Pistons, Spurs, Wizards Record 1-48 in Last 49 Games

‣ The Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, and Washington Wizards have a combined record of 1-48 in their last 49 games, putting them on pace to finish with the best odds to secure the top lottery pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.
‣ Detroit’s losing streak is the longest in one season in franchise history and the longest in the NBA since the Houston Rockets lost 20 straight games in the 2020-21 season.
‣ This marks the third season in NBA history to feature multiple teams on losing streaks of 16-plus games at the same time. The other instances were in April 1982 and March 2010.

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The Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, and Washington Wizards are having a tough time this season. Their combined record for the last 49 games is a dismal 1-48. Presently, Detroit (0-19), San Antonio (0-16), and Washington (1-13) are on track to finish with the highest odds of bagging the top lottery pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.

Detroit is in a particularly rough patch. With a 2-20 record, the club’s losing streak is the longest in a single season in franchise history. It’s second only to a 21-game skid that spanned the end of the 1979-80 season and the start of 1980-81. This kind of streak hasn’t been seen in the NBA since the Houston Rockets lost 20 straight in 2020-21.

The Philadelphia 76ers hold the dubious honor of both NBA records. They set the single-season record with 26 consecutive losses in 2013-14 and the overall record with 28 losses spanning the end of 2014-15 and the start of 2015-16. However, their losses did have a silver lining. At the end of the 2013-14 season, Philly picked Joel Embiid third overall in the 2014 draft.

The Pistons are also the first team to lose 20 of their first 22 games of a season since the 2015-16 Sixers. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Detroit is the fifth team since 2000 to lose 20 of its first 22 games with a point differential per game of minus-10.0 or worse.

The Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs’ slumps mark the third NBA season with multiple teams on 16-plus-game losing streaks. Detroit lost its 19th straight game, and the Spurs lost their franchise-record-tying 16th in a row. San Antonio’s 3-18 record this season is the worst start in franchise history through 21 games.

Washington, despite its struggles, is arguably the best of the worst. They’ve won three of their last 21 games this season. The Wizards snapped their nine-game losing streak on Nov. 27 against none other than Detroit. However, they went on to lose their next four games.

The Wizards have also been absent from the playoffs since 2020-21. Their last conference semifinals appearance was back in 2016-17. Similarly, the Pistons and Spurs haven’t made it to the postseason since 2018-19.

This season is the third in NBA history to feature multiple teams on losing streaks of 16-plus games simultaneously. The other instances were the San Diego Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers in April 1982, and the Minnesota Timberwolves and Wizards in March 2010.

In the 2023 draft, the Pistons, Spurs, and Rockets all had a 14% chance to land the top pick, the best odds of any team. San Antonio won the lottery and selected Victor Wembanyama first overall in that year’s draft.

Wembanyama has made a promising start. He’s the first NBA player to record at least 350 points, 50 assists, 25 steals, and 50 blocks in his first 20 career games. At 19 years and 338 days, he also became the youngest player in league history to post 20 points and 20 rebounds in a single game. He beat the record held by Dwight Howard in 2005 by just four days.

James Shotwell
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