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Perhaps it isn’t entirely fair to give all the credit to the budding NBA’s success to two individuals in one game. Especially considering that neither have played a game of NBA basketball yet, and the game we’re talking about isn’t one that was played in the NBA. But the excitement surrounding Los Angeles Lakers rookie Magic Johnson and Boston Celtics rookie Larry Bird has boosted the NBA’s popularity to new heights. The 1979 NCAA Championship Game featuring Magic’s Michigan State Spartans against Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores went down as the most watched basketball game in television history. With Magic being drafted to the Lakers and Bird drafted to the Celtics the year prior, the NBA was about to be injected with a fresh dose of already made superstar talent. With brand new NBA Commissioner David Stern at the forefront and his aggressive marketing of individual players, revenue projections for the NBA looked to be sky high for the end of the century. Stern, in his introductory speech as Commissioner, said he hoped over the next 20 years the NBA would expand to 40 teams. With Magic and Bird, as well as Kareem, Dr. J and David Thompson as popular stars already, to go along with the introduction of the three point shot…the NBA was about to become more popular than ever.

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Ok, obviously the intro is quite a bit of fiction! But this BTB is all about re-writing the NBA as it heads toward the modern era! Who knows what will happen or what will change?! Names like Jordan, Ewing and Hakeem may end up in different places. Perhaps Arvydas Sabonis comes over to the United States in the 80s? Perhaps Len Bias, Drazen Petrovic and Reggie Lewis live long lives and enjoy long careers. Perhaps we re-write the careers of Ralph Sampson, Grant Hill, Penny Hardaway and many others who suffered career ending injuries. The best part, you can follow every single game and box score at the following site!

https://rdtworldofsport.com/NBAModern/

There will still be write-ups, but you’ll be able to follow all the games and such there!​
 

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NBA Seasons
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001​
2002​
2003​
2004​


NBA Champions
Year
Winner
Loser
Series
MVP
1947​
Philadelphia Warriors​
Chicago Stags​
4-1
N/A​
1948​
Baltimore Bullets​
Philadelphia Warriors​
4-2
N/A​
1949​
Minneapolis Lakers​
Washington Capitols​
4-2
N/A​
1950​
Minneapolis Lakers (2)​
Syracuse Nationals​
4-2
N/A​
1951​
Rochester Royals​
New York Knicks​
4-3
N/A​
1952​
Minneapolis Lakers (3)​
New York Knicks​
4-3
N/A​
1953​
Minneapolis Lakers (4)​
New York Knicks​
4-1
N/A​
1954​
Minneapolis Lakers (5)​
Syracuse Nationals​
4-3
N/A​
1955​
Syracuse Nationals​
Fort Wayne Pistons​
4-3
N/A​
1956​
Philadelphia Warriors (2)​
Fort Wayne Pistons​
4-1
N/A​
1957​
Boston Celtics​
St. Louis Hawks​
4-3
N/A​
1958​
St. Louis Hawks​
Boston Celtics​
4-2
N/A​
1959​
Boston Celtics (2)​
Minneapolis Lakers​
4-0
N/A​
1960​
Boston Celtics (3)​
St. Louis Hawks​
4-3
N/A​
1961​
Boston Celtics (4)​
St. Louis Hawks​
4-1
N/A​
1962​
Boston Celtics (5)​
Los Angeles Lakers​
4-3
N/A​
1963​
Boston Celtics (6)​
Los Angeles Lakers​
4-2
N/A​
1964​
Boston Celtics (7)​
San Francisco Warriors​
4-1
N/A​
1965​
Boston Celtics (8)​
Los Angeles Lakers​
4-1
N/A​
1966​
Boston Celtics (9)​
Los Angeles Lakers​
4-3
N/A​
1967​
Philadelphia 76ers (2)​
San Francisco Warriors​
4-2
N/A​
1968​
Boston Celtics (10)​
Los Angeles Lakers​
4-2
N/A​
1969​
Boston Celtics (11)​
Los Angeles Lakers​
4-3
Jerry West (LAL)​
1970​
New York Knicks​
Los Angeles Lakers​
4-3
Willis Reed (NYK)​
1971​
Milwaukee Bucks​
Baltimore Bullets​
4-0
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (MIL)​
1972​
Los Angeles Lakers (6)​
New York Knicks​
4-1
Wilt Chamberlain (LAL)​
1973​
New York Knicks (2)​
Los Angeles Lakers​
4-1
Willis Reed (NYK) (2)​
1974​
Boston Celtics (12)​
Milwaukee Bucks​
4-3
John Havlicek (BOS)​
1975​
Golden State Warriors (3)​
Washington Bullets​
4-0
Rick Barry (GSW)​
1976​
Boston Celtics (13)​
Phoenix Suns​
4-2
Jo Jo White (BOS)​
1977​
Portland Trail Blazers​
Philadelphia 76ers​
4-2
Bill Walton (POR)​
1978​
Washington Bullets​
Seattle Supersonics​
4-3
Wes Unseld (WSB)​
1979​
Seattle Supersonics​
Washington Bullets​
4-1
Dennis Johnson (SEA)​
1980​
Philadelphia 76ers (3)​
Denver Nuggets​
4-1
Julius Erving (PHI)​
1981​
Houston Rockets​
Boston Celtics​
4-2
Moses Malone (HOU)​
1982​
San Antonio Spurs​
Boston Celtics​
4-2
George Gervin (SAS)​
1983​
Boston Celtics (14)​
Los Angeles Lakers​
4-1
Larry Bird (BOS)​
1984​
Los Angeles Lakers (7)​
New York Knicks​
4-2
Magic Johnson (LAL)​
1985​
Los Angeles Lakers (8)​
Chicago Bulls​
4-3
Magic Johnson (LAL) (2)​
1986​
Boston Celtics (15)​
Los Angeles Lakers​
4-3
Larry Bird (BOS) (2)​
1987​
Detroit Pistons​
Golden State Warriors​
4-0
Tom Chambers (DET)​
1988​
Miami Heat​
Dallas Mavericks​
4-1
Michael Jordan (MIA)​
1989​
New Orleans Jazz​
Phoenix Suns​
4-2
Magic Johnson (NOJ) (3)​
1990​
Phoenix Suns​
Miami Heat​
4-0
Clyde Drexler (PHO)​
1991​
Phoenix Suns (2)​
Philadelphia 76ers​
4-2
Clyde Drexler (PHO) (2)​
1992​
Miami Heat (2)​
Houston Rockets​
4-2
Michael Jordan (2)​
1993​
Indiana Pacers​
Phoenix Suns​
4-1
David Robinson (IND)​
1994​
Orlando Magic​
Las Vegas Enterprise​
4-2
Drazen Petrovic (ORL)​
1995​
New York Knicks (3)​
Las Vegas Enterprise​
4-3
Mitch Richmond (NYK)​
1996​
Las Vegas Enterprise​
Charlotte Hornets​
4-2
Gary Payton (LVE)​
1997​
Chicago Bulls​
Las Vegas Enterprise​
4-2
Shaquille O'Neal (CHI)​
1998​
Houston Rockets​
Milwaukee Bucks​
4-3
Tim Hardaway (HOU)​
1999​
New Orleans Jazz (2)​
Golden State Warriors​
4-0
Kevin Garnett (NOJ)​
2000​
Golden State Warriors (3)​
New Orleans Jazz​
4-2
Anfernee Hardaway (GSW)​

NBA League MVPs
Year
Winner
Team
Stats
1956​
Bob Pettit​
St. Louis Hawks​
25.7 PPG, 16.2 RPG​
1957​
Bob Cousy​
Boston Celtics​
20.6 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 7.5 APG​
1958​
Bill Russell​
Boston Celtics​
16.6 PPG, 22.7 RPG​
1959​
Bon Pettit (2)​
St. Louis Hawks​
29.2 PPG, 16.4 RPG​
1960​
Wilt Chamberlain​
Philadelphia Warriors​
37.6 PPG, 27 RPG​
1961​
Bill Russell (2)​
Boston Celtics​
16.9 PPG, 23.9 RPG​
1962​
Bill Russell (3)​
Boston Celtics​
18.9 PPG, 23.6 RPG, 4.5 APG​
1963​
Bill Russell (4)​
Boston Celtics​
16.8 PPG, 23.6 RPG, 4.5 APG​
1964​
Oscar Robertson​
Cincinnati Royals​
31.4 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 11 APG​
1965​
Bill Russell (5)​
Boston Celtics​
14.1 PPG, 24.1 RPG, 5.3 APG​
1966​
Wilt Chamberlain (2)​
Philadelphia 76ers​
33.5 PPG, 24.6 RPG, 5.2 APG​
1967​
Wilt Chamberlain (3)​
Philadelphia 76ers​
24.1 PPG, 24.2 RPG, 7.8 APG, 68.3 % FG​
1968​
Wilt Chamberlain (4)​
Philadelphia 76ers​
24.3 PPG, 23.8 RPG, 8.6 APG, 59.5% FG​
1969​
Wes Unseld​
Baltimore Bullets​
13.8 PPG, 18.2 RPG​
1970​
Willis Reed​
New York Knicks​
21.7 PPG, 13.9 RPG​
1971​
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar​
Milwaukee Bucks​
31.7 PPG, 16.0 RPG, 57.7% FG​
1972​
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2)​
Milwaukee Bucks​
34.8 PPG, 16.6 RPG, 4.6 APG, 57.4% FG​
1973​
Dave Cowens​
Boston Celtics​
20.5 PPG, 16.2 RPG​
1974​
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (3)​
Milwaukee Bucks​
27 PPG, 14.5 RPG, 4.8 APG, 3.5 BPG, 53.9% FG​
1975​
Bob McAdoo​
Buffalo Braves​
34.5 PPG, 14.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG​
1976​
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (4)​
Los Angeles Lakers​
27.7 PPG, 16.9 RPG, 5 APG, 4.1 BPG​
1977​
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5)​
Los Angeles Lakers​
26.2 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 3.2 BPG, 57.9% FG​
1978​
Bill Walton​
Portland Trail Blazers​
18.9 PPG, 13.2 RPG, 5 APG, 2.5 BPG​
1979​
Moses Malone​
Houston Rockets​
24.8 PPG, 17.6 RPG, 54% FG​
1980​
Moses Malone (2)​
Houston Rockets​
30.1 PPG, 13.9 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 56.7% FG​
1981​
Moses Malone (3)​
Houston Rockets​
29.7 PPG, 15.4 RPG, 1.8 BPG, 56.8% FG​
1982​
Magic Johnson​
Los Angeles Lakers​
22.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 11.6 APG, 1.9 SPG, 55.7% FG​
1983​
Larry Bird​
Boston Celtics​
31.9 PPG, 11 RPG, 7.8 APG, 2 SPG, 49.6% FG, 94.4% FT, 46.2% 3P​
1984​
Larry Bird (2)​
Boston Celtics​
29.9 PPG, 10 RPG, 8.2 APG, 2.1 SPG, 50.1% FG, 91.8% FT, 37.9% 3P​
1985​
Magic Johnson (2)​
Los Angeles Lakers​
21.9 PPG, 10 RPG, 14.3 APG, 1.8 SPG, 53.7% FG, 85.8% FT​
1986​
Larry Bird (3)​
Boston Celtics​
30.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 6.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 51.7% FG, 83.8% FT, 37.2% 3P​
1987​
Michael Jordan​
Miami Heat​
33.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 6.1 APG, 57.8% FG, 82.4% FT​
1988​
Michael Jordan (2)​
Miami Heat​
30.3 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 6.2 APG, 55.4% FG, 81.5% FT​
1989​
David Robinson​
Indiana Pacers​
30.5 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 2.6 SPG, 3.7 BPG, 60.4% FG​
1990​
Michael Jordan (3)​
Miami Heat​
30.5 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 6.5 APG, 2.9 SPG, 1 BPG, 57.3% FG​
1991​
Arvydas Sabonis​
Phoenix Suns​
29.2 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1 SPG, 1.2 BPG, 52.7% FG, 85.3% FT, 44.9% 3P​
1992​
Michael Jordan (4)​
Miami Heat​
35.1 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 6.1 APG, 3.3 SPG, 58.2% FG​
1993​
David Robinson (2)​
Indiana Pacers​
32.1 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 3.6 BPG, 60.6% FG​
1994​
Michael Jordan (5)​
Miami Heat​
33.3 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 7.6 APG, 3.2 APG, 54.2% FG​
1995​
Michael Jordan (6)​
Miami Heat​
29.2 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 6.8 APG, 2.6 SPG, 56.0% FG​
1996​
Arvydas Sabonis (2)​
Phoenix Suns​
28.8 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.2 BPG, 53.0% FG, 44.4% 3P​
1997​
Shaquille O'Neal​
Chicago Bulls​
33.8 PPG, 15.5 RPG, 3.1 APG, 2.1 BPG, 60.2% FG​
1998​
Shaquille O'Neal (2)​
Chicago Bulls​
34.5 PPG, 14.9 RPG, 3.0 APG, 2.1 BPG, 58.9% FG​
1999​
Grant Hill​
St. Louis Spirits​
29.0 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 7.1 APG, 1.9 SPG, 56.3% FG​
2000​
Shaquille O'Neal (3)​
Chicago Bulls​
33.4 PPG, 15.8 RPG, 3.1 APG, 2.3 BPG, 59.6% FG​

NBA Defensive Player of the Year
Year
Winner
Team
Stats
1980​
Dudley Bradley​
Indiana Pacers​
2.8 SPG​
1981​
Robert Parish​
Philadelphia 76ers​
1 SPG, 2.9 BPG​
1982​
Maurice Cheeks​
Philadelphia 76ers​
2.7 SPG​
1983​
Gus Williams​
Boston Celtics​
2.6 SPG​
1984​
Michael Cooper​
Indiana Pacers​
2.7 SPG, 0.8 BPG​
1985​
Mark Eaton​
New York Knicks​
5.4 BPG​
1986​
Hakeem Olajuwon​
Sacramento Kings​
2.0 SPG, 3.1 BPG​
1987​
Hakeem Olajuwon (2)​
Sacramento Kings​
1.9 SPG, 4.4 BPG​
1988​
David Robinson​
Indiana Pacers​
2.6 SPG, 3.0 BPG​
1989​
David Robinson (2)​
Indiana Pacers​
2.6 SPG, 3.7 BPG​
1990​
David Robinson (3)​
Indiana Pacers​
2.5 SPG, 3.0 BPG​
1991​
Hakeem Olajuwon (3)​
Sacramento Kings​
2.0 SPG, 4.2 BPG​
1992​
David Robinson (4)​
Indiana Pacers​
2.3 SPG, 3.8 BPG​
1993​
Scottie Pippen​
Anaheim Light​
3.5 SPG, 1.6 BPG​
1994​
Scottie Pippen (2)​
Anaheim Light​
3.6 SPG, 1.5 BPG​
1995​
Dikembe Mutombo​
Charlotte Hornets​
1.0 SPG, 4.6 BPG​
1996​
Dikembe Mutombo (2)​
Charlotte Hornets​
1.5 SPG, 4.2 BPG​
1997​
Michael Jordan​
Charlotte Hornets​
2.5 SPG​
1998​
Jason Kidd​
Boston Celtics​
3.4 SPG​
1999​
Gary Payton​
Las Vegas Enterprise​
3.9 SPG​
2000​
Ben Wallace​
Indiana Pacers​
2.3 SPG, 4.0 BPG​

NBA Sixth Man of the Year
Year
Winner
Team
Stats
1980​
Billy Knight​
Indiana Pacers​
16 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.3 SPG​
1981​
Terry Furlow​
Atlanta Hawks​
14.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.5 SPG​
1982​
Terry Furlow (2)​
Atlanta Hawks​
16.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.7 SPG​
1983​
Terry Furlow (3)​
Atlanta Hawks​
13.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.4 SPG​
1984​
Terry Furlow (4)​
Seattle Supersonics​
12.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.8 SPG​
1985​
Mike Woodson​
Phoenix Suns​
14.5 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 2.0 SPG​
1986​
Mike Woodson (2)​
Phoenix Suns​
15.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 2.3 SPG​
1987​
Andrew Toney​
Golden State Warriors​
21.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.1 SPG​
1988​
Mike Gminski​
Minnesota Timberwolves​
10 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.1 BPG​
1989​
Dennis Rodman​
Philadelphia 76ers​
11.8 PPG, 12.6 RPG​
1990​
Roy Hinson​
San Antonio Spurs​
12.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.5 BPG​
1991​
Dan Majerle​
Indiana Pacers​
14.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.1 SPG​
1992​
Darrell Walker​
Anaheim Light​
10.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3.8 APG, 2.4 SPG​
1993​
John Starks​
Portland Trail Blazers​
15.3 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.7 APG, 2.0 SPG​
1994​
John Starks (2)​
Portland Trail Blazers​
18.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.8 SPG​
1995​
Tom Gugliotta​
New York Knicks​
10.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.3 SPG, 1.2 SPG​
1996​
Detlef Schrempf​
Boston Celtics​
11.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.4 SPG​
1997​
Robert Horry​
Seattle Supersonics​
10.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.0 SPG​
1998​
Walt Williams​
Toronto Raptors​
11.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.6 SPG​
1999​
Robert Pack​
Portland Trail Blazers​
13.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.9 SPG​
2000​
Clarence Weatherspoon​
Calgary Surge​
12.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 1.0 BPG​

NBA Most Improved Player of the Year
Year
Winner
Team
Stats
1980​
Robert Parish​
GSW/PHI​
23 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 2.3 BPG​
1981​
Calvin Natt​
New Jersey Nets​
19.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1 SPG​
1982​
Andrew Toney​
Miami Heat​
22.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.1 SPG​
1983​
Kevin McHale​
Cleveland Cavaliers​
22.6 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.5 APG, 2.3 BPG​
1984​
James Worthy​
Dallas Mavericks​
24.2 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.1 BPG​
1985​
Dominique Wilkins​
Chicago Bulls​
36.7 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.7 SPG, 1.8 SPG, 54.1% FG​
1986​
Orlando Woolridge​
Cleveland Cavaliers​
18.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 54.1% FG​
1987​
Charles Barkley​
New Orleans Jazz​
24.3 PPG, 13.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.6 SPG, 54.1% FG​
1988​
Arvydas Sabonis​
Phoenix Suns​
27.6 PPG, 14.2 RPG, 5.9 APG, 1.1 BPG, 51% FG, 91.1% FT, 40.8% 3P​
1989​
Kenny Smith​
Orlando Magic​
20.3 PPG, 5.7 APG​
1990​
Sarunas Marciulionis​
Las Vegas Enterprise​
14.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1.6 SPG​
1991​
Mark Price​
Indiana Pacers​
22.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 10.8 APG, 1.5 SPG, 45.8% FG, 93.1% FT, 40.9% 3P​
1992​
Mitch Richmond​
New York Knicks​
27.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 50.1% FG, 88.8% FT, 37.0% 3P​
1993​
Gary Payton​
Las Vegas Enterprise​
19.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 8.0 APG, 3.0 SPG​
1994​
Drazen Petrovic​
Orlando Magic​
26.4 PPG, 4.8 APG, 1.4 SPG, 52.8% FG, 45.8% 3P​
1995​
Scott Williams​
Cleveland Cavaliers​
13.1 PPG, 10.2 RPG​
1996​
Grant Hill​
St. Louis Spirits​
22.9 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.7 SPG, 56.5% FG​
1997​
Alonzo Mourning​
Sacramento Kings​
28.3 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 4.0 BPG, 57.1% FG​
1998​
Allen Iverson​
Los Angeles Lakers​
24.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.0 APG, 3.1 SPG​
1999​
Tracy McGrady​
Miami Heat​
16.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.7 BPG​
2000​
Jermaine O'Neal​
Minnesota Timberwolves​
15.6 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.4 BPG​

NBA Rookie of the Year
Year
Player
Team
Stats
1948​
Paul Hoffman​
Baltimore Bullets​
10.5 PPG​
1949​
Howie Shannon​
Providence Steamrollers​
13.4 PPG​
1950​
Alex Groza​
Indianapolis Olympians​
23.4 PPG​
1951​
Paul Arizin​
Philadelphia Warriors​
17.2 PPG, 9.8 RPG​
1952​
Bill Tosheff and Mel Hutchins​
INO (Tosheff) and MLH (Hutchins)​
9.4 PPG (Tosheff), 9.2 PPG, 13.3 RPG (Hutchins)​
1953​
Monk Meineke​
Fort Wayne Pistons​
10.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG​
1954​
Ray Relix​
Baltimore Bullets​
17.6 PPG, 13.3 RPG​
1955​
Bob Pettit​
Milwaukee Hawks​
20.4 PPG, 13.8 RPG​
1956​
Maurice Stokes​
Rochester Royals​
16.8 PPG, 16.3 RPG, 4.9 APG​
1957​
Tom Heinsohn​
Boston Celtics​
16.2 PPG, 9.8 RPG​
1958​
Woody Sauldsberry​
Philadelphia Warriors​
12.8 PPG, 10.3 RPG​
1959​
Elgin Baylor​
Minneapolis Lakers​
24.9 PPG, 15 RPG, 4.1 APG​
1960​
Wilt Chamberlain​
Philadelphia Warriors​
37.6 PPG, 27 RPG​
1961​
Oscar Robertson​
Cincinnati Royals​
30.5 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 9.7 APG​
1962​
Walt Ballamy​
Chicago Packers​
31.6 PPG, 19 RPG​
1963​
Terry Dischinger​
Chicago Zephyrs​
25.5 PPG, 8 RPG​
1964​
Jerry Lucas​
Cincinnati Royals​
17.7 PPG, 17.4 RPG​
1965​
Willis Reed​
New York Knicks​
19.5 PPG, 14.7 RPG​
1966​
Rick Barry​
San Francisco Warriors​
25.7 PPG, 10.6 RPG​
1967​
Dave Bing​
Detroit Pistons​
20 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.1 APG​
1968​
Earl Monroe​
Baltimore Bullets​
24.3 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 4.3 APG​
1969​
Wes Unseld​
Baltimore Bullets​
13.8 PPG, 18.2 RPG​
1970​
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar​
Milwaukee Bucks​
28.8 PPG, 14.5 RPG, 4.1 APG​
1971​
Geoff Petrie and Dave Cowens​
POR (Petrie) and BOS (Cowens)​
24.8 PPG, 4.8 APG (Petrie), 17 PPG, 15 RPG (Cowens)​
1972​
Sidney Wicks​
Portland Trail Blazers​
24.5 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 4.3 APG​
1973​
Bob McAdoo​
Buffalo Braves​
18 PPG, 9.1 RPG​
1974​
Ernie DiGregorio​
Buffalo Braves​
15.2 PPG, 8.2 APG​
1975​
Jamaal Wilkes​
Golden State Warriors​
14.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG​
1976​
Alvan Adams​
Phoenix Suns​
19 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 5.6 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.5 BPG​
1977​
Adrian Dantley​
Buffalo Braves​
20.3 PPG, 7.6 RPG​
1978​
Walter Davis​
Phoenix Suns​
24.2 PPG, 6 RPG​
1979​
Phil Ford​
Kansas City Kings​
15.9 PPG, 8.6 APG​
1980​
Larry Bird​
Boston Celtics​
26 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.7 SPG​
1981​
Kiki Vandeweghe​
Dallas Mavericks​
20.9 PPG, 4 RPG, 2.7 APG​
1982​
Tom Chambers​
Detroit Pistons​
22 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.7 APG​
1983​
Dominique Wilkins​
Chicago Bulls​
25.7 PPG, 7 RPG, 1.5 SPG​
1984​
Dale Ellis​
Spirits of St. Louis​
23.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 39.3% 3P​
1985
Michael Jordan​
Miami Heat​
29.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 5.9 APG, 2.1 SPG, 54.1% FG​
1986​
Patrick Ewing​
Sacramento Kings​
21.0 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 50.4% FG​
1987​
Len Bias​
Philadelphia 76ers​
24.4 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.9 SPG, 49.6% FG​
1988​
David Robinson​
Indiana Pacers​
26.4 PPG, 13 RPG, 2.6 SPG, 3.0 BPG, 57.8% FG​
1989​
Danny Manning​
Los Angeles Lakers​
18.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.5 SPG, 52% FG​
1990​
Tim Hardaway​
Houston Rockets​
17.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 7.9 APG, 1.7 SPG​
1991​
Kendall Gill​
Golden State Warriors​
14.9 PPG, 4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.5 SPG​
1992​
Steve Smith​
Detroit Pistons​
23.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.5 APG​
1993​
Shaquille O'Neal​
Chicago Bulls​
27.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 2.4 BPG, 53.2% FG​
1994​
Anfernee Hardaway​
Golden State Warriors​
19.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 6.6 APG, 1.8 SPG​
1995​
Grant Hill​
St. Louis Spirits​
19.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.2 SPG, 50.3% FG​
1996​
Damon Stoudamire​
Calgary Surge​
19.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 6.8 APG, 1.1 SPG​
1997​
Shareef Abdur-Rahim​
Salt Lake Stallions​
22.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 49.2% FG​
1998​
Tim Duncan​
New Jersey Nets​
23.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.6 BPG, 55.5% FG​
1999​
Rashard Lewis​
Cleveland Cavaliers​
18.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 39.2% 3P​
2000​
Elton Brand​
Detroit Pistons​
21.3 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 52.9% FG​


