1978-79 NBA season Finals, awards and best players

NBA Finals 1979

NBA Champion: Seattle SuperSonics

NBA Finals:  Seattle SuperSonics (W)  4  Washington Bullets (E)  1

NBA Finals MVP: Dennis Johnson (Seattle SuperSonics)

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

Best players for the 1978-79 season

Regular Season MVP: Moses Malone (Houston Rockets).

All-NBA first team: Paul Westphal (Phoenix Suns), George Gervin (San Antonio Spurs), Marques Johnson (Milwaukee Bucks), Moses Malone (Houston Rockets), Elvin Hayes (Washington Bullets).

All-NBA second team: Phil Ford (Kansas City Kings), World B. Free (San Diego Clippers), Walter Davis (Phoenix Suns), Bob Dandridge (Washington Bullets), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers).

SEASON STATS LEADERS

CategoryPlayerPos.TeamValue
PointsGeorge GervinSGSan Antonio Spurs29.6
ReboundsMoses MaloneC/PFHouston Rockets17.6
BlocksKareem Abdul-JabbarCLos Angeles Lakers4.0
AssistsKevin PorterPGDetroit Pistons13.4
StealsM.L. CarrSF/SGDetroit Pistons2.5
EfficiencyKareem Abdul-JabbarCLos Angeles Lakers25.5

PLAYERS WITH THE BEST STATS IN THE 1978-79 REGULAR SEASON

PLAYERGPMPFG(%)3P(%)FT(%)RBASSTTOBKPTS
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar800.59.71/16.8457.7--/----4.36/5.9373.50.20.10.00.00.00.3
Moses Malone820.58.73/16.1654.0--/----7.30/9.8973.80.20.00.00.00.00.3
Artis Gilmore820.59.18/15.9857.4--/----5.29/7.1673.90.20.00.00.00.00.3
Marques Johnson770.510.65/19.3655.0--/----4.31/5.6875.90.10.00.00.00.00.3
Rich Kelley800.45.50/10.8850.6--/----4.66/5.7381.30.20.00.00.00.00.2
George Gervin800.511.84/21.8654.2--/----5.89/7.1382.60.10.00.00.00.00.4
Larry Kenon810.49.23/18.3250.4--/----3.64/4.3184.50.10.10.00.00.00.3
Elvin Hayes820.58.78/18.0148.8--/----4.26/6.5165.40.10.00.00.00.00.3
Cedric Maxwell800.55.90/10.1058.4--/----7.18/8.9580.20.10.00.00.00.00.2
Robert Parish760.47.29/14.6149.9--/----2.58/3.7069.70.20.00.00.00.00.2

Best defensive players for the 1978-79 season

All-Defensive first team: Don Buse (Phoenix Suns), Dennis Johnson (Seattle SuperSonics), Bob Dandridge (Washington Bullets), Bobby Jones (Philadelphia 76ers), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers).

All-Defensive second team: Lionel Hollins (Portland Trail Blazers), Eddie Johnson (Atlanta Hawks), M.L. Carr (Detroit Pistons), Maurice Lucas (Portland Trail Blazers), Moses Malone (Houston Rockets).

Players of the Month and Players of the Week for the 1978-79 season

Rookie of the Year: Phil Ford (Kansas City Kings).

All-Rookies first team: Phil Ford (Kansas City Kings), Reggie Theus (Chicago Bulls), Ron Brewer (Portland Trail Blazers), Terry Tyler (Detroit Pistons), Mychal Thompson (Portland Trail Blazers).

1979 NBA All-Star Game players

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Dennis JohnsonPG/SGSeattle SuperSonics
Paul WestphalSG/PGPhoenix Suns
Otis BirdsongSG/PGKansas City Kings
Marques JohnsonSG/SFMilwaukee Bucks
David ThompsonSF/SGDenver Nuggets
Walter DavisSF/SGPhoenix Suns
Maurice LucasPFPortland Trail Blazers
George McGinnisPF/CDenver Nuggets
Jack SikmaC/PFSeattle SuperSonics
Kareem Abdul-JabbarCLos Angeles Lakers
Artis GilmoreCChicago Bulls

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Calvin MurphyPGHouston Rockets
Pete MaravichSG/PGNew Orleans Jazz
George GervinSGSan Antonio Spurs
Doug Collins*SG/SFPhiladelphia 76ers
Campy RussellSG/SFCleveland Cavaliers
Bob DandridgeSF/SGWashington Bullets
Julius ErvingSF/SGPhiladelphia 76ers
Rudy TomjanovichSFHouston Rockets
Larry KenonPFSan Antonio Spurs
Moses MaloneC/PFHouston Rockets
Elvin HayesC/PFWashington Bullets
Bob LanierCDetroit Pistons

* Player was selected but he could not play the game

All-Star Game MVP: David Thompson (Denver Nuggets).

More awards

Citizenship award: Calvin Murphy (Houston Rockets).