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1987–88 Seattle SuperSonics season

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1987–88 Seattle SuperSonics season

Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coach Bernie Bickerstaff
General manager Bob Whitsitt
Arena Seattle Center Coliseum
Results
Record 44–38 (.537)
Place Division: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 7th (Western)
Playoff finish West First Round
(Eliminated 2-3)

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

The 1987–88 Seattle SuperSonics season was the 21st season of the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It was Bernie Bickerstaff's first season with a winning percentage above .500, coaching the Sonics to the 1988 NBA Playoffs where they lost in five games to the Denver Nuggets in the first round.

Offseason

Draft picks

Seattle selected future hall of famer Scottie Pippen in the first round thanks to a pick acquired from the New York Knicks, but traded him on draft day to the Chicago Bulls for Olden Polynice and two future conditional draft picks.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 5 Scottie Pippen SF  United States Central Arkansas
1 9 Derrick McKey F  United States Alabama
3 55 Tommy Amaker Duke
4 78 Todd Linder Tampa
5 101 Michael Tait Clemson
6 124 Tom Gneiting BYU
7 147 Mike Giomi North Carolina State

Roster

Regular season

Season standings

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756 36–5 26–15 23–7
x-Portland Trail Blazers 53 29 .646 9 33–8 20–21 23–7
x-Seattle SuperSonics 44 38 .537 18 32–9 12–29 19–11
Phoenix Suns 28 54 .341 34 22–19 6–35 11–19
Golden State Warriors 20 62 .244 42 16–25 4–37 7–23
Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 45 14–27 3–38 7–23
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756
2 y-Denver Nuggets 54 28 .659 8
3 x-Dallas Mavericks 53 29 .646 9
4 x-Portland Trail Blazers 53 29 .646 9
5 x-Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 15
6 x-Houston Rockets 46 36 .561 16
7 x-Seattle SuperSonics 44 38 .537 18
8 x-San Antonio Spurs 31 51 .378 31
9 Phoenix Suns 28 54 .341 34
10 Sacramento Kings 24 58 .293 38
11 Golden State Warriors 20 62 .244 42
12 Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 45

Game log

Playoffs

West First Round

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (7) Seattle SuperSonics: Nuggets win series 3-2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1978 Western Conference Finals (Seattle won 4-2)

Statistics

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chambers, TomTom Chambers 82 82 32.7 .448 .303 .807 6.0 2.6 1.1 .6 20.4
Ellis, DaleDale Ellis 75 73 37.2 .503 .413 .767 4.5 2.6 1.0 .1 25.8
Johnson, ClemonClemon Johnson 74 26 9.8 .467 .000 .688 2.4 .2 .2 .3 1.6
Lister, AltonAlton Lister 82 55 22.1 .504 .500 .606 7.6 .7 .3 1.7 5.6
McDaniel, XavierXavier McDaniel 78 77 34.7 .488 .280 .715 6.6 3.4 1.2 .7 21.4
McKey, DerrickDerrick McKey 82 4 20.8 .491 .367 .772 4.0 1.3 .9 .8 8.5
McMillan, NateNate McMillan 82 82 29.9 .474 .375 .707 4.1 8.6 2.1 .6 7.6
Polynice, OldenOlden Polynice 82 0 13.2 .465 .000 .639 4.0 .4 .4 .3 4.1
Schoene, RussRuss Schoene 81 2 12.0 .458 .293 .810 2.4 .7 .5 .2 6.0
Threatt, SedaleSedale Threatt 26 0 13.6 .519 .143 .833 1.3 2.0 1.3 .2 7.5
Vincent, SamSam Vincent 43 0 12.7 .474 .385 .767 1.1 3.2 .5 .1 4.5
Williams, KevinKevin Williams 80 9 13.6 .442 .143 .844 1.6 1.2 .8 .1 6.3
Young, DannyDanny Young 77 0 12.3 .408 .286 .811 1.0 2.8 .7 .0 3.2
1.^ Statistics with the SuperSonics.

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chambers, TomTom Chambers 5 25.8 .549 .000 .829 6.2 2.2 .6 .2 25.8
Ellis, DaleDale Ellis 5 34.4 .482 .250 .724 4.6 3.0 .6 .4 20.8
Johnson, ClemonClemon Johnson 5 7.8 .429 .000 .500 1.4 .0 .2 .2 1.4
Lister, AltonAlton Lister 5 15.4 .706 .000 .800 5.8 1.0 .2 1.0 5.6
McDaniel, XavierXavier McDaniel 5 36.0 .556 .500 .500 9.6 5.0 .6 .2 21.2
McKey, DerrickDerrick McKey 5 21.8 .632 .333 .588 4.0 1.6 .6 1.0 12.0
McMillan, NateNate McMillan 5 25.4 .343 .000 .643 4.2 6.6 .4 .6 6.6
Polynice, OldenOlden Polynice 5 13.2 .455 .000 .000 1.6 .0 .6 .0 2.0
Schoene, RussRuss Schoene 5 7.8 .583 .500 .000 1.4 .4 .2 .0 3.2
Threatt, SedaleSedale Threatt 5 16.0 .412 .000 1.000 2.2 2.2 .2 .0 6.4
Williams, KevinKevin Williams 5 14.0 .438 .000 .000 1.6 1.8 .6 .0 2.8
Young, DannyDanny Young 5 19.0 .524 .000 1.000 2.0 3.8 .4 .4 6.4

Awards and records

Awards

Records

Transactions

Overview

Players Added

Via draft

Via free agency

Via trade

Players Lost

Via free agency

Via trade

Via waiver

Trades

October 16, 1987 To Seattle SuperSonics
Sam Vincent
Scott Wedman
To Boston Celtics
Conditional 1988 second round pick
February 25, 1988 To Seattle SuperSonics
Sedale Threatt
To Chicago Bulls
Sam Vincent

Free Agents

2.^ Received a conditional 1990 second round pick as compensation.

References

See also

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