Charlotte Bobcats and 6 Other Worst Teams Ever
The Charlotte Bobcats made history last week when they lost their 23rd consecutive game, ending the season with the worst winning percentage in NBA history — a paltry .106, thanks to a 7-59 record. The Bobcats surpassed the futility of the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who finished 9-73 and a .110 winning percentage.
Here’s a look at how the Bobcats shape up against some of the worst of the worst in professional sports:
They finished the season with 13 consecutive losses, including the last one before fewer than 2,000 fans on hand. During the rebuilding years after Wilt Chamberlain left and before Julius Erving arrived, the Sixers really stunk. The team finished 59 games behind the Celtics in their conference, an impressive feat in its own right.
The Lions finished 0-16, which led quarterback Dan Orlovsky to comment, ”I don’t even know the last time we won a game” after the final game of the tumultuous season. Along the way, they surrendered the second most points for any season, 517, and their defense was one of the all-time worst. Orlovsky, who was on that team, was back in familiar territory this past season when the Colts started 0-13 before picking up two late-season wins.
The 1962 Mets went 40-120, which led manager Casey Stengel to comment: “You look up and down the bench and you have to say to yourself, ‘Can’t anybody here play this game?” They finished last in the league with a pitiful .240 batting average. They also let up more runs than any other team. Other franchises have rivaled the ’62 Mets’ awful season with terrible ones of their own, but nobody has matched the Mets’ poor performance during the modern era.
The 1974 Washington Capitals went just 8-67-5 under the reign of an amazingly embarrassing three different coaches. One of them, Tom McVie, said, “I’d rather find out that my wife was cheating on me than to have to keep losing like this. At least I could tell my wife to cut it out.” They set records for fewest wins, most losses, most road losses, and most consecutive losses. How’s this for a personal stat? Goalie Michel Belhumeur went 0-24-3.
They tallied an 0-14 record in 1976. They were shut out five times that year, and when coach John McKay was asked about the team’s execution, he replied, “I’m in favor of it.” This expansion team actually dropped the first 12 games of the following season. The Bucs were the joke of the NFL for decades before finally turning things around near the end of the 20th century and capturing Super Bowl XXXVII.
1980 WINNIPEG JETS
This team went 30 games without a win in November and December, leading fans to call the team “Lose-ipeg.” They finished 9-57-14. It remains a mystery why this team was so bad, coming off of winning the WHA championships in 1978 and 1979. And in the 1981-82 season, the Jets turned things around and made the playoffs, going 33-33-14.