Will the Charlotte Bobcats go down as the worst team in NBA history?

There have been plenty of horrendous teams over the course of NBA history.

A few that come to mind at a quick glance include the:

  • 1993-1994 Dallas Mavericks (11-71)
  • 1998-1999 Denver Nuggets (11-71)
  • 1987-1988 LA Clippers (12-70)
Apart from these three, the 1973-1974 Philadelphia 76ers are the “gold standard” earning a pathetic nine wins against 63 losses to become the punchline for every worst team joke that’s spoken.
With a 3-25 start through the team’s first 28 games, the 2011-2012 Charlotte Bobcats are well on their way to one of the worst seasons in NBA history– lockout-shortened, or not. With 38 games remaining in the regular season, the Bobcats must win at least seven more games to replace the ’73-’74 Sixers as the worst team in NBA history.  While this might seem easy enough, the numbers suggest otherwise.

The Bobcats are being outscored at a clip of 14.4 points per game, a number that places them on pace for the second-worst regular season mark in league history.

Although six players average in double-figures for the Bobcats (Gerald Henderson 15 ppg, D.J. Augustin 13.6 ppg, Kemba Walker 12.9 ppg, Corey Maggette 12.3 ppg, Bryon Mullens 10.5 ppg, and Reggie Williams 10.3 ppg), the team still shoots a horrendous 41.4% from the field and 29.7% from three point land.

Outrebounded by an average of 4.4 boards per game, the Bobcats score 86.4 points per game while giving up 100.8  per game.

This statistic alone suggests that this is a miserable team that cannot stop anyone, at any time. As we all know, if the defensive side of things isn’t solid you can forget about being a successful NBA team. It just isn’t going to happen.

Plenty of teams have tried to simply out-score their opponents without a defensive emphasis and have not been successful.  Until the Bobcats’ defense improves, how well they spread their scoring across the roster will not matter one bit.

This is a team that just lost two games to the hapless Washington Wizards and plays five of their next six games on the road prior to the All-Star break.

If there’s a consolation prize, it’s the high draft picks next season. There has to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

Bobcats fans should just hope that the light isn’t the train of an 8-win season striking them straight in the face.

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