12 longest lively playoff droughts in NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL

Published:Mar 9, 202417:30
12 longest lively playoff droughts in NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL

The Seattle Mariners have ended a streak that no crew ought to ever need to maintain.

Following their win on Friday, the Mariners are going to the playoffs for the primary time in 21 years. It ends the longest lively streak for many seasons with out making the playoffs throughout the 4 main North American sports activities leagues.

The Mariners punched their ticket to the 2022 playoffs by incomes one of many three wild-card spots within the American League a yr after they missed the playoffs by two video games.

With the Mariners getting the monkey off their again, listed below are the 12 lively longest postseason droughts between the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. 

1. Sacramento Kings — 16 seasons (final playoff look in 2005-06)

The Kings not solely maintain the longest lively playoff drought amongst all groups within the 4 main North American skilled leagues, in addition they maintain the longest playoff drought in NBA historical past. They have not appeared within the playoffs since Mike Bibby was their start line guard. Sacramento went 30-52 in 2021-22, lacking the ultimate play-in spot by 4 video games.

T-2. New York Jets — 11 seasons (final look in 2010)

A pair of New York fan bases have skilled distress during the last decade. The Jets have not made the playoffs since Mark Sanchez was enjoying quarterback and Rex Ryan was on the helm in 2010, after they upset the Patriots within the divisional spherical and appeared in a second straight AFC title recreation. The Jets slowly eroded from there, seemingly bottoming out in 2020 with a 2-14 mark. Sadly for Jets followers, that is solely tied with the longest playoff drought in franchise historical past, as they missed the playoffs in each season between 1970-80.

T-2. Buffalo Sabres — 11 seasons (final look in 2010-11)

The Sabres have principally completed in final place or near final of their respective division since 2011. Buffalo drafted Jack Eichel with the No. 2 total decide 4 seasons into its drought and traded the younger star final season. The Sabres' playoff drought is the longest in NHL historical past.

4. Philadelphia Phillies — 10 seasons (final look in 2011 season)

The Phillies have been one of many prime groups in baseball within the late 2000s, successful the World Series in 2008 and making it again there in 2009. They made the NLCS in 2010, too. 

Fortunately for the Phillies and their followers, they might be off this checklist very quickly. They seem to be a half-game forward of the Brewers for the ultimate wild-card spot within the Nationwide League.

T-5. Detroit Tigers — eight seasons (final look in 2014) 

The Tigers have not made the playoffs since that includes Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander of their beginning rotation. 

T-5. Los Angeles Angels — eight seasons (final look in 2014)

The Angels would possibly boast the 2 finest gamers in baseball — three-time MVP Mike Trout and reigning MVP Shohei Ohtani — however they've fallen in need of the postseason thrice when one in every of them took house the person {hardware}.

T-7. Kansas Metropolis Royals — seven seasons (final look in 2015) 

The Royals reached baseball's mountaintop in 2015, successful the World Series a yr after they misplaced in seven video games on baseball's grandest stage. Kansas Metropolis holds one of many worst data in baseball this season.

T-7. Pittsburgh Pirates — seven seasons (final look in 2015)

The Pirates earned three playoff appearances in a row (2013-15), however they have not recovered because the Cubs beat them within the 2015 NL wild-card spherical. 

T-9. Texas Rangers — six seasons (final look in 2016)

The Rangers have been a postseason mainstay final decade, clinching a berth 5 occasions in seven seasons between 2010-16. Even after signing Corey Seager and Marcus Semien to huge contracts this previous season, Texas will end towards the underside of the league. 

T-9. Charlotte Hornets — six seasons (final look in 2015-16)

The Hornets almost squeaked into the playoffs this previous spring. They made the play-in match however have been blown out within the opening recreation. LaMelo Ball's emergence may carry them over the hump in 2022-23.

T-9. Detroit Pink Wings — six seasons (final look in 2015-16)

Longtime followers of the Pink Wings have not been too accustomed to the crew's latest stretch. The franchise had a 25-year playoff streak previous to its present drought. Detroit nonetheless appears removed from making it again to the postseason, after ending 26 factors out of the final playoff spot within the Jap Convention in 2021-22.

T-9. Denver Broncos — six seasons (final look in 2015)

The Broncos have not made the playoffs since their triumphant Tremendous Bowl win to cap off the 2015 marketing campaign. That, after all, was Peyton Manning's remaining recreation. Denver just lately traded for quarterback Russell Wilson to unravel its power quarterback downside, which may additionally remedy its postseason downside. 

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