1978–79 San Diego Clippers season

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1978–79 San Diego Clippers season
Head coach Gene Shue
Arena San Diego Sports Arena
Results
Record 43–39 (.524)
Place Division: 5th (Pacific)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television XETV
Radio KGB
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The 1978-79 NBA season was the 9th season of the team formerly known as the Buffalo Braves in the NBA.[1] They had moved from Buffalo, New York to San Diego, California and have rechristened themselves as the San Diego Clippers.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1978 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
2 41 Jerome Whitehead C/PF  United States Marquette
3 48 Mike Santos  United States Utah State
3 51 Ricky Gallon  United States Louisville
3 65 Marvin Dalph  United States Arkansas
4 68 Jim Boylan  United States Marquette
4 73 Larry Harris  United States Pittsburgh
4 76 Leroy McDonald  United States Wake Forest
5 90 David Thompson  United States Florida State
6 112 Bob Miscevicious  United States Providence
7 133 Stan Pietkiewicz SG/SF  United States Auburn
8 154 Felton Young  United States Jacksonville
9 172 Bobby White  United States Centenary (LA)

Roster[edit]

San Diego Clippers 1978-79 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
F 32 United States Bigelow, Bob 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Pennsylvania
G 24 United States Free, World B. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Guilford College
C 44 United States Kunnert, Kevin 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 231 lb (105 kg) Iowa
C 45 United States Lloyd, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Arizona State
C 31 Netherlands Nater, Swen 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) UCLA
G 11 United States Norman, Connie 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 176 lb (80 kg) Arizona
F 40 United States Olive, John 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Villanova
F 22 United States Pietkiewicz, Stan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Auburn
G 9 United States Smith, Randy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Buffalo State
G 14 United States Taylor, Brian 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Princeton
F 42 United States Washington, Kermit 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) American University
F 12 United States Weatherspoon, Nick 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Illinois
C 33 United States Whitehead, Jerome 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Marquette
F 21 United States Wicks, Sidney 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) UCLA
G 20 United States Williams, Freeman 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Portland State
Head coach




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

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Roster Notes[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

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
# 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

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

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]