1984–85 NBA season


The 1984–85 NBA season was the 39th season of the National Basketball Association The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA Championship, beating the Boston Celtics 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals

Contents

  • 1 Notable occurrences
  • 2 Final standings
    • 21 By division
    • 22 By conference
  • 3 Playoffs
  • 4 Statistics leaders
  • 5 NBA awards
    • 51 Yearly awards
    • 52 Player of the week
    • 53 Player of the month
    • 54 Rookie of the month
    • 55 Coach of the month
  • 6 References

Notable occurrencesedit

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 1983–84 coach 1984–85 coach
Cleveland Cavaliers Tom Nissalke George Karl
Indiana Pacers Jack McKinney George Irvine
Kansas City Kings Cotton Fitzsimmons Jack McKinney
San Antonio Spurs Bob Bass Cotton Fitzsimmons
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Los Angeles Clippers Jim Lynam Don Chaney
Kansas City Kings Jack McKinney Phil Johnson
  • The 1985 NBA All-Star Game was played at Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, with the West defeating the East 140–129 Ralph Sampson of the Houston Rockets won the game's MVP award Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks won the Slam Dunk Contest
  • Michael Jordan became the only rookie in NBA history to lead a team in four statistics points, assists, rebounds, steals
  • The Clippers relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles This created a distinction whereby two teams of the same host name the other Los Angeles team are the Lakers are in the same division Pacific, similar to the one in the NHL where the Patrick Division now succeeded by the Metropolitan Division had two teams of the same host name which is New York Islanders and Rangers There was also a similar scenario which only existed in the 1976–77 season, in which the Atlantic Division had New York Knicks and Nets which was located in New Jersey from 1977 to 2012 but is currently in Brooklyn
  • Turner Broadcasting began a relationship with the NBA that continues today when TBS signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the NBA
  • The Kings played their final game in Kansas City, Missouri, and moved their franchise to Sacramento the following season
  • In one of their final home games, Knicks forward Bernard King, who finished the year as the scoring champion, ruptured his ACL in his right knee and was out of action for two years King would come back in 1987, but would not return to the All-Star Game until 1991
  • This season marked Michael Jordan's, Akeem Olajuwon's, Charles Barkley's and John Stockton's rookie seasons in the NBA
  • Due to a roof collapse at the Pontiac Silverdome, the Pistons were forced to rent the Joe Louis Arena, home of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs
  • At age 38, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the oldest player to win the honor of Finals MVP Jabbar's team, the Lakers, became the first visiting team to win the NBA title at Boston Garden, beating their archrivals, the Boston Celtics, in six games
  • The Finals adopted the 2-3-2 format which was used through the 2013 NBA Finals after which the league returned to the 2–2–1–1–1 format
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers returned to the playoffs after a seven-year absence They were eliminated by the Celtics in four games They would not make the playoffs again until 1988 The Cavaliers were coached by George Karl, then making his NBA coaching debut
  • At New Orleans' Lakefront Arena where the Atlanta Hawks played 12 of 41 home games that season, Larry Bird scored a Celtics' franchise record 60 points in Boston's 126–115 victory over the Hawks on March 12 Bird broke the previous franchise record set by teammate Kevin McHale 56 nine days earlier at Boston Garden against the Pistons
  • The Denver Nuggets made the conference finals for the first time since 1978, losing 4-1 to the Lakers They would not make the conference finals again until 2009, which they lost to the Lakers again The series marked the end of Dan Issel's playing career, having played 15 professional seasons and averaging 226 points and 91 rebounds in his career

Final standingsedit

By divisionedit

Atlantic Division
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  • e
W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Boston Celtics 63 19 768 35–6 28–13 19–5
x-Philadelphia 76ers 58 24 707 5 34–7 24–17 15–9
x-New Jersey Nets 42 40 512 21 27–14 15–26 13–11
x-Washington Bullets 40 42 488 23 28–13 12–29 11–13
New York Knicks 24 58 293 39 19–22 5–36 2–22


