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1974–75 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1974–75 Seattle SuperSonics season was the 8th season of the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In their second season with Bill Russell as head coach and with rookies comprising half the roster, the SuperSonics finished the regular season in 4th place in the Western Conference with a 43–39 record and reached the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. After defeating the Detroit Pistons in 3 games in the first round in a best-of-three series, the team fell to the eventual NBA champions Golden State Warriors in six games.

1974–75 Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coachBill Russell
General managerBill Russell
ArenaSeattle Center Coliseum
Results
Record43–39 (.524)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 4th (Western)
Playoff finishWest Semifinals
(Lost to Warriors 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKTNT-TV
RadioKOMO
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Head coach Bill Russell anticipated a roster overhaul during the offseason.[1] After trading Dick Snyder on draft day to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange of the Cavs' first round selection, the SuperSonics selected center Tommy Burleson with the 3rd overall pick.[2]

Draft picksEdit

Note: only draft picks who participated in at least one game in the NBA are listed.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 3 Tommy Burleson Center   United States North Carolina State
2 26 Leonard Gray Forward   United States Long Beach State
3 44 Talvin Skinner Guard / Forward   United States Maryland Eastern Shore
5 80 Dean Tolson Forward   United States Arkansas
5 98 Wardell Jackson Forward   United States Ohio State
10 169 Rod Derline Guard   United States Seattle

RosterEdit

1974–75 Seattle SuperSonics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G/F 40 Brisker, John 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1947–06–15 Toledo
SG 32 Brown, Fred 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1948–08–07 Iowa
C 16 Burleson, Tommy 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1952–02–24 North Carolina State
G 21 Clark, Archie 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1941–07–15 Minnesota
G 25 Derline, Rod 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1952–03–11 Seattle
F/C 31 Fox, Jim 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1943–04–07 South Carolina
F 11 Gray, Leonard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1951–12–19 Long Beach State
F/C 24 Haywood, Spencer 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1949–04–22 Detroit
F/C 42 Hummer, John 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1948–05–04 Princeton
F 30 Jackson, Wardell 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1951–07–18 Ohio State
G/F 22 Skinner, Talvin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1952–09–10 Maryland Eastern Shore
F 20 Tolson, Dean 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1951–11–25 Arkansas
PG 13 Watts, Donald 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1951–07–22 Xavier (Louisiana)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Tom Burleson Jim Fox
PF Spencer Haywood Leonard Gray John Hummer Dean Tolson
SF Talvin Skinner Wardell Jackson Kennedy McIntosh
SG Fred Brown Rod Derline John Brisker
PG Archie Clark Donald Watts

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Golden State Warriors 48 34 .585 31–10 17–24 19–11
x-Seattle SuperSonics 43 39 .524 5 24–16 19–23 18–12
Portland Trail Blazers 38 44 .463 10 29–13 9–31 16–14
Phoenix Suns 32 50 .390 16 22–19 10–31 12–18
Los Angeles Lakers 30 52 .366 18 21–20 9–32 10–20
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Golden State Warriors 48 34 .585
2 y-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 1
3 x-Kansas City–Omaha Kings 44 38 .537 4
4 x-Seattle SuperSonics 43 39 .524 5
5 x-Detroit Pistons 40 42 .488 8
6 Portland Trail Blazers 38 44 .463 10
6 Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 .463 10
8 Phoenix Suns 32 50 .390 16
9 Los Angeles Lakers 30 52 .366 18


