Will the New Jersey Nets end Their Losing Streak?
The New Jersey Nets have opened the NBA season with 15 straight losses, two shy of tying the record of 17 consecutive losses to open a season, held by the 1988 Miami Heat and the 1999 Los Angeles Clippers.
Unlike the Heat, an expansion team, and the Clippers, a perennial loser, the Nets were actually considered and up-and-coming team heading into this season. Let's compare the three teams to see who's worst:
Clippers: Maurice Taylor, 17.1 points per game. Before he became a NBA journeyman and battled drug and conditioning issues, Taylor was a pretty decent NBA forward. Unfortunately, he spent his formative years with the Clips in anonymity.
Heat: Kevin Edwards, 13.8 points per game. Edwards was the 20th pick in the draft and had a solid rookie season, but when you're leading scorer doesn't even notch 14 a game, the team typically doesn't win much.
Nets: Brook Lopez, 17.5 points per game. After a solid rookie season, Lopez has been the Nets' best player so far, also averaging nine rebounds per game.
Clippers: Lamar Odom. Odom was a do-it-all rookie for the Clips, a 6-11 guy who could handle the ball and run the offense like a point guard. the Clips thought they had a young Magic. Odom was eventually given up on by the Clips, signed with the Heat and was a major contributor as the third wheel on last year's Lakers title team. It's a total Clippers move to see their once-savior thrive for the Lakers.
Heat: Rony Seikaly. The Syracuse product averaged about 11 points and 7 rebounds a game as a rookie lottery pick. Seikaly developed into a pretty solid, fringe All-Star.
Nets: Devin Harris/Lopez. Unless you count the cap space the Nets hope to use to lure LeBron James, Harris, a point guard, and Lopez, a center, are considered the keys to the future success of the Nets.
Most random player:
Heat: Pearl Washington. It's weird that a guy who played in less than 200 career games could have a nickname like 'Pearl.'
Nets: Eduardo Najera. Just one of several guys who makes not much sense on this roster.
How they finished:
Both the Clips and Heat only managed to get to 15 wins on the season, though they did win enough to avoid all-time single season marks for futility.