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1983–84 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
TV partner/s CBS, ESPN, USA
Regular season
Season MVP Larry Bird (Boston)
Top scorer Adrian Dantley (Utah)
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
Eastern runners-up Milwaukee Bucks
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
Western runners-up Phoenix Suns
Finals champions Boston Celtics
Runners-up Los Angeles Lakers
Finals MVP Larry Bird (Boston)

The 1983–84 NBA season was the 38th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 3 since 1969 in the NBA Finals.

  • he 1984 NBA All-Star Game was played at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, with the East defeating the West 154–145. Isiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons wins the game's MVP award. Larry Nance of the Phoenix Suns won the first NBA Slam Dunk Championship.
  • David Stern begins his tenure as the league's fourth commissioner, effective April 1.
  • The NBA Playoffs were expanded from 6 teams per conference to 8, where it stands to this date.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar surpassed Wilt Chamberlain to become the all-time NBA career leader in points. He passed Chamberlain in a game against the Utah Jazz at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center on April 5. Fittingly, it was his trademark sky-hook that put him in the record books.
  • The Denver Nuggets & Detroit Pistons play in the highest scoring game in NBA history with the Pistons winning 186–184 in three overtimes.
  • The Dallas Mavericks made its first postseason appearance, beating the Seattle SuperSonics 3–2 before bowing out to the Los Angeles Lakers 4–1 in the Conference Semifinals.
  • The Utah Jazz appeared in the postseason for the first time, defeating the Denver Nuggets 3–2 in the opening round and then losing to the Phoenix Suns 4–2 in the Western semis.
  • The Clippers play their final game in San Diego, California.
  • This would be the final season that the Finals had the 2-2-1-1-1 format. The Finals would adopt the 2-3-2 format the following season.
  • The New Jersey Nets won a playoff series for the first time in their NBA history, upsetting the defending champion Philadelphia 76ers in five games. The series marked the only time (to date) a road team won every game in a playoff series.

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Boston Celtics C 62 20 .756 -
Philadelphia 76ers 52 30 .634 10
New York Knicks 47 35 .573 15
New Jersey Nets 45 37 .549 17
Washington Bullets 35 47 .427 27
Central Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Milwaukee Bucks 50 32 .610 -
Detroit Pistons 49 33 .598 1
Atlanta Hawks 40 42 .488 10
Cleveland Cavaliers 28 54 .341 22
Chicago Bulls 27 55 .329 23
Indiana Pacers 26 56 .317 24

Western Conference

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Utah Jazz 45 37 .549 -
Dallas Mavericks 43 39 .524 2
Denver Nuggets 38 44 .463 7
Kansas City Kings 38 44 .463 7
San Antonio Spurs 37 45 .451 8
Houston Rockets 29 53 .354 16
Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Los Angeles Lakers 54 28 .659 -
Portland Trail Blazers 48 34 .585 6
Seattle SuperSonics 42 40 .512 12
Phoenix Suns 41 41 .500 13
Golden State Warriors 37 45 .451 17
San Diego Clippers 30 52 .366 24

C - NBA Champions

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Adrian Dantley Utah Jazz 30.6
Rebounds per game Moses Malone Philadelphia 76ers 13.4
Assists per game Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers 13.1
Steals per game Rickey Green Utah Jazz 2.7
Blocks per game Mark Eaton Utah Jazz 4.3
FG% Artis Gilmore San Antonio Spurs 63.1
FT% Larry Bird Boston Celtics 88.8
3FG% Darrell Griffith Utah Jazz 36.1

NBA awards

Yearly awards

  • Most Valuable Player: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
  • Rookie of the Year: Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Sidney Moncrief, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Sixth Man of the Year: Kevin McHale, Boston Celtics
  • Coach of the Year: Frank Layden, Utah Jazz
  • All-NBA First Team:
    • Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
    • Bernard King, New York Knicks
    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
    • Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons
    • Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
  • All-NBA Rookie Team:
    • Steve Stipanovich, Indiana Pacers
    • Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets
    • Darrell Walker, New York Knicks
    • Jeff Malone, Washington Bullets
    • Thurl Bailey, Utah Jazz
    • Byron Scott, Los Angeles Lakers
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team:
    • Bobby Jones, Philadelphia 76ers
    • Michael Cooper, Los Angeles Lakers
    • Tree Rollins, Atlanta Hawks
    • Maurice Cheeks, Philadelphia 76ers
    • Sidney Moncrief, Milwaukee Bucks
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
    • Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
    • Dan Roundfield, Atlanta Hawks
    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
    • Dennis Johnson, Boston Celtics
    • T.R. Dunn, Denver Nuggets

Note: All above information were obtained on the History section on

Player of the week

The following players were named NBA Player of the Week.

Week Player
Oct. 28 – Nov. 6 Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Kings)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13 Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20 Kiki Vandeweghe (Denver Nuggets)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27 Mark Aguirre (Dallas Mavericks)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4 Rickey Green (Utah Jazz)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11 Jeff Ruland (Washington Bullets)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18 Adrian Dantley (Utah Jazz)
Dec. 19 – Dec. 26 Dan Roundfield (Atlanta Hawks)
Dec. 27 – Jan. 2 Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons)
Jan. 3 – Jan. 8 Purvis Short (Golden State Warriors)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15 Kelly Tripucka (Detroit Pistons)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22 Buck Williams (New Jersey Nets)
Jan. 31 – Feb. 5 Bernard King (New York Knicks)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19 Larry Bird (Boston Celtics)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26 Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 4 Mickey Johnson (Golden State Warriors)
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11 Larry Bird (Boston Celtics)
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18 Adrian Dantley (Utah Jazz)
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25 Moses Malone (Philadelphia 76ers)
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1 Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons)
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers)
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15 Dominique Wilkins (Atlanta Hawks)

Player of the month

The following players were named NBA Player of the Month.

Month Player
November Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
December Jeff Ruland (Washington Bullets)
January Mark Aguirre (Dallas Mavericks)
February Bernard King (New York Knicks)
March Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers)

Rookie of the month

The following players were named NBA Rookie of the Month.

Month Rookie
November Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)
December Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)
January Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)
February Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)
March Ralph Sampson (Houston Rockets)

Coach of the month

The following coaches were named NBA Coach of the Month.

Month Coach
November Dick Motta (Dallas Mavericks)
December Frank Layden (Utah Jazz)
January K.C. Jones (Boston Celtics)
February Chuck Daly (Detroit Pistons)
March Jack Ramsay (Portland Trail Blazers)