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In the era of the championship-or-tank mentality, it has become increasingly rare for NBA players to spend a lot of time with one team if that team isn’t close to contending.

So we decided to take a look through the annals of NBA history to find out which players have spent the most time with a single franchise without even reaching the NBA Finals.

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Of course, a lot of these instances occurred before the title-or-tank method of doing business became so prevalent in the NBA, but there are some more recent cases, too.

Below, check out the players with the most years on an NBA team without reaching the Finals.

NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

CRAIG LASSIG/AFP via Getty Images

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Stats with team: 19.8 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.6 bpg
Most successful season: Conference Finals in 2004

1667166752 944 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

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Stats with team: 20.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.7 spg
Most successful season: Conference semifinals three times

NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

Stats with team: 26.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg
Most successful season: Conference semifinals three times

1667166753 52 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

Stats with team: 14.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.8 spg
Most successful season: Conference Finals in 1988

1667166753 704 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

Mike Powell /Getty Images

Stats with team: 8.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 5.1 apg, 51.0 FG%
Most successful season: Conference Finals in 1988

1667166753 480 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Stats with team: 14.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.5 spg
Most successful season: Conference Finals in 2013

1667166753 643 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Network.

Stats with team: 11.1 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.7 bpg
Most successful season: Conference Finals in 1981

1667166753 485 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

AP Photo/Amanda Loman

Stats with team: 24.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 6.6 apg, 3.0 3PTM
Most successful season: Conference Finals in 2019

1667166753 725 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

Tim Defrisco/Getty Images

Stats with team: 14.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 50.3 FG%
Most successful season: Conference semifinals four times

1667166753 714 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports

Stats with team: 7.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.8 bpg, 52.9 FG%
Most successful season: Conference semifinals five times

1667166753 818 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Stats with team: 11.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.1 spg
Most successful season: Conference semifinals three times

1667166754 474 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

MPS-USA TODAY Sports

Stats with team: 19.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 49.7 FG%
Most successful season: Conference Finals in 1988

Alex English

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Stats with team: 25.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.4 apg, 50.9 FG%
Most successful season: Conference Finals in 1985

1667166754 420 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Stats with team: 11.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.9 apg, 50.3 FG%
Most successful season: Conference Finals in 1994 and 1995

1667166754 204 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Stats with team: 15.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 bpg
Most successful season: Conference Finals in 2013

1667166754 487 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Stats with team: 20.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.7 3PTM
Most successful season: Conference Finals in 2001

1667166754 119 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Stats with team: 20.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.4 spg
Most successful season: Conference Finals in 1984

 

1667166755 492 NBA ranking Most years on a team without reaching the

Darryl Norenberg-USA TODAY Sports

Stats with team: 19.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 45.0 FG%
Most successful season: Division Finals twice


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