Special Report

19 Teams That Never Make the Playoffs

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19. Philadelphia 76ers
> League: NBA
> Playoff drought: 5 seasons
> Last appearance results: Lost 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals 4-3, to Boston Celtics

The Philadelphia 76ers finished within the bottom five of the league in the past four seasons and dead last during the 2015-2016 season. The 2011-2012 season was the last time the Sixers saw playoff action, finishing 35-31 and eighth in the conference. Prior to that season, they had only made it to the first round a total of four times since the 2004-2005 season. Currently, the 76ers are ranked seventh in the Eastern Conference. It will be interesting to see if they can maintain this status and make it to the playoffs this year.

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18. Orlando Magic
> League: NBA
> Playoff drought: 5 seasons
> Last appearance results: Lost 2012 Eastern Conference, first round 4-1, to Indiana Pacers

While the Orlando Magic has made it to the playoffs five straight years since the 2006-2007 season, it has failed to earn a postseason spot in the last five. To say the past several seasons have been rough for the Magic is an understatement. The team has won just 32% of its games during those years and had four different coaches.The last time there was real magic in Orlando was in the 2008-2009 season. That year the team finished third in the Eastern Conference with a record of 59-23 and reached the NBA Finals only to lose to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.

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17. Arizona Coyotes
> League: NHL
> Playoff drought: 5 seasons
> Last appearance results: Lost 2012 Lost NHL Conference Finals 4-1, to the Los Angeles Kings

Formerly known as the Phoenix Coyotes and before that the Winnipeg Jets, the Arizona Coyotes have not reached the playoffs since the 2011-2012 season, where they went 42-27. This season is looking especially bad for the team; they stand dead last with a record of 15-32 thus far. After making the playoffs for three seasons in succession with Dave Tippett as coach, the past five seasons have been nothing short of disappointment. Tippett left the team at the end of last season and was replaced by Rick Tocchet.

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16. New Jersey Devils
> League: NHL
> Playoff drought: 5 seasons
> Last appearance results: Lost 2012 Lost Stanley Cup Final 4-2, to Los Angeles Kings

The New Jersey Devils made it the playoffs a total of 21 times, winning three Stanley Cups. The last time they won the championship was in 2003, although they played again in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in six games. That season they finished fourth in the Atlantic Division and ninth in the league. Fortunately for the Devils, their playoffs drought may just come to an end this year. The team has done relatively well this season, with a 28-20 record so far and currently seeded fourth in the Eastern Division. This is a significant improvement from last season’s standing at eighth in the league having gone 28-40.

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15. Philadelphia Phillies
> League: MLB
> Playoff drought: 6 seasons
> Last appearance results: Lost 2011 NLDS 3-2, to St. Louis Cardinals

The Phillies dominated the National League East in the first decade of this century, winning five consecutive division titles starting in 2007. In 2008, powered by Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley, they won their second World Series. In 2011, Philadelphia rolled up 102 wins, the most in franchise history, and won the division. But the Phillies lost to the Cardinals in the National League Division Series. Since then, the Phillies have reached .500 only once, and this past season finished 31 games behind the division-winning Washington Nationals. The Phillies have completely turned over their roster from their glory days and are counting on young pitchers such as Aaron Nola to return to contention.

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