Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sixers raising the win bar

Sixers are virtually guaranteed 20 wins now.

Sixers raising the win bar

Tony Wroten (8) in basketball action against the Chicago Bulls Saturday Nov. 2, 2013, in Philadelphia. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)<br /><br />
Tony Wroten (8) in basketball action against the Chicago Bulls Saturday Nov. 2, 2013, in Philadelphia. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)

What do three wins to start the season mean for the Sixers? How about 20 victories.

No team in NBA history has started 3-0 and not won 20 games.

We could only find eight teams that started 3-0 (or better) and finished with a winning percentage under .333.

 

 Season  Team  Start  Finish  Pct.
 1997-98  Mavericks  3-0  20-62  .244
 1991-92  Magic  3-0  21-61  .256
 2007-08  Clippers  4-0  23-59  .280
 1992-93  Kings  3-0  25-57  .305
 1995-96  Mavericks  4-0  26-56  .317
 2004-05  Jazz  4-0  26-56  .317
 1994-95  Warriors  5-0  26-56  .317
 1973-74  Trail Blazers
 3-0  27-55  .329
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