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1978–79 NBA season


1978–79 NBA season

1978–79 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 13, 1978 – April 8, 1979
Number of games 82
Number of teams 22
TV partner(s) CBS
Top draft pick Mychal Thompson
Picked by Portland Trail Blazers
Regular season
Season MVP Moses Malone (Houston)
Top scorer San Antonio)
Eastern champions Washington Bullets
  Eastern runners-up San Antonio Spurs
Western champions Seattle SuperSonics
  Western runners-up Phoenix Suns
Champions Seattle SuperSonics
  Runners-up Washington Bullets
Finals MVP Dennis Johnson (Seattle)

The 1978–79 NBA season was the 33rd season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Seattle SuperSonics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Washington Bullets 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals, a rematch of the previous year's Finals, but with the opposite result.

Notable occurrences

Final standings

By division

By conference


  • z, y – division champions
  • x – clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game George Gervin San Antonio Spurs 29.6
Rebounds per game Moses Malone Houston Rockets 17.6
Assists per game Kevin Porter Detroit Pistons
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