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

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

Which NBA teams have performed the best and which have underachieved in the playoffs so far this century? Who has the most playoff appearances and who has the least? All of these questions will be answered as this article takes a look at each team’s playoff history over the last 19 postseasons (1999-2000 to 2017-18) using information gathered from Pro-Basketball Reference.

Every NBA team’s playoff record

Below is a table of every NBA team’s basic 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 NBA teams, 18 have made the playoffs at least 10 times. The San Antonio Spurs have made the playoff every single year. In contrast, the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Charlotte Hornets have the least appearances having only made it six times.

Team Playoff App Playoff Record Series Record
San Antonio Spurs 19 148-103 (59%) 32-15 (68.1%)
Dallas Mavericks 15 70-78 (47.3%) 13-14 (48.1%)
Miami Heat 14 110-76 (59.1%) 23-11 (67.6%)
Boston Celtics 14 94-89 (51.4%) 17-13 (56.7%)
Indiana Pacers 14 70-75 (48.3%) 11-14 (44%)
Los Angeles Lakers 13 123-75 (62.1%) 30-8 (78.9%)
Portland Trail Blazers 12 30-52 (36.6%) 4-12 (25%)
Oklahoma City Thunder 11 63-60 (51.2%) 11-11 (50%)
Houston Rockets 11 47-53 (47%) 6-11 (35.3%)
Chicago Bulls 11 39-52 (42.9%) 5-11 (31.3%)
Utah Jazz 11 37-57 (39.4%) 7-11 (38.9%)
Detroit Pistons 10 73-64 (53.3%) 16-9 (64%)
Philadelphia 76ers 10 44-52 (45.8%) 7-10 (41.2%)
Atlanta Hawks 10 38-54 (41.3%) 6-10 (37.5%)
Toronto Raptors 10 32-50 (39%) 5-10 (33.3%)
Memphis Grizzlies 10 29-46 (38.7%) 4-10 (28.6%)
Milwaukee Bucks 10 26-43 (37.7%) 2-10 (16.7%)
Denver Nuggets 10 22-42 (34.4%) 2-10 (16.7%)
Cleveland Cavaliers 9 97-55 (63.8%) 21-8 (72.4%)
Brooklyn Nets 9 53-50 (51.5%) 10-9 (52.6%)
Orlando Magic 9 36-42 (46.2%) 6-9 (40%)
Phoenix Suns 8 43-43 (50%) 8-8 (50%)
Washington Wizards 8 29-37 (43.9%) 4-8 (33.3%)
Golden State Warriors 7 77-36 (68.1%) 17-4 (81%)
Sacramento Kings 7 32-32 (50%) 5-7 (41.7%)
New Orleans Pelicans 7 20-29 (40.8%) 2-7 (22.2%)
Los Angeles Clippers 7 31-38 (44.9%) 4-7 (36.4%)
New York Knicks 6 18-28 (39.1%) 3-6 (33.3%)
Minnesota Timberwolves 6 15-25 (37.5%) 2-6 (25%)
Charlotte Hornets 6 14-24 (36.8%) 2-6 (25%)

The Spurs have more playoff appearances this century then seven NBA franchises have in their entire histories. They also have as many or more playoff losses (103) this century then 20 NBA franchises have total playoff games in the same span.
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Best and worst performing playoff teams this century

Over the 19 playoffs that have taken place so far this century only five teams have won at least 55% of their games. The top two teams are the Warriors and the Cavaliers, which is unsurprising considering both have dominated the league in the last four seasons.

On the other end of the spectrum, there have been 10 teams that have won less than 40% of their playoff games. The five worst teams are listed in the table below, with the Nuggets occupying the bottom spot.

Team Playoff Record
Golden State Warriors 77-36 (68.1%)
Cleveland Cavaliers 97-55 (63.8%)
Los Angeles Lakers 123-75 (62.1%)
Miami Heat 110-76 (59.1%)
San Antonio Spurs 148-103 (59%)
Minnesota Timberwolves 15-25 (37.5%)
Charlotte Hornets 14-24 (36.8%)
Portland Trail Blazers 30-52 (36.6%)
Los Angeles Clippers 21-38 (35.6%)
Denver Nuggets 22-42 (34.4%)

Every NBA team's playoff wining percentage this century (2000-2018 playoffs, by game not series) (1)

In terms of winning playoff series, only six teams have won over 60% of the ones they have played in this century. Unsurprisingly, it is the same five teams from the above table, plus the Detroit Pistons. Only six teams have worst than a 25% series win rate, with the Bucks and Nuggets tying for last place.

Team Series Record
Golden State Warriors 17-4 (81%)
Los Angeles Lakers 30-8 (78.9%)
Cleveland Cavaliers 21-8 (72.4%)
San Antonio Spurs 32-15 (68.1%)
Miami Heat 23-11 (67.6%)
Detroit Pistons 16-9 (64%)
Minnesota Timberwolves 2-6 (25%)
Charlotte Hornets 2-6 (25%)
Portland Trail Blazers 4-12 (25%)
New Orleans Pelicans 2-7 (22.2%)
Milwaukee Bucks 2-10 (16.7%)
Denver Nuggets 2-10 (16.7%)

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Playoff sweeps so far this century

Out the 285 series to be played over these past 19 playoffs, there has been a total of 53 sweeps to take place. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the most accounting for 10 (18.86%) of all sweeps. Golden State has the most sweeps (5) without having been swept.

