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INSIDE THE NBA

Hot Numbers: Will Past Be Prologue?

by David Sabino

Posted: Wed April 1, 1998

 
Sports Illustrated
 
Wizards point guard Rod Strickland is one of only a handful of veterans—including the Knicks' Charles Oakley (below) and the Bulls' Scottie Pippen—who have qualified for the playoffs in each of their NBA seasons. Though Strickland has made the postseason nine times, his Wizards teammates have combined for just 14 playoff appearances in 56 chances, a success rate of 25%. Washington is one of six Eastern Conference clubs fighting it out for the final three playoff berths. Here's how the rosters of those teams stack up in terms of postseason experience.

Charles Oakley
Oakley (left) makes regular trips to the playoffs.    (Manny Milan)

  Knicks Magic Pistons Cavaliers Nets Wizards
Previous NBA seasons 120 94 74 39 60 65
Seasons in playoffs 85 58 45 23 23 23
Percentage of possible playoff appearances 70.8 61.7 60.8 59.0 38.3 35.4
No. of current rookies 0 3 2 4 1 1
Championships won by current players 0 3 4 1 2 0

Issue date: April 6, 1998

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