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Utah Jazz on Pace to Set NBA Record for Worst Regular-Season Record

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COMMENTARY | Six. That's the number of wins the Utah Jazz are on pace to finish with this April.

Of course, a lot could happen between now and then, but if the Jazz indeed end the regular season with just six victories, they would set an NBA record for the worst regular-season record and tie the record for fewest wins.

The team that currently owns the record for the worst regular-season mark is the Charlotte Bobcats, who finished the shortened 2011-12 season with a tally of 7-59 (0.106).

Meanwhile, the team that owns the record for fewest wins no longer exists. The Providence Steamrollers finished with one more than five and one less than seven in 1947-48.

It gets worse

As of Nov. 22, the Jazz are 1-12 (0.076), which means that if they continue to win at their current pace, they still won't get as many Ws as the Bobcats, even though they'll have 16 more games to do it.

What's more, the Steamrollers played only 48 games during the 1947-48 season -- 34 less than the Jazz will participate in this year.

Why it's happening

Generating offense has been a major issue for the Jazz. They rank 29th in points per game (89.3), 27th in assists per game (18.4), 28th in field-goal percentage (41.4), 29th in 3-point percentage (29.4), and 23rd in free-throw percentage (71.5).

The squad's defense hasn't been much better. In fact, the Jazz are giving up 100.5 points per game. On Nov. 9, they let a mediocre Toronto club light 'em up for 115.

The good news

If there's a silver lining to all this, it's that the Jazz picked the right year to be bad. The 2014 draft class is considered to have a number of potential superstars, including Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.

Add one of those guys, or even Dante Exum, to their current core, and the Jazz could set a another record in 2014-15. This time for the best single-season improvement.

Jared Bray is a regular contributor for Yahoo Sports covering the Utah Jazz. He also reports in English and Tagalog (a language he picked up while serving a church mission in the Philippines) as the Salt Lake City correspondent for The Filipino Channel's "Balitang America."

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