The five lowest win percentage seasons in recent NBA history

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While much of the attention this season has been on the battle at the top of each conference, there are a number of rebuilding jobs taking place at the other end of the league. 

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are breaking records in the West and the Cleveland Cavaliers are setting the pace in the East, but there are franchises outside of the playoffs who are looking into the future and assessing how their fortunes can change. 

The Philadelphia 76ers are one of those organisations looking up at the leaders in envy. The Atlantic Division franchise are rock bottom of the NBA and hold a record of 9-59; making it the fourth-worst season in win percentage history as it stands.

But in every bad situation, there is hope. The Sixers have a number of exciting young players on their hands and can look forward to a brighter future with a number of draft picks also at their disposal. 

However, right now, the franchise in the City of Brotherly Love holds a win percentage of just 13.2. With that in mind, GiveMeSport has taken a look at the worst win percentage seasons since the ABA and NBA merger and looked at how they fared in the following years. 

2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats

The lockout shortened season was one to forget for the Charlotte Bobcats as they finished with the worst win percentage in history. They won just seven of their 65 games to finish with a percentage of 10.6.

After propping up the league in Kemba Walker's rookie season, the Bobcats selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second pick of the 2012 draft. With MKG, Walker and Bismack Biymobo on their books, there was a marked improvement as they finished on 21-61.

A year later, having brought in Al Jefferson from free agency and drafted Cody Zeller, the Bobcats returned to the playoffs where they were swept by the Miami Heat.

Since rebranding as the Hornets, they missed the playoffs last season but are now fifth in the East and battling for homecourt advantage in the first round of postseason action.

1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers

2015-16 is not the first time the Sixers have experienced this pain, but it should be some motivation for a more productive future. 

Having won just 11 percent of their games to finish with a 9-73 record, Philly enjoyed a much more productive season in 1973-74.

They drafted Doug Collins and Allan Bristow, but neither player hit the ground running. It was Fred Carter and Tom van Arsdale who led them to a 25-57 finish.

After another year of building, they reached the playoffs in 1976 as Collins and George McGinnis averaged over 20 points per game. Philadelphia fell in the first round to the Buffalo Braves.

1992-93 Dallas Mavericks

Unlike the aforementioned franchises, it was some time before the Dallas Mavericks would reach the playoffs after finishing with a 13.4 win percentage in 1992-93. Their record was 11-71 and it didn't get much better as they won just two more games the following season.

There was a jump in the 1994-95 campaign as they finished with a 36-46 record off the back of Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn who averaged 25.7 and 24.1 points per game respectively. The latter was the fourth pick of the 1993 draft.

It was not until the turn of the millennium that the Mavericks would get a taste of playoff action, but one thing is for sure, they have never since tasted those dark days of the early '90s.

1997-98 Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets had a similar story to the Dallas Mavericks after finishing the 1997-98 season with a 13.4 percent win-loss record. 

The following season produced just 14 wins, but they came closer to a .500 record in 1999-2000 as the base of Raef LaFrentz, Antonio McDyess and Nick van Exel took them to 35-47.

Another strong season followed, but there was a regression in 2001-02. It was not until Carmelo Anthony's rookie season that the Nuggets would compete in postseason action.

1986-87 L.A. Clippers

During their third season since relocation to Los Angeles, the Clippers had a year to forget as the finished on 12-70 - boasting a 14.6 percent win-loss record.

They continued to struggle with life in the shadows of their new neighbours - the Lakers - and only managed 17 wins in the '78-'79 season. 

Things continued to slowly improve and the 1991-92 campaign saw the breakthrough as they record a win percentage over .500 and reached the playoffs with a record of 45-37.

Eastern Conference
L.A. Clippers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Philadelphia 76ers
Atlantic Division
Dallas Mavericks
Southwest Division
Charlotte Hornets
Southeast Division
Denver Nuggets
Northwest Division

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