1993–94 Seattle SuperSonics season

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1993–94 Seattle SuperSonics season
Division Champions
Detlef Schrempf's first season with the Sonics
Head coach George Karl
General manager Bob Whitsitt
Arena Seattle Center Coliseum
Results
Record 63–19 (.768)
Place Division: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish West First Round
(Eliminated 2–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Northwest Cable Sports, KOMO-TV
Radio KOMO-AM and FM
< 1992–93 1994–95 >

The 1993–94 NBA season was the 26th season for the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association.[1] In the third season with George Karl as head coach, along with the addition of Detlef Schrempf from the Indiana Pacers,[2] and Kendall Gill from the Charlotte Hornets, the Sonics got off to a fast start winning their first ten games on their way to a 26–3 start. The team won 17 of their final 19 games finishing the season with a franchise best 63–19 record, and made the Playoffs as the #1 seed in the Western Conference for the first time since the 1978–79 season, where the SuperSonics won their first NBA Championship. Gary Payton made his first All-Star appearance as he was selected for the 1994 NBA All-Star Game along with Shawn Kemp.

However, the Sonics did not make it past the first round, losing to the 8th-seeded Denver Nuggets in five games after taking a 2–0 lead in the series. It was the first time in NBA Playoffs history that a number 8 seed defeated a number 1 seeded team. Following the season, Ricky Pierce was traded to the Golden State Warriors, and Michael Cage signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1993 NBA draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 23 Ervin Johnson C  United States New Orleans
2 42 Adonis Jordan PG  United States Kansas

Roster[edit]

Seattle SuperSonics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 17 United States Askew, Vincent 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1966–02–28 Memphis
C 44 United States Cage, Michael 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 224 lb (102 kg) 1962–01–28 San Diego State
PF 40 United States Kemp, Shawn 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1969–11–26 Trinity Valley CC
SG 13 United States Gill, Kendall 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1968–05–25 Illinois
C 50 United States Johnson, Ervin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1967–12–21 New Orleans
SF 35 United States King, Chris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1969–07–24 Wake Forest
C 25 United States King, Rich 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (118 kg) 1969–04–04 Nebraska
SG 10 United States McMillan, Nate 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1964–08–03 North Carolina State
PG 20 United States Payton, Gary 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1968–07–23 Oregon State
C 14 United States Perkins, Sam 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1961–06–14 North Carolina
SG 22 United States Pierce, Ricky 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1959–08–19 Rice
C 55 United States Scheffler, Steve 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1967–09–03 Purdue
SF 11 Germany Schrempf, Detlef 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1963–01–21 Washington
Head coach

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

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Michael Cage Ervin Johnson Steve Scheffler Rich King
PF Shawn Kemp Sam Perkins
SF Detlef Schrempf Vincent Askew Chris King
SG Kendall Gill Ricky Pierce
PG Gary Payton Nate McMillan

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Seattle SuperSonics 63 19 .768 37–4 26–15 25–5
x-Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 7 36–5 20–21 19–11
x-Golden State Warriors 50 32 .610 13 29–12 21–20 19–11
x-Portland Trail Blazers 47 35 .573 16 30–11 17–24 17–13
Los Angeles Lakers 33 49 .402 30 21–20 12–29 7–23
Sacramento Kings 28 54 .341 35 20–21 8–33 9–21
Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 36 17–24 10–31 9–21
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Seattle SuperSonics 63 19 .768
2 y-Houston Rockets 58 24 .707 5
3 x-Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 7
4 x-San Antonio Spurs 55 27 .671 8
5 x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 10
6 x- Golden State Warriors 50 32 .610 13
7 x-Portland Trail Blazers 47 35 .573 16
8 x-Denver Nuggets 42 40 .512 21
9 Los Angeles Lakers 33 49 .402 30
10 Sacramento Kings 28 54 .341 35
11 Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 36
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 20 62 .244 43
13 Dallas Mavericks 13 69 .159 50


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1993–94 NBA records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 4–0 4–1 2–3 3–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 5–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0
Boston 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–1 1–1 1–4 0–4 2–2 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–2
Charlotte 1–4 4–0 1–4 1–4 1–1 1–1 4–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 3–2 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2
Chicago 3–2 2–2 4–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–0
Cleveland 1–3 3–1 4–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–0 0–2 2–3 2–0 1–1 1–3 3–2 2–0 2–2 0–4 2–2 4–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1
Dallas 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–4 1–4 0–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 5–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 2–2 0–5 0–4 0–5 1–1
Denver 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–3 3–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–4 2–2 1–4 1–1
Detroit 0–4 1–3 0–4 0–5 2–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–4 2–0 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2
Golden State 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 4–0 3–1 2–0 0–4 1–1 4–1 5–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–2 4–1 2–2 1–4 3–1 2–0
Houston 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–1 2–3 2–0 4–0 1–1 4–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 4–0 4–0 2–3 2–2 3–3 1–1
Indiana 2–3 4–0 2–2 1–4 3–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 0–4 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1
L.A. Clippers 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0 1–3 1–1 1–4 0–4 0–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–5 2–3 3–2 1–3 1–4 1–3 1–1
L.A. Lakers 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–3 2–0 0–5 1–3 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–2 0–5 1–4 0–4 0–5 2–2 1–1
Miami 1–3 3–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–3 2–2 2–3 4–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1
Milwaukee 0–5 1–3 2–3 0–4 2–3 2–0 0–2 4–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3
Minnesota 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–5 1–4 0–2 2–2 1–4 0–2 3–1 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–4 0–4 1–4 0–2
New Jersey 3–1 4–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 3–2 3–1 1–1 4–1 0–5 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
New York 2–2 4–0 1–3 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 0–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 4–0 2–0 1–4 3–2 3–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 5–0
Orlando 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–2 3–1 1–1 5–0 2–3 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–1
Philadelphia 0–4 1–4 1–3 1–3 0–4 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 3–1 0–2 1–3 2–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–3
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 5–0 2–3 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 3–1 2–3 2–2 2–0
Portland 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–3 0–4 1–1 3–2 5–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–3 4–1 1–3 1–4 1–3 2–0
Sacramento 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–4 0–4 0–2 2–3 4–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–4 1–4 1–3 0–5 1–3 2–0
San Antonio 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 5–0 4–2 1–1 2–2 3–2 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 3–1 3–1 0–4 0–5 2–0
Seattle 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 5–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 5–0 4–0 3–1 2–0
Utah 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 5–0 4–1 2–0 1–3 3–3 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 5–0 1–3 2–0
Washington 0–4 2–3 2–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–1 2–0 1–3 0–5 1–4 3–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(1) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (8) Denver Nuggets: Nuggets win series 3-2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1988 Western Conference First Round (Denver won 3-2)

