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1990–91 Seattle SuperSonics season

Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coach Bernie Bickerstaff
General manager Bob Whitsitt
Arena Seattle Center Coliseum
Results
Record 41–41 (.500)
Place Division: 5th (Pacific)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finish West First Round
(eliminated 2–3)

Local media
Television Northwest Cable Sports, KOMO-TV
Radio KOMO-AM and FM

The 1990–91 Seattle SuperSonics season was the 23rd season of the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Head coach Bernie Bickerstaff was replaced by his former assistant K.C. Jones, and went on to occupy the desk of vice-president of Basketball Operations for Seattle,[1] resigning months later to accept a job as general manager of the Denver Nuggets.[2] The Draft Lottery gave the Supersonics the No. 2 pick, that was used to select future All-Star point guard Gary Payton. Substantial changes were made on the roster, first by trading Sonics referent Xavier McDaniel to the Phoenix Suns during the first months of competition, followed by Dale Ellis, whose off-the-court problems were the focus of much unwanted attention,[3][4] who was sent to Milwaukee, and forward Olden Polynice to the Los Angeles Clippers, both trades occurring days after the All-Star break. Seattle would finish with a 41–41 record like the previous season, this time being able to reach the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference, where they lost in the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers in 5 games.

Offseason

Draft picks

Of the 3 players Seattle picked in the draft only Gary Payton would stay with the team, since Jud Buechler was traded to the New Jersey Nets and Abdul Shamsid-Deen went to Europe to play for the French team Paris Basket Racing.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 2 Gary Payton PG  United States Oregon State
2 38 Jud Buechler F/G  United States Arizona
2 53 Abdul Shamsid-Deen C  United States Providence

Pre-season

Roster

Regular season

Season standings

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Portland Trail Blazers 63 19 .768 36–5 27–14 18-10
x-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 5 33–8 25-16 19-9
x-Phoenix Suns 55 27 .671 8 32–9 23-18 17–11
x-Golden State Warriors 44 38 .537 19 30–11 14–27 13–15
x-Seattle SuperSonics 41 41 .500 22 28-13 13–28 12-16
Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 32 23–18 8-33 10-18
Sacramento Kings 25 57 .305 38 24-17 1–40 9–19
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Portland Trail Blazers 63 19 .768
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 55 27 .671 8
3 x-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 5
4 x-Phoenix Suns 55 27 .671 8
5 x-Utah Jazz 54 28 .659 9
6 x-Houston Rockets 52 30 .634 11
7 x-Golden State Warriors 44 38 .537 19
8 x-Seattle SuperSonics 41 41 .500 22
9 Orlando Magic 31 51 .378 32
10 Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 32
11 Minnesota Timberwolves 29 53 .354 34
12 Dallas Mavericks 28 54 .341 35
13 Sacramento Kings 25 57 .305 38
14 Denver Nuggets 20 62 .244 43
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Game log

Playoffs

Player statistics

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Dana Barros 66 0 11.4 .495 .395 .918 1.1 1.7 0.3 0.0 6.3
Benoit Benjamin* 31 27 29.0 .502 .000 .690 8.2 1.5 0.9 1.7 12.9
Michael Cage 82 55 26.1 .508 .000 .625 6.8 1.1 1.0 0.7 6.4
Dave Corzine 28 0 5.3 .447 .000 .591 1.2 0.1 0.2 0.2 1.7
Quintin Dailey 30 0 10.0 .471 .000 .613 1.1 0.5 0.2 0.0 6.1
Dale Ellis* 30 24 26.7 .463 .303 .738 3.1 2.1 1.1 0.1 15.0
Eddie Johnson* 66 27 26.9 .486 .333 .912 3.4 1.4 0.7 0.1 17.4
Shawn Kemp 81 66 30.1 .508 .167 .661 8.4 1.8 1.0 1.5 15.0
Xavier McDaniel* 15 15 35.3 .479 .000 .710 5.4 2.5 1.7 0.3 21.8
Derrick McKey 73 55 34.3 .517 .211 .845 5.8 2.3 1.2 0.8 15.3
Nate McMillan 78 0 18.4 .433 .354 .613 3.2 4.8 1.3 0.3 4.3
Scott Meents 13 0 4.1 .250 1.000 .500 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.3 1.3
Gary Payton 82 82 27.4 .450 .077 .711 3.0 6.4 2.0 0.2 7.2
Ricky Pierce* 32 2 26.3 .463 .391 .925 2.3 2.3 0.7 0.1 17.5
Olden Polynice* 48 0 20.0 .545 .000 .588 5.6 0.3 0.5 0.4 8.3
Sedale Threatt 80 57 25.8 .519 .286 .792 1.2 3.4 1.4 0.1 12.7

