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Added March 30th, 2010 by Ryan
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Nets Avoid Making NBA History with 10th Win

Throughout the history of the NBA there has been some infamously bad teams which seem to just get worse as time rolls on season after season, but few teams have been able to compete with the likes of the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers who were only able to win a total of nine games throughout an entire 82 NBA regular season.

Nine wins in 82 games is just pitiful to say the least, but the closest that any team has ever come to this NBA record which no NBA franchise wants to challenge is the 1992-93 Dallas Mavericks who were only able to win a total of 11 games in that season. That is pretty damn close, but this season the lowly New Jersey Nets have gotten even closer as they came into their game against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night with only nine wins of their own with only nine games left in the NBA regular season.

Here are some of the other worst records in NBA history at 15 wins or less:

1970-71 & 1981-82 Cleveland Cavaliers 15-67

1988-89 Miami Heat 15-67

1991-92 Minnesota Timberwolves 15-67

1996-97 Boston Celtics 15-67

1982-83 Houston Rockets 14-68

1996-97 Memphis Grizzlies (Vancouver) 14-68

1986-87 Los Angeles Clippers 12-70

1997-98 Denver Nuggets 12-70

1992-93 Dallas Mavericks 11-71

1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers 9-73

Needless to say, the Nets were thought to have next to no chance to beat the Spurs on Monday night, especially after Tim Duncan and company absolutely dominated the Atlantic division leading Boston Celtics on Sunday night with a 21 point victory 94-73.

The Nets definitely had a shot at avoiding NBA history over the last few games of the NBA season with possible wins in games against teams like the New Orleans Hornets, Washington Wizards and the Indiana Pacers, but they will no longer have to worry about that as they were able to get the best of the Spurs of all teams with a 90-84 victory last night.

Despite putting up awful numbers this season, the New Jersey Nets do have some promising young players with the likes of point guard Devin Harris, shooting guard Courtney Lee and center Brook Lopez, but this season they just haven’t been able to get it together and as a result have only just got into double digits in the win column.

The future of the franchise is uncertain, especially with billionaire Russian playboy Mikhail Prokhorov recently buying the team and being the first foreign owner not from Canada.

It will be interesting to see what Prokhorov can do moving forward and if he will take a Mark Cuban like approach to owning an NBA franchise.

 
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