The Ship Be Halfway Sinking – Can You Make the Playoffs with 20 losses in two months?

At 8-20, the Knicks are a longshot to make the playoffs even in a below average Eastern Conference. The standings say they are 4 1/2 games out of eighth place but that really means little because there are few signs of the team playing above an 8-20 pace. Another 8-20 puts them at 16-40 and if you add in their 8-18, that’s 24-58.

So that being said, here’s a list of teams that had 20 losses in the first two months of a season and how they finished in every 82-game season since 1984-85.

2006-07

Philadelphia 8-22 went 27-23 the rest of the way for 35 wins

New York 13-20 went 20-29 the rest of the way for 33 wins

Charlotte 9-21 went 24-28 the rest of the way for 33 wins

Atlanta 9-20 went 21-32 for 30 wins

Memphis 5-25 went 17-35 for 22 wins

2005-06

Toronto 8-22 went 19-33 for 27 wins

New York 7-21 went 16-38 for 23 wins

Charlotte 10-20 went 16-36 for 26 wins

Atlanta 7-21 went 19-35 for 26 wins

2004-05

Toronto 10-21 went 23-28 for 33 wins

Atlanta 5-23 went 8-46 for 13 wins

New Orleans 2-26 went 16-48 for 18 wins

2003-04

Orlando 8-24 went 13-37 for 21 wins

Washington 8-21 went 17-34 for 27 wins

Chicago 9-21 went 14-38 for 23 wins

Atlanta 9-24 went 19-30 for 28 wins

Cleveland 10-22 went 25-23 for 35 wins

Phoenix 12-20 went 17-33 for 29 wins

2002-03

Cleveland 6-26 went 11-39 for 17 wins

Toronto 8-23 went 16-35 for 24 wins

Chicago 11-20 went 19-32 for 30 wins

Denver 6-24 went 11-41 for 17 wins

Memphis 9-22 went 19-32 for 28 wins

2001-02

Miami 6-23 went 30-23 for 36 wins

Chicago 6-23 went 15-38 for 21 wins

Memphis 9-21 went 14-38 for 23 wins

Houston 9-22 went 19-32 for 28 wins

2000-01

Washington 6-25 went 13-38 for 19 wins

New Jersey 9-21 went 17-35 for 26 wins

Chicago 5-25 went 10-42 for 17 wins

Atlanta 10-20 went 15-37 for 25 wins

Vancouver 8-22 went 15-37 for 23 wins

Golden State 6-20 went 11-45 for 17 wins

LA Clippers 10-21 went 21-30 for 31 wins

1999-2000 

Washington 10-20 went 19-33 for 29 wins

Chicago 2-25 went 15-42 for 17 wins

Vancouver 6-23 went 16-37 for 22 wins

Houston 10-20 went 24-28 for 34 wins

Dallas 9-21 went 31-21 for 40 wins

LA Clippers 9-20 went 6-47 for 15 wins

Golden State 6-23 went 15-40 for 19 wins

1997-98 

Philadelphia 7-21 went 24-30 for 31 wins

Toronto 4-26 went 12-40 for 16 wins

Denver 2-26 went 9-45 for 11 wins

Vancouver 10-20 went 9-54 for 19 wins

Dallas 5-25 went 15-37 for 20 wins

LA Clippers 6-24 went 11-41 for 17 wins

Golden State 7-21 went 12-42 for 19 wins

Sacramento 11-20 went 16-35 for 27 wins

1996-97

Boston 6-21 went 9-46 for 15 wins

Philadelphia 8-20 went 14-40 for 22 wins

Vancouver 6-25 went 8-43 for 14 wins

San Antonio 7-20 went 13-42 for 20 wins

Denver 8-22 went 13-39 for 21 wins

1995-96

Philadelphia 5-22 went 13-42 for 18 wins

Toronto 9-21 went 12-40 for 21 wins

Vancouver 5-25 went 10-42 for 15 wins

Minnesota 7-20 went 19-36 for 26 wins

1994-95

Minnesota 6-21 went 15-40 for 21 wins

LA Clippers 4-25 went 13-40 for 17 wins

1993-94

Washington 8-20 went 16-38 for 24 wins

Milwaukee 8-20 went 12-42 for 20 wins

Dallas 2-24 went 11-45 for 13 wins

Minnesota 8-20 went 12-42 for 20 wins

1992-93 

Washington 8-20 went 14-40 for 22 wins

Dallas 2-22 went 9-49 for 11 wins

1991-92

Orlando 6-23 went 15-38 for 21 wins

Charlotte 8-23 went 23-28 for 31 wins

Minnesota 4-23 went 11-44 for 15 wins

Sacramento 8-20 went 21-33 for 29 wins

1990-91

Miami 8-21 went 16-37 for 24 wins

Denver 6-23 went 14-39 for 20 wins

Orlando 7-23 went 24-27 for 30 wins

Sacramento 6-21 went 19-36 for 25 wins

1989-90 

New Jersey 8-20 went 9-45 for 17 wins

Miami 7-23 went 11-41 for 18 wins

Orlando 9-20 went 9-44 for 18 wins

Charlotte 6-20 went 13-43 for 19 wins

Minnesota 6-23 went 16-37 for 22 wins

Sacramento 7-20 went 16-39 for 23 wins

1988-89

Indiana 5-22 went 23-32 for 28 wins

Miami 3-24 went 12-43 for 15 wins

San Antonio 7-20 went 14-41 for 21 wins

1987-88

New Jersey 5-21 went 14-42 for 19 wins

Sacramento 7-21 went 17-37 for 24 wins

Golden State 4-20 went 16-42 for 20 wins

1986-87 

New York 9-21 went 15-37 for 24 wins

New Jersey 6-20 went 18-38 for 24 wins

San Antonio 8-22 went 20-32 for 28 wins

Sacramento 8-20 went 21-33 for 29 wins

LA Clippers 4-24 went 8-48 for 12 wins

1985-86

New York 7-21 went 16-38 for 23 wins

Indiana 9-21 went 17-35 for 26 wins

Chicago 13-21 went 17-31 for 30 wins and playoffs

Sacramento 9-22 went 28-23 for 37 wins and playoffs

Golden State 12-22 went 18-30 for 30 wins

Seattle 12-20 went 19-31 for 31 wins

LA Clippers 11-21 went 21-29 for 32 wins

1984-85

New York 12-22 went 12-36 for 24 wins

Indiana 8-22 went 14-38 for 22 wins

Cleveland 6-22 went 30-24 for 36 wins and playoffs

Golden State 10-20 went 12-40 for 22 wins

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