LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers saved their worst for last, a fitting end to what is now officially the most horrendous season in the history of the storied franchise.
Even though 2014-15 was essentially a lost campaign from the beginning, the Lakers still needed to win Wednesday’s season finale against the Sacramento Kings in order to avoid finishing with their lowest winning percentage ever: .264.
That scandalous figure belongs to the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers, who posted 19 wins during a 72-game season.
Yet because of injuries, these Lakers only had eight players available -- including just two guards who not long ago were in the NBA’s Development League -- against the Kings, dooming the Lakers’ already slim chances of avoiding another dubious record.
After the 122-99 blowout loss to the Kings, these Lakers (21-61) stamped their season with a .256 winning percentage, letting their Minneapolis forefathers off the hook.
By every measure, this season -- one in which the Lakers set a franchise mark for most losses and finished with the league’s fourth-worst record -- can now be declared the very worst in the 67-year history of the Lakers.
Injuries were an all-too-common trend for the Lakers, who have led the NBA in most games lost due to injury for two consecutive seasons. (Their players 339 missed games all told this season, topping last season's league-leading mark of 319.)
Here was the Lakers’ depth-chart against the Kings. No, really.
PG: Jabari Brown
SG: Vander Blue
SF: Ryan Kelly
This season, Brown and Blue played with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers’ NBA Development League affiliate, and they were the Lakers’ only healthy guards.
Lakers coach Byron Scott said before the game that he expected both Brown and Blue to play all 48 minutes, and they sure did.
Brown finished with 32 points on 9-of-19 shooting and Blue scored 15 to go along with 7 rebounds and 8 assists.
Notes: All five Kings starters scored in double figures, led by Ben McLemore with 24 points. Forward Derrick Williams scored 22 points off the bench. The Kings played without DeMarcus Cousins (foot) and Rudy Gay (concussion). They finished the season 28-53.
Up next: The NBA Draft Lottery on May 19. The Lakers have an 82.8 percent chance of retaining their top-five protected first-round pick, which they’ll lose to the Philadelphia 76ers if it falls outside the first five slots.