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1980–81 NBA season

1980–81 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration Oct 10, 1980 – Mar 29, 1981
Mar 31 – May 3, 1981 (Playoffs)
May 5–14, 1981 (Finals)
Number of teams 23
TV partner(s) CBS, USA
Top draft pick Joe Barry Carroll
Picked by Golden State Warriors
Regular season
Top seed Boston Celtics
Season MVP Julius Erving (Philadelphia)
Top scorer Adrian Dantley (Utah)
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Philadelphia 76ers
Western champions Houston Rockets
  Western runners-up Kansas City Kings
Champions Boston Celtics
  Runners-up Houston Rockets
Finals MVP Cedric Maxwell (Boston)

The 1980–81 NBA season was the 35th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Houston Rockets 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

Coaching changes
Team 1979-80 coach 1980-81 coach
Cleveland Cavaliers Stan Albeck Bill Musselman
Dallas Mavericks Expansion Dick Motta
Detroit Pistons Richie Adubato Scotty Robertson
Golden State Warriors Johnny Bach Al Attles
Indiana Pacers Bobby Leonard Jack McKinney
San Antonio Spurs Bob Bass Stan Albeck
San Diego Clippers Gene Shue Paul Silas
Washington Bullets Dick Motta Gene Shue
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Atlanta Hawks Hubie Brown Mike Fratello
Cleveland Cavaliers Bill Musselman Don Delaney
Denver Nuggets Donnie Walsh Doug Moe
New Jersey Nets Kevin Loughery Bob MacKinnon

Final standings

A ticket for a March 1981 game between the Dallas Mavericks and the season's eventual champions Boston Celtics.

By division

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