List of NBA franchise post-season droughts

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This is a list of National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise post-season appearance droughts. This list includes the all-time and the active consecutive non-playoffs. Aside from the NBA playoff appearance droughts, this list also includes droughts of series wins, appearances in the NBA Finals and NBA championship wins. The teams which have never made an NBA Playoffs appearance, an NBA Finals appearance championship. The oldest such franchise is the Suns (48 seasons), while the Royals/Kings and the Hawks have even longer championship droughts (67 and 60 seasons, respectively). Seven franchises have never been to the NBA Finals, the highest number among the major North American sports.[1] The oldest such team is the Braves/Clippers franchise (45 seasons); the Kings and the Hawks have appearance droughts that are even longer (65 and 58 seasons, respectively). The longest a franchise has gone without appearing in the playoffs at all is 15 seasons: the Braves/Clippers franchise from 1977 to 1991.

Of the 18 franchises that have won an NBA championship, 8 have droughts of 35 seasons or more, which is to say that the past 35 championships have been shared among only 10 franchises: the Lakers (8), the Bulls (6), the Spurs (5), the Celtics (3), the Pistons (3), the Heat (3), the Warriors (3), the Rockets (2), the Mavericks (1), and the Cavaliers (1). By contrast, the other three major North American sports have each had at least 16 franchises become champions over the same period of time.[2][3]

Active droughts[edit]

NBA Playoffs appearance droughts[edit]

Appearance droughts updated through the 2018 playoffs.
Playoff picture at NBA.com[4]
^ Longest drought in team history
Seasons Team Last earned appearance
in NBA playoffs
Reference
12 Sacramento Kings ^ 2006 First Round [5]
8 Phoenix Suns ^ 2010 Western Finals [6]
6 Orlando Magic ^ 2012 First Round [7]
5 Los Angeles Lakers ^ 2013 First Round [8]
5 Denver Nuggets 2013 First Round [9]
5 New York Knicks 2013 Eastern Semifinals [10]
3 Brooklyn Nets 2015 First Round [11]
2 Charlotte Hornets 2016 First Round [12]
2 Detroit Pistons 2016 First Round [13]
2 Dallas Mavericks 2016 First Round [14]
1 Chicago Bulls 2017 First Round [15]
1 Memphis Grizzlies 2017 First Round [16]
1 Atlanta Hawks 2017 First Round [17]
1 Los Angeles Clippers 2017 First Round [18]
2018 Playoff teams
Indiana Pacers 2018 First Round [19]
Miami Heat 2018 First Round [20]
Washington Wizards 2018 First Round [21]
Milwaukee Bucks 2018 First Round [22]
Portland Trail Blazers 2018 First Round [23]
Oklahoma City Thunder 2018 First Round [24]
San Antonio Spurs 2018 First Round [25]
Minnesota Timberwolves 2018 First Round [26]
Philadelphia 76ers 2018 Eastern Semifinals [27]
Toronto Raptors 2018 Eastern Semifinals [28]
New Orleans Pelicans 2018 Western Semifinals [29]
Utah Jazz 2018 Western Semifinals [30]
Boston Celtics 2018 Eastern Finals [31]
Houston Rockets 2018 Western Finals [32]
Cleveland Cavaliers 2018 NBA Finals [33]
Golden State Warriors 2018 NBA Finals [34]

NBA Playoffs series win droughts[edit]

