Ranking the Worst NBA Teams of the Last Decade

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Ranking the Worst NBA Teams of the Last Decade
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There's a lot that goes into a terrible season in the NBA. More than just a win-loss number has to be included, and that's why I've decided to take a look, a real look, at the worst teams of the past decade.

Sure, nobody wants to go watch a 15-67 team play basketball on any given night, but some teams do have a redeeming quality or two.

Maybe you're watching a rookie player or two who just haven't developed yet, but are showing flashes of brilliance, or there's a star player with just no talent around him to be supported.

Or, simply put, maybe they're just the new team in town. The Oklahoma City Thunder were a measly 23-59 in their first season, and the Charlotte Bobcats were even worse at 18-64, but the fact that they were bringing basketball to a new city made it so much more tolerable.

There's a certain value in fan excitement that can take the sting away from losses. Even if there are games where your team is getting crushed, if fans are having fun, there's going to be something positive to take away from the game.

The prime example of that, for instance, is the 2011 Cleveland Cavaliers. They finished 19-63 that season, but the fans, in an effort to stick it to LeBron James, had a blast at nearly every game.

There's definitely a line that can't be crossed in terms of terribleness, but teams are given a different coat of gloss if they seemed to be well-liked, compared to some extremely vilified teams that will forever be remembered as some of the league's worst, just because of the fan reaction to their bad seasons.

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