1987–88 Seattle SuperSonics season

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1987–88 Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coach Bernie Bickerstaff
General manager Bob Whitsitt
Arena Seattle Center Coliseum
Results
Record 44–38 (.537)
Place Division: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 7th (Western)
Playoff finish West First Round
(Eliminated 2-3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television KIRO-TV
KTZZ-TV
Radio KJR
< 1986–87 1988–89 >

The 1987–88 Seattle SuperSonics season was the 21st season of the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It was Bernie Bickerstaff's first season with a winning percentage above .500, coaching the Sonics to a 44–38 record. However, in the 1988 NBA Playoffs, they lost in five games to the Denver Nuggets in the first round. Xavier McDaniel was selected for the 1988 NBA All-Star Game.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Seattle selected future hall of famer Scottie Pippen in the first round thanks to a pick acquired from the New York Knicks, but traded him on draft day to the Chicago Bulls for Olden Polynice and two future conditional draft picks.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 5 Scottie Pippen SF  United States Central Arkansas
1 9 Derrick McKey F  United States Alabama
3 55 Tommy Amaker Duke
4 78 Todd Linder Tampa
5 101 Michael Tait Clemson
6 124 Tom Gneiting BYU
7 147 Mike Giomi North Carolina State

Roster[edit]

Seattle SuperSonics 1987–88 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. DOB From
F/C 24 United States Chambers, Tom 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1959–06–21 Utah
G/F 3 United States Ellis, Dale 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1960–08–06 Tennessee
F/C 45 United States Johnson, Clemon 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1956–09–12 Florida A&M
F/C 53 United States Lister, Alton 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1958–10–01 Arizona State
F 34 United States McDaniel, Xavier 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1963–06–04 Wichita State
F/C 31 United States McKey, Derrick 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1966–10–10 Alabama
G/F 10 United States McMillan, Nate 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1964–08–03 North Carolina State
F/C 23 Haiti Polynice, Olden 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1964–11–21 Virginia
F/C 40 United States Schoene, Russ 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1960–04–16 Chattanooga
G 4 United States Threatt, Sedale 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1961–09–10 West Virginia Tech
G 30 United States Williams, Kevin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1961–09–11 St. John's
G 22 United States Young, Danny 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1962–07–26 Wake Forest
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 Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756 36–5 26–15 23–7
x-Portland Trail Blazers 53 29 .646 9 33–8 20–21 23–7
x-Seattle SuperSonics 44 38 .537 18 32–9 12–29 19–11
Phoenix Suns 28 54 .341 34 22–19 6–35 11–19
Golden State Warriors 20 62 .244 42 16–25 4–37 7–23
Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 45 14–27 3–38 7–23


# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756
2 y-Denver Nuggets 54 28 .659 8
3 x-Dallas Mavericks 53 29 .646 9
4 x-Portland Trail Blazers 53 29 .646 9
5 x-Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 15
6 x-Houston Rockets 46 36 .561 16
7 x-Seattle SuperSonics 44 38 .537 18
8 x-San Antonio Spurs 31 51 .378 31
9 Phoenix Suns 28 54 .341 34
10 Sacramento Kings 24 58 .293 38
11 Golden State Warriors 20 62 .244 42
12 Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 45

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1987–88 NBA records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 2–4 2–3 5–1 2–0 1–1 2–4 2–0 1–1 4–2 2–0 0–2 3–3 5–0 3–3 6–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–3
Boston 4–2 3–3 2–3 2–0 0–2 3–3 2–0 1–1 5–0 2–0 0–2 3–3 5–1 5–1 4–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 5–1
Chicago 3–2 3–3 3–3 0–2 1–1 2–4 2–0 2–0 3–3 2–0 1–1 5–1 5–1 3–2 4–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–3
Cleveland 1–5 3–2 3–3 1–1 1–1 1–5 0–2 1–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 5–1 2–4 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 6–0
Dallas 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 4–1 4–2 2–0 5–0 1–4 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–0 3–2 5–1 5–1 3–2 3–3 1–1
Denver 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 4–1 4–2 1–1 5–0 3–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–3 4–2 5–1 4–1 2–4 2–0
Detroit 4–2 3–3 4–2 5–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 0–2 4–2 5–1 4–2 4–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2
Golden State 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–4 1–4 0–2 0–5 0–2 3–3 0–6 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–4 1–5 2–3 3–2 1–5 1–4 0–2
Houston 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–4 2–4 1–1 5–0 2–0 3–2 1–4 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 4–1 4–2 2–4 3–2 3–3 2–0
Indiana 2–4 0–5 3–3 2–4 0–2 1–1 3–3 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 6–0 2–3 2–4 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–4
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–5 0–5 1–1 3–3 2–3 1–1 1–5 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–4 0–6 3–2 0–5 1–5 1–4 0–2
L.A. Lakers 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–3 2–0 6–0 4–1 1–1 5–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 5–1 3–3 4–1 5–0 4–2 4–1 1–1
Milwaukee 3–3 3–3 1–5 4–2 0–2 1–1 2–4 2–0 0–2 3–3 2–0 2–0 3–2 3–3 2–4 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–1
New Jersey 0–5 1–5 1–5 1–5 1–1 0–2 1–5 0–2 1–1 0–6 2–0 0–2 2–3 3–3 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–6
New York 3–3 1–5 2–3 4–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–0 0–2 3–3 3–3 3–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–3
Philadelphia 0–6 2–4 2–4 2–3 1–1 0–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 4–2 1–1 0–2 4–2 4–2 3–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–3
Phoenix 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–5 2–3 0–2 4–2 1–4 0–2 4–2 1–5 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–6 3–2 2–3 2–4 2–3 0–2
Portland 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–2 1–1 5–1 1–4 2–0 6–0 3–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 6–0 4–1 5–0 3–3 1–4 2–0
Sacramento 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–5 2–4 0–2 3–2 2–4 0–2 2–3 1–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–4 3–3 1–4 1–5 0–2
San Antonio 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–5 1–5 1–1 2–3 4–2 0–2 5–0 0–5 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–5 3–3 3–2 3–3 0–2
Seattle 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–4 1–1 5–1 2–3 1–1 5–1 2–4 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–2 3–3 4–1 2–3 1–4 2–0
Utah 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–3 4–2 0–2 4–1 3–3 1–1 4–1 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–2 4–1 5–1 3–3 4–1 2–0
Washington 3–3 1–5 3–3 0–6 1–1 0–2 2–3 2–0 0–2 4–2 2–0 1–1 1–4 6–0 3–3 3–3 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (7) Seattle SuperSonics: Nuggets win series 3-2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1978 Western Conference Finals (Seattle won 4-2)

