7 Franchises That Will Never Win an NBA Title

Matt JonesAnalyst IMarch 16, 2012

7 Franchises That Will Never Win an NBA Title

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    At the end of every season, 16 NBA teams enter the playoffs to determine who will win the World Championship. 

    This season will be the same as years past, with many of the same teams fighting for the title. 

    Some of these teams have been very successful in past playoffs, some have won multiple championships and some may reach the playoffs for the first time in several years. 

    For every team like the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls, who have won multiple championships, there are others who have not yet taken home the trophy. 

    Unfortunately for several teams in the league, they will never win an NBA Championship.  

    Continue reading to find out which teams...

Charlotte Bobcats

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    The Charlotte Bobcats have not been good since the day they first took the court as an expansion team in 2004.

    They did have a team with a winning record that made it to the playoffs in 2010, but team management has since traded away Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, who led that team to the success they had.

    Bad decisions from team management have long plagued the Bobcats, who are once again struggling to be competitive. 

    The Bobcats have had a top-10 draft pick in six of the seven years they have drafted, and two of those, D.J. Augustin and Kemba Walker, are still with the team.

    With only six wins this season, the Bobcats are closer to moving from Charlotte or folding as an NBA franchise than they are to winning an NBA Championship.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Kevin Love, Derrick Williams and Ricky Rubio have all helped to make things exciting in Minnesota this season, but no matter what the trio do, it will not be enough to win a championship. 

    The Timberwolves made it to the Western Conference finals in 2004 with Kevin Garnett but have not qualified for the playoffs since. 

    Like other teams in the league, Minnesota must build their team through trades and through the draft since it has been difficult to convince free agents to join the team. 

    It does not help that the team has a streak of questionable draft picks and roster changes that if done differently would have made a big difference.

    The Timberwolves will make it to the playoffs within the next few seasons, but will never make it all the way to winning the championship. 

Utah Jazz

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    The Utah Jazz had two great opportunities to win an NBA Championship in the late '90s, when a team led by John Stockton and Karl Malone made it to the Finals two years in a row. 

    Unfortunately, those teams ran into Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, who beat the Jazz in both playoff series. 

    Since that time, the Jazz have finished anywhere from the bottom of the pack to making it to the Western Conference finals. 

    Historically, it has been difficult to bring veteran players to Utah, and the team is relying on building through the draft. 

    Gone are the days of Stockton and Malone, and gone are the days of an elite superstar coming to or staying in Utah long enough to build the team around. 

    Unless the stigma of playing in small market Utah is changed around the league, the Jazz will never be able to bring in the caliber of player needed to win a title. 

Indiana Pacers

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    From 1968-1976 the Indiana Pacers won three ABA Championships, but they have not won one in the NBA. 

    In the year 2000, Reggie Miller led a veteran Pacers team to the NBA Finals, where they lost against the Los Angeles Lakers. 

    The Pacers have made big improvements to the team over the last couple of seasons and are currently in the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference. 

    With the young athletic talent that the Pacers have, things are looking good for the future of this franchise. 

    Like the Utah Jazz, the Pacers play in a small market, which has trouble attracting All-Star free agents. 

    If the team were to win a title, it would have to pattern itself after the 2004 Detroit Pistons, who used a team concept with no superstar to win it all. 

    Unfortunately for the Pacers, that method is the exception rather than the rule when it comes to playoff success.

New Orleans Hornets

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    The fact that the New Orleans Hornets play in a city that has already lost one NBA franchise and that they are currently owned by the league speaks volumes about the state of the team.

    When Chris Paul left before the season started, they instantly went from a playoff team to looking forward to the draft lottery. 

    The Hornets are going to be in trouble until the team can dig out of the ownership mess they are in and not be directly under the influence of the league.

    It is going to be difficult enough to build the roster into a contender without the added pressure of trying to impress potential buyers. 

    Regardless of whether this team stays in New Orleans or relocates to another city, they are not going to win an NBA title.

Toronto Raptors

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    As the only Canadian team in the league, the Toronto Raptors have a strong fan base but do not have a great team. 

    Despite having All-Star players and high draft picks in the past, the Raptors have never been able to put together much consistency. 

    In the 17 seasons they have played in the NBA, the team has qualified for the playoffs only five times. 

    Each of those playoff runs—except for one—has ended in the first round. 

    After seeing multiple good players either leave or be traded from the team, the first thing the Raptors must do is find a way to keep the All-Star players, and then worry about the playoffs.

Los Angeles Clippers

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    With the addition of Chris Paul before the season began, the Los Angeles Clippers have undergone a transformation from the laughing stock of the NBA to a team that can contend for the title. 

    Regardless of the improvements, they are still the Clippers and the fear is still there that they will find a way to screw it up. 

    Even if the team does have a few good seasons together, they are still a few pieces away from winning it all. 

    Paul, Blake Griffin and the rest of the Clippers will be known as one of those good teams who just never gets the job all the way done.