Two NBA teams could live forever in history as polar opposites

AUSTIN HAMM Sports Editor

I am, for lack of a better term, a basketball romantic.

Great historical performances sit in my mind. I can often be found on YouTube looking at the footage of NBA greats of the 80’s and 90’s, trying to catch a glimpse of the legendary teams and players who ruled the courts before my time. I crave to see a historical type of performance in my life. I want to see things, either famous or infamous, and be able to say to my children later in life that “I SAW THAT.” And this NBA season, two teams provide me the opportunity for this on both ends of the spectrum.

On the positive side of potential history sits the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

Sitting at 11-0 at the time of this writing, there is talk around the league about whether or not the Dubs can climb the ultimate mountain for a team and break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls record of 72 wins in a season. In a way, it almost sounds blasphemous. Those Bulls boasted three future Hall of Famers in Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and what many (myself included) consider to be the greatest of all-time, Michael Jordan. How can we possibly think these Warriors can achieve at the level of those greats?

 The evidence against the Warriors is rather convincing. First and foremost is the parity of the NBA in general and the impressive strength of the Western Conference in which they play. To run the gauntlet that includes four dates with teams like the Spurs and Thunder, along with “easy” games against the Kings and Pelicans, would be incredibly impressive as a stand-alone achievement.

The other big factor that many say will derail the Warriors run at 72 is the fact that they just won a title last season. The general school of thought is that a team who wins 70+ games needs to be young and ring-less, thus having the requisite hunger and fire in their bellies to torch the league.

These Warriors play in a tough conference, and will have to consistently topple many of the top teams to go for the wins record. But to see the way they have come out of the gate, with Steph Curry essentially playing an enlightened version of HORSE and their team, as a whole, fighting tooth and nail regardless the scenario, (SEE: Brooklyn Nets @ Golden State Warriors, NOV 14, 2015), it seems almost foolish to doubt any possible accomplishments by Golden State this season.

On the opposite end of the spectrum sits the clown car that is currently the Philadelphia 76’ers, who recently claimed the dubious distinction of becoming the first team to ever begin back-to-back seasons 0-10. Right now, the 2012 Charlotte Bobcats hold the record for lowest winning percentage in a season at .107 after going 7-59 in the lockout shortened year. The Sixers currently hold second place on the list, with the 1973 rendition of their squad going 9-73 for a .110 winning percentage.

This year, the perpetual tank machine in Philadelphia is once again gunning for the number one pick and is not likely to mount much of a win total. They will likely not win many games, but they could be historically bad. The dream I live with is they set the records for least wins and lowest winning percentage and can be forever branded as the 6-and-76’ers with a .073 winning percentage.

It may be painful to watch, but I would love to not only see record futility, but the pun that could be the name makes it all worth it. And with half of Philadelphia’s rotation through the first ten games being players who went undrafted, it feels like it just might happen.

The best would be for the highest and lowest win totals in league history to emerge from the same season, because I sit eagerly awaiting Adam Silver to feed us a hypocritical line about league parity in the face of that. And for all my talk of loving historical happenings in basketball, all I really want at the end of the day is a hilariously flustered commissioner.