Wolves take over NBA’s all-time worst winning percentage
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's official, Timberwolves fans: Nobody in the NBA can say they've got it worse than you do.The team's 13-29 start to the season has dropped the franchise to the very bottom of the league's all-time winning percentages. Minnesota,...
MINNEAPOLIS - It’s official, Timberwolves fans: Nobody in the NBA can say they’ve got it worse than you do.
The team’s 13-29 start to the season has dropped the franchise to the very bottom of the league’s all-time winning percentages. Minnesota, at .391 all-time, now sits just below the .392 Los Angeles Clippers.
Minnesota entered the season percentage points ahead of Los Angeles. The Clippers (currently 26-14) were inching closer and then closed the gap in a hurry by winning 10 games in a row while the Wolves went 1-11.
The changing of the rear guard took place Jan. 9, when the Clippers beat the Charlotte Hornets. The Wolves, meanwhile, didn’t win in the new year until Sunday.
Just five years ago, the Wolves weren’t particularly close to the worst all-time record, or even the second-worst. They were sitting at .397 with a young core that had the whiff of a playoff berth. The Clippers, a near-perennial laughing stock, languished at .362, and the Memphis Grizzlies, emerging from a moribund decade-plus, were .352.
But while the latter two franchises turned things around, Minnesota stalled and lurched into another rebuild.
Even after all of that, Los Angeles’ grip on the not-the-worst title is tenuous. The Clippers lost Saturday, and just two more consecutive losses, paired with Wolves wins, would vault Minnesota back out of the cellar.