But we don’t know how terrible they can be. Sure, 1-11 is horrible, but what if they continue the season at this pace? How bad could they be? Michael Lee of the Washington Post has the answer.
The Wizards have a winning percentage of .090 (Ed. — now .083 after Saturday’s loss), which of course, would be the all-time worst. The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers had the worst 82-game season in NBA history, winning just 9 games and posting an overall winning percentage of .110. If the Wizards play that pace, they would finish with eight wins.
It seems the Wizards have their bases covered. Not only are they on pace to finish with the lowest number of wins in a season, if they keep this up, they’ll also finish with the worst winning percentage of all-time, just so no one puts an asterisk on their atrocious season. That’s smart thinking.
Now, things could turn around for the Wizards. They have talent, they’re young and this is a season where those two things might lead to a team stealing a victory on accident. When you’re trying to get to nine wins — which would save Washington the ignominy of least wins and worst win percentage ever — getting a cheap victory because the other team is completely exhausted is a fine reason. When you’re this bad, a win’s a win.
However, looking at their schedule, if they don’t beat the Rockets today, there’s a very good chance their record is 1-16 before they have another winnable game against the Bobcats. That’s good for a winning percentage of .058 which is basically saying the Wizards have the same chance of winning a game as Otis Thorpe making a three, to put things in lockout season Wizards terms. Those are not good odds.
But at least Wizards fans have something to root for now. Between cheering for Andray Blatche to shoot another hurried 18-footer with a hand in his face or being immortalized forever in the record books as the worst team of all-time, always go with history.