Category Archives: NBA Basketball

New York Knicks and Every NBA Team’s Longest Losing Streak (All-Time and Single-Season)

Derek Fisher And Carmelo Anthony, Making History (But Not The Good Kind)

Derek Fisher And Carmelo Anthony, Making History (But Not The Good Kind)

How woeful are the New York Knicks? They are actually smack in the middle of their longest single-season losing streak ever – an icy 12-game skid.

With the recent ‘give up on the season move,’ surrendering J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in a trade for essentially “three…nonguaranteed contracts,” and rumors the Knicks will sit a resistant Carmelo Anthony for the rest of 2014-15, it’s possible New York can top its all-time losing streak of 20…and keep going.

Today, let’s look at every team’s all-time and single-season longest losing streaks.

At the top are the two overall longest: the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers (that first season without LeBron James) and the equally hideous 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers (hard to believe the even more hideous 2014-15 Sixers haven’t broken the record). Both lost 26 in a row within a season.

What about the brighter side of losing streaks?

The Los Angeles Lakers, going all the way back through 1948-49 and Minneapolis, have never lost more than 10 games in a row. That’s 67 seasons and over 5,200 games. Impressive.

The Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs, both ABA originals, have kept consecutive losses under relative control throughout their NBA histories, too.

Now note this is not a list of the all-time longest losing streaks – you can find those here, and also at my source, basketball-reference.com, where you can look up any losing streak (NBA or ABA) using their Team Streak Finder.

TEAM ALL-TIME LOSING STREAK SEASON(S) SINGLE-SEASON LOSING STREAK SEASON AS*
1. Cleveland Cavaliers 26 2010-11      
1. Philadelphia 76ers 26 2013-14      
3. Charlotte Hornets 23 2011-12*     Charlotte Bobcats
3. Denver Nuggets 23 1997-98      
3. Memphis Grizzlies 23 1995-96*     Vancouver Grizzlies
6. Detroit Pistons 21 1979-80 / 1980-81 14 1993-94  
7. Dallas Mavericks 20 1993-94      
7. Los Angeles Clippers 20 1993-94 / 1994-95 19 1981-82*, 1988-89 San Diego Clippers
7. New York Knicks 20 1984-85 / 1985-86 12 2014-15 (CURRENT)
10. Brooklyn Nets 19 2008-09* / 2009-10* 16 1977-78* New Jersey Nets
10. Orlando Magic 19 2003-04      
12. Boston Celtics 18 2006-07      
12. Minnesota Timberwolves 18 2010-11 / 2011-12 16 1991-92, 2009-10
12. Utah Jazz 18 1981-82      
15. Golden State Warriors 17 1964-65*     San Francisco Warriors
15. Houston Rockets 17 1967-68*     San Diego Rockets
15. Miami Heat 17 1988-89      
15. Toronto Raptors 17 1997-98      
19. Atlanta Hawks 16 1975-76      
19. Chicago Bulls 16 2000-01      
19. Washington Wizards 16 2009-10      
22. Milwaukee Bucks 15 1995-96      
23. Oklahoma City Thunder 14 2007-08*, 2008-09    
23. Phoenix Suns 14 1995-96 / 1996-97 12 1968-69, 1976-77
23. Portland Trail Blazers 14 2012-13 / 2013-14 13 1971-72  
23. Sacramento Kings 14 1959-60*, 1971-72*   Cincinnati Royals
27. San Antonio Spurs 13 1988-89      
28. Indiana Pacers 12 1982-83, 1984-85, 1988-89  
29. New Orleans Pelicans 11 2004-05*, 2012-13*   New Orleans Hornets
30. Los Angeles Lakers 10 1993-94      

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TEAM ALL-TIME LOSING STREAK SEASON(S) SINGLE-SEASON LOSING STREAK SEASON
19. Golden State Warriors 16 1984-85
22. Memphis Grizzlies 15 2001-02 / 2002-03 12 2008-09
22. Houston Rockets 15 2001-02
27. Sacramento Kings 13 1989-90 / 1990-91 12 1997-98
28. Charlotte Hornets 12 1989-90
30. New Orleans Pelicans 8 2013-14 (3 times)
30. Brooklyn Nets 5 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15

Photo: Corey Sipkin via nydailynews.com

The Worst Teams in NBA History (Most All-Time Losses and Most Losses Per Season)

The Los Angeles Clippers Are The Worst Franchise In NBA History

The Los Angeles Clippers Are The Worst Franchise In NBA History

What a coincidence. The Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks have exactly the same number of losses: 2,687. But the Pistons did it in two fewer seasons, giving them a worse “losses-per-season” ratio.

