1977-78 NBA season Finals, awards and best players

NBA Finals 1978

NBA Champion: Washington Bullets

NBA Finals:  Seattle SuperSonics (W)  3  Washington Bullets (E)  4

NBA Finals MVP: Wes Unseld (Washington Bullets)

Main players: Elvin Hayes, Bob Dandridge, Wes Unseld (Washington Bullets), Marvin Webster, Gus Williams, Jack Sikma (Seattle SuperSonics).

Best players for the 1977-78 season

Regular Season MVP: Bill Walton (Portland Trail Blazers).

All-NBA first team: George Gervin (San Antonio Spurs), Julius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers), David Thompson (Denver Nuggets), Truck Robinson (New Orleans Jazz), Bill Walton (Portland Trail Blazers).

All-NBA second team: Pete Maravich (New Orleans Jazz), Paul Westphal (Phoenix Suns), Walter Davis (Phoenix Suns), Maurice Lucas (Portland Trail Blazers), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers).

SEASON STATS LEADERS

CategoryPlayerPos.TeamValue
PointsGeorge GervinSGSan Antonio Spurs27.2
ReboundsTruck RobinsonPFNew Orleans Jazz15.7
BlocksGeorge JohnsonC/PFNew Jersey Nets3.4
AssistsKevin PorterPGNew Jersey Nets10.2
StealsRon LeePG/SGPhoenix Suns2.7
EfficiencyKareem Abdul-JabbarCLos Angeles Lakers29.2

PLAYERS WITH THE BEST STATS IN THE 1977-78 REGULAR SEASON

PLAYERGPMPFG(%)3P(%)FT(%)RBASSTTOBKPTS
Bob McAdoo790.510.30/19.8052.0--/----5.94/8.1672.80.20.00.00.10.00.3
Artis Gilmore820.58.59/15.3755.9--/----5.74/8.1670.30.20.00.00.10.00.3
Dave Cowens770.57.77/15.8449.1--/----3.10/3.6984.00.20.10.00.00.00.2
George Gervin820.410.54/19.6553.6--/----6.15/7.4083.10.10.00.00.00.00.3
Truck Robinson820.59.12/20.5244.4--/----4.46/6.9863.90.20.00.00.00.00.3
Dan Issel820.48.04/15.7051.2--/----5.22/6.6778.30.10.00.00.00.00.3
David Thompson800.510.33/19.8052.2--/----6.50/8.3577.80.10.10.00.00.00.3
Marques Johnson800.47.85/15.0552.2--/----3.76/5.1173.60.10.00.00.00.00.2
Elvin Hayes810.57.85/17.4045.1--/----4.02/6.3563.30.20.00.00.00.00.2
Adrian Dantley790.57.32/14.2851.3--/----6.85/8.6179.60.10.00.00.00.00.3

Best defensive players for the 1977-78 season

All-Defensive first team: Don Buse (Phoenix Suns), Lionel Hollins (Portland Trail Blazers), Bobby Jones (Denver Nuggets), Maurice Lucas (Portland Trail Blazers), Bill Walton (Portland Trail Blazers).

All-Defensive second team: Norm Van Lier (Chicago Bulls), Quinn Buckner (Milwaukee Bucks), Bob Gross (Portland Trail Blazers), E.C. Coleman (Golden State Warriors), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers), Artis Gilmore (Chicago Bulls).

Players of the Month and Players of the Week for the 1977-78 season

Rookie of the Year: Walter Davis (Phoenix Suns).

All-Rookies first team: Norm Nixon (Los Angeles Lakers), Marques Johnson (Milwaukee Bucks), Walter Davis (Phoenix Suns), Bernard King (New Jersey Nets), Jack Sikma (Seattle SuperSonics).

1978 NBA All-Star Game players

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Lionel HollinsPGPortland Trail Blazers
Paul WestphalSG/PGPhoenix Suns
Brian WintersSG/SFMilwaukee Bucks
David ThompsonSF/SGDenver Nuggets
Walter DavisSF/SGPhoenix Suns
Bobby JonesSFDenver Nuggets
Rick BarrySFGolden State Warriors
Maurice LucasPFPortland Trail Blazers
Artis GilmoreCChicago Bulls
Bill WaltonCPortland Trail Blazers
Bob LanierCDetroit Pistons

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Pete Maravich*SG/PGNew Orleans Jazz
George GervinSGSan Antonio Spurs
Randy SmithSG/SFBuffalo Braves
Doug CollinsSG/SFPhiladelphia 76ers
John HavlicekSF/SGBoston Celtics
Julius ErvingSF/SGPhiladelphia 76ers
Truck RobinsonPFNew Orleans Jazz
Larry KenonPFSan Antonio Spurs
Elvin HayesC/PFWashington Bullets
Dave CowensC/PFBoston Celtics
Moses MaloneC/PFHouston Rockets
Bob McAdooC/PFNew York Knicks

* Player was selected but he could not play the game

All-Star Game MVP: Randy Smith (Buffalo Braves).

More awards

Citizenship award: Bob Lanier (Detroit Pistons).