NBA Sweep Statistics

Below are the aggregate total sweeps recorded in our database. The data includes only NBA data (including the BAA from 1947-1949) since according to the ABA-NBA merger agreement, the NBA does not officially recognize the ABA history.

The data is split between the First Round, Semifinals, Conference Finals and League Finals, but the league’s playoffs were not always in this format. From 1947 to 1974, there were only three rounds to the playoffs. For these seasons, the “first round” of the playoffs is considered the Semifinals in the data below. From 1949 to 1969, the NBA was divided only into Divisions, it was not until 1970 that the Divisions were upgraded to Conferences. For those seasons, the Division Finals is synonymous with Conference Finals.

In 1975, the NBA added the “First Round” which is labeled as such below.

*Note: In 1950, the first season after the BAA merged into the NBA, there were three divisions. The three Division Finals games are included in the Conference Finals data and the two winners with the worst records played a game to determine who makes the Finals. That extra game is also included in the Conference Finals data below.

*Note: The High Seed is the team with Home Court advantage.

For Seasons since 1947

NBA Playoff Series Sweep Data
RoundFirst RoundSemifinalsConference FinalsLeague Finals
Total Series30425414470
High Seed Sweeps7242166
Low Seed Sweeps141262
Sweep Percentage28.29%21.26%15.28%11.43%

Sweeps By NBA Team
TeamTotal
Sweeps
Total
Times Swept
Anderson Packers01
Atlanta Hawks410
Baltimore Bullets14
Boston Celtics117
Brooklyn Nets38
Charlotte Hornets13
Chicago Bulls126
Chicago Stags03
Cleveland Cavaliers95
Dallas Mavericks32
Denver Nuggets05
Detroit Pistons910
Golden State Warriors87
Houston Rockets34
Indiana Pacers54
Indianapolis Olympians02
Los Angeles Clippers02
Los Angeles Lakers3110
Memphis Grizzlies05
Miami Heat54
Milwaukee Bucks56
Minnesota Timberwolves02
New Orleans Pelicans01
New York Knicks118
Oklahoma City Thunder23
Orlando Magic34
Philadelphia 76ers154
Phoenix Suns65
Portland Trail Blazers46
Sacramento Kings26
San Antonio Spurs118
St. Louis Bombers01
Toronto Raptors03
Utah Jazz24
Washington Capitols11
Washington Wizards36
Each team includes the full history of the team including prior names. For example, Golden State Warriors includes all sweeps as the Philadelphia Warriors and San Francisco Warriors.
Sweeps By Season
SeasonFirst Round
Sweeps
Semifinals
Sweeps
Conference Finals
Sweeps
Finals
Sweeps
Total
Sweeps
1947: 01001
1948: 01001
1949: 03104
1950: 05106
1951: 02002
1952: 02002
1953: 03003
1954: 00101
1955: 00000
1956: 00000
1957: 02204
1958: 01001
1959: 01012
1960: 01001
1961: 01001
1962: 00000
1963: 00000
1964: 00000
1965: 00000
1966: 01001
1967: 02002
1968: 00101
1969: 01001
1970: 00101
1971: 00011
1972: 01001
1973: 00000
1974: 00101
1975: 00011
1976: 00000
1977: 10102
1978: 31004
1979: 20002
1980: 11002
1981: 21003
1982: 21104
1983: 22015
1984: 10001
1985: 21003
1986: 40105
1987: 30104
1988: 10001
1989: 52119
1990: 30003
1991: 30104
1992: 30003
1993: 11002
1994: 30003
1995: 30014
1996: 31105
1997: 40004
1998: 10102
1999: 23106
2000: 20002
2001: 21104
2002: 20013
2003: 01102
2004: 30003
2005: 21003
2006: 10001
2007: 30014
2008: 10001
2009: 11002
2010: 13004
2011: 11002
2012: 21003
2013: 20103
2014: 10001
2015: 30104
2016: 21003
2017: 22105