1989–90 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1989–90 NBA season was the 22nd season for the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association. It was Bernie Bickerstaff's last season as head coach of the Sonics, and the first season for rookie and future All-Star forward Shawn Kemp. After winning two of their first three games, the Sonics lost in a quintuple-overtime game on November 9 to the Milwaukee Bucks, 155–154 at the Bradley Center.[1] The Sonics played around .500 for the entire season peaking late in the season at 34-32 before going 7-9 to end their season, as they finished fourth in the Pacific Division with a 41–41 record, losing the #8 seed in the Western Conference to the Houston Rockets, who had the same record but were ahead after tie-breaks, and thus did not reach the playoffs. This was also Xavier McDaniel's final full season in Seattle, as he was traded midway through the following season to the Phoenix Suns.

1989–90 Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coachBernie Bickerstaff
General managerBob Whitsitt
ArenaSeattle Center Coliseum
Results
Record41–41 (.500)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 9th (Western)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKIRO-TV
KTZZ-TV
Northwest Cable Sports
RadioKJR
< 1988–89 1990–91 >

Draft picksEdit

Seattle drafted future All-Stars Dana Barros and Shawn Kemp as their only two picks of the 1989 Draft. Kemp would go on to have a successful 8-year run with the Sonics.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 16 Dana Barros PG   United States Boston College
1 17 Shawn Kemp PF / C   United States Trinity Valley CC

RosterEdit

1989–90 Seattle SuperSonics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 11   Barros, Dana 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 163 lb (74 kg) 1967–04–13 Boston College
F/C 44   Cage, Michael 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 224 lb (102 kg) 1962–01–28 San Diego State
G 20   Dailey, Quintin 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1961–01–22 San Francisco
G/F 3   Ellis, Dale 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1960–08–06 Tennessee
G 21   Farmer, Jim 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1964–09–23 Alabama
G 15   Johnson, Avery 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1965–03–25 Southern
F/C 33   Johnson, Steve 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1957–11–03 Oregon State
F/C 40   Kemp, Shawn 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1969–11–26 Trinity Valley CC
F 34   McDaniel, Xavier 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1963–06–04 Wichita State
F/C 31   McKey, Derrick 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1966–10–10 Alabama
G/F 10   McMillan, Nate 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1964–08–03 North Carolina State
F 50   Meents, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1964–01–04 Illinois
F/C 23   Polynice, Olden 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1964–11–21 Virginia
G 4   Threatt, Sedale 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1961–09–10 West Virginia Tech
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Michael Cage Olden Polynice Steve Johnson
PF Shawn Kemp Brad Sellers Scott Meents
SF Derrick McKey Xavier McDaniel
SG Nate McMillan Dale Ellis Quintin Dailey Jim Farmer
PG Dana Barros Sedale Threatt Avery Johnson

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 63 19 .768 37–4 26–15 22–6
x-Portland Trail Blazers 59 23 .720 4 35–6 24–17 20–8
x-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 9 32–9 22–19 20–8
Seattle SuperSonics 41 41 .500 22 30–11 11–30 11–17
Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 26 27–14 10–31 11–17
Los Angeles Clippers 30 52 .366 33 20–21 10–31 7–21
Sacramento Kings 23 59 .280 40 16–25 7–34 7–21
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 63 19 .768
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 7
3 x-Portland Trail Blazers 59 23 .720 4
4 x-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 8
5 x-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 9
6 x-Dallas Mavericks 47 35 .573 16
7 x-Denver Nuggets 43 39 .524 20
8 x-Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 22
9 Seattle SuperSonics 41 41 .500 22
10 Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 26
11 Los Angeles Clippers 30 52 .366 33
12 Sacramento Kings 23 59 .280 40
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 22 60 .268 41
14 Charlotte Hornets 19 63 .232 44