Meanwhile, the Hoston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers stand out for having not swept anyone or gotten swept this century. The Memphis Grizzlies have been swept the most (five times), one more than Toronto, Atlanta, and Portland.

Team Swept Opponent Got Swept
Cleveland Cavaliers 10 2
Los Angeles Lakers 7 2
San Antonio Spurs 7 3
Golden State Warriors 5 0
Miami Heat 5 2
Dallas Mavericks 3 1
Brooklyn Nets 3 2
Phoenix Suns 2 0
Orlando Magic 2 1
Oklahoma City Thunder 1 0
Chicago Bulls 1 0
Indiana Pacers 1 1
New Orleans Pelicans 1 1
Washington Wizards 1 2
New York Knicks 1 2
Charlotte Hornets 1 2
Boston Celtics 1 3
Detroit Pistons 1 4
Houston Rockets 0 0
Philadelphia 76ers 0 0
Milwaukee Bucks 0 1
Minnesota Timberwolves 0 1
Los Angeles Clippers 0 1
Denver Nuggets 0 1
Sacramento Kings 0 1
Utah Jazz 0 3
Atlanta Hawks 0 4
Toronto Raptors 0 4
Portland Trail Blazers 0 4
Memphis Grizzlies 0 5

Getting to each playoff round

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the only team to advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs everytime they have made the playoffs. Detroit has the best ratio of making it out of the 2nd round, having done so 6/7 times. Meanwhile, the Lakers are the best at getting to the Finals, having made it there every time (7/7) they got to the conference championship round.

Only four teams have never made it to the conference championship round so far this century. The Washington Wizards have the most playoff appearances (8), without having reached the conference championship round. Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers have the most playoff appearances (12) without having reached the Finals.

Team Playoff App. 2nd Round App. Conf. Champ App. Finals App.
Los Angeles Lakers 13 10 7 7
San Antonio Spurs 19 14 9 5
Miami Heat 14 9 6 5
Cleveland Cavaliers 9 9 6 5
Golden State Warriors 7 6 4 4
Boston Celtics 14 9 6 2
Detroit Pistons 10 7 6 2
Dallas Mavericks 15 7 3 2
Brooklyn Nets 9 6 2 2
Indiana Pacers 14 6 4 1
Oklahoma City Thunder 11 6 4 1
Orlando Magic 9 3 2 1
Philadelphia 76ers 10 5 1 1
Phoenix Suns 8 5 3 0
Houston Rockets 11 4 2 0
Utah Jazz 11 6 1 0
Sacramento Kings 7 4 1 0
Toronto Raptors 10 4 1 0
Atlanta Hawks 10 5 1 0
Chicago Bulls 11 4 1 0
Portland Trail Blazers 12 3 1 0
Memphis Grizzlies 10 3 1 0
New York Knicks 6 2 1 0
Denver Nuggets 10 1 1 0
Milwaukee Bucks 10 1 1 0
Minnesota Timberwolves 6 1 1 0
Los Angeles Clippers 7 4 0 0
Washington Wizards 8 4 0 0
New Orelans Pelicans 7 2 0 0
Charlotte Hornets 6 2 0 0

NBA Finals

The Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors have dominated this century so far, winning 15/19 (78.94%) of all NBA Finals. All 19 NBA Finals have featured at least one of these four teams playing for the championship.

The Western Conference has been dominated by the Lakers, Spurs, and Warriors who have 16/19 (84.21%) total Finals appearances. Meanwhile, the Eastern Conference has been dominated by LeBron James, who has taken the Heat and Cavaliers to the Finals 9/15 (60%) times since he entered the league.

Team Finals App Finals W/L Finals Game Record
Los Angeles Lakers 7 5-2 23-15
San Antonio Spurs 5 4-1 19-10
Miami Heat 5 3-2 15-14
Cleveland Cavaliers 5 1-4 7-19
Golden State Warriors 4 3-1 15-7
Detroit Pistons 2 1-1 7-5
Boston Celtics 2 1-1 7-6
Dallas Mavericks 2 1-1 6-6
Brooklyn Nets 2 0-2 2-8
Indiana Pacers 1 0-1 2-4
Oklahoma City Thunder 1 0-1 1-4
Orlando Magic 1 0-1 1-4
Philadelphia 76ers 1 0-1 1-4

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

Featured Image: “2014 NBA Playoffs” by Michael Tipton is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

https://www.basketball-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)

LeBron James: An NBA Finals history

The 2017-18 NBA Finals ended a few days ago with the Golden State Warriors sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers. While this Finals saw a lot of historical notes, it was the eighth consecutive one that LeBron James played in, an accomplishment only matched by several 1960s Boston Celtics players. With that in mind, let’s take a look back at how LeBron has performed over the 49 Finals games he has played in across nine series.

Minutes played

LeBron James has played at least 40 minutes in 40/49 (81.63%) of NBA Finals games that he has played in. His most minutes played in a Finals games was when he logged 50:20 in the Cavs game two win in 2015.

Minutes

Points

LeBron has scored at least 30 points in 21 (42.85%) Finals games and at least 20 points in 41 (83.67%) of them. His best performance came this past Finals, where he dropped 51 points in game one, while his worst showing was in game four back in 2011 when he only managed 8 points.

Points

Rebounds and Assists

LeBron has nabbed at least 10 rebounds in 26 (53.06%) Finals games. He has gotten 18 rebounds twice, in game one in 2013 and game six of the 2015 Finals. The only times he managed less then five rebounds was in game three and game six of the 2011 Finals.

