1988–89 NBA season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
1988–89 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration Nov 4, 1988 – Apr 23, 1989
Apr 27 – Jun 2, 1989 (Playoffs)
Jun 6–13, 1989 (Finals)
Number of teams 25
TV partner(s) CBS, TBS, TNT
Draft
Top draft pick Danny Manning
Picked by Los Angeles Clippers
Regular season
Top seed Detroit Pistons
Season MVP Magic Johnson (L.A. Lakers)
Top scorer Michael Jordan (Chicago)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Detroit Pistons
  Eastern runners-up Chicago Bulls
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up Phoenix Suns
Finals
Champions Detroit Pistons
  Runners-up Los Angeles Lakers
Finals MVP Joe Dumars (Detroit)
NBA seasons
Los Angeles Lakers facing off against the Boston Celtics in Dec. 1988. This would be Kareem Abdul Jabbar's last jump ball at Boston Garden.

The 1988–89 NBA season was the 43rd season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Detroit Pistons winning the NBA Championship, sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers. This was the first season of the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 1987-88 coach 1988-89 coach
Boston Celtics K.C. Jones Jimmy Rodgers
Charlotte Hornets Expansion Dick Harter
Houston Rockets Bill Fitch Don Chaney
Miami Heat Expansion Ron Rothstein
Phoenix Suns John Wetzel Cotton Fitzsimmons
San Antonio Spurs Bob Weiss Larry Brown
Golden State Warriors Ed Gregory Don Nelson
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Portland Trail Blazers Mike Schuler Rick Adelman
Los Angeles Clippers Gene Shue Don Casey
Indiana Pacers Jack Ramsay Mel Daniels
Mel Daniels George Irvine
George Irvine Dick Versace
Utah Jazz Frank Layden Jerry Sloan

Final standings[edit]

By division[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-New York Knicks 52 30 .634 35–6 17–24 18–12
x-Philadelphia 76ers 46 36 .561 6 30–11 16–25 19–11
x-Boston Celtics 42 40 .512 10 32–9 10–31 19–11
Washington Bullets 40 42 .488 12 30–11 10–31 17–13
New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 26 17–24 9–32 9–21
Charlotte Hornets 20 62 .244 32 12–29 8–33 8–22


Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Detroit Pistons 63 19 .768 37–4 26–15 20–10
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 57 25 .695 6 37–4 20–21 19–11
x-Atlanta Hawks 52 30 .634 11 33–8 19–22 20–10
x-Milwaukee Bucks 49 33 .598 14 31–10 18–23 11–19
x-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 16 30–11 17–24 12–18
Indiana Pacers 28 54 .341 35 20–21 8–33 8–22


Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Utah Jazz 51 31 .622 34–7 17–24 19–11
x-Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 6 31–10 14–27 19–11
x-Denver Nuggets 44 38 .537 7 35–6 9–32 18–12
Dallas Mavericks 38 44 .463 13 24–17 14–27 19–11
San Antonio Spurs 21 61 .256 30 18–23 3–38 9–21
Miami Heat 15 67 .183 36 12–29 3–38 6–24


Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695 35–6 22–19 25–9
x-Phoenix Suns 55 27 .671 2 35–6 20–21 23–11
x-Seattle SuperSonics 47 35 .573 10 31–10 16–25 20–14
x-Golden State Warriors 43 39 .524 14 29–12 14–27 15–19
x-Portland Trail Blazers 39 43 .476 18 28–13 11–30 17–17
Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 30 21–20 6–35 12–22
Los Angeles Clippers 21 61 .256 36 17–24 4–37 7–27

By conference[edit]

# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Detroit Pistons 63 19 .768
2 y-New York Knicks 52 30 .634 11
3 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 57 25 .695 6
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 52 30 .634 11
5 x-Milwaukee Bucks 49 33 .598 14
6 x-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 16
7 x-Philadelphia 76ers 46 36 .561 17
8 x-Boston Celtics 42 40 .512 21
9 Washington Bullets 40 42 .488 23
10 Indiana Pacers 28 54 .341 35
11 New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 37
12 Charlotte Hornets 20 62 .244 43
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695
2 y-Utah Jazz 51 31 .622 6
3 x-Phoenix Suns 55 27 .671 2
4 x-Seattle SuperSonics 47 35 .573 10
5 x-Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 12
6 x-Denver Nuggets 44 38 .537 13
7 x-Golden State Warriors 43 39 .524 14
8 x-Portland Trail Blazers 39 43 .476 18
9 Dallas Mavericks 38 44 .463 19
10 Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 30
11 San Antonio Spurs 21 61 .256 36
12 Los Angeles Clippers 21 61 .256 36
13 Miami Heat 15 67 .183 41

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

Expansion[edit]

The League expands from twenty-three to twenty-five franchises, with new Expansion teams in Charlotte and Miami.

