I was unaware ESPN.com Insider had launched a new feature called Tank Rank. It’s a weekly look at the ten worst teams in the NBA in their quest for the top pick in the draft.
Guess who ranks #1?
1. Boston Celtics | Status: Tank-building | Record 0-3
The Celtics aren’t the worst team in the NBA; they’re just playing like it right now. One of four winless teams after the first week of the season, Boston looks fairly inept on both ends of the floor and has already lost to two teams that look bound for the lottery, blowing a 16-point halftime lead in its home opener versus the Bucks and getting killed on the boards on opening night versus the Raptors. The C’s also have the fourth-worst defensive efficiency rating in the NBA despite playing at the slowest pace in the league.
Still, I have my doubts the Celtics stay here for long. They have winnable games against the Jazz at home on Wednesday and the Magic on the road on Friday. And at some point, Rajon Rondo is coming back.
The NBA must be thrilled that it’s top broadcast partner is outwardly questioning the integrity of its teams.