Ranking the Biggest NBA Playoff Cinderellas

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Ranking the Biggest NBA Playoff Cinderellas
Patrick Ewing's New York Knicks and Hakeem Olajuwon's Houston Rockets played the role of Cinderella at least once.

Some exciting NBA playoff Cinderellas have played over the years. These homely teams eked their way into the postseason only to give their favored opponents a scare or worse—an early ticket to next season.

Most, though, never made it to the ball and even fewer—almost none—were crowned.

You know when it’s mid-April and you’re sweating out those last games, praying for that eighth or seventh seed or hoping for that sliver of an edge with a sixth or fifth seed?

Don’t bother. Only one team seeded lower than No. 4 has ever won it all. And only one fourth seed has ever won it, too.

What we’re saying is, of the 66 NBA champions, 64 of them were either a No. 1 seed (47), a No. 2 seed (10) or a No. 3 seed (7).

That’s not to say an eighth or sixth seed hasn’t sneaked its way into the NBA Finals. Or that other low seeds advanced to rounds they shouldn’t have. Or that there haven’t been some stunning postseason upsets over the years. There most definitely have been.

But which "worst" teams went the farthest?

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