Every MLB team’s playoff record since the 2000 season

Which MLB teams have performed the best and which have underachieved in the playoffs so far this century? Starting with the 2000 season, this article will look at each team’s playoff history over the last 18 postseasons, using information gathered from Baseball Reference.

Every MLB team’s playoff record

Below is a table of showing every MLB team’s basic playoff information, sorted by the number of playoff appearances that each team has. It also shows each team’s overall playoff record and their series record.

Out of the 30 MLB teams, only five have made the playoffs at least nine times in the last 18 seasons. The New York Yankees have the most playoff appearances with 14. At the bottom are the Miami Marlins, who have only made it to the postseason once.

Team Playoff App Playoff Record Series Record
New York Yankees 14 69-61 (53.1%) 14-11 (56%)
St. Louis Cardinals 12 65-60 (52%) 15-10 (60%)
Boston Red Sox 9 46-34 (57.5%) 11-6 (64.7%)
Los Angeles Dodgers 9 32-36 (47.1%) 6-9 (40%)
Atlanta Braves 9 13-26 (33.3%) 1-8 (11.1%)
Oakland Athletics 8 15-23 (39.5%) 1-7 (12.5%)
San Francisco Giants 7 48-30 (61.5%) 11-4 (73.3%)
Los Angeles Angels 7 21-28 (42.9%) 5-6 (45.5%)
Minnesota Twins 7 6-22 (21.4%) 1-6 (14.3%)
Chicago Cubs 6 26-29 (47.3%) 6-5 (54.5%)
Philadelphia Phillies 5 27-19 (58.7%) 6-4 (60%)
Cleveland Indians 5 20-17 (54.1%) 3-4 (42.9%)
Houston Astros 5 27-26 (50.9%) 6-4 (60%)
Detroit Tigers 5 25-26 (49%) 6-5 (54.5%)
Texas Rangers 5 20-22 (47.6%) 4-4 (50%)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 17-19 (47.2%) 4-4 (50%)
New York Mets 4 22-17 (56.4%) 5-3 (62.5%)
Tampa Bay Rays 4 13-17 (43.3%) 2-4 (33.3%)
Washington Nationals 4 7-12 (36.8%) 0-4 (0%)
Chicago White Sox 3 12-7 (63.2%) 3-2 (60%)
Colorado Rockies 3 8-8 (50%) 2-2 (50%)
Baltimore Orioles 3 6-8 (42.9%) 1-2 (33.3%)
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 3-5 (37.5%) 0-1 (0%)
Cincinnati Reds 3 2-7 (22.2%) 0-2 (0%)
Kansas City Royals 2 22-9 (71%) 5-1 (83.3%)
Toronto Blue Jays 2 10-10 (50%) 2-2 (50%)
Seattle Mariners 2 9-10 (47.4%) 2-2 (50%)
Milwaukee Brewers 2 6-9 (40%) 1-2 (33.3%)
San Diego Padres 2 1-6 (14.3%) 0-2 (0%)
Miami Marlins 1 11-6 (64.7%) 3-0 (100%)

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Best and worst performing playoff teams this century by game

Over the last 18 playoffs, Kansas City Royals have the best record in terms of winning percentage since they made it to back-to-back World Series in their only two playoff appearances.  The Royals, along with the Marlins, White Sox, and Giants, are the only teams to win 60% of their playoff games.

At the bottom are the Red, Twins, and Padres who are the only three teams to win less than 30% of their playoff games. The Padres only have managed one playoff win, which came in a 1-3 series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 NL Division Series.

Team Playoff Record (5 Best and Worst Teams)
Kansas City Royals 22-9 (71%)
Miami Marlins 11-6 (64.70%)
Chicago White Sox 12-7 (63.20%)
San Francisco Giants 48-30 (61.50%)
Philadelphia Phillies 27-19 (58.70%)
Washington Nationals 7-12 (36.80%)
Atlanta Braves 13-26 (33.30%)
Cincinnati Reds 2-7 (22.20%)
Minnesota Twins 6-22 (21.40%)
San Diego Padres 1-6 (14.30%)

Every MLB team's win percentage in the playoffs (2000-2017 by game, not series)‘The Yankees and Cardinals have the most wins by far, with the Giants and Red Sox below them being far ahead of the other 26 MLB teams. At the bottom, the Pirates, Red, and Padres all have less than half the amount of playoff wins as all other teams.

Team Playoff Games Won
New York Yankees 69
St. Louis Cardinals 65
San Fransico Giants 48
Boston Red Sox 46
Los Angeles Dodgers 32
Baltimore Orioles 6
Milwaukee Brewers 6
Minnesota Twins 6
Pittsburg Pirates 3
Cinncinatti Reds 2
San Diego Padres 1

Games won by every MLB team in the playoffs (2000-2017)

Wildcard play-in game record

In 2012, MLB added an extra play-in game to the postseason which sees two teams from the AL and NL play a winner-take-all game to get into the best-of-five Division Series. I did not count these games as series wins/losses or as sweeps/being swept. They still counted towards total playoff games won/lost.

Team Wildcard Record
San Francisco Giants 2-0
Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0
Chicago Cubs 1-0
Houston Astros 1-0
Kansas City Royals 1-0
St. Louis Cardinals 1-0
Tampa Bay Rays 1-0
Toronto Blue Jays 1-0
Baltimore Orioles 1-1
New York Yankees 1-1
Pittsburgh Pirates 1-2
Atlanta Braves 0-1
Cincinnati Reds 0-1
Cleveland Indians 0-1
Colorado Rockies 0-1
Minnesota Twins 0-1
New York Mets 0-1
Oakland Athletics 0-1
Texas Rangers 0-1

Best and worst performing playoff teams this century by series

In terms of winning playoff series, only five teams have won over 60% of the ones they have played in this century. At the top are the Miami Marlins, as their only playoff appearance since 2000 resulted in them winning the World Series.

In fact, the Marlins have more playoff wins than 10 teams and as many or more playoff series wins than 15 teams. At the bottom are the Pirates, Reds, Padres, and Nationals, none of whom have won a playoff series.

Team Series Record
Miami Marlins 3-0 (100%)
Kansas City Royals 5-1 (83.3%)
San Francisco Giants 11-4 (73.3%)
Boston Red Sox 11-6 (64.7%)
New York Mets 5-3 (62.5%)
Minnesota Twins 1-6 (14.3%)
Oakland Athletics 1-7 (12.5%)
Atlanta Braves 1-8 (11.1%)
Pittsburgh Pirates 0-1 (0%)
Cincinnati Reds 0-2 (0%)
San Diego Padres 0-2 (0%)
Washington Nationals 0-4 (0%)

Every MLB team's win percentage in the playoffs by series (2000-2017)

Below is a table of the four best teams in terms of total series won in the playoffs. I opted to not add the bottom four teams since they are all the exact same ones as the above table.

Team Series Won
St. Louis Cardinals 15-10 (60%)
New York Yankees 14-11 (56%)
San Francisco Giants 11-4 (73.3%)
Boston Red Sox 11-6 (64.7%)

Series Won by ever MLB team in the playoffs (2000-2017)

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Playoff sweeps so far this century

Out of the 126 series to be played over these past 18 playoffs, there has been a total of 32 sweeps. The Boston Red Sox have the most accounting for 5 (12.5%) of all sweeps. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets have the most sweeps (2) without having been swept.

The Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Capitals have all neither swept anyone or been swept yet. At the bottom, the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins have both been swept three times but never swept an opponent.