The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings have the one-two most losses in NBA history, but neither they, nor the Pistons nor Knicks, come that close to the title of “worst team ever.”

All four of those franchises have been around since the beginning (1946-47) or two years off of it.

So, what is the worst franchise of all time, by average number of losses per season (a pretty darn good historical measure)?

It’s the Los Angeles Clippers, who over 45 seasons have on average lost more (a fair amount more) than they’ve won – more than 49 losses a year. That translates to just 32/33 wins a pop. The NBA has scheduled at least 80 games per team a season since 1961-62 (for the most part) and the schedule has been 82 games since 1967-68, before the Clippers even existed.

After the Clippers, somewhat understandably, you have four losers who’ve “only” been around between 20-26 seasons.

They and the next four – the “top” nine losers all together – historically have lost more than they have won. Oh well, the Kings and Warriors do show up here.

You know who definitely doesn’t? The San Antonio Spurs. God man, they have only lost an average of 26.6 games their whole NBA history. Now that is a number.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics follow (naturally).

MOST ALL-TIME LOSSES

TEAM / FRANCHISE LOSSES SEASONS
1. Golden State Warriors 2,865 69
2. Sacramento Kings 2,821 67
3. Detroit Pistons 2,687 67
3. New York Knicks 2,687 69
5. Atlanta Hawks 2,608 66
6. Philadelphia 76ers 2,467 66
7. Washington Wizards 2,378 54
8. Los Angeles Clippers 2,211 45
9. Boston Celtics 2,199 69
10. Los Angeles Lakers 2,030 67
11. Cleveland Cavaliers 1,954 45
12. Chicago Bulls 1,873 49
13. Houston Rockets 1,860 48
14. Milwaukee Bucks 1,831 47
15. Oklahoma City Thunder 1,784 48
16. Brooklyn Nets 1,783 45
17. Phoenix Suns 1,678 47
18. Portland Trail Blazers 1,671 45
19. Denver Nuggets 1,586 45
20. Indiana Pacers 1,565 45
21. Utah Jazz 1,516 41
22. Dallas Mavericks 1,360 35
23. Minnesota Timberwolves 1,224 26
24. San Antonio Spurs 1,197 45
25. Charlotte Hornets 1,107 25
26. Orlando Magic 1,021 26
27. Miami Heat 1,017 27
28. Memphis Grizzlies 921 20
29. Toronto Raptors 888 20
30. New Orleans Pelicans 530 13

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MOST LOSSES PER SEASON

TEAM / FRANCHISE LOSSES PER SEASON LOSSES SEASONS
1. Los Angeles Clippers 49.13 2,211 45
2. Minnesota Timberwolves 47.08 1,224 26
3. Memphis Grizzlies 46.05 921 20
4. Toronto Raptors 44.40 888 20
5. Charlotte Hornets 44.28 1,107 25
6. Washington Wizards 44.04 2,378 54
7. Cleveland Cavaliers 43.42 1,954 45
8. Sacramento Kings 42.10 2,821 67
9. Golden State Warriors 41.52 2,865 69
10. New Orleans Pelicans 40.77 530 13
11. Detroit Pistons 40.10 2,687 67
12. Brooklyn Nets 39.62 1,783 45
13. Atlanta Hawks 39.52 2,608 66
14. Orlando Magic 39.27 1,021 26
15. Milwaukee Bucks 38.96 1,831 47
16. New York Knicks 38.94 2,687 69
17. Dallas Mavericks 38.86 1,360 35
18. Houston Rockets 38.75 1,860 48
19. Chicago Bulls 38.22 1,873 49
20. Miami Heat 37.67 1,017 27
21. Philadelphia 76ers 37.38 2,467 66
22. Oklahoma City Thunder 37.17 1,784 48
23. Portland Trail Blazers 37.13 1,671 45
24. Utah Jazz 36.98 1,516 41
25. Phoenix Suns 35.70 1,678 47
26. Denver Nuggets 35.24 1,586 45
27. Indiana Pacers 34.78 1,565 45
28. Boston Celtics 31.87 2,199 69
29. Los Angeles Lakers 30.30 2,030 67
30. San Antonio Spurs 26.60 1,197 45

Losses tallied across all teams though the start of the 2014-15 season at the date of this post, Dec 29, 2014.

