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1981–82 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1981–82 NBA season was the SuperSonics' 15th season in the NBA.[1]

1981–82 Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coachLenny Wilkens
General managerZollie Volchok
ArenaKingdome
Seattle Center Coliseum (Playoffs)
Results
Record52–30 (.634)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finishWest Conference Semifinals
(Lost to Spurs 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKIRO-TV
RadioKIRO
< 1980–81 1982–83 >

In the playoffs, the SuperSonics defeated the Houston Rockets in three games in the First Round, before losing to the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the Semifinals.

Contents

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 5 Danny Vranes PF   United States Utah
3 53 Mark Radford PG/SG   United States Oregon State

RosterEdit

Seattle SuperSonics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 32 Brown, Fred 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1948–08–07 Iowa
C 40 Donaldson, James 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1957-08-16 Washington State
PF 22 Hanzlik, Bill 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Notre Dame
F 3 Kelser, Greg 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Michigan State
F 27 Johnson, John 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1947–10–18 Iowa
G 30 Radford, Mark   6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oregon State
F 8 Shelton, Lonnie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1955–10–19 Oregon State
F/C 43 Sikma, Jack 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1955–11–14 Illinois Wesleyan
G 20 Smith, Phil 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) San Francisco
PF 33 Tolbert, Ray 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Indiana
F 23 Vranes, Danny 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1958–10–29 Utah
F 42 Walker, Wally 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1954–07–18 Virginia
G 1 Williams, Gus 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1953–10–10 Southern California
Head coach

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 Jack Sikma James Donaldson
PF Lonnie Shelton Ray Tolbert John Johnson
SF Bill Hanzlik Wally Walker Danny Vranes Greg Kelser
SG Fred Brown Phil Smith Mark Radford
PG Gus Williams

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695 30–11 27–14 21–9
x-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634 5.0 31–10 21–20 18–12
x-Phoenix Suns 46 36 .561 11.0 31–10 15–26 14–16
Golden State Warriors 45 37 .549 12.0 28–13 17–24 15–15
Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 .512 15.0 27–14 15–26 15–15
San Diego Clippers 17 65 .207 40.0 11–30 6–35 7–23
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 9
3 x-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634 5
4 x-Denver Nuggets 46 36 .561 11
5 x-Phoenix Suns 46 36 .561 11
6 x-Houston Rockets 46 36 .561 11
7 Golden State Warriors 45 37 .549 12
8 Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 .512 15
9 Kansas City Kings 30 52 .366 27
10 Dallas Mavericks 28 54 .341 29
11 Utah Jazz 25 57 .305 32
12 San Diego Clippers 17 65 .207 40



