1974–75 Seattle SuperSonics season

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1974–75 Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coach Bill Russell
General manager Bill Russell
Arena Seattle Center Coliseum
Results
Record 43–39 (.524)
Place Division: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 4th (Western)
Playoff finish West Semifinals
(eliminated 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1974–75 Seattle SuperSonics season was the 8th season of the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In their second season with Bill Russell as head coach and with rookies comprising half the roster, the SuperSonics finished the regular season in 4th place in the Western Conference with a 43–39 record and reached the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. After defeating the Detroit Pistons in 3 games in the first round in a best-of-five series, the team fell to the future champions Golden State Warriors in 6 games.

Offseason[edit]

Head coach Bill Russell anticipated a roster overhaul during the offseason.[1] After trading Dick Snyder on draft day to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange of the Cavs' first round selection, the SuperSonics selected center Tommy Burleson with the 3rd overall pick. [2]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1974 NBA Draft

Note: only draft picks who participated in at least one game in the NBA are listed.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 3 Tommy Burleson Center  United States North Carolina State
2 26 Leonard Gray Forward  United States Long Beach State
3 44 Talvin Skinner Guard / Forward  United States Maryland Eastern Shore
5 80 Dean Tolson Forward  United States Arkansas
5 98 Wardell Jackson Forward  United States Ohio State
10 169 Rod Derline Guard  United States Seattle

Roster[edit]

1974–75 Seattle SuperSonics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G/F 40 Brisker, John 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1947–06–15 Toledo
G 32 Brown, Fred 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1948–08–07 Iowa
C 16 Burleson, Tommy 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1952–02–24 North Carolina State
G 21 Clark, Archie 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1941–07–15 Minnesota
G 25 Derline, Rod 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1952–03–11 Seattle
F/C 31 Fox, Jim 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1943–04–07 South Carolina
F 11 Gray, Leonard 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1951–12–19 Long Beach State
F/C 24 Haywood, Spencer 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1949–04–22 Detroit
F/C 42 Hummer, John 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1948–05–04 Princeton
F 30 Jackson, Wardell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1951–07–18 Ohio State
G/F 22 Skinner, Talvin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1952–09–10 Maryland Eastern Shore
F 20 Tolson, Dean 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1951–11–25 Arkansas
G 13 Watts, Donald 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1951–07–22 Xavier (Louisiana)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Golden State Warriors 48 34 .585 31–10 17–24 19–11
x-Seattle SuperSonics 43 39 .524 5 24–16 19–23 18–12
Portland Trail Blazers 38 44 .463 10 29–13 9–31 16–14
Phoenix Suns 32 50 .390 16 22–19 10–31 12–18
Los Angeles Lakers 30 52 .366 18 21–20 9–32 10–20
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Golden State Warriors 48 34 .585
2 y-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 1
3 x-Kansas City–Omaha Kings 44 38 .537 4
4 x-Seattle SuperSonics 43 39 .524 5
5 x-Detroit Pistons 40 42 .488 8
6 Portland Trail Blazers 38 44 .463 10
6 Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 .463 10
8 Phoenix Suns 32 50 .390 16
9 Los Angeles Lakers 30 52 .366 18


z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

1974–75 game log
Total: 43–39 (Home: 24–16; Road: 19–23; Neutral: 1–0)
1974–75 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

Main article: 1975 NBA Playoffs
1975 playoff game log
1975 playoff schedule

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Brisker, JohnJohn Brisker 21 13.1 .426 .857 1.6 .9 .3 .1 7.7
Brown, FredFred Brown 81 33.0 .480 .831 4.2 3.5 2.3 .2 21.0
Burleson, TommyTommy Burleson 82 23.0 .417 .687 7.0 1.4 .8 1.9 10.1
Clark, ArchieArchie Clark 77 32.2 .495 .834 3.1 5.6 1.4 .1 13.9
Derline, RodRod Derline 58 11.5 .428 .768 1.0 .8 .4 .1 5.6
Fox, JimJim Fox 75 23.5 .469 .802 6.5 1.8 .6 .2 9.0
Gray, LeonardLeonard Gray 75 30.4 .489 .722 6.4 2.2 .8 .3 11.5
Haywood, SpencerSpencer Haywood 68 37.2 .459 .811 9.3 2.0 .8 1.6 22.4
Hummer, JohnJohn Hummer 43 13.2 .380 .275 2.4 .9 .2 .2 2.2
Jackson, WardellWardell Jackson 56 16.8 .397 .718 2.4 .5 .5 .1 4.3
McIntosh, KennedyKennedy McIntosh 6 16.8 .207 .667 2.5 1.2 .7 .5 3.0
Skinner, TalvinTalvin Skinner 73 21.6 .409 .649 4.7 1.2 .7 .2 4.8
Tolson, DeanDean Tolson 19 4.6 .432 .647 1.2 .3 .2 .3 2.3
Watts, SlickSlick Watts 82 25.1 .421 .608 3.2 6.1 2.3 .1 6.8


Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Brown, FredFred Brown 8 30.0 .496 .844 4.5 2.9 2.1 .1 20.6
Burleson, TommyTommy Burleson 9 40.4 .513 .750 10.7 1.4 .8 2.0 20.7
Clark, ArchieArchie Clark 9 29.9 .436 .900 3.6 3.4 .7 .1 7.0
Derline, RodRod Derline 6 10.7 .545 .857 2.2 1.2 .3 .0 7.0
Fox, JimJim Fox 8 5.0 .286 .571 1.1 .3 .0 .1 1.5
Gray, LeonardLeonard Gray 9 29.2 .488 .846 5.0 2.2 1.3 .6 9.9
Haywood, SpencerSpencer Haywood 9 37.4 .359 .770 9.0 2.0 .8 1.2 15.7
Hummer, JohnJohn Hummer 6 11.3 .000 1.5 .7 .3 .0 .0
Skinner, TalvinTalvin Skinner 9 23.4 .467 .737 4.2 1.3 1.0 .2 6.2
Tolson, DeanDean Tolson 4 5.5 .125 1.000 1.8 .3 .0 .0 1.0
Watts, SlickSlick Watts 9 31.1 .462 .538 3.7 7.1 3.0 .4 11.1

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Overview[edit]

Players Added

Via draft

Via trade

Players Lost

Via draft
(1974 NBA Expansion Draft)

Via trade

Via free agency

Waived

Trades[edit]

May 28, 1974 To Seattle SuperSonics
1974 first round pick
To Cleveland Cavaliers
Dick Snyder
1974 first round pick
August 20, 1974 [3] To Seattle SuperSonics
Archie Clark
To Washington Bullets
Dick Gibbs
1975 third round pick

References[edit]

  1. ^ Program may be needed to identify 'new' Sonics, Ellensburg Daily Record. May 30, 1974. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  2. ^ Sonics draft Burleson, Ellensburg Daily Record. May 28, 1974. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Seattle acquires Clark from Bullets, Bangor Daily News. August 20, 1974. Retrieved June 21, 2012.

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