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Worst Teams in NBA History

The Infamous 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers


Every time an NFL team goes through half the season undefeated, the media starts bringing up stories of the 1972 Miami Dolphins - the only team in NFL history to go undefeated and win the Super Bowl. NBA teams that get off to truly horrific starts draw comparisons to a team from the same era: the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.

That year's Sixer team won just nine of 82 games - that's a winning percentage of .110.


No other team before or since has come within a game of '73 Sixers-level futility, but this year's Charlotte Bobcats will be close. The Bobcats will go into their season finale - a home game against the New York Knicks - with a record of 7-58 and a winning percentage of .107. A loss to the Knicks - who may still be playing for playoff position - would drop that percentage to .106 - the worst in league history.

The only other teams in league history to post fewer wins in a season were the 1947-48 Providence Steamrollers of the Basketball Association of America, and the eight-win 1999 Vancouver Grizzlies. But the BAA season was only 48 games long, and the 1999 strike-shortened season was just 50 games long.

The 2011-12 season was shortened to 66 games due to last summer's NBA lockout.

1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers: 9-73 (.110)

The Sixers started the 1972-73 season with a 15-game losing streak, and had a then-record 20-game losing streak in the books before February. First-year coach Roy Rubin was fired after a 4-47 start; Kevin Loughery finished the season, and even led the team to a surprising 5-2 run in late February.

Philly finished the season a staggering 59 games behind first-place Boston.

2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats: 7-58 (.107)

The Bobcats will go into their season finale against the Knicks with a dismal 7-58 record... and a 22-game losing streak. The 2011-12 NBA schedule was shortened to 66 games due to a labor dispute and lockout.

1947-48 Providence Steam Rollers 6-42 (.125)

(BAA season was 48 games in length.)

1999 Vancouver Grizzlies: 8-42 (.160)

The 1999 season was shortened to 50 games due to labor dispute.
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