Team Swept Opp Got Swept
Boston Red Sox 4 3
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 1
St. Louis Cardinals 3 2
Kansas City Royals 2 0
New York Mets 2 0
Chicago White Sox 2 1
Colorado Rockies 2 1
New York Yankees 2 1
Detroit Tigers 2 2
Cleveland Indians 1 0
San Francisco Giants 1 0
Seattle Mariners 1 0
Toronto Blue Jays 1 0
Atlanta Braves 1 1
Baltimore Orioles 1 1
Oakland Athletics 1 1
Philadelphia Phillies 1 1
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 3
Los Angeles Angels 1 3
Miami Marlins 0 0
Milwaukee Brewers 0 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0
Washington Nationals 0 0
Cincinnati Reds 0 1
San Diego Padres 0 1
Texas Rangers 0 1
Houston Astros 0 2
Chicago Cubs 0 3
Minnesota Twins 0 3

Getting to each playoff round

The St. Louis Cardinals have the most appearances in the NL Championship game with nine, while the New York Yankees have the most in the AL Championship game with eight. Both of these teams are also tied with the San Fransico Giants for the most World Series appearances with four.

19/31 (63.33%) of the league has made it to the World Series since 2000. Despite only having three playoff appearances between them, the Royals and Marlins have 3/36 (8.33%) of World Series appearances in this span. All but four teams (Nationals, Pirates, Reds, and Padres) have appeared in at least one NL/AL championship series.

Team Playoff App NL/AL Champ App WS App
St. Louis Cardinals 12 9 4
New York Yankees 14 8 4
San Francisco Giants 7 4 4
Boston Red Sox 9 5 3
Detroit Tigers 5 4 2
Houston Astros 5 3 2
Philadelphia Phillies 5 3 2
New York Mets 4 3 2
Texas Rangers 5 2 2
Kansas City Royals 2 2 2
Los Angeles Dodgers 9 5 1
Chicago Cubs 6 4 1
Los Angeles Angels 7 3 1
Cleveland Indians 5 2 1
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 2 1
Tampa Bay Rays 4 1 1
Chicago White Sox 3 1 1
Colorado Rockies 3 1 1
Miami Marlins 1 1 1
Seattle Mariners 2 2 0
Toronto Blue Jays 2 2 0
Atlanta Braves 9 1 0
Oakland Athletics 8 1 0
Minnesota Twins 7 1 0
Baltimore Orioles 3 1 0
Milwaukee Brewers 2 1 0
Washington Nationals 4 0 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 0 0
Cincinnati Reds 3 0 0
San Diego Padres 2 0 0

The World Series

The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Francisco Giants have dominated since 2000, winning 10/18 (55.55%) of all World Series. Boston is also undefeated in World Series while sporting an impressive 12-2 record in the Fall Classic.

The American League (AL) has been controlled by the Yankees and Red Sox who have 7/18 (38.88%) of the conferences’ total World Series appearances. Meanwhile, the National League has been dominated by the Cardinals and Giants, who have 8/18 (44.44%) of the total World Series appearances.

Team World Series App WS W/L WS Game Record
San Francisco Giants 4 3-1 15-8
New York Yankees 4 2-2 13-11
St. Louis Cardinals 4 2-2 10-12
Boston Red Sox 3 3-0 12-2
Kansas City Royals 2 1-1 7-5
Philadelphia Phillies 2 1-1 6-5
Houston Astros 2 1-1 4-7
Texas Rangers 2 0-2 4-8
New York Mets 2 0-2 2-8
Detroit Tigers 2 0-2 1-8
Chicago White Sox 1 1-0 4-0
Miami Marlins 1 1-0 4-2
Chicago Cubs 1 1-0 4-3
Los Angeles Angels 1 1-0 4-3
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 1-0 4-3
Cleveland Indians 1 0-1 3-4
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 0-1 3-4
Tampa Bay Rays 1 0-1 1-4
Colorado Rockies 1 0-1 0-4

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Sources and Info: (All sources not listed here linked/mentioned in the article)

Featured Image: “Baseball” by Rachel Xiao is a free to use stock photo from Pexels.com

https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/ (Used to get playoff information for each team)

https://www.printyourbrackets.com/winning-percentage-calculator.php (Used to find win percentage for each team)

 

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Every NHL team’s playoff record since the 1999-00 season

Which NHL teams have performed the best and which have underachieved in the playoffs so far this century? Starting with the 1999-00 season, this article will look at each team’s playoff history over the last 18 postseasons (2004-05 was a lockout year), using information gathered from Hockey Reference.com.

Every NHL team’s playoff record

Below is a table of showing every NHL team’s basic playoff information, sorted by the number of playoff appearances that each team has. It also shows each team’s overall playoff record and their series record.

Out of the 30 NHL teams (not counting Vegas since they have only played one season), 17 have made the playoffs at least 10 times. The Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks are tied with the most appearances, having made it 16/18 times this century. At the bottom are the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets with only three appearances.

Team Playoff App Playoff Record Series Record
Detroit Red Wings 16 97-84 (53.6%) 18-14 (56.3%)
San Jose Sharks 16 94-90 (51.1%) 16-16 (50%)
Pittsburgh Penguins 14 112-87 (56.3%) 23-11 (67.6%)
Philadelphia Flyers 14 74-79 (48.4%) 12-14 (46.2%)
Washington Capitals 13 68-70 (49.3%) 10-12 (45.5%)
Ottawa Senators 13 64-65 (49.6%) 10-13 (43.5%)
Anaheim Ducks 12 85-62 (57.8%) 15-11 (57.7%)
New Jersey Devils 12 80-69 (53.7%) 16-10 (61.5%)
Boston Bruins 12 70-63 (52.6%) 11-11 (50%)
St. Louis Blues 12 47-59 (44.3%) 7-12 (36.8%)
New York Rangers 11 61-68 (47.3%) 11-11 (50%)
Nashville Predators 11 49-56 (46.7%) 7-11 (38.9%)
Vancouver Canucks 11 47-58 (43.2%) 7-11 (38.9%)
Montreal Canadiens 11 48-63 (44%) 8-11 (42.1%)
Chicago Blackhawks 10 77-56 (57.9%) 16-7 (69.6%)
Colorado Avalanche 10 62-55 (53%) 11-9 (55%)
Los Angeles Kings 10 56-53 (51.4%) 11-8 (57.9%)
Tampa Bay Lightning 9 71-56 (55.9%) 14-8 (63.6%)
Dallas Stars 9 48-51 (48.5%) 8-9 (47.1%)
Minnesota Wild 9 26-47 (35.6%) 4-9 (30.8%)
Toronto Maple Leafs 8 40-43 (48.2%) 5-8 (38.5%)
Calgary Flames 7 30-37 (44.8%) 4-7 (36.4%)
New York Islanders 7 16-30 (34.8%) 1-7 (12.5%)
Buffalo Sabres 6 33-32 (50.8%) 5-6 (45.5%)
Edmonton Oilers 5 27-27 (50%) 4-5 (44.4%)
Arizona Coyotes 5 14-23 (37.8%) 2-5 (28.6%)
Carolina Hurricanes 4 39-33 (54.2%) 9-3 (75%)
Columbus Blue Jackets 4 5-16 (23.8%) 0-4 (0%)
Winnipeg Jets 3 9-16 (36%) 2-3 (40%)
Florida Panthers 3 5-12 (29.4%) 0-3 (0%)
Vegas Golden Knights 1 13-7 (65%) 3-1 (75%)

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Best and worst performing playoff teams this century

Over the last 18 playoffs, the Anaheim Ducks have been the best team in terms of winning games at a clip of just under 60%. Technically, the Vegas Golden Knights are the best (65%) but they have only played one season so their numbers are skewed compared to all the other teams.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins have 112 wins (15 more than Detroit), along with the fourth best win percentage. This gives then more playoff wins in this timeframe than 18 NHL franchises have played total playoff games.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Florida Panthers (29.4%) and Columbus Blue Jackets (23.8%) are the only teams to win less than 30% of their playoff games. The table below lists the top six teams (plus Vegas) and the bottom six teams in terms of their playoff win percentage by game.