NBA Coach of the Year
Year
Coach
Team
Record
Playoff Result
1963​
Harry Gallatin​
St. Louis Hawks​
48-32​
Lost in Division Finals​
1964​
Alex Hannum​
San Francisco Warriors​
48-32​
Lost Finals​
1965​
Red Auerbach​
Boston Celtics​
62-18​
Won Finals​
1966​
Dolph Schayes​
Philadelphia 76ers​
55-25​
Lost Division Final​
1967​
Red Kerr​
Chicago Bulls​
33-48​
None​
1968​
Richie Guerin​
St. Louis Hawks​
56-26​
Lost Division Semi-Finals​
1969​
Gene Shue​
Baltimore Bullets​
57-25​
Lost Division Semi-Finals​
1970​
Red Holzman​
New York Knicks​
60-22​
Won Finals​
1971​
Dick Motta​
Chicago Bulls​
51-31​
Lost Western Conference SemiFinals​
1972​
Bill Sharman​
Los Angeles Lakers​
69-13​
Won Finals​
1973​
Tom Heinsohn​
Boston Celtics​
68-14​
Lost Eastern Conference Finals​
1974​
Ray Scott​
Detroit Pistons​
52-30​
Lost Western Conference SemiFinals​
1975​
Phil Johnson​
Kansas City-Omaha Kings​
44-38​
Lost Western Conference SemiFinals​
1976​
Bill Fitch​
Cleveland Cavaliers​
49-33​
Lost Eastern Conference Finals​
1977​
Tom Missalke​
Houston Rockets​
49-33​
Lost Eastern Conference Finals​
1978​
Hubie Brown​
Atlanta Hawks​
41-41​
Lost Eastern Conference Round 1​
1979​
Cotton Fitzsimmons​
Kansas City Kings​
48-34​
Lost Western Conference SemiFinals​
1980​
Paul Westhead​
Los Angeles Lakers​
64-18​
Lost Western Conference SemiFinals​
1981​
Del Harris​
Houston Rockets​
63-19​
Won Finals​
1982​
Doug Moe​
San Antonio Spurs​
59-23​
Won Finals​
1983​
John MacLeod​
Salt Lake Stallions​
46-36​
Lost Western Conference Round 1​
1984​
Phil Jackson​
New Jersey Nets​
63-19​
Lost Eastern Conference SemiFinals​
1985​
Lenny Wilkens​
Detroit Pistons​
61-21​
Lose Eastern Conference SemiFinals​
1986​
Stan Albeck​
Cleveland Cavaliers​
59-23​
Lost Eastern Conference Finals​
1987​
Lenny Wilkens (2)​
Detroit Pistons​
67-15​
Won Finals​
1988​
Bill Fitch (2)​
Dallas Mavericks​
55-27​
Lost Finals​
1989​
Dick Motta (2)​
New Orleans Jazz​
59-23​
Won Finals​
1990​
Chuck Daly​
Miami Heat​
66-16​
Lost Finals​
1991​
Cotton Fitzsimmons (2)​
Phoenix Suns​
62-20​
Won Finals​
1992​
Bob Hill​
Indiana Pacers​
61-21​
Lost Eastern Conference Finals​
1993​
Jerry Tarkanian​
Las Vegas Enterprise​
55-27​
Lost Western Conference Round 1​
1994​
Chuck Daly (2)​
Miami Heat​
57-25​
Lost Eastern Conference Round 1​
1995​
Cotton Fitzsimmons (3)​
Phoenix Suns​
49-33​
Lost Western Conference Round 1​
1996​
Gene Littles​
Charlotte Hornets​
55-27​
Lost Finals​
1997​
Don Chaney​
Golden State Warriors​
62-20​
Lost Western Conference Semifinals​
1998​
Mike Schuler​
St. Louis Spirits​
63-19​
Lost Western Conference Finals​
1999​
Paul Westphal​
Seattle Supersonics​
57-25​
Lost Western Conference Semifinals​
2000​
Dave Cowens​
Milwaukee Bucks​
55-27​
Lost Eastern Conference Round 1​

Notable Games

George Gervin, Spurs - 63 Points (12/27/80)
David Thompson, Knicks - 62 Points (3/24/83)
Micheal Ray Richardson, Knicks - 26 Assists (3/24/83)
Magic Johnson, Lakers - 25 Assists (2/8/84)
Dominique Wilkins, Bulls - 64 Points (12/5/84)
Mark Eaton, Knicks - 17 Blocks (12/24/84)
Dominique Wilkins, Bulls - 63 Points (3/11/85)
Micheal Ray Richardson, Knicks - Quadruple Double: 24 Points, 20 Rebounds, 13 Assists, 10 Steals (4/9/85)
Bernard King, Lakers - 70 Points (10/30/85)
Isiah Thomas, Mavericks - 29 Assists (11/21/86)
Dominique Wilkins, Bulls - 70 Points (12/23/86)
Adrian Dantley, Stallions - 60 Points (2/12/86)
Tom Chambers, Pistons - 62 Points (3/12/86)
Bernard King, Lakers - 60 Points (5/15/86) (Playoffs)
Charles Barkley, Jazz - 30 Rebounds (3/2/87)
Manute Bol, 76ers - 16 Blocks (12/21/87)
Ralph Sampson, 15 Blocks - 1/30/88
Arvydas Sabonis, Suns - 61 Points (3/7/88)
Magic Johnson, Jazz - 25 Assists (3/20/88)
Sidney Moncrief, Heat - 12 Steals (5/29/88) (Finals)
Drazen Petrovic, Magic - 10 Three Pointers Made (12/15/88) (First Time)
Manute Bol, Sixers - 15 Blocks (12/4/89)
Hakeem Olajuwon, Kings - Near Quintuple Double: 29 Points, 18 Rebounds, 14 Assists, 8 Steals, 7 Blocks (2/21/90)
Hakeem Olajuwon, Kings - Quadruple Double: 27 Points, 13 Rebounds, 14 Assists, 10 Blocks (2/24/90)
Manute Bol, Sixers - 15 Blocks (5/19/90) (Playoffs)
Reggie Miller, Rockets - 10 Three Pointers Made (5/3/92) (Playoffs)
Charles Barkley, Jazz - 62 Points (5/4/92) (Playoffs)
Dennis Rodman, Trail Blazers - 32 Rebounds (12/13/92)
Scottie Pippen, Light - 11 Steals (1/15/93)
Dikembe Mutombo, Hornets - 14 Blocks (11/30/92)
Mark Price, Pacers - 10 Three Pointers Made (5/21/93) (Playoffs)
Charles Barkley, Jazz - 32 Rebounds (12/7/93)
Dennis Rodman, Trail Blazers - 30 Rebounds (12/10/93)
Scottie Pippen, Light - 11 Steals (1/22/94)
Charles Barkley, Jazz - 33 Rebounds (1/17/94)
Shaquille O'Neal, Bulls - 60 Points (3/6/95)
Scottie Pippen, Light - 13 Steals (11/2/94)
Drazen Petrovic, Magic - 11 Three Pointers Made (2/19/95)
Shaquille O'Neal, Bulls, 65 Points (12/9/95)
Reggie Miller, Rockets, 12 Three Pointers Made (1/10/96)
Hersey Hawkins, Cavaliers, 11 Three Pointers Made (10/29/96)
Kenny Anderson, 11 Steals (12/16/96)
Shaquille O'Neal, Bulls, 65 Points (1/10/97)
Shaquille O'Neal, Bulls, 64 Points (3/14/97)
Dennis Rodman, Pacers, 30 Rebounds (4/13/97)
Jerry Stackhouse, Raptors, 65 Points (2/18/98)
Shaquille O'Neal, Bulls, 64 Points (3/26/98)
Jerry Stackhouse, Raptors, 62 Points (1/28/99)
Shaquille O'Neal, Bulls, 64 Points (11/12/99)
Jason Kidd, Celtics, 25 Assists (11/13/99)
Shaquille O'Neal, Bulls, 32 Rebounds (12/9/99)
Shaquille O'Neal, Bulls, 32 Rebounds (12/26/99)
Shaquille O'Neal, Bulls, 78 Points (1/28/2000)
Reggie Miller, Rockets, 13 3PM (1/29/2000)
Anfernee Hardaway, Warriors - Quadruple Double: 21 Points, 13 Rebounds, 13 Assists, 10 Steals (4/8/2000)

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The Late 70s and a 1978-1979 Season Recap

Before we get into this modernized era of basketball, we need to talk about the past few years in the NBA. For one, the NBA-ABA merger changed the national landscape of basketball forever (for the purpose of the BTB, historic ABA and NBA stats will be combined as the game I am using handles them that way). The late 70s led to an era of transition for basketball. Interestingly, many of the league’s top stars failed to make the Finals for many different reasons. The 1978 and 1979 Finals featured the same two teams, with the Washington Bullets and Seattle Supersonics trading victories over the other.

After the retirements of players such as Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Jerry West and Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was undoubtedly the league’s best player. After winning a NBA Championship with the Milwaukee Bucks, Kareem requested a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers. While the Lakers were a solid team, they didn’t have enough to deal with some of the Western Conference contenders in the late 70s. A brilliant trade led to the selection of Magic Johnson. Adding Johnson has LA thinking title for the first time since the early 70s.

One of those teams Kareem’s Lakers’ couldn’t get by? The Portland Trail Blazers led by Bill Walton. After leading the Trail Blazers to the NBA title in 1977, Walton was on his way to a MVP and likely a second ring in 1978. Walton would break his foot, submarining the Trail Blazer season. Ethical decisions regarding the injury ultimately strained with relationship with Portland.

It was thought that perhaps some of the ABA stars that came in through the merger would perhaps own the league. “Iceman” George Gervin, “Dr. J” Julius Erving, and “Skywalker” David Thompson all led contending teams and got close, but none of them could pull off a Championship. Gervin’s Spurs would fall to the eventual champion Bullets in the Semi-Finals in ’78, and take those same Bullets to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in ’79. Thompson’s Nuggets were a victim to the previously mentioned Walton and the champion Trail Blazers in ’77, fell to the eventual Western Champ Sonics in ’78 and then the Lakers in ’79. Dr. J did get the Sixers into the Finals in ‘77 where they fell to Portland, but were surprised by Washington and San Antonio the next two seasons. Also, we also should mention another ABA star, the rebounding machine Moses Malone. He hasn’t had much of a team around him in Houston…but Malone may have shown the most potential of the entire ABA lot so far and even snagged the MVP of the ’79 season.

So who exactly were on these Finals teams? The Washington Bullets won the 1978 title with a core of former MVP Wes Unseld, scorer Elvin Hayes (who had a negative reputation around the league), and Bob Dandridge. They would defeat the Seattle Supersonics. In 1979 we got a rematch with the Sonics winning the title behind a team of Dennis Johnson, Jack Sikma and Gus Williams. While the efforts of these two teams must be commended, making two Finals in a row is no small feat and neither is winning the title, no one has either team has a serious threat in for the 1980 Finals. With these former ABA stars leading their teams and two of the most exciting rookies in perhaps league history about to make their debuts (with one getting to team up with Kareem), the NBA title looks as wide open as ever.

Still, let’s look at how 1978-1979 went down.

NBA MVP: Moses Malone, Houston Rockets

NBA Finals MVP: Dennis Johnson, Seattle Supersonics

NBA Rookie of the Year: Phil Ford, Kansas City Kings

Top 5 Scorers: 1. George Gervin, San Antonio Spurs, 29.6, 2. World B. Free, San Diego Clippers, 28.8, 3. Marques Johnson, Milwaukee Bucks, 25.6, 4. Bob McAdoo, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, 24.8, 5. Moses Malone, Houston Rockets, 24.8

Top 5 Rebounders: 1. Moses Malone, 17.6, 2. Rich Kelley, New Orleans Jazz, 12.8, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers, 12.8, 4. Artis Gilmore, Chicago Bulls, 12.7, 5. Jack Sikma, Seattle Supersonics, 12.4

Top 5 Assists: 1. Kevin Porter, Detroit Pistons, 13.4, 2. John Lucas, Golden State Warriors, 9.3, 3. Norm Nixon, Los Angeles Lakers, 9.0, 4. Phil Ford, Kansas City Kings, 8.6, 5. Paul Westphal, Phoenix Suns, 6.5

Steals Champion: M.L. Carr, Detroit Pistons, 2.5

Blocks Champion: Eddie Jordan, New Jersey Nets, 2.5

All-NBA 1st Team: George Gervin (SAS), Elvin Hayes (WSB), Marques Johnson (MIL), Moses Malone (HOU), Paul Westphal (PHO)

All-NBA 2nd Team: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (LAL), Bob Dandridge (MIL), Walter Davis (PHO), World B. Free (SDC), Phil Ford (DET)

All-NBA 1st Team Defense: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (LAL), Don Buse (PHO), Bob Dandridge (WSB), Dennis Johnson (SEA), Bobby Jones (PHI)

All-NBA 2nd Team Defense: M.L Carr (DET), Lionel Hollins (POR), Eddie Johnson (ATL), Maurice Lucas (POR), Moses Malone (HOU)

All-NBA Rookie: Ron Brewer (POR), Phil Ford (KCK), Reggie Theus (CHI), Mychal Thompson (POR), Terry Tyler (DET)

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Using Grey Dog Software’s Fast Break Basketball 2013 historical rosters for this…with some adjustments. I’m also going to pretend this is a drug free universe! No cocaine to wreck random people’s careers. Pre-existing injuries that caused players to miss games will be out won’t exist, but of course injuries before then effected player performance are factored in (think Bill Walton). I don’t have good data for draft picks, so each team will keep those. Speaking of picks, even though there were many rounds back in the 80s, we’ll be at the two round format, with a lottery!

Salary cap will rise at some determined amount I haven’t figured out.

For statistical records I’ll be keeping track of “modern” records. This is because FBB 2013 doesn’t track those. Player career records will be matched. I’ll do my best to retroactively track their achievements (something else FBB doesn’t do pre-starting the game).

The biggest note. The stats site uses the first year of a season as the year designation (which drives me nuts). So while I will often call the 1979-1980 season the 1980 season (as per the “standard”), the game designates it as 1979. Keep that in mind when checking out the stats site.

The second post of this thread will serve as a historical database.

I will always post the link to the current stats site at the bottom of each post.

Obviously there will be a lot of historical inaccuracies! But we’ll have some fun too hopefully!

There will be a lot of prediction contests, as if this gets as far as it does into the future, perhaps I’ll allow users to create custom players for the BTB!

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1979-1980 Season Preview

1979-1980 Team Information

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Boston Celtics

1979 Record: 29-53 (5th in Atlantic)
Head Coach: Bill Fitch
Key Players: Larry Bird (Rookie), Cedric Maxwell (19 PPG, 9.9 RPG), Dave Cowens (16.6 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 48.3% FG)
FBB Ranking: 3/22

The Larry Bird era begins in Boston. How long will it take him to adapt to the NBA? Can former MVP Cowens still be a force? Hopes are ridiculously high.

New Jersey Nets
1979 Record: 37-45 (3rd in Atlantic, 6th Seed in East)
Head Coach: Kevin Loughery
Key Players: Cliff Robinson (Rookie), Calvin Natt (Rookie)
FBB Ranking: 20/22

A lot of work is needed for the Nets to be much of a factor this season. Rookies Cliff Robinson and Calvin Natt will have quite the learning curve.

New York Knicks
1979 Record: 31-51 (4th in Atlantic)
Head Coach: Red Holzman
Key Players: Bill Cartwright (Rookie), Micheal Ray Richardson (6.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3 APG, 2nd Year)
FBB Ranking: 11/22

There is a lot of curiosity surrounding the Knicks this season. With Red Holzman back as the Head Coach, some in New York are hoping for a resurgence that reminding them of the yearly 70s. The Knicks have an exciting combination on paper, 2nd year guard Micheal Ray Richardson and rookie center Bill Cartwright. With veteran Earl “The Pearl” Monroe adding some depth, the Knicks may return to form.

Philadelphia 76ers
1979 Record: 47-35 (2nd in Atlantic, #3 Seed in East)
Head Coach: Billy Cunningham
Key Players: Julius Erving (23.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.7 SPG, 1.3 BPG, 49.1% FG), Bobby Jones (12.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 1.2 BPG, Defensive), Doug Collins (19.5 PPG, 4.1 APG, 1.1 SPG)
FBB Rank: 5/22

No doubt, the Sixers are thinking title town. After coming up just one game short of the NBA Finals in 1979, Dr. J and company are only looking up. Can they break through this year?

Washington Bullets
1979 Record: 54-28 (1st in Atlantic, #1 Seed in East)
Head Coach: Dick Motta
Key Players: Elvin Hayes (21.8 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 2.3 BPG), Wes Unseld (10.9 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 4.1 APG), Bob Dandridge (20.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 4.7 APG, 49.9% FG), Kevin Porter: 15.4 PPG, 13.4 APG, 1.9 SPG)
FBB Rank: 14/22

Talk about disrespect. The two-time defending Eastern Conference Champions bring back almost the same roster as last season and add 1979 Assists Champ Kevin Porter, and yet Boston and Philly are ranked above them. We’ll see if Washington can make it three straight and add a 2nd NBA title in 3 seasons.

Eastern Conference

Central Division

Atlanta Hawks

1979 Record: 46-36 (3rd in Central, #5 Seed in East)
Head Coach: Hubie Brown
Key Players: Dan Roundfield (15.3 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 2.2 BPG), John Drew (22.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.6 SPG), Eddie Johnson (16 PPG, 4.6 APG, 51% FG)
FBB Rank: 10/22

A very well-balanced team that seems to just be missing that extra punch to get to the never level. They did take the Eastern Conference Champion Bullets to seven games last year though and are bringing back pretty much the same team.

Cleveland Cavaliers
1979 Record: 30-52 (5th in Central)
Head Coach: Stan Albeck
Key Players: Campy Russell (21.9 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 4.7 APG), Randy Smith (20.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.8 APG, 2.2 SPG)
FBB Rank: 22/22

There just isn’t a lot here. Perhaps the prime candidate to win the lottery and land either Joe Barry Carroll, Darrell Griffith, Kevin McHale or Kiki Vandeweghe in the upcoming rookie draft.

Detroit Pistons
1979 Record: 30-52 (4th in Central)
Head Coach: Richie Abubato
Key Players: Bob Lanier (23.6 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 51.5% FG), Bob McAdoo (24.8 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 1.1 BPG, 52.9% FG)
FBB Rank: 15/22

An interesting off-season for Detroit as they lost Kevin Porter but added scoring machine and former league MVP Bob McAdoo. Will that lead to wins? Probably not, but don’t be surprised to see Detroit active one way or the other in trades this year.

Houston Rockets
1979 Record: 47-35 (2nd in Central, #4 Seed in East)
Head Coach: Del Harris
Key Players: Moses Malone (24.8 PPG, 17.6 RPG, 1 SPG, 1.5 BPG, MVP), Rudy Tomjanovich (19 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.9 APG), Rick Barry (13.5 PPG)
FBB Rank: 2/22

Is MVP Moses, Rudy T and an aging Rick Barry make a run at the title? There’s thought out there that Moses might be enough, but they didn’t get by Atlanta in the 1st round last season and are still quite weak at the guard spots. This is the Rockets’ last run in the Central as they will be moving to the Midwest division next year.

Indiana Pacers
1979 Record: 38-44 (4th in Midwest)
Head Coach: Slick Leonard
Key Players: James Edwards (16.7 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 50.1% FG), Alex English (16 PPG, 8.1 RPG), Johnny Davis (18.3 PPG, 5.7 APG, 1.2 SPG)
FBB Rank: 6/22

Expectations are high for the Pacers in their first season in the Eastern Conference. 25 year old Alex English is a top candidate to break out, and the Pacers are well-balanced overall.

San Antonio Spurs
1979 Record: 48-34 (1st in Central, #2 Seed in the East
Head Coach: Doug Moe
Key Players: George Gervin (29.6 PPG, 5 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 1.1 BPG, 54.1% FG), Larry Kenon (2.1 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 4.1 APG)
FBB Rank: 16/22

Despite a top 2 seed in 1979 and one of the most naturally skilled scorers in the history of basketball in “Iceman” George Gervin, there isn’t a lot of hype for the Spurs this season in a competitive Eastern Conference. We’ll see if Ice and company can overcome and get the Spurs to the next level. The Spurs are headed to the Midwest Division next season.

