The NBA is the Absolute Worst

Published: Oct 29, 2013 21:49pm EDT
By Lance Rinker, Managing Editor for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Oct 29, 2013 @ 10:26pm EDT


I consider myself a sports fan. Not just a fan of one particular sport, but a sports fan in general. Often times I find myself turning on whatever sporting event is on at the time, unless there is a specific game I want to watch, and watch. There is one sport, however, that I simply cannot bring myself to watch during the regular season and that is basketball – specifically, the NBA.

Since 2002 (or the 2001-2002 season) Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League have not had a single team make the postseason with a win-loss record below .500. The NFL had one team make the playoffs with a record below .500, the 2010 Seattle Seahawks won their division with a 7-9 record, but that’s it.

Additionally, some of the worst teams in baseball and hockey will win at least one-third of their scheduled regular season games. Only three teams in baseball since the 2002 season have finished with winning percentages below one-third (.333%) and just 18 failed to do so since the 2001-2002 season in the NHL. The NFL is another matter entirely since 81 teams have failed to win at least one-third (six wins) of their games since the 2002 season, but bad teams still don’t find their way into the playoffs.

The NBA has had 59 teams fail to win at least one-third of their games during the regular season and nine teams have made the playoffs with a losing record. The 2004 Boston Celtics made it even though they were 10 games under .500 and the 2008 Atlanta Hawks and 2011 Indiana Pacers were each eight games under .500 when they made the playoffs.

What’s even worse for the NBA, and a large part of the reason why I don’t even bother tuning in until the second-round of the playoffs, is that the parity between the haves and the have not’s does not appear to be improving all that much.

Las Vegas has predictions out on every single NBA team now and they project the Philadelphia 76ers to win 16.5 games this season. Their odds of going all the way and winning a championship are 9,999-1 because the computer wouldn’t allow them to input in a higher number for longer odds.

Some of the worst teams in baseball history, and I use baseball as an example because it goes back so far, look like world beaters when compared to some of the worst teams over the last decade in the NBA. The 1899 Cleveland Spiders in the National League went 20-134, a .130 winning percentage, and the worst team – the Charlotte Bobcats – the NBA has to offer over just the last decade won just seven games during the 2011-2012 season, which is ‘good’ for a .107 winning percentage.

You would almost have to put more effort into constructing the worst roster you possibly can to lose that many games because I’m not sure you could lose that many by accident.

Then again, is that not what some teams do in the NBA?

Typically you’ll see a team way out of the playoff race tank games near the end of the season to help improve their odds of getting a high draft pick in the lottery. This current season though it’s pretty obvious some teams, namely the 76ers, are making it clear they plan to tank till the end before the season even begins for them.

How could I possibly be talked into investing time, let alone money, on a product where you have a small handful of teams that are superior in every way imaginable to the bulk of what else is out there?

Why should I be bothered to pay attention during the regular season when the best teams are routinely playing against the garbage of the league and the end result is obvious after the first quarter of play?

The first round of the playoffs isn’t any better either because the teams that enter into the playoffs as the lower seeds are routinely ousted in the very first round by the higher seeded teams, the better teams, more often than not.

All-in-all, I cannot bring myself to investing time or money into the NBA in any way until they make more efforts to ensure more competitive balance long-term. What is currently being put out on the court and on television isn’t worth my time.


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