Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  41 responses

2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats: the Worst NBA Team Ever

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Michael Jordan’s NBA life came full circle last night in Charlotte. Jordan, who played for the greatest NBA team ever (1995-96 Chicago Bulls), is now the not-so-proud owner of the worst team the League has ever seen in its 66-year history.

The Bobcats’ 20-point loss to the visiting New York Knicks last night was their 23rd in a row, and etched their names in the history books. They finished the season with an incredible record of 7-59.

The Charlotte Observer examines the carnage:

Twenty-three consecutive losses later, the Charlotte Bobcats made NBA history. They haven’t won since March 17 and they won’t win again for at least seven months. This season-closing loss – 104-84 at home to the New York Knicks – means they finish the season with the worst winning percentage in NBA history. A 7-59 record in this lockout-shortened season (a .106 winning percent) slips below the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who went 9-73 (.110).

“The season itself was a long haul for all of us – upstairs and downstairs,” said coach Paul Silas, who might have coached his last NBA game. His contract expires after this season. “Being the worst team in the history of the game is not something you cherish.”

Jordan watched his team reach this unenviable mark from a luxury suite.

The Bobcats will look to improve through the NBA Draft this summer. After the season they’ve just had, there’s nowhere for them to go but up.

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  • http://www.nba.com Red

    They’re so bad people won’t even dare comment on them but I will for I am kind.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Worst winning percentage. We lost 14 less games than they did. Although, given all the butt kickings this team has gotten from the other bottom dwellers, I doubt the 16 games would make a difference. But IDGAF. We’ll get a new piece in the draft, we have all the contracts coming off the books within the next 2 years, and luckily it wasn’t an 82 game season. The Lions won a grand total of 0 games a couple years ago, they are in the playoffs now and have a player on the Madden ’13 cover. Luck is really what will determine the Bobcats future.

  • Justin G.

    Does the “record” get an asterisk for it being a lockout season?

  • cbb_fanatic

    The funny thing about this is that I am so proud of my guy Anthony Davis for winning the national championship, being the Freshman of the Year, being the Player of the Year, AND being the potential No.1 draft pick. But that last accomplishment seems like a death sentence right now. MJ need to get it together and find my guy some TALENT to play with because this crap is unworthy of a No.1 draft pick. It’s not fair!!! Can we swap which teams choose first or at least suspend the Bobcats from picking until the second round? LOL. (But seriously).

  • furiousfunkfanatic


    drafting completely useless players like Adam Morrison and gving away the few good players they had like Tyson Chandler, Gerald Wallace – I mean this looks like they tried really hard to become the worst team of NBA-history!
    However, maybe they just wanted to honor MJ with 23 losses in a row.
    The sad thing is, that Anthony Randolph is going to waste all his talent for this broken franchise. This is a crime to basketball!

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    With all due respect Betcats I’m gonna need you guys to keep sucking until we can secure that 1st rounder you guys got and get the #1 pick.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY


  • BBaller

    Supporting the Spurs for 20 years now i cannot relate. Sorry Charlotte, although the Hornets were better. Shout out to LJ and Alonzo.

  • JML-G


    yeah, Bobcats been dreaming bout getting Anthony RANDOLPH all season long.. they probably gonna give that #1 draft pick to TWolves for him.. #truestory

  • http://youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    It will be hilarious if the Bobcats don’t get the #1 pick.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @what, well they only have a 25% chance of winning the number 1 pick. And, it is actually the norm for the worst team not to get the first pick just based on previous drafts.

  • Bravo

    Lmao tell me how they beat my raptors everytime we faced them? But we got the better record

  • FLIGHT 9

    With The first pick of the 2012 NBA Draft the Charlotte Bobcats select Harrison Barnes from the University of North Carolina!!!

  • AsadSaleh3

    Jordan has to back off and hire people who can evaluate talent. That’s the only way this franchise will survive. Back off, hire people who aren’t your friends, sit in your suite and watch like good owners do. Decide who will be running the point between Augustin and Kemba Walker, continue to develop Gerald Henderson, add Anthony Davis if they get the number 1 pick and get some veteran guys who can play. Right now, veterans don’t want to play for Jordan if he’s going to be on the sideline acting like he’s a coach. He’s already an intimidating presence especially on guys who look up to him. I feel sorry for Paul Silas.

  • slamfan4life

    Bet you they wont get that #1 pick

  • KidCongo

    @Bravo: they beat the Raptors every time? Good Lord

  • ChristianBullen

    Somebody watches too much Stephen A. Smith.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Asad you’re very annoying..Lollll@flight. What if they don’t get the #1 pick..damn.

