Hello Bobcats fans. Shortly after the loss to the Boston Celtics last night, I got to thinking. We have had some bad seasons in our short history, but this one is pretty bad. Our first season (2004-05) ended with an 18-64 record. This year, we’re on pace for 9.84 wins. That’s right folks, we’re on pace to win half as many games as a team that featured the immortal names Primoz Brezec, Jason Hart, and Melvin Ely.
What’s more is the Cats are currently mired in a twelve game losing streak. One more and we tie the franchise mark set in the 05-06 season. Even worse, our average point differential thus far this season is -13.6. The Bobcats are the only team in the last decade to have a negative point differential in the double digits. I think it’s safe to say that we are in full-on tank mode (or maybe we’re just that bad).
Wait a second though; there is a silver lining right? With the worst record comes the highest chance of landing the first overall pick in the strong 2012 draft. Well, not so fast. Some draft lottery history must be understood before we get too comfortable with ourselves. The lottery has been in effect (in some form) since 1985. In the 27 total draft lotteries, the team with the worst record has won the first overall pick a total of… four times. By comparison, the team with the third worst record has won the most times (6) and the team with the fifth worst record has won it five times.