1981-82 NBA season Finals, awards and best players

NBA Finals 1982

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: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Norm Nixon (Los Angeles Lakers), Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney (Philadelphia 76ers).

Best players for the 1981-82 season

Regular Season MVP: Moses Malone (Houston Rockets).

All-NBA first team: Gus Williams (Seattle SuperSonics), George Gervin (San Antonio Spurs), Julius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers), Larry Bird (Boston Celtics), Moses Malone (Houston Rockets).

All-NBA second team: Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers), Sidney Moncrief (Milwaukee Bucks), Alex English (Denver Nuggets), Bernard King (Golden State Warriors), Robert Parish (Boston Celtics).

SEASON STATS LEADERS

CategoryPlayerPos.TeamValue
PointsGeorge GervinSGSan Antonio Spurs32.3
ReboundsMoses MaloneC/PFHouston Rockets14.7
BlocksGeorge JohnsonC/PFSan Antonio Spurs3.1
AssistsJohnny MoorePGSan Antonio Spurs9.7
StealsMagic JohnsonPG/SGLos Angeles Lakers2.7
EfficiencyMoses MaloneC/PFHouston Rockets26.8
3-point field goalsDon BusePGIndiana Pacers73

PLAYERS WITH THE BEST STATS IN THE 1981-82 REGULAR SEASON

PLAYERGPMPFG(%)3P(%)FT(%)RBASSTTOBKPTS
Moses Malone810.511.67/22.4951.90.00/0.070.07.78/10.2176.20.20.00.00.00.00.4
Magic Johnson780.57.13/13.2853.70.08/0.3721.64.22/5.5576.00.10.10.00.00.00.2
Larry Bird770.59.23/18.3650.30.14/0.6820.64.26/4.9486.20.10.10.00.00.00.3
Adrian Dantley810.511.16/19.5857.00.01/0.0425.08.00/10.1079.20.10.00.00.00.00.4
Alex English820.410.43/18.9455.10.00/0.100.04.54/5.4084.10.10.10.00.00.00.3
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar760.59.91/17.1257.90.00/0.040.04.11/5.8270.60.10.00.00.00.00.3
Jack Sikma820.57.09/14.7848.00.02/0.1612.55.45/6.3885.40.20.00.00.00.00.2
Julius Erving810.49.63/17.6354.60.04/0.1428.65.07/6.6576.20.10.00.00.00.00.3
Artis Gilmore820.46.66/10.2165.20.01/0.01100.05.17/6.7376.80.10.00.00.00.00.2
Mychal Thompson790.58.62/16.4952.30.00/0.000,03.54/5.6562.70.10.10.00.00.00.3

Best defensive players for the 1981-82 season

All-Defensive first team: Dennis Johnson (Phoenix Suns), Michael Cooper (Los Angeles Lakers), Bobby Jones (Philadelphia 76ers), Dan Roundfield (Atlanta Hawks), Caldwell Jones (Philadelphia 76ers).

All-Defensive second team: Quinn Buckner (Milwaukee Bucks), Sidney Moncrief (Milwaukee Bucks), Larry Bird (Boston Celtics), Lonnie Shelton (Seattle SuperSonics), Jack Sikma (Seattle SuperSonics).

Players of the Month and Players of the Week for the 1981-82 season

Rookie of the Year: Buck Williams (New Jersey Nets).

All-Rookies first team: Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons), Kelly Tripucka (Detroit Pistons), Jay Vincent (Dallas Mavericks), Buck Williams (New Jersey Nets), Jeff Ruland (Washington Bullets).

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

MonthPlayer
NovemberJulius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers)
DecemberSidney Moncrief (Milwaukee Bucks)
JanuaryLarry Bird (Boston Celtics)
FebruaryMoses Malone (Houston Rockets)
MarchAlex English (Denver Nuggets)

Players of the Week: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers), Greg Ballard (Washington Bullets), Billy Ray Bates (Portland Trail Blazers), Larry Bird (Boston Celtics) (2), Ron Brewer (San Antonio Spurs), Alex English (Denver Nuggets), George Gervin (San Antonio Spurs) (3), Artis Gilmore (Chicago Bulls), Eddie Johnson (Atlanta Hawks), Bernard King (Golden State Warriors), Moses Malone (Houston Rockets) (2), Robert Parish (Boston Celtics), Dan Roundfield (Atlanta Hawks), Jack Sikma (Seattle SuperSonics), Mychal Thompson (Portland Trail Blazers), Kelly Tripucka (Detroit Pistons), Jay Vincent (Dallas Mavericks), Gus Williams (Seattle SuperSonics), Ray Williams (New Jersey Nets).

1982 NBA All-Star Game players

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Norm NixonPGLos Angeles Lakers
Magic JohnsonPG/SGLos Angeles Lakers
Gus WilliamsPG/SGSeattle SuperSonics
Dennis JohnsonPG/SGPhoenix Suns
George GervinSGSan Antonio Spurs
Adrian DantleySF/SGUtah Jazz
Alex EnglishSFDenver Nuggets
Bernard KingSFGolden State Warriors
Lonnie SheltonPF/CSeattle SuperSonics
Moses MaloneC/PFHouston Rockets
Jack SikmaC/PFSeattle SuperSonics
Kareem Abdul-JabbarCLos Angeles Lakers

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Isiah ThomasPGDetroit Pistons
Nate ArchibaldPGBoston Celtics
Sidney MoncriefSGMilwaukee Bucks
M. Ray RichardsonSG/SFNew York Knicks
Kelly TripuckaSF/SGDetroit Pistons
Julius ErvingSF/SGPhiladelphia 76ers
Bobby JonesSFPhiladelphia 76ers
Larry BirdSF/PFBoston Celtics
Buck WilliamsPFNew Jersey Nets
Dan Roundfield*PF/CAtlanta Hawks
Bob LanierCMilwaukee Bucks
Robert ParishCBoston Celtics
Artis GilmoreCChicago Bulls

* Player was selected but he could not play the game

All-Star Game MVP: Larry Bird (Boston Celtics).

More awards

Citizenship award: Kent Benson (Detroit Pistons).