Team Playoff Record
Vegas Golden Knights 13-7 (65%)
Chicago Blackhawks 77-56 (57.9%)
Anaheim Ducks 85-62 (57.8%)
Pittsburgh Penguins 112-87 (56.3%)
Tampa Bay Lightning 71-56 (55.9%)
Carolina Hurricanes 39-33 (54.2%)
New Jersey Devils 80-69 (53.7%)
Arizona Coyotes 14-23 (37.8%)
Winnipeg Jets 9-16 (36%)
Minnesota Wild 26-47 (35.6%)
New York Islanders 16-30 (34.8%)
Florida Panthers 5-12 (29.4%)
Columbus Blue Jackets 5-16 (23.8%)

Every NHL team's playoff win percentage this century (2000-2018, by game not series)

In terms of winning playoff series, only six teams have won over 60% of the ones they have played in this century. At the top are the Golden Knights and Hurricanes, although they have both played at least 10 less playoff series than the other four top teams.

I also listed the bottom six teams as a counter to the top six. Panthers and Blue Jackets fans have gone through hard times as neither has won a playoff series this century, with Columbus having never one won one since their franchise’s first year was the 2000-01 season.

Vegas won more playoff series in their inaugural season than four NHL franchises have this century (Coyotes, Jets, Islanders, Panthers and Blue Jackets). This is on top of the fact that their 13 playoff wins are more than those same teams, besides the Islanders, have.

Team Series Record
Carolina Hurricanes 9-3 (75%)
Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 (75%)
Chicago Blackhawks 16-7 (69.6%)
Pittsburgh Penguins 23-11 (67.6%)
Tampa Bay Lightning 14-8 (63.6%)
New Jersey Devils 16-10 (61.5%)
Calgary Flames 4-7 (36.4%)
Minnesota Wild 4-9 (30.8%)
Arizona Coyotes 2-5 (28.6%)
New York Islanders 1-7 (12.5%)
Florida Panthers 0-3 (0%)
Columbus Blue Jackets 0-4 (0%)

Every NHL team's playoff win percentage this century (2000-2018 playoffs by series)

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Playoff sweeps so far this century

Out the 270 series to be played over these past 18 playoffs, there has been a total of 31 sweeps. The Anaheim Ducks have the most accounting for 5 (16.12%) of all sweeps. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins has the most sweeps (3) without having been swept.

The Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, and New York Islanders stand neither swept anyone or been swept yet in the playoffs this century. At the bottom, the Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, and Winnipeg Jets have all been swept twice but never swept an opponent.

Team Swept Opp Got Swept
Anaheim Ducks 5 1
Detroit Red Wings 4 1
Boston Bruins 3 0
New Jersey Devils 2 0
Chicago Blackhawks 2 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 2 1
San Jose Sharks 2 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 2 1
Nashville Predators 1 0
Toronto Maple Leafs 1 0
Vegas Golden Knights 1 0
New York Rangers 1 1
Colorado Avalanche 1 2
Los Angeles Kings 1 2
Montreal Canadiens 1 2
St. Louis Blues 1 2
Vancouver Canucks 1 2
Buffalo Sabres 0 0
Edmonton Oilers 0 0
New York Islanders 0 0
Arizona Coyotes 0 1
Calgary Flames 0 1
Carolina Hurricanes 0 1
Columbus Blue Jackets 0 1
Dallas Stars 0 1
Florida Panthers 0 1
Philadelphia Flyers 0 1
Washington Capitals 0 1
Minnesota Wild 0 2
Ottawa Senators 0 2
Winnipeg Jets 0 2

Getting to each playoff round

The San Jose Sharks have the most 2nd round appearances with 11. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the most conference championship appearances with six.  They are also tied with the New Jersey Devils for the most Stanley Cup Final appearances with four.

The Carolina Hurricanes have made the most of their playoff appearances this century, having made it to the Finals twice despite only having made the playoffs four times. Every other team with at least two Finals appearances have made the playoffs nine or more times.

21/31 (67.74%) of the league has made it to the Finals this century, with the most recent Stanley Cup being contested between two newcomers in Washington and Vegas. All but three teams (Islanders, Panthers and Blue Jackets) have appeared in at least one conference championship.

Team Playoff App 2nd Round App Conf. Champ App Finals App
Pittsburgh Penguins 14 10 6 4
New Jersey Devils 12 6 4 4
Chicago Blackhawks 10 5 5 3
Detroit Red Wings 16 9 4 3
Anaheim Ducks 12 7 5 2
Tampa Bay Lightning 9 6 5 2
Los Angeles Kings 10 4 3 2
Carolina Hurricanes 4 3 3 2
Boston Bruins 12 6 2 2
San Jose Sharks 16 11 4 1
Philadelphia Flyers 14 7 4 1
New York Rangers 11 7 3 1
Colorado Avalanche 10 6 3 1
Ottawa Senators 13 6 3 1
Dallas Stars 9 5 2 1
Washington Capitals 13 7 1 1
Nashville Predators 11 5 1 1
Vancouver Canucks 11 5 1 1
Calgary Flames 7 2 1 1
Edmonton Oilers 5 2 1 1
Vegas Golden Knights 1 1 1 1
Montreal Canadiens 11 6 2 0
St. Louis Blues 12 5 2 0
Buffalo Sabres 6 3 2 0
Toronto Maple Leafs 8 4 1 0
Minnesota Wild 9 3 1 0
Arizona Coyotes 5 1 1 0
Winnipeg Jets 3 1 1 0
New York Islanders 7 1 0 0
Columbus Blue Jackets 4 0 0 0
Florida Panthers 3 0 0 0

The Stanley Cup Finals

The Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils, Detriot Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings have dominated this century so far, winning 12/18 (66.66%) of all Stanley Cup Finals. 13 of the past 18 Finals have featured at least one of these teams, with the exceptions being 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2018.

The Western Conference has been controlled by the Blackhawks and Red Wings who have 6/18 (33.33%) of the conferences’ total Finals appearances. Meanwhile, the Eastern Conference has been dominated by the Penguins and Devils, who have 8/18 (44.44%) of the total Finals appearances.

Team Finals App Finals W/L
Finals Game Record
Pittsburgh Penguins 4 3-1 14-11
New Jersey Devils 4 2-2 13-13
Chicago Blackhawks 3 3-0 12-6
Detroit Red Wings 3 2-1 11-7
Los Angeles Kings 2 2-0 8-3
Anaheim Ducks 2 1-1 7-5
Boston Bruins 2 1-1 6-7
Tampa Bay Lightning 2 1-1 6-7
Carolina Hurricanes 2 1-1 5-7
Washington Capitals 1 1-0 4-1
Colorado Avalanche 1 1-0 4-3
Calgary Flames 1 0-1 3-4
Edmonton Oilers 1 0-1 3-4
Vancouver Canucks 1 0-1 3-4
Dallas Stars 1 0-1 2-4
Nashville Predators 1 0-1 2-4
Philadelphia Flyers 1 0-1 2-4
San Jose Sharks 1 0-1 2-4
New York Rangers 1 0-1 1-4
Ottawa Senators 1 0-1 1-4
Vegas Golden Knights 1 0-1 1-4

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Sources and Info: (All sources not listed here linked/mentioned in the article)

Featured Image: “Stanley Cup Playoffs” by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/index.html#site_menu_link (Used to get playoff information for each team)

https://www.printyourbrackets.com/winning-percentage-calculator.php (Used to find win percentage for each team)

 

MVPs and championships in the four major sports (Part 2)

Yesterday, saw the first part of my look at the connection between MVPs and championships in the four major North American sports. Now, the second and final part will look at multi-time winners of both, as well as totals and the unluckiest MVPs who never won a championship.

Note: Any gaps in career span in all tables below are seasons that a player was either retired, completely missed due to injury, was not playing professionally due to WWII/other reasons or there was a lockout.

Players with multiple MVPs and Championships

NBA

Only nine players in NBA history have multiple MVPs and Championships. Three of these players won their championships with multiple teams, Kareem (5 Lakers, 1 Bucks), LeBron (2 Cavs, 2 Heat) and Wilt (1 76ers, 1 Lakers).

