When you think of the worst franchises in the NBA a few come to mind almost immediately. Fans of the league know which teams simply do not have a culture that promotes winning. The NBA is a league of harsh realities. The Lakers, Celtics, Bulls and Spurs sit on one end of the league, and everyone else sits on the other. This article tells the story of the worst teams in the league that are falling faster by the second.
#1: New York Knicks
The Knicks are a storied franchise in a famous arena, but they have been a train wreck for awhile now. They have not been good in a very long time, and they do not appear to be getting any better. The Knicks are controlled by the Dolan family who have mismanaged the team badly, and the team stays in the headlines only because they are in New York. A franchise this bad in any other city would have been written off long ago.
#2: Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings were quite close to moving from the city before a deal was brokered to sell the team to someone local. Arco Arena will be replaced, but the Kings will still be futile. They have been at the bottom of the league for ages, and they have not made an appearance in the finals ever. They are so futile in their attempts at success that they are often left out of conversation about California teams.
#3: Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets have had some nice moments, but they are a bad franchise with only one truly great player to their credit. Kiki Vandeweghe has not played basketball in decades, and the Nuggets continually search for ways to succeed. They are not a rich team. They are not a popular team, and they do not have superstar power that will make them relevant again.
#4: Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks once had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on their roster back when his name was Lew Alcindor. He changed his name, brought the team a title, won the MVP and left for Los Angeles. The Bucks have struggled ever since due to a lack of talent, local interest and ownership consistency. The team has been sold many times, and they do not look to remain stable in the future. Wisconsin is a football state with a floundering basketball team.
#5: Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers recently won a championship, but they did so on the back of one man. They will fall victim to the curse of loneliness when LeBron leaves or retires, and they will be in the same position as the Milwaukee Bucks. The team was hapless before LeBron came into the league, and they will fall back to the bottom of the league soon enough. They are a team hanging on by a wing and a prayer for as long as they can.
#6: Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta has been a mediocre franchise for most of its existence. They have made it past the second round of the playoffs once, and they won 60 games in the regular season only to be blown out of the water by the Cavaliers. Their franchise once had an ownership group so bad they sued each other, and their subsequent owner had to sell the team after racist emails were released.
The Clippers did not make this list because they are a story all unto themselves. Their franchise was owned by someone who only cared about the money, was a virulent racist and allowed his divorce to play out while the team was sold. The NBA is a hot commodity, but not with help from these seven teams.