Earlier this week, the Lakers' NBA Championship moved me to put together a system to rank the best teams of the 2000s decade. While creating a list of the best, I also came up with a list of the worst.
For reasoning behind my methodology, see my article on the Top 10 Teams of the Decade.
Here is a quick recap of how the scoring works.
A team loses one point for every year they finished below .500 in the MLB, NFL, and NBA, and for each non-playoff team in the NHL since there is not really a .500 mark. I subtracted an additional point for the worst record in the conference and took away a third point for the worst record in the league.
Even though we’re looking at the worst teams of the decade, positive contributions cannot be ignored.
A championship victory was awarded five points, while a Finals, Super Bowl, or World Series appearance was awarded two points.
I also awarded the teams who showed consistent levels of success. Back-to-back appearances in the finals were awarded one bonus point, while back-to-back titles were given three bonus points.
Don’t worry, none of the teams on this list qualified for any of these.
In the NFL and MLB, a much smaller percentage of teams make the playoffs than in their NBA and NHL counterparts. As such, I awarded one point to each NFL and MLB playoff team and one-half of a point to each postseason participant in the NBA and NHL (who did not make the finals).
Finally, in the NBA, a sub-.500 playoff team was awarded no points. They just don’t deserve any in my book.
The Bottom 10 contains a few usual suspects and a few surprises—read on to find out who made the list.