We take a look at the teams across NBA history that ended the regular season with the worst win percentages at home.


We’ve already looked at the best single-season home records in history, so now let’s dive into the worst home records in an NBA season.

With the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons threatening to join this list in the 2023-24 season, it seemed time to go through those teams that have recorded the lowest winning percentages on their own court.

It’s not a single-season record anyone will want, but here are the teams that are stuck with the worst in history:

1. 1947-48 Providence Steamrollers – 2-18, .100

Providence had a somewhat unfortunate name given it was the team largely steamrolled in the 1947-48 season, especially at home.

Rhode Island Auditorium was not a happy place for either Albert Soar or Nat Hickey, the two head coaches across the season, as they combined to win just two of the 20 games there. Hickey even played two games at the age of 45, making him the oldest player in BAA/NBA history to this day.

The Steamrollers only recorded victories at home against the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics, and finished with a 6-42 overall record. One of the 11 original franchises in the NBA, the last professional sports franchise to be based in Rhode Island only existed between 1946 and 1949.

2. 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats: 4-29, .121

Want some of that sweet Michael Jordan influence? For any NBA team, that would surely be a dream. However, just over a year after MJ took the majority ownership, the Charlotte Bobcats – prior to becoming the Hornets – produced the second-worst single-season home record in NBA history.

Michael Jordan Charlotte 2012

Jordan could hardly be blamed for that, of course, but it wasn’t exactly the initial plan. The Bobcats won just four of 33 games at Time Warner Cable Arena (now Spectrum Center) in the 2011-12 season.

The season got off to a good enough start, beating the Milwaukee Bucks in the opening game, but Charlotte only added wins against the Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors at home after that. The last 25 games of the season ended in defeat, leading to a 7-59 record.

In case you were wondering, no, the Bobcats did not make the playoffs.

3. 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks – 6-35, .146

The Mavericks really struggled in the previous season, winning just 11 games throughout the 1992-93 campaign, and they improved just slightly a year later. While they won 13 games, the home record actually got worse.

Dallas’ seven wins at Reunion Arena in ’92-93 were followed by just six in ’93-94. Quinn Buckner was brought in as head coach, but it made little difference.

The Mavericks lost their first 19 home games of the season before finally beating the Sacramento Kings in late January. Victories followed against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Bullets, but the Mavs added 12 consecutive defeats after that.

Fortunately for Dallas, it won three of its last five home games – against the Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets and the Timberwolves again.

4. 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers – 5-26, .161

The Sixers had a chaotic start to the 1972-73 season, turning to inexperienced coach Roy Rubin and opening with a 15-game losing streak.

Philadelphia lost its first 10 home games before finally beating the Kansas City–Omaha Kings, but it took until February for the next one. Their 73 losses remain an NBA record for an 82-game regular season.

To the Sixers’ credit, the team put together quite a run from there at the Spectrum, beating the Milwaukee Bucks, Pistons, Baltimore Bullets, even the Knicks, who went on to win the NBA championship that season.

T-5. 1992-93 Dallas Mavericks: 7-34, .171

We’re back in Dallas and in a season we’ve already referenced. The Mavericks only won 11 games all season, but seven of those came at home.

A win over the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth home game suggested Dallas might do better than winning just six more times at Reunion Arena.

The wins were well spread out, too: The Mavericks won in mid-December against the Los Angeles Lakers, in mid-January against the Pistons, in early February against the Indiana Pacers, in mid-March against the Orlando Magic, in mid-April against the Nuggets and in the final home game of the season against the Timberwolves.

T-5. 2015-16 Philadelphia 76ers – 7-34, .171

Forty-three years after posting a .161 home win percentage, the Sixers nearly paid tribute to that team from the 1970s with an equally bad season. Mercifully, there was slight improvement.

Coach Brett Brown struggled to get a rise out of his team, having to wait until December for the first win at Wells Fargo Center (versus the Lakers).

The Sixers won three home games in January against the Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns, but didn’t maintain any consistent form.

Overall, Philadelphia only beat its franchise-worst season by one game, finishing 10-72. A home win against the New Orleans Pelicans with five games to go in the regular season spared the Sixers of matching their 9-73 record low.

Covington 76ers 2016

T-7. 1967-68 San Diego Rockets – 8-33, .195

We’re up in the nosebleed territory of eight whole home wins in a season, but the Rockets failed to launch beyond that in 1967-68.

The team was in its first season in the NBA and even drafted Pat Riley, but his magic touch as a coach and executive was not there in his rookie campaign as his new team struggled to a 15-67 record.

In mid-November, the Rockets got their first home win of the season against the Chicago Bulls and hit some form in December when they won seven of 15 games, with four coming at home. The team really fell off after mid-January, though, winning just one of its last 33 games.

T-7. 1996-97 Vancouver Grizzlies – 8-33, .195

Another relatively new arrival to the league at the time, the Grizzlies were in just their second season, having gone 15-67 in their debut.

The only way was up, right? Not quite, Vancouver finished 14-68 in 1996-97, winning just eight of its games at General Motors Place.

The Grizzlies had five of those victories before Christmas and fell off alarmingly after that, winning just three of their last 27 at home.

T-7. 2009-10 New Jersey Nets – 8-33, .195

The Nets marked the final season at the Izod Center in one of the worst ways imaginable – by losing more than 80% of their games there.

It took until December for New Jersey’s first home win to arrive against the Charlotte Bobcats, which was one of just three overall wins in the first 43 games of the season.

The Nets improved in the second half of the season, but ended with a 12-70 mark. At least they won five of the last seven home games before moving on to the Prudential Center in 2010-11.

Courtney Lee 2010

All Tied for 10th

  • 1981-82 Cleveland Cavaliers – 9-32, .220
  • 1982-83 Houston Rockets – 9-32, .220
  • 1986-87 Los Angeles Clippers – 9-32, .220
  • 1991-92 Minnesota Timberwolves – 9-32, .220
  • 1997-98 Denver Nuggets – 9-32, .220
  • 19987-98 Toronto Raptors – 9-32, .220
  • 2004-05 Atlanta Hawks – 9-32, .220
  • 2007-08 Miami Heat – 9-32, .220
  • 2014-15 Minnesota Timberwolves – 9-32, .220
  • 2018-19 Chicago Bulls – 9-32, .220
  • 2018-19 New York Knicks – 9-32, .220
  • 2022-23 Detroit Pistons – 9-32, .220

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