1986–87 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1986–87 Seattle SuperSonics season was the 20th season of the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association. Bernie Bickerstaff returned for his second season as head coach of the franchise and, despite a modest improvement over their previous season's 31–51 record, managed to clinch a spot in the playoffs, where they defeated the Dallas Mavericks in four games in the First Round, and then the Houston Rockets in six games in the Semifinals, reaching the Western Conference Finals, only to be swept in four games to the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. The 39-43 Sonics remain the last team to date in the NBA to win a playoff series with a losing regular season record.

1986–87 Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coachBernie Bickerstaff
General managerBob Whitsitt
ArenaSeattle Center Coliseum
Results
Record39–43 (.476)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 7th (Western)
Playoff finishWest Finals
(Lost to Lakers 0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKIRO-TV
RadioKING
< 1985–86 1987–88 >

It is also their first year without team captain Jack Sikma as he was traded in the offseason.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 30 Nate McMillan SG / SF   United States North Carolina State
2 38 Lemone Lampley   United States DePaul
3 53 Tod Murphy PF / C   United States UC Irvine
4 76 Michael Graham   United States Georgetown
5 99 Dominic Pressley   United States Boston College
6 122 Curtis Kitchen PF   United States South Florida

RosterEdit

1986–87 Seattle SuperSonics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F/C 24 Chambers, Tom 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1959–06–21 Utah
G/F 3 Ellis, Dale 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1960–08–06 Tennessee
F/C 45 Johnson, Clemon 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1956–09–12 Florida A&M
G 15 Johnson, Eddie 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1955–02–24 Auburn
F 42 Kitchen, Curtis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1964–01–30 South Florida
F/C 53 Lister, Alton 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1958–10–01 Arizona State
F/C 20 Lucas, Maurice 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1952–02–18 Marquette
F 34 McDaniel, Xavier 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1963–06–04 Wichita State
G/F 10 McMillan, Nate 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1964–08–03 North Carolina State
G 25 Phelps, Mike 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1961–10–03 Alcorn State
F/C 40 Schoene, Russ 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1960–04–16 Chattanooga
G 44 Stansbury, Terence 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1961–02–27 Temple
G 30 Williams, Kevin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1961–09–11 St. John's
G 22 Young, Danny 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1962–07–26 Wake Forest
Head coach

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

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 65 17 .793 37–4 28–13 24–6
x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 16 34–7 15–26 17–13
x-Golden State Warriors 42 40 .512 23 25–16 17–24 17–13
x-Seattle SuperSonics 39 43 .476 26 25–16 14–27 15–15
Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 29 26–15 10–31 14–16
Los Angeles Clippers 12 70 .146 53 9–32 3–38 3–27
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 65 17 .793
2 y-Dallas Mavericks 55 27 .671 10
3 x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 16
4 x-Utah Jazz 44 38 .537 21
5 x-Golden State Warriors 42 40 .512 23
6 x-Houston Rockets 42 40 .512 23
7 x-Seattle SuperSonics 39 43 .476 26
8 x-Denver Nuggets 37 45 .451 28
9 Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 29
10 Sacramento Kings 29 53 .354 36
11 San Antonio Spurs 28 54 .341 37
12 Los Angeles Clippers 12 70 .146 53



Record vs. opponentsEdit

1986-87 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–3 4–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 3–3 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 1–1 3–3 5–0 5–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 5–0
Boston 3–3 6–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 0–2 3–3 4–2 4–2 3–3 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–2
Chicago 2–4 0–6 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 0–2 0–2 3–2 2–0 0–2 4–2 3–2 4–2 3–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–3
Cleveland 2–4 2–3 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–5 1–1 0–2 3–3 2–0 0–2 1–5 4–2 4–1 2–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–4
Dallas 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 5–0 3–3 0–2 5–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–3 5–1 4–2 5–0 3–3 1–1
Denver 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 0–2 4–1 3–3 1–1 2–3 0–5 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–2 3–2 2–4 5–1 2–3 2–4 1–1
Detroit 3–3 2–3 3–3 5–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 1–1 3–3 5–1 6–0 5–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3
Golden State 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–5 1–4 1–1 4–1 0–2 6–0 2–4 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–5 4–2 4–1 4–1 4–2 2–3 0–2
Houston 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–3 3–3 1–1 1–4 2–0 4–1 1–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–2 2–3 5–1 5–1 1–4 3–3 1–1
Indiana 3–3 1–5 2–3 3–3 2–0 1–1 3–3 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–4 5–1 3–2 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–2
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–5 3–2 0–2 0–6 1–4 0–2 0–6 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–5 0–6 1–4 1–4 2–4 2–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–3 5–0 1–1 4–2 4–1 2–0 6–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 5–1 5–1 5–0 4–1 4–2 3–2 1–1
Milwaukee 3–3 3–3 2–4 5–1 0–2 1–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 4–2 2–0 1–1 4–2 4–2 2–3 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–1
New Jersey 0–5 2–4 2–3 2–4 0–2 0–2 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–5 1–1 0–2 2–4 5–1 3–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–4
New York 1–5 2–4 2–4 1–4 0–2 0–2 0–6 0–2 1–1 2–3 2–0 0–2 2–4 1–5 3–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–4
Philadelphia 3–3 3–3 3–3 4–2 0–2 2–0 0–5 1–1 2–0 4–2 2–0 0–2 3–2 3–3 3–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3
Phoenix 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–3 2–3 1–1 5–1 2–3 1–1 5–1 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–3 2–3 1–5 4–1 0–2
Portland 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–0 2–4 3–2 2–0 6–0 1–5 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 4–2 3–2 4–1 4–2 3–2 1–1
Sacramento 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–5 4–2 1–1 1–4 1–5 1–1 4–1 0–5 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 3–2 2–3 3–3 2–3 1–5 1–1
San Antonio 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 1–5 1–1 1–4 1–5 0–2 4–1 1–4 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–4 3–3 1–4 2–4 0–2
Seattle 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–5 3–2 0–2 2–4 4–1 1–1 4–2 2–4 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 5–1 2–4 3–2 4–1 3–2 1–1
Utah 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–3 4–2 1–1 3–2 3–3 1–1 3–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–3 5–1 4–2 2–3 1–1
Washington 0–5 2–4 3–3 4–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 1–1 2–4 2–0 1–1 1–4 4–2 4–2 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1