Central Division
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W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Milwaukee Bucks 59 23 720 36–5 23–18 20–10
x-Detroit Pistons 46 36 561 13 26–15 20–21 21–8
x-Chicago Bulls 38 44 463 21 26–15 12–29 13–17
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 36 46 439 23 20–21 16–25 13–16
Atlanta Hawks 34 48 415 25 19–22 15–26 15–15
Indiana Pacers 22 60 268 37 16–25 6–35 7–23


Midwest Division
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  • e
W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Denver Nuggets 52 30 634 34–7 18–23 17–13
x-Houston Rockets 48 34 585 4 29–12 19–22 20–10
x-Dallas Mavericks 44 38 537 8 24–17 20–21 14–16
x-Utah Jazz 41 41 500 11 26–15 15–26 19–11
x- San Antonio Spurs 41 41 500 1 30–11 11–30 12–18
Kansas City Kings 31 51 378 21 23–18 8–33 8–22


Pacific Division
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  • e
W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 756 28–13 26–15 18–12
x-Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 512 20 33–8 15–26 17–13
x-Phoenix Suns 36 46 439 26 32–9 10–31 14–16
Seattle SuperSonics 31 51 378 31 31–10 10–31 16–14
Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 378 31 27–14 10–31 13–17
Golden State Warriors 22 60 268 40 25–16 5–36 12–18


By conferenceedit

# Eastern Conference
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  • e
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Boston Celtics 63 19 768
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 59 23 720 4
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 58 24 707 5
4 x-Detroit Pistons 46 36 561 17
5 x-New Jersey Nets 42 40 512 21
6 x-Washington Bullets 40 42 488 23
7 x-Chicago Bulls 38 44 463 25
8 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 36 46 439 27
9 Atlanta Hawks 34 48 415 29
10 New York Knicks 24 58 293 39
11 Indiana Pacers 22 60 268 41


# Western Conference
  • v
  • e
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 756
2 y-Denver Nuggets 52 30 634 10
3 x-Houston Rockets 48 34 585 14
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 44 38 537 18
5 x-Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 512 20
6 x-Utah Jazz 41 41 500 21
7 x-San Antonio Spurs 41 41 500 21
8 x-Phoenix Suns 36 46 439 26
9 Seattle SuperSonics 31 51 378 31
10 Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 378 31
11 Kansas City Kings 31 51 378 31
12 Golden State Warriors 22 60 268 40



Notes

  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • y – Clinched division title
  • x – Clinched playoff spot

Playoffsedit

Teams in bold advanced to the next round The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round The division champions are marked by an asterisk Home court advantage does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics

A ticket for Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Lakers and the Trail Blazers Main article: 1985 NBA Playoffs
First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 LA Lakers 3
8 Phoenix 0
1 LA Lakers 4
5 Portland 1
4 Dallas 1
5 Portland 3
1 LA Lakers 4
Western Conference
2 Denver 1
3 Houston 2
6 Utah 3
6 Utah 1
2 Denver 4
2 Denver 3
7 San Antonio 2
W1 LA Lakers 4
E1 Boston 2
1 Boston 3
8 Cleveland 1
1 Boston 4
4 Detroit 2
4 Detroit 3
5 New Jersey 0
1 Boston 4
Eastern Conference
3 Philadelphia 1
3 Philadelphia 3
6 Washington 1
3 Philadelphia 4
2 Milwaukee 0
2 Milwaukee 3
7 Chicago 1

Statistics leadersedit

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Bernard King New York Knicks 329
Rebounds per game Moses Malone Philadelphia 76ers 131
Assists per game Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons 139
Steals per game Micheal Ray Richardson New Jersey Nets 296
Blocks per game Mark Eaton Utah Jazz 556
FG% James Donaldson Los Angeles Clippers 637
FT% Kyle Macy Phoenix Suns 907
3FG% Byron Scott Los Angeles Lakers 433