  • Bravo

    @kidcongo yeah man @ least 3 times I think. There last win of the season was pron against toronto

  • AsadSaleh3

    @Red You’re extremely idiotic. And flat out wrong. And childish. All the time.

  • AsadSaleh3

    There’s really no other way for the Bobcats to do well. Jordan is a horrible owner/executive up until this point. Either get it together, back off and hire people who can put a good team together, or risk Charlotte losing another franchise.

  • thetalkingcomb

    Profile pic of the story is perfect!

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    The Bobcats are to the NBA as Jack & Jill is to cinema.

  • dan didonna

    it is funny how mj has gone from the best team ever to being owner of t he worst ever! you can rest assured, though, he will work hard to make sure this never happens again and is a humbling thing

  • dan didonna

    one thing for sure: bobcats will get good drafts

  • irondan21

    If the NBA is going to control the hornets, then why not the bobcats? They literally can’t get worse (until next season).

  • Justin

    Karma for Bob “BET” Johnson. What a joke of a (former) owner. What a damn shame. Ok, change the name, bring back the Hornets or re-name the team the Carolina Flight. Then you would get the city and the local fans back. The old Charlotte Coliseum used to be rocking, setting NBA attendance records, beat the Celtics in the playoffs and all that. Then…

  • Slam Goodbody

    carolina flight sounds dope we need to somehow get the message to michael jordan

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @BBaller – Really? In 20 years you don’t remember the Spurs tanking to get a power forward…?

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Seriously, though, Jordan is being held to a different standard. The Cats are in a tiny market with limited capital, in hard competition from the NCAA plus the cap and the CBA is getting tighter. Jordan is actually making sound financial decisions. The Cats roster isn’t worse than that of the Kings or the Raptors. Kawme didn’t pan out, but he’d have gone top 3 if Jordan had taken someone else. Ammo was taken probably ten places too high, but it was the knee injury that destroyed his career. He’s actually doing better than Joe Dumars and I’d go as far to say Otis in Orlando. What he CAN’T do is evaluate coaching staff, and you can see that by the revolving door and the underperformance of the Cats roster compared to teams with comparable talent.

  • http://Slamonline.com 1982

    @Caboose Adam Sandler in drag has more fans than the Charlotte Bobcats

  • AsadSaleh3

    Carolina Flight is the best name I’ve heard for them. The Bobcats roster doesn’t have nearly as much talent as the Kings. Maybe equal to the Raptors though. There’s no good explanation for drafting Adam Morrison that high in my opinion and giving Tyrus Thomas that much money to do what he does.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I kinda hope they don’t get the top pick, I don’t think Davis is the answer, especially paired with Biyombo. If they did get Anthony Davis I’d want them to package him to get both of the Hornets’ picks. They could get Barnes, and maybe someone like Sullinger, PJ3. Starting lineup of Walker, Henderson, Barnes, Sully/PJ3 and Biyombo looks a lot better for the future than just adding Davis IMO.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @1982 – Sadly true.
    @Asad – There’s an explanation for Ammo, for sure: the 2006 draft class sucked, At #3 Aldridge was already gone. He could have taken Roy, but he’s already retired, so the Cats would still suck at this point. Aside from Roy who’s he going to pick? Rudy Gay? After those guys the the rest were sleepers: Rondo went 21, Millsap went #47. It was a terrible year. And yeah, the Raptors are crap – and they had the #1 pick that year!

  • Balls

    On the plus side, they beat Miami once.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Michael Jordan keeps on making history… : /

  • Cameron

    I know they wanted to get younger but trading Gerald Wallace and letting Raymond Felton go put them from a 8 seed to the worst NBA team ever. Not saying they could be an 8 seed now with them but they still made the playoffs a season or 2 ago with em.

  • AsadSaleh3

    That’s not a good explanation for not taking Roy. No one knew he was going to be retired in 5 seasons. Talent wise, Rudy Gay was easily more talented and had more potential than Morrison. Morrison showed no signs of being a good or great NBA player. No reason to take him that high. MJ is a horrible evaluator of talent. Period.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Michael Castellani

    Here is a fun fact; did you know the year we drafted Adam Morrison Rudy Gay was still left to be chosen.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @Michael – …
    @Asad – Sure, but you also have to notice two other teams didn’t take Roy and four didn’t take Gay (and the Raptors took Bargnani first!) Those teams also made dumb decisions in that draft, but my point remains – Jordan is the one that gets scorched for it.

  • Rainman

    @ Michael: When u drafted Adam Morrison A LOT of peopel were still left to be chose, what was he? the 2nd? no THIRD pick… LOL