Rebounds

LeBron has dished out at least 10 assists in 14 (28.57%) Finals games. His best dime dropping was in game two of the 2017 Finals when he had 14, while his worst performance was in game four of the 2014 Finals when he only managed two.

Assists

Steals, Blocks, and Turnovers

LeBron has had at least one steal in 37 (75.51%) of the Finals games he’s played in. His best performance was when he had five against the Spurs in the Heat’s game three loss in 2014.

Steals

LeBron has swatted at least one shot in 26 (53.06%) of NBA Finals games he has played in. From game seven in 2013 to game four in 2014 he had a five-game drought in the Finals without a block. LeBron recorded three blocks in game two in 2013 and four straight games to close out the 2016 series against the Warriors.

Blocks

LeBron has had 15 (30.61%) Finals games with two or fewer turnovers. He has had five games with only one, while his worst showing was the eight he had in game one of the 2017 Finals.

Turnovers

Shots taken and shooting percentages

LeBron has taken at least 30 shots in a Finals game nine times, five of which came in the 2015 Finals against the Warriors. The 19 shots he made in game one of this year’s Finals tied 2017’s game five for the most he has made. He has shot at least 50% from the field 21 times in the Finals and shot under 40% 10 times.

Field Goals

Field Goal %

LeBron made a Finals high five three-pointers in game seven of the 2013 Finals. He has also had seven games where he did not make a single one. The only time he has shot 100% from three was in game two of the 2014 Finals when he went 3-3.

3 Pointers

3P%

LeBron’s high in free throws made and attempted came in game two of the 2015 Finals when he went 14-18 from the line. His best showing was in game two of the 2012 Finals when he went a perfect 12-12. In game three of the 2013 Finals, he did not attempt a single free-throw.

Free Throws

Free Throw %

Plus/Minus

In LeBron’s 49 NBA Finals games, he has had a positive plus/minus in 19 (38.77%) of them and a negative plus/minus in 28 (57.14%) of them. He has also had a plus/minus of zero twice. His best plus/minus was +32 in game four of the 2017 Finals, while his worst was -32 in game three of the 2013 Finals.

Plus Minus

Total averages for each series

Below are LeBron’s per game averages for each NBA Finals series that he has played in. The table after that show how many double-doubles and triple-doubles he recorded in each series.

Series Result MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO
07 Spurs 0-4 42.5 22.0 7.0 6.8 1.0 0.5 5.8
11 Mavs 2-4 43.7 17.8 7.2 6.8 1.7 0.5 4.0
12 OKC 4-1 44.0 28.6 10.2 7.4 1.6 0.4 3.8
13 Spurs 4-3 43.1 25.3 10.9 7.0 2.3 0.9 2.6
14 Spurs 1-4 38.0 28.2 7.8 4.0 2.0 0.4 3.8
15 GSW 2-4 45.8 35.8 13.3 8.8 1.3 0.5 3.5
16 GSW 4-3 42.0 29.7 11.3 8.9 2.6 2.3 4.4
17 GSW 1-4 42.4 33.6 12.0 10 1.4 1.0 4.2
18 GSW 0-4 45.0 34.0 8.5 10 1.3 1.0 5.0
Series Field Goals (%) Three-Pointers (%) Free Throws (%)
07 Spurs 8.0-22.5 (35.6%) 1.0-5.0 (20.0%) 5.0-7.3 (69.0%)
11 Mavs 7.2-15 (47.8%) 1.5-4.7 (32.1%) 2.0-3.3 (60.0%)
12 OKC 10.2-21.6 (47.2%) 0.6-3.2 (18.8%) 7.6-9.2 (82.6%)
13 Spurs 9.6-21.4 (44.7%) 1.7-4.9 (35.3%) 4.4-5.6 (79.5%)
14 Spurs 10.4-18.2 (57.1%) 2.8-5.4 (51.9%) 4.6-5.8 (79.3%)
15 GSW 13.0-32.7 (39.8%) 2.2-7.0 (31.0%) 7.7-11.2 (68.7%)
16 GSW 11.7-23.7 (49.4%) 1.9-5.0 (37.1%) 4.4-6.1 (72.1%)
17 GSW 13.2-23.4 (56.4%) 2.4-6.2 (38.7%) 4.8-7.4 (64.9%)
18 GSW 12.3-23.3 (52.7%) 1.5-4.5 (33.3%) 8.0-9.5 (84.2%)
NBA Finals Series Double-Double Triple-Double
07 Spurs 1 0
11 Mavs 0 1
12 OKC 2 1
13 Spurs 3 2
14 Spurs 2 0
15 GSW 3 2
16 GSW 5 1
17 GSW 3 2
18 GSW 1 1

As I mentioned in my article looking back on the 2017-18 NBA Finals, LeBron’s 51-point performance was only the sixth in history during the Finals. This performance gave LeBron his seventh 40 plus point game in the Finals, only behind Jerry West who has ten.

In the 49 NBA Finals games, Lebron James has played in his teams have an 18-32 record and a 3-6 series record. He has recorded 21 double-doubles and an NBA Finals record 10 triple-doubles.

