Philadelphia 76ers Suffer Through Historically Bad Month in February

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffFebruary 27, 2014

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The Philadelphia 76ers went 0-11 in the month of February, falling by an average margin of 18.5 points. Per Elias Sports Bureau, only one team in NBA history—the 1988-89 Los Angeles Clippers—has ever lost all of its games (10-game minimum) in a calender month with an average margin of defeat greater than 18.5 points.

Those '88-89 Clippers went 0-14 in January 1989, losing by an incredible 19.5 points per game. The hideous month was part of a longer 19-game losing streak that ranks as the 11th-longest stretch of futility in NBA history.

The Clippers finally managed to end the streak on Feb. 8, 1989, only to lose their next 13 contests for a total of 32 losses in a span of 33 games. The ugly stretch of basketball left Los Angeles with a miserable 11-49 record, yet the Clippers somehow pulled things together at the end of the season to finish an almost-respectable 21-61.

This year's Sixers have taken the opposite path, as they started a respectable 12-21 but have since lost 22 out of 25 games. Having lost their final game in January, the Sixers now carry a 12-game losing streak into March.

While the basketball may be hard to watch, Philadelphia fans probably aren't too disappointed with the result, given that the team has made no secret of its intention to rebuild for the future. With the much-hyped draft class of 2014 waiting, some fans were even disappointed by the 76ers' decent start.

Those pro-tanking fans now have reason to rejoice, as the Sixers are quite clearly the worst team in the NBA. At 15-43 they still have work to do to match the Milwaukee Bucks (11-45) in the record department, but the Bucks have actually resembled an NBA team recently while the 76ers are an unmitigated disaster.

The race for ping pong balls is finally starting to heat up, but the 76ers and Bucks unfortunately wrapped up their season series Monday with a 130-110 Milwaukee win.