NBA awardsedit

Yearly awardsedit

  • Most Valuable Player: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
  • Rookie of the Year: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Mark Eaton, Utah Jazz
  • Sixth Man of the Year: Kevin McHale, Boston Celtics
  • Coach of the Year: Don Nelson, Milwaukee Bucks
  • All-NBA First Team:
    • F – Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
    • F – Bernard King, New York Knicks
    • C – Moses Malone, Philadelphia 76ers
    • G – Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons
    • G – Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
  • All-NBA Second Team:
    • F – Terry Cummings, Milwaukee Bucks
    • F – Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets
    • C – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
    • G – Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
    • G – Sidney Moncrief, Milwaukee Bucks
  • All-NBA Rookie Team:
    • Charles Barkley, Philadelphia 76ers
    • Sam Perkins, Dallas Mavericks
    • Akeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
    • Sam Bowie, Portland Trail Blazers
    • Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team:
    • Sidney Moncrief, Milwaukee Bucks
    • Paul Pressey, Milwaukee Bucks
    • Mark Eaton, Utah Jazz
    • Michael Cooper, Los Angeles Lakers
    • Maurice Cheeks, Philadelphia 76ers
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
    • Bobby Jones, Philadelphia 76ers
    • Danny Vranes, Seattle SuperSonics
    • Akeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
    • Dennis Johnson, Boston Celtics
    • T R Dunn, Denver Nuggets

Note: All above information were obtained on the History section on NBAcom

Player of the weekedit

The following players were named NBA Player of the Week

Week Player
Oct 26 – Nov 4 Larry Nance Phoenix Suns
Nov 5 – Nov 11 Alex English Denver Nuggets
Nov 12 – Nov 18 Moses Malone Philadelphia 76ers
Nov 19 – Nov 25 Bernard King New York Knicks
Nov 26 – Dec 2 Jack Sikma Seattle SuperSonics
Dec 3 – Dec 9 Orlando Woolridge Chicago Bulls
Dec 10 – Dec 16 Derek Smith Los Angeles Clippers
Dec 17 – Dec 23 Terry Cummings Milwaukee Bucks
Dec 25 – Dec 30 Micheal Ray Richardson New Jersey Nets
Jan 1 – Jan 6 Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons
Jan 7 – Jan 13 World B Free Cleveland Cavaliers
Jan 14 – Jan 20 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
Jan 21 – Jan 27 Tom McMillen Washington Bullets
Jan 28 – Feb 3 Dominique Wilkins Atlanta Hawks
Feb 4 – Feb 17 Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers
Feb 18 – Feb 24 Mark Aguirre Dallas Mavericks
Feb 25 – Mar 3 Sleepy Floyd Golden State Warriors
Mar 4 – Mar 10 Darrell Griffith Utah Jazz
Mar 11 – Mar 17 Larry Bird Boston Celtics
Mar 18 – Mar 24 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers
Mar 25 – Mar 31 Calvin Natt Denver Nuggets
Apr 1 – Apr 7 Derek Smith Los Angeles Clippers
Apr 8 – Apr 14 Micheal Ray Richardson New Jersey Nets

Player of the monthedit

The following players were named NBA Player of the Month

Month Player
November Alex English Denver Nuggets
December Larry Bird Boston Celtics
January Terry Cummings Milwaukee Bucks
February Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers
March Larry Bird Boston Celtics

Rookie of the monthedit

The following players were named NBA Rookie of the Month

Month Rookie
November Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
December Akeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets
January Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
February Akeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets
March tie Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
March tie Akeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets

Coach of the monthedit

The following coaches were named NBA Coach of the Month

Month Coach
November Doug Moe Denver Nuggets
December Don Nelson Milwaukee Bucks
January Chuck Daly Detroit Pistons
February George Karl Cleveland Cavaliers
March Pat Riley Los Angeles Lakers

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