How long did it take each franchise to make the NBA Final Four?

TORONTO, ON - MAY 15: Kyle Lowry #10 of the Toronto Raptors is congratulated by Josh McRoberts #4 of the Miami Heat following Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on May 15, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Thanks to a 116-89 Game 7 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday, Toronto made it to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in history. It’s been a long wait for a franchise that entered the NBA in 1995 to make it that far, but there are others that have had it even worse. Of the 30 active teams, the Raptors have been the fifth slowest to reach the NBA Final Four. Clippers, Hornets and Pelicans, who combine for 86 seasons in the league, have never qualified for the Conference Finals. The Nets couldn’t duplicate their ABA success and neeeded 26 years to be among the last four squads standing in an NBA season.

Below you can see the ranking of teams based on how long it took them to reach the Conference Finals.


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