Because the age of tanking within the NBA started, there have been some hilariously dangerous groups with unbelievable feats of failure.
Whether or not it was the early “belief the method,” Philadelphia 76ers (NBA-record dropping streak of 28 in 2015), or the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats (misplaced closing 23 video games of the lockout-shortened season for lowest-ever win proportion in a season), the world’s premier basketball league has had some putrid units.
However the league could not have seen two concurrently terrible groups than this yr’s Detroit Pistons (2-20) and San Antonio Spurs (3-18) — who’ve mixed to lose their final 35 video games.
The Pistons, who have not made the playoffs since 2019 nor received greater than 23 video games in a season since their drought started, are approaching these 76ers and Bobcats ranges of incompetence.
Their final win was a 118-102 residence victory over the Chicago Bulls…on Oct. 28.
Detroit went the complete month of November without winning a single game.
Whereas there have been few expectations for the Pistons coming into 2023, the San Antonio Spurs generated much more fanfare with the extremely anticipated arrival of Victor Wembanyama, who they drafted first total on this yr’s draft. Their season began decently sufficient — with the Spurs sitting at 3-2 after back-to-back wins in opposition to the Phoenix Suns.
Thankfully for Wemby and the Spurs, that second win got here on Nov. 2 so they do not need to share the excellence of a winless month with Detroit.
In Friday evening’s loss to Chicago, Wembanyama grew to become the youngest participant in NBA historical past (19 years, 338 days) to submit a 20-point, 20-rebound recreation because the Spurs choked away their eighth-straight double-digit lead, per ESPN’s Andrew Lopez.
“When our opponents are down at half, in fact, they will try to have a response, however we bought to anticipate that each time,” Wembanyama mentioned.
“As a result of our first half was fairly stable, particularly defensively. And yeah, there’s ups and downs in the course of the recreation, however we bought to get our downs much less and fewer.”
Of the 2 floundering franchises, San Antonio appears more likely to return to the win column with the primary purpose being their phenomenal rookie.
However when which may occur is anybody’s guess.