The Los Angeles Lakers are an NBA franchise synonymous not only with winning, but also with collecting championship trophies. Despite that fact, a disastrous 2012-13 season—which started with championship aspirations and ended with a first round sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs—found its place in Lakers lore as one of the worst in franchise history.
The Lakers are the league’s all-time winningest team with a winning percentage of .619. Since moving to Los Angeles for the 1960-61 season, the organization has failed to make the playoffs only four times. The consistency they’ve displayed over a 50-plus year period has been nothing short of remarkable.
So what seasons qualify as the worst in team history?
Finding Lakers teams that failed to win games is like discovering a fish that doesn’t know how to swim. Doing so is rare, bizarre and unexpected, but even the mighty Lakers aren’t perfect.
Admittedly, narrowing down the worst seasons for the purple and gold is an easier task than trying to decide which were the best of the best. Nevertheless, even Lakers fans have had hard times. Well, not really. ...But you know what I mean.