It isn’t often that you see a team perform as horribly as the Philadelphia 76ers have this season. I take that back. The Milwaukee Bucks have been the worst team in the NBA this season with a record of 13-50, but the 76ers aren’t far behind. On Monday, they continued their horrid 2013-2014 NBA season with a loss against the New York Knicks, marking their 17th-consecutive defeat.
The season started out bright for the 76ers, who began the year with a huge upset over the defending champion Miami Heat, and followed that with two more wins to start the season 3-0. Many experts knew that their winning ways wouldn’t continue for long, but no one thought that it would be this bad.
During their current 17-game skid, the 76ers have lost by an average of 18.9 points per game, which is absolutely unheard of. Two of the losses during this stretch were of 45 and 43 points in back-to-back games versus the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors.
And it doesn’t get much easier for the 76ers the rest of the season. Heading into the final stretch, Philadelphia faces only four teams that are currently outside of the playoff race, which are the Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics and the Sacramento Kings.
The NBA record losing streak was set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11 when they lost 26 consecutive games. The 76ers could very well at least tie that record, as their next nine games include two against the Indiana Pacers, two against the Chicago Bulls, road games against the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets, and home games versus the Knicks, Kings and Memphis Grizzlies.
With one of the most highly-regarded NBA Draft classes in recent memory coming in June, it appears that the 76ers are in full tank mode. Due to their recent play, which has most likely led to a lack of confidence and willingness to compete in the clubhouse, there is a solid chance that the 76ers might not win again this season.