1970–71 Seattle SuperSonics season

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1970–71 Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coach Lenny Wilkens
General manager Bob Houbregs
Arena Seattle Center Coliseum
Results
Record 38–44 (.463)
Place Division: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 1969–70 1971–72 >

The 1970–71 Seattle SuperSonics season was the Seattle SuperSonics 4th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In their second season with Lenny Wilkens as head coach, the Sonics finished in 8th place in the Western Conference with a 38–44 record. Trouble arose with the injury of top scorer Bob Rule, who tore his Achilles tendon three games into the season during a match against the Portland Trail Blazers and lost him for the remainder of the season.[1]

Offseason[edit]

During the offseason, the SuperSonics traded 10-year veteran Bob Boozer and their first round selection from the 1969 NBA draft, Lucius Allen to the Milwaukee Bucks for Don Smith [2] (later known as Zaid Abdul-Aziz). Despite the early retirement announcement made by 24-year-old Smith to the Sonics' front office,[3] he joined the team and played in 61 games in the regular season.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1970 NBA draft

Note: only draft picks who participated in at least one game in the NBA are listed.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 6 Jim Ard Forward / Center  United States Cincinnati
2 20 Jake Ford Guard  United States Maryland Eastern Shore
2 22 Pete Cross Forward / Center  United States San Francisco
3 40 Gar Heard Forward  United States Oklahoma

Roster[edit]

1970–71 Seattle SuperSonics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 43 Clemens, Barry 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1943–05–01 Ohio Wesleyan
F/C 43 Cross, Pete 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1948–03–28 San Francisco
G 33 Ford, Jake 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1946–04–29 Maryland Eastern Shore
F/C 24 Haywood, Spencer 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1949–04–22 Detroit
F 40 Heard, Gar 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 1948–05–03 Oklahoma
F 22 Kojis, Don 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1939–01–15 Marquette
PF 14 Meschery, Tom 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1938–10–26 Saint Mary's
F/C 45 Rule, Bob 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1944–06–29 Colorado State
F/C 35 Smith, Don 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1946–04–07 Iowa State
G/F 10 Snyder, Dick 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1944–02–01 West Virginia
SG 44 Thorn, Rod 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1941–05–23 West Virginia
G 19 Wilkens, Lenny 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1937–10–28 Providence
G 11 Winfield, Lee 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 174 lb (79 kg) 1947–02–04 Providence
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 48 34 .585 30–11 17–22 1–1 15–7
x-San Francisco Warriors 41 41 .500 7 20–18 19–21 2–2 12–10
San Diego Rockets 40 42 .488 8 24–15 15–26 1–1 14–8
Seattle SuperSonics 38 44 .463 10 27–13 11–30 0–1 10–14
Portland Trail Blazers 29 53 .354 19 18–21 9–26 2–6 3–15
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Milwaukee Bucks 66 16 .805
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 48 34 .585
3 x-Chicago Bulls 51 31 .622
4 x-San Francisco Warriors 41 41 .500
5 Phoenix Suns 48 34 .585
6 Detroit Pistons 45 37 .549
7 San Diego Rockets 40 42 .488
8 Seattle SuperSonics 38 44 .463
9 Portland Trail Blazers 29 53 .354


