1982–83 NBA season

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The 1982–83 NBA season was the 37th season of the National Basketball Association.wikipedia
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1983 NBA Finals

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The season ended with the Philadelphia 76ers winning the NBA Championship, sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals.
The 1983 NBA World Championship Series, also known as Showdown '83, was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1982–83 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs.

Philadelphia 76ers

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The season ended with the Philadelphia 76ers winning the NBA Championship, sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals.
On his watch, the final piece of the championship puzzle was completed before the 1982–83 season when they acquired center Moses Malone from the Houston Rockets.

1983 NBA playoffs

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The 1983 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1982–83 season.

Boston Celtics

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In 1983 the Celtics were swept in the playoffs (a first for the franchise) by the Milwaukee Bucks; afterwards, Fitch resigned and the team was sold to new owners led by Don Gaston.

Bill Musselman

Musselman resigned on October 21, 1982, just a few days before the start of the 1982-83 NBA season.

Hubie Brown

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Brown continued to coach the Hawks, leading them to a Central Division Title in the 1979-80 season, before joining the New York Knicks in 1982, succeeding long-time coach Red Holzman.

Paul Westhead

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Westhead was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls for the 1982–83 season, but lasted only one season as the Bulls went 28–54.

Julius Erving

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Finally, for the 1982–83 season, the Sixers obtained the missing element to combat their weakness at their center position, Moses Malone.

San Antonio Spurs

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For the first few seasons of the decade, the Spurs continued their success of the 1970s with records of 52–30 in 1980–81, 48–34 in 1981–82, and 53–29 in 1982–83 (it was during this period that the Spurs were moved to the Western Conference).

Alex English

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The following year, in 1982-83, English won the league scoring title with an average of 28.4 points per game, while teammate Kiki Vandeweghe placed second averaging 26.7 points.

Magic Johnson

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During the 1982–83 NBA season, Johnson averaged 16.8 points, 10.5 assists, and 8.6 rebounds per game and earned his first All-NBA First Team nomination.

Los Angeles Lakers

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The season ended with the Philadelphia 76ers winning the NBA Championship, sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals.

Indiana Pacers

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Clark Kellogg was drafted by the Pacers in the 1982 and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting, but the Pacers finished the 1982–83 season with their all-time worst record of 20–62, and won only 26 games the following season.

Sidney Moncrief

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Moncrief was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the 1982–83 and 1983–84 seasons.

Larry Bird

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Boston's misfortunes continued into the next season, with Bird again finishing second in MVP voting to Malone and the team losing in the Conference Semifinals to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Tree Rollins

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He finished in the top three in blocked shots six times, leading the league during the 1982–83 NBA season.

Kevin McHale (basketball)

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In the 1983 Eastern Conference semifinals, the Celtics were swept by the Milwaukee Bucks.

James Worthy

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His rookie year ended just when he was hitting his stride, breaking his leg on April 10, 1983, while landing improperly after trying to tap in a missed shot against the Phoenix Suns.

Reggie Theus

In 1982-1983, Theus averaged a career high 23.8 points per game as the Bulls leading scorer, but the Bulls finished 28-54.


The ESPN cable network first televised NBA games from 1983 to 1984, and has been airing games currently since the 2002–03 NBA season.

Larry Drew

His best year as a professional came during the 1982–83 season as a member of the Kings, appearing in 75 games and averaging 20.1 points, 8.1 assists and 1.7 steals per contest.

Jeff Ruland

Ruland took over the starting power forward spot for the 1982–83 NBA season, and continued to back up at center for Washington.