Last year, the Charlotte Bobcats weren’t only the worst team in league, but they also had the distinct honor of being the worst team in history be winning seven measly games, or a winning percentage of 10.6%. With that being said, can they look forward to an improved season or are the Bobcats destined to be the worst team in the league again?
There’s really only two other teams that could *possibly* give Charlotte a run for their money in terms of being the worst team in the NBA.
Can you guess which two?
The Orlando Magic, and the other?
Maybe the Houston Rockets?
I don’t think the Rockets could perform that horribly next season, even if they tried. Let’s look at who they still have on their roster: Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik are the standouts, and they aren’t necessarily scrubs. Coach McHale has some pride, and won’t allow his team to go down that road I would imagine.
Don’t get me wrong, the Houston Rockets — outside of drafting some nice picks and even acquiring Lin — had a horrible off-season, it was a worst-case for a team that was stockpiling picks, trading away players, and using their amnesty to make room for Dwight Howard. It had seemed, for a great amount of time, they may have a shot at the superstar, even though it would only be a one-year rental.
However, even the Rockets at their worst, absolute worst, can’t possibly just win a handful of games. Yes, they will miss the playoffs, and will hit the lottery, but they won’t become Charlotte Bobcats 2012 kind of horrible.
The other team, the Orlando Magic, may just battle Charlotte for the worst team in the league.
They have lost their identity, their superstar, and are banking on a team filled with Arron Afflalo, Big Baby, Jameer Nelson, and Hedo Turkoglu. It’s not the type of team that screams “PLAYOFF CONTENDERS.”
While Orlando has some solid players that have been to the playoffs, especially former Denver Nuggets like Afflalo and Al Harrington, that doesn’t matter when a top five NBA player has left the franchise.
Here’s a sidenote and please just play along:
When Masai Ujiri sent those two packing to Orlando, I wonder if he included a text or a fruit basket with a nice note that said something like this:
Dear Arron and Al,
Thanks for your hard work, but know you’re bound for bigger and better things.
Bigger meaning bigger losses and better meaning more time off in the summer.
From Playoffs to Lottery, guys.
But I digress, Orlando has lost their guy: Dwight, and lost the guy that made key shots: Ryan Anderson.
Afterall, Anderson averaged 16.1 points on 43.9% shooting, 7.7 rebounds, and 39.3% from the three-point line. Basically, Orlando fans will be in for a treat rooting for an abysmal team competing for the worst team of the year honors.
Still this question remains: can they be worse than the Bobcats?
It’s hard to imagine that a team can only win 11% of their games, about 9, out of 82. Imagine rooting for a team that loses 73 games….73 bloody games.
If one team is going to compete with Charlotte, it’s Orlando.
It could be a close call next season for the 2013 NBA Worst Team Champions, but I think Orlando has what it takes to pull of a “victory” over Charlotte, but I suppose we will just have to wait and see.
There could be other up and comers like the piss poor Sacramento Kings, but it’s hard to think that they could *only* win 10 games.
So, I’m willingly to lay my chips with Orlando this season, let them fall as they may.