Tanks so much! Rockets going from 44-28 to 11-28 is putrid, however not most historic NBA drop-off ever

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On Feb. 4, the Rockets went to Memphis and beat the Grizzlies by 12 factors for his or her seventh win in eight video games, transferring to 11-10 for the season. Definitely, Houston was outperforming expectations after buying and selling away James Harden, however no one knew how unhealthy issues have been about to get.

A month and a half later, the win whole for the Rockets nonetheless stands at 11, and now with 28 losses. The Rockets have misplaced in all places from New York to Sacramento, and Toronto to New Orleans, with eight residence losses thrown in amid their 18-game slide.

Houston was 44-28 final yr and made it to the second spherical of the playoffs. It’s a hell of a fall from there to the third-worst report within the NBA. Nevertheless it’s not unprecedented. Actually, except the Rockets lose all the remainder of their video games, their drop-off in wins from final season to this one received’t even be a franchise report.

For many groups, the largest decline in year-to-year wins on the books got here in 1998-99, when a lockout shortened the season to 50 video games. The Bulls had the largest decline, going from 62-20 in Michael Jordan’s remaining yr to 13-37 in Tim Floyd’s first marketing campaign. One other workforce that went off a cliff in a shortened season is Golden State, which received 57 video games and the West in 2019, then was 15-50 when coronavirus put the brakes on the Warriors’ 2019-20.

Due to the circumstances of Jordan’s retirement and the lockout, that 49-win drop-off is unlikely to be challenged as an NBA report. However what concerning the steepest year-to-year declines for full seasons? And which Rockets workforce of the previous is echoing within the current?

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