The following are the basketball events of the year 1988 throughout the world.
Player awards (NBA)Edit
Regular Season MVPEdit
NBA Finals MVPEdit
Slam Dunk ContestEdit
- John R. Wooden Award: Danny Manning, Kansas
- Naismith College Coach of the Year: Larry Brown (basketball), Kansas
- Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award: Jerry Johnson (basketball player), Florida Southern
- Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year: Hersey Hawkins, Bradley
- NCAA basketball tournament Most Outstanding Player: Glen Rice, Michigan
- Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year: John Chaney (basketball, born 1932), Temple
- Naismith Outstanding Contribution to Basketball: Red Auerbach
- Naismith College Player of the Year: Sue Wicks, Rutgers
- Naismith College Coach of the Year: Leon Barmore, Louisiana Tech
- Wade Trophy: Teresa Weatherspoon, Louisiana Tech
- Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award: Suzie McConnell, Penn State
- NCAA basketball tournament Most Outstanding Player: Erica Westbrooks, Louisiana Tech
- Carol Eckman Award: Kay Yow, NC State
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of FameEdit
- Class of 1988:
- January 5 — Pete Maravich, American Hall of Fame NBA player (Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz) (born 1947)
- February 9 — Joe Reiff, All-American college player (Northwestern) (born 1911)
- March 8 — Gordon Carpenter, American AAU player and Olympic Gold medalist (1948) (born 1919)
- April 5 — Swede Halbrook, American NBA player (Syracuse Nationals) (born 1933)
- April 22 — Victor Holt, All-American college player (Oklahoma) (born 1908)
- July 4 — Ross McBurney, All-American college player (Wichita State) (born 1906)
- October 19 — Forrest Sprowl, 69, All-American college player (Purdue) and college coach (Lawrence).
- December 14 — Charlie T. Black, All-American college player (Kansas) and college coach (Nebraska) (born 1901)
- ^ "Hall of Famers". Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 12 Oct 2014.
- ^ "Forrest H. Sprowl". Journal & Courier. October 22, 1988. p. 10. Retrieved June 4, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.