How do Bulls compare to other bad-luck NBA squads?

How do Bulls compare to other bad-luck NBA squads?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 11/29/2013 - 13:24

The Bulls have lost former MVP Derrick Rose to another season-ending knee injury. It's tough to take, but plenty of other NBA teams have endured some rotten luck. Some bounced back, other didn't. Here's a list of bad luck NBA teams of the past 30 years:

1984 Portland Trail Blazers
Bad luck: Chose injury-prone Sam Bowie instead of Michael Jordan in ’84 draft.
Outcome: Reached Finals in ’90 and ’92, but no titles.

1984-85 New York Knicks
Bad luck: After averaging 32.9 points, Bernard King played in just 6 games over the next two seasons because of knee injuries.
Outcome: Won the first draft lottery and selected Patrick Ewing.

1984-85 Indiana Pacers
Bad luck: Essentially lost Clark Kellogg to career-ending knee injury after he averaged 19.3 points and 9.7 rebounds during first three seasons.
Outcome: Didn’t win the 1985 draft lottery and chose Wayman Tisdale with No. 2 pick.

1985-86 Bulls
Bad luck: Lost Michael Jordan to a foot injury three games into his sophomore season. He returned late in the year and led 30-52 team to playoffs.
Outcome: Six championships between 1991-98.

1986-93 Boston Celtics
Bad luck: Two promising young players, Len Bias and Reggie Lewis, died in a span of seven years.
Outcome: Long dry spell, but made conference finals in 2002 and won title in ‘08.

2000-01 Orlando Magic
Bad luck: Signed free agent Grant Hill, who played 47 games total over the next four seasons.
Outcome: Drafted Dwight Howard in 2004, made Finals in ’09, traded Howard in ’12.

2002-03 Miami Heat
Bad luck: Lost center Alonzo Mourning to kidney disease. He eventually needed a transplant.
Outcome: Chose Dwyane Wade in the ’03 draft.

2007-10 Los Angeles Clippers
Bad luck: Lost Shaun Livingston to serious knee injury in third season; No. 1 pick Blake Griffin missed all of rookie year with knee injury.
Outcome: Livingston was never the same; Griffin turned out fine; Clippers a contender.

2010-11 Portland Trail Blazers
Bad luck: Lost two young stars, Brandon Roy and Greg Oden, to chronic knee injuries.
Outcome: Currently own third-best record in the league at 13-2.

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