Western Conference

Midwest Division

Chicago Bulls

1979 Record: 31-51 (5th in Midwest)
Head Coach: Jerry Sloan
Key Players: Artis Gilmore (23.7 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 57.5% FG), Reggie Theus (16.3 PPG, 5.2 APG, 1.1 SPG), Ricky Sobers (17.3 PPG, 5.6 APG)
FBB Rank: 12/22

Headed by the tough-minded Jerry Sloan and former ABA MVP Artis Gilmore, the Bulls struggled in 1979 but look to bounce back in 1980. The Bulls are lacking depth, but have a solid top three with Gilmore, Theus and Sobers. The Bulls head to the Central after this season.

Denver Nuggets
1979 Record: 47-35 (2nd in Midwest, #4 Seed in West)
Head Coach: Donnie Walsh
Key Players: David Thompson (24.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3 APG, 1.1 BPG, 51.2% FG), Dan Issel (17 PPG, 9.1 RPG), George McGinnis (22.6 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 1.7 SPG)
FBB Rank: 18/22

A shocking ranking for the Nuggets. “Skywalker” Thompson, Issel and McGinnis provide perhaps the best 1-2-3 scoring punch in the entire league. Denver certainly has its holes, but they should be in the thick of things.

Milwaukee Bucks
1979 Record: 38-44 (3rd in Midwest)
Head Coach: Don Nelson
Key Players: Marques Johnson (25.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 1.2 BPG), Brian Winters (19.8 PPG, 4.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, Sidney Moncrief (Rookie)
FBB Rank: 13/22

The Bucks are in an interesting middle of the road spot. Johnson has already shown elite scoring ability. Rookie Moncrief is a real mystery, there’s talk he’ll win Rookie of the Year. Bucks will move to the Central next year.

Kansas City Kings
1979 Record: 48-34 (1st in Midwest, #2 Seed in West)
Head Coach: Cotton Fitzsimmons
Key Players: Scott Wedman (18.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG), Otis Birdsong (21.7 PPG, 50.9% FG)
FBB Rank: 19/22

Likely an overachieving team in 1979 as the Kings flamed out of the playoffs immediately against the Suns. We’ll see if their rank is accurate, or if they can win a 2nd straight division title.

Utah Stallions
1979 Record: 26-56 (6th in Central)
Head Coach: Tim Nissalke
Key Players: Bernard King (21.6 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.4 SPG), Adrian Dantley (17.3 PPG, 1.1 SPG), Pete Maravich (22.6 PPG, 1.2 SPG)
FBB Rank: 21/22

A new era! The New Orleans Jazz have relocated to Utah and become the Stallions. The Stallions also lucked into a huge off-season acquisition in Bernard King. Earlier in Denver’s preview we said they had the top trio with scoring, but truthfully potential wise King, Adrian Dantley and the Pistol may break all kinds of offensive records.

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Pacific Division

Golden State Warriors

1979 Record: 38-44 (6th in Pacific)
Head Coach: Al Attles
Key Players: John Lucas (16.1 PPG, 9.3 APG, 1.9 SPG), Robert Parish (17.2 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 2.9 BPG), Phil Smith (19.9 PPG, 4.4 APG, 50.1% FG), Jo Jo White (12.5 PPG)
FBB Rank: 8/22

Despite disappointing last year, Golden State boasts a strong team headed by “The Chief” Robert Parish. The addition of former Finals MVP Jo Jo White may get Golden State back into the contending ways they experienced in the mid 70s.

San Diego Clippers
1979 Record: 43-39 (5th in Pacific)
Head Coach: Gene Shue
Key Players: Bill Walton (18.9 PPG, 13.2 RPG, 1 SPG, 2.5 BPG, 52.2% FG – 1978 Stats), World B. Free (28.8 PPG, 4.4 APG, 1.4 SPG)
FBB Rank: 9/22

The success of the Clippers comes down to a simple question: can Bill Walton regain some of that magic from his title and MVP years? He and scorer World B. Free could get the Clippers in the hunt if so.

Los Angeles Lakers
1979 Record: 47-35 (3rd in Pacific, 5th Seed in West)
Head Coach: Paul Westhead
Key Players: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (23.8 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 5.4 APG, 4 BPG, 57.7% FG), Magic Johnson (Rookie), Spencer Haywood (20.9 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.2 BPG), Jamaal Wilkes (18.6 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.6 SPG), Norm Nixon (17.1 PPG, 9 APG, 2.5 SPG)
FBB Rank: 1/22

To say this is a stacked team would be an understatement. If Magic Johnson lives up to the hype, the Lakers are far and away the top contenders for the NBA Title.

Seattle Supersonics
1979 Record: 52-30 (1st in Pacific, 1st Seed in West)
Head Coach: Lenny Wilkens
Key Players: Jack Sikma (15.6 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 3.2 APG), Dennis Johnson (15.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.2 BPG), Gus Williams (19.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4 APG, 2.1 SPG)
FBB Rank: 4/22

Despite the division rival Lakers being crowned the pre-season favorite, the defending two time Western Conference and current NBA Champion Sonics may have something to say about it. Sikma, DJ and Williams all return and the Sonics cannot be overlooked.

Phoenix Suns
1979 Record: 52-30 (2nd in Pacific, #3 Seed in West)
Head Coach: John MacLeod
Key Players: Alvan Adams (17.8 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 4.7 APG), Truck Robinson (21.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG), Walter Davis (23.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.9 SPG), Paul Westphal (24 PPG, 6.5 APG, 53.5% FG)
FBB Rank: 7/22

Speaking of overlooked. The Suns aren’t that far removed from their own Finals appearance in 1976. Adams and Westphal were both key pieces of that team. It wouldn’t be a total shock to see the Suns get past the Sonics and Lakers to get back to the promised land. They were just one game away last year, losing to the Sonics in 7.

Portland Trail Blazers
1979 Record: 45-37 (4th in Pacific, #6 Seed in West)
Head Coach: Dr. Jack Ramsey
Key Players: Maurice Lucas (20.4 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.2 BPG), Jim Paxson (Rookie), Tom Owens (18.5 PPG, 9 RPG, 54.8% FG)
FBB Rank: 17/22

In the post-Walton era for the Trail Blazers there lies a lot of questions. While Portland has an interesting array of talent, it’s unclear how well all the pieces fit. This could be a team that bottoms out, or a team that goes on to make a run. It’s a tough Pacific Division though.​
 
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EARLY NBA SEASON RECAP SO FAR

It is almost time for the NBA on Christmas Day. Two exciting match-ups will take place as the Los Angeles Lakers, who have dominated to the tune of a 25-4 record thus far behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and rookie Magic Johnson, take on the current NBA scoring champion “Iceman” George Gervin and the Spurs in San Antonio. The night game features the Milwaukee Bucks against the defending NBA Champion Seattle Supersonics. While the Bucks have stumbled out of the gate to a 9-18 record, part of that is due to injury to rookie Sidney Moncrief. The Sonics sport a 16-10 record, although they too are at the mercy of injuries as Gus Williams, the leading scorer for the team, is out the next two months with a Torn Ligament.

The 79-80 season has been an exciting one so far. We have to start with the rookie class so far as there’s been tons of excellent play, but heartbreak as well. The Lakers’ Magic Johnson has dazzled in helping LA to the top record in the league at 25-4, averaging a 20-8-9 with nearly 3 steals per game. Larry Bird has turned around the Celtics. Boston won 29 games in total last season, but are already up to 18 (18-10) and just trail the 76ers by two games in the Atlantic Division. Bird is averaging over 25 a game on 50% FG. The New York Knicks have also gotten a boost from Bill Cartwright, who has exceeded expectations by scoring 21.8 PPG. The Nets rookie combination of Cliff Robinson and Calvin Natt haven’t led the Nets to wins, but they’ve shown flashes of big game potential. Robinson averages 20 a game with 7 rebounds. Natt looked great in his first 15 games also with a 20-8 average, but unfortunately tore his ACL. Let’s hope it doesn’t damage his career. Lastly, Sidney Moncrief has scored 17 a game for the Bucks, but is also dealing with foot injuries. Overall, 13 rookies have a scoring average in double digits, which is a great sign for the league.

The big names in the league are leading the top teams. Dr. J has stepped up his game big time (55% FG) and has the Sixers in the top spot in the East so far. We already talked about Bird’s contribution to the Celtics. That should be an excellent race for the Atlantic. Moses Malone has his eye on another MVP award. He’s 5th in scoring at 27.8 PPG, 1st in rebounding at 13.6 RPG and has a so-so Rockets team on top of the Central at 16-11. “Iceman” and the Spurs are giving chase. There isn’t much excitement in the Midwest as the Nuggets have stormed to an 8.5 game lead in the division. “Skywalker” David Thompson has been a force averaging 28 a game, and Dan Issel adds another 23. Unfortunately, one of the pre-season teams of interest, the Stallions, have fallen apart with an injury to Bernard King. The Sonics and Suns, last year’s Western Conference Finals participants, are trying to keep up with the Lakers to no avail. Both rookie Magic and Kareem have to be in the MVP conversation as well.

EXPANSION AND MOVES

Big news as it was officially announced that two NBA franchises will be joining the league: the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat. Dallas will join the Midwest, with the Spurs and Rockets moving over to the Midwest as well. The Heat will join the Atlantic. The Bulls and Bucks will be the two teams trading spots with the Spurs and Rockets, and they’ll end up in the Central. Neither Miami or Dallas will be eligible to win the rookie draft lottery in year 1 and will have some FA signing restrictions. Speaking of, the league’s salary cap will increase by a massive 20% at the end of the year to $2,400,000, so some teams will be flush with cap space. There are some interesting potential free agents out there as teams look to resign their players.

NOTABLE GAMES SO FAR

(Note – Links will be added at season’s end for specific box scores, but you can explore the site to find them now)

10/30/79: Stallions 114, CELTICS 108 - King and Dantley drop 30 a piece and spoil Bird’s debut

10/30/79: Lakers 115, CLIPPERS 105 – Magic goes for 20 and 14 in his debut in a Lakers win

10/31/79: LAKERS 118, Cavaliers 102 – Magic tricks the Cavs and treats the fans with his first career triple double, a 22-13-10

11/3/79: Celtics 99, HAWKS 95 – Larry Bird destroys the Hawks in only his third game, taking 22 FGs and scoring 42 points with 16 rebounds and 5 steals

11/6/79: Celtics 128, HAWKS 121 – Three days after Bird wrecked Atlanta with 42, he walks back into the Omni and drops another 47

11/16/79: LAKERS 119, Nuggets 110 – Kareem drops 35 to overcome Skywalker’s 40 as the Lakers win their 10th in a row to start the season

11/18/79: NUGGETS 120, Lakers 94 – Skywalker leads a balanced attack as Denver is the first to take the Lakers down in dominant fashion

11/26/79: SUNS 129, Lakers 126 – Kareem’s 41 can’t stop the two 30+ point games from Walter Davis and Paul Westphal as the Suns show they can beat the Lakers too

12/1/79: Rockets 104, BULLS 89 – Moses can’t be stopped as he puts up a 25-20 (on 12 FGA) to take down Gilmore and the Bulls

12/9/79: Clippers 100, STALLIONS 92 – The Clippers’ Swen Nater cleans up the boards with 26 total as the Clippers overcome Bernard King’s 37 points in a victory

12/23/79: SUNS 117, Stallions 101 – An overall team effort takes down the Stallions, but Adrian Dantley puts up the first 50 pointer (51) in the modern era

12/24/79: KNICKS 100, Bullets 81 – Micheal Ray Richardson becomes the first player not named Magic to record a triple double on the season with a 14-12-12

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As the regular season is broken into three parts, we’ll look at ten upcoming players, with the intent that these are the top 30 prospects, that will be a part of the 1980 Rookie Draft Class.

Darrell GriffithCombo Guard, 6’4”, Louisville, 21: Listed as a point guard, “Dr. Dunkenstein” will fair better as a shooting guard in the NBA. There are some questions about his defensive ability, but Griffith’s offensive game may map out to be elite. Turns 22 in June. Likely to be selected in the Top 5.

Kiki VandewegheCombo Forward, 6’8”, UCLA, 21: Scoring machine Vandeweghe seems to be able to hit a shot from anywhere inside the arc and is reportedly working on his three point shooting. Defensive ability leaves a bit to be desired and has some quickness concerns. If he can figure it all out though, he could lead the NBA in scoring. Likely to be selected in the Top 5, although those concerns may drop him back a little bit.

Mike WoodsonShooting Guard, 6’5”, Indiana, 21: Woodson brings a solid inside shooting game to the SG position. Not likely to be picked before Griffith, but should land somewhere in the Top 10.

Kevin McHalePower Forward, 6’10”, Minnesota, 22: One of the most intriguing prospects in the draft. Has elite potential in the post on offense, but has a long way to reach it. Defensively can guard the post, although heavier bigs may give him trouble, and amazingly the perimeter with his long arms. Because of his two way potential it would be a surprise to see him fall out of the Top 5, although he is on the older side.

Joey Barry CarrollCenter, 7’0”, Purdue, 21: Probably the most NBA ready player in the draft. Potential is a question of effort, not skill. Could probably jump right in and put up 20-10s. His skill would make it a surprise to see him fall out of the Top 5, but if teams are concerned about his personality it could happen.

Andrew ToneyPoint Guard, 6’3”, Southwest Louisiana, 22: A very interesting prospect because he comes with three point range, and the NBA’s addition of a three point line has come just in time. Would be surprising to see him drafted above Griffith, and is probably a Top 10 guy, but don’t be surprised to see someone take a flyer on him in the Top 5.

Mike GminskiCenter, 6’11”, Duke, 20: Likely to be the first “bruiser” to come off the board. We will see if a lack of quickness hurts his scoring ability, but size may offset that. The NBA is a center league at the moment and having someone like Gminski to pound down low and get board should be a building block for any team. Should be a Top 10 pick.

Rory SparrowPoint Guard, 6’2”, Villanova, 21: Sparrow is a quick little guard who can penetrate. He may be a bit more size to really perform in the NBA, but could plug in some holes in the PG spot for some teams. Will likely be selected in the 11th-20th range.

Larry DrewPoint Guard, 6’1”, Missouri, 21: Like Sparrow, Drew is a bugger of a point guard who can penetrate. Has a knack to pick up some steals as well. Has similar size concerns as Sparrow and will probably be a 11-20 pick.

Darwin CookCombo Guard, 6’3”, Portland, 21: A combo guard like Griffith, although doesn’t have the scoring ability Griffith has. Still could provided some points for teams that need them. Will likely be picked in that 11-20 range.

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Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Philadelphia 76ers (1)

1980 Record: 20-8
Key Players: Julius Erving (27.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.8 SPG, 55.2% FG), Darryl Dawkins (14.6 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 56.5% FG)
Big Moves: None

Led by Dr. J, the Sixers are on top of the East at the moment. While they have to watch for Bird and the Celtics, right now they need to just keep doing what they are doing.

Boston Celtics (3)
1980 Record: 18-10
Key Players: Larry Bird (25.4 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.8 SPG, 49.9% FG, 90.3% FT)
Big Moves: None

Bird has already exceeded all expectations. With Rookie of the Year (and MVP) on his mind, we will see if he can lead a flawed Celtics team to the top of the East.

New York Knicks (4)
1980 Record: 16-10
Key Players: Bill Cartwright (21.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 56.4% FG), Micheal Ray Richardson (16.6 PPG, 5 RPG, 7.5 APG, 2.2 SPG, 48.1% FG)
Big Moves: None

The improved play of Richardson and the surprising start from Cartwright have the Knicks thinking about winning once again. Could be a contender to make a trade to try to keep up with Philly and Boston.

Washington Bullets
1980 Record: 14-14
Key Players: Elvin Hayes (21.5 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.8 BPG, 50.5% FG), Wes Unseld (7.9 PPG, 10.6 RPG)
Big Moves: None

It looks like the end of the line for the Bullets. With Unseld, Hayes and especially Dandridge aging, and Kevin Porter not quite playing at the level he did the prior season, it may be time for the Bullets to start over after two straight NBA Finals appearances and a Title. Especially in a loaded Atlantic Division.

New Jersey Nets
1980 Record: 5-22
Key Players: Calvin Natt (20.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.5 APG), Mike Newlin (20 PPG), Cliff Robinson (19.7 PPG, 7.1 RPG)
Big Moves: None

Unfortunately Natt’s promising rookie season is over after just 15 games with a Torn ACL. The Nets would be smart to unload Newlin and prepare for the upcoming draft.

Eastern Conference

Central Division

Houston Rockets (2)

1980 Record: 16-11
Key Players: Moses Malone (27.8 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 54% FG)
Big Moves: None

While not totally alone out there, the Rockets need to find Moses an elite 2nd guy to help with the scoring load. Mike Dunleavy does okay but it’s not enough. That being said Moses’ suburb play has the Rockets on top in the Central.

San Antonio Spurs (5)
1980 Record: 14-10
Key Players: George Gervin (32.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 53.8% FG, 87.6% FT), James Silas (22.5 PPG, 4.7 APG)

“Ice” can drop 40+ on any night against any team, but it’s going to be tough to win a seven game series like that. James Silas is helping with the scoring load, but the Spurs have big man problems that’ll be tough to overcome, especially in a division with Moses in it.

Indiana Pacers (6)
1980 Record: 14-12
Key Players: Alex English (20.6 PPG, 8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1 BPG), James Edwards (16.3 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 1.5 BPG)
Big Moves: None

Alex English has taken the next step towards becoming a star in the league. Indiana has been a pleasant surprise, and we’ll see if that can get the Pacers into the playoffs.

Atlanta Hawks
1980 Record: 12-15
Key Players: Eddie Johnson (21.2 PPG, 5 APG, 1.6 SPG), Dan Roundfield (15.7 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.8 BPG)
Big Moves: None

Hawks have a lot of work to do to build a contender around Johnson.

Detroit Pistons
1980 Record: 10-17
Key Players: John Long (19.6 PPG, 4 RPG, 1.5 SPG), Bob Lanier (15.2 PPG, 7.4 RPG), Bob McAdoo (14.6 PPG)
Big Moves: None

Like Washington, Detroit needs to move on from its veterans. Even McAdoo, only 28 years old, looks to be a shell of the player he once was.

Cleveland Cavaliers
1980 Record: 10-19
Key Players: Campy Russell (21 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 52.3% FG), Randy Smith (19.9 PPG)
Big Moves: None

Expect Russell and Smith to find new homes before the trade deadline as it is time for the Cavaliers to clean house.

Western Conference

Midwest Division

Denver Nuggets (2)

1980 Record: 19-7
Key Players: David Thompson (27.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.8 APG, 49.8% FG, 81.1% FT), Dan Issel (22.5 PPG, 8 RPG, 49.6% FG)
Big Moves: None

The Nuggets currently sport the second best mark in the entire league. David Thompson has put the Nuggets on his back, but it’ll be a tall order to overcome the Lakers. The division seems relatively safe at the moment as the second place Kings are 12-17.

Kansas City Kings (6)
1980 Record: 12-17
Key Players: Otis Birdsong (22.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG)
Big Moves: None

The Kings will likely look to build around Birdsong this off-season to see if they can build a contender. Despite their record they do hold a playoff spot.

Salt Lake Stallions
1980 Record: 10-16
Key Players: Adrian Dantley (31.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3 APG, 53.7% FG), Bernard King (25.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 54% FG), Pete Maravich (20.5 PPG)
Big Moves: None

Injuries to King have stalled the Stallions’ progress. That and there seems to be no defensive presence on the team whatsoever to go with Maravich showing signs of decline. The Dantley-King combo wasn’t winning either though, in fact they lost 6 straight before King’s injury.

Chicago Bulls
1980 Record: 9-17
Key Players: Artis Gilmore (24.7 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 59.1% FG), Reggie Theus (16.8 PPG, 5.5 APG, 1.3 SPG)
Big Moves: None

Gilmore is 30 years old and has 5 years on his contract. He could be an important piece for a team that needs rebounding and defensive help, but at the same time he’s posting career low rebounding and block numbers, so it could be a risk for whomever tries.

Milwaukee Bucks
1980 Record: 9-18
Key Players: Marques Johnson (23.7 PPG, 7.8 RPG), Junior Bridgeman (20.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG), Sidney Moncrief (17.7 PPG, 7 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.2 SPG)
Big Moves: None

The Bucks may be struggling, but no one within their core is over the age of 27. Waiting and seeing, as well as adding someone in the draft this off-season, may be the key for the Bucks.

Western Conference

Pacific Division

Los Angeles Lakers (1)

1980 Record: 25-4
Key Players: Magic Johnson (20.4 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 8.9 APG, 2.7 SPG, 51.4% FG, 83.1% FT), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (28.9 PPG, 9 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 58.6% FG), Jamaal Wilkes (17.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 53.7% FG)
Big Moves: None

The Lakers are rolling, although two of their playoff rivals, the Sonics and Suns, have found a victory against them. Still Magic Johnson is everything the Lakers could have hoped for, and Kareem, now not needing to rebound as much, is looking at another elite scoring season.

Seattle Supersonics (3)
1980 Record: 16-10
Key Players: Dennis Johnson (19.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3 PG, 1.4 SPG), Gus Williams (21.5 PPG, 2.2 SPG), Jack Sikma (16.9 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.2 BPG)
Big Moves: None

In order to win a third straight Western Conference, Seattle will need to find a way to overcome the Lakers juggernaut. Losing Gus for a couple months will be rough, but this is a Sonics team built on teamwork. Don’t be surprised to see them make a move to help them catch-up.

Phoenix Suns (4)
1980 Record: 16-11
Key Players: Walter Davis (25 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.6 SPG), Truck Robinson (19.5 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 52.6% FG), Paul Westphal (21.1 PPG, 4.5 ASP, 1.7 SPG)
Big Moves: None

Like the Sonics, the Suns feel there is a window here and don’t want the Lakers to shut it for them. They too will likely need to find a move to help them in the Western Conference race.

Portland Trail Blazers (5)
1980 Record: 15-13
Key Players: Maurice Lucas (21.1 PPG, 9 RPG)
Big Moves: None

Portland has been an inconsistent team thus far, but are in arms reach of the Sonics and Suns and do have a win over LA. They’ve had some injuries as well so it may be worth waiting and seeing if they have the juice to make a run.

Golden State Warriors
1980 Record: 10-17
Key Players: Robert Parish (24.1 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.1 SPG), John Lucas (9.6 PPG, 9.3 APG, 1.4 SPG)
Big Moves: None

There’s just not enough depth in Golden State for them to do much better. Parish could be a top trade candidate although he is a free agent after this season.

San Diego Clippers
1980 Record: 9-21
Key Players: World B. Free (27.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.2 SPG), Swen Nater (14.2 PPG, 12.8 RPG)

Bill Walton isn’t what he once was, and the Clippers need to tear it down and start over.

