1973–74 Seattle SuperSonics season

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1973–74 Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coachBill Russell
General managerBill Russell
ArenaSeattle Center Coliseum
Results
Record36–46 (.439)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finishDNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKTNT-TV
RadioKOMO
(Bob Blackburn)
< 1972–73 1974–75 >

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]

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 UTEP
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
Mahdi Abdul-Rahman 49 11.7 .422 .756 1.2 2.5 .5 .1 3.8
John Brisker 35 20.5 .449 .820 4.2 1.6 .8 .2 12.5
Fred Brown 82 30.5 .471 .863 4.9 5.0 1.7 .2 16.5
Jim Fox 78 27.9 .478 .823 9.2 2.9 .7 .3 11.3
Dick Gibbs 71 21.5 .431 .806 3.1 1.1 .5 .3 10.8
Spencer Haywood 75 40.5 .457 .814 13.4 3.2 .9 1.4 23.5
John Hummer 35 26.7 .467 .469 7.0 2.7 .7 .6 8.2
Vester Marshall 13 13.4 .241 .429 2.8 .3 .3 .2 1.3
Jim McDaniels 27 16.3 .364 .535 4.7 .9 .3 .6 5.5
Kennedy McIntosh 69 29.8 .389 .607 5.2 1.4 .8 .4 7.4
Dick Snyder 74 36.1 .481 .866 4.1 3.6 1.2 .4 18.1
Isaac Stallworth 67 15.2 .392 .623 2.6 .5 .3 .2 6.3
Slick Watts 62 23.0 .388 .645 2.9 5.7 1.9 .2 8.0
Milt 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.