Does Being a Horrible NBA Team Guarantee Future Success?

Should NBA teams tank to get a better draft pick? STACK looks at some of the worst teams of the past decade to find out if the strategy pays off.

2009-2010 New Jersey Nets

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2009-2010 New Jersey Nets

Photo via We Are Utah Jazz

Record: 12-70

2010 Draft Position: 3rd

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Photo via We Are Utah Jazz

Record: 12-70

2010 Draft Position: 3rd

2010 Draft Pick: Derrick Favors

If you were thinking about looking up the roster of the 2009-2010 New Jersey Nets, don't. It's as painful as looking directly into the sun, with the only reprieve from your ocular terror being Brook Lopez. The Nets became the very first team to begin a season 0-18, and at one point sported an insanely awful record of 4-46.

Despite its dumpster fire of a season, the Nets still didn't win the 2010 NBA Draft Lottery, falling to the third pick, which they used to draft Derrick Favors, whom they traded after one season to the Utah Jazz for Deron Williams.

Verdict: One year isn't enough time to find out what kind of effect Favors would have had on the Nets, but Deron Williams was an All-Star in Utah and now anchors a Nets team, newly moved to Brooklyn, many experts expect to contend for an NBA championship.

 


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