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Top 5 PPG: 1. George Gervin, SAS (32.5), 2. Adrian Dantley, SLS (31.2), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LAL (28.9), 4. David Thompson, DEN (27.9), 5. Moses Malone, HOU (27.8)

Top 5 RPG: 1. Moses Malone, HOU (13.6), 2. Swen Nater, SDC (12.8), 3. Wes Unseld, WAS (10.6), 4. Robert Parish, GSW (10.2), 5. Darryl Dawkins, PHI (9.8)

Top 5 APG: 1. John Lucas, GSW (9.3), 2. Magic Johnson, LAL (8.9), 3. Kevin Porter, WAS (7.8), 4. Micheal Ray Richardson, NYK (7.5), 5. Norm Nixon, LAL (7.2)

Top 5 PER: 1. George Gervin, SAS (31.6), 2. Moses Malone, HOU (30.7), 3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LAL (28.9), 4. Adrian Dantley, SLS (28.2), 5. Robert Parish, GSW (27.9)

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Players of the Week (Listed by Week Ending)


11/4 – Julius Erving, Sixers, Magic Johnson, Lakers

11/11 – Larry Bird, Celtics, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

11/18 – Moses Malone, Rockets, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers

11/25 – George Gervin, Spurs, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

12/2 – Julius Erving, Sixers, Artis Gilmore, Bulls

12/9 – Julius Erving, Sixers, Artis Gilmore, Bulls

12/16 – George Gervin, Spurs, Magic Johnson, Lakers

12/23 – Moses Malone, Rockets, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

Players of the Month

November: Larry Bird, Celtics, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers

Rookies of the Month

November: Larry Bird, Celtics, Magic Johnson, Lakers

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THROUGH ALL-STAR WEEKEND

After two months of basketball where no big trades were made, teams made their moves in January, committing to one direction or another. The Stallions, who had struggled early on, made a massive move to acquire Artis Gillmore from the Bulls. With Gilmore, Adrian Dantley, Pete Maravich and the returning Bernard King the Stallions now boast perhaps the scariest offensive force in the NBA. It’s already paid off as the Stallions crossed the .500 line during this period. Detroit committed to rebuilding by dealing both former league MVP Bob McAdoo to the Suns and franchise cornerstone Bob Lanier to Kansas City for 1st round picks. The Sixers made the biggest move, dealing “Chocolate Thunder” Darryl Dawkins and three future 1st round picks to Golden State for “The Chief” Robert Parish and former Finals MVP Jo Jo White.

Rookies have thrived in the NBA this season. Larry Bird continues to dominate and has pushed Boston to the #1 seed despite the moves the Sixers’ big move. Magic Johnson continues to dazzle and feed Kareem as the Lakers continue to dominate the league. Bill Cartwright has provided the Knicks a strong presence in the middle to the tune of 22 PPG. Cliff Robinson continues to show promise on the rebuilding Nets with 21.5 PPG himself, and Sidney Moncrief has returned to the Bucks averaging a strong 19-4-6.

The MVP has continued to heat up. Moses Malone (29-13) and George Gervin (32 PPG, 6 RPG) have dominated and have their teams winning, but without adequate help they haven’t been able to lock up a top seed. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (29-9-3.5 BPG) has continued to dominate for the Lakers…although Magic (21-8-9) might get some MVP consideration as well. Larry Bird (25-9-4) is also looking to be the first rookie to win MVP since Wes Unseld. David Thompson has the Nuggets leading for the #2 seed, but the Stallions may finish strong and Adrian Dantley (32.7 PPG) should get MVP consideration as well. Heading into the All-Star Break, there’s a lot of ways the season can still end up.

NOTABLE GAMES SO FAR

(Note – Links will be added at season’s end for specific box scores, but you can explore the site to find them now)

10/30/79: Stallions 114, CELTICS 108 - King and Dantley drop 30 a piece and spoil Bird’s debut

10/30/79: Lakers 115, CLIPPERS 105 – Magic goes for 20 and 14 in his debut in a Lakers win

10/31/79: LAKERS 118, Cavaliers 102 – Magic tricks the Cavs and treats the fans with his first career triple double, a 22-13-10

11/3/79: Celtics 99, HAWKS 95 – Larry Bird destroys the Hawks in only his third game, taking 22 FGs and scoring 42 points with 16 rebounds and 5 steals

11/6/79: Celtics 128, HAWKS 121 – Three days after Bird wrecked Atlanta with 42, he walks back into the Omni and drops another 47

11/16/79: LAKERS 119, Nuggets 110 – Kareem drops 35 to overcome Skywalker’s 40 as the Lakers win their 10th in a row to start the season

11/18/79: NUGGETS 120, Lakers 94 – Skywalker leads a balanced attack as Denver is the first to take the Lakers down in dominant fashion

11/26/79: SUNS 129, Lakers 126 – Kareem’s 41 can’t stop the two 30+ point games from Walter Davis and Paul Westphal as the Suns show they can beat the Lakers too

12/1/79: Rockets 104, BULLS 89 – Moses can’t be stopped as he puts up a 25-20 (on 12 FGA) to take down Gilmore and the Bulls

12/9/79: Clippers 100, STALLIONS 92 – The Clippers’ Swen Nater cleans up the boards with 26 total as the Clippers overcome Bernard King’s 37 points in a victory

12/23/79: SUNS 117, Stallions 101 – An overall team effort takes down the Stallions, but Adrian Dantley puts up the first 50 pointer (51) in the modern era

12/24/79: KNICKS 100, Bullets 81 – Micheal Ray Richardson becomes the first player not named Magic to record a triple double on the season with a 14-12-12

12/27/79: 76ERS 109, Rockets 104 – In one of the potential match-ups for the Eastern Conference Finals, Dr. J drops 44 against Moses’ Rockets in a close win.

1/3/80: Lakers 116, STALLIONS 107 – Magic Johnson spoils Artis Gilmore’s Stallion debut with a 36-10-8. Gilmore drops 26-13 in his debut.

1/4/80: STALLIONS 124, Trail Blazers 119 – “The Pistol” takes full advantage of the three point line in a throwback game and drops 47 in a big win for Salt Lake.

1/16/80: 76ERS 110, Lakers 107 – Robert Parish makes his debut in Philadelphia and leads the Sixers to victory over the Lakers with a 24-17-9.

1/17/80: LAKERS 116, Hawks 105 – Kareem reminds everyone who the best player in the world is by dropping 47 and adding six blocks on the Hawks.

1/21/80: 76ers 103, KINGS 99 – Robert Parish proves in the short term he was a monster move for the Sixers with a monster 23-23 game.

1/22/80: ROCKETS 111, Suns 98 – Moses continues his push for MVP with a monster 46 points.

2/3/80: CELTICS 109, Bullets 94 - Larry Bird shows off his amazing playmaking ability and records his first triple-double with a 24-11-11 to take down the defending Eastern Conference Champions.

2/4/80: NUGGETS 109, Bucks 98 – “Skywalker” caps off a six game winning streak for the Nuggets with 42 points.

2/6/80: ROCKETS 138, Cavaliers 115 – Moses makes another statement for MVP with an insane 47 points and 24 rebounds against the hapless Cavs.

2/6/08: KNICKS 122, 76ers 114 – The Knicks overcome Dr. J’s 45 thanks to Cartwright’s 40 and Micheal Ray’s 22 and 10.

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As the regular season is broken into three parts, we’ll look at ten upcoming players, with the intent that these are the top 30 prospects, that will be a part of the 1980 Rookie Draft Class.

Darrell GriffithCombo Guard, 6’4”, Louisville, 21: Listed as a point guard, “Dr. Dunkenstein” will fair better as a shooting guard in the NBA. There are some questions about his defensive ability, but Griffith’s offensive game may map out to be elite. Turns 22 in June. Likely to be selected in the Top 5.

Kiki VandewegheCombo Forward, 6’8”, UCLA, 21: Scoring machine Vandeweghe seems to be able to hit a shot from anywhere inside the arc and is reportedly working on his three point shooting. Defensive ability leaves a bit to be desired and has some quickness concerns. If he can figure it all out though, he could lead the NBA in scoring. Likely to be selected in the Top 5, although those concerns may drop him back a little bit.

Mike WoodsonShooting Guard, 6’5”, Indiana, 21: Woodson brings a solid inside shooting game to the SG position. Not likely to be picked before Griffith, but should land somewhere in the Top 10.

Kevin McHalePower Forward, 6’10”, Minnesota, 22: One of the most intriguing prospects in the draft. Has elite potential in the post on offense, but has a long way to reach it. Defensively can guard the post, although heavier bigs may give him trouble, and amazingly the perimeter with his long arms. Because of his two way potential it would be a surprise to see him fall out of the Top 5, although he is on the older side.

Joey Barry CarrollCenter, 7’0”, Purdue, 21: Probably the most NBA ready player in the draft. Potential is a question of effort, not skill. Could probably jump right in and put up 20-10s. His skill would make it a surprise to see him fall out of the Top 5, but if teams are concerned about his personality it could happen.

Andrew ToneyPoint Guard, 6’3”, Southwest Louisiana, 22: A very interesting prospect because he comes with three point range, and the NBA’s addition of a three point line has come just in time. Would be surprising to see him drafted above Griffith, and is probably a Top 10 guy, but don’t be surprised to see someone take a flyer on him in the Top 5.

Mike GminskiCenter, 6’11”, Duke, 20: Likely to be the first “bruiser” to come off the board. We will see if a lack of quickness hurts his scoring ability, but size may offset that. The NBA is a center league at the moment and having someone like Gminski to pound down low and get board should be a building block for any team. Should be a Top 10 pick.

Rory SparrowPoint Guard, 6’2”, Villanova, 21: Sparrow is a quick little guard who can penetrate. He may be a bit more size to really perform in the NBA, but could plug in some holes in the PG spot for some teams. Will likely be selected in the 11th-20th range.

Larry DrewPoint Guard, 6’1”, Missouri, 21: Like Sparrow, Drew is a bugger of a point guard who can penetrate. Has a knack to pick up some steals as well. Has similar size concerns as Sparrow and will probably be a 11-20 pick.

Darwin CookCombo Guard, 6’3”, Portland, 21: A combo guard like Griffith, although doesn’t have the scoring ability Griffith has. Still could provided some points for teams that need them. Will likely be picked in that 11-20 range.

Kelvin RanseyPoint Guard, 6’2”, Ohio State, 21: Another small, quick guard with decent playmaking and scoring ability. Set for the 11-20 range.

Butch CarterWing, 6’8”, Indiana, 21: Scorer with potential three-point range. Could end up getting picked anywhere in the teens through the end of the first round.

Mike O’KorenWing, 6’7”, Indiana, 22: More NBA ready than most in this draft. Strong scorer with three point range, and good size for defensive purposes. Could be a top 10 pick.

Larry SmithSmall Forward, 6’8”, Alcorn State, 22: Decent all-around prospect. Potential is questionable. Excellent size for the position. Could be a fringe top 10 pick, but also could fall late in the first round.

Jeff RulandCenter, 6’10”, Iona, 21: Tough scorer and rebounder, questionable defender. Could be a top 10 pick.

Rich MahornCenter, 6’10”, Hampton Institute, 21: For a team looking for strong interior defense and rebounding, Mahorn would be their man. Guessing he could go in the 11-20 range, but could be picked earlier if a team feels they need that toughness.

Michael WileyCombo Forward, 6’9”, Long Beach State, 22: Wiley will need to figure out which forward position works better for him. He doesn’t necessarily have the size for a power forward but is lacking quickness for being a small forward. Still could score the basketball at a high % and that may intrigue teams. Should be drafted somewhere in the late 1st round.

Louis OrrSmall Forward, 6’8”, Syracuse, 21: Similar to Wiley, Orr would need to figure out which forward spot he plays. Maybe a bit better defensively than Wiley, but who knows how that will play out in the NBA. Probably a late 1st round pick.

Wes MatthewsPoint Guard, 6’1”, Wisconsin, 20: Likely being overlooked due to guard being a deep position in the draft. A very good with the potential to be great playmaker. Defense will be questionable. Probably a top 10 talent, but could get picked anywhere depending on team need.

Jawann OldhamCenter, 7’0”, Seattle, 22: A project of a center. Only 215 pounds, will need to gain some weight to bang with true monsters of the NBA. 7 footers with talent though usually get a chance. So could be a solid pick for a rebuilding team.

***

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Boston Celtics (1)

1980 Record: 34-15 (18-10, 16-5)
Key Players: Larry Bird (25.3 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.8 SPG, 49.5% FG, 90% FT)
Big Moves: None

Despite making no moves, the Celtics have moved a half-game ahead of the Sixers in the Atlantic. The Celtics head into the All-Star Break on a nine game winning streak, and Bird has five straight double-doubles as well (well one is a triple-double). Larry Bird has already proven to be the real deal.

Philadelphia 76ers (3)


1980 Record: 34-16 (20-8, 14-8)
Key Players: Julius Erving (29.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.9 STL, 1.2 BPG, 53.7% FG), Robert Parish (22.9 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2. BPG, 54.3% FG)
Big Moves: Traded Darryl Dawkins and three 1st Round Picks for Robert Parish

The Sixers struggled to start 1980, then traded for Parish and won seven straight. Had Boston not gotten ridiculously hot at the start of February, the Sixers would have held the #1 seed.

New York Knicks (4)
1980 Record: 29-18 (16-10, 13-8)
Key Players: Bill Cartwright (22.2 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 54.1% FG), Micheal Ray Richardson (16.3, 5 RPG, 7.8 APG, 2.3 SPG)
Big Moves: None

The Knicks have shown they can hang with the top teams, with multiple wins over the Sixers and a wins over the Rockets and Pacers. They clearly aren’t the better team in these match-ups, but with some luck they could surprise down the stretch.

Washington Bullets
1980 Record: 24-26 (14-14, 10-12)
Key Players: Elvin Hayes (20.0 PPG, 7.9 RPG), Wes Unseld (8.6 PPG, 11.8 RPG)
Big Moves: None

The Bullets have struggled to keep up in the Atlantic, and an injury to scorer Kevin Grevey will only further complicate things. They may look to trade Hayes, Kevin Porter or even Unseld.

New Jersey Nets
1980 Record: 10-38 (5-22, 5-13)
Key Players: Calvin Natt (20.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.5 APG), Cliff Robinson (21.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG)
Big Moves: Traded Mike Newlin to Portland

It’s all about the lottery for the Nets now.

Eastern Conference

Central Division

San Antonio Spurs (2)

1980 Record: 29-18 (14-10, 15-8)
Key Players: George Gervin (32 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 53% FG, 86.1% FT), James Silas (21.1 PPG, 4.2 APG)

The “Iceman” continues his MVP-like season and the Spurs had a strong 23 game set to take the lead about the #2 seed. The Spurs were rumored to be in the Artis Gilmore sweepstakes but couldn’t make a deal happen.

Indiana Pacers (5)
1980 Record: 28-19 (14-12, 14-7)
Key Players: Alex English (21.1 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.2 SPG), James Edwards (15.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.2 BPG), Johnny Davis (17.3 PPG, 5 APG, 1.2 SPG)
Big Moves: None

The Pacers have flown under the radar. They may be the most balanced winning team in the league, and Alex English has continued his improved play to lead the way.

Houston Rockets (6)
1980 Record: 28-20 (16-11, 12-9)
Key Players: Moses Malone (28.8 PPG, 13.4 RPG, 1.6 BPG, 55.5% FG)
Big Moves: None

Moses continues to dominate, but the Rockets lost ground to both the Spurs and Pacers. Putting veteran scoring point guard Calvin Murphy back in the starting lineup may help matters down the stretch.

Atlanta Hawks
1980 Record: 21-29 (12-15, 9-14)
Key Players: Eddie Johnson (21 PPG, 4.8 APG), Dan Roundfield (15.4 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.7 BPG)
Big Moves: None

Hawks have a lot of work to do to build a contender around Johnson. Nothing really new to report.

Cleveland Cavaliers
1980 Record: 21-29 (10-19, 11-10)
Key Players: Campy Russell (18.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG), Randy Smith (21.1 PPG), Mike Mitchell (20.5 PPG, 6 RPG)
Big Moves: None

The Cavs actually had a winning record in their last 21 games behind a strong scoring trio of Mike Mitchell, Campy Russell and Randy Smith. Mitchell may even find an All-Star berth. It’ll still be a journey to find a top 6 seed and a playoff berth.

Detroit Pistons
1980 Record: 18-32 (10-17, 8-15)
Key Players: John Long (20.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.5 SPG)
Big Moves: Traded Bob McAdoo to the Suns for a 1st Round pick, and traded Bob Lanier to the Kings for a 1st Round pick

Detroit decided to move on from Lanier and McAdoo to rebuild.

Western Conference

Midwest Division

Denver Nuggets (2)

1980 Record: 31-16 (19-7, 12-9)
Key Players: David Thompson (27.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 49.3% FG, 80.4% FT), Dan Issel (22.9 PPG, 8 RPG, 48.9% FG, 80.9% FT)
Big Moves: None

Not the strongest set of games for the Nuggets, but Kansas City wasn’t able to make up ground and the Stallions have a lot of ground to make up, so they’re still good for the #2 seed.

Salt Lake Stallions (5)
1980 Record: 26-23 (10-16, 16-7)
Key Players: Artis Gilmore (24.4 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 59.1% FG), Adrian Dantley (32.7 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 3.5 APG, 52.9% FG), Bernard King (24.9 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3 APG, 53.3% FG), Pete Maravich (22.1 PPG, 41.3% 3P)
Big Moves: Traded for Artis Gilmore

The Stallions went all-in and traded for Gilmore, Dantley continued to be a walking bucket, Bernard King returned and Maravich found the three point line. Will it be enough to overcome the strong West? We will see.

Kansas City Kings
1980 Record: 20-29 (12-17, 8-12)
Key Players: Otis Birdsong (23 PPG, 4.7 RPG)
Big Moves: Traded for Bob Lanier

The Kings added seven time All-Star Bob Lanier, but it’s yet to pay off and with Salt Lake’s emergence they find themselves outside of the playoff bubble.

Milwaukee Bucks
1980 Record: 14-34 (9-18, 5-16)
Key Players: Marques Johnson (25.6 PPG, 7.5 RPG), Junior Bridgeman (19.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.2 APG), Sidney Moncrief (19.1 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.3 SPG)
Big Moves: None

The Bucks still struggle to defend, but at the moment their core are getting strong reps together. Johnson and Moncrief look like keepers.

Chicago Bulls
1980 Record: 12-35 (9-17, 3-18)
Key Players: Reggie Theus (17.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 5.4 APG
Big Moves: Traded Artis Gilmore to Salt Lake for two first round picks and varying pieces
The Bulls made their decision to rebuild.

Western Conference

Pacific Division

Los Angeles Lakers (1)

1980 Record: 43-8 (25-4, 18-4)
Key Players: Magic Johnson (21.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 8.6 APG, 2.5 SPG, 55.5% FG), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (29.3 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 3.5 BPG, 59.2% FG), Jamaal Wilkes (17.8 PPG, 5 RPG)
Big Moves: None

The Lakers are dominating as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar continues to make a strong case for and MVP candidate and Magic Johnson looks like the most well-rounded player possibly ever.

Seattle Supersonics (3)
1980 Record: 26-22 (16-10, 10-12)
Key Players: Dennis Johnson (20.4 PPG, 5 RPG, 1.4 SPG), Gus Williams (20.7 PPG, 2 SPG), Jack Sikma (17.1 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.1 BPG)
Big Moves: None

Not a great set for Seattle, but Gus Williams has just returned, so perhaps that’ll give them a boost down the stretch. They still hold the #3 seed, although it’s gotten tight with the Stallions and Suns.

Phoenix Suns (4)
1980 Record: 26-23 (16-11, 10-12)
Key Players: Walter Davis (24.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.7 SPG), Paul Westphal (20.1 PPG, 4.3 APG, 1.5 SPG), Truck Robinson (19.1 PPG, 8.2 RPG)
Big Moves: Traded for Bob McAdoo

The Suns made a move to add scorer and former MVP Bob McAdoo, but it hasn’t led to wins and the Suns find themselves battling with Seattle a long distance behind the Lakers.

Portland Trail Blazers (6)
1980 Record: 24-25 (15-13, 9-12)
Key Players: Maurice Lucas (19.7 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 1.1 BPG)
Big Moves: Traded for Mike Newlin

Portland is still hanging onto a playoff spot at the moment. They made a trade for scorer Mike Newlin to help boost them in the playoff race.

Golden State Warriors
1980 Record: 19-29 (10-17, 9-12)
Key Players: Robert Parish (24.1 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.1 SPG), John Lucas (9.6 PPG, 9.3 APG, 1.4 SPG)
Big Moves: Traded away Robert Parish and Jo Jo White for Darryl Dawkins and three 1st round picks.

Trading away of Parish determined Golden State’s direction.

San Diego Clippers
1980 Record: 19-32 (9-21, 10-11)
Key Players: World B. Free (25.6 PPG, 4.1 APG), Swen Nater (14.6 PPG, 11.9 RPG)

A decent 21 games for the Clippers, but they are way too far behind to make an playoff run. Still, there is a decent future here.

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Top 5 PPG:
1. Adrian Dantley, SLS (32.7), 2. George Gervin, SAS (32.0), 3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, LAK (29.3), 4. Julius Erving, PHI (29.1), 5. Moses Malone, HOU (28.8)

Top 5 RPG: 1. Moses Malone, HOU (13.4), 2. Swen Nater, SDC (11.9), 3. Wes Unseld, WAS (11.8), 4. Robert Parish, PHI (11.1), 5. Artis Gilmore (10.5)

Top 5 APG: 1. John Lucas, GSW (9.3), 2. Magic Johnson, LAL (8.6), 3. Micheal Ray Richardson, NYK (7.8), 4. Tiny Archibald, BOS (7.5), 5. Norm Nixon, LAL (7.0)

SPG Leader: Dudley Bradley, IND (2.6)

BPG Leader: Tree Rollins, ATL (3.9)

***

Players of the Week (Listed by Week Ending)


11/4 – Julius Erving, Sixers, Magic Johnson, Lakers

11/11 – Larry Bird, Celtics, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

11/18 – Moses Malone, Rockets, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers

11/25 – George Gervin, Spurs, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

12/2 – Julius Erving, Sixers, Artis Gilmore, Bulls

12/9 – Julius Erving, Sixers, Artis Gilmore, Bulls

12/16 – George Gervin, Spurs, Magic Johnson, Lakers

12/23 – Moses Malone, Rockets, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

12/30 – Moses Malone, Rockets, World B. Free, Clippers

1/6 – Julius Erving, Sixers, Magic Johnson, Lakers

1/13 – Moses Malone, Rockets, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

1/20 – Larry Bird, Celtics, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

1/27 – Julius Erving, Sixers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers

2/3 – George Gervin, Spurs, Artis Gilmore, Stallions

2/10 - Julius Erving, Sixers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers

Players of the Month

November: Larry Bird, Celtics, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers

December: Moses Malone, Rockets, Magic Johnson, Lakers

January: Julius Erving, Sixers, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

Rookies of the Month

November: Larry Bird, Celtics, Magic Johnson, Lakers

December: Larry Bird, Celtics, Magic Johnson, Lakers

January: Larry Bird, Celtics, Magic Johnson, Lakers

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For the first time, All-Star Weekend is not just one game, but a series of events. Opening the weekend was the Rookie-Sophomore Game. Fans were excited for this one a they were able to see Magic Johnson and Larry Bird play together. Magic and Bird didn’t disappoint, dominating the game and leading the Rookies to a victory over their 2nd year colleagues.