Player Position Career Span # of MVPs # of Championships
Kareem Abdul Jabbar C 1969-1989 6 6
Bill Russell C 1956-1969 5 11
Michael Jordan SG/SF 1984-93, 1994-98, 2001-03 5 6
LeBron James SF/PF 2003- 4 3
Wilt Chamberlain C 1959-1973 4 2
Magic Johnson PG/SG 1979-91, 1995-96 3 5
Larry Bird PF/SF 1979-1992 3 3
Tim Duncan PF/C 1997-2016 2 5
Steph Curry PG 2009- 2 3

NFL

Only five players in NFL history have won multiple MVPs and championships (NFL Championship + Super Bowls), with all of them being quarterbacks. The fact that Montana and Young were on the same team from 1987 to 1992 is definitely a historical outlier. Manning (1 Colts, 1 Broncos) is the only one to win his championships with different teams.

Player Position Career # of MVPs # of Championships
Peyton Manning QB 1998-2010, 2012-15 5 2
Tom Brady QB 2000- 3 5
Johnny Unitas QB 1956-1973 3 3
Joe Montana QB 1979-1990, 1992-94 2 4
Steve Young QB 1985-1999 2 3

NHL

Only 14 players in NHL have won multiple Hart trophies and Stanley Cups. Dominik Hasek is the only goalie to have accomplished this. Mark Messier is the only one to win his championships with multiple teams (Oilers 5, Rangers 1).

*Howe played in the rival World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1973-79 and won two Avco Cups (in addition to his 4 Stanley Cups) with the Houston Aeros in 1974 and 1975.

Players Position Career # of MVPs # Of Champ
Wayne Gretzky C 1978-1999 9 4
Gordie Howe RW 1946-71, 1973-80 6 4*
Eddie Shore D 1926-1940 4 2
Howie Morenz C 1923-1937 3 3
Bobby Orr D 1966-77, 1978-79 3 2
Bobby Clarke C 1969-1984 3 2
Mario Lemieux C 1984-97, 2000-04, 2005-06 3 2
Jean Beliveau C 1950-51, 1952-71 2 10
Mark Messier LW/C 1978-2004 2 6
Guy Lafleur RW 1971-85, 1988-91 2 5
Sidney Crosby C 2005- 2 3
Bill Cowley C 1934-1947 2 2
Phil Esposito C 1963-1981 2 2
Dominik Hasek G 1990-2002, 2003-04, 2005-08 2 2

MLB

Only 13 MLB players have won multiple MVPs and World Series Championships. Five of these players (Gehrig, DiMaggio, Berra, Mantle, and Maris) all played for the New York Yankees.

Player (AL) Position Career Span # of MVP (League) # of Champ
Jimmie Foxx 1B/3B/C 1925-42, 1944-45 3 (NL) 2
Joe DiMaggio CF 1936-42, 1946-51 3 (NL) 9
Stan Musial OF/1B 1941-44, 1946-63 3 (AL) 3
Yogi Berra C/OF 1946-63, 1965 3 (NL) 10
Mickey Mantle CF/1B 1951-1968 3 (NL) 7
Albert Pujols 1B/LF/3B 2001- 3 (AL) 2
Lou Gehrig 1B 1923-1939 2 (NL) 6
Mickey Cochrane C 1925-1937 2 (NL) 3
Hank Greenberg 1B/LF 1930, 1933-41, 1945-47 2 (NL) 2
Frank Robinson OF/1B 1956-1976 2 (AL and NL) 2
Roger Maris RF 1957-1968 2 (NL) 3
Joe Morgan 2B 1963-1984 2 (AL) 2
Johnny Bench C/3B/1B 1967-1983 2 (AL) 2

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Totals and takeaways

Sport # of players to win MVP Players with multiple MVPs MVPs who won a championship MVPs without championship MVP never played in championship
NFL 47* 9 (19.14%) 25 (53.19%) 22 (46.80%) 9 (19.14%)
NBA 33 13 (39.39%) 26 (78.78%) 7 (21.21%) 2 (6.06%)
NHL 58 18 (31.03%) 46 (79.31%) 12 (20.68%) 6 (10.34%)
MLB (Total) 151* 31* (20.52%) 94* (62.91%) 57 (37.7%) 29 (19.20%)
MLB (NL) 77* 12 49 28 13
MLB (AL) 75 18 46 29 16

*In 1997 (Brett Farve and Barry Sanders) and 2003 (Peyton Manning and Steve McNair) both won that year’s MVP award as they finished in a tie.

*In 1979 the NL MVP race ended in a tie with Keith Hernandez and Willie Stargell sharing the award.

*Frank Robinson counted once towards number of players to win MVP for NL and AL. Only counted once for MLB total, hence the one player difference. Same for MVPs who won a championship. Also counted for multi-MVP total since he has one from both leagues.

C MVP 4 Sports

MVP Winners with 7+ Championships, plus top two for the NFL

Player Sport Career Span # of MVPs # of Championships
Bill Russell NBA 1956-1969 5 11
Yogi Berra MLB (AL) 1946-63, 1965 3 10
Jean Beliveau NHL 1950-1971 2 10
Joe DiMaggio MLB (AL) 1936-42, 1946-51 3 9
Maurice Richard NHL 1942-1960 1 8
Mickey Mantle MLB (AL) 1951-1968 3 7
Babe Ruth MLB (AL) 1914-1935 1 7
Phil Rizzuto MLB (AL) 1941-42, 1946-56 1 7
Tom Brady NFL 2000- 3 5
Bart Starr NFL 1956-1971 1 5

Russell spent his entire career with the Boston Celtics. Beliveau and Richard both spent their entire careers with the Montreal Canadiens. Berra, DiMaggio, Mantle, and Rizzuto spent their entire career playing for the Yankees.

Ruth is the only one who played for different teams. He played for the Boston Red Sox (1914-19), then the New York Yankees (1920-34) before spending his final season with the Boston (now Atlanta) Braves.

The two NFL players with the most are Tom Brady (5 Super Bowls) and Bart Starr (2 Super Bowls, 3 NFL Championships), who both have five championships. Like the other players in the table, Starr played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers while Brady has done the same so far with the New England Patriots.

*I did not count Starr’s (or anyone else’s) NFL Championships during the four-year span it overlapped with the Super Bowl.

Amount of MVPs won by MVP winners in the four major sports (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB)

The players with 4+ MVPs

Player Sport Career Span # of MVPs # of Championships
Wayne Gretzky NHL 1978-1999 9 4
Barry Bonds MLB (NL) 1986-2007 7 0
Kareem Abdul Jabbar NBA 1969-1989 6 6
Gordie Howe NHL 1946-1980 6 4
Bill Russell NBA 1956-1969 5 11
Michael Jordan NBA 1984-93, 1994-1998, 2001-2003 5 6
Peyton Manning NFL 1998-2015 5 2
LeBron James NBA 2003- 4 3
Wilt Chamberlain NBA 1959-1973 4 2
Eddie Shore NHL 1926-1940 4 2

Out of the players to have not won a championship in each sport, a total of 19/98 of them are currently playing. Broken down for each sport it is 3/7 for the NBA, 3/22 (NFL), 4/10 (NHL) and 9/57 (MLB).

Only 10 players have won multiple MVPs and never won a championship, with eight of them being from MLB and two from the NBA. Mike Trout is the only one of these players currently playing. Barry Bonds is the only player in the four major sports to have 3 or more MVPs and never won a championship.

Only eleven players across the four major sports have won multiple championships and MVPs but ended up with more MVPs. It has happened six times in the NHL but only five times (Peyton Manning, LeBron James, Wilt Chamberlain, Albert Pujols, Jimmie Foxx) in the other three sports.

 
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Out of the 98 MVPs who never won a championship, 48 of them never played in one. 37 of them only made it there once and lost. That means only 13 (13.26%) got at least a second crack at winning a championship and failed. 12 of these times happened in the NFL or MLB, with it only happening once in the NBA and never in the NHL.

