There is still a long way to go this season, but the Philadelphia 76ers appear to be primed and ready to fight to be the worst team ever. If the L.A. Lakers don't beat them to it, that is.
Through 10 games, the 76ers are winless. The Lakers have just two wins in 11.
Recently, Michael Carter-Williams wrote a story on the difficulties of playing for a bad team for Derek Jeter's Players' Tribune. In that story, one of the best tidbits is that he watches The Ellen Show to deal with the emotions of losing so consistently.
Will they ever win?
The easy answer here is yes, they have to win with 72 games remaining on the regular season schedule. It's the NBA, and any night can prove to be an anomaly.
The 76ers lost 123-70 to Dallas and 120-88 to Toronto in consecutive games. But, the night after the loss to the Mavericks, they lost 88-87 to the 9-2 Houston Rockets, one of the NBA's best teams.
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That game took everything the Rockets had as star James Harden hit a shot in the final 10 seconds to win.
Sadly enough, it was Carter-Williams who bounced the ball off his foot to give Houston the ball on their game-winning possession. Then it was Carter-Williams who came back and missed a potential game-winner after that.
Who is the worst ever?
The 76ers won 19 games in 2013-14. At this point, it's hard to believe that they'll be able to equal that again.
But they will also have to be very bad for an extended stretch to challenge the 2012 Charlotte Bobcats' record of 7-59. The 76ers hold the worst ever record in an 82-game season, going 9-73 in 1973.
Business Insider noted on Tuesday that the 76ers are on pace to be the worst team in NBA history. On average, the story notes, they are being outscored by 16.9 points per game.