ROOKIE-SOPHOMORE GAME

Rookie Starters: Bill Cartwright, Knicks, Cliff Robinson, Nets, Larry Bird, Celtics, Dudley Bradley, Pacers, Magic Johnson, Lakers

Rookie Bench: Bill Laimbeer (Cavaliers), David Greenwood (Bulls), Jim Paxson (Trail Blazers), Gerald Henderson (Celtics), Sidney Moncrief (Bucks), Allen Leavell (Rockets), Mike Evans (Cavaliers)

Sophomore Starters: Rick Robey (Celtics), Mike Mithcell (Cavaliers), Reggie Theus (Bulls), John Long (Pistons), Micheal Ray Richardson (Knicks)

Sophomore Bench: Dave Corzine (Bullets), Terry Tyler (Pistons), Purvis Short (Warriors), Ron Brewer (Trail Blazers), Maurice Cheeks (76ers), Phil Ford (Kings), Michael Cooper (Lakers)

Magic and Bird stole the show as the Rookies overcame the Sophomores 122-114.

Rookie Best Performers
Magic Johnson: 20 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST, 3/6 FG, 14/14 FT (MVP)
Larry Bird: 22 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST, 5.10 FG, 12/12 FT
Bill Cartwright: 13 PTS, 8 REB, 6/8 FG

Sophomore Best Performers
Phil Ford: 15 PTS, 8 AST, 5/13 FG, 5/6 FT
Reggie Theus: 14 PTS, 5/7 FG, 4/4 FT

***

On Saturday we had the first ever Dunk Contest and, with the addition of a three point line, a Three Point Contest. Fans were expecting a Pistol vs. Bird showdown, but Bird stumbled in the opening round. Maravich didn’t disappoint though, and left everyone else in the dust as he won the contest with ease.

THREE POINT CONTEST

Round 1

Pete Maravich (SLS) – 25/30 - Advances
John Roche (DEN) – 12/30 - Advances
Fred Brown (SEA) – 12/30 – Advances
Brian Winters (MIL) – 9/30 – Eliminated
Larry Bird (BOS) – 5/30 – Eliminated
World B. Free (SDC) – 3/30 – Eliminated

Final Round
Pete Maravich (SLS) – 19/30 – Winner
Fred Brown (SEA) – 11/30
John Roche (DEN) – 9/30

***

Unfortunately, there was some disappointment in regards to the Dunk Contest as Dr. J and David Thompson didn’t participate. Still, Walter Davis was able to excite fans, first with a 180 degree windmill, then defeating Brad Davis with a 360 degree jam. Fans were able to vote in person, and Walter Davis won in a landslide.

SLAM DUNK CONTEST

Round 1

Walter Davis (PHO) – 47.7/50 – Advances
Brad Davis (IND) – 47/50 – Advances
Tom Boswell (DEN) – 46.1/50 – Eliminated
Cedric Maxwell (BOS) – 45.5/50 – Eliminated
Adrian Dantley (SLS) – 44.2/50 – Eliminated
Marques Johnson (MIL) – 43.4/50

Final Round – FAN VOTE
Walter Davis (PHO) – 97.4% - Winner
Brad Davis (IND) – 2.6%

***

The main event proved to be exciting for many reasons. Nationally televised on CBS, fans would get to see all of their favorite players in one game. The future of the NBA looked bright, as four rookies made the game (Magic, Cliff Robinson, Bird and Moncrief). Nine players total were making their All-Star Game debut. The game proved to be legendary as it went to overtime tied at 137 on a Bird game tying shot…a shot Bird would overshadow when he’d hit the winner from 20 feet as the East won 151-149. It seemed like Bird took exception to not being named a starter. He’d take home MVP honors as well.

ALL-STAR GAME

Western Conference Starters

C – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers (10th Appearance)
PF – Marques Johnson, Bucks (2nd Appearance)
SF – Adrian Dantley, Stallions (1st Appearance)
SG – World B. Free, Clippers (1st Appearance)
PG – Magic Johnson, Lakers (1st Appearance)

Western Conference Bench
Artis Gilmore, Stallions (7th Appearance)
Truck Robinson, Suns (2nd Appearance)
Walter Davis, Suns (3rd Appearance)
Pete Maravich, Stallions (6th Appearance)
Sidney Moncrief, Bucks (1st Appearance)
David Thompson, Nuggets (5th Appearance)
Dan Issel, Nuggets (8th Appearance)

Eastern Conference Starters
C – Moses Malone, Rockets (4th Appearance)
PF – Alex English, Pacers (1st Appearance)
SF – George Gervin, Spurs (7th Appearance)
SG – James Silas, Spurs (3rd Appearance)
PG – Micheal Ray Richardson (1st Appearance)

Eastern Conference Bench
Robert Parish, 76ers (1st Appearance)
Cliff Robinson, Nets (1st Appearance)
Julius Erving, 76ers (9th Appearance)
Randy Smith, Cavaliers (3rd Appearance)
Johnny Davis, Pacers (1st Appearance
Larry Bird, Celtics (1st Appearance)
Mike Mitchell, Cavaliers (1st Appearance)

West Best Performers
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 22 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 3 BLK, 10/19 FG
Adrian Dantley: 24 PTS, 4 AST, 3 STL, 11/11 FG
Magic Johnson: 8 PTS, 6 REB, 9 AST

East Best Performers
Larry Bird: 20 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST, 9/11 FG (MVP)
James Silas: 26 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST, 10/17 FG
Micheal Ray Richardson: 8 PTS, 10 AST, 4/7 FG
George Gervin: 20 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST, 9/12 FG

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The Road to the Playoffs

In the final two months of basketball several stars led their teams to strong runs, while others suffered injuries that limited their regular season. None shone brighter than Moses Malone of the Rockets. Led by Moses, the Rockets finished with the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference by winning the Central Division. Moses was awarded his 2nd straight MVP award, finishing with 30.1 PPG, a league-leading 13.9 RPG and 1.7 BPG. Still, the Rockets couldn’t keep up with the #1 seeded 76ers, led by Dr. J and Robert Parish. Parish and Erving led Philly to a 61-21 record, outpacing the much-improved Boston Celtics. Rookie of the Year Larry Bird led Boston to a 55-27 record, an improvement of 26 games from Boston’s record last season. Bird was awarded All-NBA 1st Team for his tremendous rookie season. His teammate on the 1st Team? Not Dr. J, but the “Iceman”. While Salt Lake’s Adrian Dantley will win the scoring title despite playing 19 less games, George Gervin played all 82 games for the Spurs and averaged 31.2 PPG. The Spurs may have fallen just short of the Central Division, but Ice has them in the playoffs. Rounding out the Eastern Conference playoffs are the Knicks, who got a big season out of rookie Bill Cartwright and the much-improved Micheal Ray Richardson. The Pacers somewhat lived up to early season expectations led by Alex English, who was flanked by the first-ever Defensive Player of the Year Dudley Bradley and Sixth Man of the Year Billy Knight.

In the West the Lakers fell off their blistering pace slightly, as Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar suffered injuries. While Magic only missed four games, Kareem missed the last 12, and his broken foot may seep into the playoff. That being said, the Lakers still finished a league best 64-18. The Denver Nuggets held serve and won the Midwest, finishing the season on an excellent 18-2 run led by “Skywalker” David Thompson. The Stallions couldn’t quite keep up as Adrian Dantley missed a significant amount of time, but still ended up with a winning record and the foursome of Artis Gilmore, Pete Maravich, Bernard King and scoring champion Dantley is a dangerous threat to anyone. Last year’s Western Conference Final participants, the Sonics and Suns, locked up playoff sports with strong teamwork and experience. The Portland Trail Blazers couldn’t lock up a winning season, but did get the #6 seed. To their credit, they finished the season on a five game winning streak, with wins over Denver and Houston.

NOTABLE GAMES 79-80

(Note – Links will be added at season’s end for specific box scores, but you can explore the site to find them now)

10/30/79: Stallions 114, CELTICS 108 - King and Dantley drop 30 a piece and spoil Bird’s debut

10/30/79: Lakers 115, CLIPPERS 105 – Magic goes for 20 and 14 in his debut in a Lakers win

10/31/79: LAKERS 118, Cavaliers 102 – Magic tricks the Cavs and treats the fans with his first career triple double, a 22-13-10

11/3/79: Celtics 99, HAWKS 95 – Larry Bird destroys the Hawks in only his third game, taking 22 FGs and scoring 42 points with 16 rebounds and 5 steals

11/6/79: Celtics 128, HAWKS 121 – Three days after Bird wrecked Atlanta with 42, he walks back into the Omni and drops another 47

11/16/79: LAKERS 119, Nuggets 110 – Kareem drops 35 to overcome Skywalker’s 40 as the Lakers win their 10th in a row to start the season

11/18/79: NUGGETS 120, Lakers 94 – Skywalker leads a balanced attack as Denver is the first to take the Lakers down in dominant fashion

11/26/79: SUNS 129, Lakers 126 – Kareem’s 41 can’t stop the two 30+ point games from Walter Davis and Paul Westphal as the Suns show they can beat the Lakers too

12/1/79: Rockets 104, BULLS 89 – Moses can’t be stopped as he puts up a 25-20 (on 12 FGA) to take down Gilmore and the Bulls

12/9/79: Clippers 100, STALLIONS 92 – The Clippers’ Swen Nater cleans up the boards with 26 total as the Clippers overcome Bernard King’s 37 points in a victory

12/23/79: SUNS 117, Stallions 101 – An overall team effort takes down the Stallions, but Adrian Dantley puts up the first 50 pointer (51) in the modern era

12/24/79: KNICKS 100, Bullets 81 – Micheal Ray Richardson becomes the first player not named Magic to record a triple double on the season with a 14-12-12

12/27/79: 76ERS 109, Rockets 104 – In one of the potential match-ups for the Eastern Conference Finals, Dr. J drops 44 against Moses’ Rockets in a close win.

1/3/80: Lakers 116, STALLIONS 107 – Magic Johnson spoils Artis Gilmore’s Stallion debut with a 36-10-8. Gilmore drops 26-13 in his debut.

1/4/80: STALLIONS 124, Trail Blazers 119 – “The Pistol” takes full advantage of the three point line in a throwback game and drops 47 in a big win for Salt Lake.

1/16/80: 76ERS 110, Lakers 107 – Robert Parish makes his debut in Philadelphia and leads the Sixers to victory over the Lakers with a 24-17-9.

1/17/80: LAKERS 116, Hawks 105 – Kareem reminds everyone who the best player in the world is by dropping 47 and adding six blocks on the Hawks.

1/21/80: 76ers 103, KINGS 99 – Robert Parish proves in the short term he was a monster move for the Sixers with a monster 23-23 game.

1/22/80: ROCKETS 111, Suns 98 – Moses continues his push for MVP with a monster 46 points.

2/3/80: CELTICS 109, Bullets 94 - Larry Bird shows off his amazing playmaking ability and records his first triple-double with a 24-11-11 to take down the defending Eastern Conference Champions.

2/4/80: NUGGETS 109, Bucks 98 – “Skywalker” caps off a six game winning streak for the Nuggets with 42 points.

2/6/80: ROCKETS 138, Cavaliers 115 – Moses makes another statement for MVP with an insane 47 points and 24 rebounds against the hapless Cavs.

2/6/80: KNICKS 122, 76ers 114 – The Knicks overcome Dr. J’s 45 thanks to Cartwright’s 40 and Micheal Ray’s 22 and 10.

2/13/80: Lakers 119, SUNS 105 – Both Kareem and Magic find triple doubles to take down the Suns. Kareem scored 30 with 10 rebounds and 11 blocked shots (and 7 assists!). Magic notched 21-12-11.

2/16/80: Celtics 125, BULLETS 116 – Bird shows his true potential with a complete destruction of Dandridge and the defending Eastern Conference Champion Bullets with a 46 point, 14 rebound masterpiece.

2/22/80: Spurs 111, ROCKETS 100 – “Iceman” puts up his third 46+ point game against the Rockets this season with a 46 point game in a victory on the road.


3/6/80: ROCKETS 128, Supersonics 125 – Moses leaves everything out on the court, dropping 49 with 14 boards, to help the Rockets take down the defending NBA Champs.

3/8/80: Rockets 114, PACERS 103 – Moses grabs 14 offensive rebounds in a 36-19 performance to take down Indiana.

3/10/80: Lakers 112, BUCKS 95 – Kareem takes down Milwaukee with a 26-10 and 10 block triple-double.

3/13/80: Nuggets 113, STALLIONS 111 – David Thompson drops 46 to outduel Bernard King’s 38 to lead Denver to a divisional win.

3/15/80: Nets 110, ROCKETS 107 – The Nets shock the Rockets despite a 36-21 performance from Moses where he grabbed 15 offensive rebounds.

3/22/80: Rockets 121, KNICKS 120 – Moses walks into Madison Square Garden and drops 51 to edge out the Knicks.

3/31/80: CELTICS 123, Lakers 112 - A Bird-Magic duel ends with a Celtic victory. Bird led the way with a 44-8-6 while Magic has a 29-10-9.

4/4/80: CELTICS 120, Pacers 102 – Bird destroys his hometown team with a 42-13-8 in a game that had playoff seeding implications.

4/13/80: NUGGETS 110, Lakers 104 – David Thompson makes a statement with a 42-8-5 in a late-season win over the Lakers.



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As the regular season is broken into three parts, we’ll look at ten upcoming players, with the intent that these are the top 30 prospects, that will be a part of the 1980 Rookie Draft Class.

Darrell GriffithCombo Guard, 6’4”, Louisville, 21: Listed as a point guard, “Dr. Dunkenstein” will fair better as a shooting guard in the NBA. There are some questions about his defensive ability, but Griffith’s offensive game may map out to be elite. Turns 22 in June. Likely to be selected in the Top 5.

Kiki VandewegheCombo Forward, 6’8”, UCLA, 21: Scoring machine Vandeweghe seems to be able to hit a shot from anywhere inside the arc and is reportedly working on his three point shooting. Defensive ability leaves a bit to be desired and has some quickness concerns. If he can figure it all out though, he could lead the NBA in scoring. Likely to be selected in the Top 5, although those concerns may drop him back a little bit.

Mike WoodsonShooting Guard, 6’5”, Indiana, 21: Woodson brings a solid inside shooting game to the SG position. Not likely to be picked before Griffith, but should land somewhere in the Top 10.

Kevin McHalePower Forward, 6’10”, Minnesota, 22: One of the most intriguing prospects in the draft. Has elite potential in the post on offense, but has a long way to reach it. Defensively can guard the post, although heavier bigs may give him trouble, and amazingly the perimeter with his long arms. Because of his two way potential it would be a surprise to see him fall out of the Top 5, although he is on the older side.

Joey Barry CarrollCenter, 7’0”, Purdue, 21: Probably the most NBA ready player in the draft. Potential is a question of effort, not skill. Could probably jump right in and put up 20-10s. His skill would make it a surprise to see him fall out of the Top 5, but if teams are concerned about his personality it could happen.

Andrew ToneyPoint Guard, 6’3”, Southwest Louisiana, 22: A very interesting prospect because he comes with three point range, and the NBA’s addition of a three point line has come just in time. Would be surprising to see him drafted above Griffith, and is probably a Top 10 guy, but don’t be surprised to see someone take a flyer on him in the Top 5.

Mike GminskiCenter, 6’11”, Duke, 20: Likely to be the first “bruiser” to come off the board. We will see if a lack of quickness hurts his scoring ability, but size may offset that. The NBA is a center league at the moment and having someone like Gminski to pound down low and get board should be a building block for any team. Should be a Top 10 pick.

Rory SparrowPoint Guard, 6’2”, Villanova, 21: Sparrow is a quick little guard who can penetrate. He may be a bit more size to really perform in the NBA, but could plug in some holes in the PG spot for some teams. Will likely be selected in the 11th-20th range.

Larry DrewPoint Guard, 6’1”, Missouri, 21: Like Sparrow, Drew is a bugger of a point guard who can penetrate. Has a knack to pick up some steals as well. Has similar size concerns as Sparrow and will probably be a 11-20 pick.

Darwin CookCombo Guard, 6’3”, Portland, 21: A combo guard like Griffith, although doesn’t have the scoring ability Griffith has. Still could provided some points for teams that need them. Will likely be picked in that 11-20 range.

Kelvin RanseyPoint Guard, 6’2”, Ohio State, 21: Another small, quick guard with decent playmaking and scoring ability. Set for the 11-20 range.

Butch CarterWing, 6’8”, Indiana, 21: Scorer with potential three-point range. Could end up getting picked anywhere in the teens through the end of the first round.

Mike O’KorenWing, 6’7”, Indiana, 22: More NBA ready than most in this draft. Strong scorer with three point range, and good size for defensive purposes. Could be a top 10 pick.

Larry SmithSmall Forward, 6’8”, Alcorn State, 22: Decent all-around prospect. Potential is questionable. Excellent size for the position. Could be a fringe top 10 pick, but also could fall late in the first round.

Jeff RulandCenter, 6’10”, Iona, 21: Tough scorer and rebounder, questionable defender. Could be a top 10 pick.

Rich MahornCenter, 6’10”, Hampton Institute, 21: For a team looking for strong interior defense and rebounding, Mahorn would be their man. Guessing he could go in the 11-20 range, but could be picked earlier if a team feels they need that toughness.

Michael WileyCombo Forward, 6’9”, Long Beach State, 22: Wiley will need to figure out which forward position works better for him. He doesn’t necessarily have the size for a power forward but is lacking quickness for being a small forward. Still could score the basketball at a high % and that may intrigue teams. Should be drafted somewhere in the late 1st round.

Louis OrrSmall Forward, 6’8”, Syracuse, 21: Similar to Wiley, Orr would need to figure out which forward spot he plays. Maybe a bit better defensively than Wiley, but who knows how that will play out in the NBA. Probably a late 1st round pick.

Jawann OldhamCenter, 7’0”, Seattle, 22: A project of a center. Only 215 pounds, will need to gain some weight to bang with true monsters of the NBA. 7 footers with talent though usually get a chance. So could be a solid pick for a rebuilding team.

Wes MatthewsPoint Guard, 6’1”, Wisconsin, 20: Likely being overlooked due to guard being a deep position in the draft. A very good with the potential to be great playmaker. Defense will be questionable. Probably a top 10 talent, but could get picked anywhere depending on team need.

Bill HanzlikWing, 6’7”, Notre Dame, 22: Solid defensive minded wing with good size. Probably getting picked somewhere in the 11-20 range.


Don CollinsShooting Guard, 6’6”, Washington State, 21: Athletic guard who is considered to be the greatest player in Washington State history. A late 1st Rounder.


Kurt RambisPower Forward, 6’8”, Santa Clara, 22: Defensive/rebounding type with toughness. Could be picked earlier due to need, but probably a 11-20 guy.

Kurt NimphiusCenter, 6’10”, Arizona State, 22: Scoring based big who once scored 97 points in a Wisconsin Class A Basketball tournament. Late 1st rounder potentially.

Rickey BrownPower Forward, 6’10”, Mississippi State, 21: Big who can play the center or power position, role to be determined. Probably a late 1st/early 2nd round pick.

Michael BrooksSmall Forward, 6’7”, La Salle, 21: Super strong scorer in the NCAA, but there’s questions of how his game will translate to the NBA. Could be a top 10 pick based on college performance, but probably an 11-20 guy.

Ronnie LesterPoint Guard, 6’2”, Iowa, 21: Gold medalist in the Pan-American games. Has all-around talent. Could be picked anywhere outside the top 10, not likely higher.

James WilkesShooting Guard, 6’7”, UCLA, 22: Defensive specialist, but not much else. Could fill a need, but probably a late 1st, early 2nd.

Mike HarperPower Forward, 6’10”, North Park, 22: Leader of three NCAA D3 Championship teams. No idea how that’ll translate into the NBA, probably a 2nd rounder.

Lorenzo RomarPoint Guard, 6’1”, Washington, 21: Probably a 2nd round pick.


***


Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Philadelphia 76ers (1)

1980 Record: 61-21 (20-8, 14-8, 27-5)

Key Players: Julius Erving (27.8 PPG, 6 RPG, 3.9 APG, 53.4% FG, NBA 2nd, Def 1st), Robert Parish (23 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 5%% FG, MIP, NBA 3rd)
Big Moves: None

The Sixers absolutely dominated after the All-Star Break, winning 27/32 games and winning the Atlantic Division (while locking up the #1 seed). The trade for Robert Parish has the Sixers prepared to hang with Moses if needed, and a potential Finals match-up with Kareem and the Lakers.

Boston Celtics (3)

1980 Record: 55-27 (18-10, 16-5, 21-12)
Key Players: Larry Bird (26 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.7 SPG, 47.8% FG, 90.7% FT, ROTY, NBA 1st)
Big Moves: None

A strong finish to the season wasn’t enough to keep up with Philly, but a 26 game improvement is nothing to sneeze at. Bird may be a rookie, but he can’t be counted out to lead the Celtics back to the NBA title.

New York Knicks (5)

1980 Record: 48-34 (16-10, 13-8, 19-16)
Key Players: Bill Cartwright (20.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG 1.1 BPG), Micheal Ray Richardson (16 PPG, 8 APG, 2.3 SPG, NBA 2nd)
Big Moves: None

Michael Ray Richardson’s emergence into an All-NBA guy and Bill Cartwright’s strong rookie season have New York excited about basketball for the first time in 5-6 years. It probably won’t lead to a title this year, but the future is bright.

Washington Bullets
1980 Record: 36-46 (14-14, 10-12, 12-20)
Key Players: Elvin Hayes (20.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG), Wes Unseld (8.9 PPG, 11.8 RPG)
Big Moves: None

The streak of Eastern Conference titles for Washington ends at 2, and it looks like it’s time to rebuild.

New Jersey Nets
1980 Record: 10-38 (5-22, 5-13, 9-25)
Key Players: Calvin Natt (15G, 20.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.5 APG), Cliff Robinson (62 G, 20.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG)

It’s all about the lottery for the Nets now.

