The Charlotte Bobcats are one of the worst franchises in NBA history, with their best season coming 34 years ago. There have been 10 different teams that had a worse regular season than this year’s set for the team from North Carolina and we’re about to find out who they are!
The “worst nba record 82 game season” is the worst regular season in NBA history. It was not only the worst in Charlotte Bobcats history, but also in NBA history. The record holder for this record is the Boston Celtics who went 33-49 during the 2007-2008 season.
The Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans have had two of the worst starts in NBA history in the 2021-2022 season. The Pelicans are 1-11, with a.083 winning % owing to a league-worst defense and a bottom-ten offense. At the same time, the Rockets are 1-10, thanks to a youth movement and GM Stephen Silas’ obvious effort to tank his way towards a top-3 pick in the 2022 draft lottery.
It’s still early in the morning. Due to an injury, All-Star Zion Williamson will miss the start of the season, but he might help the Pelicans weather the storm. Jalen Green, a rookie, has a lot of potential. For him and the rest of his youthful Rockets colleagues, the game may slow down as the season develops. Hope triumphs.
Unfortunately, for a few teams in NBA history, early-season excitement turned into sorrow for their respective fan groups. After that, we’ll take a look at the 10 worst teams in the league’s history.
8. Grizzlies of Vancouver: 8-42 (1999)
We’ll forgive you if you forgot about the Grizzlies’ time in Canada. Vancouver residents were ecstatic to have an NBA team to call their own for five years, but most of them would like to forget about the 1999 season, which featured some of the worst NBA basketball we’ve ever seen.
Grizzlies rookie Mike Bibby, who would go on to become a superstar in Sacramento, was too raw to win in Vancouver during the 1998-1999 season. As a freshman, Bibby averaged a meager 13.2 points per game while shooting 44.2 percent from the field.
With a remarkable 40.4 MPG, Shareef Abdur-Rahim wore out his knees for head coach Brian Hill that season. During his time on the court, he averaged 23.0 points per game while shooting 43.2 percent from the field. Later in his career, Abdur-Rahim developed into a sweet-shooting big man, but in 1999, with little aid around him, Shareef struggled to shoulder the offensive burden.
The Grizzlies were 24th in the NBA in passing with 19.3 assists per game during the 1999-2000 season. Mike Bibby dribbled around the court for 18 seconds before passing the ball to Abdur-Rahim for a difficult midrange shot, it seemed like their offense was condensed down to that. The Grizzlies finished 28th in the league in offensive rating at the end (98.4).
Unfortunately, the Grizzlies’ ineptness aided in their departure to Memphis, leaving their fervent fan following out in the cold Canadian night.
13-69 T. Atlanta Hawks (2005)
The Atlanta Hawks had some good talent in 2004-2005. The issue was that their best players had no desire to win. Antoine Walker and Al Harrington both became cautionary tales of what happens when two brilliant players worry more about stat-stuffing than anything else as Tim Duncan and the Spurs showed the world what genuine team basketball looked like on their road to the championship.
In 2005, Antoine Walker was the Hawks’ top player. He was a gifted athlete who had the potential to be a top-10 player in the league. Walker might have created superstar gravity for his squad with his rapid jumping ability and smooth stroke. He has the potential to be a successful player.
Walker’s ego, though, got in the way. Antoine spent the year ignoring his teammates while putting up terrible midrange jumpers (19.1 FGAs per game) and just 3.7 assists per game. Walker became so unpopular with the Hawks’ management that he was sent to the Boston Celtics halfway through the season. Antoine only stayed in the NBA for three more seasons before retiring at the age of 31.
Al Harrington didn’t fare much better, averaging 14.9 FGAs and 3.2 APG while playing sloppy, uninspired defense. It seems almost unbelievable that Harrington, at 6-9 and with amazing hops, only managed to block 0.2 shots per game for the Hawks that season.
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This Hawks squad exemplifies the importance of chemistry, collaboration, and culture in the NBA. On paper, games aren’t won. And assembling a talented bunch of players isn’t enough to win games.
13-69 T. Dallas Mavericks (1994)
The Rockets pioneered tanking in the early 1980s, but the Mavericks of 1993 (more on them later) and 1994 took it to the next level. When Dallas Mavericks GM Norm Sonju noticed barren cupboards on his roster, he urged head coach Quinn Buckner to play the young men.
Quinn Buckner’s strategy was to play the young kids.
– Jim Jackson, who was 23 at the time, averaged 37.4 MPG.
– Jamal Mashburn, 21, averaged 36.7 minutes per game.
– Sean Rooks, 24, averaged 26.7 points per game.
– Popeye Jones, 23 years old, averaged 21.9 points per game.
– Lorenzo Williams, 24, averaged 19.9 points per game.
Buckner gave the keys to the automobile to the youth movement, which promptly tumbled to eighth place on our ranking. Their team statistics were dreadful:
With a defensive rating of 109.6, they are ranked 24th (out of 27 teams)
With a score of 100.4, they are ranked 27th in offensive rating (last place)
a net rating of -9.2
True shooting percentage (.492) ranks 27th.
