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Which NBA Team Will Be Next To Win Their First Championship?  

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The goal of every NBA team at the start of each season is to win a championship, but there can be only one winner, and the rest of the league has to try again. While 10 teams in league history have won multiple championships, but there remain 11 NBA teams without a ring. There are 11 teams who have never had the ultimate celebration at the end of the season.

In 2019, Kawhi Leonard gave the Toronto Raptors the first title in franchise history. Now, Leonard has joined the Clippers, with a chance to give another franchise a ring. While the Clippers have never even made the NBA Finals, teams like the Nets, Magic, and Jazz have all been to the Finals multiple times and come up empty. But they are all in a position to end the drought soon and get off the list of NBA teams without a championship.

But which team is the most likely to end its drought next? Which of these 11 NBA teams with no rings has the best shot to win a championship? It could happen in the 2019-2020 season, but maybe these fanbases will have to wait a little longer. Vote up the teams that won't have to wait.

Los Angeles Clippers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which NBA Team Will Be Next To Win Their First Championship?
Photo:  Clippers/Instagram

Total NBA Playoffs appearances: 14

Most recent playoff appearance:
2019 - Lost in first round of Western Conference playoffs

Best finish:
7x Conference semifinals (1974, 1975, 1976, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2015)

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Brooklyn Nets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which NBA Team Will Be Next To Win Their First Championship?
Photo:  Nets/Instagram

Total NBA Playoffs appearances: 20

Most recent playoff appearance:
2019 - Lost in first round of Eastern Conference playoffs

Best finish:
2x NBA Finals runner-up (2002, 2003)

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Denver Nuggets is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which NBA Team Will Be Next To Win Their First Championship?
Photo:  Nuggets/Instagram

Total NBA Playoffs appearances: 25

Most recent playoff appearance:
2019 - Lost in Western Conference semifinals

Best finish:
1976 NBA Finals runner-up

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Minnesota Timberwolves is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which NBA Team Will Be Next To Win Their First Championship?
Photo:  Timberwolves/Instagram

Total NBA Playoffs appearances: 9

Most recent playoff appearance:
2018 - Lost in first round of Western Conference playoffs

Best finish:
2004 Conference finals

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