Eastern Conference

Central Division

Houston Rockets (2)

1980 Record: 51-31 (16-11, 12-9, 23-11)
Key Players: Moses Malone (30.1 PPG, 13.9 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 56.7% FG, MVP, NBA 1st)
Big Moves: None

Moses went on a destructive tear since All-Star Weekend, only missing a double-double once (with 9 rebounds) in 34 games. Can the now two-time MVP get past Boston and Philly, or even the well-rounded Pacers if need-be, to make it to the Finals?

San Antonio Spurs (4)

1980 Record: 48-34 (14-10, 15-8, 19-16)
Key Players: George Gervin (31.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 52.5% FG, 85.3% FT, NBA 1st), James Silas (20.9 PPG, 3 RPG, 4.2 APG)

“Iceman” may have just fallen short of a scoring title, but Gervin has positioned the Spurs to make a playoff run with wingman James Silas. Their first test? The Knicks.

Indiana Pacers (6)
1980 Record: 47-35 (14-12, 14-7, 19-16)
Key Players: Alex English (21.0, 8.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.1 BPG), James Edwards (16.3 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.1 BPG), Johnny Davis (17.6 PPG, 5.5 APG, 1.3 SPG), Dudley Bradley (DPOTY), Billy Knight (16 PPG, 6MOTY)
Big Moves: None

The well-rounded Pacers behind Alex English have locked up a playoff spot and have won several games against fellow contenders. They can’t be counted out.

Atlanta Hawks
1980 Record: 36-46 (12-15, 9-14, 15-17)
Key Players: Eddie Johnson (19.9 PPG, 4.7 APG, 1.6 SPG, Dan Roundfield (16.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.7 BPG), Tree Rollins (9.3 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 4.2 BPG)
Big Moves: None

We will see if the Hawks can take the next step next year. It may be a little easier as SA and Houston are heading to the West.

Detroit Pistons
1980 Record: 30-52 (10-17, 8-15, 12-20)
Key Players: John Long (19.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.6 SPG)
Big Moves: None

We will see who Detroit can add in the draft and off-season to help John Long.

Cleveland Cavaliers
1980 Record: 27-55 (10-19, 11-10, 6-26)
Key Players: Campy Russell (17.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG), Randy Smith (20.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.8 APG), Mike Mitchell (21.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG)
Big Moves: None

Some injuries hit the Cavs and they completely fell apart down the stretch, but they improved their lottery position so that helps. Mitchell-Smith-Russell is an interesting core.

Western Conference

Midwest Division

Denver Nuggets (2)

1980 Record: 59-23 (19-7, 12-9, 27-7)
Key Players: David Thompson (28.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 50.1% FG, 81.3% FT, NBA 2nd), Dan Issel (22.8 PPG, 8.3 RPG)
Big Moves: None

An incredible finish to the regular season for Denver, led by terrific play by David Thompson, has the Nuggets smelling championship. Is it enough to get by a healthy Lakers’ squad? We shall see.

Salt Lake Stallions (5)
1980 Record: 45-37 (10-16, 16-7, 19-14)
Key Players: Adrian Dantley (63 G, 31.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1 SPG, NBA 3rd), Artis Gilmore (21.9 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.9 BPG), Pete Maravich (23 PPG, 201 3PM, NBA 2nd Team), Bernard King (25.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 3.3 APG)
Big Moves: None

Easily the most intriguing team in the West because of the strength of their top 4, but they haven’t blown anyone away while playing all four players. That being said, they improved greatly post Gilmore trade. There isn’t much to the team after those four players and King is playing out of position at the 4…but it may not matter too.

Kansas City Kings
1980 Record: 30-52 (12-17, 8-12, 10-23)
Key Players: Otis Birdsong (22.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 2 SPG)
Big Moves: None

Trading for Lanier may be a mistake that proves costly to the Kings in the future as it cost them a 1st round pick in 1982 and they only got worse. At least they have Otis to build around.

Milwaukee Bucks
1980 Record: 14-34 (9-18, 5-16, 16-18)
Key Players: Marques Johnson (26.2 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.2 SPG), Sidney Moncrief (65 G, 18.9 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.9 SPG)
Big Moves: None

Milwaukee put up a decent post-ASW record. Johnson and Moncrief may surprise next season when they get moved to the Central division.

Chicago Bulls
1980 Record: 22-60 (9-17, 3-18, 10-25)
Key Players: Reggie Theus (17.8 PPG, 5.2 APG)
Big Moves: None

We saw this happening post-Gilmore. It’s all about the draft now, let’s see how they choose to rebuild.

Western Conference

Pacific Division

Los Angeles Lakers (1)

1980 Record: 64-18 (25-4, 18-4, 21-10)
Key Players: Magic Johnson (20.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 8.4 APG, 2.3 SPG, NBA 1st), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (28.8 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.9 APG, 3.8 BPG), Jamaal Wilkes (19.5 PPG, 5 RPG)
Big Moves: None

It would be exaggerating to say the Lakers struggled since ASW, but they did fall off the pace thanks to a late season foot injury to Kareem. Kareem is still on the disabled list with the playoffs approaching. LA’s hope is that he’s ready to go by the 2nd round (as the Lakers have a bye).

Seattle Supersonics (3)
1980 Record: 49-33 (16-10, 10-12, 23-11)
Key Players: Dennis Johnson (20.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3 APG, 1.6 SPG), Gus Williams (55 G, 21.1 PPG, 3 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.9 SPG), Jack Sikma (16 PPG, 9.6 RPG)
Big Moves: None

Gus Williams returning to the lineup had the Sonics looking like the defending NBA Champions down the stretch. Record wise, they went toe-to-toe with LA. Now let’s see if they can make their third straight Finals.

Phoenix Suns (4)
1980 Record: 45-37 (16-11, 10-12, 19-14)
Key Players: Walter Davis (23.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.5 APG, NBA 3rd), Paul Westphal (20.1 PPG, 4.6 APG)
Big Moves: None

The trade for Bob McAdoo seemed to help the Suns improve slightly, but it remains to be seen if it will be enough to overcome last season’s failure and return to the NBA Finals.

Portland Trail Blazers (6)
1980 Record: 34-48 (15-13, 9-12, 14-19)
Key Players: Maurice Lucas (19.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1 BPG)
Big Moves: None

Mike Newlin didn’t really change anything, but a lack of threats in the West resulted in Portland locking in the last seed in the West.

Golden State Warriors
1980 Record: 31-51 (10-17, 9-12, 12-22)
Key Players: John Lucas (11 PPG, 9.2 APG, 1.6 SPG), Darryl Dawkins (17.1 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.3 APG)
Big Moves: None

1st task for Golden State will be to resign Dawkins, then build around him.

San Diego Clippers
1980 Record: 31-51 (9-21, 10-11, 12-19)
Key Players: World B. Free (25.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.4 APG, NBA 1st), Swen Nater (14.9 PPG, 11.9 RPG)

Clippers have some decisions in the off-season as they rebuild.

***

AWARDS

Most Valuable Player

Moses Malone (2), Rockets: 82 G, 30.1 PPG, 13.9 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 56.7% FG

Rookie of the Year
Larry Bird, Celtics: 82 G, 26 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.7 SPG, 47.8% FG, 90.7% FT

Defensive Player of the Year
Dudley Bradley, Pacers: 82 G, 2.8 SPG

6th Man of the Year
Billy Knight, Pacers: 81 G, 0 GS, 16 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 51.8% FG

Most Improved Player
Robert Parish: Warriors/76ers: 81 G, 23 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 55% FG

Coach of the Year
Paul Westhead, Lakers, 64-18 (17 Game Improvement), 1st in Western Conference, Pacific Division Champions

NBA 1st Team
Moses Malone, Rockets (2nd: 2/0/0)
George Gervin, Spurs (6th: 3/3/0)
Larry Bird, Celtics (1st: 1/0/0)
Magic Johnson, Lakers (1st: 1/0/0)
World B. Free, Clippers (2nd: 1/1/0)

NBA 2nd Team
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers (10th: 6/4/0)
Julius Erving, 76ers (8th: 5/3/0)
David Thompson, Nuggets (4th: 2/2/0)
Micheal Ray Richardson, Knicks (1st: 0/1/0)
Pete Maravich, Stallions (5th: 2/3/0)

NBA 3rd Team
Robert Parish, Warriors/76ers (1st: 0/0/1)
Walter Davis, Suns (3rd: 0/2/1)
Adrian Dantley, Stallions (1st: 0/0/1)
John Long, Pistons (1st: 0/0/1)
James Silas, Spurs (3rd: 1/1/1)

All-Defense 1st Team
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers (9th: 4/5)
Julius Erving, 76ers (2nd: 2/0)
Terry Tyler, Pistons (1st: 1/0)
Dudley Bradley, Pacers (1st: 1/0)
Maurice Cheeks, 76ers (1st: 1/0)

All-Defense 2nd Team
Tree Rollins, Hawks (1st: 0/1)
George Johnson, Nets (1st: 0/1)
Robert Reid, Rockets (1sT: 0/1)
Magic Johnson: 1st: 0/1)
Michael Cooper: 1st: 0/1)

All-Rookie 1st Team
Bill Cartwright, Knicks
Larry Bird, Celtics
David Greenwood, Bulls
Magic Johnson, Lakers
Sidney Moncrief, Bucks

All-Rookie 2nd Team
Bill Laimbeer, Cavaliers
Cliff Robinson, Nets
Greg Kelser, Pistons
Allen Leavell, Rockets
Mike Evans, Cavaliers

NBA Scoring Champion
Adrian Dantley, Stallions: 31.6

NBA Rebounding Champion
Moses Malone (2), Rockets, 13.9

NBA Assists Champion
John Lucas, Warriors, 9.2

NBA Steals Champion
Dudley Bradley, Pacers, 2.8

NBA Blocks Champion
Tree Rollins, Hawks, 4.2

***

Players of the Week (Listed by Week Ending)


11/4 – Julius Erving, Sixers, Magic Johnson, Lakers

11/11 – Larry Bird, Celtics, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

11/18 – Moses Malone, Rockets, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers

11/25 – George Gervin, Spurs, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

12/2 – Julius Erving, Sixers, Artis Gilmore, Bulls

12/9 – Julius Erving, Sixers, Artis Gilmore, Bulls

12/16 – George Gervin, Spurs, Magic Johnson, Lakers

12/23 – Moses Malone, Rockets, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

12/30 – Moses Malone, Rockets, World B. Free, Clippers

1/6 – Julius Erving, Sixers, Magic Johnson, Lakers

1/13 – Moses Malone, Rockets, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

1/20 – Larry Bird, Celtics, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

1/27 – Julius Erving, Sixers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers

2/3 – George Gervin, Spurs, Artis Gilmore, Stallions

2/10 - Julius Erving, Sixers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers

2/17 – Moses Malone, Rockets, Darryl Dawkins, Warriors

2/24 – George Gervin, Spurs, David Thompson, Nuggets

3/2 – Larry Bird, Celtics, Bernard King, Stallions

3/9 – Moses Malone, Rockets, David Thompson, Nuggets

3/16 – Moses Malone, Rockets, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers

3/23 – Moses Malone, Rockets, Bernard King, Stallions

3/30 – Moses Malone, Rockets, Artis Gilmore, Stallions

4/6 – Moses Malone, Rockets, David Thompson, Nuggets

4/13 – Moses Malone, Rockets, Dan Issel, Nuggets

Players of the Month

November: Larry Bird, Celtics, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers

December: Moses Malone, Rockets, Magic Johnson, Lakers

January: Julius Erving, Sixers, Adrian Dantley, Stallions

February: Moses Malone, Rockets, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers

March: Moses Malone, Rockets, Bernard King, Stallions

April: Moses Malone, Rockets, David Thompson, Nuggets

Rookies of the Month

November: Larry Bird, Celtics, Magic Johnson, Lakers

December: Larry Bird, Celtics, Magic Johnson, Lakers

January: Larry Bird, Celtics, Magic Johnson, Lakers

February: Larry Bird, Celtics, Sidney Moncrief, Bucks

March: Larry Bird, Celtics, Magic Johnson, Lakers

April: Larry Bird, Celtics, Magic Johnson, Lakers

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Playoff Preview
Western Conference Round 1

Best of Three
#5 Salt Lake Stallions (45-37) vs. #4 Phoenix Suns (45-37) – Winner Faces the #1 Lakers


December 7, 1979 – SUNS 134, Stallions 87
December 11, 1979 – Suns 124, STALLIONS 121
December 23, 1979 – SUNS 117, Stallions 101
January 13, 1980 – STALLIONS 119, Suns 114
February 23, 1980 – STALLIONS 100, Suns 88
April 10, 1980 – Stallions 101, SUNS 94

Salt Lake Stallions
Record: 45-37
PPG: 108.9 (3rd)
oPPG: 110.3 (22nd)
Offensive Eff: 106.4 (7th)
Defensive Eff: 107.9 (21st)
eFG: 49.8% (4th)
Reb%: 50.6% (9th)

Starters/Key Players
Artis Gilmore – 21.9 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.9 BPG, All-Star
Bernard King – 25.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG
Adrian Dantley – 31.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, All-Star, All-NBA 3rd Team
Pete Maravich – 23 PPG, 201 3PM, All-Star, All-NBA 2nd Team
Mack Calvin – 4.4 PPG

Key Injuries
Paul Dawkins, Out for the Season (Would be Starting SF)

Phoenix Suns
Record: 45-37
PPG: 105.4 (6th)
oPPG: 102.8 (14th)
Offensive Eff: 107.2 (6th)
Defensive Eff: 104.6 (14th)
eFG: 50.9% (2nd)
Reb%: 48.2% (21st)

Starters/Key Players
Bob McAdoo – 14.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.1 BPG
Truck Robinson – 18.3 PPG, 8 RPG, All-Star
Walter Davis – 23.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, All-Star, All-NBA 3rd Team
Paul Westphal – 20.1 PPG, 4.6 APG, 1.4 SPG
Make Bratz – 11.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.9 APG
Alvan Adams – 8.8 PPG, 6.3 RPG

Key Injuries
None

Best of Three
#6 Portland Trail Blazers (38-44) vs. #3 Seattle Supersonics (49-33) – Winner Faces #2 Nuggets


November 26, 1979 – SUPERSONICS 126, Trail Blazers 118
December 4, 1979 – TRAIL BLAZERS 119, Supersonics 101
December 7, 1979 – SUPERSONICS 117, Trail Blazers 101
February 2, 1980 – Supersonics 101, TRAIL BLAZERS 100
March 19, 1980 – Supersonics 107, TRAIL BLAZERS 105
March 24, 1980 – SUPERSONICS 111, Trail Blazers 99

Portland Trail Blazers
Record: 34-48
PPG: 103.4 (11th)
oPPG: 104.6 (18th)
Offensive Eff: 103.7 (11th)
Defensive Eff: 104.7 (15th)
eFG: 46.6% (15th)
Reb%: 48.8% (17th)

Starters/Key Players
Maurice Lucas – 19.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG
Kermit Washington – 12.3 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1 SPG, 1.1 BPG
Jim Paxson – 12.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.8 SPG
Mike Newlin – 15.1 PPG
Lionel Hollins – 11.4 PPG, 4.2 APG, 1.6 SPG
Ron Brewer – 13.6 PPG, 1.4 SPG
Tom Owens – 11.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG

Key Injuries
None

Seattle Supersonics
Record: 49-33
PPG: 104 (8th)
oPPG: 102.9 (15th)
Offensive Eff: 103.3 (12th)
Defensive Eff: 102.3 (5th)
eFG: 47.6% (11th)
Reb%: 50.9% (6th)

Starters/Key Players
Jack Sikma – 16 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 1.1 BPG
James Bailey – 8.6 PPG, 5.8 RPG
Dennis Johnson – 20.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.6 APG
Fred Brown – 15.4 PPG, 1.6 SPG
Gus Williams – 21.1 PPG, 3.4 APG, 1.9 SPG
Vinnie Johnson – 9.6 PPG

Key Injuries
None

Eastern Conference Round 1

Best of Three
#5 New York Knicks vs. #4 San Antonio Spurs – Winner Plays #1 76ers


February 14, 1980 – KNICKS 95, Spurs 91
February 15, 1980 – SPURS 118, Knicks 110
March 2, 1980 – KNICKS 109, Spurs 82
April 2, 1980 – SPURS 113, Knicks 107
April 8, 1980 – Knicks 96, SPURS 93

New York Knicks
Record: 48-34
PPG: 102.1 (12th)
oPPG: 98.6 (2nd)
Offensive Eff: 104.1 (10th)
Defensive Eff: 100.5 (3rd)
eFG: 48.2% (9th)
Reb%: 50.3% (10th)

Starters/Key Players
Bill Cartwright – 20.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG
Joe Meriweather – 5.6 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.3 BPG
Toby Knight – 10.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG
Ray Williams – 15 PPG, 3 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.5 SPG
Micheal Ray Richardson – 16 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 8 APG, All-Star, All-NBA 2nd

Key Injuries
None

San Antonio Spurs
Record: 48-34
PPG: 102 (13th)
oPPG: 100.1 (4th)
Offensive Eff: 107.4 (5th)
Defensive Eff: 105.5 (18th)
eFG: 48.1% (10th)
Reb%: 50.1% (13th)

Starters/Key Players
Billy Paultz – 6.8 PPG, 7 RPG, 1.8 SPG
Larry Kenon – 14.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG
George Gervin – 31.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.3 SPG, All-Star, All-NBA 1st Team
James Silas – 20.9 PPG, 4.2 APG, All-Star, All-NBA 3rd Team
Foots Walker – 9.3 PPG, 6.4 APG, 2 SPG

Key Injuries
None

Best of Three
#6 Indiana Pacers vs. #3 Boston Celtics – Winner Plays #2 Rockets


January 7, 1980 – Pacers 103, CELTICS 102
January 14, 1980 – Celtics 117, PACERS 114
January 22, 1980 – PACERS 124, Celtics 103
February 12, 1980 – Pacers 124, CELTICS 110
March 2, 1980 – PACERS 112, Celtics 109
April 4, 1980 – CELTICS 120, Pacers 102

Indiana Pacers
Record: 47-35
PPG: 107.7 (4th)
oPPG: 102.8 (12th)
Offensive Eff: 107.8 (4th)
Defensive Eff: 103 (8th)
eFG: 49.1% (6th)
Reb%: 50% (14th)

Starters/Key Players
James Edwards – 16.3 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.1 BPG
Alex English – 21 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 31 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.1 BPG, All-Star
Mickey Johnson - 12.1 PPG, 6 RPG
Johnny Davis – 17.6 PPG, 5.5 APG, 1.3 SPG
Billy Knight – 16 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 6th Man of the Year

Key Injuries
Brad Davis – 12.2 PPG, Starting SG, Questionable to Return in the Series

Boston Celtics
Record: 55-27
PPG: 103.9 (9th)
oPPG: 101.1 (8th)
Offensive Eff: 105.9 (9th)
Defensive Eff: 102.9 (7th)
eFG: 49% (7th)
Reb%: 49.5% (15th)

Starters/Key Players
Dave Cowens – 12.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG
Cedric Maxwell – 14.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG
Larry Bird – 26 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.7 SPG
Gerald Henderson – 10 PPG
Tiny Archibald – 12.9 PPG, 7 APG

Key Injuries
None

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Prediction Contest – Only Predict Round 1 For Now

1st Round –
Picking the Winning Team is worth 10 Points, Picking the Exact Amount of Games is worth 2 Points

Semi-Finals – Picking the Winning Team is worth 25 Points, Picking the Exact Amount of Games is worth 5 Points

Conference Finals – Picking the Winning is worth 50 Points, Picking the Exact Amount of Games is worth 10 Points

NBA Finals – Picking the Winning Team is Worth 100 Points, Picking the Exact Amount of Games is worth 20 Points

Guessing the Finals MVP: Worth 20 Points

Winning the Competition Each Year: Worth +10%

I will eventually find use for prediction points, as you will keep them over the years. Predictions accepted until Round 1 results are posted.

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Game 1 - #5 Salt Lake Stallions at #4 Phoenix Suns

The Suns took care of business out of the gate, leading wire-to-wire in the opener of this three game series. Walter Davis dropped 28 to lead all scorers, and Bob McAdoo, Phoenix’s mid-season acquisition, played the Stallions’ mid-season acquisition to a draw (18-6-3-3 vs. 16-10-4-3). The Stallions struggled with fouls, Bernard King fouled out in only 30 minutes and Adrian Dantley played 47 minutes but fouled out at the end as well.

SUNS 114, Stallions 100 (Suns lead 1-0)

Stallions Stats

Artis Gilmore: 16 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST, 3 BLK
Adrian Dantley: 27 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST, 8/17 FG, 11/16 FT
Pete Maravich: 22 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 8/17 FG, 4/10 3P

Suns Stats
Walter Davis: 28 PTS, 7/11 FG, 14/17 FT
Paul Westphal: 24 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 8/18 FG, 8/16 FT
Bob McAdoo: 18 PTS, 6 REB, 3 STL, 2 BLK, 7/12 FG


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Game 1 - #6 Portland Trail Blazers at #3 Seattle Supersonics


The defending NBA Champion Sonics began their playoffs with a dominant performance. Four Sonics, Jack Sikma, Dennis Johnson, Fred Brown and Gus Williams dropped 20+ while no Trail Blazers did. The Sonics did this by winning the free throw battle, and dominating the boards (43-25).

SUPERSONICS 116, Trail Blazers (Sonics lead 1-0)

Trail Blazers Stats

Maurice Lucas: 18 PTS, 7 REB, 3 BLK
Kermit Washington: 18 PTS, 6 REB, 8/10 FG
Jim Paxson: 18 PTS, 7 AST, 4 STL, 6/9 FG

Supersonics Stats
Jack Sikma: 22 PTS, 10 REB, 6 AST, 2 BLK, 5/11 FG, 12/14 FT
Dennis Johnson: 21 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST, 10/14 FG
Fred Brown: 21 PTS, 3 STL, 9/10 FG
Gus Williams: 21 PTS, 4 STL


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Game 1 - #5 New York Knicks at #4 San Antonio Spurs


It was a defensive battle, but thanks to foul trouble to George Gervin the Knicks were able to outlast the Spurs and steal home court advantage. Bill Cartwright led the way for the Knicks with a double-double. Gervin scored 22, but could only stay on the court for 19 minutes as he ended up with five fouls.

Knicks 85, SPURS 77 (Knicks lead 1-0)

Knicks Stats

Bill Cartwright 17 PTS, 10 REB
Ray Williams: 14 PTS, 2 TL, 2/8 FG, 10/11 FT
Micheal Ray Richardson: 12 PTS, 7 AST, 4/6 FG

Spurs Stats
George Gervin: 22 PTS, 7/10 FG (19 Mins)
James Silas: 17 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST


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Game 1 - #6 Indiana Pacers at #3 Boston Celtics


Boston ran the Pacers off the court in the first quarter (32-18) and never looked back. Larry Bird’s playoff debut resulted in brilliant playmaking, and while he didn’t shoot well he ended up just one assist short of a triple double. Amazingly, the Pacers easily won the offensive rebounding game (3 from Alex English, 3 from bench center Clemon Johnson), which resulted in 10 more FGAs than Boston. Indiana shot so poorly though that they made five less FGs than Boston despite this advantage, and they couldn’t overcome it.

