The landscape of sports is always changing. Some teams are instantly becoming great after being bottom feeders, and some great teams are disintegrating into poor teams. The four major sports leagues in the U.S. have very different structures. The NBA has a small group of teams that are title contenders, then there are other teams vying to just barely make the playoffs, and lastly there are basement dwellers. The NHL has a lot of parity in it compared to the NBA. The MLB has a similar structure to the NBA, but playoff teams in baseball have a great chance of winning a championship than playoff teams in basketball. The NFL is competitive but does not have quite as much parity as the NHL.
The worst teams in sports today struggle with building their team through the draft or free agency. This is usually something that the elite teams excel at. Building through the draft gives a team the opportunity to let a player grow comfortably with the team. Unfortunately teams cannot always control drafted players work ethics, and this can sometimes set a team back if the drafted player was a high draft pick that ends up being wasted.
Wasted draft picks hurt a team, and so does wasting money on a free agent who does not live up to the contract that they have been given. The market sometimes dictates how much a player gets paid, and on occasion a player will get overpaid just because the free agent market that offseason is weak. A big contract can destroy a team’s cap situation. A team with salary issues often times finds themselves in a bad state, and a lot of teams that have bad contracts on their team are among the worst teams in sports today.
Here are the 20 worst teams in sports today.
20 Jacksonville Jaguars: 2015 Record, 5-11
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2015 Record, 6-10
18 Columbus Blue Jackets: 2015-16 Record, 34-40-8
17 Tennessee Titans: 2015 Record, 3-13
16 Calgary Flames: 2015-16 record, 35-40-7
15 Minnesota Twins: 2015 record, 83-79
The Twins were one of the biggest surprises of the 2015 MLB season, but they may have come back down to earth. They find themselves at the bottom of the American League. Eduardo Nunez is batting .333 and Joe Mauer is still extremely productive as a first baseman now. The Twins starting rotation is filled with retreads like Ervin Santana and Phil Hughes. These pitchers are trying to find their game again after being successful in the past on other teams.
14 Los Angeles Lakers, 2015-16 record: 17-65
The Lakers have just finished their Kobe Bryant farewell tour, and can now move on to the future. They have struggled the past couple years, and are in danger of not having a first round pick this year. They have a few decent young players in D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle, but the rest of the roster is in shambles.
The Los Angeles Lakers do have one of the most attractive locations in free agency due to their rich history and big marketplace. The Lakers will most likely try and attract stars through free agency, and pair these stars with their young talent in hopes of creating a contending team for years to come.
13 Oakland A’s: 2015 record, 68-94
12 Phoenix Suns: 2015-16 record, 23-59
The Phoenix Suns have not been a great team since the great Steve Nash’s glory days in the 2000s. The Suns barely missed the playoffs during the 2014-15 seasons, and thought they could build on their unexpected success coming into the 2015-16 season. Early on in the season Eric Bledsoe was injured and out for the season. After more injuries to key players like Tyson Chandler and Brandon Knight, The Suns began to pile up losses.
11 Cincinnati Reds: 2015 record, 64-98
10 Milwaukee Brewers: 2015 record, 68-94
9 Edmonton Oilers: 2015 record, 31-43-8
8 Sacramento Kings: 2015-16 NBA record, 33-49
7 Brooklyn Nets: 2015-16 record, 21-61
6 Vancouver Canucks: 2015-16 record, 31-38-13
5 Toronto Maple Leafs: 2015-16 record, 29-42-11
4 Atlanta Braves: 2015 record, 67-95
3 San Francisco 49ers: 2015 record, 5-11
2 Cleveland Browns: 2015 record, 3-13
1 Philadelphia 76ers: 2015-16 record, 10-72
The Philadelphia 76ers had the second worst record in NBA history this past season, and the team can seemingly only get better from where they are. Jahlil Oakafor as a rookie was the best player on the team. A lot of players on the team such as Hollis Thompson and Christian Wood do not belong in the NBA, and with three first round picks in this upcoming draft, the team’s roster could look a lot different when the 2016-17 season begins. New general manager Bryan Colangelo will look to convert the Sixers from basement dwellers to superior in the next couple years.
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