1978–79 Kansas City Kings season

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1978–79 Kansas City Kings season
Division Champions
Head coach Cotton Fitzsimmons
Arena Kemper Arena
Results
Record 48–34 (.585)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish West Conference Semifinals
(eliminated 1-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television KBMA-TV
Radio KCMO
< 1977–78 1979–80 >

The 1978-79 NBA season was the Kings 30th season in the NBA and their seventh season in the city of Kansas City.[1]

Roster[edit]

Kansas City Kings roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 42 United States Allen, Lucius 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) UCLA
G 10 United States Birdsong, Otis 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Houston
C 16 United States Burleson, Tom 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 225 lb (102 kg) North Carolina State
G 1 United States Ford, Phil 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) North Carolina
F 22 United States Gerard, Gus 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Virginia
F/C 30 United States Hillman, Darnell 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) San José State
C 44 United States Lacey, Sam 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) New Mexico State
G 25 United States McKinney, Billy 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Northwestern
F 55 United States Nash, Bob 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Hawaiʻi
F 52 United States Robinzine, Bill 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) DePaul
F 31 United States Washington, Richard 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) UCLA
F 15 United States Wedman, Scott 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Colorado
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Kansas City Kings 48 34 .585 32–9 16–25 12–4
x-Denver Nuggets 47 35 .573 1 29–12 18–23 8–8
Indiana Pacers 38 44 .463 10 25–16 13–28 6–10
Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 .463 10 28–13 10–31 9–7
Chicago Bulls 31 51 .378 17 19–22 12–29 5–11
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634
2 y-Kansas City Kings 48 34 .585 4
3 x-Phoenix Suns 50 32 .610 2
4 x-Denver Nuggets 47 35 .573 5
5 x-Los Angeles Lakers 47 35 .573 5
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 45 37 .549 7
7 San Diego Clippers 43 39 .524 9
8 Indiana Pacers 38 44 .463 14
8 Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 .463 14
8 Golden State Warriors 38 44 .463 14
11 Chicago Bulls 31 51 .378 21


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

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1978-79 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAL MIL NJN NOJ NYK PHI PHO POR SAS SDC SEA WAS
Atlanta 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–3 2–2
Boston 2–2 1–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–1 1–3 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 1–3 2–2 0–4
Chicago 1–3 2–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 4–0 0–3 0–4 0–4 1–3
Cleveland 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–2 1–3 2–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–4
Denver 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–2 4–0 1–3 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 4–0 3–1 3–1 0–3 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–3
Detroit 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–3
Golden State 3–1 1–2 1–3 1–2 0–4 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 3–1 2–2
Houston 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 3–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 4–0 4–0 0–4 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–2 2–2
Indiana 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 4–0 1–3 0–4 2–2 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–3
Kansas City 2–2 3–1 4–0 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–0
Los Angeles 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–2 4–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–0 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2
Milwaukee 0–3 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3
New Jersey 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 4–0 3–1 1–3 2–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–0 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–4 1–3
New Orleans 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 0–4 0–3 0–4
New York 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–3 0–4 2–2 1–2 0–3 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3
Philadelphia 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–0 3–1 1–3 4–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–2 3–1 3–1 1–3 3–1
Phoenix 1–2 4–0 3–1 4–0 1–3 4–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–3 3–1 4–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–3
Portland 2–2 3–1 0–4 4–0 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–1 1–3 2–1 2–2 1–3 3–1
San Antonio 1–3 4–0 3–0 4–0 1–3 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 3–1 2–2 3–1 4–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–2 4–0 2–2 1–3
San Diego 1–3 3–1 4–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–3
Seattle 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–3 3–0 1–3 2–2 4–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 4–0 3–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2
Washington 2–2 4–0 3–1 4–0 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–3 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–3 3–1 3–0 2–2

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

The Kings had a first round bye.

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Kansas City Kings vs. (3) Phoenix Suns: Suns win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Phoenix: Phoenix 102, Kansas City 99
  • Game 2 @ Kansas City: Kansas City 111, Phoenix 91
  • Game 3 @ Phoenix: Phoenix 108, Kansas City 93
  • Game 4 @ Kansas City: Phoenix 108, Kansas City 94
  • Game 5 @ Phoenix: Phoenix 120, Kansas City 99

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]