How No. 1 overall seeds have fared in playoffs since 2000

From NBA.com Staff

Sep 8, 2020 9:29 PM ET

For the second straight postseason, the top-seeded Bucks are going home without a trip to The Finals.

The Milwaukee Bucks collected an NBA-best 56 wins in 2019-20 and, as such, entered the 2020 playoffs as the No. 1 overall seed.Yet for the second consecutive time in the postseason, the Bucks are going home without a trip to The Finals despite being the No. 1 overall seed.

Here's a look back at the last 20 seasons of No. 1 overall seeds and how they fared. The takeaway? Milwaukee isn't the only No. 1 overall seed in that span to fall short of a Finals berth ...

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No. 1 overall seeds since 1999-2000 season
SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff result
2019-20 ^Bucks56-17Lost 4-1 to Heat in Eastern Conference semifinals
2018-19Bucks60-22Lost 4-2 to Raptors in Eastern Conference finals
2017-18Rockets65-17Lost 4-3 to Warriors in Western Conference finals
2016-17Warriors67-15Won NBA championship (beat Cavs 4-1)
2015-16Warriors73-9 *Lost 4-3 to Cavs in The Finals
2014-15Warriors67-15Won NBA championship (beat Cavs 4-2)
2013-14Spurs62-20Won NBA championship (beat Heat 4-1)
2012-13Heat66-16Won NBA championship (beat Spurs 4-3)
2011-12 ^^Bulls50-16Lost 4-2 to 76ers in first round
2011-12 ^^Spurs50-16Lost 4-2 to Thunder in Western Conference finals
2010-11Bulls62-20Lost 4-1 to Heat in Eastern Conference finals
2009-10Cavs61-21Lost 4-2 to Celtics in Eastern Conference semifinals
2008-09Cavs66-16Lost 4-2 to Magic in Eastern Conference finals
2007-08Celtics66-16Won NBA championship (beat Lakers 4-2)
2006-07Mavs67-15Lost 4-2 to Warriors in first round
2005-06Pistons64-18Lost 4-2 to Heat in Eastern Conference finals
2004-05Suns62-20Lost 4-1 to Spurs in Western Conference finals
2003-04Pacers61-21Lost 4-2 to Pistons in Eastern Conference finals
2002-03Spurs60-22Won NBA championship (beat Nets 4-2)
2001-02Kings61-21Lost 4-3 to Lakers in Western Conference finals
2000-01Spurs58-24Lost 4-0 to Lakers in Western Conference finals
1999-2000Lakers67-15Won NBA championship (beat Pacers 4-2)
^ = Pandemic-shortened season
* = Most wins in regular season history
^^ = Lockout-shortened season (teams tied for best record)

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