1975–76 NBA season
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The 1975–76 NBA season was the 30th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.
|1975–76 NBA season|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Duration||October 23, 1975 – April 11, 1976|
April 13–May 18, 1976 (Playoffs)
May 23–June 6, 1976 (Finals)
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||18|
|Top draft pick||David Thompson|
|Picked by||Atlanta Hawks|
|Top seed||Golden State Warriors|
|Season MVP||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L.A. Lakers)|
|Top scorer||Bob McAdoo (Buffalo)|
|Eastern champions||Boston Celtics|
|Eastern runners-up||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Western champions||Phoenix Suns|
|Western runners-up||Golden State Warriors|
|Finals MVP||Jo Jo White (Boston)|
- Larry O'Brien begins his tenure as the league's third commissioner.
- The 1976 NBA All-Star Game was played at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, with the Eastern Conference beating the Western Conference 123–109. Dave Bing of the Washington Bullets wins the game's MVP award.
- The Kansas City-Omaha Kings are renamed the Kansas City Kings as they settle into a permanent home in Kansas City, Missouri.
- The New Orleans Jazz moved into the cavernous Louisiana Superdome after splitting their inaugural season between two inadequate facilities, the Loyola University Fieldhouse and New Orleans Municipal Auditorium.
- The Houston Rockets play their inaugural season in The Summit.
- Game 4 of the NBA Finals was first game ever played in the month of June.
- Arguably the greatest NBA game ever played occurred in Game 5 of the NBA Finals when the Celtics and the Suns went into triple-overtime before the Celtics prevailed 128-126. 17 years later, the Suns would be involved in another triple-overtime Finals game.
- This was the final season before the NBA-ABA merger.
- Dick Bavetta began his Hall of Fame officiating career, replacing the retired Mendy Rudolph, who suffered a blood clot in his lung during a 1975 playoff game and became an analyst for CBS Sports. Bavetta went on to set the record for most games officiated with 2,635 by the time he retired in 2014.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the League MVP with his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, despite missing the playoffs.
|Team||1974–75 coach||1975–76 coach|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach|
|Atlanta Hawks||Cotton Fitzsimmons||Bumper Tormohlen|
|Detroit Pistons||Ray Scott||Herb Brown|
|New York Knicks||38||44||.463||16||24–17||14–27||10–11|
|New Orleans Jazz||38||44||.463||11||22–19||16–25||15–11|
|Kansas City Kings||31||51||.378||7||25–16||6–35||10–11|
|y-Golden State Warriors||59||23||.720||–||36–5||23–18||17–9|
|Los Angeles Lakers||40||42||.488||19||31–11||9–31||10–16|
|Portland Trail Blazers||37||45||.451||22||25–15||12–30||11–15|
|7||New York Knicks||38||44||.463||16|
|8||New Orleans Jazz||38||44||.463||16|
|1||z-Golden State Warriors||59||23||.720||–|
|6||Los Angeles Lakers||40||42||.488||19|
|7||Portland Trail Blazers||37||45||.451||22|
|8||Kansas City Kings||31||51||.378||28|
- z, y – division champions
- x – clinched playoff spot
|Points per game||Bob McAdoo||Buffalo Braves||31.1|
|Rebounds per game||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||Los Angeles Lakers||16.9|
|Assists per game||Slick Watts||Seattle SuperSonics||8.1|
|Steals per game||Slick Watts||Seattle SuperSonics||3.18|
|Blocks per game||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||Los Angeles Lakers||4.12|
|FG%||Wes Unseld||Washington Bullets||.561|
|FT%||Rick Barry||Golden State Warriors||.923|
- Most Valuable Player: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
- Rookie of the Year: Alvan Adams, Phoenix Suns
- Coach of the Year: Bill Fitch, Cleveland Cavaliers
- NBA All-Star Game MVP: Dave Bing
- All-NBA First Team:
- All-NBA Second Team:
- All-NBA Rookie Team:
- NBA All-Defensive First Team:
- NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com