5 Worst NBA Teams Of All Time
We've seen plenty of eye sore teams over the years in the NBA but the ones on this list stand out among the pack. You can understand how god awful these teams are considering that the recent Brooklyn Nets teams don't even come close to making the list. What makes the entrants on this list even worse is that none of these teams were in their 1st NBA season. Expansion franchises mightily struggle in their 1st season but none of them were as bad as this lot.
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Here's, the five worst teams in NBA history:
#5 1997-98 Denver Nuggets
Record: 11-71 (.134)
In the 1993-94 season, the Denver Nuggets were one game away from reaching the Western Conference Finals but lost Game 7 to Utah. There was excitement regarding the team's future but it would be all downhill from that point.
After the 1995-96 season, Dikembe Mutombo left in free agency and the Nuggets plummeted, finishing 21-61 but the worst was yet to come. In the following offseason, they traded away promising young Center Antonio McDyess for future draft picks. They acquired Eric Williams from Boston and Johnny Newman from Milwaukee.
Williams led the team in scoring with 19.8 PPG but played just 4 games as a Knee injury ruled him out for the season and boy did they struggle without him. The Nuggets started off the season 0-12. They won 2 of their next 5 but lost 23 in a row after that. 40 games in, they were 2-38 and looked set to have the worst record in NBA history. A 16 game losing streak, later on, didn't help. They avoided finishing with the worst record in NBA history by winning 6 of the last 19 games.
The following seasons wouldn't be much better. The Nuggets passed on Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, and Vince Carter in the 1998 draft and kept messing up until the 2003 draft when they selected Carmelo Anthony.