With 19.9 assists per game, they are 27th in the league.
Despite the fact that Mavericks fans had a bad year in 1994, Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn went on to become quality NBA players, thanks in part to the run they received when they were young and growing in Dallas.
New Jersey Nets: 12-70 vs. 6 T. (2010)
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The New Jersey Nets started the 2009-2010 season with a 16-game losing streak, and things only got worse from there. Lawrence Frank, the head coach, was sacked by new majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov. After that, Tom Barrise came in before Nets GM Kiki Vandeweghe appointed himself as the head coach (I’m practically laughing out loud).
Here’s a basic rundown of what happened:
1. Mikhail Prokhorov purchased the Nets despite having no prior front-office expertise.
2. Prokhorov had his general manager dismiss his head coach.
3. Prokhorov subsequently handed up control of his squad to his general manager, who also assumed the role of head coach.
Many doubts arise, including if Kiki Vandeweghe slept that year. Is it true that Kiki didn’t have time to eat? Was he able to tutor up his young players while juggling all of his other responsibilities?
This was a frustrating scenario. After Prokhorov purchased the franchise, the Nets sold practically their entire roster, leaving just Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Devin Harris, and Terrence Williams from the previous season. They were a short-handed unit, and Lawrence Frank never stood a chance before being fired.
The Nets concluded the season with poor team stats, as expected. At 110.5, Brooklyn ranked 25th in DEFRTG and last in OFFRTG (100.6).
For Brooklyn fans, it’s been a difficult decade, but they may now find consolation in Kevin Durant’s skill as this team attempts to win a championship.
Los Angeles Clippers (12-70) vs. 6 T. (1987)
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This wasn’t a task for a tank. From 1982 through 1991, the Clippers had 10 consecutive seasons with a winning percentage below 40%. The chasm was in 1987, but it wasn’t a well-planned endeavor to recruit lottery potential. This was a case of poor management.
Los Angeles was a story of two cities in 1987. Lakerstown featured Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the pinnacle of their powers, selling out the Forum nightly and setting a new NBA attendance record of 681,207, good for first place by more than 130,00 people.
At the same time, Clippers Nation’s top three players were Michael Cage, Cedric Maxwell, and Benoit Benjamin, who played in front of a league-low 316,140 spectators this season.
Throughout 1987, the Clippers were outclassed in their own city and understaffed. Their team numbers pop out the screen and scream, “Bad!” as you’ve obviously surmised.
In DEFRTG, OFFRTG, and net rating, the Clippers were bottom in the league.
Michael Cage, the lone bright light on LA’s other side, posted a double-double of 15.7 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game while shooting 52.1 percent overall, giving Clippers supporters a ray of optimism for the future.
Denver Nuggets (4-1): 11-71 (1998)
Denver went through virtually every player on their roster from 1994 to 1997, leaving the 1998 Nuggets with an empty roster. This version of the Nuggets, like most bad teams, lacked an All-Star. As the game slowed down in the half-court, this club lacked a good point guard to steer the ship and a guy who could consistently get his own bucket.
The 1997-1998 Nuggets included the following players:
– Eric Williams: 19.8 points per game on 39.3 percent shooting.
– Cory Alexander: 14.0 points per game on 43.5 percent shooting.
– LaPhonso Ellis averaged 14.3 points per game while shooting 40.7 percent from the field.
– Johnny Newman: 14.7 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting
This was a simple tank installation. Throughout the season, the Nuggets experienced losing streaks of 12 games, 16 games, and 23 games. Despite having the poorest record in the league, the Nuggets were awarded the third overall selection in the lottery, which they used to choose Raef LaFrentz, a player with a professional career spanning less than 10 years.
The Dallas Mavericks would have to wait six more seasons to join the playoffs, finally reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2009 under George Karl’s leadership.
11-71 T. Dallas Mavericks (1993)
The Mavericks of 1994 had previously been considered as one of the worst teams in NBA history. Unfortunately for the Dallas Mavericks, the 1993 team also makes the cut.
The 1993 Mavericks, led by lone veteran Derek Harper and a collection of young players all under the age of 25, tanked with a conviction seldom seen in the NBA. If winning in the NBA boils down to superstars, Dallas GM Norm Sonju did a good job with the tank.
Derek Harper was the Mavericks’ top player during the 1993-1994 season, averaging 18.2 points per game and 5.4 assists per game but shooting only 41.9 percent from the floor. Harper was a competent role player who found himself in the difficult situation of attempting to be the next Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan, which was a stretch for him.
Jim Jackson, Terry Davis, and Sean Rooks teamed up with Harper to attempt to get this squad to win every night. After some time to perfect their talents, all three players became into valuable contributors, but in 1993, they were pushed into more prominent positions than they were ready for, and the team lost as a result.
The Dallas Mavericks, unlike many other teams who tank, were able to pick Jamal Mashburn in 1993 and future Hall-of-Famer Jason Kidd in 1994. So, it wasn’t all for nothing.
The Mavericks ascended the rankings two years later, in 1995, winning 36 games and giving Dallas supporters optimism for the future.
The 76ers of Philadelphia are in third place with a score of 10-72. (2016)
“Believe in the process.”
