1978–79 San Diego Clippers season

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1978–79 San Diego Clippers season
Head coach Gene Shue
Arena San Diego Sports Arena
Results
Record 43–39 (.524)
Place Division: 5th (Pacific)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television XETV
Radio KGB
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The 1978–79 NBA season was the 9th season of the team formerly known as the Buffalo Braves in the NBA.[1] They had moved from Buffalo, New York to San Diego, California and have rechristened themselves as the San Diego Clippers.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
2 41 Jerome Whitehead C/PF  United States Marquette
3 48 Mike Santos  United States Utah State
3 51 Ricky Gallon  United States Louisville
3 65 Marvin Dalph  United States Arkansas
4 68 Jim Boylan  United States Marquette
4 73 Larry Harris  United States Pittsburgh
4 76 Leroy McDonald  United States Wake Forest
5 90 David Thompson  United States Florida State
6 112 Bob Miscevicious  United States Providence
7 133 Stan Pietkiewicz SG/SF  United States Auburn
8 154 Felton Young  United States Jacksonville
9 172 Bobby White  United States Centenary (LA)

Roster[edit]

San Diego Clippers 1978–79 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
F 32 United States Bigelow, Bob 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Pennsylvania
G 24 United States Free, World B. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Guilford College
C 44 United States Kunnert, Kevin 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 231 lb (105 kg) Iowa
C 45 United States Lloyd, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Arizona State
C 31 Netherlands Nater, Swen 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) UCLA
G 11 United States Norman, Connie 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 176 lb (80 kg) Arizona
F 40 United States Olive, John 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Villanova
F 22 United States Pietkiewicz, Stan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Auburn
G 9 United States Smith, Randy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Buffalo State
G 14 United States Taylor, Brian 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Princeton
F 42 United States Washington, Kermit 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) American University
F 12 United States Weatherspoon, Nick 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Illinois
C 33 United States Whitehead, Jerome 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Marquette
F 21 United States Wicks, Sidney 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) UCLA
G 20 United States Williams, Freeman 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Portland State
Head coach

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

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Roster notes[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

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
# 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

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

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Clippers were involved in the following transactions during the 1978–79 season.

Trades[edit]

August 4, 1978
To San Diego Clippers
To Boston Celtics
October 12, 1978
To San Diego Clippers
To Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1984 first-round draft pick
October 26, 1978
To San Diego Clippers
  • Future draft choice
To Chicago Bulls
February 15, 1979
To San Diego Clippers
To Denver Nuggets
  • Two 1979 second-round draft picks as compensation (This was actually received on June 14, 1979)

Free agents[edit]

References[edit]