Player Sport Career # of MVPs Championship Record
Terry Pendleton MLB 1984-1998 1 0-5 (13-20)
Gabby Hartnett MLB 1922-1941 1 0-4 (3-16)
Thurman Thomas NFL 1988-2000 1 0-4
Ty Cobb MLB 1905-1928 1 0-3 (4-12-1)
Larry Doyle MLB 1907-1920 1 0-3 (6-12-1)
Phil Cavarretta MLB 1934-1955 1 0-3 (5-12)
Y.A. Tittle NFL 1948-1964 1 0-3
Fran Tarkenton NFL 1961-1978 1 0-3
Alan Page NFL 1967-1981 1 0-3
Karl Malone NBA 1985-2004 2 0-3 (5-12)
Bobby Shantz MLB 1949-1964 1 0-2 (6-8)
Carl Yastrzemski MLB 1961-1983 1 0-2 (6-8)
Josh Hamilton MLB 2007-2015 1 0-2 (4-8)

Karl Malone is the only player in the four major sports to win multiple MVPs, play in multiple championships and never win one. This included losing consecutive NBA Finals with the Jazz in 1997 and 1998.

Terry Pendelton lost five championships, with three of those World Series loses coming in game seven. Two of those were with the St. Louis Cardinals and three with the Atlanta Braves, including back-to-back losses in 1991 and 1992. He was on the Braves from 1991-94 and traded back to them in 1996. The one year he was not on the team in 1995, they won the World Series.

Thurman Thomas made it to four consecutive Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills (1990-93) and lost all of them.

Ty Cobb lost three straight World Series (1907-09) with the Detroit Tigers and Larry Doyle lost three straight with the New York (now San Francisco) Giants (1911-13). Y.A. Tittle lost three straight NFL Championship games with the New York Giants (1961-63).

Frank Tarkenton and Alan Page both lost three Super Bowls in four years with the Minnesota Vikings in 1973, 1974 and 1976.

Josh Hamilton lost back-to-back World Series with the Rangers in 2010 and 2011.

 
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Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “Bill Russell” by Kip-koech is licensed under CC BY 2.0

https://www.basketball-reference.com/awards/mvp.html#all_mvp_NBA

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/awards/ap-nfl-mvp-award.htm

https://www.hockey-reference.com/awards/hart.html

https://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/mvp_cya.shtml

Used Google Spreadsheet to make all charts and tables

MVPs and championships in the four major sports (Part 1)

In the last week, the NHL Awards and NBA Awards show took place, with Taylor Hall and James Harden both being named the newest MVP winners in their respective sports. Now the NFL, NBA, and NHL are all in the offseason, while the MLB is still a few months away from the playoffs. So this seems like a good time to take a look at the connections between MVPs and championships in the four major North American sports.

Players with at least one MVP and no championship

NBA

There have been 33 different players to win the NBA MVP award since it was first given out in following the 1955-56 season. Out of these 33 players, seven (21.21%) have never won an NBA Championship. Only two of these players, Steve Nash and Derrick Rose, have never played in an NBA Finals.

Note: Any gaps in career span in all tables below are seasons that a player was either retired, completely missed due to injury, was not playing professionally due to WWII/other reasons or there was a lockout.

Player Position Career Span # of MVPs Champ Record (By Game)
Karl Malone PF 1985-2004 2 0-3 (5-12)
Steve Nash PG 1996-2014 2 0-0
Charles Barkley SF/PF 1984-2000 1 0-1 (2-4)
Allen Iverson SG/PG 1996-2010 1 0-1 (1-4)
Russell Westbrook PG 2008- 1 0-1 (1-4)
James Harden SG/PG 2009- 1 0-1 (1-4)
Derrick Rose PG 2008- 1 0-0

NFL

The NFL does not have an officially sanctioned MVP award. However, the one the Associated Press (AP) gives out is as close as it gets especially since it is the MVP award presented at the league’s annual honor show. The award has been given out since the 1957 season, with 47 different players having won it.

22 (46.80%) of these players never won a championship. This is broken down between 13 quarterbacks, eight running backs, and one defensive tackle. Out of those 22, nine of them never played in a championship game.

Player Position Career # of MVPs Championship/Super Bowl Record
Thurman Thomas HB 1988-2000 1 0-4
Y.A. Tittle QB 1948-1964 1 0-3
Fran Tarkenton QB 1961-1978 1 0-3
Alan Page DT 1967-1981 1 0-3
Larry Brown HB 1969-1976 1 0-1
Ken Anderson QB 1971-1986 1 0-1
Dan Marino QB 1983-1999 1 0-1
Boomer Esiason QB 1984-1997 1 0-1
Rich Gannon QB 1987-2004 1 0-1
Steve McNair QB 1995-2007 1 0-1
Shaun Alexander HB 2000-2008 1 0-1
Matt Ryan QB 2008- 1 0-1
Cam Newton QB 2011- 1 0-1
John Brodie QB 1957-1973 1 0-0
Roman Gabriel QB 1962-1977 1 0-0
OJ Simpson HB 1969-1979 1 0-0
Bert Jones QB 1973-1982 1 0-0
Brian Sipe QB 1974-1983 1 0-0
Earl Campbell HB 1978-1985 1 0-0
Barry Sanders HB 1989-1998 1 0-0
LaDainian Tomlinson HB 2001-2011 1 0-0
Adrian Peterson HB 2007- 1 0-0

NHL

The NHL has given out the Hart Memorial Trophy to each year’s most valuable player since the 1923-24 season. In that span, 58 different players have won the award. Out of these, 12 (20.68%) have never won the Stanley Cup. Between those 12, eight have never played in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Players Position Career # of MVPs Champ Record
Chuck Rayner G 1940-1953 1 0-1 (3-4)
Eric Lindros C 1992-04, 2005-07 1 0-1 (0-4)
Joe Thornton C 1997-2004, 2005- 1 0-1 (2-4)
Henrik Sedin C 2000-04, 2005-18 1 0-1 (3-4)
Billy Burch C/LW 1922-1933 1 0-0
Roy Worters G 1925-1937 1 0-0
Herb Gardiner D 1926-1929 1 0-0
Tom Anderson LW/D 1934-1942 1 0-0
Jose Theodore G 1995-2013 1 0-0
Carey Price G 2007- 1 0-0
Taylor Hall LW 2010- 1 0-0
Connor McDavid C 2015- 1 0-0

MLB (NL and AL)

From 1911-1914, 1924-28 and since 1931 both the National League (NL) and American League (AL) have given out an MVP award at the end of the season. However, in 1923 and 1924 only the AL presented an MVP award.  In 1929, the  NL presented one while the AL did not.

Overall, 77 players have won an NL MVP and 75 have won an AL MVP. However, only 151 different players have won either MVP since Frank Robinson won both an NL MVP (1961) and AL MVP (1966). 57 (37.7%)  MVP winners never won a World Series championship, while 29 have never played in one.

NL

Player (NL) Position Career Span # of MVP Champ Record
Barry Bonds LF 1986-2007 7 0-1 (3-4)
Ernie Banks 1B/SS 1953-1971 2 0-0
Dale Murphy 1B/C 1976-1993 2 0-0
Terry Pendleton 3B 1984-1998 1 0-5 (13-20)
Gabby Hartnett C 1922-1941 1 0-4 (3-16)
Larry Doyle 2B 1907-1920 1 0-3 (6-12-1)
Phil Cavarretta 1B/OF 1934-1955 1 0-3 (5-12)
Paul Warner RF 1926-1945 1 0-1 (0-4)
Chuck Klein RF 1928-1944 1 0-1 (2-4)
Dolph Camilli 1B 1933-43, 1945 1 0-1 (1-4)
Bob Elliott 3B/RF 1939-1953 1 0-1 (2-4)
Jim Konstantly P 1944, 1946, 1948-56 1 0-1 (0-4)
Willie McCovey 1B/LF 1959-1980 1 0-1 (3-4)
Ken Caminiti 3B 1987-2001 1 0-1 (0-4)
Larry Walker RF/1B 1989-2005 1 0-1 (0-4)
Jeff Bagwell 1B 1991-2005 1 0-1 (0-4)
Jeff Kent 2B/1B/3B 1992-2008 1 0-1 (3-4)
Hank Sauer LF 1941-42, 1945, 1948-59 1 0-0
Joe Torre C/1B/3B 1960-1977 1 0-0
Andre Dawson OF 1976-1996 1 0-0
Ryne Sandberg 2B/3B 1981-1994, 1996-97 1 0-0
Sammy Sosa RF 1989-2005, 2007 1 0-0
Joey Votto 1B 2007- 1 0-0
Ryan Braun LF/3B 2007- 1 0-0
Clayton Kershaw P 2008- 1 0-0
Andrew McCutchen CF 2009- 1 0-0
Giancarlo Stanton RF 2010- 1 0-0
Bryce Harper OF 2012- 1 0-0

