NBA: No. 8 Seeds That Have Beaten No. 1 Seeds

The 2011-12 Philadelphia 76ers Were The Last No. 8 Seed To Advance Past The First Round (It Helped That Derrick Rose Tore His ACL In Game 1)

The 2011-12 Philadelphia 76ers Were The Last No. 8 Seed To Advance Past The First Round (It Helped That Derrick Rose Tore His ACL In Game 1)

With the 1983-84 NBA season, the playoffs were expanded to 16 teams, eight from each conference.

In the intervening 31 completed postseasons (not counting 2014-15), only five 8 seeds knocked off their conference’s top dog (No. 1 seed) and advanced to the second round. It has happened three times in the Western Conference and twice in the Eastern.

Just once – the 1998-99 New York Knicks – did the 8 seed make it past the following round. Those Knicks (in a lockout-shortened season) went to the Finals, only to lose to the West’s No. 1, the San Antonio Spurs.

So, no No. 8 seed has ever won it all (and by the way no 5 or 7 seed, either). You can see all the NBA Finals winners by seed, here.

And how are things looking in 2014-15’s first round? Well, the Golden State Warriors (1) have already swept the New Orleans Pelicans (8) out West. But in the East, the Brooklyn Nets (8) are down just two games to one at the moment to the Atlanta Hawks (8).

SEASON NO. 8 SEED NO. 1 SEED SERIES NO. 8 SEED FINAL POSTSEASON RESULT
1. 1993-94 Denver Nuggets Seattle SuperSonics 3-2 Lost Western Conf. Semifinals to Utah Jazz (4-3)
2. 1998-99 New York Knicks Miami Heat 3-2 Lost NBA Finals to San Antonio Spurs (4-1)
3. 2006-07 Golden State Warriors Dallas Mavericks 4-2 Lost Western Conf. Semifinals to Utah Jazz (4-1)
4. 2010-11 Memphis Grizzlies San Antonio Spurs 4-2 Lost Western Conf. Semifinals to Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3)
5. 2011-12 Philadelphia 76ers Chicago Bulls 4-2 Lost Eastern Conf. Semifinals to Boston Celtics (4-3)

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Posted on April 26, 2015, in NBA Basketball. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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