1984–85 NBA season

1984–85 NBA season

1984–85 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration Oct 26, 1984 – Apr 14, 1985
Apr 17 – May 22, 1985 (Playoffs)
May 27 – Jun 9, 1985 (Finals)
Number of teams 23
TV partner(s) CBS, TBS
Top draft pick Hakeem Olajuwon
Picked by Houston Rockets
Regular season
Top seed Boston Celtics
Season MVP Larry Bird (Boston)
Top scorer Bernard King (New York)
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Philadelphia 76ers
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up Denver Nuggets
Champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Runners-up Boston Celtics
Finals MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L.A. Lakers)

The 1984–85 NBA season was the 39th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA Championship, beating the Boston Celtics 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

Coaching changes
Team 1983-84 coach 1984-85 coach
Cleveland Cavaliers Tom Nissalke George Karl
Indiana Pacers Jack McKinney George Irvine
Kansas City Kings Cotton Fitzsimmons Jack McKinney
San Antonio Spurs Bob Bass Cotton Fitzsimmons
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Los Angeles Clippers Jim Lynam Don Chaney
Kansas City Kings Jack McKinney Phil Johnson

Final standings

By division

By conference


  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • y – Clinched division title
  • x –