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1989–90 NBA records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 1–3 2–0 0–5 2–3 0–2 1–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–3 1–1 0–2 4–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 5–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2
Boston 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 5–0 2–2 1–1 5–1 4–1 4–0 3–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3
Charlotte 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 3–2 0–2 2–2 1–4 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–5 0–4 0–5 0–2
Chicago 5–0 2–2 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–4 2–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 4–0 4–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 3–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1
Cleveland 3–2 1–3 1–1 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 3–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 4–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
Dallas 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 3–1 4–1 2–0 3–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 3–2 2–2 1–3 1–1
Denver 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–0 3–2 0–2 2–2 4–1 0–2 2–2 0–4 2–0 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 4–0 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–1
Detroit 2–3 2–2 2–0 4–1 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 2–0 4–0 4–0 5–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0
Golden State 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–4 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–5 2–2 3–2 1–3 2–3 2–2 1–1
Houston 0–2 0–2 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–4 1–4 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 4–0 2–2 2–2 3–2 1–1
Indiana 3–2 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–3 0–2 2–0 1–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 3–2 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
L.A. Clippers 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–4 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–5 2–3 0–4 3–2 0–4 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 1–1 4–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–3 5–0 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–1
Miami 0–4 0–5 1–1 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–4 1–5 3–1 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–3
Milwaukee 2–3 2–2 2–0 1–4 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 2–2 5–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–1
Minnesota 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–4 0–5 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–4 1–3 0–5 1–1
New Jersey 2–2 1–5 1–1 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–2 4–1 0–4 1–1 1–4 1–3 1–4 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–3
New York 3–1 1–4 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 5–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–2 2–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–0
Orlando 0–5 0–4 1–1 2–3 1–4 0–2 0–2 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–5 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4
Philadelphia 2–2 2–3 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 5–0 3–1 1–1 4–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–1
Phoenix 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 5–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 5–0 0–4 3–2 3–1 2–0
Portland 1–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 5–0 3–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–2 4–0 3–1 3–2 2–2 1–1
Sacramento 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–3 0–4 1–1 3–2 0–5 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–5 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 1–1 5–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–0 3–1 3–2 2–0
Seattle 1–1 0–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 2–3 0–4 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 2–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–0
Utah 1–1 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–3 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–3 3–1 2–0
Washington 2–2 3–2 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–5 4–0 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2

Game logEdit

1989–90 game log
1989–90 schedule

Player statisticsEdit

LegendEdit

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Dana Barros 81 25 20.1 40.5% 39.9% 80.9% 1.6 2.5 0.7 0.0 9.7
Michael Cage 82 82 31.6 50.4% 69.8% 10.0 0.9 1.0 0.5 9.7
Quintin Dailey 30 2 16.4 40.4% 20% 78.8% 1.7 1.1 0.4 0.0 8.2
Dale Ellis 55 49 37.0 49.7% 37.5% 81.8% 4.3 2.0 1.1 0.1 23.5
Jim Farmer 38 0 10.5 43.8% 29.6% 71.3% 1.1 0.7 0.4 0.0 6.4
Avery Johnson 53 10 10.8 38.7% 25% 72.5% 0.8 3.1 0.5 0.0 2.6
Steve Johnson 1 21 0 11.5 53.3% 60% 2.4 0.8 0.1 0.2 5.6
Shawn Kemp 81 1 13.8 47.9% 16.7% 73.6% 4.3 0.3 0.6 0.9 6.5
Xavier McDaniel 69 67 35.2 49.6% 29.4% 73.3% 6.5 2.5 1.1 0.5 21.3
Derrick McKey 80 80 34.4 49.3% 13% 78.2% 6.1 2.3 1.1 1.0 15.7
Nate McMillan 82 69 28.5 47.3% 35.5% 64.1% 4.9 7.3 1.7 0.5 6.4
Scott Meents 26 0 5.7 43.2% 73.9% 1.2 0.3 0.2 0.1 2.1
Olden Polynice 79 7 13.7 54% 50% 47.5% 3.8 0.2 0.3 0.3 4.6
Brad Sellers 1 45 0 13.0 42.4% 0% 80.3% 1.6 0.7 0.2 0.4 4.8
Sedale Threatt 65 18 22.8 50.6% 25% 82.8% 1.8 3.3 1.0 0.1 11.4
1.^ Statistics with the SuperSonics.

Awards, records, and honorsEdit

The Sonics did not have any awards, records, and honors. [2]

TransactionsEdit

OverviewEdit

Players Added

Via draft

Via free agency

Via trade

Players Lost

Via draft
(1989 NBA Expansion Draft)

Via free agency

Via trade

TradesEdit

June 26, 1989 To Seattle SuperSonics
Brad Sellers
To Chicago Bulls
Conditional 1989 first round pick
June 27, 1989 To Seattle SuperSonics
Conditional 1989 first round pick
To Golden State Warriors
Conditional 1990 first round pick
To Seattle SuperSonics
Conditional 1993 second round pick
To Chicago Bulls
Seattle's agreement not to draft B. J. Armstrong with the 16th or 17th draft pick.
August 7, 1989 To Seattle SuperSonics
Conditional 1990 first round pick
To Golden State Warriors
Alton Lister
February 22, 1990 To Seattle SuperSonics
Steve Johnson
To Minnesota Timberwolves
Brad Sellers

Free agentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bucks Defeat SuperSonics In 5 Overtimes". New York Times. November 10, 1989. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  2. ^ 1989-90 NBA Season Summary

See alsoEdit