The 1987–88 NBA season was the 42nd season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning their second straight Championship, beating the Detroit Pistons in seven hard fought games in the NBA Finals, becoming the NBA's first repeat champions since the Boston Celtics did it in the 1968–69 NBA season.
The 1988 NBA All-Star Game was played at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, with the East defeating the West 138–133. Local hero Michael Jordan steals the show during the week-end, taking home the game's MVP award, after winning the slam dunk contest earlier in the week.
Michael Jordan becomes the only player in NBA history to win both the scoring title and Defensive Player of the Year honors. He is also the only player in NBA history to combine these awards with the season's Most Valuable Player award.
James Worthy records the first ever Game Seven triple double as he records 36 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.
The league awards expansion franchises to Charlotte, Miami, Minneapolis, and Orlando. The Charlotte and Miami franchises would debut in the 1988–89 NBA season, while Minneapolis and Orlando would begin play in the 1989–90 NBA season.
With the exception of a first round sweep of San Antonio, the Los Angeles Lakers played seven-game series the rest of the way. During the run, they overcame the Utah Jazz in the semifinals, the Dallas Mavericks in the conference finals, and the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals.
On January 5, 1988, Hall of Famer Pete Maravich died of a heart attack during a pickup game. He was 40 years old. The Utah Jazz subsequently honored him by sporting a patch containing his jersey No. 7.
The Detroit Pistons play their final season at Pontiac Silverdome.
The Milwaukee Bucks play their final season at MECCA (Milwaukee Arena).
The Sacramento Kings play their final season at ARCO Arena I.
New York Knicks
New Jersey Nets
San Antonio Spurs
Los Angeles Lakers C
Portland Trail Blazers
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
'C - NBA Champions'
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Most Valuable Player: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
Rookie of the Year: Mark Jackson, New York Knicks
Defensive Player of the Year: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
Sixth Man of the Year: Roy Tarpley, Dallas Mavericks
Most Improved Player: Kevin Duckworth, Portland Trail Blazers
Coach of the Year: Doug Moe, Denver Nuggets
All-NBA First Team:
F - Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
F - Charles Barkley, Philadelphia 76ers
C - Akeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
G - Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
G - Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
All-NBA Second Team:
F - Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
F - Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks
C - Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks
G - Clyde Drexler, Portland Trail Blazers
G - John Stockton, Utah Jazz
All-NBA Rookie Team:
Derrick McKey, Seattle SuperSonics
Cadillac Anderson, San Antonio Spurs
Mark Jackson, New York Knicks
Kenny Smith, Sacramento Kings
Armen Gilliam, Phoenix Suns
NBA All-Defensive First Team:
Kevin McHale, Boston Celtics
Rodney McCray, Houston Rockets
Akeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
Michael Cooper, Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
Buck Williams, New Jersey Nets
Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
Mark Eaton, Utah Jazz (tie)
Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks (tie)
Alvin Robertson, San Antonio Spurs
Lafayette Lever, Denver Nuggets
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