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1975–76 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
TV partner/s CBS
Regular season
Season MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L.A. Lakers)
Top scorer Bob McAdoo (Buffalo)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
Eastern runners-up Cleveland Cavaliers
Western champions Phoenix Suns
Western runners-up Golden State Warriors
Finals
Finals champions Boston Celtics
Runners-up Phoenix Suns
Finals MVP Jo Jo White (Boston)
NBA seasons
← 1974–75 1976–77 →

The 1975–76 NBA season was the 30th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

  • Larry O'Brien begins his tenure as the league's third commissioner.
  • The 1976 NBA All-Star Game was played at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the East beating the West 123–109. Dave Bing of the Washington Bullets wins the game's MVP award.
  • The Kansas City-Omaha Kings are renamed the Kansas City Kings as they settle into a permanent home in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Arguably the greatest NBA game ever played occurred in Game 5 of the NBA Finals when the Celtics and the Suns went into triple-overtime before the Celtics prevailed 128-126. 17 years later, the Suns would be involved in another triple-overtime Finals game.
  • This was the final season before the NBA-ABA merger.

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Boston Celtics C 54 28 .659 -
Buffalo Braves 46 36 .561 8
Philadelphia 76ers 46 36 .561 8
New York Knicks 38 44 .463 16
Central Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Cleveland Cavaliers 49 33 .598 -
Washington Bullets 48 34 .585 1
Houston Rockets 40 42 .488 9
New Orleans Jazz 38 44 .463 11
Atlanta Hawks 29 53 .354 20

Western Conference

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 .463 -
Detroit Pistons 36 46 .439 2
Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 7
Chicago Bulls 24 58 .293 14
Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Golden State Warriors 59 23 .720 -
Seattle SuperSonics 43 39 .524 16
Phoenix Suns 42 40 .512 17
Los Angeles Lakers 40 42 .488 19
Portland Trail Blazers 37 45 .451 22

C - NBA Champions

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Bob McAdoo Buffalo Braves 31.1
Rebounds per game Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers 16.9
Assists per game Slick Watts Seattle SuperSonics 8.1
Steals per game Slick Watts Seattle SuperSonics 3.2
Blocks per game Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers 4.1
FG% Wes Unseld Washington Bullets .561
FT% Rick Barry Golden State Warriors .923

NBA awards

  • Most Valuable Player: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Rookie of the Year: Alvan Adams, Phoenix Suns
  • Coach of the Year: Bill Fitch, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • All-NBA First Team:
    • Rick Barry, Golden State Warriors
    • George McGinnis, Philadelphia 76ers
    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
    • Nate Archibald, Kansas City Kings
    • Pete Maravich, New Orleans Jazz
  • All-NBA Rookie Team:
    • Joe Meriweather, Houston Rockets
    • Alvan Adams, Phoenix Suns
    • Lionel Hollins, Portland Trail Blazers
    • John Shumate, Phoenix Suns/Buffalo Braves
    • Gus Williams, Golden State Warriors
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team:
    • Paul Silas, Boston Celtics
    • John Havlicek, Boston Celtics
    • Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics
    • Norm Van Lier, Chicago Bulls
    • Slick Watts, Seattle SuperSonics
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
    • Jim Brewer, Cleveland Cavaliers
    • Jamaal Wilkes, Golden State Warriors
    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
    • Jim Cleamons, Cleveland Cavaliers
    • Phil Smith, Golden State Warriors
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