There are bad NBA teams. There are worse NBA teams with the worst NBA records. Then there are the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats. For nearly 40 years, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers set the standard for National Basketball Association futility, waiting for the day when another team would rise up–er, sink down–and trump their 9-73 win-loss record. Finally, in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, the 7-59 Bobcats managed the feat, making them the worst of the worst in NBA history.
Here are the top 5 teams with the worst NBA records in the history of the NBA
5.) 2009-10 New Jersey Nets (12-70)
The 2009-10 Nets set the bar low for season-opening futility, starting off the year an NBA record 0-for-18 making it one of the worst NBA seasons for the Nets.
On the other hand, they managed to win an even dozen games by season’s end despite only four victories in the first 52 games–a mark even worse than the ’73 Sixers’
At least the Nets’ best player, center Brook Lopez, actually proved he was a cornerstone for the future, offering something most of the other teams on the list didn’t have: hope.
In the 2009-10 season, the New Jersey Nets were the lowest scoring team in the NBA with them averaging 90 points per game.
Also, during the same season, the Nets were regarded as the team with the most terrible shooting record with the team hitting less than 50% of their shots and 28% of their three-point shot.
The New Jersey Nets changed their name in 2012. The team is now known as the Brooklyn Nets.