Just lotto left for biggest losers

With regular season in its last few days, here's our last look at the worst teams

Originally Published: April 14, 2014
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

Michael Carter-Williams, O.J. Mayo, Rajon RondoGetty ImagesA long season is finally coming to an end for the Sixers, Bucks and Celtics. Will all the losing pay off?

Well, here we are. With just one or two games left to play for each team, the season is almost over for the league's cellar dwellers.

No playoffs. Just a long wait until May 20, the night of the NBA Draft Lottery.

All season we've been chronicling the ups and downs of the race to the bottom. Some teams, such as the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic, started down this road deliberately. Others, such as the Milwaukee Bucks, were decimated by injuries that eventually led them down the path to tanking. Meanwhile, for teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons, this was supposed to be the year they made it back to the playoffs, but, alas, they just didn't have the talent.

Let's take a look back at how the 10 worst teams in the NBA got here and what it will mean to them going forward.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider