Longest losing streak in NBA history? Are the Detroit Pistons the worst team?

NBA 2023/24 has only been over a month. However, this looks like it will continue to be a disappointing season for the Detroit Pistons.

Last season, they were among the worst performing teams in the tournament with a record of 17 wins – 65 losses. After the summer of 2023, the Detroit Pistons have another potential player, Ausar Thompson. With other young players like Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Jalen Duren and Isaiah Stewart, Pistons fans have a basis to expect a new cycle of success for the team.

From left, Detroit Pistons forward Kevin Knox II, forward Marvin Bagley III, and guard Jaden Ivey sit on the bench during the closing minutes of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

However, the start of the Detroit Pistons’ season is a nightmare. They have a record of 2 wins – 23 losses, the worst in the entire NBA, and a series of 22 consecutive defeats up to now. They are also the only team without a single victory throughout last November.

2 reasons not to worry about the Detroit Pistons...yet

Coach Monty Williams is not inexperienced, as he led the Phoenix Suns’ youth team to success, as well as the title “Best Coach of 2022”. However, the Detroit Pistons have yet to find any positive signs in their own losing streak.

The Detroit Pistons’ achievements have put them in the group of teams with the most consecutive losses in NBA history. However, they need to change that soon, if they do not want to prolong the series of disappointing achievements mentioned above.

Longest losing streak in NBA history?

The record for the longest consecutive losing streak in the NBA belongs to the Philadelphia 76ers, when they lost 28 consecutive matches spanning from the 2014/15 to 2015/16 season.

Pistons' 17-game losing streak is a team record. Is there any hope for  faithful fans?

More surprisingly, the second longest losing streak in a season also belongs to the Philadelphia 76ers, with a record of 26 consecutive defeats in the 2014/15 season alone. The Cleveland Cavaliers also had a similar losing streak in the 2010/11 season, when LeBron James left the team to join the Miami Heat.

Class Team Year Losing streak
first Philadelphia 76ers 2015* 28
2 Cleveland Cavaliers 2010-11 26
Philadelphia 76ers 2014 26
4 Cleveland Cavaliers 1982* 24
5 Charlotte Bobcats 2012 23
Denver Nuggets 1997-98 23
Vancouver Grizzlies 1996 23
7 Detroit Pistons 2023 22
8 Detroit Pistons 1980* 21
ten Houston Rockets 2021 20
LA Clippers 1994* 20
Dallas Mavericks 1993 20
New York Knicks 1985* 20
Philadelphia 76ers 1973 20

* – Lasts 2 seasons.

Teams that have not won in 1 month of competition in the NBA

In NBA history, it is not uncommon for teams to lose within a month of competition. The Philadelphia 76ers also lost all 16 matches in November 2015.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers, they also spent January 2011 without knowing the smell of victory after 16 matches. Charlotte Bobcats also played in April 2012with a record of 0 wins – 16 losses.

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