As future hall of fame coach Gregg Popovich contemplates about the playoffs and potentially a fifth NBA championship, his San Antonio Spurs are 42-8 (.840). Statistically where does this Spurs team compare with some of the best ever NBA teams?
72-10 (.900) was the stunning regular season of the legendary 1995-96 Chicago Bulls who were 45-5 (.900). Before the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, there was the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers with the dynamic duo of Gail Goodrich and Jerry West with an aging but still reliable Wilt Chamberlain combined to 43-7 (.860).Even though Wilt Chamberlain shot a dismal FT% of .441, along with Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham and Chet Walker were, the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers were 46-4 (.920). With Larry Bird averaging 25.8 ppg, 6.8 apg and 9.8 trpg along with Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, the 1985-86 Boston Celtics were 41-9 (.820). With a determined Michael Jordan eyeing consecutive NBA championships, the 1991-92 Chicago Bulls were 41-9 (.820).
Spurs’ record after 50 regular season games show they are in elite company but only time will tell whether or not the foreign pairing of Manu Ginóbili and Tony Parker along with future hall of famer Tim Duncan can continue the consistency to season end and most importantly into the playoffs.
With a record of 9-41 (0.180) one begins to wonder where do the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers rank statistically with some of the worst ever NBA teams? The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers hold the dubious record as the worst ever NBA team finishing with an unfortunate record of 9-73 (.110), they were 4-46 (0.080). The 1992-93 Dallas Mavericks finished 11-71 (.134) were also 4-46 (0.080). Like the Mavericks, the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets finished 11-71 (.134) were 5-45 (0.100). The 2009-10 New Jersey Nets finished 12-70 (.146) were 4-46 (0.080). Statistically the closest team to the Cavaliers are the 1986-87 Los Angeles Clippers who finished 12-70 (.146) but were 8-42 (0.160) meaning they were 4-40 (0.090) for the rest of the season.
With a losing streak of 24, unfortunately the Cavaliers look headed down the same road of the 1986-87 Clippers. It will be interesting to see if Dan Gilbert continues as owner of the Cavaliers because it would ironic if he walked given he verbally chastised LeBron James for walking out on the Cavaliers. One also wonders if Gilbert’s prediction of winning a championship before James rings true, well certainly not this season.
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