1987–88 NBA season

1987–88 NBA season

1987–88 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration Nov 6, 1987 – Apr 24, 1988
Apr 28 – Jun 4, 1988 (Playoffs)
Jun 7–21, 1988 (Finals)
Number of teams 23
TV partner(s) CBS, TBS
Draft
Top draft pick David Robinson
(didn't play until 89–90 season)
Picked by San Antonio Spurs
Regular season
Top seed Los Angeles Lakers
Season MVP Michael Jordan (Chicago)
Top scorer Michael Jordan (Chicago)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Detroit Pistons
  Eastern runners-up Boston Celtics
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up Dallas Mavericks
Finals
Champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Runners-up Detroit Pistons
Finals MVP James Worthy (L.A. Lakers)
A ticket for Game 1 of the 1988 NBA Finals at The Forum.

The 1987–88 NBA season was the 42nd season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning their second straight Championship, beating the Detroit Pistons in seven hard fought games in the NBA Finals, becoming the NBA's first repeat champions since the Boston Celtics did it in the 1968–69 NBA season.

Notable occurrences

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 1986-87 coach 1987-88 coach
Dallas Mavericks Dick Motta John MacLeod
Phoenix Suns Dick Van Arsdale John Wetzel
Milwaukee Bucks Don Nelson Del Harris
New York Knicks Bob Hill Rick Pitino
Sacramento Kings Jerry Reynolds Bill Russell
Los Angeles Clippers Don Chaney Gene Shue
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Golden State Warriors George Karl Ed Gregory
Philadelphia 76ers Matt Guokas Jim Lynam
New Jersey Nets Dave Wohl Bob MacKinnon
Bob MacKinnon Willis Reed
Sacramento Kings Bill Russell Jerry Reynolds
Washington Bullets Kevin Loughery Wes Unseld

Final standings

By division