1984–85 Portland Trail Blazers season

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1984–85 Portland Trail Blazers season
Head coach Jack Ramsay
Arena Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 42–40 (.512)
Place Division: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finish West Semifinals
(Eliminated 1-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television KOIN
Radio KKRZ
< 1983–84 1985–86 >

The 1984–85 Portland Trail Blazers season was the 15th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1984 NBA Draft

At the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden, fans in attendance booed the Blazers selection of Sam Bowie.[1] Part of the problem was that some had perceived Bowie as damaged goods. In September 1981, while at the University of Kentucky, Sam Bowie was diagnosed with having a fractured shin bone in his left leg. This was previously misdiagnosed as a shin splint.[2] Bowie would not play for Kentucky until the 1983-84 season. Prior to the diagnosis, Bowie averaged 17.1 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game in 1980-81. At that time, there were serious discussions about Bowie entering the 1981 NBA Draft. Bowie was so highly thought of, that he was named to the 1980 US Olympic Basketball Team.[2] When Bowie returned from his injury in 1983, he would average 10.5 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game.[2] The Blazers General Manager Stu Inman had made it known that if Sam Bowie passed the Blazers physical examination, he would be drafted by the Blazers.[3] The Blazers had given Bowie a seven hour physical to ensure that his leg had recovered from the two year layoff between 1981 and 1983.[4] The Blazers criteria in selecting Bowie over Jordan was that the Blazers backcourt already had Clyde Drexler and Jim Paxson. The Blazers felt that they had lacked a true center since Bill Walton left the club, and the hope was that Bowie would be able to fill this role.

Note: This is not a complete list; only the first two rounds are covered, as well as any other picks by the franchise who played at least one NBA game.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 2 Sam Bowie F/C  United States Kentucky
1 19 Bernard Thompson G/F  United States Fresno State
2 26 Victor Fleming G  United States Xavier
2 33 Steve Colter G  United States New Mexico
2 46 Jerome Kersey F  United States Longwood

Roster[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Trail Blazers played their home games at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756 28–13 26–15 18–12
x-Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 .512 20 33–8 15–26 17–13
x-Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 26 32–9 10–31 14–16
Seattle SuperSonics 31 51 .378 31 31–10 10–31 16–14
Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 31 27–14 10–31 13–17
Golden State Warriors 22 60 .268 40 25–16 5–36 12–18
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756
2 y-Denver Nuggets 52 30 .634 10
3 x-Houston Rockets 48 34 .585 14
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 44 38 .537 18
5 x-Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 .512 20
6 x-Utah Jazz 41 41 .500 21
7 x-San Antonio Spurs 41 41 .500 21
8 x-Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 26
9 Seattle SuperSonics 31 51 .378 31
9 Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 31
9 Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 31
12 Golden State Warriors 22 60 .268 40


Notes

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

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

  • 4/18/1985 POR at Dallas Mavericks 131 - 139 0 - 1
  • 4/20/1985 POR at Dallas Mavericks 124 - 121 1 - 1
  • 4/23/1985 POR Dallas Mavericks 122 - 109 2 - 1
  • 4/25/1985 POR Dallas Mavericks 115 - 113 3 - 1[5]

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

  • 4/27/1985 POR at Los Angeles Lakers 101 - 125 0 - 1
  • 4/30/1985 POR at Los Angeles Lakers 118 - 134 0 - 2
  • 5/3/1985 POR Los Angeles Lakers 126 - 130 0 - 3
  • 5/5/1985 POR Los Angeles Lakers 115 - 107 1 - 3
  • 5/7/1985 POR at Los Angeles Lakers 120 - 139 1 - 4[5]

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

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Free Agents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tip-Off, How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever, Filip Bondy, p.171, Da Capo Press, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2007, ISBN 978-0-306-81486-0
  2. ^ a b c Tip-Off, How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever, Filip Bondy, p.33, Da Capo Press, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2007, ISBN 978-0-306-81486-0
  3. ^ Tip-Off, How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever, Filip Bondy, p.130, Da Capo Press, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2007, ISBN 978-0-306-81486-0
  4. ^ Tip-Off, How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever, Filip Bondy, p.172, Da Capo Press, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2007, ISBN 978-0-306-81486-0
  5. ^ a b Portland Trailblazers (1970 - ) 1984 Stats, History, Awards and More