Top 20 Worst Teams In Professional Sports
Top 20 Worst Teams In Professional Sports
Parity is the goal in professional sports today. With the drafts and free agency, it’s hard to lose year after year. However, some teams have made losing an art form. They somehow find a way to go against the grain and waste draft picks and free agency money on overrated players. One would think that eventually even the most poorly-run teams would stumble upon success, but that’s clearly not the case.
Some teams made the list because they are having a particularly tough season right now. They may have had success -- even recent success -- but they just aren’t living up to their reputation. These teams may turn it around, but their recent losing might be indicative of a bigger problem. Usually, this kind of team finds themselves hanging on to a veteran roster a year too long.
Then again, some teams find their way on this list because they have a history of losing. They are not only struggling currently, but their years and years of losing have piled up. These are the teams that not only find themselves in the unenviable position of being at the bottom of the standings, but they seem to somehow always find themselves at the bottom of the standings. In fact, some of these teams might as well start getting their mail sent to “Last Place”.
Some teams have found a way to combine the two. They aren’t good now, they haven’t been good for a while and they don’t have any hope of being good in the near future. That kind of losing trifecta gets you a spot at the top.
These are the 20 worst teams in pro sports.
20. Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings haven't made the playoffs since 2006 and haven't won 30 games since the 2007-08 season. Now that they have new ownership, maybe things will turn around for them this year.
18. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns have gone downhill fast since being one of the league's most exciting teams a few years ago. They are still lacking a franchise player; maybe a first overall pick next spring could change that.
17. Florida Panthers
The Florida Panthers finished the 2012-13 season with only 36 points, and are on their way towards another playoff-less year this season.
16. Philadelphia 76ers
It's been a long time since the Philadelphia 76ers have competed for a championship. With numerous draft busts over the last few years, it might be a long time until they compete again.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers
Another NFL team with great history that is currently struggling, the Pittsburgh Steelers are likely to miss the playoffs for the second straight year for the first time since 2000.
13. Orlando Magic
The Dwight Howard saga has set the Orlando Magic back several years. They are still looking for another franchise-type player, and are likely to have another disappointing season this year.
12. New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils have seen the playoffs only once in the last four years and are currently at the bottom of the NHL standings.
11. Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors have struggled since their inception in 1995. This season, they're on the brink of another all-out rebuild.
10. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings are on their way to a last-place finish this year. Their struggles at quarterback are becoming legendary; you know when Josh Freeman was considered the savior, things were going downhill fast.
9. Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs have made a cottage industry out of being lovable losers for a long time. They would like to drop the loser and keep the lovable.
8. Charlotte Bobcats
The Charlotte Bobcats have been to the playoffs only once in their history and set a record for futility when they won only seven games in 2011-12.
7. Chicago White Sox
It's been a tough few years for the baseball fans in Chicago. We've already been over the Cubs, and the Chicago White Sox were even worse this year and have made the playoffs only twice in the last 10 years.
6. Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns haven't been in the playoffs since 2002 and after a brief moment of resurgence earlier this season, don't look to be on their way to postseason play this year either.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It's been another disappointing year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They need to go back to the drawing board at the two most important positions in the game, quarterback and head coach.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have brought losing to a new low. They not only haven't been in the playoffs since 2007, but they might not win a game this season are years away from contending again.