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NBA: Worst Single-Season W-L Records of Every Team

The 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers And New York Knicks Might Make Some (Not So Good) History

The 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers And New York Knicks Might Make Some (Not So Good) History

The 2014-15 New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers are the “inspirations” for today’s post.

Both teams are on the way, possibly, to their worst single-season W-L records ever. Quite a feat, considering both franchises have been around forever – the Knicks since year 1, 1946-47, and the Sixers since 1949-50.

The Knicks are one of only five franchises that have never won fewer than 20 games in a season. They stand at 5-21 as of today. The Sixers already own the worst 82-game record of all time (9-73). Could they top it? Right now, after losing the first 17 games of the season, they are at 2-21.

Below are the worst single-season records of every team sorted alphabetically and then by W-L percentage, with several franchise caveats (*) explained at the bottom.

Also looking for the best single-season records of every team? Find it here.

WORST SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS (BY TEAM)

TEAM W L W-L PCT. SEASON FRANCHISE NOTES
Atlanta Hawks 13 69 .159 2004-05  
Boston Celtics 15 67 .183 1996-97  
Brooklyn Nets* 12 70 .146 2009-10 as New Jersey Nets
Charlotte Hornets* 7 59 .106 2011-12 as Charlotte Bobcats
Chicago Bulls 15 67 .183 2000-01  
Cleveland Cavaliers 15 67 .183 1970-71  
  15 67 .183 1981-82  
Dallas Mavericks 11 71 .134 1992-93  
Denver Nuggets 11 71 .134 1997-98  
Detroit Pistons 16 66 .195 1979-80  
Golden State Warriors* 12 57 .174 1952-53 as Philadelphia Warriors
Houston Rockets 14 68 .171 1982-83  
Indiana Pacers 20 62 .244 1982-83  
Los Angeles Clippers 12 70 .146 1986-87  
Los Angeles Lakers* 19 53 .264 1957-58 as Minneapolis Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies* 8 42 .160 1998-99 as Vancouver Grizzlies
Miami Heat 15 67 .183 1988-89  
  15 67 .183 2007-08  
Milwaukee Bucks 15 67 .183 2013-14  
Minnesota Timberwolves 15 67 .183 1991-92  
  15 67 .183 2009-10  
New Orleans Pelicans 18 64 .220 2004-05 as New Orleans Hornets
New York Knicks* 21 59 .263 1962-63  
Oklahoma City Thunder* 20 62 .244 2007-08 as Seattle SuperSonics
Orlando Magic 18 64 .220 1989-90  
Philadelphia 76ers 9 73 .110 1972-73  
Phoenix Suns 16 66 .195 1968-69  
Portland Trail Blazers 18 64 .220 1971-72  
Sacramento Kings 17 65 .207 2008-09  
San Antonio Spurs 20 62 .244 1996-97  
Toronto Raptors 16 66 .195 1997-98  
Utah Jazz* 23 59 .280 1974-75 as New Orleans Jazz
Washington Wizards* 18 62 .225 1961-62 as Chicago Packers

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WORST SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS PER TEAM (BY W-L PCT)

  TEAM W L W-L PCT. SEASON FRANCHISE NOTES
1. Charlotte Hornets* 7 59 .106 2011-12 as Charlotte Bobcats
2. Philadelphia 76ers 9 73 .110 1972-73  
3. Dallas Mavericks 11 71 .134 1992-93  
3. Denver Nuggets 11 71 .134 1997-98  
5. Brooklyn Nets* 12 70 .146 2009-10 as New Jersey Nets
5. Los Angeles Clippers 12 70 .146 1986-87  
7. Atlanta Hawks 13 69 .159 2004-05  
8. Memphis Grizzlies* 8 42 .160 1998-99 as Vancouver Grizzlies
9. Houston Rockets 14 68 .171 1982-83  
10. Golden State Warriors* 12 57 .174 1952-53 as Philadelphia Warriors
11. Boston Celtics 15 67 .183 1996-97  
11. Chicago Bulls 15 67 .183 2000-01  
11. Cleveland Cavaliers 15 67 .183 1970-71  
11. Cleveland Cavaliers 15 67 .183 1981-82  
11. Miami Heat 15 67 .183 1988-89  
11. Miami Heat 15 67 .183 2007-08  
11. Milwaukee Bucks 15 67 .183 2013-14  
11. Minnesota Timberwolves 15 67 .183 1991-92  
11. Minnesota Timberwolves 15 67 .183 2009-10  
20. Detroit Pistons 16 66 .195 1979-80  
20. Phoenix Suns 16 66 .195 1968-69  
20. Toronto Raptors 16 66 .195 1997-98  
23. Sacramento Kings 17 65 .207 2008-09  
24. New Orleans Pelicans 18 64 .220 2004-05 as New Orleans Hornets
24. Orlando Magic 18 64 .220 1989-90  
24. Portland Trail Blazers 18 64 .220 1971-72  
27. Washington Wizards* 18 62 .225 1961-62 as Chicago Packers
28. Indiana Pacers 20 62 .244 1982-83  
28. Oklahoma City Thunder* 20 62 .244 2007-08 as Seattle SuperSonics
28. San Antonio Spurs 20 62 .244 1996-97  
31. New York Knicks* 21 59 .263 1962-63  
32. Los Angeles Lakers* 19 53 .264 1957-58 as Minneapolis Lakers
33. Utah Jazz* 23 59 .280 1974-75 as New Orleans Jazz

