NBA: 5 Longest Playoff Appearance Streaks EVER
- Looking at the longest playoff streaks in NBA history
#3 Utah Jazz 1984-2003, 20 seasons
Another streak that can be strongly associated with iconic players for a franchise. The first year they made the Playoffs, saw them make a 15-win improvement under the lead of crafty low post scorer Adrian Dantley, but beginning in the second and third seasons of this streak the Jazz drafted John Stockton and Karl Malone, respectively.
These two formed the basis of the iconic pick-and-roll that led the Utah Jazz to Playoff appearance after Playoff appearance. They may have been two of the more mundane starters in the league, not overly demonstrative, but they got results year in and year out, especially beginning in the 1988-89 season when Jerry Sloan became the coach mid-year. With this trio leading the way, the Jazz made five Conference Finals and two Finals appearances.
However, the ultimate glory continued to elude the franchise, as they were stopped in six games twice by Michael Jordan's Bulls - 1996,1997. They also lost the 1996 Conference Finals in a heartbreaking seven games and were upset in the 1995 Playoffs in round one despite winning 60 games. But this team proves why you can't simply judge by championships won, as any fanbase would take a team that consistently played deep into May.
Similar to the Celtics, when Karl Malone left after the 2003 season, the Jazz streak came to an end.Published 20 Mar 2018, 11:56 IST