1973–74 Seattle SuperSonics season

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1973–74 Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coach Bill Russell
General manager Bill Russell
Arena Seattle Center Coliseum
Results
Record 36–46 (.439)
Place Division: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1973–74 Seattle SuperSonics season was the 7th season of the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Following the resignation of Lenny Wilkens as a head coach after the 1971–72 season and a poor campaign in the 1972–73 season that saw the departure of general manager Bob Houbregs,[1] the Sonics hired Boston Celtics' stalwart Bill Russell as head coach and general manager.[2] With Russell at the helm, the team finished in 6th place in the Western Conference with a 36–46 record. The Sonics' home court, Seattle Center Coliseum, was the venue for the 1974 NBA All-Star Game.

Offseason[edit]

The Sonics made only one trade during the offseason that sent All-Star Butch Beard to the Golden State Warriors and brought back a member of the original SuperSonics team, Mahdi Abdul-Rahman (previously known as Walt Hazzard) to Seattle.[3]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1973 NBA draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 4 Mike Green Center / Forward  United States Louisiana Tech

Roster[edit]

1973–74 Seattle SuperSonics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 42 Abdul-Rahman, Mahdi 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1942–04–15 UCLA
G/F 40 Brisker, John 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1947–06–15 Toledo
G 32 Brown, Fred 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1948–08–07 Iowa
F/C 31 Fox, Jim 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1943–04–07 South Carolina
G/F 21 Gibbs, Dick 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1948–12–20 Texas–El Paso
F/C 24 Haywood, Spencer 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1949–04–22 Detroit
F/C 14 Hummer, John 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1948–05–04 Princeton
F 45 Marshall, Vester 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1948–12–22 Oklahoma
F 40 McIntosh, Kennedy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1949–01–21 Eastern Michigan
G/F 10 Snyder, Dick 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1944–02–01 West Virginia
G/F 15 Stallworth, Isaac 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1950–01–18 Kansas
G 13 Watts, Donald 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1951–07–22 Xavier (Louisiana)
G 12 Williams, Milt 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1945–11–22 Lincoln (Missouri)
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 47 35 .573 30–11 17–24 14–12
Golden State Warriors 44 38 .537 3 23–18 20–20 1–0 15–11
Seattle SuperSonics 36 46 .439 11 22–19 14–27 12–14
Phoenix Suns 30 52 .366 17 24–17 6–34 0–1 11–15
Portland Trail Blazers 27 55 .329 20 22–19 5–34 0–2 13–13
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Milwaukee Bucks 59 23 .720
2 x-Chicago Bulls 54 28 .659 5
3 x-Detroit Pistons 52 30 .634 7
4 y-Los Angeles Lakers 47 35 .573 12
5 Golden State Warriors 44 38 .537 15
6 Seattle SuperSonics 36 46 .439 23
7 Kansas City–Omaha Kings 33 49 .402 26
8 Phoenix Suns 30 52 .366 29
9 Portland Trail Blazers 27 55 .329 32
z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1973–74 NBA records
Team ATL BOS BUF CAP CHI CLE DET GSW HOU KCO LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SEA
Atlanta 1–5 2–4 4–4 1–3 4–3 0–4 1–3 5–2 1–3 4–0 1–3 1–5 3–3 1–3 2–2 4–0
Boston 5–1 5–2 2–4 2–2 4–2 3–1 3–1 4–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 5–2 7–1 3–1 4–0 2–2
Buffalo 4–2 2–5 3–3 1–3 5–1 1–3 1–3 4–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 4–4 6–1 3–1 3–1 2–2
Capital 4–4 4–2 3–3 1–3 6–1 2–2 3–1 4–3 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–3 4–2 2–2 3–1 2–2
Chicago 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 5–2 4–2 4–0 5–2 1–5 3–3 2–2 3–1 4–2 4–2 4–2
Cleveland 3–4 2–4 1–5 1–6 0–4 2–2 0–4 4–4 0–4 3–1 0–4 1–5 5–1 1–3 4–0 2–2
Detroit 4–0 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–5 2–2 5–1 3–1 4–2 4–2 3–4 1–3 2–2 6–0 5–1 5–1
Golden State 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–3 2–4 4–0 1–5 4–0 3–3 4–2 3–3 1–3 3–1 5–2 3–4 3–3
Houston 2–5 2–4 2–4 3–4 0–4 4–4 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–4 4–2 4–2 2–2 3–1 1–3
Kansas City-Omaha 3–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–5 4–0 2–4 3–3 2–2 1–5 0–7 1–3 1–3 4–2 4–2 2–4
Los Angeles 0–4 2–2 4–0 2–2 5–1 1–3 2–4 2–4 2–2 5–1 4–2 2–2 4–0 4–2 4–3 4–3
Milwaukee 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–3 4–0 4–3 3–3 4–0 7–0 2–4 2–2 4–0 5–1 6–0 4–2
New York 5–1 2–5 4–4 3–3 2–2 5–1 3–1 3–1 2–4 3–1 2–2 2–2 4–3 3–1 2–2 4–0
Philadelphia 3–3 1–7 1–6 2–4 1–3 1–5 2–2 1–3 2–4 3–1 0–4 0–4 3–4 3–1 2–2 0–4
Phoenix 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–4 3–1 0–6 2–5 2–2 2–4 2–4 1–5 1–3 1–3 3–3 4–3
Portland 2–2 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–4 0–4 1–5 4–3 1–3 2–4 3–4 0–6 2–2 2–2 3–3 3–3
Seattle 0–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–4 2–2 1–5 3–3 3–1 4–2 3–4 2–4 0–4 4–0 3–4 3–3