Droughts updated through the 2018 playoffs.
Playoff picture at NBA.com[4]
0^0 Longest drought in team history
00 Tied for Longest drought in team history
00 Most consecutive series losses in team history
0♣ ♣0 Most consecutive losses in NBA history
Current Playoff series loss streak
Team Last series win
in NBA Playoffs
Seasons
since win
Losing
streak
Series losses – teams Ref
Milwaukee Bucks ^ 2001 Eastern Semifinals 17 9 ♣♣ 2001 Philadelphia
2003 New Jersey Nets 00
2004 Detroit
2006 Detroit
2010 Atlanta
2013 Miami
2015 Chicago
2017 Toronto
2018 Boston
[22]
Charlotte Hornets ^ 2002 Eastern First Round 14[a] 4 ♦ 2002 New Jersey Nets
2010 Orlando
2014 Miami
2016 Miami
[12]
Sacramento Kings 2004 Western First Round 14 3 2004 Minnesota
2005 Seattle
2006 San Antonio
[5]
Minnesota Timberwolves 2004 Western Semifinals 14 2 2004 Los Angeles Lakers
2018 Houston
[26]
Detroit Pistons 2008 Eastern Semifinals 10 3 2008 Boston
2009 Cleveland
2016 Cleveland
[13]
Denver Nuggets 2009 Western Semifinals 9 5 2009 Los Angeles Lakers
2010 Utah
2011 Oklahoma City
2012 Los Angeles Lakers
2013 Golden State
[9]
Orlando Magic 2010 Eastern Semifinals 8 3 2010 Boston
2011 Atlanta
2012 Indiana
[7]
Phoenix Suns ^ 2010 Western Semifinals 8 1 2010 Los Angeles Lakers [6]
Dallas Mavericks 2011 Finals 7 4 ♦ 2012 Oklahoma City
2014 San Antonio
2015 Houston
2016 Oklahoma City
[14]
Los Angeles Lakers ^ 2012 Western First Round 6 2 2012 Oklahoma City
2013 San Antonio
[8]
New York Knicks 2013 Eastern First Round 5 1 2013 Indiana [10]
Brooklyn Nets 2014 Eastern First Round 4 2 2014 Miami
2015 Atlanta
[11]
Indiana Pacers 2014 Eastern Semifinals 4 4 2014 Miami
2016 Toronto
2017 Cleveland
2018 Cleveland
[19]
Chicago Bulls 2015 Eastern First Round 3 2 2015 Cleveland
2017 Boston
[15]
Memphis Grizzlies 2015 Western First Round 3 2 2015 Golden State
2016 San Antonio Spurs
2017 San Antonio Spurs
[16]
Los Angeles Clippers 2015 Western First Round 3 3 2015 Houston
2016 Portland
2017 Utah
[18]
Atlanta Hawks 2016 Eastern First Round 2 2 2016 Cleveland
2017 Washington
[17]
Portland Trail Blazers 2016 Western First Round 2 3 2016 Golden State
2017 Golden State
2018 New Orleans
[23]
Miami Heat 2016 Eastern First Round 2 2 2016 Toronto
2018 Philadelphia
[20]
Oklahoma City Thunder 2016 Western Semifinals 2 3 2016 Golden State
2017 Houston
2018 Utah
[25]
Washington Wizards 2017 Eastern First Round 1 2 2017 Boston
2018 Toronto
[21]
San Antonio Spurs 2017 Western Semifinals 1 2 2017 Golden State
2018 Golden State
[25]
z 30002018 Playoff Series 0 Winners 3000 3000
Toronto Raptors 2018 Eastern First Round 1 2018 Cleveland [28]
Philadelphia 76ers 2018 Eastern First Round 1 2018 Boston [27]
New Orleans Pelicans 2018 Western First Round 1 2018 Golden State [29]
Utah Jazz 2018 Western First Round 1 2018 Houston [30]
Boston Celtics 2018 Eastern Semifinals 1 2018 Cleveland [31]
Houston Rockets 2018 Western Semifinals 1 2018 Golden State [32]
Cleveland Cavaliers 2018 Eastern Finals 1 2018 Golden State [33]
Golden State Warriors 2018 Finals 0 8 series win streak [34]
Team Last series win
in NBA Playoffs
Seasons
Since win
Losing
Streak
Series Losses – Teams Ref

a Charlotte was inactive for two years following the 2001–02 season.

NBA Division Championship droughts[edit]

Updated through the 2017-18 regular season.

0^0 Longest drought in team history
00 2017–18 Division Champion

Left click once on Seasons since win column heading then once on Division column heading
to show teams listed in order of division championships.

Franchise Most recent title Division Seasons since win
Charlotte Hornets ^ None Southeast 28
Memphis Grizzlies ^ None Southwest 23
Philadelphia 76ers ^ 2000–01 Atlantic 17
Milwaukee Bucks ^ 2000–01 Central 17
Sacramento Kings 2002–03 Pacific 15
Minnesota Timberwolves 2003–04 Northwest 14
Brooklyn Nets 2005–06 Atlantic 12
Phoenix Suns 2006–07 Pacific 11
New Orleans Pelicans ^ 2007–08 Southwest 10
Detroit Pistons 2007–08 Central 10
Orlando Magic 2009–10 Southeast 8
Dallas Mavericks 2009–10 Southwest 8
Denver Nuggets 2009–10 Northwest 8
Los Angeles Lakers 2011–12 Pacific 6
Chicago Bulls 2011–12 Central 6
New York Knicks 2012–13 Atlantic 5
Indiana Pacers 2013–14 Central 4
Los Angeles Clippers 2013–14 Pacific 4
Atlanta Hawks 2014–15 Southeast 3
Oklahoma City Thunder 2015–16 Northwest 2
Boston Celtics 2016–17 Atlantic 1
San Antonio Spurs 2016–17 Southwest 1
Utah Jazz 2016–17 Northwest 1
Washington Wizards 2016–17 Southeast 1
Toronto Raptors 2017–18 Atlantic
Cleveland Cavaliers 2017–18 Central
Miami Heat 2017–18 Southeast
Portland Trail Blazers 2017–18 Northwest
Golden State Warriors 2017–18 Pacific
Houston Rockets 2017–18 Southwest

