It's hard to be this bad for this long, but Minnesota has somehow managed the accomplishment. The future looks bright for Karl-Anthony Towns, but the franchise may very well miss the playoffs for a 13th consecutive season.
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Sacramento Kings (269-519)
The Kings will miss the playoffs for an 11th straight season, and fans of the team (if there are any left) will be seeing pictures like this one in their nightmares, reminding them of the talent the franchise wasted for the past six-plus seasons.
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Philadelphia 76ers (289-499)
The Process set the franchise back several seasons, and Joel Embiid has played in just 31 games since being drafted three years ago. The Sixers will miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season.
Brooklyn/New Jersey Nets (290-497)
The trade to bring Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets to try to jumpstart things after the move to Brooklyn couldn't have been more of a disaster. The Nets made it to the second round of the playoffs just once, and are now the worst team in the league by far, without the high draft picks necessary to begin the return to respectability.
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Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats (326-462)
The franchise has been to the playoffs just three times in the past 10 years, while never advancing past the first round. Kemba Walker made the All-Star team for the first time in his career this season, but that's about all that Charlotte has going for it at the moment.
New York Knicks (328-461)
The Knicks will miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season, and have only three postseason appearances in the past 10 years, while never advancing past the second round. Carmelo Anthony is under contract for only two more season after this one --though he does hold an early-termination option for 2019.
Milwaukee Bucks (331-456)
The Bucks have made the playoffs just three times in the past nine years, but never in consecutive seasons, and never advancing past the first round. The future has never looked better than it does right now with Giannis Antetokounmpo emerging as one of the game's true stars.
Washington Wizards (332-455)
The Wizards haven't been better in the past 10 years than they are right now with John Wall leading the charge. They have two second-round playoff appearances in the past three years, and are on track to land a top-three seed in the East this season.
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Detroit Pistons (347-441)
The 2008 season was the last great one for a Pistons team that made it to (at least) the Eastern Conference Finals in six consecutive years. Chauncey Billups is long gone, however, and Detroit is just barely beginning to find its footing with Stan Van Gundy running the show.
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New Orleans Pelicans/Hornets (371-417)
2008 was the best season in New Orleans franchise history, when the then-Hornets, led by Chris Paul, won 56 games in the regular season and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. It's been rough since then, but theoretically, Anthony Davis will one day drag the team to a consistent level of respectability.
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Toronto Raptors (384-404)
The Raptors may be good now with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in the fold, but before last season's Eastern Conference finals appearance, the team made just three trips to the first round of the playoffs in its previous eight seasons.
Phoenix Suns (385-404)
The Suns made it to the Western Conference finals in 2010 ... and haven't made the playoffs since. They've finally seemed to embrace building with youth from the ground up, and the stated plan from ownership is for the team to return to contention by the 2020 season. We'll see if they have the patience to stick with it.
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Orlando Magic (386-403)
The Magic were a pretty good team at the beginning of this window with Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy in place, and even made a Finals appearance in 2009. But a series of poor decisions has left the franchise without a playoff appearance for five consecutive seasons.
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L.A. Clippers (405-383)
The Clippers were historically one of the league's worst franchises, but since the arrival of Blake Griffin in 2010 (along with Chris Paul coming to town via trade before the 2011-12 season), L.A. has a playoff streak that will reach six straight years this season.
Indiana Pacers (405-382)
The Pacers had consecutive Eastern Conference finals appearances in 2013 and 2014, but injuries and a shuffling of the roster have forced a fresh start. Paul George and Larry Bird have one more season to turn things around before George can decide to bolt as an unrestricted free agent.
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Los Angeles Lakers (407-381)
Initially you might think that the Lakers would come in a bit higher, considering they won championships in 2009 and 2010 with Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson in place. But the past four years have been absolutely dismal, with L.A. winning no more than 27 games in any of those seasons.
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Memphis Grizzlies (412-376)
The Grizzlies have been good with Mike Conley and Marc Gasol leading the charge for the past several years, but they've never been able to turn the corner to become great. Still, consistency is admirable, and Memphis will make the playoffs this year for a seventh straight season.
Utah Jazz (417-371)
The Jazz have missed the playoffs five out of the past six years, but will return this season, likely with home-court advantage in the first round. Gordon Hayward finally made the All-Star team, and Rudy Gobert is anchoring the defense, and leading the league in blocked shots. This is a club on the rise.
Cleveland Cavaliers (422-365)
The Cavaliers had four down seasons while LeBron James was exploring life with the Heat, but they've been one of the league's best teams in the years before and after his Miami adventure.
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Portland Trail Blazers (432-355)
The Blazers have been a playoff team in six of the past eight seasons, and were never better during that stretch than in 2014, when LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard helped the club win 56 games while advancing to the postseason's second round.
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Denver Nuggets (432-356)
Denver is going to miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season, but back in the day, Carmelo Anthony and George Karl once guided the team to a Western Conference finals appearance in 2009.
Chicago Bulls (443-345)
The Bulls were a pretty good team with Derrick Rose in his prime and Tom Thibodeau patrolling the sidelines. In their first season together in 2011, Rose won MVP and Chicago won 62 games on the way to an appearance in the Eastern Conference finals. The team went to the playoffs in each of the next four seasons before the franchise went in another direction.
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Miami Heat (446-343)
The combination of Erik Spoelstra and Dwyane Wade was good enough to get Miami into the postseason in seven of the past eight years. Of course, it didn't hurt that LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the team in the summer of 2010, which sparked four straight runs to the NBA Finals.
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Atlanta Hawks (448-340)
The Hawks have been consistent if unspectacular, making the playoffs in each of the past nine seasons. They're down to one All-Star these days in Paul Millsap, but still figure to make a 10th straight postseason appearance this year.
Oklahoma City Thunder (451-337)
Russell Westbrook is the lone star left in Oklahoma City, but when he was paired with Kevin Durant, the Thunder were one of the more consistently good teams we've seen in recent years. They made the playoffs in six of the last seven seasons, including an NBA Finals appearance in 2012.
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Golden State Warriors (452-336)
Stephen Curry's consecutive MVP seasons are a big reason why the Warriors are in such a lofty spot. They actually began the decade by missing out on the playoffs entirely for five straight years.
Dallas Mavericks (459-328)
Mark Cuban has opted to retool the roster each summer to keep Dirk Nowitzki in line for a playoff appearance, and Rick Carlisle consistently does a tremendous job of making the new pieces fit. The Mavericks won a championship in 2011, and have missed the playoffs just once over the last 16 seasons.
Houston Rockets (469-320)
The Rockets have made the playoffs every season since trading for James Harden in 2012, and reached the Western Conference finals in 2015. Harden may be at his all-time best this season at point guard under Mike D'Antoni, and Houston could do some real damage in the postseason if things play out just right.
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Boston Celtics (469-319)
The Celtics won a title in 2008, and were postseason contenders with Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce for the next five seasons. Combine that run with a quicker-than-expected rebuild under Brad Stevens, and it's easy to see why Boston ranks near the top of this list.
San Antonio Spurs (564-223)
No team has come close to achieving the kind of NBA success Gregg Popovich has experienced with the Spurs.
San Antonio has made the playoffs for 19 years straight, winning five championships during that span. The team didn't exactly sneak into the postseason, either. The Spurs have won at least 50 games in 19 of the last 20 seasons, and the only year they missed was the lockout-shortened 1999 season -- when the team won the first of its five titles.
Simply put, the San Antonio Spurs may very well be the model franchise in all of professional sports. They just passed the Warriors for first place in the West this season, and they don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.