* The “Brooklyn” Nets’ “worst record” was 44-38 (.537) in 2013-14. They’ve only been around for two full seasons.

* The Charlotte Hornets’ record listed here was during the strike-shortened 2011-12 season. That franchise’s worst 82-game record was also as the Bobcats in 2004-05 (18-64, .220). As the “Hornets,” in 1989-90 (19-63, .232).

* The “Golden State” Warriors’ worst record was 17-65 (.207) in 2000-01.

* The “Los Angeles” Lakers’ worst record was last season (2013-14) without Kobe, 27-55 (.329).

* The “Memphis” Grizzlies’ worst record was 22-60 (.268), back-to-back in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

* The New York Knicks’ 82-game worst record was 23-59 (.280), three times: 1985-86, 2005-06 and 2007-08.

* The “Oklahoma City Thunder’s”‘ worst record was 23-59 (.280) in 2008-09.

* The “Utah” Jazz’ worst record was 24-58 (.293) in 1979-80. They, too, may break the franchise record this season, at 6-18 currently.

* The “Washington Wizards”‘ worst 82-game record was 19-63 (.232) in 2000-01 and 2008-09.

Photos: Scott Halleran, Getty Images via philly.com / Maddie Meyer, Getty Images via espn.com

NBA Playoffs: Teams with the Most Finals Appearances

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics – the two most storied franchises in NBA history – have appeared in 52 of the 68 NBA Finals (76 percent!). OK, since there are two teams every Finals, the Lakers and Celts covered 52 of 136 slots (they played each other 12 times). Still, that’s 38 percent. None of the other major sports boast such a one-two combination of domination.

The Lakers have a big edge, too. They have made it to the Finals 31 times (including their Minneapolis years)…ten more than the Celtics.

Then there’s the huge drop off to the Philadelphia 76ers, who had three appearances as the Syracuse Nationals.

The Miami Heat just snagged their fifth appearance tonight, tying them, in fact, with the San Antonio Spurs. But if the Spurs win tomorrow night, they’ll have their sixth.

Ready for a rematch?

