1980–81 Boston Celtics season

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1980–81 Boston Celtics season
Fourteenth NBA Championship
Head coach Bill Fitch
General manager Red Auerbach
Owner(s) Harry Mangurian
Arena Boston Garden
Hartford Civic Center
Results
Record 62–20 (.756)
Place Division: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WBZ-TV, WATR
Radio WBZ Radio, WTIC
< 1979–80 1981–82 >

In 1980-81 the Boston Celtics went 62-20 under coach Bill Fitch. Despite losing center Dave Cowens to retirement late in training camp, the Celtics went on to capture the 1981 NBA Championship over the Houston Rockets. The highlight was that this championship was achieved just two years after Bird had been drafted. Cedric Maxwell was named NBA Finals MVP.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

After the 1979-80 season, Auerbach completed what may be the most lopsided trade in NBA history. Auerbach had always been a fan of stockpiling draft picks, so even after the success of 1979-80 the Celtics had both the 1st and 13th picks in the 1980 NBA Draft leftover from the M.L. Carr trade. Auerbach saw an opportunity to improve the team immediately, sending the two picks to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for center Robert Parish and the Warriors first round pick, the 3rd overall, University of Minnesota power forward Kevin McHale. With these three future Hall of Famers on the team the Celtics had a core in place to become a dominant team in the NBA.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 1 Joe Barry Carroll Center  United States Purdue
1 13 Rickey Brown Center  United States Mississippi State

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Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Robert Parish Rick Robey Eric Fernsten
PF Larry Bird Tom LaGarde Kevin McHale
SF Cedric Maxwell M. L. Carr Jim Spanarkel
SG Chris Ford Mike Bratz
PG Nate Archibald Joe Hassett

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 35–6 27–14 19–5
x-Philadelphia 76ers 62 20 .756 37–4 25–16 15–9
x-New York Knicks 50 32 .610 12.0 28–13 22–19 14–10
Washington Bullets 39 43 .476 23.0 26–15 13–28 8–16
New Jersey Nets 24 58 .293 38.0 16–25 8–33 8–16
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756  –
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 60 22 .732 2
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 62 20 .756
4 x-New York Knicks 50 32 .610 12
5 x-Chicago Bulls 45 37 .549 17
6 x-Indiana Pacers 44 38 .537 18
7 Washington Bullets 39 43 .476 23
8 Atlanta Hawks 31 51 .378 31
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 28 54 .341 34
10 New Jersey Nets 24 58 .293 38
11 Detroit Pistons 21 61 .256 41


Notes

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

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG
Nate Archibald 80 176 618 75 18 1106 13.8
Larry Bird 82 895 451 161 63 1741 21.2
M. L. Carr 41 83 56 30 18 248 6.0
Joe Hassett 32 5 6 5 0 79 2.5
Eric Fernsten 45 62 10 6 7 96 2.1
Chris Ford 82 163 295 100 23 728 8.9
Tom LaGarde 82 132 213 79 12 636 7.8
Wayne Kreklow 25 12 9 2 1 30 1.2
Cedric Maxwell 81 525 219 79 68 1234 15.2
Kevin McHale 82 359 55 27 151 818 10.0
Robert Parish 82 777 144 81 214 1552 18.9
Rick Robey 82 390 126 38 19 740 9.0

Playoffs[edit]

NBA finals[edit]

Award winners[edit]

  • Nate Archibald, All-NBA Second Team
  • Larry Bird, All-NBA First Team
  • Cedric Maxwell, NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award
  • Kevin McHale, All-NBA Rookie Team

References[edit]