2017-2018 Chicago Bulls: One of the worst teams in NBA history?

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 01: Vince Carter
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 01: Vince Carter /

This year’s Chicago Bulls are bad. But did you know that they could be one of the worst teams in NBA history?

Well, we had to know this Chicago Bulls season would be pretty bad, right?

In particular, I don’t think any of us will be surprised of the Chicago Bulls are the worst teams in the NBA this season. They’re that bad.

But could they end this season as one of the worst NBA teams of all time? Believe it or not, they’re headed in that direction.

As of right now, the Bulls’ 3-18 start ranks as one of the worst in NBA history through 21 games (surprise, surprise).

Interestingly, they’re only one game better than the dreadful ’00-’01 Chicago Bulls during the same time. Remember those guys? The Elton Brand, Jamal Crawford, Marcus Fizer and (gasp) Fred Hoiberg (!!!) Chicago Bulls?

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Again, they’re THAT bad right now.

And at this pace, it’s perfectly possible that they could crack the top 10 worst teams, by winning percentage, of all time.

Bottom of the barrel?

Assume that the Chicago Bulls’ first quarter of the season (3-17) continues for the rest of the year. That could give them a shot at a 13-69 record (.159), which would tie them with the ’93-’94 Dallas Mavericks and ’04-’05 Atlanta Hawks in the ninth and 10th spots on the NBA shame list.

That’s something even those early 2000s Bulls couldn’t do.

At this point, though, we’re still a bit too early to be sure that the Chicago Bulls will end up quite that bad.

For one thing, though the Bulls have proven adept at finding ways to lose, they’ll run into a few wins by accident. Teams can’t help but throw out clunkers against the worst team in basketball sometimes.

Plus, the return of Zach LaVine and Nikola Mirotic might make the Bulls a bit more likely to muster some victories. That’s why it’s important for Justin Holiday, Denzel Valentine and Jerian Grant to get their tanktastic play in now, I guess.

Next: Could Fred Hoiberg abandon the rebuild?

In the end, we knew this was going to be an awful season worthy of a major shot at the #1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The only question now is: how bad is this going to get?

Is it bad that I’m almost rooting for it to get as bad as possible? Come on…you can’t deny that it’d be pretty funny.