1987-88 NBA season Finals, awards and best players

NBA Finals 1988

NBA Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Finals:  Los Angeles Lakers (W)  4  Detroit Pistons (E)  3

NBA Finals MVP: James Worthy (Los Angeles Lakers)

Main players: Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Byron Scott (Los Angeles Lakers), Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Adrian Dantley (Detroit Pistons).

Best players for the 1987-88 season

Regular Season MVP: Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls).

All-NBA first team: Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), Larry Bird (Boston Celtics), Charles Barkley (Philadelphia 76ers), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets).

All-NBA second team: John Stockton (Utah Jazz), Clyde Drexler (Portland Trail Blazers), Dominique Wilkins (Atlanta Hawks), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz), Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks).

SEASON STATS LEADERS

CategoryPlayerPos.TeamValue
PointsMichael JordanSG/SFChicago Bulls35.0
ReboundsMichael CagePF/CLos Angeles Clippers13.0
BlocksMark EatonCUtah Jazz3.7
AssistsJohn StocktonPGUtah Jazz13.8
StealsMichael JordanSG/SFChicago Bulls3.2
EfficiencyMichael JordanSG/SFChicago Bulls31.7
3-point field goalsDanny AingeSGBoston Celtics148

NBA Sixth Man: Roy Tarpley (Dallas Mavericks).

Most Improved Player: Kevin Duckworth (Portland Trail Blazers).

PLAYERS WITH THE BEST STATS IN THE 1987-88 REGULAR SEASON

PLAYERGPMPFG(%)3P(%)FT(%)RBASSTTOBKPTS
Michael Jordan820.513.04/24.3753.50.09/0.6513.88.82/10.4984.10.10.10.00.00.00.4
Larry Bird760.511.59/22.0052.71.29/3.1241.35.46/5.9691.60.10.10.00.00.00.4
Charles Barkley800.59.41/16.0458.70.55/1.9628.18.93/11.8975.10.10.00.00.00.00.4
Hakeem Olajuwon790.59.01/17.5351.40.00/0.050.04.82/6.9469.50.20.00.00.00.00.3
Clyde Drexler810.510.48/20.7350.60.14/0.6421.95.88/7.2581.10.10.10.00.00.00.3
Magic Johnson720.56.81/13.8349.20.15/0.7819.25.79/6.7985.30.10.20.00.10.00.3
Karl Malone820.510.46/20.1252.00.00/0.060.06.73/9.6270.00.10.00.00.00.00.3
John Stockton820.45.54/9.6557.40.29/0.8235.43.32/3.9584.10.00.20.00.00.00.2
Fat Lever820.57.84/16.5947.30.15/0.7021.43.02/3.8578.40.10.10.00.00.00.2
Dominique Wilkins780.511.65/25.0946.40.49/1.6529.76.94/8.4082.60.10.00.00.00.00.4

Best defensive players for the 1987-88 season

Defensive Player of the Year: Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls).

All-Defensive first team: Michael Cooper (Los Angeles Lakers), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), Rodney McCray (Houston Rockets), Kevin McHale (Boston Celtics), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets).

All-Defensive second team: Fat Lever (Denver Nuggets), Alvin Robertson (San Antonio Spurs), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz), Buck Williams (New Jersey Nets), Mark Eaton (Utah Jazz), Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks).

Players of the Month and Players of the Week for the 1987-88 season

Rookie of the Year: Mark Jackson (New York Knicks).

All-Rookies first team: Kenny Smith (Sacramento Kings), Mark Jackson (New York Knicks), Derrick McKey (Seattle SuperSonics), Armen Gilliam (Phoenix Suns), Greg Anderson (San Antonio Spurs).

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

MonthPlayer
NovemberMichael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
DecemberLarry Nance (Phoenix Suns)
JanuaryMichael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
FebruaryJohn Stockton (Utah Jazz)
MarchKarl Malone (Utah Jazz)
AprilFat Lever (Denver Nuggets)

Players of the Week: Charles Barkley (Philadelphia 76ers), Larry Bird (Boston Celtics), Clyde Drexler (Portland Trail Blazers) (3), Bob Hansen (Utah Jazz), Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) (3), Bernard King (Washington Bullets), Fat Lever (Denver Nuggets), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz) (2), Xavier McDaniel (Seattle SuperSonics), Larry Nance (Phoenix Suns), Harold Pressley (Sacramento Kings), Byron Scott (Los Angeles Lakers), John Stockton (Utah Jazz), Roy Tarpley (Dallas Mavericks), Dominique Wilkins (Atlanta Hawks) (3).

1988 NBA All-Star Game players

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Magic JohnsonPG/SGLos Angeles Lakers
Fat LeverPG/SGDenver Nuggets
Alvin RobertsonSGSan Antonio Spurs
Clyde DrexlerSG/SFPortland Trail Blazers
Alex EnglishSFDenver Nuggets
James WorthySFLos Angeles Lakers
Mark AguirreSFDallas Mavericks
Xavier McDanielSF/PFSeattle SuperSonics
Karl MalonePFUtah Jazz
Steve Johnson*PF/CPortland Trail Blazers
James DonaldsonCDallas Mavericks
Kareem Abdul-JabbarCLos Angeles Lakers
Hakeem OlajuwonCHouston Rockets

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Maurice CheeksPGPhiladelphia 76ers
Isiah ThomasPGDetroit Pistons
Doc RiversPGAtlanta Hawks
Danny AingeSGBoston Celtics
Michael JordanSG/SFChicago Bulls
Dominique WilkinsSFAtlanta Hawks
Larry BirdSF/PFBoston Celtics
Charles BarkleyPF/SFPhiladelphia 76ers
Kevin McHalePF/CBoston Celtics
Moses MaloneC/PFWashington Bullets
Brad DaughertyCCleveland Cavaliers
Patrick EwingCNew York Knicks

* Player was selected but he could not play the game

All-Star Game MVP: Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls).

More awards

Citizenship award: Alex English (Denver Nuggets).