As the 2019-20 season restarts at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, the San Antonio Spurs, one of five teams contending for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference, will be putting their 22-year playoff streak on the line.
They are currently tied for the longest streak in NBA history with the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, who also made 22 straight postseason appearances from 1950-1971.
Here's a look at the teams with the longest postseason streaks (at least 14 straight) in NBA history:
|Rank||Franchises||Streak||Titles during streak|
|1||Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers||22 (1950-1963; 1964-1971)||2 (1955, 1967)|
|1||San Antonio Spurs||22 (1998-2019)||5 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)|
|3||Portland Trail Blazers||21 (1983-2003)|
|4||Utah Jazz||20 (1984-2003)|
|5||Boston Celtics||19 (1951-1969)||11 (1957,1959 -1966, 1968, 1969)|
|6||Los Angeles Lakers||17 (1977-1993)||5 (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)|
|7||Minneapolis Lakers/Los Angeles Lakers||16 (1959-1960; 1961-1974)||1 (1972)|
|8||Detroit Pistons||14 (1950-1957; 1958-1963)|
|8||Boston Celtics||14 (1980-1993)||3 (1981, 1984, 1986)|
|8||Chicago Bulls||14 (1985-1998)||6 (1991-93; 1996-98)|
|8||New York Knicks||14 (1988-2001)|
It comes as no surprise that the winningest dynasty in NBA history - the Boston Celtics of the 1960s - has the highest success rate among all of the above teams.
Each of the four teams (Trail Blazers, Jazz, Pistons, Knicks) from the table above to not win a championship made multiple NBA Finals appearances during their streak but finished on the losing side each time.
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