1989–90 NBA season

1989–90 NBA season

1989–90 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration November 3, 1989 – April 22, 1990
April 26 – June 3, 1990 (Playoffs)
June 5 – 14, 1990 (Finals)
Number of teams 27
TV partner(s) CBS, TNT
Top draft pick Pervis Ellison
Picked by Sacramento Kings
Regular season
Top seed Los Angeles Lakers
Season MVP Magic Johnson (L.A. Lakers)
Top scorer Michael Jordan (Chicago)
Eastern champions Detroit Pistons
  Eastern runners-up Chicago Bulls
Western champions Portland Trail Blazers
  Western runners-up Phoenix Suns
Champions Detroit Pistons
  Runners-up Portland Trail Blazers
Finals MVP Isiah Thomas (Detroit)

The 1989–90 NBA season was the 44th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Detroit Pistons winning their second NBA Championship, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.


  • Notable occurrences 1
  • Final standings 2
    • By division 2.1
    • By conference 2.2
  • Playoffs 3
  • Statistics leaders 4
  • NBA awards 5
    • Player of the week 5.1
    • Player of the month 5.2
    • Rookie of the month 5.3
    • Coach of the month 5.4
  • References 6

Notable occurrences

Coaching changes
Team 1988-89 coach 1989-90 coach
Chicago Bulls Doug Collins Phil Jackson
Minnesota Timberwolves Expansion Bill Musselman
New Jersey Nets Willis Reed Bill Fitch
New York Knicks Rick Pitino Stu Jackson
Orlando Magic Expansion Matt Guokas
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Sacramento Kings Jerry Reynolds Dick Motta
Dallas Mavericks John MacLeod Richie Adubato
Charlotte Hornets Dick Harter Gene Littles

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 – Clinched playoff spot


Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics.

First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
1 Detroit 3
8 Indiana 0
1 Detroit 4
5 New York 1
4 Boston 2
5 New York 3
1 Detroit 4
Eastern Conference
3 Chicago 3
3 Chicago 3
6 Milwaukee 1
3 Chicago 4
2 Philadelphia 1
2 Philadelphia 3
7 Cleveland 2
E1 Detroit 4
W3 Portland 1
1 L.A. Lakers 3
8 Houston 1
1 L.A. Lakers 1
5 Phoenix 4
4 Utah 2
5 Phoenix 3
5 Phoenix 2
Western Conference
3 Portland 4
3 Portland 3
6 Dallas 0
3 Portland 4
2 San Antonio 3
2 San Antonio 3
7 Denver 0

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 33.6
Rebounds per game Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets 14.0
Assists per game John Stockton Utah Jazz 14.5
Steals per game Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 2.77
Blocks per game Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets 4.59
FG% Mark West Phoenix Suns .625
FT% Larry Bird Boston Celtics .930
3FG% Steve Kerr Cleveland Cavaliers .507

NBA awards

Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com

Player of the week

The following players were named NBA Player of the Week.
Week Player
Nov. 3 – Nov. 12 Vern Fleming (Indiana Pacers)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19 John Stockton (Utah Jazz)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26 Clyde Drexler (Portland Trail Blazers)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3 Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17 Chris Mullin (Golden State Warriors)
Dec. 18 – Dec. 23 Terry Cummings (San Antonio Spurs)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 30 Karl Malone (Utah Jazz)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 7 Terry Teagle (Golden State Warriors)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14 Ron Harper (Los Angeles Clippers)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21 Alvin Robertson (Milwaukee Bucks)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28 Karl Malone (Utah Jazz)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4 Tim Hardaway (Golden State Warriors)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 18 Tom Chambers (Phoenix Suns)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25 David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4 Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11 Rony Seikaly (Miami Heat)
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18 Kevin Johnson (Phoenix Suns)
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25 David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8 Charles Barkley (Philadelphia 76ers)
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15 Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22 David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)

Player of the month

The following players were named NBA Player of the Month.
Month Player
November Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)
December Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
January Karl Malone (Utah Jazz)
February Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
March Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
April Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)

Rookie of the month

The following players were named NBA Rookie of the Month.
Month Rookie
November David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
December David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
January David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
February David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
March David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
April David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)

Coach of the month

The following coaches were named NBA Coach of the Month.
Month Coach
November Dick Versace (Indiana Pacers)
December Stu Jackson (New York Knicks)
January Jim Lynam (Philadelphia 76ers)
February Cotton Fitzsimmons (Phoenix Suns)
March Rick Adelman (Portland Trail Blazers)
April Jimmy Rodgers (Boston Celtics)