AL

Player (AL) Position Career Span # of MVP Champ Record
Ted Williams LF 1939-42, 1946-60 2 0-1 (3-4)
Robin Yount SS/CF 1974-1993 2 0-1 (3-4)
Juan Gonzalez OF 1989-2005 2 0-0
Frank Thomas 1B/DH 1990-2008 2 0-0
Mike Trout CF 2011- 2 0-0
Ty Cobb CF 1905-1928 1 0-3 (4-12-1)
Bobby Shantz P 1949-1964 1 0-2 (6-8)
Carl Yastrzemski LF/1B 1961-1983 1 0-2 (6-8)
Josh Hamilton OF 2007-2015 1 0-2 (4-8)
Nellie Fox 2B 1947-1965 1 0-1 (2-4)
Harmon Killebrew 1B/3B/LF 1954-1975 1 0-1 (3-4)
Zolio Versalles SS/3B/2B 1959-1969, 1971 1 0-1 (3-4)
Jim Rice LF/DH 1974-1989 1 0-1 (3-4)
Fred Lynn CF 1974-1990 1 0-1 (3-4)
Jason Giambi 1B/LF/DH 1995-2014 1 0-1 (2-4)
Vladimir Guerrero RF 1996-2011 1 0-1 (1-4)
George Sisler 1B 1915-22, 1924-30 1 0-0
Dick Allen 1B/3B/LF 1963-1977 1 0-0
Rod Carew 1B/2B 1967-1985 1 0-0
Jeff Burroughs OF 1970-1985 1 0-0
George Bell LF 1981, 1983-93 1 0-0
Don Mattingly 1B/OF 1982-1995 1 0-0
Ken Griffey CF 1989-2010 1 0-0
Mo Vaughn 1B 1991-00, 2002-03 1 0-0
Miguel Tejada SS/3B 1997-2011, 2013 1 0-0
Ichiro Suzuki* RF 2001- 1 0-0
Justin Morneau 1B 2003-2016 1 0-0
Joe Mauer C/1B 2004- 1 0-0
Josh Donaldson 3B 2010, 2012- 1 0-0

*While Ichiro transitioned into a front-office role with the Mariners after playing 15 games this season, he said that he is not retiring yet.
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Distribution of championships among MVP winners

Amount of championships each MVP winner has won (NBA)

*For the four years (1966-69) the NFL Championship and Super Bowl overlapped before the NFL-AFL merger, I only counted the Super Bowl for the graph below.

Amount of championships each MVP winner has (NFL)

Amount of Stanley Cups each Hart Trophy winner has (NHL)

*Only counted Frank Robinson (two World Series championships) once in the chart, counted him once for both NL and AL in the table showing separate leagues.

Amount of World Series championships each AL and NL MVP winner has (MLB)

World Series Won 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10
NL MVP 28 26 15 7 1 0 0 0 0 0
AL MVP 29 18 12 6 3 1 1 3 1 1

Distribution of MVP Winners in the four major sports

Amount of MVPs won by MVP Winners (NBA)

Amount of MVPs won by MVP Winners (NFL)

Amount of Hart Trophies won by Hart Trophy winners (NHL)

Amount of MVPs won by MVP winners for AL and NL (MLB)

*Counted Frank Robinson’s two MVPs as one for the AL and one for the NL in the table below.

Number of MVPs 1 2 3 7
NL MVP 65 7 4 1
AL MVP 57 13 5  0

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Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “Barry heads to left field after driving in 2 with a single in the 3rd” by John is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

https://www.basketball-reference.com/awards/mvp.html#all_mvp_NBA

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/awards/ap-nfl-mvp-award.htm

https://www.hockey-reference.com/awards/hart.html

https://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/mvp_cya.shtml

Used Google Spreadsheet to make all charts and tables

NHL Draft: Who selects the No. 1 pick and from where?

The 56th NHL Draft is taking place tonight. For the third time in franchise history, the Buffalo Sabres will select the top pick in the draft, assuming they don’t trade the pick away. However, what does history have to say about who most often selects the first overall pick and from where?

Which teams have most often had the No. 1 pick?

The Montreal Canadiens have selected the No. 1 pick the most times out of any NHL franchise, having done so five times. This is despite the fact that the last time they selected the top pick was in the 1980 NHL Draft. The Edmonton Oilers have moved up the list quickly, with all four of their No. 1 selections coming this decade (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015).

Teams to never select the No. 1 pick: Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Vegas Golden Knights.

Number of times each team selected the No. 1 overall pick

*The Arizona Coyotes only No. 1 selection came when they were the Winnipeg Jets in 1981.

*One of the New Jersey Devils No. 1 selections came when they were the Colorado Rockies in 1979.

*Both of the Winnipeg Jets No. 1 selections came when they were the Atlanta Thrashers (1999 and 2001).

All three of the Dallas Stars No. 1 selections came when they were the Minnesota North Stars (1978, 1983 and 1988).

*Three of the Colorado Avalanche’s No. 1 selections came when they were the Quebec Nordiques (1989, 1990 and 1991).

What amateur/professional leagues have produced the most No. 1 picks?

From 1963 to 1978, the NHL Amateur Draft allowed for any amateur player under 20 to be drafted. Due to the absorption of teams from the rival WHA (World Hockey Association) the draft rules were changed in 1979 so that players who had previously played professionally could be drafted by teams. That year the draft’s name was changed to be the NHL Entry Draft.

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AmateurProfessional Leagues that produced No. 1 overall picks in the NHL Draft

American College/High School Players

Only two players have been taken No. 1 overall and played NCAA Divison 1 hockey (Highest level of American College Hockey). They were Joe Murphy (Michigan State Spartans) who was taken in the 1986 draft and Rick DiPietro (Boston University Terriers) who was taken in the 2000 draft.

Brain Lawton is the only player to be taken No. 1 overall out of an American high school. He was drafted in 1983 after playing for Mount St. Charles High School in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Overseas League Players

Russia: In 2001 when IIya Kovalchuk was selected he was playing in Vysshaya Liga (RUS-2), the second-highest league in the country. Alexander Ovechkin was taken in 2004 from the Russian Superleague League (RSL), now know as the KHL, the highest league in the country.

Sweden: In 1989 when Mats Sundin was selected he was playing in HockeyAllsvenskan (SWE-2), the second-highest league in the country.

Czech Republic: In 1992 when Roman Hamrlik was selected he was playing in the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League, now known as the Czech Extraliga.

Switzerland: In 2016 when Auston Matthews was selected he was playing in the National League (NLA), the highest league in the country.

What amateur/professional teams have produced the most No. 1 picks?

The London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) have had the most players of any team taken No. 1 with five. These players are Rick Green (1976), Rob Ramage (1979), Rick Nash (2002), Patrick Kane (2007) and John Tavares (2009).

Team League # of players
London OHL 5
Cornwall OHL 2
Ottawa OHL 2
Sarnia OHL 2
Windsor OHL 2
Halifax QMJHL 2
Montreal QMJHL 2
Rimouski QMJHL 2
Prince Albert WHL (formerly WCHL) 2
Regina WHL (formerly WCHL) 2

Where are No. 1 picks born?

Out of the 55 players that have been selected No. 1 in the NHL draft, 40 (72.72%) of them were born in Canada. Brian Lawton was the first non-Canadian player to be taken No. 1 in the 1983 draft. From that draft onwards 20 of the players taken No. 1 overall have been Canadian, while 15 have been non-Canadian.