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

Featured Image: “LeBron James” by Erik Drost is licensed under CC BY 2.0

https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/jamesle01.html (Used game log to note stats from each Finals game he played in)

http://www.espn.com/nba/player/gamelog/_/id/1966/year/2007/lebron-james (Used to get LeBron’s averages for each Finals series)

All table and graphs made using Google Spreadsheet

Looking back at the 2017-18 NBA Finals

Last night the Golden State Warriors easily defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to pull off the NBA’s first Finals sweep in over a decade. It also gave the Warriors their third championship in four years, as they managed to once again overwhelm LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

What this means historically for the Warriors and Cavs

This win gives the Warriors their third championship in four years. This puts them in elite company in the history of the NBA in terms of teams who won three titles in four years or less. They are also only the third team to win back-to-back championships while only losing one game in the Finals.

*The early 1950s Lakers and 1960s Celtics ended up overlapping each other by definition.

Team Years (Span) Finals made in span Record in Finals
Minneapolis Lakers *Four Years (1949-52) 3 3-0
Minneapolis Lakers *Three Years (1952-54) 3 3-0
Boston Celtics *Four Years (1957-60) 4 3-1
Boston Celtics *Three Years (1960-62) 3 3-0
Boston Celtics *Three Years (1961-63) 3 3-0
Boston Celtics *Three Years (1962-64) 3 3-0
Boston Celtics *Three Years (1963-65) 3 3-0
Boston Celtics *Three Years (1964-66) 3 3-0
Boston Celtics *Four Years (1965-68) 3 3-0
Boston Celtics *Four Years (1966-69) 3 3-0
Los Angeles Lakers Four Years (1985-88) 4 3-1
Chicago Bulls Three Years (1991-93) 3 3-0
Chicago Bulls Three Years (1996-98) 3 3-0
Los Angeles Lakers Three Years (2000-02) 3 3-0
Golden State Warriors Four Years (2015-18) 4 3-1
Team Span Finals Record
Detriot Pistons 1988-1990 8-1
Los Angeles Lakers 2000-2002 8-1
Golden State Warriors 2016-2018 8-1

In getting swept by the Warriors, the Cavaliers became only the ninth team to get swept in the NBA Finals. Ironically, the last team to get swept in the Finals was also the LeBron led Cavs back in 2007.

Team that got swept Opponent Year
Minneapolis Lakers Boston Celtics 1959
Baltimore Bullets Milwaukee Bucks 1971
Washington Bullets Golden State Warriors 1975
Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 1983
Los Angeles Lakers Detroit Pistons 1989
Orlando Magic Houston Rockets 1995
New Jersey Nets Los Angeles Lakers 2002
Cleveland Cavaliers San Antonio Spurs 2007
Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors 2018

The Cavaliers also joined the small list of NBA teams who lost three Finals in a four-year span or less.

*The 1960s Lakers spans all ended up overlapping with each other.

Team Span (Years) Finals Record
New York Knicks Three Years (1951-53) 0-3
Los Angeles Lakers *Four Years (1962-65) 0-3
Los Angeles Lakers *Four Years (1963-66) 0-3
Los Angeles Lakers *Four Years (1965-68) 0-3
Los Angeles Lakers *Four Years (1966-69) 0-3
Los Angeles Lakers *Three Years (1968-70) 0-3
Cleveland Cavaliers Four Years (2015-18) 1-3

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The Ying and Yang of Steph Curry

In their game two victory, Steph Curry set the NBA playoffs and Finals record by making nine three-pointers. Since the NBA added the three-point line in 1979-80, there have only been 13 occasions where a player has made at least seven three-pointers in a playoff game. Curry is now responsible for five of those after making seven in game four on top of his game two performance.

However, he followed that up with a disastrous performance in game three. Curry was 3-16 from the field, making it only the 79th playoff game (since 1963-64) in which a player took at least that many shots and made three or fewer.

He was also 1-10 from beyond the arc. This made him only the ninth person to take at least ten three-pointers in a playoff game and make one or fewer. This game is also what likely cost him the Finals MVP.

With the Warriors third championship, Steph Curry joins a small group of eight players in the four major sports (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) to win at least two MVPs and three championships in a four-year span.

*All of Russell’s years overlap with each other by definition of this, as does Gretzky’s 1987 season.

Players Sport Span MVPs Championships
Joe DiMaggio MLB 1938-41 2 3
Yogi Berra MLB 1951-54 2 3
Gordie Howe NHL 1952-55 2 3
Bill Russell NBA *1958-61 2 3
Bill Russell NBA *1961-64 3 4
Bill Russell NBA *1962-65 3 4
Bill Russell NBA *1963-66 2 4
Guy Lafleur NHL 1977-80 2 3
Wayne Gretzky NHL *1984-87 4 3
Wayne Gretzky NHL *1987-90 2 3
Michael Jordan NBA 1990-93 2 3
Michael Jordan NBA 1995-98 2 3
Steph Curry NBA 2015-18 2 3

*While this has never happened in the NFL and never took place in the AFL, it did happen in the AAFC (merged with NFL in 1949). In four years (1946-49), Otto Graham won 2 MVPs and 4 championships.

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Durant and LeBron’s historic performances

In game three of the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant dropped 43 points to give the Warriors an insurmountable 3-0 led over the Cavaliers. This game was the catalyst to him earning his second Finals MVP and a playoff career high for him.

His 43 points were the most by a Warriors player in the playoffs since Curry’s 44 point performance against the San Antonio Spurs in 2013. It was the most by a Warriors player in the Finals since 1967, when Rick Barry scored 44 in game six.

In game one of the NBA Finals, LeBron James dropped 51 points. This made LeBron only the 12th player (20th occurrence) since 1963-64 to score at 50 points in a playoff game. However, the Cavaliers lost the game in heartbreaking fashion due to some slight time mismanagement at the end of regulation before losing in overtime.

