Charlotte Bobcats on Verge of Becoming Worst NBA Team Ever
With the Charlotte Bobcats losing just now to the Orlando Magic, history will soon be made in the NBA world. With the closing game of the season against the Knicks tomorrow, the Bobcats will not only achieve a 23-game losing streak, but also finish with the lowest winning percentage of any team since the NBA was formed in 1946.
Worst NBA Teams of All Time
1972-1973 Philadelphia 76ers (9-73)
1992-1993 Dallas Mavericks (11-71)
1997-1998 Denver Nuggets (11-71)
2009-2010 New Jersey Nets (12-70)
1986-1987 Los Angeles Clippers (12-70)
2004-2005 Atlanta Hawks (13-69)
1993-1994 Dallas Mavericks (13-69)
1998-1999 Vancouver Grizzlies (8-42)
1982-1983 Houston Rockets (14-68)
1996-1997 Vancouver Grizzlies (14-68)
195201953 Philadelphia Warriors (12-57)
1949-1950 Denver Nuggets (11-51)
1998-1999 Los Angeles Clippers (9-41)
I’m not going to sit here, and rant about Michael Jordan being a bad owner, but I will say this- the Bobcats did not get THIS bad overnight. Jordan bought a playoff-bound Bobcats in 2010, and went on to trade away the team’s best players and assets over the next two years. Head coach Paul Silas is used to success (3 NBA titles as a player, Basketball Hall of Fame nominee), and that’s what makes this even harder to witness- a respected invidual in the basketball world having to suffer and struggle through the deplorable season.
A big issue with the NBA is that, more often than not, the only way for a team to get good, is to first get bad. The league has the draft lottery for guys like Anthony Davis, to allow a team to win him; unfortunately to have a chance at that ‘prize’, you have to get bad first.
The Bobcats have only a 25 percent chance of winning the pick. Let’s not underestimate the value of good fortune in this type of situation. For example, San Antonio did a great job of stacking talent around Tim Duncan, Chicago around Derrick Rose. Let’s not forget thought, without Duncan and without Rose, the Spurs and Bulls are just a group of nice players.
As long as Michael Jordan owns and runs the Bobcats, they will be linked to bad draft picks, trades and signings. Sure, Jordan was able to will his team to victory during his playing career, but in a front-office position, it will take more than his determination and most likely a miracle.
So here’s to the ping-pong ball that holds the fate for Charlotte, the only glimmer of hope in this wretched season.