NBA Conference Finals appearance droughts[edit]

^ Longest drought in team history
Tied for longest drought in team history
Seasons Team Last appearance
in Conference Finals
Result Reference
48 Los Angeles Clippers ^ Never z [18]
39 Washington Wizards ^[c] 1979 Won vs. San Antonio [21]
28 Charlotte Hornets ^ Never z [12]
18 Portland Trail Blazers ^ 2000 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers [23]
18 New York Knicks 2000 Lost vs. Indiana [10]
17 Milwaukee Bucks ^ 2001 Lost vs. Phil0Lost vs. Philadelphia0 [22]
17 Philadelphia 76ers ^ 2001 Won vs. Milwaukee [27]
16 Sacramento Kings 2002 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers [5]
16 New Orleans Pelicans ^ Never z [29]
15 Brooklyn Nets [d] 2003 Won vs. Detroit [11]
14 Minnesota Timberwolves 2004 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers [26]
11 Utah Jazz 2007 Lost vs. San Antonio [30]
10 Detroit Pistons 2008 Lost vs. Boston [13]
9 Denver Nuggets 2009 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers [9]
8 Orlando Magic 2010 Lost vs. Boston [7]
8 Phoenix Suns 2010 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers [6]
8 Los Angeles Lakers 2010 Won vs. Phoenix [8]
7 Chicago Bulls 2011 Lost vs. Miami [15]
7 Dallas Mavericks 2011 Won vs. Oklahoma0Won vs. Oklahoma City0 [14]
5 Memphis Grizzlies 2013 Lost vs. San Antonio [16]
4 Miami Heat 2014 Won vs. Indiana [20]
4 Indiana Pacers 2014 Lost vs. Miami [19]
3 Atlanta Hawks 2015 Lost vs. Cleveland [17]
2 Toronto Raptors 2016 Lost vs. Cleveland [28]
2 Oklahoma City Thunder 2016 Lost vs. Golden State [24]
1 San Antonio Spurs 2017 Lost vs. Golden State [25]
.85 Z2018 Conference Finalists 2017.5 zzz
0 Cleveland Cavaliers 2018 Won vs. Boston [33]
0 Boston Celtics 2018 Lost vs. Cleveland [31]
0 Houston Rockets 2018 Lost vs. Golden State [32]
0 Golden State Warriors 2018 Won vs. Houston [34]

NBA Finals appearance droughts[edit]

Seasons Team Last appearance
in NBA Finals
Result Reference
68 Sacramento Kings[a] 1951 Won vs. New York [5]
58 Atlanta Hawks[b] 1961 Lost vs. Boston [17]
48 Los Angeles Clippers Never yyyy [18]
44 Milwaukee Bucks 1974 Lost vs. Boston [22]
42 Denver Nuggets Never yyyy [9]
39 Washington Wizards[c] 1979 Lost vs. Seattle [21]
29 Minnesota Timberwolves Never yyyy [26]
28 Charlotte Hornets Never yyyy [12]
26 Portland Trail Blazers 1992 Lost vs. Chicago [23]
25 Phoenix Suns 1993 Lost vs. Chicago [6]
23 Toronto Raptors Never yyyy [28]
23 Houston Rockets 1995 Won vs. Orlando [32]
23 Memphis Grizzlies Never yyyy [16]
20 Utah Jazz 1998 Lost vs. Chicago [30]
20 Chicago Bulls 1998 Won vs. Utah [15]
19 New York Knicks 1999 Lost vs. San Antonio [10]
18 Indiana Pacers 2000 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers [19]
17 Philadelphia 76ers 2001 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers [27]
16 New Orleans Pelicans Never yyyy [29]
15 Brooklyn Nets[d] 2003 Lost vs. San Antonio [11]
13 Detroit Pistons 2005 Lost vs. San Antonio [13]
9 Orlando Magic 2009 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers [7]
8 Boston Celtics 2010 Lost vs. Los Angeles Lakers [31]
8 Los Angeles Lakers 2010 Won vs. Boston [8]
7 Dallas Mavericks 2011 Won vs. Miami [14]
6 Oklahoma City Thunder 2012 Lost vs. Miami [24]
4 Miami Heat 2014.5 2014 Lost vs. San Antonio [20]
4 San Antonio Spurs 2014.52014 Won vs. Miami [25]
0 Z2018 Finalists 2017.5 zzz
0 Cleveland Cavaliers 2018 Lost vs. Golden State [33]
0 Golden State Warriors 2018 Won vs. Cleveland [34]
  • a The Sacramento Kings last appeared in the 1951 NBA Finals as the Rochester Royals.
  • b The Atlanta Hawks last appeared in the 1961 NBA Finals as the St. Louis Hawks.
  • c The Washington Wizards last appeared in the 1979 Conference Finals and NBA Finals as the Washington Bullets.
  • d The Brooklyn Nets last appeared in the 2003 Conference Finals and NBA Finals as the New Jersey Nets.

