NBA Teams with Most Playoff Appearances

The NBA teams with the most playoff appearances in history. From the Lakers to the Spurs, find out who made the cut!

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Making it to the playoffs is the ultimate goal for every NBA team each season. The playoffs are where legends are made, and the best teams rise to the occasion. Over the years, there have been a handful of teams that have consistently made it to the playoffs, earning them a reputation as some of the most successful franchises in NBA history.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA teams with the most playoff appearances.

Record for NBA Playoff Appearances

The Los Angeles Lakers are the team with the most playoff appearances in NBA history as they made the playoffs 62 times since their inception in 1948.

This is a testament to the Lakers’ consistency and their ability to remain competitive throughout the years. The Lakers have won 17 NBA championships, which is tied with the Boston Celtics for the most in NBA history.

The Celtics are only three points behind the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers in this particular ranking. Let’s take a look at the situation for all the other franchises currently in the NBA.

NBA Most Playoff Appearances

#TeamPlayoff AppearancesLast Appearance
1Los Angeles Lakers622021
2Boston Celtics592022
3Philadelphia 76ers522022
4Atlanta Hawks482022
5Detroit Pistons422019
New York Knicks422021
7San Antonio Spurs392019
8Portland Trail Blazers372021
9Chicago Bulls362022
Golden State Warriors362022
11Milwaukee Bucks352022
12Houston Rockets342020
13Oklahoma City Thunder322020
14Phoenix Suns312022
Utah Jazz312022
16Washington Wizards302021
17Sacramento Kings292006
18Denver Nuggets282022
18Indiana Pacers272020
20Dallas Mavericks242022
21Miami Heat232022
Brooklyn Nets232022
23Cleveland Cavaliers222018
24Los Angeles Clippers162021
Orlando Magic162020
26Toronto Raptors132022
27Memphis Grizzlies122022
28Charlotte Hornets102016
Minnesota Timberwolves102022
30New Orleans Pelicans82022

Most Consecutive Playoff Appearances in NBA History

The San Antonio Spurs hold the record for the longest streak of consecutive playoff appearances in NBA history with 22. From 1998 to 2019, the Spurs made the playoffs every single year, winning five championships during that span. The team was anchored by future Hall of Famers Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, who led the Spurs to consistent success over two decades.

List of Longest Streaks of consecutive playoff appearances

#TeamConsecutive AppearancesStreak
1San Antonio Spurs221998-2019
2Portland Trail Blazers211983-2003
3Utah Jazz201984-2003
4Boston Celtics191951-69
5Los Angeles Lakers171977-93
6Boston Celtics141980-93
Chicago Bulls141985-98
New York Knicks141988-2001
9Phoenix Suns131989-2001
10Philadelphia 76ers121976-87
Milwaukee Bucks121980-91
Dallas Mavericks122001-12

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