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This is officially the worst Knicks team ever

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The New York Knicks dropped their 60th game on Saturday to set the franchise record for losses.

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It wasn't supposed to be a banner year for the New York Knicks. After finishing 37-45 last season, no one was expecting the Knicks to contend for a trip to the NBA Finals, but no one was expecting this, either. The Knicks lost their 60th game on Saturday, falling to the Chicago Bulls, 111-80. The defeat set the franchise record for losses in one season.

The Knicks had lost 59 games in a season on four occasions, even as recently as the 2007-08 season, but the thumping at the hands of the Bulls placed this year's Knicks squad in a class of its own.

Every way you look at it, these Knicks are bad. They have the second-worst offensive rating in the league (only the Philadelphia 76ers are worse) at 97.1 points per 100 possessions. They're second-worst in defensive rating, too, giving up 107.6 points per 100 possessions (the Minnesota Timberwolves are worse). Their net rating of -10.5 is the worst in the league by nearly two points.

This is the worst Knicks team ever. Here's how they got there.

Going streaking

This isn't the only loss-related franchise record set by this year's edition of the Knicks. In December and January they lost 16 straight. The games weren't even close, they lost those 16 games by an average of 14.9 points per game. But to get to 60 losses, a team doesn't have just one extended losing streak. The Knicks also posted losing streaks of 10, eight and seven, too. Currently, they're in the midst of another seven-game losing streak.

Winning streaks, on the other hand, are much harder-pressed to come by, for these Knicks. They have only put together three stretches that could be considered winning streaks. They won three games in a row once, and have two in a row twice.

Losing Carmelo Anthony (and others)

The Knicks have rarely been at full strength this season. Carmelo Anthony hasn't played since Feb. 9 (a loss to the Miami Heat). He played in the All-Star Game, but underwent knee surgery to end his season just after. Anthony was putting up solid numbers in the 40 games he played, even if they weren't on pace with his 2013-14 season. He scored 24.2 points and grabbed 6.6 rebounds per game before his injury. The Knicks were just 10-42 when Anthony left, they've gone 4-18 since.

They were already in tank mode, so the Knicks made moves at the trade deadline.

The Knicks bought Amar'e Stoudemire out of his contract in February. In his 36 games with the Knicks, Stoudemire averaged 12 points and 6.8 rebounds in 24 minutes per game.

Plus, they traded off J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert.

The Knicks' depleted roster had a starting lineup of Shane Larkin, Langston Galloway, Andrea Bargnani, Lance Thomas and Lou Amundson against the Bulls on Saturday. Even with the return of Anthony next season, the Knicks are a ways from being one of the league's elite. But the tools are there to make the jump.

The future

Phil Jackson's first year as team president has been anything but a success. The same goes for first-year coach Derek Fisher. But now that the franchise has hit rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up.

With the worst record in the league, the Knicks will have a good chance at nabbing the first pick in the draft. With college players like Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns available, it's a good pick to have. There are, however, reports that the Knicks might trade their first-round pick.

Jackson must want to pick up a star in return. If he can do that and sign another big-time free agent with the team's nearly $25 million in cap room, then this could be a completely different Knicks team next season.

Here are a few players who will be free agents this summer: LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Kevin Love, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic, DeAndre JordanPaul Millsap, Greg Monroe, Brandan Wright, Rajon Rondo and Draymond Green.

Anthony will be coming back from knee surgery next year. His health will be a big part of the Knicks success next season. Especially if the Knicks add a quality player in free agency and draft a star.

It has to be better than this year.

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