*Bob Pettit’s game log on Basketball-Reference has no assists tally for that game

Players Year (Game, Result) Series Result Points Rebounds Assists FG%
Elgin Baylor 1962 (Game 5, Win) Lost 4-3 61 22 1 47.80%
Michael Jordan 1993 (Game 4, Win) Won 4-2 55 8 4 56.80%
Rick Barry 1967 (Game 3, Win) Lost 4-2 55 12 5 45.80%
Jerry West 1969 (Game 1, Win) Lost 4-3 53 3 10 51.20%
LeBron James 2018 (Game 1, OT Loss) Lost 4-0 51 8 8 59.40%
Bob Pettit 1958 (Game 6, Win) Won 4-2 50 19 N/A* 55.90%

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

Featured Image: “2014 NBA Finals logo” by Michael Tipton is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NBA_champions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBA_Most_Valuable_Player_Award

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hart_Memorial_Trophy

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-America_Football_Conference#Most_Valuable_Player

https://www.basketball-reference.com/ (Used to find the box score for players with over 50 points in NBA Finals)

The rarity of Cavs-Warriors IV in sports

Game one of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors tips off tonight. With that in mind, let’s take a look into the historical rareness of the same two teams meeting for a fourth consecutive season to play each other for a championship.

NBA

This is the 14th time in NBA history that the same two teams have met in the Finals for at least two consecutive seasons. The Cavaliers and Warriors are the first to ever meet three (and four) times in a row for the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Teams Years Result
Minneapolis Lakers v. New York Knicks (2) 1952-53 Lakers 2-0
Boston Celtics v. St. Louis Hawks (2) 1957-58 Split 1-1
Boston Celtics v. St. Louis Hawks (2) 1960-61 Celtics 2-0
Boston Celtics v. Los Angeles Lakers (2) 1962-63 Celtics 2-0
Boston Celtics v. Los Angeles Lakers (2) 1965-66 Celtics 2-0
Boston Celtics v. Los Angeles Lakers (2) 1968-69 Celtics 2-0
Los Angeles Lakers v. New York Knicks (2) 1972-73 Split 1-1
Seattle Supersonics v. Washington Bullets (2) 1978-79 Split 1-1
Los Angeles Lakers v. Philadelphia 76ers (2) 1982-83 Split 1-1
Boston Celtics v. Los Angeles Lakers (2) 1984-85 Split 1-1
Detroit Pistons v. Los Angeles Lakers (2) 1988-89 Split 1-1
Chicago Bulls v. Utah Jazz (2) 1997-98 Bulls 2-0
Miami Heat v. San Antonio Spurs (2) 2013-14 Split 1-1
Cleveland Cavaliers v. Golden State Warriors (4) 2015-18 Warriors 2-1

NFL

In the NFL, there have only been eight times where the same two teams met in the Championship Game consecutive times. Since the Super Bowl era started in 1967, it has only happened once.

Teams Years Result
Chicago Bears v. New York Giants (2) 1933-34 Split 1-1
Green Bay Packers v. New York Giants (2) 1938-39 Split 1-1
Chicago Bears v. Washington Redskins (2) 1942-43 Split 1-1
Cleveland Browns v. Los Angeles Rams (2) 1950-51 Split 1-1
Cleveland Browns v. Detroit Lions (3) 1952-54 Lions 2-1
Baltimore Colts v. New York Giants (2) 1958-59 Colts 2-0
Green Bay Packers v. New York Giants (2) 1961-62 Packers 2-0
Buffalo Bills v. Dallas Cowboys (2) 1993-94 Cowboys 2-0

MLB

There have been nine times in baseball history that two teams played each other consecutive years in the World Series. However, it has only happened only since 1960 and last took place four decades ago.

Teams Years Result
Chicago Cubs v. Detroit Tigers (2) 1907-08 Cubs 2-0
New York Giants v. New York Yankees (3) 1921-23 Giants 2-1
Philadelphia Athletics v. St. Louis Cardinals (2) 1930-31 Split 1-1
New York Giants v. New York Yankees (2) 1936-37 Yankees 2-0
New York Yankees v. St. Louis Cardinals (2) 1942-43 Split 1-1
Brooklyn Dodgers v. New York Yankees (2) 1952-53 Yankees 2-0
Brooklyn Dodgers v. New York Yankees (2) 1955-56 Split 1-1
Milwaukee Braves v. New York Yankees (2) 1957-58 Split 1-1
Los Angeles Dodgers v. New York Yankees (2) 1977-78 Yankees 2-0

NHL

The NHL has seen eight teams meet at least back-to-back times to play for the Stanley Cup. However, it has only happened once in the last four decades.

Teams Years Result
New York Rangers v. Toronto Maple Leafs (2) 1932-33 Split 1-1
Detroit Red Wings v. Toronto Maple Leafs (2) 1948-49 Leafs 2-0
Detroit Red Wings v. Montreal Canadiens (3) 1954-56 Red Wings 2-1
Montreal Canadiens v. Toronto Maple Leafs (2) 1959-60 Canadiens 2-0
Detroit Red Wings v. Toronto Maple Leafs (2) 1963-64 Leafs 2-0
Montreal Canadiens v. St. Louis Blues (2) 1968-69 Canadiens 2-0
Boston Bruins v. Montreal Canadiens (2) 1977-78 Canadiens 2-0
Detroit Red Wings v. Pittsburgh Penguins (2) 2008-09 Split 1-1

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Three-peat matchups in the big four

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meeting for a fourth straight time is truly historical among the combined histories of the four major North American sports.