NBA championship title droughts[edit]

Seasons Team Last NBA championship Reference
67 Sacramento Kings[a] 1951 [5]
60 Atlanta Hawks[b] 1958 [17]
50 Phoenix Suns Never [6]
48 Los Angeles Clippers Never [18]
47 Milwaukee Bucks 1971 [22]
45 New York Knicks 1973 [10]
44 Utah Jazz Never [30]
42 Denver Nuggets Never [9]
42 Brooklyn Nets Never [11]
42 Indiana Pacers Never [19]
41 Portland Trail Blazers 1977 [23]
40 Washington Wizards[c] 1978 [21]
39 Oklahoma City Thunder[d] 1979 [24]
35 Philadelphia 76ers 1983 [27]
29 Orlando Magic Never [7]
29 Minnesota Timberwolves Never [26]
28 Charlotte Hornets Never [12]
23 Houston Rockets 1995 [32]
23 Memphis Grizzlies Never [16]
23 Toronto Raptors Never [28]
20 Chicago Bulls 1998 [15]
16 New Orleans Pelicans Never [29]
14 Detroit Pistons 2004 [13]
10 Boston Celtics 2008 [31]
8 Los Angeles Lakers 2010 [8]
7 Dallas Mavericks 2011 [14]
5 Miami Heat 2013 [20]
4 San Antonio Spurs 2014 [25]
2 Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 [33]
Defending NBA champion
0 Golden State Warriors 2018 [34]
  • a The Sacramento Kings last won an NBA championship in 1951 as the Rochester Royals.
  • b The Atlanta Hawks last won an NBA championship in 1958 as the St. Louis Hawks.
  • c The Washington Wizards last won an NBA championship in 1978 as the Washington Bullets.
  • d The Oklahoma City Thunder last won an NBA championship in 1979 as the Seattle SuperSonics.

All-time droughts[edit]

Closest approaches without winning[edit]

Updated through the 2018 playoffs.

Last team to leave list - Cleveland Cavaliers 2016
Team Conference Quarter-Final appearances Conference Semi-Final appearances Conference Final appearances NBA Final appearances Fewest wins short of NBA Championship
Brooklyn Nets 19 7 2 2 02 wins short : 2003
Indiana Pacers 25 10 8 1 02 wins short : 2000
Phoenix Suns 26 18 9 2 02 wins short : 1976, 1993
Utah Jazz 27 16 6 2 02 wins short : 1997, 1998
Orlando Magic 14 5 4 2 03 wins short : 2009
Toronto Raptors 10 4 1 6 wins short : 2016
Minnesota Timberwolves 9 1 1 06 wins short : 2004
Denver Nuggets 22 8 3 06 wins short : 1978, 2009
Memphis Grizzlies 10 3 1 08 wins short : 2013
Los Angeles Clippers 11 7 9 wins short : 1975, 2006, 2015
New Orleans Pelicans 7 2 9 wins short : 2008
Charlotte Hornets 10 4 11 wins short : 2002

Longest post-season droughts in team history[edit]

Updated through the 2018 playoffs.

