1983–84 NBA season

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1983–84 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration Oct 28, 1983 – Apr 15, 1984
Apr 17 – May 25, 1984 (Playoffs)
May 27 – Jun 12, 1984 (Finals)
Number of teams 23
TV partner(s) CBS, ESPN, USA
Draft
Top draft pick Ralph Sampson
Picked by Houston Rockets
Regular season
Top seed Boston Celtics
Season MVP Larry Bird (Boston)
Top scorer Adrian Dantley (Utah)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Milwaukee Bucks
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up Phoenix Suns
Finals
Finals champions Boston Celtics
  Runners-up Los Angeles Lakers
Finals MVP Larry Bird (Boston)
NBA seasons

The 1983–84 NBA season was the 38th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 3 for the second time since 1969 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 1982-83 coach 1983-84 coach
Atlanta Hawks Kevin Loughery Mike Fratello
Boston Celtics Bill Fitch K.C. Jones
Chicago Bulls Paul Westhead Kevin Loughery
Detroit Pistons Scotty Robertson Chuck Daly
Golden State Warriors Al Attles Johnny Bach
Houston Rockets Del Harris Bill Fitch
New Jersey Nets Bill Blair Stan Albeck
San Antonio Spurs Stan Albeck Morris McHone
San Diego Clippers Paul Silas Jim Lynam
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
San Antonio Spurs Morris McHone Bob Bass
  • David Stern begins his tenure as the league's fourth commissioner, effective April 1.
  • The NBA Playoffs were expanded from 6 teams per conference to 8, where it stands to this date. As a result, the 'first round bye' system was eliminated.
  • Marked the first year the first round of the NBA Playoffs went from best-of-3 to best-of-five playoff.
  • The Denver Nuggets & Detroit Pistons play in the highest scoring game in NBA history with the Pistons winning 186–184 in three overtimes.
  • This would be the final season that the Finals had the 2-2-1-1-1 format. The Finals would adopt the 2-3-2 format the following season. (The 2-2-1-1-1 format would eventually be re-adopted, but not until the 2014 NBA Finals)
  • The New Jersey Nets won a playoff series for the first time in their NBA history, upsetting the defending champion Philadelphia 76ers in five games. The series marked the only time (to date) a road team won every game in a playoff series.
  • Spalding replaced Wilson as manufacturer of the official NBA game ball, a relationship that continues today.

Final standings[edit]

By division[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 33–8 29–12 13–11
x-Philadelphia 76ers 52 30 .634 10 32–9 20–21 15–9
x-New York Knicks 47 35 .573 15 29–12 18–23 12–12
x-New Jersey Nets 45 37 .549 17 29–12 16–25 12–12
x-Washington Bullets 35 47 .427 27 25–16 10–31 8–16


Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Milwaukee Bucks 50 32 .610 30–11 20–21 19–10
x-Detroit Pistons 49 33 .598 1 30–11 19–22 21–8
x-Atlanta Hawks 40 42 .488 10 31–10 9–32 16–14
Cleveland Cavaliers 28 54 .341 22 23–18 5–36 11–19
Chicago Bulls 27 55 .329 23 18–23 9–32 10–20
Indiana Pacers 26 56 .317 24 20–21 6–35 12–18


Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Utah Jazz 45 37 .549 31–10 14–27 15–15
x-Dallas Mavericks 43 39 .524 2 31–10 12–29 19–11
x-Denver Nuggets 38 44 .463 7 27–14 11–30 16–14
x-Kansas City Kings 38 44 .463 7 26–15 12–29 16–14
San Antonio Spurs 37 45 .451 8 28–13 9–32 14–16
Houston Rockets 29 53 .354 16 21–20 8–33 9–21


Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 54 28 .659 28–13 26–15 18–12
x-Portland Trail Blazers 48 34 .585 6 33–8 15–26 17–13
x-Seattle SuperSonics 42 40 .512 12 32–9 10–31 14–16
x-Phoenix Suns 41 41 .500 13 31–10 10–31 16–14
Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 17 27–14 10–31 13–17
San Diego Clippers 30 52 .366 24 25–16 5–36 12–18


By conference[edit]

# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 50 32 .610 12
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 52 30 .634 10
4 x-Detroit Pistons 49 33 .598 13
5 x-New York Knicks 47 35 .573 15
6 x-New Jersey Nets 45 37 .549 17
7 x-Atlanta Hawks 40 42 .488 22
8 x-Washington Bullets 35 47 .427 27
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 28 54 .341 34
10 Chicago Bulls 27 55 .329 35
11 Indiana Pacers 26 56 .317 36
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 54 28 .659
2 y-Utah Jazz 45 37 .549 9
3 x-Portland Trail Blazers 48 34 .585 6
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 43 39 .524 11
5 x-Seattle SuperSonics 42 40 .512 12
6 x-Phoenix Suns 41 41 .500 13
7 x-Denver Nuggets 38 44 .463 16
8 x-Kansas City Kings 38 44 .463 16
9 San Antonio Spurs 37 45 .451 17
9 Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 17
11 San Diego Clippers 30 52 .366 24
12 Houston Rockets 29 53 .354 25



Notes

  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • y – Clinched division title
  • x – Clinched playoff spot

Playoffs[edit]

Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics.

Main article: 1984 NBA Playoffs
First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 Los Angeles 3
8 Kansas City 0
1 Los Angeles 4
4 Dallas 1
4 Dallas 3
5 Seattle 2
1 Los Angeles 4
Western Conference
6 Phoenix 2
3 Portland 2
6 Phoenix 3
6 Phoenix 4
2 Utah 2
2 Utah 3
7 Denver 2
W1 Los Angeles 3
E1 Boston 4
1 Boston 3
8 Washington 1
1 Boston 4
5 New York 3
4 Detroit 2
5 New York 3
1 Boston 4
Eastern Conference
2 Milwaukee 1
3 Philadelphia 2
6 New Jersey 3
6 New Jersey 2
2 Milwaukee 4
2 Milwaukee 3
7 Atlanta 2

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Adrian Dantley Utah Jazz 30.6
Rebounds per game Moses Malone Philadelphia 76ers 13.4
Assists per game Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers 13.1
Steals per game Rickey Green Utah Jazz 2.7
Blocks per game Mark Eaton Utah Jazz 4.3
FG% Artis Gilmore San Antonio Spurs 63.1
FT% Larry Bird Boston Celtics 88.8
3FG% Darrell Griffith Utah Jazz 36.1

NBA awards[edit]

Yearly awards[edit]

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

Player of the week[edit]

The following players were named NBA Player of the Week.

Week Player
Oct. 28 – Nov. 6 Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Kings)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13 Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20 Kiki Vandeweghe (Denver Nuggets)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27 Mark Aguirre (Dallas Mavericks)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4 Rickey Green (Utah Jazz)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11 Jeff Ruland (Washington Bullets)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18 Adrian Dantley (Utah Jazz)
Dec. 19 – Dec. 26 Dan Roundfield (Atlanta Hawks)
Dec. 27 – Jan. 2 Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons)
Jan. 3 – Jan. 8 Purvis Short (Golden State Warriors)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15 Kelly Tripucka (Detroit Pistons)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22 Buck Williams (New Jersey Nets)
Jan. 31 – Feb. 5 Bernard King (New York Knicks)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19 Larry Bird (Boston Celtics)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26 Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 4 Mickey Johnson (Golden State Warriors)
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11 Larry Bird (Boston Celtics)
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18 Adrian Dantley (Utah Jazz)
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25 Moses Malone (Philadelphia 76ers)
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1 Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons)
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers)
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15 Dominique Wilkins (Atlanta Hawks)

Player of the month[edit]

The following players were named NBA Player of the Month.

Month Player
November Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
December Jeff Ruland (Washington Bullets)
January Mark Aguirre (Dallas Mavericks)
February Bernard King (New York Knicks)
March Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers)

Rookie of the month[edit]

The following players were named NBA Rookie of the Month.

Month Rookie
November Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)
December Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)
January Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)
February Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)
March Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)

Coach of the month[edit]

The following coaches were named NBA Coach of the Month.

Month Coach
November Dick Motta (Dallas Mavericks)
December Frank Layden (Utah Jazz)
January K.C. Jones (Boston Celtics)
February Chuck Daly (Detroit Pistons)
March Jack Ramsay (Portland Trail Blazers)

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