Game logEdit

# Date Opponent Score High points Record
1 October 31 Phoenix 94–84 Gus Williams (28) 1–0
2 November 1 @ Portland 94–104 Gus Williams (21) 1–1
3 November 4 @ Los Angeles 103–106 Gus Williams (29) 1–2
4 November 6 Denver 105–109 Walker, Sikma (20) 1–3
5 November 10 @ Golden State 123–113 Gus Williams (33) 2–3
6 November 11 Dallas 107–79 Lonnie Shelton (18) 3–3
7 November 13 San Antonio 112–119 Jack Sikma (39) 3–4
8 November 18 @ San Antonio 93–111 Shelton, Sikma (19) 3–5
9 November 20 Dallas 90–89 Gus Williams (22) 4–5
10 November 22 New Jersey 109–92 Lonnie Shelton (22) 5–5
11 November 25 Portland 110–103 Fred Brown (23) 6–5
12 November 27 Houston 117–110 Gus Williams (33) 7–5
13 November 28 @ San Diego 120–122 Jack Sikma (29) 7–6
14 December 1 Chicago 103–87 Gus Williams (25) 8–6
15 December 2 Los Angeles 104–96 Jack Sikma (27) 9–6
16 December 4 @ Kansas City 109–112 Jack Sikma (30) 9–7
17 December 5 @ Atlanta 92–85 Gus Williams (22) 10–7
18 December 8 @ Houston 107–96 Gus Williams (29) 11–7
19 December 9 @ San Antonio 99–110 Jack Sikma (28) 11–8
20 December 12 Detroit 117–111 Gus Williams (33) 12–8
21 December 13 San Diego 98–74 Gus Williams (18) 13–8
22 December 15 Denver 126–120 Gus Williams (33) 14–8
23 December 17 @ San Diego 106–92 Gus Williams (24) 15–8
24 December 19 @ Utah 115–103 Gus Williams (30) 16–8
25 December 23 Utah 113–99 Lonnie Shelton (27) 17–8
26 December 25 @ Portland 94–99 Gus Williams (25) 17–9
27 December 28 Golden State 104–100 Sikma, Williams (26) 18–9
28 December 30 Philadelphia 99–102 Gus Williams (31) 18–10
29 January 2 @ Phoenix 97–120 Gus Williams (22) 18–11
30 January 3 @ Los Angeles 110–90 Gus Williams (27) 19–11
31 January 6 Dallas 107–100 Jack Sikma (25) 20–11
32 January 7 Houston 116–107 Jack Sikma (25) 21–11
33 January 9 @ Denver 125–110 Gus Williams (39) 22–11
34 January 13 Indiana 106–86 Gus Williams (19) 23–11
35 January 15 Utah 115–103 Gus Williams (42) 24–11
36 January 17 Golden State 122–97 Lonnie Shelton (22) 25–11
37 January 19 @ Cleveland 99–97 Jack Sikma (28) 26–11
38 January 20 @ Washington 95–106 Sikma, Williams (21) 26–12
39 January 22 @ Boston 118–106 Lonnie Shelton (37) 27–12
40 January 23 @ Philadelphia 87–100 Jack Sikma (23) 27–13
41 January 25 @ New York 113–99 Gus Williams (25) 28–13
42 January 27 @ Kansas City 110–103 Gus Williams (31) 29–13
43 February 3 Kansas City 97–87 Gus Williams (28) 30–13
44 February 5 @ Golden State 108–99 Jack Sikma (30) 31–13
45 February 6 Utah 129–103 Jack Sikma (20) 32–13
46 February 7 San Diego 99–97 Gus Williams (21) 33–13
47 February 9 New York 114–105 Jack Sikma (25) 34–13
48 February 11 @ Houston 100–117 Sikma, Williams, Donaldson (16) 34–14
49 February 12 @ Dallas 100–103 Jack Sikma (30) 34–15
50 February 14 @ San Antonio 94–114 Jack Sikma (22) 34–16
51 February 16 @ Los Angeles 101–108 Gus Williams (30) 34–17
52 February 18 Washington 105–87 Gus Williams (26) 35–17
53 February 19 Atlanta 122–127 (4OT) Williams, Brown (24) 35–18
54 February 21 Boston 103–100 Gus Williams (34) 36–18
55 February 25 Los Angeles 98–104 Wally Walker (18) 36–19
56 February 26 @ Utah 98–97 Jack Sikma (24) 37–19
57 February 28 Phoenix 98–103 Jack Sikma (33) 37–20
58 March 3 Cleveland 136–107 Greg Kelser (19) 38–20
59 March 5 Dallas 98–97 Gus Williams (38) 39–20
60 March 7 San Diego 144–106 Gus Williams (30) 40–20
61 March 9 @ Chicago 104–109 Gus Williams (25) 40–21
62 March 12 @ Milwaukee 112–110 Gus Williams (30) 41–21
63 March 14 @ New Jersey 98–97 Gus Williams (23) 42–21
64 March 16 @ Indiana 96–109 Gus Williams (18) 42–22
65 March 18 @ Detroit 115–119 Gus Williams (33) 42–23
66 March 19 @ Kansas City 109–103 Gus Williams (27) 43–23
67 March 21 @ Phoenix 115–105 Gus Williams (41) 44–23
68 March 24 Milwaukee 99–97 Jack Sikma (22) 45–23
69 March 26 Houston 97–99 Gus Williams (26) 45–24
70 March 28 Portland 109–101 Jack Sikma (25) 46–24
71 March 30 @ Denver 142–145 (OT) Gus Williams (32) 46–25
72 March 31 Kansas City 109–116 Lonnie Shelton (23) 46–26
73 April 2 San Antonio 111–86 Gus Williams (33) 47–26
74 April 4 Denver 140–116 Jack Sikma (29) 48–26
75 April 6 Phoenix 102–91 Gus Williams (27) 49–26
76 April 8 @ San Diego 117–115 (OT) Gus Williams (41) 50–26
77 April 10 @ Phoenix 99–116 Gus Williams (21) 50–27
78 April 11 @ Los Angeles 104–107 Jack Sikma (26) 50–28
79 April 13 Portland 88–86 Jack Sikma (22) 51–28
80 April 14 Golden State 93–104 Gus Williams (23) 51–29
81 April 17 @ Golden State 95–94 Jack Sikma (28) 52–29
82 April 19 @ Portland 114–119 James Donaldson (23) 52–30

