Top 5 Longest Losing Streaks In NBA History
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As we explored the Heat’s 18 game winning streak last week (which ties them for seventh longest of all-time), it’s now time to take a stroll to “Loserville” (Population: You) and explore the other end of the spectrum.
Currently, the 76ers and Pistons are mired in five game losing streaks, the longest in the NBA. Five game losing streaks suck, especially at this point in the season, but even they are less than one fifth of the way to the longest streak in NBA history.
26, Cleveland Cavs 2010-’11
This was destined to be a horrible season from the minute the 2009-’10 season ended, regardless of what Dan Gilbert said publicly and wanted fans to think, privately. “The Decision” was made and LeBron James was gone. Head cheese Mike Brown was giving his walking papers. GM Danny Ferry resigned. So what happens when a team loses it’s best player, former NBA Coach of the Year and top level executive? They immediately suck, that’s what. From Wikipedia- “Cleveland went from 61 wins in 2009-10 to a conference-worst 19, the biggest single-season drop in NBA history. This season also saw the Cavs lose 63 games, including a 26-game losing streak, which set an NBA record and tied the 1976–77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest losing streak in any American professional team sport.”
24, Cleveland Cavs ’81-’82 and ’82-’83
Apparently, every 20 years or so the Cavs really crap the bed. This record stood for 18 years before it was broken. In 1980 the team was sold to a guy named Ted Stepien. Amongst his changes over the next four years was to change the team’s fight song to polka music, create a dance team known as the “Teddy Bears” (Get it-Teddy bears? Fans didn’t get it either) and trade away the teams first round picks in multiple years, which lead to a new rule called the “Ted Stepien Rule” which made that illegal. Each year the team got worse, culminating with a 19 game losing streak to end ’81-’82.
23, Vancouver Grizzlies 1995-’96
In their defense, this streak took place during their inagural season. Amazingly, they still ranked 14th in attendance. Current ABC/ESPN analyst Greg Anthony led them in scoring. They won 15 games this season and only 14 the next. Then 19, then eight, lol. It was pretty hard to wear that Shareef Abdur-Rahim jersey with an seriousness.
23, Denver Nuggets 1997-’98
The golden era of Nuggets basketball had passed by this point. If you’re a Nuggets fan, read this exclusive interview we did with Dikembe Mutombo instead of remembering how rough the 1997-’98 season was on you.
23, Charlotte Bobcats 2011-’12
Blame this on MJ, everyone else is. The 7-56 record gave the Bobcats the lowest winning percentage in NBA history-.106%. They won the first game of the season, then went 6-56, including a 23 game losing streak. What a bunch of losers.