1979-80 NBA season Finals, awards and best players

NBA Finals 1980

NBA Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Finals:  Los Angeles Lakers (W)  4  Philadelphia 76ers (E)  2

NBA Finals MVP: Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)

Main players: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jamaal Wilkes (Los Angeles Lakers), Julius Erving, Darryl Dawkins, Caldwell Jones (Philadelphia 76ers).

Best players for the 1979-80 season

Regular Season MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers).

All-NBA first team: Paul Westphal (Phoenix Suns), George Gervin (San Antonio Spurs), Julius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers), Larry Bird (Boston Celtics), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers).

All-NBA second team: Dennis Johnson (Seattle SuperSonics), Gus Williams (Seattle SuperSonics), Marques Johnson (Milwaukee Bucks), Dan Roundfield (Atlanta Hawks), Moses Malone (Houston Rockets).

SEASON STATS LEADERS

CategoryPlayerPos.TeamValue
PointsGeorge GervinSGSan Antonio Spurs33.1
ReboundsSwen NaterCSan Diego Clippers15.0
BlocksKareem Abdul-JabbarCLos Angeles Lakers3.4
AssistsM. Ray RichardsonSG/SFNew York Knicks10.2
StealsM. Ray RichardsonSG/SFNew York Knicks3.2
EfficiencyJulius ErvingSF/SGPhiladelphia 76ers25.4
3-point field goalsBrian TaylorPG/SGSan Diego Clippers90

PLAYERS WITH THE BEST STATS IN THE 1979-80 REGULAR SEASON

PLAYERGPMPFG(%)3P(%)FT(%)RBASSTTOBKPTS
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar820.510.18/16.8760.30.00/0.010.04.44/5.8076.60.10.10.00.00.00.3
Moses Malone820.59.49/18.8950.20.00/0.070.06.87/9.5571.90.20.00.00.00.00.3
Julius Erving780.510.74/20.6951.90.05/0.2619.25.38/6.8578.50.10.10.00.00.00.3
George Gervin780.513.13/24.8752.80.41/1.3131.36.47/7.6085.10.10.00.00.00.00.4
Larry Bird820.48.45/17.8447.40.71/1.7440.83.67/4.3983.60.10.10.00.00.00.3
Magic Johnson770.56.53/12.3253.00.09/0.4022.54.86/6.0081.00.10.10.00.10.00.2
Dan Issel820.48.72/17.2750.50.05/0.1533.36.30/8.1377.50.10.00.00.00.00.3
Marques Johnson770.58.95/16.4554.40.03/0.1225.03.78/4.7879.10.10.00.00.00.00.3
Swen Nater810.45.47/9.8655.50.00/0.020.02.42/3.3771.80.20.00.00.00.00.2
Bill Cartwright820.58.11/14.8254.70.00/0.000,05.50/6.9079.70.10.00.00.00.00.3

Best defensive players for the 1979-80 season

All-Defensive first team: Don Buse (Phoenix Suns), Dennis Johnson (Seattle SuperSonics), M. Ray Richardson (New York Knicks), Bobby Jones (Philadelphia 76ers), Dan Roundfield (Atlanta Hawks), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers).

All-Defensive second team: Eddie Johnson (Atlanta Hawks), Quinn Buckner (Milwaukee Bucks), Scott Wedman (Kansas City Kings), Kermit Washington (Portland Trail Blazers), Dave Cowens (Boston Celtics).

Players of the Month and Players of the Week for the 1979-80 season

Rookie of the Year: Larry Bird (Boston Celtics).

All-Rookies first team: Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers), Larry Bird (Boston Celtics), Calvin Natt (Portland Trail Blazers), Dave Greenwood (Chicago Bulls), Bill Cartwright (New York Knicks).

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

MonthPlayer
NovemberMoses Malone (Houston Rockets)
DecemberKareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers)
JanuaryGeorge Gervin (San Antonio Spurs)
FebruaryLarry Bird (Boston Celtics)
MarchJulius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers)

Players of the Week: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers) (2), Greg Ballard (Washington Bullets), Rick Barry (Houston Rockets), Billy Ray Bates (Portland Trail Blazers), Larry Bird (Boston Celtics), Adrian Dantley (Utah Jazz), Walter Davis (Phoenix Suns), Julius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers), Phil Ford (Kansas City Kings), George Gervin (San Antonio Spurs), Kevin Grevey (Washington Bullets), Dennis Johnson (Seattle SuperSonics), Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers) (2), Marques Johnson (Milwaukee Bucks), Mike Mitchell (Cleveland Cavaliers), Swen Nater (San Diego Clippers), Calvin Natt (Portland Trail Blazers), M. Ray Richardson (New York Knicks), Clifford Robinson (New Jersey Nets), Dan Roundfield (Atlanta Hawks), Scott Wedman (Kansas City Kings).

1980 NBA All-Star Game players

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Dennis JohnsonPG/SGSeattle SuperSonics
Magic JohnsonPG/SGLos Angeles Lakers
World B. FreePG/SGSan Diego Clippers
Otis BirdsongSG/PGKansas City Kings
Paul WestphalSG/PGPhoenix Suns
Marques JohnsonSG/SFMilwaukee Bucks
Adrian DantleySF/SGUtah Jazz
Walter DavisSF/SGPhoenix Suns
Kermit WashingtonPFPortland Trail Blazers
Jack SikmaC/PFSeattle SuperSonics
Kareem Abdul-JabbarCLos Angeles Lakers

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Nate ArchibaldPGBoston Celtics
Eddie JohnsonPG/SGAtlanta Hawks
George GervinSGSan Antonio Spurs
M. Ray RichardsonSG/SFNew York Knicks
John DrewSF/SGAtlanta Hawks
Julius ErvingSF/SGPhiladelphia 76ers
Larry BirdSF/PFBoston Celtics
Dan Roundfield*PF/CAtlanta Hawks
Elvin HayesC/PFWashington Bullets
Moses MaloneC/PFHouston Rockets
Bill CartwrightCNew York Knicks

* Player was selected but he could not play the game

All-Star Game MVP: George Gervin (San Antonio Spurs).

More awards

Citizenship award: Austin Carr (Cleveland Cavaliers).