Bad NBA teams are not rare and we see them from time to time. But there are still some who stand out from the rest and outdo themselves in the "terrible" department.
It would be understandable if these teams were in their 1st NBA season since expansion takes time but no franchise was worse than these.
It started to crumble when Dikembe Mutombo left in free agency but the worst was yet to come. In the 1997-98 season, they started the season with a 0-12 streak which went on till 16. The following season wasn't any better as they passed on Vince Carter, Paul Piece, and Dirk Nowitzki in the 1998 draft and it wasn't until they got Carmelo Anthony, they picked up the slack.
The Mavericks were a joke in the 90s. They made it to the playoffs once in 1989-90 but didn't make it again for 10 years after. Roy Tarpley was banned from the league, Fat Lever was injured. They started the season 1-15, were 2-30 at one point, and then went on to 4-50. They had three losing streaks of over 10 games.
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Philly went through one of the worst 3 year stretches in NBA history. They won 46 games in 3 seasons which started in 2013-14 and went on till 2015-16. It happened when they traded Andre Iguodala for Andrew Bynum who never got a chance to play for them because of injuries. Basically, this and trades made this happen.
Unfortunately, Philly makes this list twice. They won a title in 1967 and set the then-record of 68 wins in the regular season. Just six seasons later, they had the worst record in NBA history. Their demise is easy to explain with Hall of Fame coach Jack Ramsay left. Billy Cullingham also bolted, and All-Star Archie Clark was traded.
The 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats were god awful, and fortunately for them, it was a lockout-shortened season with 66 games. It was a combination of injuries and bad talent that came to this. They started the season off 2-4 but eventually went 5-55. And all of this happened a year after the GOAT, Michael Jordan became the controlling owner. Hard to believe, right?