1988–89 Miami Heat season

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1988–89 Miami Heat season
Inaugural NBA season
Head coach Ron Rothstein
Arena Miami Arena
Results
Record 15–67 (.183)
Place Division: 6th (Midwest)
Conference: 13th (Western)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television SportsChannel Florida, Sunshine Network, WBFS
Radio WQAM
1989–90 >
A ticket for a December 1988 game between the Heat and the Sacramento Kings.

The 1988-89 Miami Heat season was Miami's inaugural season in the NBA. The Miami Heat were the first of 2 expansion teams to play in the state of Florida over a two-year period. The expansion would include three other expansion franchises in Charlotte, Minnesota, and Orlando. The expansion Heat were able to select Syracuse star center Rony Seikaly in the NBA Draft. The Heat would make their debut on November 5 in a losing effort to the Los Angeles Clippers by a score of 111-91 at the Miami Arena. Rory Sparrow made the first basket in franchise history. The Heat lost a NBA record 17 games to start their inaugural season.[1] On December 14, the Heat got their first win of the season by beating the Clippers in Los Angeles by a score of 89-88. Five games later, the Heat would win their first game ever at home when they beat the Utah Jazz 101-80. The Heat would finish their first season with a 15-67 record. The club's leading scorer was Kevin Edwards, who averaged 13.8 points per game.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Expansion Draft[edit]

Number Player Position Team
1 Arvid Kramer Power Forward/Center Dallas Mavericks
3 Billy Thompson Small Forward Los Angeles Lakers
5 Fred Roberts Power Forward Boston Celtics
7 Scott Hastings Center Atlanta Hawks
9 Jon Sundvold Shooting Guard San Antonio Spurs
11 Kevin Williams Point Guard Seattle SuperSonics
13 Hansi Gnad Center Philadelphia 76ers
15 Darnell Valentine Point Guard Los Angeles Clippers
17 Dwayne Washington Point Guard New Jersey Nets
19 Andre Turner Point Guard Houston Rockets
21 Conner Henry Shooting Guard Sacramento Kings
23 John Stroeder Power Forward Milwaukee Bucks

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1988 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 9 Rony Seikaly C  Lebanon Syracuse
1 20 Kevin Edwards SG  United States DePaul
2 33 Grant Long PF  United States Eastern Michigan
2 35 Sylvester Gray F  United States Memphis
2 40 Orlando Graham F  United States Auburn-Montgomery
3 59 Nate Johnston F  United States Tampa

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

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
# 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
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Schedule[edit]

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

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

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]