It is not a surprise that the NBA was the first league to do so. Since 1980 there have been six times in the NBA two teams played each other back-to-back years for the championship. In the MLB, NFL and NHL combined it has happened twice in that same span.

Teams Sport Years Result
New York Giants v. New York Yankees MLB (3) 1921-23 Giants 2-1
Cleveland Browns v. Detroit Lions NFL (3) 1952-54 Lions 2-1
Detroit Red Wings v. Montreal Canadiens NHL (3) 1954-56 Red Wings 2-1
Cleveland Cavaliers v. Golden State Warriors NBA (4) 2015-18 Warriors 2-1

Four-peat matchups in other sports

While the Cavaliers and Warriors meeting for a four straight time is historical among the four major North American sports, how often has it happened in sports in general? I took a look at championship matchups in various other professional, Olympic and college sports to see if anything like this had occurred before.

Players/Teams Sport/Event Event Year/Span Result
USA v. Canada Hockey World Championships Met in 4 straight gold medal games 1931-34 Championships* 3-1 Canada
USA v. Soviet Union Olympic Men’s Basketball Met in 4 straight gold medal games 1952, 56, 60 and 64 Olympics 4-0 USA
S.Williams v. V.Williams Women’s Singles Tennis Met in 4 straight majors 2002 French Open to 2003 Aus Open 4-0 S. Williams
Mount Union v. Wisconsin-Whitewater Division III College Football Met in 7 straight championship games 2005-2011 4-3 Wisconsin
Djokovic v. Nadal Men’s Singles Tennis Met in 4 straight majors 2011 Wimbledon to 2012 French Open 3-1 Djokovic
Cavaliers v. Warriors NBA Met in 4 straight NBA Finals 2014-15 to 2017-18 2-1 Warriors

*The 1932 Winter Olympic’s Ice Hockey Tournament also counted as the World Championship

List of all sports/leagues checked:

Soccer: MLSWorld Cup, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League

Basketball: NBLABAG-League, WNBAEuroLeague, EuroLeague WomenFIBA World Championship

Baseball: Japan Championship Series, Baseball World Cup, World Baseball Classic

Hockey: WHAMemorial Cup Champions (CHL)KHL (Gagarin Cup)World Championships

Football: AAFC, AFL, CFL, Arena League

Tennis: Men & Women’s Singles in majors

Lacrosse: National Lacrosse League

Cricket: ICC Champions Trophy

Darts: World Professional Darts Championship

Summer Olympics: Men & Women’s Singles Tennis, Men & Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Men and Women’s Soccer

Winter Olympics: Men & Women’s Hockey, Men & Women’s Curling

College Sports (Division I): Football (BCS) (Playoff) (FCS), Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Men’s Hockey, Women’s Hockey, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer

College Sports (D II): Football, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Men’s HockeyMen’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer

College Sports (D III): Football, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Men’s Hockey, Women’s HockeyMen’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer

College Sports (NAIA): Football, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Men’s Hockey, Men’s Soccer
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Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “SD attends NBA Finals” by James N. Mattis is licensed under CC BY-2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NBA_champions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NFL_champions_(1920%E2%80%931969)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Super_Bowl_champions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_Series_champions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Stanley_Cup_champions

A look back at the NBA Playoffs heading into the Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors both overcame 3-2 series deficits to advance to the NBA Finals. This will mark the fourth consecutive season these two teams will have played for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Never before in the history of the four major North American sports (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) have the same two teams played each other in four straight championships.

Teams to make 4 consecutive championship appearances

Golden State and Cleveland now join a small group of 17 other teams across the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL to make 4 consecutive championship appearances. This is the sixth time that an NBA team has made it to the Finals four years in a row.

Besides the Cavaliers and Warriors, the only other of these spans to overlap within a sport were the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers during the 1984 and 1985 NBA playoffs.

Team (Sport) Years (Span) Champ. Record
Giants (MLB) 4 (1921-24) 2-2
Yankees (MLB) 4 (1936-39) 4-0
Bears (NFL) 4 (1940-43) 3-1
Yankees (MLB) 5 (1949-53) 5-0
Browns (NFL) 6 (1950-55) 3-3
Canadiens (NHL) 10 (1951-60) 6-4
Yankees (MLB) 4 (1955-58) 2-2
Celtics (NBA) 10 (1957-66) 9-1
Yankees (MLB) 5 (1960-64) 2-3
Canadiens (NHL) 5 (1965-69) 4-1
Canadiens (NHL) 4 (1976-79) 4-0
Islanders (NHL) 5 (1980-84) 4-1
Lakers (NBA) 4 (1982-85) 2-2
Celtics (NBA) 4 (1984-87) 2-2
Bills (NFL) 4 (1990-93) 0-4
Yankees (MLB) 4 (1998-01) 3-1
Heat (NBA) 4 (2011-14) 2-2
Cavs (NBA) 4 (2015-18) 1-2
Warriors (NBA) 4 (2015-18) 2-1

2018 seeding vs historical context

The No. 6 seeded New Orleans Pelicans swept the No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers in the first-round. This made then only the 18th No. 6 seed to win their first-round series since the NBA switched to its current playoff format of 16 teams for the 1984 playoffs.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers having marched to the NBA Finals as the No. 4 seed they have also bucked historical trends. Starting with the 1984 playoffs, Cleveland became only the sixth No. 4 seed to win a second-round series and the third to win in the conference championship round.