Player 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
Askew, VincentVincent Askew 80 3 21.1 .481 .194 .829 2.3 2.4 .9 .2 9.1
Cage, MichaelMichael Cage 82 42 20.8 .545 .000 .486 5.4 .5 .9 .5 4.6
Ford, AlphonsoAlphonso Ford1 6 0 2.7 .538 1.000 .500 .0 .2 .3 .0 2.7
Gill, KendallKendall Gill 79 77 30.8 .443 .317 .782 3.4 3.5 1.9 .4 14.1
Johnson, ErvinErvin Johnson 45 3 6.2 .415 .000 .630 2.6 .2 .2 .5 2.6
Kemp, ShawnShawn Kemp 79 73 32.9 .538 .250 .741 10.8 2.6 1.8 2.1 18.1
King, ChrisChris King 15 0 5.7 .396 .286 .577 1.0 .7 .3 .0 3.7
King, RichRich King 27 0 2.9 .441 .000 .500 .7 .3 .0 .1 1.5
McMillan, NateNate McMillan 73 8 25.8 .447 .391 .564 3.9 5.3 3.0 .3 6.0
Payton, GaryGary Payton 82 82 35.1 .504 .278 .595 3.3 6.0 2.3 .2 16.5
Perkins, SamSam Perkins 81 41 26.8 .438 .367 .801 4.5 1.4 .8 .4 12.3
Pierce, RickyRicky Pierce 51 0 20.0 .471 .188 .896 1.6 1.8 .8 .1 14.5
Scheffler, SteveSteve Scheffler 35 1 4.3 .609 .000 .950 .7 .2 .2 .0 2.1
Schrempf, DetlefDetlef Schrempf 81 80 33.7 .493 .324 .769 5.6 3.4 .9 .1 15.0
1.^ Statistics with the SuperSonics.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Askew, VincentVincent Askew 5 0 19.0 .357 .000 .842 1.2 1.8 .2 .0 7.2
Cage, MichaelMichael Cage 5 5 18.6 .375 .000 .333 5.4 .8 .8 1.0 2.8
Gill, KendallKendall Gill 5 5 30.6 .433 .222 .619 4.8 2.0 1.2 .2 13.4
Johnson, ErvinErvin Johnson 2 0 4.0 .000 .000 .000 2.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Kemp, ShawnShawn Kemp 5 5 41.2 .371 .000 .667 9.8 3.4 2.0 2.4 14.8
King, ChrisChris King 2 0 3.5 .000 .000 .000 5.2 3.7 .2 .0 .0
McMillan, NateNate McMillan 5 0 21.8 .320 .364 .250 3.2 2.0 1.2 .2 4.2
Payton, GaryGary Payton 5 5 36.2 .493 .333 .421 3.4 5.6 1.6 .4 15.8
Perkins, SamSam Perkins 5 0 28.2 .333 .429 .882 7.2 .8 .8 .4 9.8
Pierce, RickyRicky Pierce 5 0 14.8 .452 .000 .706 1.0 .6 .2 .0 8.0
Scheffler, SteveSteve Scheffler 1 0 9.0 1.000 .000 .000 3.0 .0 1.0 .0 2.0
Schrempf, DetlefDetlef Schrempf 5 5 34.8 .520 .333 .867 5.4 2.0 .2 .6 18.6

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

  • Team record for most victories in a single season (63)

Transactions[edit]

Overview[edit]

Players Added ----

Via draft

Via free agency

Via trade

Players Lost ----

Via trade

Trades[edit]

September 1, 1993 To Seattle SuperSonics
Kendall Gill
To Charlotte Hornets
Dana Barros
Eddie Johnson
Hornets option to swap 1994 first round picks
with the SuperSonics.
November 1, 1993 To Seattle SuperSonics
Detlef Schrempf
To Indiana Pacers
Derrick McKey
Gerald Paddio

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former team
Alphonso Ford2 March 22, 1994
1.^ First of two 10-day contracts.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1993–94 Seattle SuperSonics
  2. ^ "PRO BASKETBALL; Schrempf Goes To SuperSonics". New York Times. November 2, 1993. Retrieved April 17, 2017.