Let’s face the facts: The 2021-22 Los Angeles Lakers season is not to be missed. The plan didn’t work out as expected.
While we are aware of this understatement, things are not going according to plan. “the most disappointing season”Lakers history is another.
Many journalists in Southern California saw that headline as the main takeaway from the Lakers 33-49 and 11 record.ThPlace finish in the Western Conference
Just looking at recent Lakers seasons, it was hard to argue. But, now, thanks a team comprised of veteran journalists as well as oddsmakers, it’s possible. Bookies.comIt is now official that the 2021-22 Lakers are not only the most disappointing franchise team, but they are also the most disappointing NBA team according to their formula.
It is difficult to quantify it. “most disappointing.”It was simple for most of us to watch the Lakers in the past eight months: Expectations minus reality equals disappointment.
Bookies.com’s analytics team needed more data and a more complicated algorithm to compare and contrast the teams from NBA history in order to decide which team had won. This is the most disappointing season.
Before the season started, they began with betting favorites. A 3-seed was the lowest seed in a conference to win the NBA Finals since 1996. The Golden State Warriors, the 3-seed in this year’s Western Conference Finals, were back in the NBA Finals for the sixth time in eight seasons.
While the Warriors weren’t the most likely to win the NBA Finals prior to the season, they were among the longshots. In October, +425 odds indicated that the Lakers were the favourites to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy.
The Lakers collapse of 2021-22, which saw them fall from the top eight in league records to being the favourites to win the NBA championship, was a disaster of epic proportions. Bookies.com set out to determine if this was the most disappointing NBA game ever.
Bookies.com created a formula that took into account preseason championship odds and projected win totals. It also considered actual win totals and team’s actual finish. This allowed them to calculate which teams had the worst seasons. Bookies.com also considered things such as injuries, work-stoppages and major trades.
Bookies.com could not access betting odds from prior years back to 2010. Instead of being the most disappointing season in history, “all-time,”It’s more so in recent NBA history, which spans over a ten-year period.
The 2012 Dallas Mavericks finished 5th in terms of most disappointing seasons. After winning the championship against LeBron, Dwyane, Chris Bosh, Chris Bosh, Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, and LeBron Jam, the Mavericks were determined to repeat the feat with Jason Terry and Jason Kidd (former Finals MVP), Shawn Marion and Shawn Marion. In the offseason, they even added Vince Carter. They weren’t the favorite to win the title, like the Lakers. However, they were expected to finish amongst the top three teams in the Western Conference. They finished tied for 7ThThey were swept by the Oklahoma City Thunder in round one.
The 2014 Chicago Bulls finished 4th.ThThe most disappointing season. The Bulls were 1stThe Eastern Conference 2012 and 5ThEven though Derrick Rose, the former MVP, was out of action for almost the entire 2013 season, it didn’t stop them from winning. Although expectations were high for 2014’s Bulls, Rose broke his meniscus in the first 10 games of the season and has not returned. Rose was out of the game, but the team finished 4ThIn the East, led Joakim Noah and Luol Deng. Taj Gibson was also there. Their defense was ranked No. Their defense was ranked No. 2 in the NBA. Most expected Chicago to win at least one series in the postseason. They lost in five games to the Wizards in a first round matchup.
The 2014 Brooklyn Nets are perhaps the most similar to the 2022 Lakers. The Nets added Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko during the 2013 offseason to their core of veterans Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, and Deron Williams. The Nets were praised as a great team. However, they also had one of the most experienced rosters in the league. Brooklyn was better than the Lakers. The Nets won 44 games, and were in the 6Th seed. They beat the Bulls in their first round but were defeated by LeBron and the Heatles the second round. The roster was rebuilt after the season, and the Nets were back in prominence almost eight years later.
Not only were the Lakers first for most disappointing NBA seasons, but they were also second!
The Lakers (2012)-2013 were the first favorites to win the Western Conference. Their +250 odds of winning were second only for the Heat. This was actually the year everyone expected LeBron Bryant and Kobe Bryant would finally meet in the Finals. In the offseason, Bryant, Pau Galsol, and Ron Artest were added to the championship core by Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. All of us know what happened to that season. Nash was injured during the season. Howard was not fully healed from offseason back surgery. Bryant also tore his Achilles in March. The Spurs swept the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. LeBron would have to join the Lake Show and trade for Anthony Davis in order for the Lakers’ to return to the playoffs in 2020. They will win their record 17th consecutive championship.ThNBA Championship.
What does the four teams below the 2022 Lakers have in common? They all reached the playoffs despite having high expectations and good championship odds. The 2022 Lakers, which included a core of Russell Westbrook and LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, and Carmelo Anthony, didn’t make it to the playoffs. They even missed the play-in tournament.
It was disastrous to make offseason plans to add an older supporting cast to James and Davis. Davis couldn’t stay healthy and Westbrook had one the worst seasons of his career. To make matters worse, Westbrook had one of the worst seasons we’ve ever seen. Multiple games were lost by the Lakers to the Thunder, Rockets Trail Blazers Kings, Pacers, and Trail Blazers. Five of seven teams had worse records than the Lake Show.
These are the final results for the Bookies.com Survey:
|Season||Team||Total Projected Win||Total Actual Win||Preseason Title Odds||Finish|
|2011-12||Mavericks||44.5||36||+850||1st Rnd Exit|
|2012-13||Lakers||58.5||45||+275||1st Rnd Exit|
|2012-13||Celtics||51.5||41||+2500||1st Rnd Exit|
|2015-16||Rockets||56.5||41||+1500||1st Rnd Exit|
|2017-18||Spurs||55||47||+1800||1st Rnd Exit|
|2020-21||Celtics||44.5||36||+1400||1st Rnd Exit|