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11 teams that have never won an NBA Championship

  • Some regular playoffs teams have failed to win the coveted NBA title.
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Modified 01 Apr 2020, 17:29 IST

New York Knicks v Cleveland Cavaliers

With just a couple of weeks left before the commencement of the playoffs for the 2017-18 season of the NBA, many teams would now be focussing their attention towards the coveted NBA title.

While the likes of Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are always in the reckoning for the championship, the upsurge of new potential challengers in the form of Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, and Boston Celtics has got everyone enthralled.

Indeed, the end goal of every NBA franchise is to win a ring. So much time and energy is spent over procuring the perfectly balanced roster, a good front-office, and a tactically adept coaching unit to ultimately strive for the NBA title.

Many teams have a rich history of going all the way in the NBA with the Celtics leading the charts with a massive 17 titles. They are followed by the Los Angeles Lakers who have won the NBA 16 times.

However, there are several sides who have failed to achieve this glory all along. Let us now look at the 11 teams that have failed to win the NBA title even once.

Note: We haven't mentioned franchises like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks as they have won championships, albeit under different ownership and franchise names.

#11 Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns v Boston Celtics

The Phoenix Suns are currently dead last team in the NBA so far. They sit on the 15th spot in the Western Conference with a 19-57 record. In fact, they are the only team in the NBA to have not won 20 games so far.

A regular playoffs contender, things have not always been this bad for the Suns who are enduring their worst playoffs drought in the history of the franchise, having not made it to the postseason in the last seven seasons which will become eight soon.


However, what remains constant is that Phoenix have never won an NBA ring. They have come pretty close though on two occasions when they reached the NBA Finals in both 1993 and 1976. They were defeated 4-2 both times by the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls respectively.

The Suns have a couple of good youngsters in the form of Devin Booker and Josh Jackson in their side. A good rebuild in the next two-three seasons can hopefully allow them to be a worthy force in the NBA again.

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Published 31 Mar 2018, 06:17 IST
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