NBA: 5 Longest Losing Streaks EVER
As the NBA season winds down, the Playoff race is heating up. Whether it's the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors for the top spot or the crowded battle for the remaining 6 playoff spots in both conferences. While this goes on, we also have an enthralling tanking race down at the bottom and the Memphis Grizzlies seem hellbent on winning it.
The Grizz are currently on a whopping 17-game losing run and are approaching NBA infamy. They haven't been bad enough to make our list yet, but aren't too far off and I wouldn't be surprised if they join this illustrious group of teams, that went on a losing run of over 20 games. These teams were bad and I mean really bad.
It takes very high levels of ineptitude to lose over 20 games in a row but these 8 teams achieved it. Here are the longest losing streaks in NBA history:
#5 Detroit Pistons: 1979-80 & 80/81, 21 Games
Injuries and a disgruntled superstar led to this disaster of a stretch for the Pistons. Mired in mediocrity during the late 70s, Bob Lanier asked for a trade during the 1979-80 season and the Pistons got next to nothing in exchange. Further, injuries to Bob McAdoo and John Long in the 2nd half of the season badly derailed the Pistons.
They started off poorly and were 14-37 and another sub-par season seemed insights. Instead, things got much worse. From that point onwards, Detroit went 2-29 which included a 13 and a 14-game losing streak to end a campaign in which they finished 16-66. They wouldn't be much better the following season either and a 7 game losing streak to start the season combined with the 14 game losing run meant they set the then NBA record for the longest losing streak.
They finally ended the streak with a 112-109 win over the Rockets. Pistons fans wouldn't suffer for long, however, as in the 1981 NBA draft, they drafted Isiah Thomas which marked the beginning of the Bad Boys era and the most successful run in franchise history.