With both No. 1 seeds being eliminated this will be the seventh NBA Finals (2004, 05, 06, 07, 11, 12) since the NBA expanded to the 16 team playoff format to not feature a top-seeded team.

Teams seeded No. 4 or lower to reach NBA Finals

The Cavaliers are only the fifth team to be seeded No. 4 or lower to reach the NBA Finals since it expanded to 16 teams in the 1983-84 season.

Team (Seed) Year Finals result
Rockets (6) 1994-95 Won 4-0
Knicks (8) 1998-99 Lost 4-1
Mavericks (4) 2005-06 Lost 4-2
Celtics (4) 2009-10 Lost 4-3
Cavaliers (4) 2017-18 TBD

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Point differential after each game for Cavs and Warriors during their path to the Finals

The Cavaliers point differential was at its lowest following their game six loss to the Pacers (-45) and is currently at its highest going into the Finals (+21).

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The Warriors point differential was at its lowest following their first game against the Spurs (+21) and is currently at its highest going into the Finals (+150).

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LeBron and the Cavs

While LeBron James won the Eastern Conference for the eighth year in a row, this season provided the toughest road to the Finals in that span.

Playoff Rec. # of game 7s # of sweeps
LeBron vs East (2011-17) 84-21 (80%) 2 in 21 series (9.52%) 8 in 21 series (38.09%)
LeBron vs East (2018) 12-6 (66.66%) 2 in 3 series (66.66%) 1 in 3 series (33.33%)

Following the Cavaliers first-round series win over the Indiana Pacers, I wrote about LeBron James’ historic performance in that series. After three series he is still on pace to have the sixth occurrence of a player averaging 30, 9 and 7 in the playoffs.

Player Year Games MP Points TRB AST FG% 2P% 3P%
Oscar Robertson 1962-63 12 47.5 31.8 13 9 47.00% 47.00% N/A
LeBron James 2008-09 14 41.4 35.3 9.1 7.3 51.00% 57.10% 33.30%
LeBron James 2014-15 20 42.2 30.1 11.6 8.5 41.70% 46.50% 22.70%
Russell Westbrook 2016-17 5 38.8 37.4 11.3 10.8 38.80% 44.70% 26.50%
LeBron James 2016-17 18 41.3 32.9 9.1 7.8 56.50% 62.50% 41.10%
LeBron James 2017-18 18 41.3 34 9.2 8.8 54.20% 60.1% 34.40%

LeBron is also on pace to have his fourth occurrence of having a usage percentage of at least 34% in the playoffs (minimum 7 playoff games). Only 15 different players (33 total times) have had a usage percentage that high in the playoffs.

Michael Jordan (8 times) is that only player with more than LeBron. Jordan is also the only player who was older than Lebron with a higher usage percentage (Age 34 in 1997-98, 36.6 USG%).

Year (LeBron age) LeBron usage % Rank among 33
2014-15 (30) 37.6 3
2008-09 (24) 36.4 10
2017-18 (33) 35.9 12
2007-08 (23) 34.7 27

Lastly, let’s take a look at how LeBron and the rest of the Cavs compare to each other these playoffs playing at home (8-1 record) compared to on the road (4-5 record).

I found LeBron’s home/road splits for these playoffs using NBA.com. Then I found the Cavs splits as a team for these playoffs at home and on the road. I subtracted LeBron splits from the Cavs team ones to get the numbers for the rest of the players on the Cavs.

Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Turnovers FG% 3P% FT%
Lebron stats (at home) 38.1 8.3 8.2 2.2 0.8 3.8 58.70% 40.50% 76.40%
LeBron stats (on road) 29.9 10.1 9.3 0.6 1.3 4.4 49.80% 30.50% 66.20%
Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Turnovers FG% 3P% FT%
Rest of Cavs (at home) 67.7 32.4 10.8 5.1 3.9 10.2 42.88% 36.09% 79.85%
Rest of Cavs (on road) 66.7 29.7 9.4 3.8 3 7.3 42.26% 31.51% 75.57%

Interestingly enough, the rest of the Cavaliers have been remarkably similar playing at home and on the road. The only notable difference is they average almost three most turnovers at home while shooting about 5% worse on three-pointers and free throws on the road.

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Three-point shooting costs Celtics, Rockets in game 7

The Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets both had their chances to win in game 7 but ended up shooting themselves out of it by putting on two of the worst three-point shooting performances in playoff history.

*Minimum 30 three-pointers taken, five worst games listed below.

Date Team Opponent 3’s (PCT) Result
5-25-15 Hawks Cavaliers 5-32 (.156) Loss 118-88
5-28-18 Rockets Warriors 7-44 (.159) Loss 101-92
4-25-17 Rockets Thunder 6-37 (.162) Won 105-99
5-27-18 Celtics Cavaliers 7-39 (.179) Loss 87-79
4-27-16 Rockets Warriors 6-32 (.188) Loss 114-81

Not only was the team performance bad, but Terry Rozier and Trevor Ariza managed to have two of the worst three-point shooting playoff games in NBA history.

