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1983–84 NBA season

1983–84 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration Oct 28, 1983 – Apr 15, 1984
Apr 17 – May 25, 1984 (Playoffs)
May 27 – Jun 12, 1984 (Finals)
Number of teams 23
TV partner(s) CBS, ESPN, USA
Draft
Top draft pick Ralph Sampson
Picked by Houston Rockets
Regular season
Top seed Boston Celtics
Season MVP Larry Bird (Boston)
Top scorer Adrian Dantley (Utah)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Milwaukee Bucks
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up Phoenix Suns
Finals
Champions Boston Celtics
  Runners-up Los Angeles Lakers
Finals MVP Larry Bird (Boston)

The 1983–84 NBA season was the 38th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 3 for the second time since 1969 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 1982-83 coach 1983-84 coach
Atlanta Hawks Kevin Loughery Mike Fratello
Boston Celtics Bill Fitch K.C. Jones
Chicago Bulls Paul Westhead Kevin Loughery
Detroit Pistons Scotty Robertson Chuck Daly
Golden State Warriors Al Attles Johnny Bach
Houston Rockets Del Harris Bill Fitch
New Jersey Nets Bill Blair Stan Albeck
San Antonio Spurs Stan Albeck Morris McHone
San Diego Clippers Paul Silas Jim Lynam
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
San Antonio Spurs Morris McHone Bob Bass
  • David Stern begins his tenure as the league's fourth commissioner, effective April 1.
  • The NBA Playoffs were expanded from 6 teams per conference to 8, where it stands to this date. As a result, the 'first round bye' system was eliminated.
  • Marked the first year the first round of the NBA Playoffs went from best-of-3 to best-of-five playoff.
  • The Denver Nuggets & Detroit Pistons play in the highest scoring game in NBA history with the Pistons winning 186–184 in three overtimes.
  • The New Jersey Nets won a playoff series for the first time in their NBA history, upsetting the defending champion Philadelphia 76ers in five games. The series marked the only time (to date) a road team won every game in a playoff series.
  • Spalding replaced Wilson as manufacturer of the official NBA game ball, a relationship that continues today.


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