1970–71 NBA season

The 25th season of the National Basketball Association.

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1971 NBA Finals

The 1971 NBA Finals was the championship series played at the conclusion of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 25th anniversary season of 1970–71.

Milwaukee Bucks

American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee.

American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee.

Toni Kukoč playing for the Bucks.
Michael Redd playing for the Bucks.
Brandon Jennings
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2006–2015.
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2015–present.

The following season, the Bucks traded for Cincinnati Royals guard Oscar Robertson to complement Alcindor.

Robertson with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1960s

Oscar Robertson

American former professional basketball player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American former professional basketball player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Robertson with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1960s
Robertson as a senior at Cincinnati
Robertson during his days with the Cincinnati Royals
Robertson in 1966
Robertson as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks
Robertson in 2010
Robertson at the ceremony announcing inclusion in the Old National Bank Sports Legends Avenue of Champions at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

In the 1970–71 NBA season, he was a key player on the team that brought the Bucks their first NBA title.

Portland Trail Blazers

American professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon.

American professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon.

Sidney Wicks, who played in four NBA All-Star Games while with the Trail Blazers, won the 1971–72 NBA Rookie of the Year Award after averaging 24.5 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game.
In his first season as the Trail Blazers head coach, Jack Ramsay led the team to their first playoff berth and eventually the championship. Bill Walton was the NBA Finals MVP.
Clyde Drexler played in Portland from 1983 to 1995.
After being drafted by the Trail Blazers several years prior, Arvydas Sabonis made his NBA debut during the 1995–96 season.
Brandon Roy was chosen as the NBA Rookie of the Year after the 2006–07 season.
LaMarcus Aldridge played the first nine years of his pro career in Portland.
Damian Lillard is a six-time NBA All-Star (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) and was the unanimous choice for the NBA Rookie of the Year following the 2012–13 season.
CJ McCollum, drafted 10th overall in 2013, formed a formidable back-court duo with Lillard.
Microsoft co-founder and Vulcan Inc. chairman Paul Allen owned the Trail Blazers from 1988 until his death in 2018.
The team's headquarters and practice facility are in Tualatin, Oregon.

Along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Buffalo Braves (now Los Angeles Clippers), the Trail Blazers entered the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team, under coach Rolland Todd.

Cleveland Cavaliers

American professional basketball team based in Cleveland.

American professional basketball team based in Cleveland.

Cavaliers forward and Akron native LeBron James, who was the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA draft. A perennial NBA All-Star and a four-time NBA MVP winner, he led the team to its first NBA Finals in 2007 and their first championship in 2016.
The Larry O'Brien Trophy won in 2016 on display at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Current head coach J.B. Bickerstaff
The current secondary logo for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
50th anniversary logo used during 2019–2020 season
Scene of the 2017–18 season opener in then Quicken Loans Arena
Former longtime Cavs broadcaster Joe Tait, who won the Curt Gowdy Award in 2010.
Former Cavs All-Star guard and longtime TV analyst Austin Carr
Current mascots Sir C.C. (left) and Moondog (right)
Mid 1990s/early 2000s-era mascot Whammer
2022 Cavaliers' "V-net" logo - a modified version of similar logos used in the 80s and 90s.

The team began play as an expansion team in 1970, along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Buffalo Braves.

Wilkens in 2013

Lenny Wilkens

American former basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American former basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Wilkens in 2013
Wilkens in 1968

Wilkens scored 17,772 points during the regular season, was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and was named the 1971 NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1971.

Pechanga Arena

Indoor arena built in 1966 and located in the Midway area of San Diego, California.

Indoor arena built in 1966 and located in the Midway area of San Diego, California.

San Diego Gulls pregame in October 2015 after renovations with arena in hockey configuration

At the conclusion of the 1970–71 NBA Season, the Rockets were sold and relocated to Houston, Texas.

Seattle SuperSonics

American professional basketball team based in Seattle.

American professional basketball team based in Seattle.

Tom Meschery, Bob Rule (SuperSonics) and Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia 76ers) in 1967
Lenny Wilkens in 1968
Jack Sikma in 1978
In 1980, the Seattle SuperSonics' total attendance exceeded that of all other sports or shows held in the Kingdome.
George Karl served as Seattle's head coach from 1992 to 1998.
Vin Baker was an NBA All-Star with the SuperSonics during the 1997–98 season.
Kevin Durant (pictured in 2014), who was drafted by the SuperSonics in 2007
Over most of the franchise's history, Seattle played its home games at KeyArena.
Squatch wearing the Sonics' home uniform in 2005

Early in the 1970–71 season, Rule tore his left Achilles' tendon and was lost for the rest of the season.

Buffalo Braves

American professional basketball franchise based in Buffalo, New York.

American professional basketball franchise based in Buffalo, New York.

Ernie DiGregorio was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1973–74 after leading the NBA in assists and free throw percentage.
Bob McAdoo (11) was the NBA MVP in the 1974–75 season after averaging 34.5 points per game and 14.1 rebounds per game.

The Braves were one of three NBA expansion franchises that began play in the 1970–71 season (the others being the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers).

Havlicek in the 1960s

John Havlicek

American professional basketball player who spent his entire career with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons with the team.

American professional basketball player who spent his entire career with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons with the team.

Havlicek in the 1960s

He became the first player to score 1,000 points in 16 consecutive seasons, with his best scoring season coming during the 1970–71 season when he averaged 28.9 points per game.