Not The Worst Ever (Yet)

The Washington Wizards are now 3 and 23 — where do they stand among the worst teams ever through 25 games?  It took 74 games, but the Nets finally broke the double-digit mark in wins in the 2009-10 season.

With a 90-84 home victory over the Tony Parker-less and Manu Ginobili-less Spurs on March 29, New Jersey reached win No. 10 on the season and solidified “worst NBA team ever” status for the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers … for now, at least.But the Nets aren’t completely out of the woods. And neither are the Minnesota Timberwolves. Both squads still have a lot of work to do before we can remove them from this list of pro basketball’s biggest bottom-feeders.

Worst 82-Game NBA Records In History (Through 25 Games)
YEAR TEAM W L PCT GB LEADING SCORER SEASON
99-00 Los Angeles Clippers 7 18 .280 0 Maurice Taylor, 17.1 15 – 67
07-08 Miami Heat 7 18 .280 0 Dwyane Wade, 24.6 15 – 67
04-05 Atlanta Hawks 5 20 .200 2 Antoine Walker, 20.4 13 – 69
96-97 Boston Celtics 5 20 .200 2 Antoine Walker, 17.5 15 – 67
81-82 Cleveland Cavaliers 5 20 .200 2 Mike Mitchell, 19.6 15 – 67
96-97 Vancouver Grizzlies 5 20 .200 2 S. Abdur-Rahim, 18.7 14 – 68
12-13 New Orleans Hornets 5 22 .185 3 Ryan Anderson, 17.8 15-67 +
80-81 Dallas Mavericks* 4 21 .160 3 Geoff Huston, 16.1 15 – 67
82-83 Houston Rockets 4 21 .160 3 Allen Leavell, 14.8 14 – 68
67-68 San Diego Rockets 4 21 .160 3 Don Kojis, 19.7 15 – 67
86-87 Los Angeles Clippers 4 21 .160 3 Mike Woodson, 17.1 12 – 70
91-92 Minnesota Timberwolves 4 21 .160 3 Tony Campbell, 16.8 15 – 67
95-96 Vancouver Grizzlies 4 21 .160 3 Greg Anthony, 14.0 15 – 67
00-01 Chicago Bulls 3 22 .120 4 Elton Brand, 20.1 15 – 67
88-89 Miami Heat* 3 22 .120 4 Kevin Edwards, 13.8 15 – 67
12-13 Washington Wizards 3 22 .120 4 Jordan Crawford, 15.5 10-72 +
92-93 Dallas Mavericks 2 23 .080 5 Derek Harper, 18.2 11 – 71
97-98 Denver Nuggets 2 23 .080 5 Eric Williams, 19.8 11 – 72
72-73 Philadelphia 76ers 2 23 .080 5 Fred Carter, 20.0 9 – 73
70-71 Cleveland Cavaliers* 1 24 .040 6 Walt Wesley, 17.7 15 – 67
93-94 Dallas Mavericks 1 24 .040 6 Jim Jackson, 19.2 13 – 70
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* – Denotes expansion franchise
+ – Projected season record

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