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Kings make playoffs: 12 longest active playoff drought in professional sports


Playoff beam lit in Sacramento.

The Kings clinched a playoff berth with a win over Portland on Wednesday. Sacramento's win also ended the longest playoff drought among the four major North American sports leagues, as the Kings had not been to the playoffs since the 2005–06 season.

While it's been a long time since the Kings have been to the playoffs, they didn't own the longest drought. The record was previously held by the Seattle Mariners until they reached the playoffs in 2022, the first time they have reached the postseason since 2001.

Seattle won its wild-card series before losing to the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series. The Kings hope to avoid a similar fate, as they will likely hold home-court advantage in their first-round series.

With that said, here are updates on the 12 longest postseason droughts in action The NFL, NBA, MLB And The NHL.

1. New York Jets — 12 seasons (last appearance in 2010)

A pair of New York fan bases have experienced adversity over the past decade. The Jets haven't made the playoffs since Mark Sanchez Playing quarterback and leading Rex Ryan in 2010, they fell apart patriotic Appeared in the divisional round and second straight AFC title game.

The Jets have slowly declined from there, seemingly bottoming out in 2020 with a 2-14 mark. After a 7–10 season in 2022, the Jets' current playoff drought becomes the longest in franchise history as they previously missed the playoffs in every season between 1970–80.

Hope could go Gang Green's way, though, as Aaron Rodgers has expressed his desire to play for the Jets in 2023.

2. Buffalo Sabres — 11 seasons (last appearance in 2010-11)

Since 2011 the Sabers have mostly finished in last place or near last in their division. Buffalo draft Jack Eichel The No. 2 overall pick ended four seasons into his drought and traded the young star in 2022. The Sabres' playoff drought is the longest in NHL history and will likely stretch to 12 seasons in a few weeks, as they will need a lot of help entering the 2023 postseason.

T-3. Detroit Tigers — eight seasons (last appearance in 2014)

The Tigers did not make the playoffs Max Scherzer And Justin Verlander In their starting rotation. They had just one winning season during that stretch and a horrendous 47-114 campaign in 2019.

T-3. Los Angeles Angels — eight seasons (last appearance in 2014)

the epic Shohei OhtaniMike Trout The battle in the World Baseball Classic title game was the only time fans saw the two stars play in a high-stakes game. Trout has played in just three playoff games in his career, and the Angels haven't made the playoffs since Ohtani joined the team in 2018.

T-5. Kansas City Royals – Seven seasons (last appearance in 2015)

The Royals reached baseball's mountaintop in 2015 by winning the World Series a year after losing seven games on baseball's biggest stage. Kansas City had one of the worst records in baseball in 2022.

T-5. Pittsburgh Pirates – Seven seasons (last appearance in 2015)

The Pirates have made three consecutive playoff appearances (2013-15), but haven't recovered since beating the Cubs in the 2015 NL wild-card round.

T-5. Charlotte Hornets — Seven seasons (last appearance in 2015-16)

The Hornets nearly made the playoffs in 2022 They made the play-in tournament but were blown out in the opening game Many thought Lamelo ball His rise would continue and help Charlotte reach the playoffs in 2023, but injuries plagued his season, and they're chasing the No. 1 overall pick instead.

T-5. Denver Broncos – Seven seasons (last appearance in 2015)

The Broncos haven't made the playoffs since their victorious Super Bowl win to close out the 2015 campaign. This was definitely Peyton Manning's final game. Denver recently traded for a quarterback Russell Wilson Hoping to fix its lingering quarterback problem, it hasn't done much to fix it. The Broncos hired Super Bowl-winning head coach Sean Payton in the offseason believing he was their missing piece to reach the playoffs.

T-9. Texas Rangers — Six seasons (last appearance in 2016)

The Rangers have been a postseason mainstay over the past decade, clinching berths five times in seven seasons from 2010-16. But even after signing Corey Seager And Marcus Semien On the big deal, they still finished bottom of the league in 2022. They spent their 2023 offseason money on pitching, adding Jacob deGrom, Nathan Eovaldi and Andrew Heaney.

T-9. Baltimore Orioles — Six seasons (last appearance in 2016)

The Orioles hit the reset button shortly after their last playoff appearance in 2016, leading to some really bad seasons in 2018 (47 wins), 2019 (54 wins) and 2021 (52 wins).

Things may be changing in Baltimore, though, as it has one of the most exciting young groups of players in the game. The Orioles went 83-79 in 2022 in a loaded AL East.

T-9. Detroit Red Wings — Six seasons (last appearance in 2015-16)

Longtime fans of the Red Wings haven't quite gotten used to the team's recent expansion. The franchise had a 25-year playoff streak before its current drought. The Red Wings' streak will likely continue into 2023, as they will need to make up a lot of ground on the homestretch if they hope to make the playoffs.

T-9. Detroit Lions — Six seasons (last appearance in 2016)

Detroit fans haven't had much success to cheer about in recent seasons, but the Lions at least seem to be making progress. They were just one game away from making the playoffs in 2022, finishing 9–8 if the Seattle Seahawks lost in the final week of the season, sending them to the postseason.


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