Losses include all for franchise. So, for example, for the Golden State Warriors, “Philadelphia Warriors” and “San Francisco Warriors” losses are included. Follow all franchise name changes and moves here.

ABA losses not included.

Photo: Jae C. Hong, AP via foxnews.com

NBA: Players with the Most Games Played for Every Team

John Stockton Played More Games For One Team (The Utah Jazz) Than Anyone In NBA History

John Stockton Played More Games For One Team (The Utah Jazz) Than Anyone In NBA History

Who is “Mr. L.A. Laker?” It’s Kobe Bryant. No one has suited up for more games in the Purple and Gold (or the Minneapolis Lakers‘ Blue and Gold) than Bryant.

And who is “Mr. Cleveland Cavalier?” Why, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, of course.

Wait, what?

Yes. No one has played more games for the Cavs than Ilgauskas.

Here’s every team’s “Mr. …,” the player who carried the banner more than anyone else: most games played for his team (+ two more). Five leaders are still playing today.

TEAM PLAYER POS. GAMES PLAYED SEASONS FRANCHISE NOTES
Atlanta Hawks Dominique Wilkins SF 882 1982-83 thru 1993-94  
  Tree Rollins C 814 1977-78 thru 1987-88  
  Bob Pettit PF-C 792 1954-55 thru 1964-65 Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks
           
Boston Celtics John Havlicek SF 1,270 1962-63 thru 1977-78  
  Robert Parish C 1,106 1980-81 thru 1993-94  
  Paul Pierce SF 1,102 1998-99 thru 2012-13  
           
Brooklyn Nets Buck Williams PF 635 1981-82 thru 1988-89 New Jersey Nets
  Mike Gminski C 550 1980-81 thru 1987-88 New Jersey Nets
  Jason Collins C 532 2001-02 thru 2007-08, 2013-14 New Jersey Nets, Brooklyn Nets
           
Charlotte Hornets Dell Curry SG 701 1988-89 thru 1997-98  
  Muggsy Bogues PG 632 1988-89 thru 1997-98  
  Gerald Wallace SF 454 2004-05 thru 2010-11 Charlotte Bobcats
           
Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan SG 930 1984-85 thru 1992-93, 1994-95 thru 1997-98  
  Scottie Pippen SF 856 1987-88 thru 1997-98, 2003-04  
  Jerry Sloan SG 696 1966-67 thru 1975-76  
           
Cleveland Cavaliers Zydrunas Ilgauskas C 771 1997-98 thru 1998-99, 2000-01 thru 2009-10  
  Danny Ferry PF 723 1990-91 thru 1999-00  
  Bingo Smith SG-SF 720 1970-71 thru 1979-80  
           
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki* PF 1,216 1998-99 thru Present  
  Brad Davis PG 883 1980-81 thru 1991-92  
  Derek Harper PG 872 1983-84 thru 1993-94, 1996-97  
           
Denver Nuggets Alex English SF 837 1979-80 thru 1989-90  
  T.R. Dunn SG 734 1980-81 thru 1987-88, 1989-90 thru 1990-91  
  Dan Issel C 718 1976-77 thru 1984-85  
           
Detroit Pistons Joe Dumars SG 1,018 1985-86 thru 1998-99  
  Isiah Thomas PG 979 1981-82 thru 1993-94  
  Bill Laimbeer C 937 1981-82 thru 1993-94  
           
Golden State Warriors Chris Mullin SF 807 1985-86 thru 1996-97, 2000-01  
  Nate Thurmond C 757 1963-64 thru 1973-74 San Francisco Warriors, Golden State Warriors
  Jeff Mullins SG 716 1966-67 thru 1975-76 San Francisco Warriors, Golden State Warriors
           
Houston Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon C 1,177 1984-85 thru 2000-01  
  Calvin Murphy PG 1,002 1970-71 thru 1982-83 San Diego Rockets, Houston Rockets
  Rudy Tomjanovich PF 768 1970-71 thru 1980-81 San Diego Rockets, Houston Rockets
           
Indiana Pacers Reggie Miller SG 1,389 1987-88 thru 2004-05  
  Rik Smits C 867 1988-89 thru 1999-00  
  Vern Fleming PG 816 1984-85 thru 1994-95  
           
Los Angeles Clippers Randy Smith SG 715 1971-72 thru 1978-79, 1982-83 Buffalo Braves, San Diego Clippers
  Eric Piatkowski SG 616 1994-95 thru 2002-03  
  Loy Vaught PF 558 1990-91 thru 1997-98  
           
