Nearly every professional league of every sport has been dominated by dynasties.
They set the benchmark, winning a majority of the championships and the NBA is no different. The two franchises of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers alone combine for 34 of the 74 NBA titles, which doesn't leave a lot of room for the others.
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Of the 30 teams, there are six who have never made it to the championships series. However, only four of them rank in the 10 longest active NBA Finals appearances droughts.
What are the longest active NBA Finals droughts?
The Sacramento Kings, having made their last NBA Finals as the Rochester Royals in 1951 when they clinched their lone championship, are owners of the longest active drought.
Here's a look at the 10 longest:
|Drought (Years)||Team||Last Finals appearance||Result|
|70||Sacramento Kings||1951||Won 4-3 vs. New York Knicks [as Rochester Royals]|
|60||Atlanta Hawks||1961||Lost 4-3 vs. Boston Celtics [as St. Louis Hawks]|
|47||Milwaukee Bucks||1974||Lost 4-3 vs. Boston Celtics|
|43||Washington Wizards||1979||Lost 4-1 vs. Seattle SuperSonics [as Washington Bullets]|
|29||Portland Trail Blazers||1992||Lost 4-2 vs. Chicago Bulls|
|28||Phoenix Suns||1993||Lost 4-2 vs. Chicago Bulls|
Of these 10, two teams in the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns might cross themselves off the list very soon.
Which teams have never made the NBA Finals?
As mentioned earlier, there are six teams yet to overcome their Conference to reach the Finals and here's a look at those six teams and their history.
|Team||Joined NBA||Closest attempt|
|LA Clippers||1970||Conf. Finals [1 - 2020]|
|Denver Nuggets||1967||Conf. Finals [4 - 1978, 1985, 2009, 2020]|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||1989||Conf. Finals [1 - 2004]|
|Charlotte Hornets||1988||Conf. Semis [3 - 1993, 1998, 2001, 2002]|
|Memphis Grizzlies||1995||Conf. Finals [1 - 2013]|
|New Orleans Pelicans||2002||Conf. Semis [2 - 2008, 2018]|
Of these six, as can be seen, only the Pelicans and Hornets are yet to make the Conference Finals while among the rest, the Nuggets have made the most Conference Finals appearances without a single series victory.
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