1980-81 NBA season Finals, awards and best players

NBA Finals 1981

NBA Champion: Boston Celtics

NBA Finals:  Houston Rockets (W)  2  Boston Celtics (E)  4

NBA Finals MVP: Cedric Maxwell (Boston Celtics)

Main players: Larry Bird, Cedric Maxwell, Robert Parish (Boston Celtics), Moses Malone, Robert Reid, Billy Paultz (Houston Rockets).

Best players for the 1980-81 season

Regular Season MVP: Julius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers).

All-NBA first team: Dennis Johnson (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: Nate Archibald (Boston Celtics), Otis Birdsong (Kansas City Kings), Marques Johnson (Milwaukee Bucks), Adrian Dantley (Utah Jazz), Moses Malone (Houston Rockets).

SEASON STATS LEADERS

CategoryPlayerPos.TeamValue
PointsAdrian DantleySF/SGUtah Jazz30.7
ReboundsMoses MaloneC/PFHouston Rockets14.8
BlocksGeorge JohnsonC/PFSan Antonio Spurs3.4
AssistsKevin PorterPGWashington Bullets9.1
StealsMagic JohnsonPG/SGLos Angeles Lakers3.4
EfficiencyKareem Abdul-JabbarCLos Angeles Lakers25.5
3-point field goalsMike BratzPGCleveland Cavaliers57

PLAYERS WITH THE BEST STATS IN THE 1980-81 REGULAR SEASON

PLAYERGPMPFG(%)3P(%)FT(%)RBASSTTOBKPTS
Moses Malone800.510.08/19.3152.20.01/0.0425.07.61/10.0575.70.20.00.00.00.00.3
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar800.510.45/18.2157.40.00/0.010.05.29/6.9076.70.10.00.00.00.00.3
Adrian Dantley800.511.36/20.3455.90.03/0.0933.37.90/9.8080.60.10.10.00.00.00.4
Julius Erving820.49.68/18.5952.10.05/0.2222.75.15/6.5478.70.10.10.00.00.00.3
Larry Bird820.58.77/18.3347.80.24/0.9026.73.45/4.0086.30.10.10.00.00.00.3
Artis Gilmore820.46.67/9.9567.00.00/0.000,04.57/6.4970.40.10.00.00.00.00.2
Alex English810.59.48/19.2049.40.04/0.0666.74.81/5.6784.80.10.00.00.00.00.3
Robert Parish820.37.74/14.2254.40.00/0.010.03.44/4.8471.10.10.00.00.00.00.2
Swen Nater820.46.30/11.4055.30.00/0.000,02.98/3.7479.70.20.00.00.00.00.2
Marques Johnson760.48.37/15.1755.20.00/0.120.03.54/5.0170.70.10.10.00.00.00.3

Best defensive players for the 1980-81 season

All-Defensive first team: Dennis Johnson (Phoenix Suns), M. Ray Richardson (New York Knicks), Bobby Jones (Philadelphia 76ers), Caldwell Jones (Philadelphia 76ers), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers).

All-Defensive second team: Quinn Buckner (Milwaukee Bucks), Michael Cooper (Los Angeles Lakers), Dudley Bradley (Indiana Pacers), Kermit Washington (Portland Trail Blazers), Dan Roundfield (Atlanta Hawks), George Johnson (San Antonio Spurs).

Players of the Month and Players of the Week for the 1980-81 season

Rookie of the Year: Darrell Griffith (Utah Jazz).

All-Rookies first team: Kelvin Ransey (Portland Trail Blazers), Darrell Griffith (Utah Jazz), Kevin McHale (Boston Celtics), Larry Smith (Golden State Warriors), Joe Barry Carroll (Golden State Warriors).

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

MonthPlayer
OctoberMagic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
NovemberJulius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers)
DecemberFreeman Williams (San Diego Clippers)
JanuaryBernard King (Golden State Warriors)
FebruaryCalvin Murphy (Houston Rockets)
MarchKelvin Ransey (Portland Trail Blazers)

Players of the Week: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers), Nate Archibald (Boston Celtics), Otis Birdsong (Kansas City Kings), Kenny Carr (Cleveland Cavaliers), Adrian Dantley (Utah Jazz), Mike Dunleavy (Houston Rockets), Julius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers), Phil Ford (Kansas City Kings), Artis Gilmore (Chicago Bulls), Elvin Hayes (Washington Bullets), Dennis Johnson (Phoenix Suns), Caldwell Jones (Philadelphia 76ers), Bernard King (Golden State Warriors), Billy Knight (Indiana Pacers), Moses Malone (Houston Rockets), Mike Mitchell (Cleveland Cavaliers), Mike Newlin (New Jersey Nets), Robert Parish (Boston Celtics), Robert Reid (Houston Rockets), M. Ray Richardson (New York Knicks), Dan Roundfield (Atlanta Hawks), Larry Smith (Golden State Warriors), David Thompson (Denver Nuggets), Terry Tyler (Detroit Pistons).

1981 NBA All-Star Game players

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Dennis JohnsonPG/SGPhoenix Suns
Otis BirdsongSG/PGKansas City Kings
Paul WestphalSG/PGSeattle SuperSonics
George GervinSGSan Antonio Spurs
Jamaal WilkesSF/SGLos Angeles Lakers
Walter DavisSF/SGPhoenix Suns
Adrian DantleySF/SGUtah Jazz
Truck RobinsonPFPhoenix Suns
Moses MaloneC/PFHouston Rockets
Jack SikmaC/PFSeattle SuperSonics
Kareem Abdul-JabbarCLos Angeles Lakers

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Nate ArchibaldPGBoston Celtics
Eddie JohnsonPG/SGAtlanta Hawks
Reggie TheusPG/SGChicago Bulls
M. Ray RichardsonSG/SFNew York Knicks
Marques JohnsonSG/SFMilwaukee Bucks
Julius ErvingSF/SGPhiladelphia 76ers
Mike MitchellSFCleveland Cavaliers
Bobby JonesSFPhiladelphia 76ers
Larry BirdSF/PFBoston Celtics
Dan Roundfield*PF/CAtlanta Hawks
Artis GilmoreCChicago Bulls
Robert ParishCBoston Celtics

* Player was selected but he could not play the game

All-Star Game MVP: Nate Archibald (Boston Celtics).

More awards

Citizenship award: Mike Glenn (New York Knicks).