While the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors are poised to be crowned again, meeting in the NBA Finals for the third straight season, the misery for many teams' fans only grows.
There are 12 NBA teams that never have won a championship. Twenty haven't won one in the past 20 years.
Here are the longest current championship droughts in the NBA. May the basketball gods have mercy on your souls.
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Detroit Pistons: 13 years
The Pistons are the least-suffering squad on this list, having won a 'ship in 2004 when Larry Brown and a Detroit team devoid of superstars beat a Lakers team that had won three straight titles from 2000-02 and then added Karl Malone and Gary Payton.
But these days the Pistons are just trying to make the playoffs as Stan Van Gundy struggles to put the pieces together.
New Orleans Pelicans: 15 years
This franchise's history is a little confusing — it was the Charlotte Hornets, then moved to N.O., then became the Pelicans and all the Hornets history transferred to the new Charlotte franchise, the Bobcats, who became the Hornets again. Got it?
So officially, the Pelicans are only 15 years old and have won one playoff series. They're hoping that the combo of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins can change that, but they've got lots of work to do to compete for a championship.
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Chicago Bulls: 19 years
For all the Bulls' glorious history, they're almost 20 years removed from that sixth title by Michael Jordan. And Dwyane Wade ain't helping Jimmy Butler & Co. get to the promised land.
Memphis Grizzlies: 22 years
The Grizzlies, who began in Vancouver as one of two Canadian expansion teams in 1995, not only have never won an NBA title, but they've never won a conference title or division title, either. That's what happens when you play in the same division as the Spurs.
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Toronto Raptors: 22 years
The Raps were the other Canadian expansion team to join the NBA in '95. They've won four division titles but no conference titles, and that ain't changing until LeBron retires.
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Houston Rockets: 22 years
It's been 22 years since Hakeem the Dream and Houston won back-to-back titles while Michael Jordan played minor-league baseball. The Rockets are back among the NBA's elite, thanks to Mike D'Antoni and MVP candidate James Harden, but those two still are trying to break through in the postseason.
Orlando Magic: 28 years
The Magic, who have zero titles since joining the league in 1989 as an expansion team, lost to the Rockets in the Finals in 1995 with Shaq and to the Lakers in 2009 with Dwight Howard. Still looking for that next dominant big man, the Magic just revamped their front office in hopes of halting a streak of five straight losing seasons.
Minnesota Timberwolves: 28 years
The Wolves also joined the NBA in 1989 and have won exactly one division title and no conference titles. They've suffered through 12 straight losing seasons since Kevin Garnett's heyday, when they made eight straight playoff appearances (and seven first-round exits). The Wolves have lots of young talent and a good coach in Tom Thibodeau but still are a work in progress.
Charlotte Hornets: 29 years
Michael Jordan may have the six rings, but he's found success much more elusive as a basketball boss. Since Jordan bought the Charlotte franchise in 2010, not much has changed. Still no division or conference titles. And the team hasn't been able to get better through the draft — of its recent first-round picks, only Kemba Walker has emerged as a star.
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Philadelphia 76ers: 34 years
The Sixers haven't won a 'ship since 1983, when Dr. J & Co. added Moses Malone and avenged two losses to the Lakers in the previous three Finals, sweeping Magic & Kareem's team.
These days the Sixers are trying to trust The Process, which has involved lots of lottery picks during five straight losing seasons.
Oklahoma City Thunder: 38 years
For all you kids who may not know, the Thunder franchise began in Seattle as the SuperSonics and won its only title in 1979 — back before the NBA became a prime-time league, when the Finals aired late at night on tape delay.
So while Oklahoma City fans may be bummed that Kevin Durant left town and took with him their best chance at winning the city's first championship, at least they have a team. Seattle is going on a decade without one.
Washington Wizards: 39 years
This franchise, which began in Chicago before moving to Baltimore, was an NBA power in the '70s, going to the Finals four times and winning in 1978 (against that strong Seattle squad of yesteryear).
The drought since the '70s has been severe — the Wizards hadn't won anything until John Wall and Bradley Beal led them to a division title this year.
Portland Trail Blazers: 40 years
Bill Walton led the Blazers to their only championship in 1977, and as we know, the basketball gods have not been nice to the Pacific Northwest in the four decades since. Doubt Damian Lillard can change that while the Warriors are wearing out the West.
Brooklyn Nets: 41 years
The Nets franchise won two ABA titles in the '70s and reached back-to-back Finals in 2002-03, but this season they won the fewest games in the NBA, 20, after winning 21 the year before. And their first-round picks the next two years belong to Boston. In short, Brooklyn is NBA Siberia for the foreseeable future.
Utah Jazz: 43 years
The Jazz franchise, which started in New Orleans, has zero titles and reached the Finals just twice, in back-to-back years during the Stockton-Malone era, only to be defeated by MJ's Bulls. And if Gordon Hayward leaves, that won't change anytime soon.
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Indiana Pacers: 44 years
The Pacers won three ABA titles in the '70s but have reached the NBA Finals once in 41 years. And if they trade Paul George, that won't change anytime soon, either.
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New York Knicks: 44 years
Phil Jackson is the Lord of the Rings, with 11 as a coach and two as a player — the second coming in 1973, the last time New York tasted a title. But it appears not even he can bring another championship to the Knicks — not with Carmelo Anthony, and probably not without him, either.
Milwaukee Bucks: 46 years
The Bucks reached the Finals twice with Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the '70s, winning their only title in 1971. They won seven straight division titles in the '80s but bowed to the 76ers and Celtics in the playoffs. These days Milwaukee is home to the NBA's next big thing, the Greek Freak, and the basketball world is watching to see if the Bucks can surround him with enough talent to keep him.
Los Angeles Clippers: 47 years
This franchise, which started in Buffalo, was a punchline for years until Chris Paul & Co. made it a winner. Doc Rivers delivered the Clips' first two division titles but still hasn't gotten them past the second round, much less led them to that first championship.
Like many retirees, the Suns franchise is growing old in the Arizona desert, but without any rings. Trevor Booker is just 20 and already has scored 70 points in a game, but his team allows 113.3 points per game. That drought ain't ending anytime soon.
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Denver Nuggets: 50 years
Five decades of Denver basketball, from the ABA to the NBA, and not even a conference title to show for it. The Nuggets have a young star to build around in Nikola Jokic — but might've had two if they'd kept Jusuf Nurkic.
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Atlanta Hawks: 59 years
The Hawks went to the Finals four times in five years during their St. Louis years, winning in 1958, but they're title-less since moving to Atlanta. And LeBron is keeping them that way, despite the fact they've made the playoffs each of the past 10 years.
Sacramento Kings: 66 years
The franchise was called the Rochester Royals when it won its first and only championship in 1951.
And the Kings just traded their best player, DeMarcus Cousins.