The Philadelphia 76ers are bad, historically bad. They might just end up being the worst team the NBA has ever seen. At 1-17, despite Wednesday night's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, they are certainly on their way.
With a loss against Minnesota, they would have tied for the worst start in NBA history. Instead, they are just second-worst for now with a shot at being the overall worst still on the table.
Think of the NFL's 0-16 Detroit Lions from 2008 and multiply that. Because the 76ers still have 64 more shots at stinking up the joint and very few chances like Wednesday to actually win.
Some have accused the team of tanking. Other have said that they would lose to a college team like Kentucky.
We'll probably never know the true answer to either of those, but we do know that the oddsmakers have less and less faith in the 76ers each day.
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Before the season, it made headlines when the oddsmakers set Philadelphia's over/under on total number of wins at 16.5. Last year, it was 15.5 and they beat that.
After the awful start, however, oddsmakers have reset that total number of wins for the season at 9.5.
Why so low?
Well, besides the obvious that they hadn't won a game until Wednesday, the 76ers don't really give us any reason to believe they will get better.
Some of their players like Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams are young, sure. But that doesn't mean that, by the end of the year, they will have come together any better as a team.
How bad are they?
On Wednesday night, the embarrassment got even worse in their game against the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves soon after the opening tip.
“The Sixers won the opening tip, and Henry Sims was fouled and getting ready to take a free throw when referee Zach Zarba stopped the game,” The Associated Press wrote. “After a brief conference, it was determined both teams should be going in the opposite directions. The foul was wiped off, the clock was reset and a second jump ball was held to restart the game.”
So, yeah, they are so bad that they can't even figure out which way to go to start the game.