Game logEdit

1986–87 game log
1986–87 season schedule
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates loss.

PlayoffsEdit

1987 playoff game log
1987 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
Tom Chambers 82 82 36.8 .456 .372 .849 6.6 3.0 1.0 .6 23.3
Dale Ellis 82 76 37.5 .516 .358 .787 5.5 2.9 1.3 .4 24.9
Gerald Henderson1 6 6 25.8 .500 .000 .944 1.5 5.3 1.0 .0 11.2
Clemon Johnson 78 7 13.5 .494 .000 .636 3.6 .3 .3 .5 3.2
Eddie Johnson 24 0 21.2 .457 .333 .764 1.9 4.8 .5 .0 9.0
Curtis Kitchen 6 0 5.2 .500 .000 .750 1.5 .2 .3 .5 1.5
Alton Lister 75 75 30.5 .504 .000 .675 9.4 1.5 .4 2.4 11.6
Maurice Lucas 63 0 17.8 .451 .000 .802 4.9 1.0 .5 .3 7.9
Xavier McDaniel 82 82 37.0 .509 .214 .696 8.6 2.5 1.4 .6 23.0
Nate McMillan 71 50 27.8 .475 .000 .617 4.7 8.2 1.8 .6 5.3
Mike Phelps 60 6 7.8 .426 .100 .705 .8 1.1 .4 .0 3.0
Russ Schoene 63 0 9.2 .374 .154 .630 1.9 .4 .3 .2 2.7
Terence Stansbury 44 0 8.5 .429 .379 .620 .5 1.3 .3 .0 4.0
Kevin Williams 65 0 10.8 .446 .000 .833 1.3 1.0 .7 .1 4.9
Danny Young 73 26 20.3 .458 .367 .831 1.5 4.8 1.0 .0 4.8
1.^ Statistics with the SuperSonics.

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Tom Chambers 14 35.6 .449 .353 .808 6.4 2.3 .9 .9 23.0
Dale Ellis 14 37.9 .487 .361 .815 6.4 2.6 .7 .4 25.2
Clemon Johnson 14 18.7 .453 .000 .632 3.5 .3 1.1 .2 4.3
Eddie Johnson 14 12.9 .534 .400 .867 1.0 3.2 .6 .0 6.4
Curtis Kitchen 8 12.9 .500 .000 .000 .8 .0 .0 .4 .3
Alton Lister 9 22.9 .400 .000 .700 6.2 .8 .8 1.4 6.0
Maurice Lucas 14 18.9 .389 .000 .737 4.6 1.4 .9 .4 7.0
Xavier McDaniel 14 37.7 .488 .200 .607 8.4 3.0 1.5 .6 20.3
Nate McMillan 14 25.4 .435 .000 .708 3.9 8.0 1.0 .7 5.1
Russ Schoene 14 8.8 .357 .333 .750 1.9 .2 .1 .3 2.2
Kevin Williams 14 18.2 .479 .000 .750 2.4 2.1 1.1 .1 8.6
Danny Young 14 14.9 .404 .313 1.000 1.1 3.4 1.1 .0 4.1

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

OverviewEdit

Players Added

Via draft

Via free agency

Via trade

Players Lost

Via free agency

Via trade

Via waiver

TradesEdit

July 1, 1986 To Seattle SuperSonics
Alton Lister
Conditional 1987 and 1989 first round picks
To Milwaukee Bucks
Jack Sikma
Conditional 1987 and 1989 second round picks
July 23, 1986 To Seattle SuperSonics
Dale Ellis
To Dallas Mavericks
Al Wood
September 29, 1986 To Seattle SuperSonics
Clemon Johnson
Conditional 1989 first round pick
To Philadelphia 76ers
Tim McCormick
Danny Vranes
September 30, 1986 To Seattle SuperSonics
John Long
To Detroit Pistons
Conditional 1987 and 1991 second round picks
October 2, 1986 To Seattle SuperSonics
Russ Schoene
Terence Stansbury
To Indiana Pacers
John Long
Conditional 1993 second round pick
October 2, 1986 To Seattle SuperSonics
Ronnie Lester
To Los Angeles Lakers
Cash considerations
November 12, 1986 To Seattle SuperSonics
Conditional 1987 first round and 1990 second round picks
To New York Knicks
Gerald Henderson
Conditional 1987 first round pick

Free agentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

See alsoEdit