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76ers lose 26 straight, Bucks remain worse. Unprecedented?

Mar 29, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

Ersan Ilyasova

The Philadelphia 76ers are exceptional – and that makes the Milwaukee Bucks even more extraordinary.

Despite the 76ers’ record-tying 26-game losing streak, Milwaukee (14-58) still has a worse record than Philadelphia (15-57).

That drew my curiosity. How many of the NBA’s longest losing streaks have not produced the NBA’s worst record?

In NBA history, there have been seven losing streaks of at least 20 games within in a single season:

  • 26, 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers (15-57)
  • 26, 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers (19-63)
  • 23, 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats (7-59)
  • 23, 1997-98 Denver Nuggets (11-71)
  • 23, 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies (15-67)
  • 20, 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks (13-69)
  • 20, 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers (9-73)

All but two of those teams had the worst record that season – the two teams atop that list.

Even if the 76ers lose to the Pistons and the Bucks beat the Heat tonight, Milwaukee still wouldn’t pass Philadelphia in the standings. In 2010-11, the Timberwolves (17-65) out-stunk the Cavaliers, who also lost 26 straight.

The other five teams on the list all finished with the league’s worst record.

Is there something to this? I’d chalk it up to mostly coincidence. Lose this many games in a row, and you’re likely to have the league’s worst record. (This year’s 76ers could still get there.)

The 2010-11 Cavaliers just happened to exist in the same year David Kahn ran an NBA team. And the 2013-14 76ers just happened to have a hot start that pumped up their record – for now.

  1. seattlesuperchronic - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Just mentioning David Kahn makes me laugh. What a dingus.

  2. 13arod - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    raise ur hand if u think the 76ers are tanking

  3. shaner329 - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    76ers came out hot winning their first 3 games of the season, now it’s coming back to bite us

  4. phillysports1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Go FLYERS !!!!!

  5. campcouch - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    As a Cavs fan,I’m actually jealous of the Sixers. The owners saw that they were wasting money on players that at the best,gave them an 8th seed shot every year. Getting swept out by the #1 seed isn’t an accomplishment,so blow up the team and rebuild via the draft. Youngsters who will buy into the rebuild. Tell them it’s their team and watch them take ownership. Like the core in OKC. Paying top dollar for greedy vets and mediocre players doesn’t work for a rebuilding franchise. Take these lumps now and good luck Philly!

  6. phillysports1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    We are snapping the 26 game loosing streak in a few minutes ! Up by 30 !

    • philadelphiafan - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      phillysports1 – Mar 29, 2014 at 7:12 PM
      Go FLYERS !!!!!

      Lmao now all of a sudden you’re a Sixers fan again?

  7. phillysports1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Dude, every team from my city is my favorite team . I can’t root for my city ?

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