Top 8 Worst Records In NBA History

Top 8 Worst Records In NBA History? The NBA is a league full of incredibly talented athletes. Every season, we see new players break records and set new standards for the sport. However, as with …

Top 8 Worst Records In NBA History

Top 8 Worst Records In NBA History? The NBA is a league full of incredibly talented athletes. Every season, we see new players break records and set new standards for the sport. However, as with any sport, there are also a few teams and players that stand out for all the wrong reasons. In this blog post, we will take a look at the 8 worst records in NBA history.

Top 8 Worst Records In NBA History

For every NBA team that made a compelling case for all-time greatness, such as the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, the 1995-97 Chicago Bulls, and the 2014-17 Golden State Warriors, a few others lost roughly seven out of every eight games during dreadful seasons.

Here are three criteria to keep in mind when ranking the NBA’s worst single seasons:

  • While it is true that the first five seasons of the franchise’s team history are not included in this list, before raking new teams over hot coals, we should give them a chance to get their act together.
  • Existing and defunct franchises were both eligible if they had been in business for at least five years.
  • A franchise can only be represented once in the top ten. We chose to include only the worst season of the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Denver Nuggets.

These eight worst teams of all time were ranked in ascending order of perceived usefulness in the context of their respective seasons, with winning percentage serving as the primary criterion. To put it another way, a team that won 13.4 percent of its games could be considered worse than one that won 10.6 percent.

It was a multi-season stretch of poor play in the majority of these cases. Those situations will be dealt with later. However, for the purposes of ranking, we tried to concentrate solely on the season in question.

  1. The Washington Bullets/Wizards

The Washington Bullets/Wizards have had some bad seasons in their history, but the 1972-73 season takes the cake. They finished with a record of 12-66, good for the worst winning percentage in NBA history.

Not to be outdone, the Charlotte Bobcats also put up a dismal performance in their inaugural season, going an abysmal 18-64.

  1. The Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have had some tough times as well, but the 1981-82 season was particularly brutal. They finished with a record of 15-67, the second-worst in franchise history.

  1. The Denver Nuggets 

The Denver Nuggets aren’t usually known for being a good team, but they managed to be even worse in the 1997-98 season. They finished with an abysmal record of 11-71.

  1. The Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks have had some lean years, but none were as bad as the 1992-93 season. They finished with a record of 11-71, good for the worst in franchise history.

  1. The expansion Vancouver Grizzlies

The expansion Vancouver Grizzlies were never a good team, but they managed to set the record for the worst start to a season in NBA history. They started the 1995-96 season with an 0-17 record.

  1. The Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have had some bad seasons, but none were as bad as the 2011-12 season. They finished with a record of 23-43, the second-worst record in franchise history.

  1. The Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have never been known as a good team, but they managed to set the record for the worst start to a season in NBA history. They started the 1999-00 season with an 0-13 record.

They finished the 2015-16 season with a 17-65 record. That’s a winning percentage of just .207.

  1. The Philadelphia

Then there are the Philadelphia 76ers, who went 18-64 in 1972-73 (.220), and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were 19-63 in 1981-82 (.232). They lost, setting the record for the fewest wins in an NBA season.

What Do All Of These Teams Have In Common? 

They all finished with some of the worst records in NBA history. So if your team is struggling, just remember that it could be worse. A lot worse.

So there you have it, the eight worst records in NBA history. Did your team make the list? Let us know in the comments! And for more on the worst teams in sports history, check out our list of the Top 25 Worst Sports Teams of All Time. You won’t believe how bad some of these teams were! (Hint: the 1972-73 Washington Bullets/Wizards were, really, awful.) Until next time, basketball fans!

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