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Non-Canadians taken No. 1 overall by place of birth

America: Brian Lawton (1983), Mike Modano (1988), Bryan Berard (1995), Rick DiPietro (2000), Erik Johnson (2006), Patrick Kane (2007), Auston Matthews (2016)

Russia: IIya Kovalchuk* (2001), Alexander Ovechkin* (2004), Nail Yakupov (2012)

*Both were born back when Russia was part of the Soviet Union.

Czech Republic: Roman Hamrlik* (1992), Patrik Stefan* (1999)

*Both were born back when it was Czechoslovakia. They were both born in cities that are now part of the Czech Republic.

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland): Owen Nolan (1990)

Sweden: Mats Sundin (1989)

Switzerland: Nico Hischier (2017)

What provinces were Canadian players born in?

Canada

*Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011) is the only No. 1 to be born in British-Columbia.

Ontario (18) and Quebec (11) dominated the provinces of Canada, having produced 29/40 (72.5%) of the countries No. 1 picks. However, considering that these two account for almost 60% of Canada’s population, it is no surprise.

Cities who have produced multiple No. 1 overall picks

There are a few cities in Canada that have managed to produce multiple No. 1 overall picks. They, along with the players from them, are listed in the table below.

City Province Player (Year Drafted)
Montreal Quebec Claude Gauthier (1964), André Veilleux (1965), Michel Plasse (1968), Mario Lemieux (1984)
Rouyn Quebec Réjean Houle (1969), Pierre Turgeon (1987)
London Ontario Joe Murphy (1986), Eric Lindros (1991)
Toronto Ontario Billy Harris (1972), Dale Hawerchuk (1981)
Windsor Ontario Ed Jovanovski (1994), Aaron Ekbald (2014)
Calgary Alberta Chris Phillips (1994), Taylor Hall (2010)
Halifax Nova Scotia Sidney Crosby (2005), Nathan MacKinnon (2013)

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Info and sources:

Featured Image: “2017 NHL Draft” by Brandon Zeman is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

https://www.hockey-reference.com/draft/ (Use to note team that drafted player, as well as the league and team that picked them). For the few players with no league listed I used Google to find that information.

https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/index.html (Used to note current teams that never had a No. 1 overall pick)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_first_overall_NHL_draft_picks (Used to find place of birth for No. 1 overall picks)

http://www.hockeydraftcentral.com/1965/65001.html (Used to find Andre Veilleux’s place of birth)

Map of player’s place of birth made using https://mapchart.net/

All other graphs and tables made using Google Spreadsheet in Google Docs

NBA Draft: Comparing the careers of each No. 1 pick

The 72nd NBA Draft takes place tomorrow and the Phoenix Suns have the top pick for the first time in franchise history. With the draft having always been an important time for teams to hopefully revitalize their franchises, let’s take a look back at the past careers that former No. 1 overall picks have had.

The two who never played in the NBA

Clifton McNeeley was the first player ever selected in the NBA (then known as the BAA) Draft by the Pittsburgh Ironmen in 1947. Just like his NFL counterpart, McNeeley never played in the NBA. He had no interest in playing for the team and Pittsburgh ended up folding before the season started.

In the 1951 NBA Draft, the Baltimore Bullets selected Gene Melchiorre with the No. 1 pick. However, he never played in the league as Melchiorre was barred for life from the league due to a point-shaving scandal he admitted to being involved in during his college years at Bradley.

 

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All-Star Appearances

The 71 players to have been selected with the 1st pick have made a combined 257 All-Star appearances between them. Out of the 71 No. 1 picks, 27 were never All-Stars, while 44 were at least once. Below is a pie chart showing how many times each of those 44 was an All-Star.

All-Star

The first player taken with the top pick to be an All-Star was Ray Felix, who did so his rookie season in 1953-54.

David Thompson is the only No. 1 pick to be an NBA All-Star (x4) and an ABA All-Star (x1). For the above pie chart, I did not count his ABA All-Star appearance.

Players selected 1st overall with the at least 10 All-Star appearances

Player All-Star App Career Length
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 19 1969-89
Shaquille O’Neal 15 1992-2011
Tim Duncan 15 1997-2016
LeBron James 14 2003-present
Oscar Robertson 12 1960-74
Elvin Hayes 12 1968-84
Magic Johnson 12 1979-91, 95-96
Hakeem Olajuwon 12 1984-2002
Elgin Baylor 11 1958-72
Patrick Ewing 11 1985-2002
Allen Iverson 11 1996-2010
David Robinson 10 1987-2003

All-NBA teams

Out of the 71 players taken with the top pick, 30 made at least one of the NBA’s three All-NBA teams. It is important to note that the All-NBA Third Team was not added until the 1988-89 season.

All-NBA

Elgin Baylor was the first No. 1 pick to make an All-NBA Team (and All-NBA First Team) in 1958-59, his rookie season. Oscar Robertson was the first to make the All-NBA Second Team in 1969-70. James Worthy and David Robinson were the first to make the All-NBA Third Team in 1989-90.

David Thompson is the only No. 1 pick to make an All-NBA Team (x2) and an All-ABA Team (x1). For the above pie chart, I did not count his All-ABA Team appearance.

Andrew Bogut is the only No. 1 overall pick to make an All-NBA Team but never be an All-Star.

Most All-NBA appearances by 1st overall picks 

Player All-NBA Teams First Team Second Team Third Team
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 15 10 5 Started his last season
Tim Duncan 15 10 3 2
Shaquille O’Neal 14 8 2 4
LeBron James 14 12 2 0
Hakeem Olajuwon 12 6 3 3
Oscar Robertson 11 9 2 Did not exist
Elgin Baylor 10 10 0 Did not exist
Magic Johnson 10 9 1 0
David Robinson 10 4 2 4

LeBron James has the most All-NBA First Teams by a No. 1 pick. Patrick Ewing (6) has the most All-NBA Second Team appearances. Shaquille O’Neal and David Robinson have the most All-NBA Third Teams.

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ROY, DPOY, Sixth Man and MIP

Since the 1952-53 season, the NBA has given out the Rookie of the Year (ROY) to the player deemed the best rookie. Out of the 65* players drafted No. 1 overall, 22 (33.84%) have won the ROY award.

*Does not the first five No. 1 overall picks who played before the award started, as well as Ben Simmons since he is a finalist for the 2017-18 ROY Award.

Player ROY Year
Ray Felix 1953-54
Elgin Baylor 1958-59
Oscar Robertson 1960-61
Walt Bellamy 1961-62
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1969-70
David Thompson 1975-76 (ABA)
Ralph Sampson 1983-84
Patrick Ewing 1985-86
David Robinson 1989-90
Derrick Coleman 1990-91
Larry Johnson 1991-92
Shaquille O’Neal 1992-93
Chris Webber 1993-94
Allen Iverson 1996-97
Tim Duncan 1997-98
Elton Brand 1999-00
LeBron James 2003-04
Derrick Rose 2008-09
Blake Griffin 2010-11
Kyrie Irving 2011-12
Andrew Wiggins 2014-15
Karl-Anthony Towns 2015-16

Starting in the 1982-83 season, the NBA has given out the Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY) and the Sixth Man of the Year Awards. In 1985-86, they started giving out the award for Most Improved Player (MIP). Since the inception of these three awards, only six No. 1 overall picks have won one of them.

 Player Sixth Man MIP DPOY
Bill Walton 1 0 0
Danny Manning 1 0 0
Pervis Ellison 0 1 0
Hakeem Olajuwon 0 0 2
David Robinson 0 0 1
Dwight Howard 0 0 3


MVP

The NBA MVP award was first given out in the 1955-56 season. Oscar Robertson was the first No. 1 overall pick to win the award in 1963-64. In total, only 10 top picks have won the award.

*LeBron is one of three finalists for MVP this year and has a chance to win his fifth.