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant* SG 1,272 1996-97 thru Present  
  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar C 1,093 1975-76 thru 1988-89  
  Jerry West PG 932 1960-61 thru 1973-74  
           
Memphis Grizzlies Mike Conley* PG 539 2007-08 thru Present  
  Rudy Gay SF 479 2006-07 thru 2012-13  
  Pau Gasol PF 476 2001-02 thru 2007-08  
           
Miami Heat Dwyane Wade* SG 741 2003-04 thru Present  
  Udonis Haslem* PF 737 2003-04 thru Present  
  Alonzo Mourning C 593 1995-96 thru 2001-02, 2004-05 thru 2007-08  
           
Milwaukee Bucks Junior Bridgeman SF 711 1975-76 thru 1983-84, 1986-87  
  Sidney Moncrief SG-PG 695 1979-80 thru 1988-89  
  Bob Dandridge SF 618 1969-70 thru 1976-77, 1981-82  
           
Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Garnett PF 927 1995-96 thru 2005-06  
  Sam Mitchell PF-SF 757 1989-90 thru 1991-92, 1995-96 thru 2001-02  
  Doug West SG 609 1989-90 thru 1997-98  
           
New Orleans Pelicans David West PF 530 2003-04 thru 2010-11 New Orleans Hornets, New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets
  Chris Paul PG 425 2005-06 thru 2010-11 New Orleans Hornets, New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets
  P.J. Brown PF 315 2002-03 thru 2005-06 New Orleans Hornets, New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets
           
New York Knicks Patrick Ewing C 1,039 1985-86 thru 1999-00  
  Walt Frazier PG 759 1967-68 thru 1976-77  
  Bill Bradley SF 742 1967-68 thru 1976-77  
           
Oklahoma City Thunder Gary Payton PG 999 1990-91 thru 2002-03 Seattle SuperSonics
  Fred Brown SG 963 1971-72 thru 1983-84 Seattle SuperSonics
  Nate McMillan PG 796 1986-87 thru 1997-98 Seattle SuperSonics
           
Orlando Magic Nick Anderson SG-SF 692 1989-90 thru 1998-99  
  Jameer Nelson PG 651 2004-05 thru 2014-15  
  Dwight Howard C 621 2004-05 thru 2011-12  
           
Philadelphia 76ers Hal Greer SG 1,122 1958-59 thru 1972-73 Syracuse Nationals, Philadelphia 76ers
  Dolph Schayes PF 996 1949-50 thru 1963-64 Syracuse Nationals, Philadelphia 76ers
  Maurice Cheeks PG 853 1978-79 thru 1988-89  
           
Phoenix Suns Alvan Adams C 988 1975-76 thru 1987-88  
  Walter Davis SG-SF 766 1977-78 thru 1987-88  
  Steve Nash PG 744 1996-97 thru 1997-98, 2004-05 thru 2011-12  
           
Portland Trail Blazers Clyde Drexler SG 867 1983-84 thru 1994-95  
Jerome Kersey
SF 831 1984-85 thru 1994-95
  Terry Porter PG 758 1985-86 thru 1994-95  
           
Sacramento Kings Sam Lacey C 888 1970-71 thru 1981-82 Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City-Omaha Kings, Kansas City Kings
  Jack Twyman SF 823 1955-56 thru 1965-66 Rochester Royals, Cincinnati Royals
  Oscar Robertson PG 752 1960-61 thru 1969-70 Cincinnati Royals
           
San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan* PF-C 1,279 1997-98 thru Present  
  David Robinson C 987 1989-90 thru 2002-03  
  Tony Parker* PG 961 2001-02 thru Present  
           
Toronto Raptors Morris Peterson SF-SG 542 2000-01 thru 2006-07  
  Jose Calderon PG 525 2005-06 thru 2012-13  
  Chris Bosh C 509 2003-04 thru 2009-10  
           
Utah Jazz John Stockton PG 1,504 1984-85 thru 2002-03  
  Karl Malone PF 1,434 1985-86 thru 2002-03  
  Mark Eaton C 875 1982-83 thru 1992-93  
           
Washington Wizards Wes Unseld C 984 1968-69 thru 1980-81 Baltimore Bullets, Capital Bullets, Washington Bullets
  Elvin Hayes PF 731 1972-73 thru 1980-81 Baltimore Bullets, Capital Bullets, Washington Bullets
  Greg Ballard SF 643 1977-78 thru 1984-85 Washington Bullets

* Active on team

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