The Heat began its season as a member of the Western Conference despite its geographical position, enduring its longest road trips when playing Western Conference teams. It also began the season 0–17, at the time the worst start in NBA history. The Hornets finished at 20–62. Such record is typical for basketball expansion, with 15-67 being the lowest record repeated by expansions in Cleveland, Vancouver, San Diego, and Dallas, and the 1988-89 Miami Heat.[1] The Sacramento Kings were moved to the Pacific Division.

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: 1989 NBA Playoffs
First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 L.A. Lakers 3
8 Portland 0
1 L.A. Lakers 4
4 Seattle 0
4 Seattle 3
5 Houston 1
1 L.A. Lakers 4
Western Conference
3 Phoenix 0
3 Phoenix 3
6 Denver 0
3 Phoenix 4
7 Golden State 1
2 Utah 0
7 Golden State 3
W1 L.A. Lakers 0
E1 Detroit 4
1 Detroit 3
8 Boston 0
1 Detroit 4
5 Milwaukee 0
4 Atlanta 2
5 Milwaukee 3
1 Detroit 4
Eastern Conference
6 Chicago 2
3 Cleveland 2
6 Chicago 3
6 Chicago 4
2 New York 2
2 New York 3
7 Philadelphia 0

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 32.5
Rebounds per game Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets 13.5
Assists per game John Stockton Utah Jazz 13.6
Steals per game John Stockton Utah Jazz 3.2
Blocks per game Manute Bol Golden State Warriors 4.3
FG% Dennis Rodman Detroit Pistons 59.5
FT% Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers 91.1
3FG% Jon Sundvold Miami Heat 52.2

NBA awards[edit]

Willie Anderson, whose game worn 1988–89 away uniform is pictured, was selected to the All-NBA Rookie Team.

Note: All information on this page 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
Nov. 4 – Nov. 13 Akeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27 Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4 Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11 Michael Adams (Denver Nuggets)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18 Robert Parish (Boston Celtics)
Dec. 20 – Dec. 25 Clyde Drexler (Portland Trail Blazers)
Dec. 26 – Dec. 30 Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8 Dale Ellis (Seattle SuperSonics)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22 Chris Mullin (Golden State Warriors)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29 Tom Chambers (Phoenix Suns)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5 Ron Harper (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 19 Akeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26 Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5 Chuck Person (Indiana Pacers)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12 Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons)
Mar. 13 – Mar. 19 Kevin Johnson (Phoenix Suns)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9 Clyde Drexler (Portland Trail Blazers)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16 Karl Malone (Utah Jazz)
Apr. 17 – Apr. 23 Xavier McDaniel (Seattle SuperSonics)

Player of the month[edit]

The following players were named NBA Player of the Month.

Month Player
November Charles Barkley (Philadelphia 76ers)
December Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
January Chris Mullin (Golden State Warriors)
February Kevin Johnson (Phoenix Suns)
March Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
April Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)

Rookie of the month[edit]

The following players were named NBA Rookie of the Month.

Month Rookie
November Willie Anderson (San Antonio Spurs)
December Mitch Richmond (Golden State Warriors)
January Mitch Richmond (Golden State Warriors)
February Charles Smith (Los Angeles Clippers)
March Mitch Richmond (Golden State Warriors)
April Charles Smith (Los Angeles Clippers)

Coach of the month[edit]

The following coaches were named NBA Coach of the Month.

Month Coach
November Chuck Daly (Detroit Pistons)
December Lenny Wilkens (Cleveland Cavaliers)
January Del Harris (Milwaukee Bucks)
February Don Nelson (Golden State Warriors)
March Chuck Daly (Detroit Pistons)
April Cotton Fitzsimmons (Phoenix Suns)

References[edit]

  1. ^ List Expansion Team & Date: http://www.nba.com/analysis/00422957.html

External links[edit]