Player Date 3’s taken Total FGs Points Result
John Starks 6-22-94 0-11 2-18 8 Loss 90-84
James Harden 5-24-18 0-11 5-21 19 Won 98-94
Terry Rozier 5-27-18 0-10 2-14 4 Loss 87-79
Trevor Ariza 5-28-18 0-9 0-12 0 Loss 101-92
Joe Johnson 4-29-12 0-9 3-15 11 Won 83-74
Rashard Lewis 4-22-08 0-9 7-21 18 Won 104-103
Derrick Rose 4-16-11 0-9 10-23 39 Won 104-91

Other notable stats from the 2018 NBA Playoffs

It was the first time Boston lost a series after going up 2-0 in franchise history.

Game 6 of the Rockets-Warriors series saw the largest second-half point differential in an NBA playoff game.

Trevor Ariza joined Nate Robinson and Marvin Williams as the only players to take at least 10 shots in a playoff game and score zero points.

The Rockets also recorded the largest point deficit of any Conference Finals series that went to seven games.

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Featured Image: “LeBron James” by Erik Drost is licensed under CC BY-2.0

NFL teams to make 4 consecutive championship appearances

NBA teams to make 4 consecutive championship appearances

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https://www.basketball-reference.com/playoffs/NBA_2018.html (Used scores on here to calculate point differential per game for Cavs and Warriors)

All tables and graphs make using Google Spreadsheet

Are the Raptors the worst No. 1 seed to ever be swept in NBA history?

The Toronto Raptors were swept out of the 2018 NBA playoffs with a whimper last night, as they were crushed by the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-93. This made it the third consecutive season the LeBron-led Cavs knocked the Raptors out of the playoffs, including back-to-back sweeps in the Eastern Conference Semis.

However, this season was supposed to be different for the Raptors. Finishing off their best season in franchise history with 59 wins, they were the second-best team in the NBA.

With home-court advantage against a Cavs team that had just been pushed to seven games, it seemed like this year was Toronto’s best chance to finally defeat LeBron. Instead, Toronto may have just become the worst No. 1 seed in NBA history.

No. 1 seeds to be swept in the NBA playoffs

Starting with the league’s first season back in 1948, back when it was known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA), there have been 142 No. 1 seeded teams. Only 13 (9.15%) of these No. 1 seeds have ever been swept in the playoffs.

The Raptors are only the third No. 1 seed (first since the 1969 Washington Bullets) to be swept without reaching at least the Conference Finals. The other No. 1 seed to do this was the 1951 Philadelphia Warriors, who played best-of-three back then.

Team Playoff Year Round swept in Defeated by (seed) Point Diff. Defeated in # of OT games
Rochester 1949 W. Conf Finals Lakers (2) -13 2-0 0
Warriors 1951 E. Conf Semis Syracuse (4) -14 2-0 1
Bullets 1969 E. Conf Semis New York (3) -38 4-0 0
Hawks 1970 W. Conf Finals Lakers (2) -35 4-0 1
Lakers 1977 W. Conf Finals Trail Blazers (3) -23 4-0 0
Lakers 1983 NBA Finals 76ers (1) -40 4-0 0
Lakers 1989 NBA Finals Pistons (1) -27 4-0 0
Magic 1995 NBA Finals Rockets (6) -28 4-0 1
Spurs 2001 W. Conf Finals Lakers (2) -89 4-0 0
Nets 2002 NBA Finals Lakers (3) -37 4-0 0
Pistons 2003 E. Conf Finals Nets (2) -36 4-0 0
Hawks 2015 E. Conf Finals Cavaliers (2) -53 4-0 1
Raptors 2018 E. Conf Semis Cavaliers (4) -56 4-0 1

*The NBA did not have a first-round for the playoffs until the 1974-75 season and did not expand to 16 teams in the playoffs until 1983-84.

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Toronto also lost to a Cavaliers team that was only a four seed, joining the aforementioned ’51 Warriors as the only team to do so. In both cases, the ’51 Syracuse Nationals and 2018 Cavaliers had both lost in the NBA Finals the previous year.

Only the 1995 Orlando Magic lost to a lower seed team, as the Houston Rockets were the six seed that year. Of course, that Rockets team were at least the defending champions from the previous season.

Then there is the fact that the Raptors have the second-worst point differential (-56) among any No. 1 seed to be swept, despite the fact that one of their games went into overtime. Only the ’01 Spurs have a worse point-differential (-89), as they just got crushed by the Shaq-Kobe Lakers in games three and four.

Conclusions

While the Toronto Raptors are not the worst No. 1 seed to be swept in any category, their combination of factors makes them arguably the worst. Being the first No. 1 seed to get swept outside the Conference Finals in 49 years is never a good look.

Add on to that the fact that they were swept by a four seed. Even though it was a LeBron James led-team, the Cavs defense had been awful the entire season and they revamped most of their team during the trade deadline. The only team to be swept by a lower-seeded team had it happen to them from a Rockets team that won back-to-back NBA Championships.

While the ’01 Spurs point differential is much worse then the Raptors, they were playing a team that was in the middle of what would be a three-peat. While Cleveland has made the Finals three-straight years, they have only one once.

Also, that Lakers team had two prime Hall of Fames in Shaq and Kobe to deal with. Before this series against the Raptors, the Cavs looked like they were relying solely on LeBron for the most part to win games against the Indiana Pacers.

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Sources and Info:

Featured Image: “DeMar DeRozan” by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_BAA_playoffs (went forward until present day noting which No. 1 seed was swept and by who)

https://www.basketball-reference.com/playoffs/ (searched for each of the swept series and took note of the overall point differential)

Used Google Spreadsheets to make all the table in this article