1978–79 Seattle SuperSonics season

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1978–79 Seattle SuperSonics season
First NBA Championship
Head coach Lenny Wilkens
General manager Zollie Volchok
Owner(s) Sam Schulman
Arena Kingdome
Results
Record 52–30 (.634)
Place Division: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television KIRO-TV
Radio KIRO-AM and FM
< 1977–78 1979–80 >

The 1978–79 Seattle SuperSonics season was the team's 12th since the franchise began, and their most successful, winning their first NBA title. This was Seattle's first professional sports championship since the Seattle Metropolitans victory in the Stanley Cup in 1917.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality School/Club Team
2 39 James Lee  United States Kentucky
2 42 Kevin McDonald  United States Pennsylvania
3 61 Dave Baxter  United States Michigan
4 83 Billy Lewis  United States Illinois State University
5 105 Ralph Drollinger  United States UCLA

Roster[edit]

Seattle SuperSonics 1978–79 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. DOB From
C 21 United States Awtrey, Dennis 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1948–02–22 Santa Clara
G 32 United States Brown, Fred 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1948–08–07 Iowa
G 10 United States Hassett, Joe 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1955–09–11 Providence
G 24 United States Johnson, Dennis 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1954–09–18 Pepperdine
F 27 United States Johnson, John 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1947–10–18 Iowa
F/C 23 United States LaGarde, Tom 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1955–02–10 North Carolina
F 22 United States Robinson, Jackie 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1955–05–20 UNLV
F 8 United States Shelton, Lonnie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1955–10–19 Oregon State
F/C 43 United States Sikma, Jack 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1955–11–14 Illinois Wesleyan
F/C 35 United States Silas, Paul 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1943–07–12 Creighton
G/F 11 United States Snyder, Dick 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1944–02–01 Davidson
F 42 United States Walker, Wally 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1954–07–18 Virginia
G 1 United States Williams, Gus 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1953–10–10 South Carolina
Head coach




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

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 1979–06–26

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Jack Sikma Dennis Awtrey Tom LaGarde
PF Lonnie Shelton Paul Silas
SF John Johnson Wally Walker Jackie Robinson
SG Dennis Johnson Dick Snyder Joe Hassett
PG Gus Williams Fred Brown

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


Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

The SuperSonics had a first round bye.

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (5) Los Angeles Lakers: Sonics win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Seattle: Seattle 112, Los Angeles 101
  • Game 2 @ Seattle: Seattle 108, Los Angeles 103 (OT)
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 118, Seattle 112 (OT)
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles: Seattle 117, Los Angeles 115
  • Game 5 @ Seattle: Seattle 106, Los Angeles 100

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (3) Phoenix Suns: Sonics win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Seattle: Seattle 108, Phoenix 93
  • Game 2 @ Seattle: Seattle 103, Phoenix 97
  • Game 3 @ Phoenix: Phoenix 113, Seattle 103
  • Game 4 @ Phoenix: Phoenix 100, Seattle 91
  • Game 5 @ Seattle: Phoenix 99, Seattle 93
  • Game 6 @ Phoenix: Seattle 106, Phoenix 105
  • Game 7 @ Seattle: Seattle 114, Phoenix 110

NBA finals[edit]

Dennis Johnson of the SuperSonics was the Most Valuable Player of the Finals while Gus Williams of the SuperSonics was the top scorer, averaging 28.6 points per game.

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 May 20 Washington 99-97 Seattle
Game 2 May 24 Washington 82-92 Seattle
Game 3 May 27 Seattle 105-95 Washington
Game 4 May 29 Seattle 114-112 Washington
Game 5 June 1 Washington 93-97 Seattle

SuperSonics win series 4-1

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
Dennis Awtrey
Fred Brown
Lars Hansen
Joe Hassett
Dennis Johnson
John Johnson
Tom LaGarde
Jackie Robinson
Lonnie Shelton
Jack Sikma
Paul Silas
Dick Snyder
Wally Walker
Gus Williams

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Dennis Awtrey
Fred Brown
Joe Hassett
Dennis Johnson
John Johnson
Lonnie Shelton
Jack Sikma
Paul Silas
Dick Snyder
Wally Walker
Gus Williams

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]