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Philadelphia 76ers Set NBA Record with 1-29 Start

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2015

Dec 22, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (8) and guard Isaiah Canaan (0) walk back to the bench for a timeout after a missed shot against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

There is a new record for futility in the NBA, courtesy of the Philadelphia 76ers. On Tuesday night, the now 1-29 Eastern Conference bottom-dwellers dropped a 104-90 decision at home to the Memphis Grizzlies

They are the first team in NBA history to lose 29 of their first 30 games, as the NBA on ESPN noted shortly after the game:  

NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA

The 76ers are the first team in NBA history with 29 losses in their first 30 games. https://t.co/5hiAXV3mg7

Five Grizzlies scored in double digits, as the 76ers committed 26 turnovers. It isn't the first time they've been this careless with the ball this season, as Yahoo Sports' Dan Devine pointed out:

Dan Devine @YourManDevine

There have been seven games this season in which a team has turned the ball over at least 25 times. The 76ers have four of the seven.

Philadelphia's lone win of the season came in its 19th game, a 103-91 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers

Yahoo Sports' Michael Lee calculated just how bad this season could get for the Sixers:

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee

At 1-29, the #76ers are on pace to win 2.7 games this season

This isn't the first time the 76ers have had a horrid start. In 2014-15, Philadelphia opened the season 0-17 on its way to only 18 wins.

Sixers management has chosen to build this team through the draft rather than by acquiring established veterans. As a result, Philadelphia has only two players on its roster over the age of 24.

On Friday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged in an interview with FiveThirtyEight Sports' Hot Takedown podcast that he isn't a fan of the 76ers' strategy, but there isn't anything he or the league can do about it. Therefore, the only thing fans and personnel invested in the Sixers can do is hope they turn things around soon.  

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.

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