0^0 Denotes active drought

Longest NBA Playoffs appearance droughts[edit]

Appearance droughts updated through 2017–18 season.
^ Denotes active drought
Streak Team NBA Playoffs
appearance droughts
Reference
15 seasons Los Angeles Clippers[a] 19771991 [18]
13 seasons Minnesota Timberwolves 20052017 [26]
12 seasons Golden State Warriors 19952006 [34]
12 seasons Sacramento Kings ^ 20072018 [5]
10 seasons Dallas Mavericks 19912000 [14]
9 seasons Utah Jazz[b] 19751983 [30]
9 seasons Golden State Warriors 19781986 [34]
9 seasons Sacramento Kings 19871995 [5]
8 seasons Washington Bullets 19891996 [21]
8 seasons Denver Nuggets 19962003 [9]
8 seasons Memphis Grizzlies[c] 19962003 [16]
8 seasons Los Angeles Clippers 19982005 [18]
8 seasons Atlanta Hawks 20002007 [17]
8 seasons Phoenix Suns 20112018 [6]
  • a Streak included Buffalo Braves 1977–78 seasons, and San Diego Clippers 1979–84 seasons.
  • b Streak included New Orleans Jazz 1975–79 seasons.
  • c Streak included Vancouver Grizzlies 1996–2001 seasons.

Longest Conference finals droughts[edit]

Appearance droughts updated through the 2018 playoffs. The current Conference Finals format was introduced in 1971.
^ Denotes active drought
Year the team joined the NBA
Seasons Team NBA Conference Finals
appearance droughts
Subsequent appearance
in Conference Finals
Reference
48 Los Angeles Clippers ^ [a] 001971 02018 Active drought [18]
44 Atlanta Hawks 19712014 2015 [17]
38 Golden State Warriors 19772014 2015 [34]
39 Washington Wizards ^[b] 19802018 Active drought [21]
28 Charlotte Hornets ^ [c] 001989 02018 Active drought [12]
25 New Jersey Nets [d] 001977 02001 2002 [11]
23 Denver Nuggets 19862008 2009 [9]
20 Toronto Raptors 01996 2015 2016 [28]
20 Sacramento Kings [e] 19822001 2002 [5]
  • a Streak includes seasons as Buffalo Braves and San Diego Clippers.
  • b Team last qualified for the Conference Finals as Washington Bullets.
  • c Franchise inactive for two seasons between 2002 and 2004.
  • d Current Brooklyn Nets; includes one season as New York Nets.
  • e Includes four seasons as Kansas City Kings.

Finals droughts[edit]

NBA Finals in which neither team had previously won a championship[edit]

In these instances, the matchup ensured that one team would win the first NBA championship in its history.

0*0 Both Teams in 1st NBA Finals appearance
Season Won Lost Number of years till
drought ended
2006* Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks 5
1978 Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics (OKC) 1
1971* Milwaukee Bucks Baltimore Bullets (WSH) 7
1957* Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks (ATL) 1
1955 Syracuse Nationals (PHI) Fort Wayne Pistons (DET)^ 34
1951* Rochester Royals (SAC)^ New York Knicks 19
1949* Minneapolis Lakers (LAL)^ Washington Capitols defunct 2 years later
1947* Philadelphia Warriors (GSW) Chicago Stags defunct 3 years later
  • ^- Team had previously appeared in the National Basketball League finals before said league was merged for the NBA's formation.
  • †- Defunct franchise.
  • Abbreviation in parentheses – Current location of NBA franchise.

NBA Finals in which neither franchise had won a championship in 20-plus seasons[edit]

Teams that had never won the NBA championship are included, even if they were less than 20 seasons old at the time.

Season Won Drought (seasons) Lost Drought (seasons)
2015 Golden State Warriors 39 Cleveland Cavaliers 44*
2006 Miami Heat 17* Dallas Mavericks 25*
1999 San Antonio Spurs 22* New York Knicks 25
1994 Houston Rockets 26* New York Knicks 20
1978 Washington Bullets 16* Seattle SuperSonics 10*
1971 Milwaukee Bucks 2* Baltimore Bullets 9*
1957 Boston Celtics 10* St. Louis Hawks 7*
1955 Syracuse Nationals 5* Fort Wayne Pistons 6*
1951 Rochester Royals 2* New York Knicks 4*
1949* Minneapolis Lakers 0* Washington Capitols 2*
1947 Philadelphia Warriors 0* Chicago Stags 0*

Numbers marked with * indicates that the number is counted from either the franchise's first year in the NBA or the first year of the league (1946, then known as the BAA).

Teams awaiting their first NBA championship[edit]

This list includes teams within the current NBA that have never won an NBA championship—sorted by the number of seasons played in the NBA.