CELTICS 107, Pacers 89 (Celtics lead 1-0)

Pacers Stats

James Edwards: 18 PTS, 5 REB, 7/12 FG
Alex English: 19 PTS, 9 REB, 6/23 FG, 7/8 FT
Billy Knight: 17 PTS, 8 REB, 3 STL

Celtics Stats
Larry Bird: 22 PTS, 11 REB, 9 AST, 2 STL
Tiny Archibald: 14 PTS, 8 REB, 9 AST
Cedric Maxwell: 18 PTS, 6 REB, 8/11 FG


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Game 2 – #4 Phoenix Suns at #5 Salt Lake Stallions (Suns lead 1-0)


A wild shootout took place in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City in Game 2. Scoring Champ Adrian Dantley put in a full 48 minutes and scored 51 points, allowing the Stallions to barely hold onto an edge they built in the first half. Paul Westphal did his best to hang with Dantley, scoring 40 himself, and the Suns did come back to tie the game at 119 with 2:19 to go. Here is the play-by-play:

Walter Davis gets a pass from McAdoo, but misses a wild lay-up on a drive. Bernard King brings down the rebound and Maravich brings the ball down the court. Bernard eventually gets the ball back and Truck can’t stay with him, allowing Bernard to bring the roof down in the Salt Palace and putting the Stallions up 121-119 with 2:03 left. Gilmore blocks McAdoo on the other end. Mike Bratz fouls Maravich and the Suns are in the penalty.

Maravich makes one of two, putting Salt Lake up 122-119 with 1:15 to go. Truck Robinson misses an inside shot but Bratz gets the offensive rebound. McAdoo gets the ball and looks for a shot, but can’t find one because of Gilmore. McAdoo finds Westphal at the free throw line though and Westphal drains the shot, putting the Suns down 1 at 122-121 with 44 seconds left.

The Suns go for the full court press, but the Stallions easily deal with it. The Stallions not only maximize the clock, but Dantley hits a shot from the left baseline putting them up 124-121 with just 18 seconds left. The Suns surprisingly take a quick two point shot, made by Westphal, leaving 13 seconds left. Maravich escapes and is able to kill the clock, sending the ball to Dantley who shoots it to ensure time expires. We’ll head back to Phoenix.

STALLIONS 124, Suns 123 (Series Tied 1-1)

Suns Stats

Paul Westphal: 40 PTS, 7 AST, 16/23 FG, 8/9 FT
Truck Robinson: 18 PTS, 12 REB

Stallions Stats
Adrian Dantley: 51 PTS, 10 REB, 2 STL, 19/33 FG
Bernard King: 26 PTS, 8 REB, 8 AST, 10/15 FG
Artis Gilmore: 10 PTS, 7 REB, 3 BLK


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Game 2 - #3 Seattle Supersonics at #6 Portland Trail Blazers (Sonics lead 1-0)


Portland played well, but the Sonics, led by 36 points from Gus Williams, ran them over in the 4th quarter to advance. Portland’s Maurice Lucas played great, dropping 37 himself, but it wasn’t enough. The Sonics will move onto Denver.

Supersonics 110, TRAIL BLAZERS 103 (Sonics win 2-0)

Supersonics Stats

Gus Williams: 36 PTS, 7 REB, 14/28 FG
Fred Brown: 28 PTS, 11/19 FG, 3/5 3P
Jack Sikma: 14 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST, 6/7 FG

Trail Blazers Stats
Maurice Lucas: 37 PTS, 11 REB
Mike Newlin: 15 PTS, 7/9 FG


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Game 2 - #4 San Antonio Spurs at #5 New York Knicks (Knicks lead 1-0)


In a complete opposite game-type than Game 1, George Gervin stayed on the court to drop 37 and send the series to a deciding Game 7 in San Antonio. The Spurs couldn’t be stopped overall, hitting 55.9% of their FGs. Both Bill Cartwright and Micheal Ray Richardson were non-factors.

Spurs 109, KNICKS 98 (Series Tied 1-1)

Spurs Stats


George Gervin: 37 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST, 13/21 FG
James Silas: 18 PTS, 5/8 FG, 8/8 FT
Billy Paultz: 11 PTS, 13 REB

Knicks Stats
Ray Williams: 15 PTS, 4 AST, 5 STL
Micheal Ray Richardson: 13 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST


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Game 2 - #3 Boston Celtics at #6 Indiana Pacers (Celtics lead 1-0)


Perhaps this was never fair as this was treated as a homecoming for Boston’s Bird. Bird didn’t disappoint with a 32-9-6-4, but still thanks to James Edwards and Mickey Johnson scoring 27 a piece this game came down to the wire. This was in no thanks to Alex English, who absolutely dropped a dud with 6 points on 3/19 FG. Still, we go to the play-by-play.

With Indiana up 90-88 with 23 seconds left, English fouls Cedric Maxwell mid-layup. Maxwell drains both lay-ups to tie the game. Mickey Johnson, who’s had a tremendous game so far, draws a foul by Tiny Archibald with just 10 seconds left that sends Mickey to the line. No one on the Boston sideline, especially Tiny, likes the call. Mickey misses the first, but drains the second to take the 91-90 lead.

Coming out of the timeout, Bird gets the ball at the top of the key and finds Tiny, and Archibald hits the shot with just 2 seconds left for the 92-91 lead. Unfortunately, Indiana can only find Dudley Bradley for the winner, but it hits the side of the rim and Boston eliminates Indiana. There will be a lot of questions about English’s performance.

Celtics 92, PACERS 91 (Celtics win 2-0)

Celtics Stats

Larry Bird: 32 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST, 4 STL, 2 BLK, 10/19 FG
Tiny Archibald: 10 PTS, 10 AST

Pacers Stats
James Edwards: 27 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST, 5 BLK, 11/18 FG
Mickey Johnson: 27 PTS, 12 REB, 8/14 FG, 11/14 FT
Alex English: 6 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST, 3/19 FG


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Game 3 - #5 Salt Lake Stallions at #4 Phoenix Suns (Series Tied 1-1)


It may be the greatest, and scariest two-man scoring barrage in NBA Playoff history. Adrian Dantley and Bernard King combined for 98 points, Dantley followed his 51 with a 48, and King added a 50 of his own, and the Suns had no shot at keeping up, hard as they tried. The Stallions shot 60% as a team and led wire-to-wire to completely deflate the Phoenix crowd. The Stallions move on to take on the Lakers.

Stallions 134, SUNS 121 (Stallions win 2-1)

Stallions Stats

Bernard King: 50 PTS, 11 REB, 15/23 FG, 20/23 FT
Adrian Dantley: 48 PTS, 19/27 FG, 10/14 FT

Suns Stats
Bob McAdoo: 22 PTS, 9/16 FG
Truck Robinson: 20 PTS, 11 REB, 9/16 FG
Walter Davis: 21 PTS, 4 AST


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Game 3 - #5 New York Knicks at #4 San Antonio Spurs (Series Tied 1-1)

“Iceman” George Gervin
finished off the Knicks with a 34 point performance. The Knicks came out listless and Micheal Ray Richardson battled foul trouble all game and only played 11 minutes. The Knicks kept it close in the first, then were blown out in the last three quarters 86-63. The Spurs will take on the Sixers.

SPURS 113, Knicks 89 (Spurs win 2-1)

Knicks Stats

Bill Cartwright: 21 PTS, 9 REB, 8/10 FG
Micheal Ray Richardson: 3 PTS, 11 Mins, 5 Fouls

Spurs Stats
George Gervin: 34 PTS, 4 AST, 12/23 FG, 9/9 FT
James Silas: 25 PTS, 11/14 FG


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Western Conference Semi-Finals

Best of Seven

#5 Salt Lake Stallions (45-37) vs. #1 Los Angeles Lakers (64-18)

December 5, 1979 – LAKERS 126, Stallions 109
December 15, 1979 – Lakers 123, STALLIONS 78
January 3, 1980 – Lakers 116, STALLIONS 107
January 31, 1980 – Stallions 113, LAKERS 97
February 17, 1980 – STALLIONS 112, Lakers 109
February 24, 1980 – Stallions 111, LAKERS 92

Salt Lake Stallions
Record: 45-37
PPG: 108.9 (3rd)
oPPG: 110.3 (22nd)
Offensive Eff: 106.4 (7th)
Defensive Eff: 107.9 (21st)
eFG: 49.8% (4th)
Reb%: 50.6% (9th)

Starters/Key Players
Artis Gilmore – 21.9 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.9 BPG, All-Star
Bernard King – 25.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG
Adrian Dantley – 31.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, All-Star, All-NBA 3rd Team
Pete Maravich – 23 PPG, 201 3PM, All-Star, All-NBA 2nd Team
Mack Calvin – 4.4 PPG

Key Injuries
Paul Dawkins, Out for the Season (Would be Starting SF)
Pete Maravich – Broke his finger in the Suns series, but should be okay

Los Angeles Lakers
Record: 64-18
PPG: 115.6 (1st)
oPPG: 103 (16th)
Offensive Eff: 112.2 (1st)
Defensive Eff: 99.9 (2nd)
eFG: 53% (1st)
Reb%: 50.9% (5th)

Starters/Key Players
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 28.8 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 3.8 BPG, 57.5% FG, All-Star, All-NBA 2nd Team
Spencer Haywood – 10.4 PPG, 5 RPG
Jamaal Wilkes – 19.5 PPG, 5 RPG, 53.7% FG
Norm Nixon: 12.6 PPG, 6.9 APG, 1.9 SPG
Magic Johnson – 20.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 8.4 APG, 2.3 SPG, 55.1% FG, 82.6% FT, All-Star, All-NBA 1st Team
Michael Cooper – 11.7 PPG

Key Injuries
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Kareem is at the tail end of a broken foot injury and hasn’t played since March. He should be available, but is officially day-to-day.

Best of Seven
#3 Seattle Supersonics (49-33) vs. #2 Denver Nuggets (59-23)

October 30, 1979 – NUGGETS 105, Supersonics 95
November 23, 1979 – SUPERSONICS 97, Nuggets 96
January 20, 1980 – NUGGETS 95, Supersonics 64
February 19, 1980 – NUGGETS 114, Supersonics 109
March 2, 1980 – Nuggets 125, SUPERSONICS 111

Seattle Supersonics
Record: 49-33
PPG: 104 (8th)
oPPG: 102.9 (15th)
Offensive Eff: 103.3 (12th)
Defensive Eff: 102.3 (5th)
eFG: 47.6% (11th)
Reb%: 50.9% (6th)

Starters/Key Players
Jack Sikma – 16 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 1.1 BPG
James Bailey – 8.6 PPG, 5.8 RPG
Dennis Johnson – 20.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.6 APG
Fred Brown – 15.4 PPG, 1.6 SPG
Gus Williams – 21.1 PPG, 3.4 APG, 1.9 SPG
Vinnie Johnson – 9.6 PPG

Key Injuries
None

Denver Nuggets
Record: 59-23
PPG: 104.3 (7th)
oPPG: 100 (3rd)
Offensive Eff: 106 (8th)
Defensive Eff: 101.4 (4th)
eFG: 48.5% (8th)
Reb%: 50.8% (7th)

Starters/Key Players
Dan Issel – 22.8 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 49.4% FG, All-Star
George McInnis – 12 PPG, 7.3 RPG
David Thompson – 28.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 50.1% FG, 81.3% FT, All-Star, All-NBA 2nd Team
Gary Garland – 7.4 PPG, 1.7 SPG
John Roche – 12.4 PPG, 4 APG
George Johnson – 7.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG

Key Injuries
None

Eastern Conference Semi-Finals

Best of Seven

#4 San Antonio Spurs (48-34) vs. #1 Philadelphia 76ers (61-21)

November 6, 1979 – 76ERS 111, Spurs 81
December 28, 1979 – 76ERS 101, Spurs 82
January 5, 1980 – Spurs 100, 76ERS 98
January 30, 1980 – SPURS 118, 76ers 108
March 6, 1980 – 76ers 100, SPURS 84
March 26, 1980 – 76ers 108, SPURS 102

San Antonio Spurs
Record: 48-34
PPG: 102 (13th)
oPPG: 100.1 (4th)
Offensive Eff: 107.4 (5th)
Defensive Eff: 105.5 (18th)
eFG: 48.1% (10th)
Reb%: 50.1% (13th)

Starters/Key Players
Billy Paultz – 6.8 PPG, 7 RPG, 1.8 SPG
Larry Kenon – 14.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG
George Gervin – 31.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.3 SPG, All-Star, All-NBA 1st Team
James Silas – 20.9 PPG, 4.2 APG, All-Star, All-NBA 3rd Team
Foots Walker – 9.3 PPG, 6.4 APG, 2 SPG

Key Injuries
None

Philadelphia 76ers
Record: 61-21
PPG: 110.3 (2nd)
oPPG: 100.4 (5th)
Offensive Eff: 109.6 (2nd)
Defensive Eff: 99.6 (1st)
eFG: 50.9% (3rd)
Reb%: 52% (2nd)

Starters/Key Players
Robert Parish – 23 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 55% FG, All-Star, MIP, All-NBA 3rd Team
Bobby Jones – 12.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 1 BPG
Julius Erving – 27.8 PPG, 6 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.8 SPG, 1.2 BPG, All-Star, All-NBA 2nd Team
Doug Collins – 16.7 PPG
Maurice Cheeks – 12.1 PPG, 6.5 APG
Caldwell Jones – 5 PPG, 6.4 RPG

Key Injuries
None

Best of Seven
#3 Boston Celtics (55-27) at #2 Houston Rockets (51-31)

December 20, 1979 – ROCKETS 109, Celtics 101
January 18, 1980 – CELTICS 103, Rockets 83
March 11, 1980 – ROCKETS 111, Celtics 106
March 17, 1980 – CELTICS 110, Rockets 102
March 19, 1980 – ROCKETS 119, Celtics 94
April 9, 1980 – CELTICS 90, Rockets 88

Boston Celtics
Record: 55-27
PPG: 103.9 (9th)
oPPG: 101.1 (8th)
Offensive Eff: 105.9 (9th)
Defensive Eff: 102.9 (7th)
eFG: 49% (7th)
Reb%: 49.5% (15th)

Starters/Key Players

Dave Cowens – 12.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG
Cedric Maxwell – 14.4 PPG, 7.4 RPG
Larry Bird – 26 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.7 SPG
Gerald Henderson – 10 PPG
Tiny Archibald – 12.9 PPG, 7 APG

Key Injuries
None

Houston Rockets
Record: 51-31
PPG: 106.6 (5th)
oPPG: 101.5 (10th)
Offensive Eff: 109.3 (3rd)
Defensive Eff: 104.2 (13th)
eFG: 49.2% (5th)
Reb%: 52.1% (1st)

Starters/Key Players
Moses Malone – 30.1 PPG, 13.9 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 56.7% FG, All-Star, MVP, All-NBA 1st
Rudy Tomjanovich – 11.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG
Robert Reid – 12.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.8 SPG
Rick Barry – 10.7 PPG, 4.3 APG, 1.9 SPG
Allen Leavell – 13.3 PPG, 6.3 APG
Mike Dunleavy – 14.4 PPG, 4.9 APG

Key Injuries
Calvin Murphy – Not what he once was, but his name value gets him on the list. He only played 14 MPG this season, but will miss this season entirely.

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Prediction Contest – ONLY PREDICT THE SEMIS

1st Round –
Picking the Winning Team is worth 10 Points, Picking the Exact Amount of Games is worth 2 Points

Results

No One Predicted!

Semi-Finals – Picking the Winning Team is worth 25 Points, Picking the Exact Amount of Games is worth 5 Points

Conference Finals – Picking the Winning is worth 50 Points, Picking the Exact Amount of Games is worth 10 Points

NBA Finals – Picking the Winning Team is Worth 100 Points, Picking the Exact Amount of Games is worth 20 Points

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Game 1 - #5 Salt Lake Stallions at #1 Los Angeles Lakers

With two minutes to go, the Stallions held a 3 point lead on the Lakers…

Bernard King hits a shot from the right baseline, giving the Stallions a 125-120 lead with 1:40 left. The Lakers were quick to respond, as Magic brings the ball back down quickly and finds Michael Cooper for a jumper, bringing the Lakers back to within three. The Stallions move the ball and try to wind the clock down, but Artis Gilmore isn’t able to get a shot off against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and we get a shot clock violation. The Norm Nixon finds Jamaal Wilkes running towards the basket and the Lakers score in just 6 seconds. With a minute left, the Stallions are hanging onto a point lead.

The Stallions turn the ball over again as Bernard King overthrows Pete Maravich and the balls goes into the crowd. The Lakers try to go to Wilkes again to take the lead, but it doesn’t work. The Lakers continue to move the ball and Kareem hits a skyhook to give the Lakers a 126-125 lead. The Stallions go to Adrian Dantley, but he can’t find a shot and Gilmore ends up with the ball. Gilmore misses, but grabs his own rebound. Gilmore misses again, but the referees blow the whistle, calling a foul on Jamaal Wilkes. The Lakers are furious with the call as the clock literally reads 0 seconds, and Gilmore has two free throws to finish off the upset for the Stallions. Gilmore hits the first to tie the game at 126. Gilmore misses the second one, and we head to overtime!

Jamaal Wilkes is the first to score 40 seconds into OT, then the Stallions blow a 2-on-1 on Kareem. Lakers fail to score again, and Gilmore gets an offensive rebound from a James Hardy miss. Gilmore finds a cutting Dantley to tie the game at 128. Lakers feed Kareem, but Kareem misses a skyhook…but Magic dives in and slams it home for a 130-128 lead! The Stallions try to run, but Bernard King misses a wide open jumper and Magic gets the rebound. The Lakers fail to score again, and Dantley on the other end slams it home to tie the game at 130 with 2 minutes left. Magic misses a jumper, but the Stallions can’t control the rebound. Adrian Dantley makes up for that by stealing a pass by Kareem, but he misses a jumper. Gilmore and Kareem fight over the rebound, and a fight overall nearly breaks out. The official call is a jump ball.

Gilmore wins the tip, but Nixon steals the ball from Dantley. Kareem again hits his skyhook to give LA the 132-130 lead with 51 seconds left. Adrian Dantley and Bernard King play a deadly two man game, and Dantley gets the layup to tie the game once more with just 37 seconds left. Lakers turnover the ball as James Hardy steals it from Jamaal Wilkes. The Stallions finds The Pistol who knocks down a three with just 14 seconds left! The Lakers find Nixon, but they can’t find a shot and the Stallions shock LA in Game 1! Dantley and King were both brilliant with 44 and 41 points respectively. While Maravich wasn’t great, he did hit the winning three in OT.

Stallions 135, LAKERS 132 (OT) (Stallions lead 1-0)

Stallions Stats

Adrian Dantley: 44 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL, 14/27 FG, 16/18 FT
Bernard King: 41 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 12/24 FG, 17/23 FT
Artis Gilmore: 21 PTS, 18 REB
Pete Maravich: 13 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, Game Winning Three

Lakers Stats
Magic Johnson: 17 PTS, 9 REB, 9 AST, 3 STL
Jamaal Wilkes: 35 PTS, 8 REB, 16/26 FG
Norm Nixon: 15 PTS, 14 AST, 4 STL
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 21 PTS, 6 REB


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Game 1 - #3
Seattle Supersonics at #2 Denver Nuggets

The defending NBA Champion Sonics rode a 38-22 1st quarter to steal home court advantage from Denver. The Sonics massively won the free throw battle despite being on the road, hitting 42 of 55 as opposed to Denver’s 22 of 31. David Thompson’s 43 point performance goes to waste. Seattle was led by Gus Williams’ 33.

Supersonics 114, NUGGETS 102 (Sonics lead 1-0)

Supersonics Stats

Gus Williams: 33 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST, 13/27 FG, 7/10 FT
Fred Brown: 20 PTS, 8/14 FG

Nuggets Stats
David Thompson: 43 PTS, 4 REB, 3 BLK, 16/28 FG
Dan Issel: 23 PTS, 12 REB, 10/17 FG


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Game 1 - #4 San Antonio Spurs at #1 Philadelphia 76ers


This one was pretty much done at halftime. Robert Parish and Julius Erving were completely unstoppable in Game 1. George Gervin was a no-show with just 15 points on 6/18.

76ERS 110, Spurs 83 (76ers lead 1-0)

Spurs Stats

James Silas: 21 PTS, 5 REB, 8/18 FG
George Gervin: 15 PTS, 6/18 FG

76ers Stats
Robert Parish: 27 PTS, 12 REB, 2 STL, 4 BLK, 9/16 FG, 9/12 FT
Julius Erving: 29 PTS, 9/13 FG, 11/12 FT


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Game 1 - #3
Boston Celtics at #2 Houston Rockets

The Celtics brought a balanced attack led by Rookie of the Year Larry Bird, but League MVP Moses Malone was completely unstoppable and the Rockets took down Game 1 in Houston. Moses hit shot after shot, and only fouling him could stop him. Moses ended up with 36 points on only 13 FGA and hit 16 FTs. Bird had 26 to lead the Celtics.

ROCKETS 112, Celtics 102 (Rockets lead 1-0)

Celtics Stats

Larry Bird: 26 PTS, 8 REB
Cedric Maxwell: 24 PTS, 12 REB

Rockets Stats

Moses Malone: 36 PTS, 7 REB, 2 BLK, 10/13 FG, 16/23 FT
Mike Dunleavy: 17 PTS, 7 REB, 8 AST, 6/9 FG, 2/4 3P


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Game 2 – #5
Salt Lake Stallions at #1 Los Angeles Lakers (Stallions lead 1-0)

Game 2 was nothing like Game 1. The Lakers were up 39-21 after the first and up 77-31 at halftime. Kareem led the way with 33. Series is at 1-1 heading to Utah.

LAKERS 125, Stallions 78 (Series Tied 1-1)

Stallions Stats

Adrian Dantley: 23 PTS, 6/19 FG, 11/13 FT

Lakers Stats
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 33 PTS, 8 REB, 11/17 FG
Magic Johnson: 16 PTS, 6 REB, 5/7 FG
Norm Nixon: 14 PTS, 11 AST, 4 STL
Jamaal Wilkes: 20 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 5/10 FG


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Game 2 - #3
Seattle Supersonics at #2 Denver Nuggets (Sonics lead 1-0)

No one really got going on either side, but Nuggets bench guard Bob Wilkerson dropped 20 points in just 16 minutes. Game was close in the first, but thanks to Wilkerson Denver went on a run and Seattle had nothing. Dan Issel dropped 24

NUGGETS 116, Supersonics 82 (Series Tied 1-1)

Supersonics Stats

Dennis Johnson: 15 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST, 7/10 FG
Jack Sikma: 12 PTS, 6 REB, 1 STL, 1 BLK

Nuggets Stats
Dan Issel: 24 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST, 8/13 FG
Bob Wilkerson: 20 PTS, 8/12 FG
David Thompson: 19 PTS, 7/21 FG, 5/8 FT
George Johnson: 13 PTS, 8 REB, 6 STL, 6/6 FG


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Game 2 - #4 San Antonio Spurs at #1
Philadelphia 76ers (76ers Lead 1-0)

If there’s a game where the mid-season trade for The Chief made a difference it was this one. Dr. J was a no show, but Parish was completely dominant with the ball and on the glass. George Gervin again came up short, playing 43 minutes but scoring only 23 points. Spurs have a lot of work of to do to get back in the series.

