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Fred Carter says current Sixers worse than his 1973 9-win team

Mar 26, 2014, 9:36 AM EDT

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Fred Carter was the best player on arguably the worst team ever.

He was the team MVP of the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers went 9-73, the worst record of any NBA team for a full season (remember the Bobcats were 7-50 I’m the lockout year, which worked out to a worse winning percentage). That Sixers team has long been the benchmark for futility.

Carter says this year’s Sixers are worse.

This year’s Sixers have lost 25 games in a row and will likely tie the NBA record for longest losing streak ever when they face a strong Rockets team in Houston on Thursday. They will set a new mark if they fall to the Pistons at home on Saturday.

Carter compared his bad team with this year’s team (which has won 15 games) speaking with Gordie Jones of, and noted that in his day the league had 17 teams.

“The talent,” the 69-year-old Carter said, “was not as thinned-out as it is today. Therefore you have much tougher teams to go up against every night…

“There’s a difference in terms of what transpired when I was playing as opposed to what’s going on now,” said Carter, a native Philadelphian who now lives in Plymouth Meeting. “When I was playing [losing] was not intentionally done. For some reason management thought that they had put together a good team that could win games. Unfortunately that was not the case. In the case of the [current] Sixers, this is all by design from Day One.”

Carter averaged 20 points a game and added 4.3 assists for that team, saying he brought his best every night. The team was just overmatched. He added he sees that from some guys in Philly today.

As Carter said, “I feel for a guy like Thaddeus Young.”

Like their Sixers counterparts of more than 40 years ago, these Sixers are about to leave a mark on the league, one they would rather not but one they will get asked about the rest of their lives. No matter what heights Michael Carter-Williams goes on to for the rest of his career, every feature article and a lot of conversations with people over a beer will include the “what was it like to lose all those games?” questions. It will follow these guys.

Carter has learned to accept and embrace it.

Let’s hope these Sixers will be able to do the same. And maybe pick up a win soon.

  1. spursareold - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    “Carter has learned to accept and embrace it.”

    I call BS. It seems like any time their record is in danger, this clown is in the press saying the current team is worse than his was. Fred, you were on the worst NBA basketball team of all time. Deal with it.

  2. phillycannon - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    and fred carter was just as terrible as a coach!!!!

  3. phillysports1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    If your not a fan now , don’t jump on the bandwagon LATER !!! That’s all I have to say !

    • spursareold - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      I don’t see anyone here dumping on the Sixers. They’re taking a crap on ol’ Fred, because every blue moon, he comes out of the woodwork and reveals what a complete tool he is.

      I think everyone knows the score with the Sixers. They have two lottery picks form last year’s draft, though only one is playing, and they have two lottery picks in this draft. They could easily be a top half EC playoff team next year.

      • shanelsweet - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        4 teenagers aren’t going to get them to the playoffs. It’s a man’s league.

      • spursareold - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        It’s…the East.

        And tell it to OKC. They gelled REAL quick once they got their 3 lottery picks together.

      • nickjackalson - Mar 27, 2014 at 7:53 AM

        like top half WC playoff team the next year???

    • ematusko - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      I’m a big fan, and all for losing on purpose in this case. Trotting out a 6, 7, 8 seed caliber team year after year was tiresome, and this is realy the only solution in the current landscape.

      Having said that; I think there’s a very serious flaw in a league where the best way to improve your team’s prospects is by tanking. It’s a shame really.

  4. asimonetti88 - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    And yet Milwaukee still has a worse record.

    • fanofthegame79 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Thank you! And this fact goes unmentioned.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Because he’s not talking about the philly team with spencer hawes and even turner, he’s talking about the philly team that starts Henry Sims, Hollis Thompson, and James Anderson. That’s a d-league team. We’ve never seen a team that bad in the NBA before.

      • fanofthegame79 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        I don’t know about that, basketballpundit. The Cavs the year after LeBron left set the record of 26 straight losses. The 76ers team that Fred Carter played for had a worse winning percentage and so did the Bobcats (mentioned in this article). Don’t get me wrong, this 76ers team is terrible. But we can’t call them the worst team ever if they don’t even end up with the worst record of this season (something the Bucks might do). We can’t say that just because we don’t know the names of the players on this 76ers team doesn’t make them an automatic d-league team.

  5. ryanrockzzz - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    So theoretically, if the talent pool was better, then the players surrounding Carter would have been better as well. What a dumbass argument from him.

  6. phillysports1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Henry Sims is not that bad .

  7. 1forest1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Can’t really compare the teams, since I never seen that Sixers team play, but I would say when they had Hawes and Turner, they were better than Carter’s team. Now with their current roster, I would have to agree with Carter. This is perhaps the worst roster ever put together. No offense to Young and MCW

  8. taron2in1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    As a Sixer fan I don’t care about the loses. Either you win the Chip or your season was 0-82. I want winners!!!!

    • bhunter1995 - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      If you’re not first you’re last.

      • nickjackalson - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:06 AM

        being a Sixer fan really must hurt, then

  9. phillysports1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    We will be compete in couple years or so.. Just sit back and wait

  10. ndrick731 - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    The Sixer team as currently constituted would not even make it out of the first round of the NCAA tournament. They might not even make it out of the first round of the NIT tournament.

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