Charlotte Bobcats: The Worst Team in NBA History (Part 2)
Hi tribe! Yesterday I posted the first part of the Charlotte Bobcats and how they became the worst team in NBA history. Check it out here.
Below we go through the season and some hilarious "highlights".
The Worst Season in NBA History
The 2011-12 NBA season was shortened to 66 games because of the 2011 NBA Lockout. Charlotte began their season with a 96-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on December 26, 2011. Fast forward to the closing minutes of the season in April, and Michael Jordan was booed by the Charlotte crowd as his face beamed across the Jumbotron.
Charlotte only managed wins against Milwaukee, New York, Orlando, New Orleans and over Toronto twice. Rookie's Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo were thrown in the deep end and given as many minutes that they could handle. Walker was the only player all season to play all 66 games. Biyombo himself was pushed and played in all but three games.
Derrick Brown was in his third season after being drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft and only missed one game all year. After the season he never played in the NBA again.
Power forward Tyres Thomas signed a five-year, $40 million deal with the Bobcats in 2010. He managed to start only 30 games, averaging 18.8 minutes, 5.6 points and 3.7 rebounds. Thomas became one of the worst Bobcats in history and the franchise used the amnesty clause to waive him in 2013.
Injuries also helped derail the Bobcats season. Corey Maggette and DJ Augustin missed many games which limited the Bobcats ability to score. They were outscored by an average of nearly 14-points per game.
Shooting guard Gerald Henderson Jr. was a rare highlight offensively and he had a breakout year. He averaged 15.1 points, shot at 45.9% and averaged 33.3 minutes per game. But the Bobcats ranked last in points scored per game (87.0) and points conceded (100.9). With such a heavy reliance on a young Kemba Walker, the Bobcats ranked last in offensive rating and field goal percentage.
Losing Tyson Chandler and Gerald Wallace in the lead up to 2011 was too much for the Bobcats to overcome. With such a heavy defensive reliance on Biyombo, the Bobcats finished with the worst defensive rating, and second last in total rebounds and steals.
The 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats were the worst team in NBA history. They finished with a 7-59 record and a win rate of 0.106%. Their worst result was a 44-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and they ended the season with 23 consecutive losses.
Seven years ago today, the Charlotte Bobcats set the record for worst winning percentage in NBA history with a 7-59 record. pic.twitter.com/MPBzfhiOgL— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) April 26, 2019
2012 Draft Failures
After the worst season in NBA history, Charlotte had the highest chance in the draft lottery to win the rights to the first pick of the 2012 NBA draft. The Bobcats had a 25% chance of drafting generational talent Anthony Davis with the first pick.
With a 13.7% chance the New Orleans Hornets won the rights to the first pick instead and they drafted Davis in what many people believe was a conspiracy by the NBA. The league owned the New Orleans franchise at the time and many believe that the Bobcats were cheated out of pick #1.
The Bobcats selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second pick. Michael Jordan's poor history of draft picks continued as he left Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard and Andre Drummond on the board.
The 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats are the worst team in NBA history. Despite the Charlotte franchise rebranding themselves in 2014 to the Charlotte Hornets - a name used between 1988 to 2002 - it's an unwanted record the Charlotte franchise owns and can never escape.
The Bobcats/Hornets were screwed out of the #1 pick in 2012 after winning SEVEN GAMES because the NBA owned the New Orleans franchise at the time and wanted them to have Anthony Davis.— Alex Gilmore (@a_gilmore88) June 21, 2018
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