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Lakers tied for fewest NBA wins over the last six years

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Jerami Grant (9) shoots over Laker  Alex Caruso during the Thunder's 119-103 victory Tuesday night. (Photo by Nate Billings)
Jerami Grant (9) shoots over Laker  Alex Caruso during the Thunder's 119-103 victory Tuesday night. (Photo by Nate Billings)


Walking up to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday, I saw a bunch of Laker jerseys. Always do when Los Angeles is in town. And the arena had plenty of purple and gold sprinkled throughout the crowd as the Thunder posted a 119-103 victory.

Laker fans show. But you wonder why.

In the last six seasons, the worst overall record in the NBA belongs to the franchise in Los Angeles. And not the Clippers.

The Lakers are 161-327. That’s worse than the Knickerbockers, who are 161-326 in that time span.

Worse than the Suns, who have 173 wins. Worse than the Magic, who have 175 wins. Worse than the 76ers, who spent the better part of four full seasons putting out the worst product possible but have 176 wins over six years. Worse than Sacramento, which has the Kings and 187 wins.

How can this be? I know the Lakers have struggled, but worst in the NBA?

Yes, worst in the NBA. Since the death of owner Jerry Buss, the Lakers have floundered. His children, first Jim and now Jeanie, have been failures. The firing of general manager Mitch Kupchak, in favor of Magic Johnson, has been a disaster.

LeBron James signed on, apparently for non-basketball reasons, and that has gone poorly for all the reasons you know.

Now the Lakers face a future in which free agents Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard might stiff them, and the Pelicans might trade Anthony Davis elsewhere, and the Lakers could be looking at an aging LeBron with no great help.

You see other regal franchises struggle. The Celtics. The Yankees. The Cowboys. The Packers. But not like this. The Packers never are the Buccaneers. The Yankees never are the Padres.

But the Lakers are the Knicks.

Here are the win totals over the last six years for every NBA franchise:

Golden State 368

San Antonio 337

Houston 321

Toronto 318

LA Clippers 306

Oklahoma City 299

Portland 288

Indiana 275

Boston 267

Cleveland 263

Miami 262

Washington 255

Utah 249

Memphis 243

Atlanta 241

Denver 236

Milwaukee 233

Charlotte 231

Chicago 229

Dallas 229

New Orleans 223

Detroit 220

Minnesota 207

Brooklyn 190

Sacramento 187

Philadelphia 176

Orlando 175

Phoenix 173

New York 161

LA Lakers 161


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Oklahoma City's Jerami Grant (9) shoots over Los Angeles' Alex Caruso (4) during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma City's Jerami Grant (9) shoots over Los Angeles' Alex Caruso (4) during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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Berry Tramel

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Read more ›

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