The 10 Worst NBA Records That Will Make You Cry
10. Overall Worst Record
In 2012 the Charlotte Bobcats surpassed the Philadelphia 76ers for the overall worst NBA season ever. The 1972-1973 76ers had a record of 9-73. However, one fateful night on April 16, 2012, after a 75-67 defeat to the New Orleans Hornets, the Bobcats lost their 23rd consecutive game and clinched the title for the absolute worst season ever played. Many sports critics refer to the 2012 Charlotte Bobcats as the "worsts sports team ever." Despite their pathetic 7-59 season, the Bobcats did have a few good highlights. Here are the top ten highlights from the Bobcat's 2012-2013 season - just try to look past the empty arena.
9. Worst Record to Still Make the Playoffs
In 1953 the Baltimore Bullets became the worst team to make the NBA playoffs, after finishing their season 16-54. Apparently, the Eastern Conference was as bad then as it is now. The Bullets were swept in the first round to the Knicks. The Baltimore Bullets are better known today as the Washington Wizards.
8. Most Consecutive Losses
The 76ers have broken their own record for most consecutive losses three times. Most recently the 76ers broke their own record originally set in the 2013-2014 with 26 consecutive losses. Throughout the span of the 2014-2015 season and the 2015-2016 season, the 76ers had a combined 28 losses breaking their 2013-2014 record. Talk about a demoralizing three years.
7. Worst Shooting Night in NBA History
There are good nights and there are bad nights. In December of 1991, Golden State Tim Hardaway had one those extremely terrible nights. Hardaway went 0-17 from the field. Perhaps the most staggering part of the entire situation is that Hardaway's teammates kept passing him the ball.
6. Most Missed Free Throws in a Game
Chris Dudley played for 16 years in 886 games for five different teams. Known for his ability to block shots and get rebounds, Dudley was your typical "big man." Despite meeting with multiple "shooting specialists," Dudley couldn't seem to perfect his free throw and had a career free throw percentage of .458. The cringe-worthy part is that one night in April of 1990, Dudley went 1-18 from the free throw line… including a record of 13 consecutive misses, one of which was an air ball.
5. Longest Championship drought
Not including teams that haven't won a Championship, the Rochester Royals have the longest Championship drought. The Royals won their first and last championships for what is now 66 years and counting in 1951. Who are the Rochester Royals now? The Sacramento Kings.
4. Most Technical Fouls in a Carrer
Rasheed Wallace had a total of 313 technical fouls during his 15 years in the league. Known for his recklessness and his ability to trash talk, Wallace received 41 technicals alone during the 2000-01 Trail Blazers season. Here's a video of Wallace getting ejected without having to say a single word.
3. Most Baby Mamas
At 5'9" Calvin Murphy is the shortest NBA player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and was the shortest to play in an NBA All-Star Game until 2016, when Isaiah Thomas joined his rankings. Murphy, however, didn't let his height stop him from getting what he wanted. Murphy is confirmed to have 14 children by nine different mothers.
2. Worst NBA Fight
One of the darkest spots in NBA history is known as the "Malice in the Palace," an infamous brawl that broke out with 45 seconds left on November 19, 2004 at a Pacers-Piston game. What originally started between two players, spread to the stands as fans began throwing beer, food, and towels on to the players. Players charged the stands and the fight escalated into what turned out to be a living nightmare for both parties. Pacers Coach Rick Carlise added, "I felt like I was fighting for my life."
1. Longest Suspension
After the frightening "Malice in the Palace," Ron Artest was suspended for 73 games, as well as 13 playoff games - the longest in NBA history. The suspension came after a fan threw a cup of beer at Artest, which resulted in him throwing multiple punches at different fans. Artest also lost more than $5 million during his almost season long suspension. According to many sports critics, Artest's career would never fully recover.