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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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NHL: Boston Bruins and Teams with the Most 100-Point Seasons

The Boston Bruins Have The  Most 100-Point Seasons; The Philadelphia Flyers, The Highest Percentage of 100-Point Seasons

The Boston Bruins Have The Most 100-Point Seasons; The Philadelphia Flyers, The Highest Percentage of 100-Point Seasons

The Boston Bruins have breached the 100-point barrier 21 times, most of any NHL team and the only to do it over 20 times.

The Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers have collected 100 points or more in a season 19 times.

But the Flyers have only been around 47 years (compared to the Bruins and Red Wings at 90 and 88 seasons, respectively) – giving them the highest percentage of 100-point seasons: 40.43 percent. Very impressive.

Overall, six teams have had double-digit 100-point seasons. Four have tallied 100 points for at least 30 percent of their franchise’s history. The Flyers and New Jersey Devils are in both clubs.

MOST 100-POINT SEASONS

TEAM 100-POINT SEASONS TOTAL SEASONS PCT. 100-POINT SEASONS
1. Boston Bruins 21 90 23.33%
2. Detroit Red Wings 19 88 21.59%
2. Philadelphia Flyers 19 47 40.43%
4. Montreal Canadiens 18 97 18.56%
5. New Jersey Devils 13 40 32.50%
6. Chicago Blackhawks 11 88 12.50%
7. Buffalo Sabres 9 44 20.45%
7. Pittsburgh Penguins 9 47 19.15%
7. Vancouver Canucks 9 44 20.45%
10. Dallas Stars 8 47 17.02%
10. New York Islanders 8 42 19.05%
10. New York Rangers 8 88 9.09%
10. Washington Capitals 8 40 20.00%
14. Colorado Avalanche 7 35 20.00%
14. San Jose Sharks 7 23 30.43%
14. St. Louis Blues 7 47 14.89%
17. Edmonton Oilers 6 35 17.14%
17. Ottawa Senators 6 22 27.27%
19. Nashville Predators 5 16 31.25%
20. Anaheim Ducks 4 21 19.05%
20. Calgary Flames 4 42 9.52%
20. Los Angeles Kings 4 47 8.51%
20. Tampa Bay Lightning 4 22 18.18%
24. Toronto Maple Leafs 3 97 3.09%
25. Minnesota Wild 2 14 14.29%
26. Arizona Coyotes 1 35 2.86%
26. Carolina Hurricanes 1 35 2.86%
28. Columbus Blue Jackets 0 14 0.00%
28. Florida Panthers 0 21 0.00%
28. Winnipeg Jets 0 15 0.00%

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HIGHEST PERCENTAGE, 100-POINT SEASONS

TEAM PCT. 100-POINT SEASONS 100-POINT SEASONS TOTAL SEASONS
1. Philadelphia Flyers 40.43% 19 47
2. New Jersey Devils 32.50% 13 40
3. Nashville Predators 31.25% 5 16
4. San Jose Sharks 30.43% 7 23
5. Ottawa Senators 27.27% 6 22
6. Boston Bruins 23.33% 21 90
7. Detroit Red Wings 21.59% 19 88
8. Buffalo Sabres 20.45% 9 44
8. Vancouver Canucks 20.45% 9 44
10. Colorado Avalanche 20.00% 7 35
10. Washington Capitals 20.00% 8 40
12. Pittsburgh Penguins 19.15% 9 47
13. Anaheim Ducks 19.05% 4 21
13. New York Islanders 19.05% 8 42
15. Montreal Canadiens 18.56% 18 97
16. Tampa Bay Lightning 18.18% 4 22
17. Edmonton Oilers 17.14% 6 35
18. Dallas Stars 17.02% 8 47
19. St. Louis Blues 14.89% 7 47
20. Minnesota Wild 14.29% 2 14
21. Chicago Blackhawks 12.50% 11 88
22. Calgary Flames 9.52% 4 42
23. New York Rangers 9.09% 8 88
24. Los Angeles Kings 8.51% 4 47
25. Toronto Maple Leafs 3.09% 3 97
26. Arizona Coyotes 2.86% 1 35
26. Carolina Hurricanes 2.86% 1 35
28. Columbus Blue Jackets 0.00% 0 14
28. Florida Panthers 0.00% 0 21
28. Winnipeg Jets 0.00% 0 15

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