1988–89 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1988–89 NBA season was the Seattle SuperSonics' 22nd season in the National Basketball Association.[1]

1988–89 Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coachBernie Bickerstaff
General managerBob Whitsitt
ArenaSeattle Center Coliseum
Results
Record47–35 (.573)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 4th (Western)
Playoff finishWest Conference Semifinals
(Lost to Lakers 0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKIRO-TV
KTZZ-TV
RadioKJR
(Kevin Calabro)
< 1987–88 1989–90 >

In the playoffs, the SuperSonics defeated the Houston Rockets in four games in the First Round, before being swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in four games in the Semifinals.

The Sonics finished nineteenth in the NBA in attendance for the season.

Draft picksEdit

At the 1988 Draft the SuperSonics got the fifteenth overall pick behind the Phoenix Suns. With their first round pick the SuperSonics selected Gary Grant but he would be traded on draft night along with a first-round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for Michael Cage. In the second round, they selected guard Corey Gaines.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 15 Gary Grant (traded to L.A. Clippers) PG   United States Michigan
3 65 Corey Gaines G   United States Loyola Marymount

RosterEdit

1988–89 Seattle SuperSonics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 42 Ballard, Greg 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1955-01-29 Oregon
F 44 Cage, Michael 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 224 lb (102 kg) 1962-01-28 San Diego State
F 41 Champion, Mike 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1964-04-05 Gonzaga
G 3 Ellis, Dale 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1960-08-06 Tennessee
G 15 Johnson, Avery 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1965-03-25 Southern
C 53 Lister, Alton 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1958-10-01 Arizona State
G 20 Lucas, John 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1953-10-31 Maryland
F 34 McDaniel, Xavier 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1963-06-04 Wichita State
F 31 McKey, Derrick 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1966-10-10 Alabama
G 10 McMillan, Nate 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1964-08-03 North Carolina State
C 23 Polynice, Olden 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1964-11-21 Virginia
G 35 Reynolds, Jerry 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1962-12-23 LSU
F 40 Schoene, Russ 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1960-04-16 Chattanooga
G 4 Threatt, Sedale 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1961-09-10 West Virginia Tech
Head coach

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

Roster

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Alton Lister Olden Polynice
PF Michael Cage Russ Schoene
SF Derrick McKey Xavier McDaniel Greg Ballard Mike Champion
SG Dale Ellis Jerry Reynolds
PG Nate McMillan Sedale Threatt John Lucas Avery Johnson

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695 35–6 22–19 25–9
x-Phoenix Suns 55 27 .671 2 35–6 20–21 23–11
x-Seattle SuperSonics 47 35 .573 10 31–10 16–25 20–14
x-Golden State Warriors 43 39 .524 14 29–12 14–27 15–19
x-Portland Trail Blazers 39 43 .476 18 28–13 11–30 17–17
Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 30 21–20 6–35 12–22
Los Angeles Clippers 21 61 .256 36 17–24 4–37 7–27
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695
2 y-Utah Jazz 51 31 .622 6
3 x-Phoenix Suns 55 27 .671 2
4 x-Seattle SuperSonics 47 35 .573 10
5 x-Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 12
6 x-Denver Nuggets 44 38 .537 13
7 x-Golden State Warriors 43 39 .524 14
8 x-Portland Trail Blazers 39 43 .476 18
9 Dallas Mavericks 38 44 .463 19
10 Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 30
11 San Antonio Spurs 21 61 .256 36
12 Los Angeles Clippers 21 61 .256 36
13 Miami Heat 15 67 .183 42
z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1988-89 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–1 4–1 4–2 4–2 1–1 0–2 1–5 1–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 6–0 4–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
Boston 1–3 6–0 1–3 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 5–1 3–3 3–3 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–4
Charlotte 1–4 0–6 1–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–4 2–4 3–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–5
Chicago 2–4 3–1 4–1 0–6 2–0 1–1 0–6 1–1 1–1 4–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 6–0 2–2 3–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–1
Cleveland 2–4 4–1 4–0 6–0 2–0 2–0 3–3 1–1 1–1 5–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–3 4–0 2–2 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2
Dallas 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 3–3 0–2 1–3 1–5 1–1 3–1 0–4 6–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 5–1 2–2 4–2 1–1
Denver 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–3 1–1 3–1 4–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 5–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 3–3 2–2 3–3 1–1
Detroit 5–1 3–1 4–0 6–0 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–4 4–0 0–4 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 5–0
Golden State 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–1 5–1 2–3 4–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–4 2–4 2–3 3–1 2–4 2–2 1–1
Houston 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 5–1 2–4 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 4–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 6–0 2–2 2–4 0–2
Indiana 1–5 3–2 2–2 2–4 1–5 1–1 1–1 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–4 1–3 0–5 0–4 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–5 2–2 1–1 1–5 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–5 1–5 2–3 3–1 1–4 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–2 3–2 3–1 2–0 5–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–3 5–0 5–1 3–1 4–2 1–3 1–1
Miami 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–6 1–5 0–2 0–4 2–4 1–1 3–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–4 0–4 1–5 0–2
Milwaukee 0–6 2–2 4–0 0–6 3–3 2–0 2–0 4–2 2–0 1–1 4–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–1
New Jersey 1–4 1–5 4–2 2–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–4 1–5 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–5
New York 2–2 3–3 4–2 2–3 2–2 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–2 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–2 2–4 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–1
Philadelphia 2–2 3–3 3–3 3–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–5 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–3 5–1 4–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–2
Phoenix 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–1 3–1 0–2 4–2 3–1 1–1 5–1 3–3 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–3 5–1 3–1 4–1 2–2 2–0
Portland 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 4–2 1–3 0–2 5–1 0–5 4–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–2 3–3 4–0 2–4 0–4 1–1
Sacramento 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 3–2 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–5 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–5 3–3 2–2 1–5 1–3 0–2
San Antonio 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–5 3–3 0–2 1–3 0–6 0–2 1–3 1–3 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–4 2–2 0–4 1–5 1–1
Seattle 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 4–2 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–4 4–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 4–2 5–1 4–0 3–1 1–1
Utah 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–4 3–3 0–2 2–2 4–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 5–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 3–1 5–1 1–3 2–0
Washington 1–3 4–2 5–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–5 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–4 5–1 1–5 2–4 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2

