For a team with perhaps the stingiest owner in the history of sports, the Clippers have had a disproportionate share of disappointment since Donald Sterling bought the team in 1981.
Steadily, the Clippers have been improving over the last eight seasons.
The team made its first significant turnaround when it acquired Sam Cassell and Cuttino Mobley to flank Elton Brand inside in the summer of 2005. That season was one of the best in franchise history, as the Clips rattled off 47 wins and took the Phoenix Suns to Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Two seasons later, Sterling opened his checkbook to sign the then-dominant Baron Davis to a multi-year deal—the first marquee free agent to ever willingly come to the Clips.
Fortune was at its best when the ping pong balls fell the right way in 2009, landing them Blake Griffin with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. A season later, the Clips made headlines with a blockbuster trade to land MVP candidate Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets.
The Clippers have gone from most disappointing franchise in the history of sports to potential championship contender in a rather quick turnaround.
If the Clips are getting better, then some organizations are surely getting worse. Which NBA franchises are embarking on the ignominious path that the Clippers paved?