The Grizzlies’ Tony Allen goes to the basket against the 76ers’ JaKarr Sampson. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

Say this much for the Philadelphia 76ers: They are incredibly good at being bad. The tank-tastic squad set an NBA record for futility Tuesday, as its 104-90 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies gave it an unprecedented 1-29 start to the season.

Six NBA teams had started off 2-28, but the Sixers did them one better (well, worse). Add in a 10-game losing streak to end the 2014 season, and only the Dec. 1 generosity of the Los Angeles Lakers stands between Philly and a mind-boggling 0-40 skid.

Of course, every loss the 76ers have these days creates a new low, as they were the first NBA team to lose 28 of their first 29, and so forth. The next six games for Philadelphia come on the road, where it has lost 22 straight.

The 76ers recently brought in veteran executive Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations, amid rumors that the team was pressured by Commissioner Adam Silver, among others, to change its rapidly plummeting direction. Under the direction of General Manager Sam Hinkie, Philadelphia has made no bones about its plan to sacrifice present-day competitiveness for future success, stockpiling young players and draft picks in the hopes that it will all pay off in championship contention down the road.

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But that dream still appears to be a very long way down the road, and in the meantime, the utter wretchedness of the Sixers constitutes an eyesore, at the very least, for the league. Even one of the team’s few bright spots, No. 3 overall pick Jahlil Okafor — who led his squad Tuesday with 18 points — has created negative headlines with a recent string of off-court incidents.

The 1972-73 76ers set the mark for worst all-time record over an 82-game season by going 9-73, and it appears this version will need to go on a bit of a tear simply to match its predecessors. The 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats (now the Hornets) set the league record for worst winning percentage, .106, by going 7-59 over a lockout-shortened 66-game season; the Sixers are currently winning at an .033 clip.

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