The entire sports world is celebrating the Chicago Cubs appearance in the World Series. For most teams, this is not a cause of celebration. The Cubbies haven’t been to the big stage since 1945 though.
If they can prevail against the Cleveland Indians, then their perpetual waiting for next year will finally come to an end. For every story like the one in Chi-town, there is another team and city waiting for their shot to get out of the doghouse.
NBA teams are no different in this regard. For every Lakers and Celtics franchise, there is a Charlotte or Toronto that has not reached the Promised Land yet.
Here are the three teams with the longest active playoff droughts in the NBA:
The Valley of the Sun was a hopping place in the mid 200s. Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion ran Mike D’Antoni’s “Seven Seconds or Less” offence to perfection. The result was two MVPs for Nash and constant playoff appearances.
In the years since Stoudemire left for New York, things haven’t been great. The team tried to carry on with their identity of running and gunning. But, they still lack a cohesive identity.
Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight and Devin Booker look to be important going forward. Dragan Bender being better than advertised would also help in the effort to return to the Western Conference playoff picture.
Chris Webber isn’t walking through that door. For the last five years, the Kings have been a study in disfunction. The memories of the exciting teams at the turn of the millennium are becoming further and further removed from the present.
Famously the 2002 club was a win away from the championship before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers. From that moment on, they have been muddled.
Demarcus Cousins is nothing short of a force of nature but, they will have to turn it around quickly in order to return to their heyday.
The KG-era was a decade ago and the team hasn’t been able to make it back to the playoffs since he left for Boston in 2007.
Kevin Love was there but, he also got traded away in search of success elsewhere. Will the Wolves be able to bring excitement back to the Target Center?
Luckily, they have Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. Both of these young players are headed for great things and that means the playoffs soon hopefully. They have their coach and stars in tow, hopefully that means the organization is headed back to the postseason.