Game log[edit]

1973–74 game log
Total: 36–46 (Home: 22–19; Road: 14–27)
1973–74 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
Abdul-Rahman, MahdiMahdi Abdul-Rahman 49 11.7 .422 .756 1.2 2.5 .5 .1 3.8
Brisker, JohnJohn Brisker 35 20.5 .449 .820 4.2 1.6 .8 .2 12.5
Brown, FredFred Brown 82 30.5 .471 .863 4.9 5.0 1.7 .2 16.5
Fox, JimJim Fox 78 27.9 .478 .823 9.2 2.9 .7 .3 11.3
Gibbs, DickDick Gibbs 71 21.5 .431 .806 3.1 1.1 .5 .3 10.8
Haywood, SpencerSpencer Haywood 75 40.5 .457 .814 13.4 3.2 .9 1.4 23.5
Hummer, JohnJohn Hummer 35 26.7 .467 .469 7.0 2.7 .7 .6 8.2
Marshall, VesterVester Marshall 13 13.4 .241 .429 2.8 .3 .3 .2 1.3
McDaniels, JimJim McDaniels 27 16.3 .364 .535 4.7 .9 .3 .6 5.5
McIntosh, KennedyKennedy McIntosh 69 29.8 .389 .607 5.2 1.4 .8 .4 7.4
Snyder, DickDick Snyder 74 36.1 .481 .866 4.1 3.6 1.2 .4 18.1
Stallworth, IsaacIsaac Stallworth 67 15.2 .392 .623 2.6 .5 .3 .2 6.3
Watts, SlickSlick Watts 62 23.0 .388 .645 2.9 5.7 1.9 .2 8.0
Williams, MiltMilt Williams 53 9.5 .416 .651 .9 1.9 .5 .0 3.1

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Overview[edit]

Players Added

Via trade

Via free agency

Players Lost

Via trade

Waived

Trades[edit]

May 15, 1973 To Seattle SuperSonics
Dick Gibbs
To Kansas City–Omaha Kings
Completion of the trade for Pete Cross and Don Kojis
July 25, 1973 To Seattle SuperSonics
Mahdi Abdul-Rahman
To Golden State Warriors
Butch Beard
January 7, 1974 To Seattle SuperSonics
John Hummer
To Chicago Bulls
1974 second round pick
Cash considerations

References[edit]

  1. ^ Houbregs Quits Post at Seattle, The Milwaukee Journal. May 4, 1973. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  2. ^ Russell Accepts Offer To Coach SuperSonics, Times-Daily. May 12, 1973. Retrieved June 14, 1974.
  3. ^ Hazzard Traded to Seattle, Spartanburg Herald-Journal. July 26, 1973. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Sonics Waive McDaniels, Milwaukee Journal. December 29, 1973. Retrieved June 18, 2012.