Game LogEdit

1988–89 game log
1988–89 season schedule
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates loss.

PlayoffsEdit

1989 playoff game log
1989 playoff schedule
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates loss.

Player statisticsEdit

Note: PG= per game; M= Minutes; R= Rebounds; A= Assists; S = Steals; B = Blocks; P = Points; T = Turnovers; PF = Personal fouls

SeasonEdit

Player Age Games played MPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG PFPG PPG
Greg Ballard 34 2 7.5 3.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 3.0
Michael Cage 27 80 31.7 9.6 1.6 1.2 0.7 1.6 2.3 10.3
Mike Champion 24 2 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 0.0
Dale Ellis 28 82 38.9 4.2 2.0 1.3 0.3 2.7 2.4 27.5
Avery Johnson 23 43 6.8 0.6 1.7 0.5 0.1 0.4 0.8 1.6
Alton Lister 30 82 22.0 6.6 0.7 0.3 2.2 1.4 3.8 8.0
John Lucas 35 74 11.4 1.1 3.5 0.8 0.0 0.9 0.7 4.2
Xavier McDaniel 25 82 29.1 5.3 1.6 1.0 0.5 2.6 2.8 20.5
Derrick McKey 22 82 34.2 5.7 2.7 1.3 0.9 2.3 3.2 15.9
Nate McMillan 24 75 31.2 5.2 9.3 2.1 0.6 2.8 3.1 7.1
Olden Polynice 24 80 10.4 2.6 0.3 0.5 0.4 0.6 2.1 2.9
Jerry Reynolds 26 56 13.2 1.8 1.1 0.9 0.5 1.0 1.0 7.6
Russ Schoene 28 69 11.2 2.4 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.7 2.0 5.2
Sedale Threatt 27 63 19.4 1.9 3.8 1.3 0.1 1.2 2.5 8.6

PlayoffsEdit

Player Age Games played MPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG PFPG PPG
Michael Cage 27 8 21.9 5.8 0.6 0.9 0.4 1.0 1.8 7.1
Dale Ellis 28 8 38.0 4.0 1.3 1.4 0.1 2.6 2.4 22.9
Avery Johnson 23 6 5.2 0.7 0.8 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.8
Alton Lister 30 8 20.0 4.8 0.3 0.3 2.6 1.1 3.5 7.0
John Lucas 35 4 9.3 0.3 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.3 2.8
Xavier McDaniel 25 8 35.1 8.4 2.8 0.3 0.6 2.8 3.8 18.8
Derrick McKey 22 8 35.8 6.5 2.3 0.8 1.9 2.9 4.1 13.3
Nate McMillan 24 8 25.0 3.1 7.9 1.3 0.6 2.4 2.6 6.8
Olden Polynice 24 8 20.3 7.8 0.1 0.8 0.5 0.6 4.0 7.1
Jerry Reynolds 26 4 10.0 1.3 0.3 0.5 1.5 1.0 1.5 5.5
Russ Schoene 28 3 14.3 1.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0 2.3 4.3
Sedale Threatt 27 8 25.1 1.6 6.1 2.1 0.0 1.4 2.8 12.0

Awards and recordsEdit

1989 NBA All-Star Game selections (game played on February 12, 1989)

Non All-Star Awards and records

TransactionsEdit

Free agentsEdit

AdditionsEdit

Date Player Signed Former team
August 2, 1988 Avery Johnson Free agent Palm Beach Stingrays
September 19, 1988 John Lucas Free agent Milwaukee Bucks
October 4, 1988 Mike Champion Free agent N/A (Undrafted)
February 13, 1989 Greg Ballard 10-day contract Golden State Warriors
February 26, 1989 Mike Champion 10-day contract N/A

SubtractionsEdit

Date Player Reason left New team
October 25, 1988 Mike Champion Waived N/A
October 31, 1988 Danny Young Waived Portland Trail Blazers
October 31, 1988 Corey Gaines Waived New Jersey Nets

TradesEdit

October 4, 1988
To Seattle SuperSonics---- To Milwaukee Bucks----

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1988-89 Seattle SuperSonics". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
  2. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/coaches/bickebe99c.html