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

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chambers, TomTom Chambers 82 82 32.7 .448 .303 .807 6.0 2.6 1.1 .6 20.4
Ellis, DaleDale Ellis 75 73 37.2 .503 .413 .767 4.5 2.6 1.0 .1 25.8
Johnson, ClemonClemon Johnson 74 26 9.8 .467 .000 .688 2.4 .2 .2 .3 1.6
Lister, AltonAlton Lister 82 55 22.1 .504 .500 .606 7.6 .7 .3 1.7 5.6
McDaniel, XavierXavier McDaniel 78 77 34.7 .488 .280 .715 6.6 3.4 1.2 .7 21.4
McKey, DerrickDerrick McKey 82 4 20.8 .491 .367 .772 4.0 1.3 .9 .8 8.5
McMillan, NateNate McMillan 82 82 29.9 .474 .375 .707 4.1 8.6 2.1 .6 7.6
Polynice, OldenOlden Polynice 82 0 13.2 .465 .000 .639 4.0 .4 .4 .3 4.1
Schoene, RussRuss Schoene 81 2 12.0 .458 .293 .810 2.4 .7 .5 .2 6.0
Threatt, SedaleSedale Threatt1 26 0 13.6 .519 .143 .833 1.3 2.0 1.3 .2 7.5
Vincent, SamSam Vincent1 43 0 12.7 .474 .385 .767 1.1 3.2 .5 .1 4.5
Williams, KevinKevin Williams 80 9 13.6 .442 .143 .844 1.6 1.2 .8 .1 6.3
Young, DannyDanny Young 77 0 12.3 .408 .286 .811 1.0 2.8 .7 .0 3.2
1.^ Statistics with the SuperSonics.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chambers, TomTom Chambers 5 25.8 .549 .000 .829 6.2 2.2 .6 .2 25.8
Ellis, DaleDale Ellis 5 34.4 .482 .250 .724 4.6 3.0 .6 .4 20.8
Johnson, ClemonClemon Johnson 5 7.8 .429 .000 .500 1.4 .0 .2 .2 1.4
Lister, AltonAlton Lister 5 15.4 .706 .000 .800 5.8 1.0 .2 1.0 5.6
McDaniel, XavierXavier McDaniel 5 36.0 .556 .500 .500 9.6 5.0 .6 .2 21.2
McKey, DerrickDerrick McKey 5 21.8 .632 .333 .588 4.0 1.6 .6 1.0 12.0
McMillan, NateNate McMillan 5 25.4 .343 .000 .643 4.2 6.6 .4 .6 6.6
Polynice, OldenOlden Polynice 5 13.2 .455 .000 .000 1.6 .0 .6 .0 2.0
Schoene, RussRuss Schoene 5 7.8 .583 .500 .000 1.4 .4 .2 .0 3.2
Threatt, SedaleSedale Threatt 5 16.0 .412 .000 1.000 2.2 2.2 .2 .0 6.4
Williams, KevinKevin Williams 5 14.0 .438 .000 .000 1.6 1.8 .6 .0 2.8
Young, DannyDanny Young 5 19.0 .524 .000 1.000 2.0 3.8 .4 .4 6.4

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Overview[edit]

Players Added

Via draft

Via free agency

Via trade

Players Lost

Via free agency

Via trade

Via waiver

Trades[edit]

October 16, 1987 To Seattle SuperSonics
Sam Vincent
Scott Wedman
To Boston Celtics
Conditional 1988 second round pick
February 25, 1988 To Seattle SuperSonics
Sedale Threatt
To Chicago Bulls
Sam Vincent

Free agents[edit]

2.^ Received a conditional 1990 second round pick as compensation.

References[edit]

See also[edit]