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Trail Blazers: Always Making Playoffs, Never Advancing

| by Dwight Jaynes

You make the call… is it better to make the playoffs and continually fail to get out of the first round or to not even get to the postseason?

Hi Dwight,

I have no idea if you care about this data, but I’ve compiled some information which shows why I’ve been a frustrated Blazers fan ever since I’ve been a fan (since 1977). The thing that bothers me is the inability to win in the playoffs. And I’m not talking about winning it all, I’m only talking about winning in the first round. I’ve compiled a list of all the teams and it shows how many times a team wins their first round playoff series. I’m fully aware of the record consecutive playoff appearances streak and all that, but does it really mean anything if they consistently lose in the first round? Enough of my ranting, here’s the data:

Team / Yrs in Playoffs / Years advanced / Pct. of time advancing past first round
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Los Angeles Lakers                57    47          82.46%
Boston                                   48     37         77.08%
New York                               38     26         68.42%
Golden State                          28     17          60.71%
San Antonio                           30     18         60.00%
Philadelphia                           45     27        60.00%
Utah                                      24     14         58.33%
OKC/Seattle                          23     13         56.52%
Dallas                                   16        9          56.25%
Phoenix                                29      16         55.17%
Atlanta                                  39      21         53.85%
Chicago                                29      15          51.72%
Detroit                                  39      20          51.28%
Houston                                26       12          46.15%
Milwaukee                            26        12          46.15%
New Orleans                         11          5          45.45%
Cleveland                              18         8           44.44%
Orlando                                 12         5           41.67%
Indiana                                  18         7            38.89%
New Jersey                           16         6            37.50%
Miami                                   14         5             35.71%
Sacramento                           29       10            34.48%
Denver                                  21           7           33.33%
Washington                          25          8            32.00%
Portland                               28          8             28.57%
Los Angeles Clippers              7         2             28.57%
Toronto                                  5          1            20.00%
Minnesota                             8          1              12.50%
Memphis                                3          0               0.00%
Charlotte                               1           0              0.00%

 

As you can see Portland is near the bottom when it comes to playoff success. I realize that Portland has made the playoffs a lot more than other teams, but all the first round failures are heartbreaking. I’m starting to question why people say that Portland is one of the most successful franchises in the NBA. Is it because of the fan/community support? Is it because of all the playoff appearances? Based on the above data it surely can’t be playoff success. I’m not sure if most people are aware of the other teams’ historical playoff results.

I’m not sure if this is that interesting, but thanks for looking at it.

Mike Werstlein

Wow. Didn’t realize it was THAT bad, did you?

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