1988-89 NBA season Finals, awards and best players

NBA Finals 1989

NBA Champion: Detroit Pistons

NBA Finals:  Los Angeles Lakers (W)  0  Detroit Pistons (E)  4

NBA Finals MVP: Joe Dumars (Detroit Pistons)

Main players: Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer (Detroit Pistons), Magic Johnson, James Worthy, A.C. Green (Los Angeles Lakers).

Best players for the 1988-89 season

Regular Season MVP: Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers).

All-NBA first team: Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), Charles Barkley (Philadelphia 76ers), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets).

All-NBA second team: John Stockton (Utah Jazz), Kevin Johnson (Phoenix Suns), Chris Mullin (Golden State Warriors), Tom Chambers (Phoenix Suns), Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks).

All-NBA third team: Mark Price (Cleveland Cavaliers), Dale Ellis (Seattle SuperSonics), Dominique Wilkins (Atlanta Hawks), Terry Cummings (Milwaukee Bucks), Robert Parish (Boston Celtics).

SEASON STATS LEADERS

CategoryPlayerPos.TeamValue
PointsMichael JordanSG/SFChicago Bulls32.5
ReboundsHakeem OlajuwonCHouston Rockets13.5
BlocksManute BolCGolden State Warriors4.3
AssistsJohn StocktonPGUtah Jazz13.6
StealsJohn StocktonPGUtah Jazz3.2
EfficiencyMichael JordanSG/SFChicago Bulls31.1
3-point field goalsMichael AdamsPGDenver Nuggets166

NBA Sixth Man: Eddie Johnson (Phoenix Suns).

Most Improved Player: Kevin Johnson (Phoenix Suns).

PLAYERS WITH THE BEST STATS IN THE 1988-89 REGULAR SEASON

PLAYERGPMPFG(%)3P(%)FT(%)RBASSTTOBKPTS
Michael Jordan810.511.93/22.1653.80.33/1.2127.38.32/9.7985.00.10.10.00.00.00.4
Magic Johnson770.57.52/14.7750.90.77/2.4431.66.66/7.3191.10.10.20.00.10.00.3
Charles Barkley790.58.86/15.2957.90.44/2.0521.57.62/10.1175.40.20.10.00.00.00.3
Hakeem Olajuwon820.49.63/18.9850.70.00/0.120.05.54/7.9569.70.20.00.00.00.00.3
Karl Malone800.510.11/19.4951.90.06/0.2030.08.79/11.4876.60.10.00.00.00.00.4
Clyde Drexler780.510.63/21.4449.60.35/1.3326.35.62/7.0379.90.10.10.00.00.00.3
Fat Lever710.57.86/17.2045.70.32/0.9334.43.80/4.8578.40.10.10.00.00.00.3
Patrick Ewing800.59.09/16.0356.70.00/0.080.04.51/6.0574.50.10.00.00.00.00.3
John Stockton820.56.06/11.2653.80.20/0.8025.04.76/5.5186.40.00.20.00.00.00.2
Kevin Johnson810.57.04/13.9350.50.02/0.277.46.27/7.1188.20.10.20.00.00.00.3

Best defensive players for the 1988-89 season

Defensive Player of the Year: Mark Eaton (Utah Jazz).

All-Defensive first team: Joe Dumars (Detroit Pistons), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), Dennis Rodman (Detroit Pistons), Larry Nance (Cleveland Cavaliers), Mark Eaton (Utah Jazz).

All-Defensive second team: John Stockton (Utah Jazz), Alvin Robertson (San Antonio Spurs), Kevin McHale (Boston Celtics), A.C. Green (Los Angeles Lakers), Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks).

Players of the Month and Players of the Week for the 1988-89 season

Rookie of the Year: Mitch Richmond (Golden State Warriors).

All-Rookies first team: Hersey Hawkins (Philadelphia 76ers), Mitch Richmond (Golden State Warriors), Willie Anderson (San Antonio Spurs), Charles Smith (Los Angeles Clippers), Rik Smits (Indiana Pacers).

All-Rookies second team: Rod Strickland (New York Knicks), Brian Shaw (Boston Celtics), Kevin Edwards (Miami Heat), Rex Chapman (Charlotte Hornets), Chris Morris (New Jersey Nets).

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

MonthPlayer
NovemberCharles Barkley (Philadelphia 76ers)
DecemberMichael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
JanuaryChris Mullin (Golden State Warriors)
FebruaryKevin Johnson (Phoenix Suns)
MarchMichael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
AprilPatrick Ewing (New York Knicks)

Players of the Week: Michael Adams (Denver Nuggets), Tom Chambers (Phoenix Suns), Clyde Drexler (Portland Trail Blazers) (2), Dale Ellis (Seattle SuperSonics), Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks) (2), Ron Harper (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kevin Johnson (Phoenix Suns), Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers) (2), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) (4), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz), Xavier McDaniel (Seattle SuperSonics), Chris Mullin (Golden State Warriors), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets) (2), Robert Parish (Boston Celtics), Chuck Person (Indiana Pacers), Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons).

1989 NBA All-Star Game players

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
John StocktonPGUtah Jazz
Magic Johnson*PG/SGLos Angeles Lakers
Dale EllisSG/SFSeattle SuperSonics
Chris MullinSG/SFGolden State Warriors
Clyde DrexlerSG/SFPortland Trail Blazers
James WorthySFLos Angeles Lakers
Alex EnglishSFDenver Nuggets
Karl MalonePFUtah Jazz
Tom ChambersPF/CPhoenix Suns
Kareem Abdul-JabbarCLos Angeles Lakers
Hakeem OlajuwonCHouston Rockets
Mark EatonCUtah Jazz
Kevin DuckworthCPortland Trail Blazers

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Mark PricePGCleveland Cavaliers
Isiah ThomasPGDetroit Pistons
Mark JacksonPG/SGNew York Knicks
Michael JordanSG/SFChicago Bulls
Dominique WilkinsSFAtlanta Hawks
Charles BarkleyPF/SFPhiladelphia 76ers
Terry CummingsPFMilwaukee Bucks
Kevin McHalePF/CBoston Celtics
Larry NancePF/CCleveland Cavaliers
Moses MaloneC/PFAtlanta Hawks
Brad DaughertyCCleveland Cavaliers
Patrick EwingCNew York Knicks

* Player was selected but he could not play the game

All-Star Game MVP: Karl Malone (Utah Jazz).

More awards

Citizenship award: Thurl Bailey (Utah Jazz).