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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.

1984–85 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration Oct 26, 1984 – Apr 14, 1985
Apr 17 – May 22, 1985 (Playoffs)
May 27 – Jun 9, 1985 (Finals)
Number of teams 23
TV partner(s) CBS, TBS
Draft
Top draft pick Akeem Olajuwon
Picked by Houston Rockets
Regular season
Top seed Boston Celtics
Season MVP Larry Bird (Boston)
Top scorer Bernard King (New York)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Philadelphia 76ers
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up Denver Nuggets
Finals
Champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Runners-up Boston Celtics
Finals MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L.A. Lakers)
NBA seasons

Contents

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 22.6 points and 9.1 rebounds in his career.
  • This was the last season of the backboard height set at 48 in (1.219 m). It would be shortened 6 in (15.2 cm) next season to the current 42 in (1.067 m). The NBA logo is added on the lower left hand corner of the backboard starting this season.

Final standingsEdit

By divisionEdit

Atlantic Division 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 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 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 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
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
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.
First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
            
1 L.A. Lakers 3
8 Phoenix 0
1 L.A. Lakers 4
5 Portland 1
4 Dallas 1
5 Portland 3
1 L.A. 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 L.A. 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 32.9
Rebounds per game Moses Malone Philadelphia 76ers 13.1
Assists per game Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons 13.9
Steals per game Micheal Ray Richardson New Jersey Nets 2.96
Blocks per game Mark Eaton Utah Jazz 5.56
FG% James Donaldson Los Angeles Clippers .637
FT% Kyle Macy Phoenix Suns .907
3FG% Byron Scott Los Angeles Lakers .433

NBA awardsEdit

Yearly awardsEdit

Note: All above information was obtained on the History section on NBA.com

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)

ReferencesEdit