Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Brooklyn Nets Are Sneaky Bad

            Not many people have noticed this, but the Brooklyn Nets are currently on a 16-game losing streak. Their last win came on January 20th against the New Orleans Pelicans, 143-114. With the win, the Nets snapped an 11-game losing streak. In fact, the Nets are 2-32 since December 12. They've allowed 100 points or more in all but one of these games during their mediocre stretch (February 1st vs. the New York Knicks in a 95-90 loss). As a whole, Brooklyn's only yielded less than 100 points five times this season. The Nets didn't even win a single game in the month of January.
            What's worse for the Nets is that even if they have the worst record in the NBA, there's no guarantee that they'll get the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft in the summer. The NBA runs a draft lottery that picks the winner at random. The more losses you have, the more ping pong balls you'll get (you have to miss the NBA playoffs as well). Some people have a hunch that the NBA lottery, like the NBA itself, is rigged. Brooklyn fans may harbor those feelings if they don't get the No. 1 pick. The good news for Nets fans is that the previous two teams with the worst NBA record got the No. 1 pick.
            As for right now, no one knows when the Nets will win again. They are currently on a West Coast trip that includes games in Denver and Oakland. Their schedule is quite unforgiving at the moment. When will the slide end? How many records of futility will the 2016-2017 Nets break?

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