Blazers are the runaway leaders in first-round exits

The goal for most NBA teams every season is to make the playoffs. Some have higher aspirations, like winning a title, but most franchises have to be more realistic and accept that just qualifying for the postseason is a respectable annual accomplishment.

Of course, once in the playoffs, teams would like to make it as far as possible and – preferably – not get bounced in the first round. Being eliminated that early on in the postseason process leaves a sour taste in the mouths of players, teams and fans alike.

Scroll to continue with content

No team has experienced being first-round fodder more than Portland. The Blazers, with 26 first-round defeats, lead the way in futility, with the Atlanta Hawks (23), Detroit Pistons (20) and Philadelphia 76ers (20) trailing them.

For the full list of how many times each NBA team has been eliminated in the first round of the postseason, just check out the list below.

Trail Blazers: 26 times

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff appearances: 37 (70.2 percent)

Hawks: 23 times

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 49 (46.93 percent)

Pistons: 20 times

Duane Burleson/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 42 (47.61 percent)


Sixers: 20 times

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 53 (37.73 percent)

Nets: 19 times

Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 24 (79.16 percent)

Pacers: 19 times

Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers

Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 27 (70.37 percent)

Kings: 19 times

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff appearances: 30 (63.3 percent)

Wizards: 19 times

Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Playoff appearances: 30 (63.33 percent)

Bucks: 19 times

Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff appearances: 35 (54.28 percent)

Spurs: 19 times

DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 39 (48.71 percent)


Nuggets: 18 times

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 29 (62.06 percent)

Bulls: 18 times

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff appearances: 36 (50.0 percent)

Rockets: 17 times

Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets
Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 34 (50.0 percent)

Knicks: 15 times

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff appearances: 43 (34.88 percent)

Celtics: 15 times

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff appearances: 60 (25.0 percent)

Jazz: 14 times

Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 31 (45.16 percent)

Thunder: 14 times

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff appearances: 32 (43.75 percent)


Mavericks: 13 times

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff appearances: 24 (54.16 percent)

Suns: 13 times

Harry How/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 32 (40.62 percent)

Warriors: 12 times

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 37 (32.43 percent)

Lakers: 12 times

Harry How/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 63 (19.04 percent)

Magic: 11 times

Evan Fournier, Orlando Magic
Evan Fournier, Orlando Magic

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff appearances: 16 (68.75 percent)

Cavaliers: 11 times

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff appearances: 23 (47.82 percent)

Heat: 11 times

Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff appearances: 24 (45.83 percent)

Timberwolves: 10 times

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


Playoff appearances: 11 (90.90 percent)

Clippers: 10 times

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff appearances: 17 (58.82 percent)

Grizzlies: Nine times

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff appearances: 13 (69.23 percent)

Raptors: Seven times

Cole Burston/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 13 (53.84 percent)

Pelicans: Six times

Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: Eight (75.0 percent)

Hornets: Six times

Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Playoff appearances: 10 (60.0 percent)

Story originally appeared on HoopsHype