1978–79 NBA season

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1978–79 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 13, 1978 – April 8, 1979
Number of teams 22
TV partner(s) CBS
Draft
Top draft pick Mychal Thompson
Picked by Portland Trail Blazers
Regular season
Season MVP Moses Malone (Houston)
Top scorer George Gervin (San Antonio)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Washington Bullets
  Eastern runners-up San Antonio Spurs
Western champions Seattle SuperSonics
  Western runners-up Phoenix Suns
Finals
Champions Seattle SuperSonics
  Runners-up Washington Bullets
Finals MVP Dennis Johnson (Seattle)
NBA seasons

The 1978–79 NBA season was the 33rd season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Seattle SuperSonics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Washington Bullets 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals, a rematch of the previous year's Finals, but with the opposite result.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Final standings[edit]

By division[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Washington Bullets 54 28 .659 31–10 23–18 11–5
x-Philadelphia 76ers 47 35 .573 7 31–10 16–25 9–7
x-New Jersey Nets 37 45 .451 17 25–16 12–29 7–9
New York Knicks 31 51 .378 23 23–18 8–33 7–9
Boston Celtics 29 53 .354 25 21–20 8–33 6–10


Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 29–12 19–22 11–9
x-Houston Rockets 47 35 .573 1 30–11 17–24 12–8
x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561 2 34–7 12–29 14–6
Cleveland Cavaliers 30 52 .366 18 20–21 10–31 6–14
Detroit Pistons 30 52 .366 18 22–19 8–33 9–11
New Orleans Jazz 26 56 .317 22 21–20 8–33 9–15


Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Kansas City Kings 48 34 .585 32–9 16–25 12–4
x-Denver Nuggets 47 35 .573 1 29–12 18–23 8–8
Indiana Pacers 38 44 .463 10 25–16 13–28 6–10
Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 .463 10 28–13 10–31 9–7
Chicago Bulls 31 51 .378 17 19–22 12–29 5–11


Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634 31-10 21-20 11–9
x-Phoenix Suns 50 32 .610 2 32–9 18–23 11–9
x-Los Angeles Lakers 47 35 .573 5 31–10 16–25 11–9
x-Portland Trail Blazers 45 37 .549 7 33–8 12–29 8–12
San Diego Clippers 43 39 .524 9 29–12 14–27 11–9
Golden State Warriors 38 44 .463 14 23–18 15–26 8–12


By conference[edit]

# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Washington Bullets 54 28 .659
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 6
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 47 35 .573 7
4 x-Houston Rockets 47 35 .573 7
5 x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561 8
6 x-New Jersey Nets 37 45 .451 17
7 New York Knicks 31 51 .378 23
8 Cleveland Cavaliers 30 52 .366 24
8 Detroit Pistons 30 52 .366 24
10 Boston Celtics 29 53 .354 25
11 New Orleans Jazz 26 56 .317 28


# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634
2 y-Kansas City Kings 48 34 .585 4
3 x-Phoenix Suns 50 32 .610 2
4 x-Denver Nuggets 47 35 .573 5
5 x-Los Angeles Lakers 47 35 .573 5
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 45 37 .549 7
7 San Diego Clippers 43 39 .524 9
8 Indiana Pacers 38 44 .463 14
8 Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 .463 14
8 Golden State Warriors 38 44 .463 14
11 Chicago Bulls 31 51 .378 21



Notes

  • z, y – division champions
  • x – clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game George Gervin San Antonio Spurs 29.6
Rebounds per game Moses Malone Houston Rockets 17.6
Assists per game Kevin Porter Detroit Pistons 13.4
Steals per game M.L. Carr Detroit Pistons 2.46
Blocks per game Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers 3.95
FG% Cedric Maxwell Boston Celtics .584
FT% Rick Barry Houston Rockets .947

NBA awards[edit]

Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com

References[edit]