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Clippers and Raptors clinch best records in franchise history, Spurs next?

Apr 16, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

Blake Griffin, Jonas Valanciunas Blake Griffin, Jonas Valanciunas

With their 117-105 win over the Nuggets last night, the Clippers won their 57th game of the season – clinching a franchise record for winning percentage. It’s a standard the Clippers have broken each of the last three years:

  • 2013-14: 57-24 (.704
  • 2012-13: 56-26 (.683)
  • 2011-12: 40-26 (.606)
  • 1974-75: 49-33 (.598)

The Raptors (48-33) already clinched their franchise-best mark, besting a couple 47-35 seasons (2000-01 and 2006-07).

Somewhat surprisingly, the Bobcats (42-39) can’t break their franchise record – 44-38 in 2009-10.

But the Spurs (62-19) can if they beat the Lakers tonight. A 63-19 record would match their high-water mark in 2005-06.

That had me wonder: How many years feature three of the best records in a franchise’s history?

So far, counting ties, three:


Last season, the Nuggets, Grizzlies and Heat had their best records ever. In 1995-96, the Bulls, Magic and Thunder (as the Seattle SuperSonics) saw their franchise highs.

Of course, more teams play now than ever. Before 1995-96, the Raptors never even had a chance to set their franchise high. That’s why the results are geared toward 2004-05 and beyond, since the Bobcats have given the NBA 30 teams.

But I enjoy watching a team – and its fanbase – as it pursues new heights. Toronto has rallied around these Raptors, and the Clippers bandwagon is sure filling up. It doesn’t matter to me whether the number of times it happens league-wide is influenced heavily by expansion.

It’s just cool to see.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    So all Memphis did last year was win more games than they ever had and go to the Western Conference finals and Lionel Hollins gets fired for that? WTF?

    • casualcommenter - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      I’m not a huge fan of Lionel Hollins, but I disagreed with that firing.

      In general, I don’t believe in firing coaches who have led teams to franchise-best years. Whether it’s Lionel Hollins or George Karl, in the NFL, Marty Schottenheimer being fired after leading the San Diego Chargers to a 14-2 season (I bet Chargers fans miss the days when 14-2 was a disappointment), I just don’t understand the logic.

  2. lj312chicago - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    …Collins…Karl…etc….there’s a culture of not over paying for coaches in the nba…that’s why every year you see multiple assistants get promotions or stolen away from their teams

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