Ranking the 5 Worst NBA Teams of the Past Decade
The look on Kemba Walker's face says it all about this past NBA season. Walker, a point guard on the Charlotte Bobcats, is not used to playing on losing teams. One year removed from an NCAA championship, he is now on a team that has barely scratched out seven wins. As the best player on a struggling NBA franchise, Kemba is probably happy to be in the NBA but disappointed to have been drafted to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Somebody should ask Michael Jordan what his plan is. I really don't understand why he does the things he does.
It's gotten to the point that it seems NBA rookies would be sorely disappointed if Charlotte calls their name on draft night.
Anyway, as bad as the Bobcats have been, they don't make the list of the worst NBA teams of the past decade. They get a get-out-jail-free card due to the shortened NBA season.
So here goes...the worst five NBA teams of the past decade (since 2002).
5. 02-03 Denver Nuggets and 02-03 Cleveland Cavaliers
Coming in at number five, we have a tie between the 02-03 versions of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Denver Nuggets. Both teams seemed to be dead-locked in a tanking battle to see who would be able to draft LeBron James in the upcoming draft.
But before that draft, neither team had game-changing players. The Nuggets were stuck with the likes of Marcus Camby, Nene, Juwan Howard, but no decent guards whatsoever. They would come out fine, eventually getting the likes of Carmelo Anthony in the upcoming draft. But they still lost out on LeBron.
There's not much to be said about the Cavaliers during this season. Let's just say their leading scorer was good ol' Ricky Davis.
Both teams ended up with the same record this year. A horrid 16-67.
At least neither team fell for draft bust Darko Milicic.
4. 08-09 Sacramento Kings
Far removed from the Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, and Mike Bibby glory days, this version of the Sacramento Kings lacked a true identity.
They did still boast the likes of underrated shooting guard Kevin Martin and up-and-coming Jason Thompson.
Other than that, there wasn't much to be found on this sad roster. It is quite depressing.
17-65 ended up being their overall record. They didn't fail in the upcoming draft, fortunately. They ended up with Tyreke Evans, a budding All-Star.
3. 04-05 New Orleans Hornets
Does anyone know who that guy in the picture is? Well, NBA fans, that is Dan Dickau. He's the guy that started most of the season for this horrid team. With Baron Davis out most of the year with an injury, the Hornets were forced to rely on no-namer Dickau, walking deadman PJ Brown, and a youngster version of JR Smith.
Dickau managed to pull out 18 wins during this lowly NBA season. The plus? Dan Dickau would soon lose his starting spot the next year to a good guy named Chris Paul.
2. 04-05 Atlanta Hawks
When you have one of the worst records of the past decade, you are bound to be on this list.
They managed a measly 13 wins.
On top of being the worst team in the NBA this year, their record didn't even translate to a great selection in the upcoming NBA Draft. The Hawks, in need of a solid point guard, selected Marvin Williams the next year while Deron Williams and Chris Paul were still on the board.
They would go many more years searching for a quality point guard.
1. 09-10 New Jersey Nets
When Yi is one of your most well-known players and "stars," you're in for a rough season. The team's starting lineup looked something like this:
PG - Devin Harris—The "future" of this team was eventually dealt to Utah for Deron Williams
SG - Courtney Lee—A quality role player, but by no means a starter on a good team.
SF - Bobby Simmons—Remember him? Yeah, neither do I.
PF - Yi Jianlian—Officially a journeyman player.
C - Brook Lopez—Injury-prone and hasn't fully lived up to his potential.
Key bench players: Jarvis Hayes, Eduardo Najera, Sean Williams, Josh Boone
They had just traded away superstar Vince Carter and were in full rebuilding mode. They ended up posting a measly 12-70 record.
But they are infamous for starting the NBA season 0-18. Did you read that correctly? 18 straight losses. They were also points in the season where they had records of 3-40 and 4-48.
I am disgusted even typing those numbers.