 2B 3 9 Houston Astros
15. Adam Jones, CF 3 10 Baltimore Orioles
16. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B 3 10 Toronto Blue Jays
17. Chris Sale, LHP 2 7 Chicago White Sox
18. Buster Posey, C 2 10 San Francisco Giants
19. Max Scherzer, RHP 2 11 Washington Nationals
20. Adrian Beltre, 3B 2 15 Texas Rangers
21. Anthony Rendon, 3B 2 16 Washington Nationals
22. Yasiel Puig, RF 2 18 Los Angeles Dodgers
23. Madison Bumgarner, LHP 1 15 San Francisco Giants
24. Corey Kluber, RHP 1 16 Cleveland Indians
25. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF 1 17 New York Yankees
26. Johnny Cueto, RHP 1 17 Cincinnati Reds
27. David Price, LHP 1 18 Detroit Tigers
28. Ian Desmond, SS 1 19 Washington Nationals
29. Michael Brantley, LF 1 19 Cleveland Indians
30. Hanley Ramirez, SS 1 20 Boston Red Sox
31. Stephen Strasburg, RHP 1 20 Washington Nationals

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THE TEAMS

TEAM PLAYERS IN TOP 20
1. Washington Nationals 4
2. Chicago White Sox 2
3. Cleveland Indians 2
4. Detroit Tigers 2
5. Los Angeles Dodgers 2
6. San Francisco Giants 2
7, Seattle Mariners 2
8. Toronto Blue Jays 2
9. Arizona Diamondbacks 1
10. Baltimore Orioles 1
11. Boston Red Sox 1
12. Chicago Cubs 1
13. Cincinnati Reds 1
14. Colorado Rockies 1
15. Houston Astros 1
16. Los Angeles Angels 1
17. Miami Marlins 1
18. Milwaukee Brewers 1
19. New York Yankees 1
20. Pittsburgh Pirates 1
21. Texas Rangers 1

Photo: espn.com

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