PlayoffsEdit

First RoundEdit

(2) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (5) Houston Rockets

# Date Opponent Score High points Record
1 April 21 Houston 102–87 Gus Williams (27) 1–0
2 April 23 @ Houston 70–91 Gus Williams (18) 1–1
3 April 25 Houston 104–83 Jack Sikma (30) 2–1

SuperSonics win series, 2-1

Conference SemifinalsEdit

(2) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (3) San Antonio Spurs

# Date Opponent Score High points Record
1 April 27 San Antonio 93–95 Jack Sikma (26) 0–1
2 April 28 San Antonio 114–99 Gus Williams (34) 1–1
3 April 30 @ San Antonio 97–99 Gus Williams (25) 1–2
4 May 2 @ San Antonio 113–115 Gus Williams (33) 1–3
5 May 5 San Antonio 103–109 Gus Williams (36) 1–4

San Antonio win series, 4-1

Player statisticsEdit

Legend
GP Games played RPG Rebounds per game BPG Blocks per game
MIN Minutes played APG Assists per game TPG Turnovers per game
PPG Points per game SPG Steals per game FPG Field goals per game

SeasonEdit

Seattle SuperSonics Stats - 1981-82
PlayerGPMINPPGRPGAPGSPGBPGTPGFPG
Fred Brown8221.811.21.72.90.80.01.24.8
James Donaldson8220.98.16.00.60.31.71.43.1
Bill Hanzlik8124.45.83.32.31.00.41.32.1
Greg Kelser4911.44.93.10.90.30.31.31.7
John Johnson1413.44.21.32.10.30.21.21.6
Mark Radford438.63.40.71.30.40.01.01.3
Lonnie Shelton8132.914.96.33.11.20.52.56.3
Jack Sikma8237.219.612.73.41.21.32.67.1
Phil Smith2622.98.22.72.80.80.31.53.3
Ray Tolbert529.53.41.90.50.20.30.61.5
Danny Vranes7714.04.92.60.70.40.30.91.9
Wally Walker7028.19.94.43.10.50.41.64.3
Gus Williams8036.023.43.16.92.20.52.59.7

PlayoffsEdit

Seattle SuperSonics Stats - 1981-82
PlayerGPMINPPGRPGAPGSPGBPGTPGFPG
Fred Brown819.811.91.92.30.60.01.15.4
James Donaldson823.66.89.30.90.30.61.32.3
Bill Hanzlik825.46.54.02.50.80.61.62.0
Greg Kelser32.01.31.00.30.00.00.70.0
John Johnson722.75.42.04.90.90.01.62.1
Lonnie Shelton833.312.87.42.00.60.92.55.0
Jack Sikma839.420.512.13.01.11.02.07.1
Phil Smith811.53.11.00.90.60.10.51.5
Ray Tolbert47.82.51.30.31.00.00.00.8
Danny Vranes64.80.50.30.00.20.00.30.2
Wally Walker819.64.94.01.90.50.50.92.4
Gus Williams839.426.33.38.11.60.62.310.3

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Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

See alsoEdit

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