Player MVP (Years Won)
Kareem Abdul Jabbar 6 (1970-71, 1971-72, 1973-74, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1979-80)
LeBron James* 4 (2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13)
Magic Johnson 3 (1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90)
Tim Duncan 2 (2001-02, 2002-03)
Oscar Robertson 1 (1963-64)
Bill Walton 1 (1977-78)
Hakeem Olajuwon 1 (1993-94)
Shaquille O’Neal 1 (1999-00)
Allen Iverson 1 (2000-01)
Derrick Rose 1 (2010-11)

Championships and Finals MVP

Out of the 71 players taken with the first pick in the NBA draft, 21* (29.57%) of them have won wither an NBA Championship or an ABA Championship*.

*Elgin Baylor played nine games in the 1971-72 season before retiring due to nagging knee problems which had limited him to only two games the prior season. That year the Lakers finally broke through and won the NBA championship, but Baylor was not an active player on the roster. The team did give him a ring but he is not listed as an NBA Champion on Pro-Basketball Reference so I did not count him.

*Art Heyman won an ABA Championship in 1967-68 with the Pittsburgh Pipers

No. 1 overall picks with multiple NBA Championships

Player Championships Teams
Kareem Abdul Jabbar 6 Lakers (5), Bucks (1)
Magic Johnson 5 Lakers (5)
Tim Duncan 5 Spurs (5)
Shaquille O’Neal 4 Lakers (3), Heat (1)
James Worthy 3 Lakers (3)
LeBron James 3 Heat (2), Cavs (1)
Bill Walton 2 Trail Blazers (1), Celtics (1)
Mychal Thompson 2 Lakers (2)
Mark Aguirre 2 Pistons (2)
Hakeem Olajuwon 2 Rockets (2)
David Robinson 2 Spurs (2)

Of course, the group of players gets even smaller when just looking who has won an NBA Finals MVP. Only eight players taken with the first overall pick have won the award.

Player Number of Finals MVPs
Magic Johnson 3
Shaquille O’Neal 3
Tim Duncan 3
LeBron James 3
Kareem Abdul Jabbar 2
Hakeem Olajuwon 2
Bill Walton 1
James Worthy 1

Hall of Fame

17 of the players who have been selected with the first pick in the NBA Draft have been enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Player Year Drafted Year Inducted
Elgin Baylor 1958 1977
Oscar Robertson 1960 1980
Walt Bellamy 1961 1993
Elvin Hayes 1968 1990
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1969 1995
Bob Lanier 1970 1992
Bill Walton 1974 1993
David Thompson 1975 1996
Magic Johnson 1979 2002
James Worthy 1982 2003
Ralph Sampson 1983 2012
Hakeem Olajuwon 1984 2008
Patrick Ewing 1985 2008
David Robinson 1987 2009
Shaquille O’Neal 1992 2016
Allen Iverson 1996 2016
Yao Ming 2002 2016

*Retired No. 1 picks not yet eligible for HOF: Tim Duncan, Elton Brand, Kenyon Martin, Andrea Bargnani, Greg Oden

*No. 1 picks still playing in NBA: LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Anthony Bennet (G-League),  Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz

*No. 1 picks playing overseas: Andrew Bogut

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Info and Notes:

Featured Image: “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1974” by Frank Bryan is a public domain image

https://www.basketball-reference.com/draft/ (used to take note of honors for each player taken with the 1st pick)

https://www.basketball-reference.com/awards/hof.html (Find when players were inducted into Hall of Fame)

All charts and tables made using Google Spreadsheet

NBA Draft: Who selects the No. 1 pick and from where?

The 72nd NBA Draft is taking place on Thursday and for the first time in franchise history, the Phoenix Suns will select the top pick in the draft, assuming they don’t trade it away. However, what does history have to say about who most often selects the first overall pick and from where?

Which teams have most often had the No. 1 pick?

The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected the top pick in the NBA draft six times, with four of those coming since 2000 (LeBron James in 2003, Kyrie Irving in 2011, Anthony Bennett in 2013 and Andrew Wiggins in 2014).

Teams to never select the No. 1 pick: Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz

 

Number of times each team selected the No. 1 overall pick

*The Pittsburgh Ironmen (1946-47), Providence Steam Rollers (1946-49) and Baltimore Bullets (1947-54) are all defunct NBA franchises.

*The Hawks made one of their No. 1 selections as Milwaukee (1952) and another as St. Louis (1955).

*The Kings made one of their No. 1 selections as the Rochester Royals (1956) and three as the Cincinnati Royals (1957, 59 and 60).

*The Wizards made one of their No. 1 selections as the Chicago Packers (1961) and one as the Chicago Zephyrs (1962).

*The Lakers made their No. 1 selection as Minneapolis (1958).

*The Nets made one of their No. 1 selections as New Jersey (1990, 2000).

*The Pelicans made their No. 1 selection as the New Orleans Hornets (2012).

*The Rockets made one of their No. 1 selections as the San Deigo (1968).

*The Warriors made one of their No. 1 selections as San Franscico (1965).

What colleges have produced the most No. 1 picks?

Over the last 71 NBA drafts, there have been 19 colleges that have had at least two players selected with the No. 1 overall pick. Duke and Kentucky both led the pack with three players.

Duke’s three players to be taken with the top pick are Art Heyman (1963), Elton Brand (1999) and Kyrie Irving (2011). Kentucky’s three players are John Wall (2010), Anthony Davis (2012) and Karl-Anthony Towns (2015).

Colleges with at least two players taken

Schools to have one player taken No. 1 include: Bowling Green, Bradley, Davidson, DePaul, Furman, Illinois State, Long Island University, Louisville, Loyola University of Chicago, Marshall, Memphis, Michigan State, Minnesota, Navy, NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, University of the Pacific, Providence, Seattle University, St. Bonaventure, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest, Washington

Where are No. 1 picks born?

Out of the 71 players that have been selected No. 1 in the NBA draft, 59 (83.09%) of them were born in the United States. If you include territories, it is 60 since Tim Duncan was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

New York and Illinois have produced 14 of those 59 (23.72%) top picks from America. 24 of the 50 states (48%) have never produced a player who was selected with the top pick in the NBA draft.

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There have also been 12 players who were not born in the United States who were taken with the No. 1 overall pick.

 

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Australia: Andrew Bogut (2005), Kyrie Irving (2011), Ben Simmons (2016)

Canada: Anthony Bennett (2013), Andrew Wiggins (2014)

Nigeria: Hakeem Olajuwon (1984), Michael Olowokandi (1998)

Bahamas: Mychal Thompson (1978)

China: Yao Ming (2002)

Italy: Andrea Bargnani (2006)

Jamacia: Patrick Ewing (1985)

US Virgin Islands: Tim Duncan (1997)

Cities who have produced multiple No. 1 overall picks

There are a few cities in the United States and across the world that have produced multiple No. 1 overall picks. They, along with the players from them, are listed in the table below.

City State/Country Player (Year)
Chicago Illinois Cazzie Russell (1966), LaRue Martin (1972), Mark Aguirre (1981), Derrick Rose (2008), Anthony Davis (2012)
New York New York Ray Felix (1953), Si Green (1956), Art Heyman (1963), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1969)
Melbourne Australia Andrew Bogut (2005), Kyrie Irving (2011), Ben Simmons (2016)
Washington D.C.  United States Elgin Baylor (1958), Fred Hetzel (1965), Austin Carr (1971)
Toronto Canada Anthony Bennett (2013), Andrew Wiggins (2014)
Lagos Nigeria Hakeem Olajuwon (1984), Michael Olowokandi (1998)
Akron Ohio Chuck Share (1950), LeBron James (2003)
Buffalo New York Bob Lanier (1970), Greg Oden (2007)

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Info and sources:

Featured Image: “DSC04904” by Brent Soderberg is licensed under CC BY-2.0

https://www.basketball-reference.com/draft/ (Use to note team and college player was drafted from, clicked on each player to find place of birth) *If the place of birth was not listed I Googled the player to find it.

Map of player’s place of birth made using https://mapchart.net/

All other graphs and tables made using Google Spreadsheet in Google Docs