1975–76 Portland Trail Blazers season

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1975–76 Portland Trail Blazers season
Head coach Lenny Wilkens
Arena Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 37–45 (.451)
Place Division: 5th (Pacific)
Conference: 7th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1975–76 season was the sixth season of the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] The Blazers finished at 37–45, one game shy of their franchise high from the previous year. Despite finishing with a better record than the Detroit Pistons of the Midwest Division, the Pistons made the playoffs and the Blazers did not.

Draft picks[edit]

Lionel Hollins was the sixth pick overall in the 1975 NBA Draft.

Note: This is not a complete list; only the first two rounds are covered, as well as any other picks by the franchise who played at least one NBA game.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 6 Lionel Hollins G  United States Arizona State
2 25 Bob Gross G/F  United States Long Beach State
3 50 Gus Gerard G/F  United States Spirits of St. Louis (ABA)
4 61 Phil Hicks F  United States Tulane

Roster[edit]

No. Player Position Height Weight Birth Date Nationality years of exp. College
33 Dan Anderson PG 6–2 185 January 1, 1951 USA 1 University of Southern California
40 Barry Clemens SF 6–6 210 May 1, 1943 USA 10 Ohio Wesleyan University
30 Bob Gross SF 6–6 200 August 3, 1953 USA Rookie California State University, Long Beach
10 Steve Hawes C 6–9 220 May 26, 1950 USA 1 University of Washington
14 Lionel Hollins PG 6–3 185 October 19, 1953 USA Rookie Arizona State University
27 John Johnson SF 6–7 200 October 18, 1947 USA 5 University of Iowa
23 Steve Jones SG 6–5 205 October 17, 1942 USA 8 University of Oregon
42 Greg Lee PG 6–3 190 December 12, 1951 USA 1 University of California, Los Angeles
35 LaRue Martin C 6–11 208 March 30, 1950 USA 3 Loyola University of Chicago
36 Lloyd Neal PF 6–7 225 December 10, 1950 USA 3 Tennessee State University
45 Geoff Petrie SG 6–4 190 April 17, 1948 USA 5 Princeton University
4 Greg Smith SF 6–5 195 January 28, 1947 USA 7 Western Kentucky University
15 Larry Steele SG 6–5 180 May 5, 1949 USA 4 University of Kentucky
32 Bill Walton C 6–11 210 November 5, 1952 USA 1 University of California, Los Angeles
21 Sidney Wicks PF 6–8 225 September 19, 1949 USA 4 University of California, Los Angeles[1]

Regular season[edit]

The Trail Blazers played their home games at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

October[edit]

Three of the first four games of the 1975–76 season for the Trail Blazers were played on the road. It proved to be a stiff opening test for the team, as they lost all three road games handily, and narrowly missed beating the Phoenix Suns in the lone home game of the opening month.[2]

The opening game of the season was a visit to Seattle to face the Supersonics on October 24. The Blazers started out well, leading 28–24 after the first quarter. However, by halftime Seattle was leading 57–53. The Blazers came back and made it a one-point game by the start of the fourth quarter, but Seattle pulled away, winning the fourth quarter by a 27–20 margin, and thus the game, 105–97. Geoff Petrie led the Blazers with 25 points, and Sidney Wicks added 20. Lloyd Neal fouled out after amassing 6 fouls to go along with 15 points. The Blazers' record: 0–1. For the Supersonics, the leaders were Fred Brown with 29 points, and Slick Watts with 17. The game was played in front of a crowd of 13,601. [3]

Portland were home the following evening to face the Phoenix Suns, on October 25. The Blazers blew an 11 point lead they had amassed after the first three quarters, as the Suns dominated the final quarter, 26–12, to take the game by a final score of 89–88. It was a tough way to start the home portion of the season's schedule, and it would take a little more 'killer instinct' if they wanted to finish off teams and progress in the direction towards success. Bill Walton led the Blazers with 33 points, and Sidney Wicks chipped in 21. The Suns were guided by Paul Westphal's 17 points, while Nate Hawthorne and Alvin Adams contributed 14. Mike Bantom fouled out for Phoenix after failing to sink a single basket. This contest was played in front of a crowd of 11,274 incredibly disappointed partisans. The Blazers dropped to 0–2, while the Suns went to 1–0. [4]