76ERS 96, Spurs 86 (76ers lead 2-0)

Spurs Stats

George Gervin: 23 PTS, 8 REB, 7/21 FG, 9/10 FT

76ers Stats
Robert Parish: 32 PTS, 20 REB, 2 BLK, 14/28 FG
Julius Erving: 10 PTS, 6 AST, 3/4 FG


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Game 2 - #3
Boston Celtics at #2 Houston Rockets (Rockets lead 1-0)

Moses Malone
was unstoppable again, but the Rockets fell apart late in the third and couldn’t bring it back in the fourth, and the Celtics stole one in Houston. Larry Bird dropped 25, and he and Cedric Maxwell combined for 27 rebounds, which was key in the Celtics dominating the rebound game 47-31.

Celtics 100, ROCKETS 96 (Series tied 1-1)

Celtics Stats

Larry Bird: 25 PTS, 10 REB, 6 AST
Cedric Maxwell: 18 PTS, 17 REB

Rockets Stats
Moses Malone: 33 PTS, 13 REB, 15/25 FG
Mike Dunleavy: 27 PTS, 8 AST, 9/15 FG, 8/10 FT


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Game 3 – #1
Los Angeles Lakers at #5 Salt Lake Stallions (Series tied 1-1)

The Stallions came out firing, scoring 45 in the first quarter. The Lakers hung on by dominating the offensive glass. The score was a wild 80-62 Stallions at the half. Shockingly, the Lakers fell apart in the third, only scoring 7 points, and the Stallions had an insurmountable 105-69 lead at the end of the third. While the Lakers had a strong third, there was no chance to come back, and the Stallions went up 2-1. Adrian Dantley dropped 35. Kareem had 31 for the Lakers.

STALLIONS 122, Lakers 111 (Stallions lead 2-1)

Lakers Stats

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 31 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 2 BLK, 11/21 FG
Jamaal Wilkes: 22 PTS, 5 REB, 5 STL
Magic Johnson: 10 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 3 STL, 3/5 FG

Stallions Stats

Adrian Dantley: 35 PTS, 10 REB, 9/20 FG, 17/17 FT
Pete Maravich: 27 PTS, 7/11 FG, 5/7 3P, 8/8 FT
Bernard King: 18 PTS, 10 REB, 6 AST, 7/11 FG, 4/4 FT
Artis Gilmore: 24 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 4 BLK, 9/12 FG, 6/6 FT


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Game 3 - #2 Denver Nuggets at #3 Seattle Supersonics (Series tied 1-1)

Jack Sikma
went for a massive 26-17-5-3 to lead Seattle to a crucial Game 3 win. Skywalker dropped 27 for Denver and Dan Issel added 25, but it wasn’t enough as Seattle took a first half lead and really never looked back. DJ added 24 to help Sikma.

SUPERSONICS 109, Nuggets 99 (Sonics lead 2-1)

Nuggets Stats

David Thompson: 27 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 2 BLK, 10/22 FG, 7/10 FT
Dan Issel: 25 PTS, 8 REB, 8/13 FG, 9/10 FT
George McInnis: 17 PTS, 13 REB, 2 BLK, 7/16 FG

Supersonics Stats
Jack Sikma: 26 PTS, 17 REB, 5 AST, 3 BLK, 9/17 FG, 2/2 3P, 6/6 FT
Dennis Johnson: 24 PTS, 4 REB, 2 TL, 6/14 FG, 12/14 FT
Fred Brown: 18 PTS, 6 REB, 2 STL, 5/11 FG
Gus Williams: 18 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST


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Game 3 - #1
Philadelphia 76ers at #4 San Antonio Spurs (76ers Lead 2-0)

This may have been San Antonio’s best chance to get back into the series and led heading into the 4th. The Sixers stormed back in the 4th. Once again, the Robert Parish-Billy Paultz matchup continues to tilt the series towards the Sixers. George Gervin did drop 30, but it wasn’t enough as the Spurs fell down 0-3. Parish had 23 and 10.

76ers 103, SPURS 96 (76ers lead 3-0)

76ers Stats

Robert Parish: 23 PTS, 10 REB, 9/16 FG, 5/7 FT
Julius Erving: 19 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST

Spurs Stats
George Gervin: 30 PTS, 5 REB, 3 ST, 10/21 FG, 8/11 FT
Larry Kenon: 20 PTS, 4 AST, 9/14 FG


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Game 3 -
#2 Houston Rockets at #3 Boston Celtics (Series tied 1-1)

This crucial Game 3 came down to the wire. With 2:16 left, Moses Malone gets a layup to take a 99-97 lead. Gerald Henderson tied it with a layup of his own. Larry Bird fouls Allen Leavell, who hits two free throws to retake the lead. Cedric Maxwell gets by Rudy T and Moses couldn’t rotate in time for the dunk to tie the game at 101. Rudy T makes up the lapse hitting a shot with 1:30 left for Houston to take the lead again. Tiny Archibald hits a layup to tie it up again. Boston finally makes a stop, and Bird finds Tiny for a layup that only misses because Mike Dunleavy fouled him hard.

Tiny misses both free throws. Rick Barry finds Moses, but he can’t connect and the game stays tied at 103. Cedric Maxwell finds Bird, who performs a surprisingly effective hesitation before driving in and hitting a layup with just 6 seconds left. After a timeout, Rick Barry gets the ball from the inbound and hits a shot from the left wing to tie things up! Tiny gets off a three pointer for the win, but it misses and we head to overtime tied 105-105.

Barry stays hot and hits the first shot for Houston in overtime. Neither Boston nor Houston find a basket the next two minutes until Robert Reid hits a shot from the baseline to put the Rockets up 109-105. Dave Cowens finally finds a basket to bring Boston back within 2. Rudy T puts Houston back up 4, but Cowens finds Bird to make it 111-109. Cedric Maxwell hits a free throw to make it 111-110 with 1:45 left. Barry continues to be the hero of this Game 3 through by hitting another jumper. The clock continues to tick away, and Moses surprises the Boston defense by finding an open Allen Leavell to make it 115-100 with 28 seconds. The Rockets send Tiny to the line who hits one of two, but Rick Barry responds with two free throws of his own. With just 19 seconds left, it’s 117-111 Rockets. Barry would make one more as Boston never threatened again.

Rockets 118, CELTICS 111 (OT) (Rockets lead 2-1)

Rockets Stats

Moses Malone: 26 PTS, 15 REB, 5 AST, 10/21 FG, 6/9 FT
Rudy Tomjanovich: 22 PTS, 7 REB, 11/20 FG
Rick Barry: 19 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST, 8/12 FG, Game Tying Shot in Regulation
Allen Leavell: 21 PTS, 9 AST, 4 STL, 7/11 FG, 1/1 3P, 6/6 FT

Celtics Stats
Larry Bird: 20 PTS, 9 REB, 9 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK
Cedric Maxwell: 21 PTS, 12 REB


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Game 4 – #1 Los Angeles Lakers at #5 Salt Lake Stallions (Stallions lead 2-1)

Another hot start from the Stallions forced the Lakers to play catch-up again. Once again, the Stallions took a strong first half lead, leading 73-55. The Lakers tried to play catch-up, but suddenly their season is on the line heading back to LA for Game 5. Adrian Dantley dropped 40 as LA hasn’t found an answer to stop him.

STALLIONS 122, Lakers 111 (Stallions lead 3-1)

Lakers Stats

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 27 PTS, 11 REB, 11/18 FG
Jamaal Wilkes: 26 PTS, 11/19 FG
Magic Johnson: 16 PTS, 6 REB, 13 AST, 6 STL

Stallions Stats
Adrian Dantley: 40 PTS, 11 REB, 5 AST, 14/25 FG, 12/14 FT
Bernard King: 28 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST, 11/22 FG, 6/8 FT
Artis Gilmore: 24 PTS, 8 REB, 8/12 FG, 8/13 FT


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Game 4 -
#2 Denver Nuggets at #3 Seattle Supersonics (Sonics lead 2-1)

Dan Issel
got a measure of revenge, dropping 32 on Jack Sikma as the Nuggets survived a near triple double from Gus Williams to score a win on the road and tie the series at 2. Denver hit over 53% of their FGs and while they shot less free throws, hit 83% of those as well.

Nuggets 117, SUPERSONICS 110 (Series tied 2-2)

Nuggets Stats

Dan Issel: 32 PTS, 8 REB, 11/21 FG, 10/10 FT
John Roche: 23 PTS, 5 AST, 3 STL, 9/12 FG, 2/2 3P
David Thompson: 21 PTS, 10/17 FG, 1/1 3P

Supersonics Stats
Gus Williams: 26 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST, 2 STL, 11/21 FG, 1/1 3P, 3/4 FT
Dennis Johnson: 24 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 5 STL, 5/10 FG, 14/18 FT
Fred Brown: 18 PTS, 6/8 FG, 6/7 FT


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Game 4 - #1
Philadelphia 76ers at #4 San Antonio Spurs (76ers Lead 3-0)

The Spurs didn’t provide any help around George Gervin or James Silas, and Gervin and Silas shot a combined 13/38 as the Sixers finished off the sweep of the Spurs. Dr. J led the Sixers with 21 as Robert Parish added a 13-14-6. The Spurs did keep it close, but only managed 6 points in the fourth to end their season. The Sixers will face the Rockets or Celtics.

76ers 91, SPURS 82 (76ers win 4-0)

76ers Stats

Julius Erving: 21 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST, 7/12 FG
Robert Parish: 13 PTS, 14 REB, 6 BLK

Spurs Stats
George Gervin: 25 PTS, 5/17 FG, 15/15 FT
James Silas: 18 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST


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Game 4 -
#2 Houston Rockets at #3 Boston Celtics (Rockets lead 2-1)

With three minutes left the Rockets led by 10, but couldn’t get over the hump as the Rockets held on 111-108. The Celtics have yet to find any real answer for Moses, and Boston just didn’t have enough to overcome. The Rockets will look to close out Boston in Houston.

Rockets 111, CELTICS 108 (Rockets lead 3-1)

Rockets Stats

Moses Malone: 29 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 10/20 FG, 9/11 FT
Rudy Tomjanovich: 18 PTS, 4 REB, 8/11 FG
Allen Leavell: 11 PTS, 7 REB, 10 AST

Celtics Stats
Larry Bird: 20 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST, 7/14 FG, 1/3 3P, 5/6 FT
Gerald Henderson: 21 PTS, 8/14 FG
Tiny Archibald: 16 PTS, 10 AST, 8/10 FG


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Game 5 – #5
Salt Lake Stallions at #1 Los Angeles Lakers (Stallions lead 3-1)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
reminded everyone who he was, dropping 39, and Kenny Carr took 7 shots off the bench and made all 7 for 15 points as the Lakers managed to send the series back to Salt Lake City. Kareem was absolutely unstoppable, clearly his foot isn’t an issue anymore. The Lakers also kept Bernard King and Adrian Dantley to manageable scoring totals.

LAKERS 111, Stallions 97 (Stallions lead 3-2)

Stallions Stats

Adrian Dantley: 26 PTS, 5 REB, 9/19 FG, 8/8 FT
Bernard King: 21 PTS, 4/14 FG, 13/17 FT

Lakers Stats
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 39 PTS, 7 REB, 17/26 FG
Norm Nixon: 11 PTS, 12 AST, 3 STL
Magic Johnson: 13 PTS, 11 REB, 7 AST
Kenny Carr: 15 PTS, 7/7 FG


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Game 5 - #3
Seattle Supersonics at #2 Denver Nuggets (Series Tied 2-2)

Game 5 went down to the wire in Denver. Gus William hit two free throws to bring the Sonics to within 1, 114-113. Dennis Johnson does everything he can to prevent David Thompson to get the ball, and it works as he interrupts the play and Gary Garland ends up taking a shot but misses. With just 19 seconds left Dennis Johnson gets fouled on a layup attempt. DJ makes them both, giving the Sonics a 115-114 lead.

John Roche manages to get Skywalker the ball, and Thompson isolates against DJ. Thompson finds a good shoot off a stutter-step and drains the potential game winner with 12 second left, putting Denver up 116-115. Jack Sikma gets a good shot for the win, but the 7 foot hook rims out and Thompson is fouled. He drains both, and Seattle doesn’t have the time to take a shot. Denver now looks to win the series in Seattle.

NUGGETS 118, Supersonics 115 (Nuggets lead 3-2)

Supersonics Stats

Gus Williams: 31 PTS, 6 AST, 9/18 FG, 12/16 FT
Dennis Johnson: 25 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 8/16 FG, 9/10 FT
Jack Sikma: 18 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST, 5/8 FG

Nuggets Stats
David Thompson: 24 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST, 7/13 FG, 10/10 FT
Dan Issel: 24 PTS, 5 REB, 10/17 FG, 4/4 FT
George Johnson: 18 PTS, 9 REB, 8/10 FG


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Game 5 - #3
Boston Celtics at #2 Houston Rockets

The Celtics came out lifeless and Larry Bird couldn’t bring it back. For all the hype about the potential Bird-Magic Rookie Final, the Rockets showed that Boston needs some more support for Bird to get much farther. MVP Moses had 21 and 8, and his battle with Robert Parish should be interesting in the Eastern Conference Finals.

ROCKETS 91, Celtics 80 (Rockets win 4-1)

Celtics Stats

Larry Bird: 25 PTS, 10 REB, 9/21 FG, 2/5 3P, 5/5 FT
Dave Cowens: 10 PTS, 10 REB

Rockets Stats
Moses Malone: 21 PTS, 8 REB
Mike Dunleavy: 18 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 3 STL
Allen Leavell: 19 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 2 STL


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Game 6 – #1
Los Angeles Lakers at #5 Salt Lake Stallions (Stallions lead 3-2)

The Lakers never figured out a way to defend Adrian Dantley, and it showed one more time. Possession after possession Dantley found ways to score, dropping 48 points and finishing off the Lakers. Post-game it was clear the Lakers were stunned, they had run over everyone at some point all season. The Stallions never focused on stopping the Lakers and instead just scored as many points as possible. Surprisingly it worked. Kareem and Magic had great games statistically (33-10-4 and 23-14-9-3), although that’ll probably not be much of a consolation. The Stallions will head to either Seattle or Denver.

STALLIONS 129, Lakers 120 (Stallions win 4-2)

Lakers Stats

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 33 PTS, 10 REB, 4 BLK, 15/22 FG
Norm Nixon: 21 PTS, 10 AST, 3 STL
Magic Johnson: 23 PTS, 14 REB, 9 AST, 3 STL, 9/12 FG

Stallions Stats
Adrian Dantley: 48 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 20/28 FG, 8/9 FT
Bernard King: 18 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
Artis Gilmore: 19 PTS, 11 REB, 5 AST, 5 BLK, 9/18 FG
Pete Maravich: 21 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST

***

Game 6 -
#2 Denver Nuggets at #3 Seattle Supersonics (Nuggets lead 3-2)

Dennis Johnson
played an excellent two-way game, disrupting David Thompson’s shooting and scoring 28 himself to help force a Game 7. Both teams had all five starters score in double digits, but Seattle was just a bit better. Game 7 is back in Denver.

SUPERSONICS 105, Nuggets 96 (Series tied 3-3)

Nuggets Stats

David Thompson: 26 PTS, 5 REB, 7/19 FG, 11/12 FT
Dan Issel: 24 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST
George McGinnis: 15 PTS, 8 REB, 2 BLK, 4/8 FG, 7/9 FT

Supersonics Stats
Dennis Johnson: 28 PTS, 8 REB, 8/13 FG, 12/14 FT
Jack Sikma: 15 PTS, 11 REB, 7/11 FG
Gus Williams: 18 PTS, 6 AST


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Game 7 - #3
Seattle Supersonics at #2 Denver Nuggets (Series Tied 3-3)

Neither team went down meekly.

With 5:31 left the game was tied at 90. Bob Wilkerson hits a layup to put Denver up 2. Gary Garland also tips in a Dan Issel miss to go up 4. Seattle can’t find a basket as Denver scores again on a George McInnis basket. 96-90 with 3:40 left. DJ scores to break Denver’s streak, making it 96-92. John Roche hits a shot as Denver’s role players are coming through the clutch. DJ hits another shot though to keep up, making it 98-94.

Issel misses and DJ gets another great shot, but it misses…just for Jack Sikma to tip it back and bring Seattle within 2, with 2 minutes left. David Thompson finds McGinnis to make it 100-96. DJ misses, but once again Seattle gets another chance. Fred Brown misses, but DJ keeps it for Seattle again. DJ loses the ball though, and with 26 seconds left Seattle’s title defense is running out of time. Issel gets fouled and hits 1 of 2 free throws, putting Denver up 5. The Nuggets trap Jack Sikma as time expires and Denver survives to move onto the Western Conference Final.

NUGGETS 101, Supersonics 96 (Nuggets win 4-3)

Supersonics Stats

Gus Williams: 36 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST, 4 STL, 13/21 FG, 10/12 FT
Jack Sikma: 12 PTS, 11 REB

Nuggets Stats
Dan Issel: 29 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST, 12/20 FG
David Thompson: 26 PTS, 4 REB, 8/17 FG, 10/13 FT
John Roche: 17 PTS, 6 AST, 6 STL, 3/6 3P


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Playoff Preview
Western Conference Finals

Best of Seven

#5 Salt Lake Stallions (45-37) vs. #2 Denver Nuggets (59-23)

November 19, 1979 – NUGGETS 106, Stallions 97
December 16, 1979 – STALLIONS 122, Nuggets 116
December 31, 1979 – Stallions 104, NUGGETS 100
February 29, 1980 – STALLIONS 118, Nuggets 98
March 3, 1980 – NUGGETS 119, Stallions 109
March 13, 1980 – Nuggets 113, STALLIONS 111

Salt Lake Stallions
Record: 45-37
PPG: 108.9 (3rd)
oPPG: 110.3 (22nd)
Offensive Eff: 106.4 (7th)
Defensive Eff: 107.9 (21st)
eFG: 49.8% (4th)
Reb%: 50.6% (9th)

Starters/Key Players
Artis Gilmore – 21.9 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 1.9 BPG, All-Star
Bernard King – 25.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG
Adrian Dantley – 31.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, All-Star, All-NBA 3rd Team
Pete Maravich – 23 PPG, 201 3PM, All-Star, All-NBA 2nd Team
Mack Calvin – 4.4 PPG

Key Injuries
Paul Dawkins, Out for the Season (Would be Starting SF)
Pete Maravich – Broke his finger in the Suns series, but should be okay

Denver Nuggets
Record: 59-23
PPG: 104.3 (7th)
oPPG: 100 (3rd)
Offensive Eff: 106 (8th)
Defensive Eff: 101.4 (4th)
eFG: 48.5% (8th)
Reb%: 50.8% (7th)

Starters/Key Players
Dan Issel – 22.8 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 49.4% FG, All-Star
George McInnis – 12 PPG, 7.3 RPG
David Thompson – 28.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 50.1% FG, 81.3% FT, All-Star, All-NBA 2nd Team
Gary Garland – 7.4 PPG, 1.7 SPG
John Roche – 12.4 PPG, 4 APG
George Johnson – 7.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG

Key Injuries
None

Eastern Conference Semi-Finals

Best of Seven

#2 Houston Rockets (51-31) vs. #1 Philadelphia 76ers (61-21)

November 4, 1979 – ROCKETS 121, 76ers 112
November 26, 1979 – 76ERS 96, Rockets 71
December 27, 1979 – 76ERS 109, Rockets 104
February 4, 1980 – 76ers 116, ROCKETS 104
March 14, 1980 – 76ers 102, ROCKETS 99
April 17, 1980 – 76ERS 97, Rockets 95

Houston Rockets
Record: 51-31
PPG: 106.6 (5th)
oPPG: 101.5 (10th)
Offensive Eff: 109.3 (3rd)
Defensive Eff: 104.2 (13th)
eFG: 49.2% (5th)
Reb%: 52.1% (1st)

Starters/Key Players
Moses Malone – 30.1 PPG, 13.9 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 56.7% FG, All-Star, MVP, All-NBA 1st
Rudy Tomjanovich – 11.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG
Robert Reid – 12.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.8 SPG
Rick Barry – 10.7 PPG, 4.3 APG, 1.9 SPG
Allen Leavell – 13.3 PPG, 6.3 APG
Mike Dunleavy – 14.4 PPG, 4.9 APG

Key Injuries
Calvin Murphy – Not what he once was, but his name value gets him on the list. He only played 14 MPG this season, but will miss this season entirely.

Philadelphia 76ers
Record: 61-21
PPG: 110.3 (2nd)
oPPG: 100.4 (5th)
Offensive Eff: 109.6 (2nd)
Defensive Eff: 99.6 (1st)
eFG: 50.9% (3rd)
Reb%: 52% (2nd)

Starters/Key Players
Robert Parish – 23 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 55% FG, All-Star, MIP, All-NBA 3rd Team
Bobby Jones – 12.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 1 BPG
Julius Erving – 27.8 PPG, 6 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.8 SPG, 1.2 BPG, All-Star, All-NBA 2nd Team
Doug Collins – 16.7 PPG
Maurice Cheeks – 12.1 PPG, 6.5 APG
Caldwell Jones – 5 PPG, 6.4 RPG

Key Injuries
None

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Prediction Contest – ONLY PREDICT CONFERENCE FINALS

1st Round –
Picking the Winning Team is worth 10 Points, Picking the Exact Amount of Games is worth 2 Points

Results

No One Predicted!

Semi-Finals – Picking the Winning Team is worth 25 Points, Picking the Exact Amount of Games is worth 5 Points

Results

We had one prediction! Unfortunately, @Grimini Killer scored no points as each series went the other way!

Conference Finals – Picking the Winning is worth 50 Points, Picking the Exact Amount of Games is worth 10 Points

NBA Finals – Picking the Winning Team is Worth 100 Points, Picking the Exact Amount of Games is worth 20 Points

Guessing the Finals MVP: Worth 20 Points

Winning the Competition Each Year: Worth +10%

I will eventually find use for prediction points, as you will keep them over the years. Predictions accepted until Semi Results are posted.

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