“Believe in the process.”
“Believe in the process.”
“Trust the process,” say it with me.
Sam Hinkie, the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, became an overnight sensation in 2016 after attempting to game the system in a manner that no one had seen before in the NBA.
Previous losing teams, such as the Nuggets and Mavericks on our list, never revealed to the public that they were losing on purpose. “It’s an opportunity for the young players to get some run,” they said of their poor seasons.
Then along came Sam Hinkie, who freely confessed to losing on purpose. He made it clear that in the current NBA, clubs like the 76ers that were unable to sign a superstar in free agency had no option but to tank in order to improve their chances of drafting an impact player.
Sam Hinkie’s “process” reached its pinnacle in the 2015-2016 season. The 76ers didn’t have a single perimeter player capable of scoring off the dribble or creating something out of nothing that season. Instead, they had Ish Smith, a capable backup point guard who was thrust into the starting lineup, and Robert Covington, a capable 3-and-D wing who should not be operating out of isolation settings on a regular basis.
The 76ers began “twin towers” Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel on the block. Okafor is a competent post player, but his old-school style of play doesn’t suit in today’s NBA, which is very switch-heavy. Okafor is now out of the league. Nerlens Noel is unquestionably the finest of the group. He’s been out with a slight knee injury this season, but when he does play, he offers good rim protection and perimeter defense for the New York Knicks.
All of the 76ers’ losses in 2016 earned them the first overall draft selection, which Hinkie used to choose Ben Simmons.
Is the procedure effective?
From 2010 to 2017, the 76ers moved from being an afterthought to a consistent championship contender. Despite this, Philadelphia hasn’t reached the finals since Allen Iverson’s last appearance, and former first-round selection Ben Simmons has yet to play this season due to “mental concerns.”
So you decide if the 76ers’ disastrous 2016 was worth it.
The Philadelphia 76ers are in second place with a 9-73 record (1973)
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The 2016 76ers were a disaster, but Sam Hinkie and company at least had a strategy. The 76ers of 1973 were much worse, and it wasn’t on purpose. They were just left adrift after dealing Wilt Chamberlain to the Lakers in 1968 for Darrall Imhoff, Archie Clark, and Jerry Chambers in a trade that made another LA move — Pau Gasol to the Lakers for Kwame Brown, Javaron Crittenton, Aaron McKie, and Marc Gasol — appear like pure brilliance.
The 76ers sloshed their way through three middling seasons without Wilt Chamberlain before hitting rock bottom in 1973 and becoming one of the worst NBA teams ever.
Fred Carter, Tom Van Arsdale, John Block, and Bill Bridges were all members of the 1972-1973 76ers, none of whom are household names. Nonetheless, they were capable defenders. On offensively, they struggled and fell behind in the rankings.
Their percentages of effective field goals were dreadful:
– 42.1 eFG percent: Fred Carter
– Tom Van Arsdale’s eFG percentage is 39.3%.
– 44.1 eFG percent, according to John Block
– Bill Bridges has an eFG of 37.6%.
With a sub-45 eFG percent, John Block topped the group, a statistic that would keep him on the bench in 2021.
The 1973 Philadelphia 76ers had the poorest offense in the NBA, averaging 90.2 points per game, as spectators stopped flocking to the iconic Spectrum arena to watch shooting failure firsthand.
The Philadelphia 76ers would return to the playoffs two more seasons later, finally capturing the championship in 1983.
The Charlotte Bobcats are ranked first with a score of 7-59. (2012)
With just seven wins and a.106 winning %, the 2012 Bobcats will go down in NBA history as the worst club ever.
This team finished the season on a 23-game losing skid and had the lowest offensive in history, averaging just 87.0 points per game. In 2012, Bobcats head coach Paul Silas started 14 different players as he experimented with various lineups in search of a winning formula. Only one of the 14 starts, the little-known Derrick Brown, had an eFG percentage of above 50%.
Compare the 2012 Bobcats to last season’s worst offensive club, the Oklahoma City Thunder, who had 13 players with an eFG% over 50%.
On offense, Charlotte was bleak, and things weren’t much better on the other side of the ball, as the Hornets finished dead last in the NBA.
On the plus side, rookie Kemba Walker received plenty of playing time amid the pandemonium, which helped him develop into an All-Star and the Bobcats’ (now Hornets’) face for the next seven years following his rookie season.
Charlotte supporters didn’t have to suffer for too long in the end. The Bobcats finally entered the playoffs in 2014, losing in the first round but still finishing with a winning season.
What goes up must eventually come down.
Everything in life is in a constant state of flux. Nobody stays down for long in the NBA, where fortunes may change with the flick of a ping pong ball or the snap of a knee.
This list’s 10 teams all had bad seasons. With the exception of the Clippers, the other teams swiftly recovered, reaching the playoffs only a few years after their award-winning mediocrity.
In 2021, both the Rockets and the Pelicans are struggling, and it seems doubtful that either team will reach the playoffs in the congested Western Conference this year. Fans in Houston and New Orleans may take comfort in the above-mentioned tales and watch the lights approaching.
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