*Statistics with the Seattle SuperSonics.

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Dana Barros 3 0 8.3 .692 .400 .750 1.3 1.7 1.0 0.0 7.7
Benoit Benjamin 5 5 32.6 .488 .000 .906 6.6 0.2 0.6 0.2 13.8
Michael Cage 5 0 16.0 .429 .000 .765 16.0 4.2 0.6 0.4 5.0
Dave Corzine 2 0 6.0 .667 .000 1.000 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5
Eddie Johnson 5 5 34.2 .517 .267 .828 4.2 1.4 1.4 0.2 24.0
Shawn Kemp 5 5 29.8 .386 .000 .815 7.2 1.2 0.6 0.8 13.2
Derrick McKey 4 0 28.5 .571 .000 .545 5.8 2.0 0.6 0.0 9.5
Nate McMillan 5 0 19.0 .261 .000 .500 3.6 4.4 1.2 0.2 2.8
Scott Meents 2 0 4.0 .500 .000 .000 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 2.0
Gary Payton 5 5 27.0 .407 .000 1.000 2.6 6.4 1.6 0.2 4.8
Ricky Pierce 5 0 22.4 .333 .300 .941 2.8 0.8 0.8 0.2 11.4
Sedale Threatt 5 5 27.2 .536 .364 .900 1.6 3.4 1.0 0.0 14.6

Awards and records

Awards

Records

  • Ricky Pierce finished the season with a franchise record .925 in free throw percentage.[5]

Transactions

Overview

Players Added

Via draft

Via free agency

Via trade

Players Lost

Via free agency

Via trade

Trades

June 27, 1990[6]
To Seattle SuperSonics
Nets' agreement not to draft Dennis Scott or Gary Payton with their No. 1 pick.
Conditional 2nd round picks for 1993 and 1995
To New Jersey Nets
Jud Buechler
To Orlando Magic
Sonics' agreement not to draft Dennis Scott with their No. 2 pick.
October 24, 1990
To Seattle SuperSonics
Conditional 1997 second round pick
To Denver Nuggets
Avery Johnson
December 7, 1990
To Seattle SuperSonics
Eddie Johnson
Conditional 1991 and 1994 first round picks
To Phoenix Suns
Xavier McDaniel
February 15, 1991
To Seattle SuperSonics
Ricky Pierce
To Milwaukee Bucks
Dale Ellis
February 20, 1991
To Seattle SuperSonics
Benoit Benjamin
To Los Angeles Clippers
Olden Polynice
Conditional 1991 and 1994 first round picks

Free agents

References

  1. ^ Sonics Make Move to K.C. -- Coaching Switch Moves Bickerstaff to Front Office, The Seattle Times, March 15, 1990.
  2. ^ Bickerstaff to Accept Denver Job -- Ex-Sonic Coach to Become GM, The Seattle Times, July 11, 1990.
  3. ^ Ellis Drinking, Speeding Before Crash, Jurors Told, The Seattle Times, September 25, 1990.
  4. ^ Ellis and Mcdaniel in Fight, The Seattle Times, November 22, 1990.
  5. ^ http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/OKC/leaders_season.html
  6. ^ Sonics Face Tall Order Next -- With Payton At Point, Attention Turns To Center Spot, The Seattle Times, June 28, 1990.

External links

  • 1990-91 Seattle SuperSonics season at Basketball Reference

See also

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