Are the 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers the worst team in NBA history?
After losing by 53 points to the Dallas Mavericks, the 76ers are now 0-8 for the second time in franchise history.
Most 50-Point Losses -- NBA History
The only other time they started 0-8, they finished the season 9-73, the fewest wins by any team all-time in an 82-game season.
It’s no surprise the Sixers are off to such a bad start, but trailing by 44 at halftime and suffering a 53-point loss is perhaps the low point.
Historical perspective of loss
The 123-70 result is the largest margin of victory in Mavericks franchise history and the third-largest loss in Sixers franchise history.
The 44-point halftime deficit was tied for the second-largest in NBA history. Only the Sacramento Kings’ 47-point deficit against the Warriors during the 1991-92 season was larger.
The Sixers now have five 50-point losses in their franchise history, the most for any team. No other franchise has more than three.
How bad are they?
The 76ers have been outscored by 143 points in their first eight games -- that's the third-worst combined margin through eight games in NBA history.
Worst Combined Margin Through 8 Games
The 1997-98 Warriors and 1988-89 Miami Heat (in their inaugural season) were the only teams to have an even worse start -- and they both finished with fewer than 20 wins.
Even when the Sixers finished 9-73 in 1972-73, their margin through eight games was only minus-74.
The Sixers rank last in the league in offensive efficiency, averaging 90.4 points per 100 possessions. They also rank last in rebound percentage, grabbing less than 46 percent of available rebounds.
Nothing to work with
The Sixers have now lost 40 of their past 44 games dating back to Jan. 31 of last season.