Special Report

25 Hardest Teams to Root For

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15. Memphis Grizzlies
> Championships: 0
> Playoff appearances: 10
> Last playoff appearance: 2017
> Win-loss pct.: 41.4%

Before moving to Memphis after the 2000-01 season, the Vancouver Grizzlies were an abysmal expansion franchise. They never won more than 23 games in a season and never finished higher than sixth in their division. The Grizzlies have had some winning seasons since moving to Memphis, but they almost always lost in the first round of playoffs. The team has failed to make the playoffs the last two years.

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14. Arizona Cardinals
> Super Bowls: 0
> Playoff appearances: 10
> Last playoff appearance: 2016
> Win-loss pct.: 42.3%

The Arizona Cardinals may not jump to mind when thinking of the most downtrodden NFL franchises, but they’ve been difficult to cheer for in many ways. Initially from Chicago, the Cardinals moved to St. Louis after the 1959 season, then left for Arizona 29 years later. The Cardinals have struggled on the field, only making the playoffs eight times in the Super Bowl era, the fewest times of any team that has been around that long. They have failed to make the playoffs the last four seasons. The best season the Cardinals had ever had led to a heartbreaking last-minute loss in the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009.

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13. Los Angeles Clippers
> Championships: 0
> Playoff appearances: 15
> Last playoff appearance: 2019
> Win-loss pct.: 41.0%

The Los Angeles Clippers were originally known as the Buffalo Braves before becoming the San Diego Clippers. They later moved to Los Angeles and have never been able to achieve the success or notoriety of their crosstown rivals, the Lakers. The Clippers were the laughing stock of the NBA for years, but they have made the playoffs more frequently in recent years. After acquiring Kawhi Leonard in the offseason, they currently are one of the best teams in the western conference.

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12. Charlotte Hornets
> Championships: 0
> Playoff appearances: 10
> Last playoff appearance: 2016
> Win-loss pct.: 43.8%

In the 30 years the Hornets have been in the National Basketball Association, they have made the playoffs 10 times but have never advanced beyond the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Hornets, paced by high-scoring forward Glen Rice, had their best regular-season record in 1996-97, winning 54 games.

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11. Buffalo Sabres
> Stanley Cups: 0
> Playoff appearances: 29
> Last playoff appearance: 2011
> Point pct.: 53.3%

Buffalo Sabres fans have likely been some of the most miserable in the league in recent years. After a number of successful seasons in the ’90s and 2000s, including winning the President’s Trophy in 2007 with the league’s best record, the Sabres have missed the postseason in nine straight years.

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