1. Los Angeles Lakers 31 2010 W
2009 W
2002 W
2001 W
2000 W
1988 W
1987 W
1985 W
1982 W
1980 W
1972 W
2008 L
2004 L
1991 L
1989 L
1984 L
1983 L
1973 L
1970 L
1969 L
1968 L
1966 L
1965 L
1963 L
1962 L
Minneapolis Lakers 1954 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1953 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1952 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1950 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1949 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1959 L
2. Boston Celtics 21 2008 W
1986 W
1984 W
1981 W
1976 W
1974 W
1969 W
1968 W
1966 W
1965 W
1964 W
1963 W
1962 W
1961 W
1960 W
1959 W
1957 W
2010 L
1987 L
1985 L
1958 L
3. Philadelphia 76ers 9 1983 W
1967 W
2001 L
1982 L
1980 L
1977 L
Syracuse Nationals 1955 W
Syracuse Nationals 1954 L
Syracuse Nationals 1950 L
4. New York Knicks 8 1973 W
1970 W
1999 L
1994 L
1972 L
1953 L
1952 L
1951 L
5. Detroit Pistons 7 2004 W
1990 W
1989 W
2005 L
1988 L
Fort Wayne Pistons 1956 L
Fort Wayne Pistons 1955 L
6. Chicago Bulls 6 1998 W
1997 W
1996 W
1993 W
1992 W
1991 W
6. Golden State Warriors 6 1975 W
Philadelphia Warriors 1956 W
Philadelphia Warriors 1947 W
Philadelphia Warriors 1948 L
San Francisco Warriors 1967 L
San Francisco Warriors 1964 L
8. Miami Heat 5 2014 TBD
2013 W
2012 W
2006 W
2011 L
8. San Antonio Spurs 5 2007 W
2005 W
2003 W
1999 W
2013 L
10. Houston Rockets 4 1995 W
1994 W
1986 L
1981 L
10. Oklahoma City Thunder 4 2012 L
Seattle SuperSonics 1979 W
Seattle SuperSonics 1996 L
Seattle SuperSonics 1978 L
10. St. Louis Hawks 4 1958 W
1961 L
1960 L
1957 L
10. Washington Bullets 4 1978 W
1979 L
1975 L
Baltimore Bullets 1971 L
14. Portland Trail Blazers 3 1977 W
1992 L
1990 L
15. Dallas Mavericks 2 2011 W
2006 L
15. Milwaukee Bucks 2 1971 W
1974 L
15. Orlando Magic 2 2009 L
1995 L
15. Phoenix Suns 2 1993 L
1976 L
15. Utah Jazz 2 1998 L
1997 L
20. Baltimore Bullets (DEF) 1 1948 W
20. Chicago Stags (DEF) 1 1947 L
20. Cleveland Cavaliers 1 2007 L
20. Indiana Pacers 1 2000 L
20. New Jersey Nets 1 2003 L
20. New Jersey Nets 1 2002 L
20. Rochester Royals 1 1951 W
20. Washington Capitols (DEF) 1 1949 L

The 20 Most Liked American Sports Teams on Facebook

The Los Angeles Lakers Are The Facebook Champions With 20 Million Likes

The Los Angeles Lakers Are The Facebook Champions With 20 Million Likes

The New England Patriots received their five-millionth Facebook like today, which got me wondering – what exactly does that mean? Is it good? Where does that number of likes fit in amongst other NFL teams – or MLB, NBA and NHL teams, for that matter?

Ninth overall…and third amongst football teams. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers have more.

But the world of Facebook likes is ruled at the top by basketball, you see. Four NBA teams – the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics – swipe the most likes of all. The Lakers have four times as many likes as the Patriots, in fact – over 20 million.

Why is that? Is it because the NBA’s fanbase is more social-media connected or savvy? Is it because NBA basketball has a greater global reach than any of the four North American sports? Everybody plays b-ball.

NFL football, though, is just huge and it’s spread out. The game is at its peak of popularity – and still peaking, yet. Eight NBA teams make the top 20 most Facebook-liked American sports teams, but 10 NFL teams make it, including seven in the bottom half.

Baseball? The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox squeeze in there at fifth and tenth, respectively.

Hockey? Not one. The Chicago Blackhawks make the NHL’s first appearance in 30th with 2.13M likes.

Click on the team’s link below to visit its official Facebook page. Numbers are rounded and as of the date of this post.

TEAM FACEBOOK LIKES LEAGUE/SPORT
1. Los Angeles Lakers 20.09M NBA Basketball
2. Chicago Bulls 14.51M NBA Basketball
3. Miami Heat 13.46M NBA Basketball
4. Boston Celtics 8.29M NBA Basketball
5. New York Yankees 7.60M MLB Baseball
6. Dallas Cowboys 6.71M NFL Football
7. Pittsburgh Steelers 5.61M NFL Football
8. New York Knicks 5.12M NBA Basketball
9. New England Patriots 5.00M NFL Football
10. Boston Red Sox 4.67M MLB Baseball
11. Oklahoma City Thunder 4.39M NBA Basketball
12. Green Bay Packers 4.22M NFL Football
13. San Antonio Spurs 3.82M NBA Basketball
14. New Orleans Saints 3.71M NFL Football
15. Chicago Bears 3.60M NFL Football
16. Dallas Mavericks 3.50M NBA Basketball
17. New York Giants 3.35M NFL Football
18. San Francisco 49ers 3.23M NFL Football
19. Denver Broncos 2.92M NFL Football
20. Philadelphia Eagles 2.61M NFL Football

Photo: facebook.com

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