The 1988–89 New Jersey Nets season was the Nets' 13th season in the NBA. The Nets had the fourth overall pick in the 1988 NBA draft, and selected Chris Morris from the University of Auburn. During the off-season, the Nets acquired Walter Berry from the San Antonio Spurs, and acquired Mike McGee from the Sacramento Kings. Before the start of the season, the team acquired Joe Barry Carroll and Lester Conner from the Houston Rockets, while Berry was later on released to free agency midway through the season. The Nets held an 18–29 record at the All-Star break, but struggled for the remainder of the season, posting an 8–27 record, and finishing fifth in the Atlantic Division with a 26–56 record.
|1988–89 New Jersey Nets season|
|Head coach||Willis Reed|
|General manager||Harry Weltman|
|Arena||Brendan Byrne Arena|
|Place||Division: 5th (Atlantic)|
Conference: 11th (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
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(Steve Albert, Bill Raftery, Jim Spanarkel)
(Howard David, Jim Spanarkel, Mike O'Koren)
Roy Hinson averaged 16.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, while Morris averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, and finished in third place in Rookie of the Year voting, and Buck Williams provided the team with 13.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. In addition, Carroll averaged 14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, while McGee contributed 13.0 points per game, second-year guard Dennis Hopson provided with 12.7 points per game, and Conner contributed 10.3 points, 7.4 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
Following the season, Williams was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, and McGee was released to free agency.
|1||4||Chris Morris||SF||United States||Auburn|
|2||32||Charles Shackleford||PF/C||United States||North Carolina State|
|3||52||Derrick Hamilton||SF||United States||Southern Mississippi|
|y-New York Knicks||52||30||.634||–||35–6||17–24||18–12|
|New Jersey Nets||26||56||.317||26||17–24||9–32||9–21|
|2||y-New York Knicks||52||30||.634||11|
|11||New Jersey Nets||26||56||.317||37|
- z – clinched division title
- y – clinched division title
- x – clinched playoff spot
Record vs. opponentsEdit
|1988-89 NBA Records|
Awards and recordsEdit
- Chris Morris, NBA All-Rookie Team 2nd Team
- June 23, 1988: Dwayne Washington drafted in the NBA expansion draft by the Miami Heat.
- July 1, 1988: Released Dudley Bradley.
- July 19, 1988: Signed Anthony Bowie as a free agent.
- August 10, 1988: Orlando Woolridge signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers.
- August 29, 1988: Traded Dallas Comegys to the San Antonio Spurs for Walter Berry.
- August 30, 1988: Signed Kevin Williams as a free agent.
- August 31, 1988: Waived Otis Birdsong.
- October 4, 1988: Signed Frank Johnson as a free agent.
- October 31, 1988: Traded a 1991 2nd round draft pick and a 1996 2nd round draft pick to the Sacramento Kings for Mike McGee.
- November 1, 1988: Waived Anthony Bowie.
- November 2, 1988: Traded Tony Brown, Frank Johnson, Tim McCormick and Lorenzo Romar to the Houston Rockets for Joe Barry Carroll and Lester Conner.
- November 23, 1988: Signed Ron Cavenall as a free agent.
- December 27, 1988: Waived Ron Cavenall.
- January 30, 1989: Waived Walter Berry.
- January 31, 1989: Signed Bill Jones as a free agent.
- February 7, 1989: Signed Corey Gaines to the first of two 10-day contracts.
- February 27, 1989: Signed Corey Gaines as a free agent.
- March 3, 1989: Waived Kevin Williams.
Player Transactions Citation:
- ^ 1988-89 New Jersey Nets
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- ^ "1988 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved December 6, 2022.
- ^ "Nets Get Walter Berry". The New York Times. August 30, 1988. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
- ^ "Spurs Trade Berry to Nets for Comegys". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. August 30, 1989. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
- ^ "Nets Acquire Kings' McGee". The New York Times. November 1, 1988. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
- ^ "The Sacramento Kings Traded Guard Mike McGee..." Los Angeles Times. November 1, 1988. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
- ^ Goldaper, Sam (November 3, 1988). "Nets Acquire Rockets' Carroll". The New York Times. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
- ^ "Rockets Send Joe Barry Carroll to the Nets in a Six-Player Trade". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. November 3, 1988. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
- ^ "NBA Games Played on February 9, 1989". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved January 23, 2023.
- ^ "1988–89 New Jersey Nets Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
- ^ "IN BRIEF: Richmond Wins Gottlieb Trophy". Los Angeles Times. Times Wire Services. May 1, 1989. Retrieved December 27, 2022.
- ^ "1988–89 NBA Awards Voting". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved December 27, 2022.
- ^ "1988–89 New Jersey Nets Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
- ^ Brown, Clifton (June 25, 1989). "PRO-BASKETBALL; Nets Get Bowie for Buck Williams". The New York Times. Retrieved February 14, 2022.
- ^ "Trail Blazers Trade Bowie, No. 12 Pick in Draft to Nets for Buck Williams". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. June 25, 1989. Retrieved December 6, 2022.
- ^ "Blazers Trade Bowie, No. 12 Pick for Williams". Deseret News. Associated Press. June 25, 1989. Retrieved December 6, 2022.
- ^ "1988–89 New Jersey Nets Transactions". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 11, 2022.