Teams That Have Never Won a Championship (And How Close They Came)

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Charlotte Hornets
> Active since: 1988-89
> Playoff appearances: 10
> Highest round reached: Conference Semifinals
> Franchise win pct.: 44.0%

In their 29 full NBA seasons, the Charlotte Hornets have made 10 postseason appearances. In those playoff runs, they’ve lost six times in the first round and four times in the second round.

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Cincinnati Bengals
> Active since: 1968
> Playoff appearances: 14
> Highest round reached: Super Bowl
> Franchise win pct.: 45.0%

The Cincinnati Bengals lost two Super Bowls in the 1980s, both to the San Francisco 49ers. Their last postseason victory came in 1991 against the Houston Oilers. Since then, they’ve lost eight straight playoff games.

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Colorado Rockies
> Active since: 1993
> Playoff appearances: 5
> Highest round reached: World Series
> Franchise win pct.: 47.1%

One of the newest MLB teams, the Colorado Rockies have not won a title since their 1993 inception. In their lone World Series appearance in 2007, they were swept by the Boston Red Sox.

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Columbus Blue Jackets
> Active since: 2000
> Playoff appearances: 5
> Highest round reached: Second Round
> Franchise point pct.: 49.1%

Columbus Blue Jackets fans have had little to cheer for in the playoffs, but things are looking up. In 2019, the team won its first-ever postseason series in its fifth playoff appearance before losing in the second round.

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Denver Nuggets
> Active since: 1967-68
> Playoff appearances: 34
> Highest round reached: Conference Finals
> Franchise win pct.: 50.2%

The Denver Nuggets have a history of alternating playoff streaks and droughts. Since joining the NBA, Denver has made three Western Conference Finals trips but never made the NBA Finals.