z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1970–71 NBA records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CIN CLE DET LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SDR SFW SEA
Atlanta 3–3 2–4 3–1 1–4 2–4 4–0 0–5 3–2 1–4 3–3 4–2 1–4 2–2 2–3 2–3 3–2
Baltimore 3–3 3–3 3–1 2–3 3–3 4–0 2–3 2–3 1–4 2–4 3–3 3–2 2–2 4–1 2–3 3–2
Boston 4–2 3–3 4–0 4–1 4–2 3–1 2–3 3–2 0–5 0–6 4–2 2–3 2–2 3–2 3–2 3–2
Buffalo 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 5–7 1–5 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–4 1–3 6–6 1–3 1–3 1–3
Chicago 4–1 3–2 1–4 4–0 4–0 4–0 3–3 2–4 1–5 3–2 3–2 3–3 3–1 6–0 4–2 3–2
Cincinnati 4–2 3–3 2–4 4–0 0–4 5–1 1–4 1–4 1–4 2–4 1–5 1–4 4–0 1–3 2–3 1–4
Cleveland 0–4 0–4 1–3 7–5 0–4 1–5 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–4 2–10 0–4 1–3 0–4
Detroit 5–0 3–2 3–2 5–1 3–3 4–1 2–2 2–3 1–5 2–3 2–3 2–4 3–1 4–2 1–4 3–1
Los Angeles 2–3 3–2 2–3 2–2 4–2 4–1 4–0 3–2 1–4 3–2 3–2 2–4 4–0 3–3 4–2 4–2
Milwaukee 4–1 4–1 5–0 4–0 5–1 4–1 4–0 5–1 4–1 1–4 4–1 4–2 3–1 4–1 6–0 5–1
New York 3–3 4–2 6–0 2–2 2–3 4–2 4–0 3–2 2–3 4–1 2–4 4–1 3–1 4–1 3–2 2–3
Philadelphia 2–4 3–3 2–4 4–0 2–3 5–1 3–1 3–2 2–3 1–4 4–2 3–2 4–0 3–2 3–2 3–2
Phoenix 4–1 2–3 3–2 3–1 3–3 4–1 4–0 4–2 4–2 2–4 1–4 2–3 4–0 2–4 3–2 3–2
Portland 2–2 2–2 2–2 6–6 1–3 0–4 10–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–4
San Diego 3–2 1–4 2–3 3–1 0–6 3–1 4–0 2–4 3–3 1–4 1–4 2–3 4–2 4–0 2–4 5–1
San Francisco 3–2 3–2 2–3 3–1 2–4 3–2 3–1 4–1 2–4 0–6 2–3 2–3 2–3 3–1 4–2 3–3
Seattle 2–3 2–3 2–3 3–1 2–3 4–1 4–0 1–3 2–4 1–5 3–2 2–3 2–3 4–2 1–5 3–3

Game log[edit]

1970–71 game log
Total: 38–44 (Home: 27–13; Road: 11–30; Neutral: 0–1)
1970–71 season schedule

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
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Black, TomTom Black [a] 55 14.1 .414 .699 4.1 .8 5.0
Clemens, BarryBarry Clemens 78 16.5 .470 .728 3.1 1.2 7.4
Cross, PetePete Cross 79 27.8 .442 .690 12.0 1.4 8.0
Rule, BobBob Rule 4 35.5 .480 .833 11.5 1.8 29.8
Ford, JakeJake Ford 5 13.6 .360 .727 1.8 1.8 6.8
Haywood, SpencerSpencer Haywood 33 35.2 .449 .734 12.0 1.5 20.6
Heard, GarGar Heard 65 15.8 .381 .656 5.0 .7 5.9
Kojis, DonDon Kojis 79 27.1 .446 .778 5.5 1.6 14.6
Meschery, TomTom Meschery 79 23.1 .463 .750 6.1 1.4 9.3
Smith, DonDon Smith 61 20.9 .441 .739 7.7 .7 10.9
Snyder, DickDick Snyder 82 34.4 .531 .837 3.1 4.3 19.4
Thorn, RodRod Thorn 63 12.2 .472 .676 1.6 2.9 5.6
Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens 71 37.2 .419 .803 4.5 9.2 19.8
Winfield, LeeLee Winfield 79 20.3 .466 .664 2.4 2.8 10.5
  • a Statistics with the Seattle SuperSonics.

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Overview[edit]

Players Added

Via draft

Via trade

Via free agency

Players Lost

Via trade

^ The Sonics signed Haywood as a free agent after he spent a season with the American Basketball Association's Denver Rockets, who signed Haywood after his sophomore year at the University of Detroit Mercy under a hardship clause. Because eligibility rules of the National Basketball Association at the time required a span of four years after high school graduation for a player to be picked by any team, a legal battle ensued, with the federal court ruling in favor of Haywood.[4]

Trades[edit]

September 17, 1970 To Seattle SuperSonics
Don Smith
Cash considerations
To Milwaukee Bucks
Lucius Allen
Bob Boozer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boston Minutemen on Time, The Evening News. October 23, 1970. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  2. ^ Boozer to Bucks, Evening Independent. September 18, 1970. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Smith Claims Retirement, Florence Times. September 20, 1970. Retrieved June 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Spencer Haywood Wins Court Permission to Play With Supersonics, The Day. March 2, 1971. Retrieved June 11, 2012.