Season standings[edit]

# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Golden State Warriors 59 23 .720
2 x-Seattle SuperSonics 43 39 .524 16
3 x-Phoenix Suns 42 40 .512 17
4 y-Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 .463 21
5 x-Detroit Pistons 36 46 .439 23
6 Los Angeles Lakers 40 42 .488 19
7 Portland Trail Blazers 37 45 .451 22
8 Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 28
9 Chicago Bulls 24 58 .293 35


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

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1975–76 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS BUF CHI CLE DET GSW HOU KCK LAL MIL NOJ NYK PHI PHO POR SEA WAS
Atlanta 2–3 2–3 2–2 2–5 1–3 2–2 2–5 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–4 3–2 2–3 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–5
Boston 3–2 4–3 2–2 3–2 4–0 2–2 4–1 2–2 4–0 2–2 4–1 5–2 4–3 4–0 2–2 2–2 3–2
Buffalo 3–2 3–4 3–1 3–2 1–3 1–3 3–2 4–0 2–2 3–1 4–1 4–3 3–4 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–3
Chicago 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 3–4 1–4 1–3 1–6 3–2 3–4 2–2 0–4 0–4 2–3 1–4 2–3 0–4
Cleveland 5–2 2–3 2–3 4–0 2–2 1–3 2–4 1–3 2–2 4–0 4–3 3–2 3–2 3–1 4–0 3–1 4–2
Detroit 3–1 0–4 3–1 4–3 2–2 0–5 2–2 5–2 1–4 3–4 1–3 3–1 1–3 1–4 2–3 3–2 2–2
Golden State 2–2 2–2 3–1 4–1 3–1 5–0 2–2 4–1 5–2 5–0 2–2 4–0 3–1 4–2 4–2 4–3 3–1
Houston 5–2 1–4 2–3 3–1 4–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–4 3–2 3–2 0–4 3–1 2–2 3–4
Kansas City 2–2 2–2 0–4 6–1 3–1 2–5 1–4 2–2 2–3 2–5 1–3 1–3 1–3 3–2 0–5 2–3 1–3
Los Angeles 3–1 0–4 2–2 2–3 2–2 4–1 2–5 3–1 3–2 2–3 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–4 3–4 3–3 1–3
Milwaukee 2–2 2–2 1–3 4–3 0–4 4–3 0–5 2–2 5–2 3–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–2 2–3 2–3 2–2
New Orleans 4–2 1–4 1–4 2–2 3–4 3–1 2–2 4–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–3 1–4 1–3 3–1 1–3 4–3
New York 2–3 2–5 3–4 4–0 2–3 1–3 0–4 2–3 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–2 5–2 2–2 3–1 0–4 3–2
Philadelphia 3–2 3–4 4–3 4–0 2–3 3–1 1–3 2–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 4–1 2–5 3–1 4–0 2–2 2–3
Phoenix 4–0 0–4 1–3 3–2 1–3 4–1 2–4 4–0 2–3 4–2 2–3 3–1 2–2 1–3 5–2 4–3 0–4
Portland 2–2 2–2 2–2 4–1 0–4 3–2 2–4 1–3 5–0 4–3 3–2 1–3 1–3 0–4 2–5 3–3 2–2
Seattle 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–2 1–3 2–3 3–4 2–2 3–2 3–3 3–2 3–1 4–0 2–2 3–4 3–3 1–3
Washington 5–1 2–3 3–2 4–0 2–4 2–2 1–3 4–3 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–4 2–3 3–2 4–0 2–2 3–1

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1975–76 Portland Trail Blazers". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "1975-76 Portland Trail Blazers Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Portland Trail Blazers at Seattle SuperSonics Box Score, October 24, 1975". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Phoenix Suns at Portland Trail Blazers Box Score, October 25, 1975". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 25 February 2017.