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Bobcats on pace for one of worst seasons in NBA history

Feb 15, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

Paul Silas AP

In a sense, the Charlotte Bobcats catch a break — because of the lockout shortened, 66-game season we can’t compare them directly with the worst team in NBA history, the 9-win 72-73 Philadelphia 76ers. If the Bobcats win less than 9 games, they can claim an asterisk because of this season.

But they are that bad.

Those Sixers had a win percentage of .110. The current Bobcats winning percentage is .107 (3-25). They have lost 15 in a row.

It gets worse than that. These Bobcats are proving to be historically bad and Justin Havens, ESPN Stats & Info has the numbers to prove it.

Since the start of the 2001-02 season, only three teams have ranked in the bottom two in the league in both offensive and defensive efficiency. If the Bobcats maintain their current pace, they will be the fourth team on this list.

Through 28 games, they are being outscored by 14.4 points per game. That is on pace for the second-worst mark since the NBA-ABA merger.

Thing is, it’s hard to see where the Bobcats wins are going to come from, five of their next six are on the road where they are 1-14 (not that they are much better at home). They had two games against Washington recently but got swept, and while Toronto and Detroit are coming up in the coming weeks those are tough wins for Charlotte. The problems are too big to just be blamed on injuries, the players, coach Paul Silas or owner Michael Jordan alone.

The 66-game equivalent of the Sixers 9-win season is 7.3 victories. We’ll see if Charlotte can clear that barrier.

Hey, but it is a deep draft, so you’ve got that to look forward to, Bobcats fans.

  1. tomshoe - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    This team just has so little talent it’s impossible for a coach to do anything.

    Let me count the ways:

    Kemba is a good leader, but he’s undersized.

    Henderson is good, but he’d only be a solid player on a playoff team.

    DJ Augustin and Reggie Williams are both poor defenders.

    Corey Maggette is a chucker.

    Boris Diaw is out of shape.

    Tyrus Thomas is good, but overpaid.

    B.J. Mullens was a steal, but he’s a poor man’s Bargnani.

    Higgins, Carroll, White, Diop, and Najera all suck.

    The Bobkittens and the New Orleans Caterpillars are in a race for 2nd worst.

    No Talent vs No Owner? Let’s see who wins.

    • bparmalee - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Kemba Walker at this point is an unknown. He can get his shot off but right now he cant hit it… hopefully that comes around. The rest of the team is comprised of players that are back-ups and role players… not starters. They have drafted horrid players.. Sean May, Adam Morrison, DJ Augustine over Brook Lopez or Hibbert, Alexi Ajinca and last but not least taking Bismack Biyombo with a host of players on the board that could contribute… Klay Thompson… Marshon Brooks… Burks…Markeiff Morris. Thats what has killed the Bobcats… you cant take Adam Morrison over Rudy Gay because you think he will sell tickets…aka he is white. I actually think Jordan took Biyombo because they were convinced he wouldnt come over this year and they wouldnt have to pay him.

      Michael Jeffery Jordan does not have the money or the skill to own or run a NBA team period. Why are they still the Bobcats?? I mean that was the old owners name and thing right? They are the Bobcats because it will cost MJ aprox. 10 million dollars to rid us of the worst team name and colors in the sport (as always I ask… when is the last time you saw someone rocking Bobcat gear). They could be the Jump Men, Flight, Cougars (I hope not)…I think the Force would be awesome if they could get Lucas Arts to play ball but no… they are the Bobcats. They cant attract free agents…. they cant draft well and their owner is constantly cost cutting (I mean they have a guy Cory Higgins that is Rod Higgins son… Rod is the Bobcats president of ops).
      This are would support a real NBA team with a real owner (The Hornets did well here) but all Charlotte gets are people with zero basketball savvy. I think Jordan is just holding on..hoping he can get a contraction buyout.

    • goforthanddie - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      At least NO has an excuse-the only owner in the league worse than MJ.

  2. howmanyringsyourteamgot - Feb 15, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Jordan got rid of all the talent on that roster, drove a hard line in negotiations and was content to cancel the season. Why did he buy that team in the first place?

  3. rooney24 - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Maybe Jordan is hoping for contraction and get some money out of that when the league has to buy him out???

    • bparmalee - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      You are correct sir…

  4. goforthanddie - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    It’s OK though, MJ can make a profit now.

  5. glink123 - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    He’s not exactly broke.

  6. glink123 - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Only 13 NBA owners have a higher net worth than MJ.

  7. kappy32 - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    My good friend’s father is a minority owner of the Bobcats & when I last spoke with him earlier in the season, he was highly critical of the Bobcats front office & basketball operations people, namely Cho & Rod Higgins. He said Cho has surrounded himself with scouts & talent evaluators that have no business being in the NBA since being hired. As a minority owner, he doesn’t have the power to effectuate much change, however I can guarantee you that he’s had numerous conversations with Jordan about this exact issue. I wouldn’t be surprised to see wholesale changes in the front office after this season & see a lot of regular players finding themselves on new teams come next season. He is in favor of blowing the whole thing up & starting from scratch around Kemba Walker & it seems that others may be in support of this as well. 

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