The 1983–84 NBA season was the 38th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 3 for the second time since 1969 in the NBA Finals.
|1983–84 NBA season|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Duration||Oct 28, 1983 – Apr 15, 1984|
Apr 17 – May 25, 1984 (Playoffs)
May 27 – Jun 12, 1984 (Finals)
|Number of teams||23|
|TV partner(s)||CBS, ESPN, USA|
|Top draft pick||Ralph Sampson|
|Picked by||Houston Rockets|
|Top seed||Boston Celtics|
|Season MVP||Larry Bird (Boston)|
|Top scorer||Adrian Dantley (Utah)|
|Eastern champions||Boston Celtics|
|Eastern runners-up||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Western champions||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Western runners-up||Phoenix Suns|
|Runners-up||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Finals MVP||Larry Bird (Boston)|
|Team||1982–83 coach||1983–84 coach|
|Atlanta Hawks||Kevin Loughery||Mike Fratello|
|Boston Celtics||Bill Fitch||K.C. Jones|
|Chicago Bulls||Paul Westhead||Kevin Loughery|
|Detroit Pistons||Scotty Robertson||Chuck Daly|
|Golden State Warriors||Al Attles||Johnny Bach|
|Houston Rockets||Del Harris||Bill Fitch|
|New Jersey Nets||Bill Blair||Stan Albeck|
|San Antonio Spurs||Stan Albeck||Morris McHone|
|San Diego Clippers||Paul Silas||Jim Lynam|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach|
|San Antonio Spurs||Morris McHone||Bob Bass|
- The 1984 NBA All-Star Game was played at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, with the East defeating the West 154–145. Isiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons wins the game's MVP award. Larry Nance of the Phoenix Suns won the first NBA Slam Dunk Championship.
- David Stern begins his tenure as the league's fourth commissioner, effective April 1.
- The NBA Playoffs were expanded from 6 teams per conference to 8, where it stands to this date. As a result, the 'first round bye' system was eliminated.
- Marked the first year the first round of the NBA Playoffs went from best-of-3 to best-of-five playoff.
- Ralph Sampson became the first rookie to win the Rookie of the Month Award in every month of the season. He unanimously won the Rookie of the Year Award. David Robinson, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, and Karl-Anthony Towns would later achieve the same feat.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar surpassed Wilt Chamberlain to become the all-time NBA career leader in points. He passed Chamberlain in a game against the Utah Jazz at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center on April 5. Fittingly, it was his trademark sky-hook that put him in the record books.
- The Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons play in the highest scoring game in NBA history with the Pistons winning 186–184 in three overtimes.
- The Dallas Mavericks made its first postseason appearance, beating the Seattle SuperSonics 3–2 before bowing out to the Los Angeles Lakers 4–1 in the Conference Semifinals. Game 5 of the Seattle series was played at Moody Coliseum as Reunion Arena, the Mavericks' home, was unavailable.
- The Utah Jazz appeared in the postseason for the first time, defeating the Denver Nuggets 3–2 in the opening round and then losing to the Phoenix Suns 4–2 in the Western semis. This started a streak of 20 consecutive playoff appearances, fourth longest in the NBA behind the Portland Trail Blazers (21 between 1983 and 2003), the Philadelphia 76ers (23 between 1949 (as Syracuse Nationals) and 1971), and the San Antonio Spurs current streak of 22 starting in 1998).
- The Clippers play their final game in San Diego, California.
- This would be the last season until 2013–14 that the Finals had the 2-2-1-1-1 format. The Finals would adopt the 2-3-2 format the following season.
- The New Jersey Nets won a playoff series for the first time in their NBA history, upsetting the defending champion Philadelphia 76ers in five games. The series marked the only time (to date) a road team won every game in a five-game playoff series.
- Final season of ESPN broadcasting NBA games until the 2002–03 season, which also marked the league's return to future corporate partner ABC. It also marked the final season of NBA broadcasts on the USA Network.
- Spalding replaced Wilson as manufacturer of the official NBA game ball, a relationship that continued until 2021.
- It was the final season for eventual Hall of Famers Tiny Archibald, Elvin Hayes and Bob Lanier.
- All five teams in the Atlantic Division made the Playoffs, the first such occurrence for any division.
|x-New York Knicks||47||35||.573||15||29–12||18–23||12–12|
|x-New Jersey Nets||45||37||.549||17||29–12||16–25||12–12|
|x-Kansas City Kings||38||44||.463||7||26–15||12–29||16–14|
|San Antonio Spurs||37||45||.451||8||28–13||9–32||14–16|
|y-Los Angeles Lakers||54||28||.659||–||28–13||26–15||18–12|
|x-Portland Trail Blazers||48||34||.585||6||33–8||15–26||17–13|
|Golden State Warriors||37||45||.451||17||27–14||10–31||13–17|
|San Diego Clippers||30||52||.366||24||25–16||5–36||12–18|
|5||x-New York Knicks||47||35||.573||15|
|6||x-New Jersey Nets||45||37||.549||17|
|1||c-Los Angeles Lakers||54||28||.659||–|
|3||x-Portland Trail Blazers||48||34||.585||6|
|8||x-Kansas City Kings||38||44||.463||16|
|9||San Antonio Spurs||37||45||.451||17|
|10||Golden State Warriors||37||45||.451||17|
|11||San Diego Clippers||30||52||.366||24|
- 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
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.
|First Round||Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||NBA Finals|
* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage
|Points per game||Adrian Dantley||Utah Jazz||30.6|
|Rebounds per game||Moses Malone||Philadelphia 76ers||13.4|
|Assists per game||Magic Johnson||Los Angeles Lakers||13.1|
|Steals per game||Rickey Green||Utah Jazz||2.65|
|Blocks per game||Mark Eaton||Utah Jazz||4.28|
|FG%||Artis Gilmore||San Antonio Spurs||.631|
|FT%||Larry Bird||Boston Celtics||.888|
|3FG%||Darrell Griffith||Utah Jazz||.361|
- Most Valuable Player: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
- Rookie of the Year: Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets
- Defensive Player of the Year: Sidney Moncrief, Milwaukee Bucks
- Sixth Man of the Year: Kevin McHale, Boston Celtics
- Coach of the Year: Frank Layden, Utah Jazz
Note: All above information were obtained on the History section on NBA.com
Player of the weekEdit
The following players were named NBA Player of the Week.
Player of the monthEdit
The following players were named NBA Player of the Month.
|November||Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)|
|December||Jeff Ruland (Washington Bullets)|
|January||Mark Aguirre (Dallas Mavericks)|
|February||Bernard King (New York Knicks)|
|March||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers)|
Rookie of the monthEdit
The following players were named NBA Rookie of the Month.
|November||Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)|
|December||Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)|
|January||Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)|
|February||Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)|
|March||Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)|
Coach of the monthEdit
The following coaches were named NBA Coach of the Month.
|November||Dick Motta (Dallas Mavericks)|
|December||Frank Layden (Utah Jazz)|
|January||K.C. Jones (Boston Celtics)|
|February||Chuck Daly (Detroit Pistons)|
|March||Jack Ramsay (Portland Trail Blazers)|
- Feldman, Dan (March 31, 2019). "Spurs match record by making playoffs 22nd straight year". NBC Sports. Retrieved April 4, 2019.