Last team to leave list: Cleveland, 2016
Total seasons
(NBA)
Franchise Last NBA Finals
appearance
50 seasons Phoenix Suns (19692018) 1993
48 seasons Los Angeles Clippers§ (19712018)
44 seasons Utah Jazz§ (19752018) 1998
42 seasons Denver Nuggets (19772018)
42 seasons Indiana Pacers‡ (19772018) 2000
42 seasons Brooklyn Nets§‡ (19772018) 2003
29 seasons Minnesota Timberwolves (19902018)
29 seasons Orlando Magic (19902018) 2009
28 seasons Charlotte Hornets† (19892002; 20052018)
23 seasons Toronto Raptors (19962018)
23 seasons Memphis Grizzlies§ (19962018)
16 seasons New Orleans Pelicans† (20032018)
Notes
  • § NBA teams that have relocated from their original city(s).
  • † NBA teams that have re-branded to/from their original concept.
  • ‡ NBA teams that have won an ABA championship.

Cities awaiting first NBA championship[edit]

Listed according to seasons waited. Current NBA cities/regions only.

Last city to leave list: Cleveland, 2016
City Seasons waited Conference Title(s) NBA Team(s)
Phoenix 50 1976, 1993 Phoenix Suns (1969–present)
Atlanta 50 None Atlanta Hawks (1969–present)
Denver 42 None Denver Nuggets (1977–present)
Indianapolis 42 2000 Indiana Pacers (1977–present)
Salt Lake City 39 1997, 1998 Utah Jazz (1980–present)
Sacramento 33 None Sacramento Kings (1986–present)
Orlando 29 1995, 2009 Orlando Magic (1990–present)
Charlotte 28 None Charlotte Hornets (19892002; 2015–present)
Charlotte Bobcats (20052014)
Toronto 24 None 1 Toronto Huskies season (1947)
23 Toronto Raptors seasons (1996–present)
New Orleans 21 None New Orleans Jazz (1974-1979)
New Orleans Hornets (20032013)
New Orleans Pelicans (2014–present)
Memphis 17 None Memphis Grizzlies (2002–present)
Oklahoma City 12 2012 2 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets seasons (20062007)
10 Oklahoma City Thunder seasons (2008–present)

NBA Championship droughts by division[edit]

Division Last NBA Championship Seasons
Northwest Division 1979 — SuperSonics 39
Atlantic Division 2008 — Celtics 10
Southeast Division 2013 — Heat 5
Southwest Division 2014 — Spurs 4
Central Division 2016 — Cavaliers 2
Pacific Division 2018 — Warriors 0
Notes
  • ‡ The last time a team playing in the present-day Northwest Division won an NBA Championship.
  • † The SuperSonics won this NBA Championship as part of the Pacific Division. The team has relocated to Oklahoma City as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • "Team Index". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
Specific
  1. ^ Newberry, Paul (May 10, 2015). "NBA: NFL has most parity, NBA is most exclusive club when it comes to winning titles". Associated Press. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Major League Baseball has 18 different franchises that have won championships and have droughts of less than 32 years; the National Football League has 16 such franchises, and the National Hockey League has 15 such franchises.
  3. ^ Aldridge, David (June 6, 2015). "Warriors close in on title ... and keep NBA history afloat". NBA.com. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
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  11. ^ a b c d e f "Brooklyn Nets". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Charlotte Hornets". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Detroit Pistons". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  14. ^ a b c d e f "Dallas Mavericks". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  15. ^ a b c d e "Chicago Bulls". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  16. ^ a b c d e f "Memphis Grizzlies". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
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  20. ^ a b c d e "Miami Heat". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  21. ^ a b c d e f g "Washington Wizards". basketball-reference.com. Archived from the original on June 25, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  22. ^ a b c d e "Milwaukee Bucks". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  23. ^ a b c d e "Portland Trail Blazers". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  24. ^ a b c d "Oklahoma City Thunder". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  25. ^ a b c d e f "San Antonio Spurs". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  26. ^ a b c d e f "Minnesota Timberwolves". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  27. ^ a b c d e "Philadelphia 76ers". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  28. ^ a b c d e f "Toronto Raptors". basketball-reference.com. Archived from the original on July 28, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  29. ^ a b c d e "New Orleans Pelicans". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  30. ^ a b c d e f "Utah Jazz". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  31. ^ a b c d e "Boston Celtics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  32. ^ a b c d e "Houston Rockets". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  33. ^ a b c d e "Cleveland Cavaliers". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  34. ^ a b c d e f g h "Golden State Warriors". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.