z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1974–75 NBA records
Team ATL BOS BUF CHI CLE DET GSW HOU KCO LAL MIL NOJ NYK PHI PHO POR SEA WAS
Atlanta 0–4 1–3 0–4 3–4 2–2 1–3 2–5 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–5 0–4 2–2 4–0 1–3 3–1 3–5
Boston 4–0 5–4 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 4–0 2–2 4–0 4–0 4–0 7–2 5–3 3–1 4–0 2–2 2–2
Buffalo 3–1 4–5 1–3 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 4–0 1–3 4–0 5–3 6–3 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2
Chicago 4–0 1–3 3–1 2–2 4–5 3–1 2–2 4–5 3–1 3–5 4–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 4–0 1–3
Cleveland 4–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 4–4 2–2 2–2 1–3 6–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–5
Detroit 2–2 1–3 2–2 5–4 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–6 3–1 3–6 4–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–3
Golden State 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 5–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 5–3 5–3 4–3 1–3
Houston 5–2 0–4 2–2 2–2 4–4 2–2 2–2 4–0 2–2 3–1 5–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–5
Kansas City-Omaha 2–2 2–2 3–1 5–4 2–2 6–2 2–2 0–4 3–1 6–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–3
Los Angeles 2–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–5 2–2 1–3 4–0 3–1 0–4 3–1 4–4 2–5 2–6 1–3
Milwaukee 2–2 0–4 3–1 5–3 3–1 6–3 1–3 1–3 3–6 0–4 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4
New Orleans 5–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–6 0–4 2–2 3–5 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–7
New York 4–0 2–7 3–5 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 4–0 1–3 2–2 4–5 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3
Philadelphia 2–2 3–5 3–6 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 5–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3
Phoenix 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–5 2–2 1–3 4–4 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 1–6 4–3 1–3
Portland 3–1 0–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–5 2–2 1–3 5–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 6–1 2–6 1–3
Seattle 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 3–4 3–1 3–1 6–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–4 6–2 1–3
Washington 5–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 5–3 3–1 3–1 5–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 7–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1

Game logEdit

1974–75 game log
Total: 43–39 (Home: 24–16; Road: 19–23; Neutral: 1–0)
1974–75 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit


1975 playoff game log
1975 playoff schedule

Player statisticsEdit

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

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
John Brisker 21 13.1 .426 .857 1.6 .9 .3 .1 7.7
Fred Brown 81 33.0 .480 .831 4.2 3.5 2.3 .2 21.0
Tommy Burleson 82 23.0 .417 .687 7.0 1.4 .8 1.9 10.1
Archie Clark 77 32.2 .495 .834 3.1 5.6 1.4 .1 13.9
Rod Derline 58 11.5 .428 .768 1.0 .8 .4 .1 5.6
Jim Fox 75 23.5 .469 .802 6.5 1.8 .6 .2 9.0
Leonard Gray 75 30.4 .489 .722 6.4 2.2 .8 .3 11.5
Spencer Haywood 68 37.2 .459 .811 9.3 2.0 .8 1.6 22.4
John Hummer 43 13.2 .380 .275 2.4 .9 .2 .2 2.2
Wardell Jackson 56 16.8 .397 .718 2.4 .5 .5 .1 4.3
Kennedy McIntosh 6 16.8 .207 .667 2.5 1.2 .7 .5 3.0
Talvin Skinner 73 21.6 .409 .649 4.7 1.2 .7 .2 4.8
Dean Tolson 19 4.6 .432 .647 1.2 .3 .2 .3 2.3
Slick Watts 82 25.1 .421 .608 3.2 6.1 2.3 .1 6.8

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Fred Brown 8 30.0 .496 .844 4.5 2.9 2.1 .1 20.6
Tommy Burleson 9 40.4 .513 .750 10.7 1.4 .8 2.0 20.7
Archie Clark 9 29.9 .436 .900 3.6 3.4 .7 .1 7.0
Rod Derline 6 10.7 .545 .857 2.2 1.2 .3 .0 7.0
Jim Fox 8 5.0 .286 .571 1.1 .3 .0 .1 1.5
Leonard Gray 9 29.2 .488 .846 5.0 2.2 1.3 .6 9.9
Spencer Haywood 9 37.4 .359 .770 9.0 2.0 .8 1.2 15.7
John Hummer 6 11.3 .000 1.5 .7 .3 .0 .0
Talvin Skinner 9 23.4 .467 .737 4.2 1.3 1.0 .2 6.2
Dean Tolson 4 5.5 .125 1.000 1.8 .3 .0 .0 1.0
Slick Watts 9 31.1 .462 .538 3.7 7.1 3.0 .4 11.1

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

OverviewEdit

Players added

Via draft

Via trade

Players lost

Via draft
(1974 NBA Expansion Draft)

Via trade

Via free agency

Waived

TradesEdit

May 28, 1974 To Seattle SuperSonics
1974 first round pick
To Cleveland Cavaliers
Dick Snyder
1974 first round pick
August 20, 1974 [3] To Seattle SuperSonics
Archie Clark
To Washington Bullets
Dick Gibbs
1975 third round pick

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Program may be needed to identify 'new' Sonics, Ellensburg Daily Record. May 30, 1974. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  2. ^ Sonics draft Burleson, Ellensburg Daily Record. May 28, 1974. Retrieved June 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Seattle acquires Clark from Bullets, Bangor Daily News. August 20, 1974. Retrieved June 21, 2012.