1978–79 NBA season

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1978–79 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationOctober 13, 1978 – April 8, 1979
April 10–May 18, 1979 (Playoffs)
May 20–June 1, 1979 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams22
TV partner(s)CBS
Draft
Top draft pickMychal Thompson
Picked byPortland Trail Blazers
Regular season
Season MVPMoses Malone (Houston)
Top scorerGeorge Gervin (San Antonio)
Playoffs
Eastern championsWashington Bullets
  Eastern runners-upSan Antonio Spurs
Western championsSeattle SuperSonics
  Western runners-upPhoenix Suns
Finals
ChampionsSeattle SuperSonics
  Runners-upWashington Bullets
Finals MVPDennis Johnson (Seattle)
NBA seasons

The 1978–79 NBA season was the 33rd season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Seattle SuperSonics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Washington Bullets 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals, a rematch of the previous year's Finals, but with the opposite result.

Notable occurrences[edit]


Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 1977–78 coach 1978–79 coach
Chicago Bulls Ed Badger Larry Costello
Scotty Robertson
Detroit Pistons Bob Kauffman Dick Vitale
Kansas City Kings Larry Staverman Cotton Fitzsimmons
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Boston Celtics Satch Sanders Dave Cowens
Chicago Bulls Larry Costello Scotty Robertson
Denver Nuggets Larry Brown Donnie Walsh
New York Knicks Willis Reed Red Holzman

Final standings[edit]

By division[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Washington Bullets 54 28 .659 31–10 23–18 11–5
x-Philadelphia 76ers 47 35 .573 7 31–10 16–25 9–7
x-New Jersey Nets 37 45 .451 17 25–16 12–29 7–9
New York Knicks 31 51 .378 23 23–18 8–33 7–9
Boston Celtics 29 53 .354 25 21–20 8–33 6–10
Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 29–12 19–22 11–9
x-Houston Rockets 47 35 .573 1 30–11 17–24 12–8
x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561 2 34–7 12–29 14–6
Cleveland Cavaliers 30 52 .366 18 20–21 10–31 6–14
Detroit Pistons 30 52 .366 18 22–19 8–33 9–11
New Orleans Jazz 26 56 .317 22 21–20 8–33 9–15


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


Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634 31-10 21-20 11–9
x-Phoenix Suns 50 32 .610 2 32–9 18–23 11–9
x-Los Angeles Lakers 47 35 .573 5 31–10 16–25 11–9
x-Portland Trail Blazers 45 37 .549 7 33–8 12–29 8–12
San Diego Clippers 43 39 .524 9 29–12 14–27 11–9
Golden State Warriors 38 44 .463 14 23–18 15–26 8–12


By conference[edit]

# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Washington Bullets 54 28 .659
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 6
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 47 35 .573 7
4 x-Houston Rockets 47 35 .573 7
5 x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561 8
6 x-New Jersey Nets 37 45 .451 17
7 New York Knicks 31 51 .378 23
8 Cleveland Cavaliers 30 52 .366 24
8 Detroit Pistons 30 52 .366 24
10 Boston Celtics 29 53 .354 25
11 New Orleans Jazz 26 56 .317 28


# 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


Notes

  • z, y – division champions
  • x – clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game George Gervin San Antonio Spurs 29.6
Rebounds per game Moses Malone Houston Rockets 17.6
Assists per game Kevin Porter Detroit Pistons 13.4
Steals per game M.L. Carr Detroit Pistons 2.46
Blocks per game Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers 3.95
FG% Cedric Maxwell Boston Celtics .584
FT% Rick Barry Houston Rockets .947

NBA awards[edit]

Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com

References[edit]