The Sixers are carrying with them an 0-12 record; they’re on a 12-game losing streak to open the season – the fourth longest of its kind in NBA history.
The top three teams all achieved “greater” marks in their inaugural seasons. At least there is some excuse there.
If Philly loses again tonight, they’d have the worst start to a season ever for a franchise not in its first year. Then again, they are facing the 3-10 Knicks. Anything can happen.
The top mark – quite the contradiction of recent times – is held by the Miami Heat. They lost 17 in a row breaking in 1988-89. Seems like a very long time ago.
Here’s every losing streak of 10 or more (no one lost exactly 10 in a row) to start a season.Follow @VinGetz
|TEAM||SEASON||LOSING STREAK||FINAL RECORD||SEASON?|
|1.||Miami Heat||1988-89||17||15-67||1st season|
|2.||Denver Nuggets (DEF)||1949-50||15||11-51||1st season|
|2.||Cleveland Cavaliers||1970-71||15||15-67||1st season|
|4.||Denver Nuggets||1997-98||12||11-71||22nd season*|
|4.||Washington Wizards||2012-13||12||29-53||52nd season|
|4.||Philadelphia 76ers||2014-15 (Active)||12||TBD||66th season|
|7.||New Orleans Jazz||1974-75||11||23-59||1st season|
* NBA seasons only. ABA not included.
Pretty, pretty rare. That’s how often an NFL team has failed to make the postseason with 11 wins.
More specifically, five times since the playoffs were introduced in 1933 – and only twice since the 16-game schedule was introduced in 1978.
What about a 10-6 record? There must be plenty of teams that failed to make the postseason with that record over the past 36* completed seasons. Even teams that are 9-7 make the postseason here and there. Well, sort of.
According to my source for today’s post, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, just 21 teams won 10 games during this period and missed the playoffs. That averages out to a little more than one team (1.17) every other year.
Now, what about 2014? What is going on out there?
The same, and the opposite, too.
The AFC North’s worst record right now is 6-4. Another six AFC teams have at least that record. The NFC’s chances of producing a 10- or 11-win no-berth team are slimmer, but existent.Follow @VinGetz
|2.||Green Bay Packers||1963||11-2-1|
|5.||New England Patriots||2008||11-5|
Will the NFC South produce a playoff team with a losing record this year? If so, it would be only the second time – since 1920 – that has happened during a full season.
And as of now, the one and only team to make the playoffs with a losing record was the 2010 Seattle Seahawks. They won the NFC West with a 7-9 mark and even made it to their second round.
The strike-shortened 1982 season also produced an under-.500 playoff team, the Cleveland Browns. Only nine games were played that season, however.
What about a .500 record? Another 10 teams got in at 8-8.
That’s it. All together, in all those playoff rounds (and plain old title games from the start) over all those years, only 12 teams (including the technically-included ’82 Browns) have made the postseason with a record of 8-8 or worse.
And none of those made it past their second round.
So much for just hoping your team makes the playoffs, regardless of its record. Things don’t exactly work out.Follow @VinGetz
|SEASON||TEAM||W-L||PLACE||PLAYOFF SLOT||FINAL POSTSEASON RESULT|
|1.||1982^||Cleveland Browns||4-5||3rd AFC Central||WC3||Lost Wild Card Round to Los Angeles Raiders|
|2.||1985||Cleveland Browns||8-8||1st AFC Central||DW||Lost Division Round to Miami Dolphins**|
|3.||1990||New Orleans Saints||8-8||2nd NFC West||WC3||Lost Wild Card Round to Chicago Bears|
|4.||1991||New York Jets||8-8||2nd AFC East||WC3||Lost Wild Card Round to Houston Oilers|
|5.||1999||Dallas Cowboys||8-8||2nd NFC East||WC2||Lost Wild Card Round to Minnesota Vikings|
|6.||1999||Detroit Lions||8-8||3rd NFC Central||WC3||Lost Wild Card Round to Washington Redskins|
|7.||2004||Minnesota Vikings||8-8||2nd NFC North||WC2||Lost Division Round to Philadelphia Eagles*|
|8.||2004||St. Louis Rams||8-8||2nd NFC West||WC1||Lost Division Round to Atlanta Falcons*|
|9.||2006||New York Giants||8-8||3rd NFC East||WC2||Lost Wild Card Round to Philadelphia Eagles|
|10.||2008||San Diego Chargers||8-8||1st AFC West||DW||Lost Division Round to Pittsburgh Steelers*|
|11.||2010||Seattle Seahawks||7-9||1st NFC West||DW||Lost Division Round to Chicago Bears*|
|12.||2011||Denver Broncos||8-8||1st AFC West||DW||Lost Division Round to New England Patriots*|
DW = Division Winner, WC = Wild Card
^ Strike-shortened season
* Won first round, lost second round
** First round was a bye, lost second round