The first goal of every professional sports team during their preseason should be that of not becoming the league’s worst team in its history – a simple concept, that is rarely met or even flirted with. That of course, until Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats took the floor entering the lock-out shortened season of 2011-12.
The Bobcats went on to win just seven of their sixty-six games, finishing the season with twenty-three straight losses.
“How is that possible?” you may ask. Well, here is how:
- Right off the bat, the team’s five highest paid players, in order, were Corey Maggette, Boris Diaw, Tyrus Thomas, DeSagana Diop, and Matt Carroll.
- They were the fourth youngest team last season, with no playoff teams younger than them.
- Their scoring differential was at a horrid ‘-13.96’, thanks to the league’s lowest points-per-game average (87), and the fourth worst points-allowed-per-game average (100.9).
- Despite being the worst scoring team in the league, seven other teams shot the ball less than the Bobcats – including four playoff teams. This of course, led to the league’s worst field goal percentage, at 41.4%.
- While shooting the fourth least amount of threes all season, they hit at a rate of 29.5%, the league’s worst.
- The second worst rebounding team, and worst non-playoff team, their leading board getter was that of Bismack Biyombo at a putrid 5.8 a game. Biyombo only hit double-digits in the rebounding category eleven times. He managed to play almost thirty-four minutes (seventh most in his career) in one loss this past season and only got two rebounds.
- Surprisingly, they were ‘middle of the pack’ in terms of fouling and turning the ball over; yet, still only won seven games. Not sure how to break that one down – haven’t quite figured out how that is possible.
- They allowed the third most assists, second most rebounds, sixth most blocks, and second highest field goal percentage all season.
Basically, the talent on their roster, assembled by the basketball mind of Michael Jordan, resulted in the least amount of points per one-hundred possessions, and allowed the most points per one-hundred possessions.
At least there is a lot of room for improvement.