1989–90 Portland Trail Blazers season

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1989–90 Portland Trail Blazers season
Conference Champions
Head coach Rick Adelman
Arena Memorial Coliseum
Record 59–23 (.720)
Place Division: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(Eliminated 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Northwest Cable Sports, KOIN
Radio KKRZ
< 1988–89 1990–91 >

The 1989–90 season was the 20th season for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association (NBA), in which the Blazers finished with a franchise-high 59–23 record and returned to the NBA Finals for the first time since their championship season of 1976–77. However, they were unsuccessful in capturing their second NBA title, as they fell to the Detroit Pistons four games to one.

Clyde Drexler continued to be the leading scorer for the Trail Blazers with 23.3 ppg, as the Blazers rebounded off their disappointing season to post a solid 59–23 record—good enough for second place in the Pacific, as the Blazers were made stronger by acquiring Buck Williams, a 6'8" power forward from the New Jersey Nets for Sam Bowie. The acquisition of Williams helped make the Blazers stronger for the playoffs and it showed as they won their first playoff series in five years by sweeping the Dallas Mavericks in three straight games. In the second round the Blazers needed seven games to get past the San Antonio Spurs as the home team won all seven games. In the Western Conference Finals the Trail Blazers continued to defend their home court well, jumping out to a 2–0 lead over the Phoenix Suns. The Suns rebounded to take the next two in Phoenix as the Blazers won Game 5 at home 120–114. However, there would be no need for a seventh game as the Blazers knocked off the Suns with a 112–109 win in Game 6 to reach the NBA Finals for the second time in franchise history.

In the Finals the Trail Blazers got off to a solid start, splitting the first two games on the road against the defending NBA Champion Detroit Pistons. However, the Blazers dropped all three games at home as the Pistons won the NBA title in five games.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1989 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 22 Byron Irvin G  United States Missouri
2 36 Clifford Robinson F/C  United States Connecticut


Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Kevin Duckworth Wayne Cooper
PF Buck Williams Cliff Robinson Mark Bryant
SF Jerome Kersey Nate Johnston Robert Reid
SG Clyde Drexler Dražen Petrović Byron Irvin
PG Terry Porter Danny Young

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Los Angeles Lakers 63 19 .768 -
Portland Trail Blazers 59 23 .720 4
Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 9
Seattle SuperSonics 41 41 .500 22
Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 26
Los Angeles Clippers 30 52 .366 33
Sacramento Kings 23 59 .280 40


# Western Conference
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 63 19 .768
2 y- San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 7
3 x-Portland Trail Blazers 59 23 .720 4
4 x-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 8
5 x-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 9
6 x-Dallas Mavericks 47 35 .573 16
7 x-Denver Nuggets 43 39 .524 20
8 x-Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 22
9 Seattle SuperSonics 41 41 .500 22
10 Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 26
11 Los Angeles Clippers 30 52 .366 33
12 Sacramento Kings 23 59 .280 40
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 22 60 .268 41
14 Charlotte Hornets 19 63 .232 44
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

1989–90 game log
1989–90 season schedule


1990 playoff game log
1989–90 season schedule

Player statistics[edit]

  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



Awards and records[edit]

During the season, Dražen Petrović won the Euroscar Award, presented by the Italian basketball magazine Superbasket to the top player in Europe. Unlike major NBA awards, the Euroscar is awarded for a player's performance during a calendar year, and also takes into account a player's performances for his national team. In Petrović's case, the award considered his performances in 1989 for Real Madrid and the Yugoslavia national team, as well as the Blazers. This was the second of what would eventually be four Euroscars for Petrović.