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1993–94 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
TV partner/s NBC, TBS, TNT
Regular season
Season MVP Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston)
Top scorer David Robinson (San Antonio)
Eastern champions New York Knicks
Eastern runners-up Indiana Pacers
Western champions Houston Rockets
Western runners-up Utah Jazz
Finals champions Houston Rockets
Runners-up New York Knicks
Finals MVP Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston)

The 1993–94 NBA season was the 48th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Houston Rockets defeating the New York Knicks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals to win the franchise's first championship.

Notable occurrences

  • Just before the start of the season, Michael Jordan shocked the basketball world by announcing his first retirement from the NBA following the death of his father. Jordan would be back on the court in March 1995.
  • The Chicago Bulls played their final season at Chicago Stadium.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers played their final season at Richfield Coliseum.
  • The San Antonio Spurs played their first season at the Alamodome.
  • The Atlanta Hawks traded Dominique Wilkins to the Los Angeles Clippers for Danny Manning.
  • Laker legend Magic Johnson tried his hand at coaching, but the Lakers missed the playoffs for just the fourth time in NBA history and Johnson refused to come back for the 1994-95 season.
  • The Houston Rockets tied a record set in 1948 by the Washington Capitols in starting the season with 15 victories; they started the season 22-1 before finishing with a 58-24 record.
  • On February 17, David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs recorded the NBA's 4th quadruple-double (34 points, 10 each rebounds, assists, and blocks) in a home game against the Detroit Pistons. This is the last time a quadruple-double was made in an NBA game.
  • The 1994 NBA All-Star Game was played at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the East defeating the West 127-118. Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls took home the game's MVP honors.
  • On the season's final day, Spurs center David Robinson scored 71 points against the Los Angeles Clippers to capture the scoring title.
  • Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers became just the third member of the 50-40-90 Club by shooting 50% from the field, 42% from three, and 91% from the line for the course of the entire season. Only Larry Bird and Mark Price had achieved this feat at that time; only Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki have achieved it since.
  • Neither the Los Angeles Lakers nor the Boston Celtics made the playoffs, making this the only season in NBA history that neither team has qualified.
  • The Denver Nuggets made NBA Playoff history by becoming the first eight-seed to defeat a one-seed in the first round of a playoff series when they defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 3 games to 2.
  • The Indiana Pacers won their first NBA playoff series by sweeping the Orlando Magic, who were making their playoff debut. The Pacers would go on to their first Eastern Conference Finals, eventually losing to the New York Knicks in seven games.
  • The New York Knicks came one game away from playing the maximum number of playoff contests. Had the New Jersey Nets captured one more victory over them in the first round, this would have been done as the Knicks played seven-game series in the next three rounds against the Bulls, Pacers, and Rockets. The Boston Celtics would later exceed the mark in 2008.
  • This year's NBA Finals would be the last to go seven games until 2005. This was also the only year in which both the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Finals would go to seven games and involve teams from the same city.

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT. GB
New York Knicks 57 25 .695 -
Orlando Magic 50 32 .610 7
New Jersey Nets 45 37 .549 12
Miami Heat 42 40 .512 15
Boston Celtics 32 50 .390 25
Philadelphia 76ers 25 57 .305 32
Washington Bullets 24 58 .293 33
Central Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Atlanta Hawks 57 25 .695 -
Chicago Bulls 55 27 .671 2
Cleveland Cavaliers 47 35 .573 10
Indiana Pacers 47 35 .573 10
Charlotte Hornets 41 41 .500 16
Milwaukee Bucks 20 62 .244 37
Detroit Pistons 20 62 .244 37

Western Conference

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Houston Rockets C 58 24 .707 -
San Antonio Spurs 55 27 .671 3
Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 5
Denver Nuggets 42 40 .512 16
Minnesota Timberwolves 20 62 .244 38
Dallas Mavericks 13 69 .159 45
Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Seattle SuperSonics 63 19 .768 -
Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 7
Golden State Warriors 50 32 .610 13
Portland Trail Blazers 47 35 .573 16
Los Angeles Lakers 33 49 .402 30
Sacramento Kings 28 54 .341 35
Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 36

C - NBA Champions

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game David Robinson San Antonio Spurs 29.8
Rebounds per game Dennis Rodman San Antonio Spurs 17.3
Assists per game John Stockton Utah Jazz 12.6
Steals per game Nate McMillan Seattle SuperSonics 3.0
Blocks per game Dikembe Mutombo Denver Nuggets 4.1
FG% Shaquille O'Neal Orlando Magic 59.9
FT% Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Denver Nuggets 95.6
3FG% Tracy Murray Portland Trail Blazers 45.9

NBA awards

  • Most Valuable Player: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
  • Rookie of the Year: Chris Webber, Golden State Warriors
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
  • Sixth Man of the Year: Dell Curry, Charlotte Hornets
  • Most Improved Player: Don MacLean, Washington Bullets
  • Coach of the Year: Lenny Wilkens, Atlanta Hawks
  • All-NBA First Team:
    • F - Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
    • F - Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls
    • C - Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
    • G - John Stockton, Utah Jazz
    • G - Latrell Sprewell, Golden State Warriors
  • All-NBA Second Team:
    • F - Shawn Kemp, Seattle SuperSonics
    • F - Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns
    • C - David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs
    • G - Mitch Richmond, Sacramento Kings
    • G - Kevin Johnson, Phoenix Suns
  • All-NBA Third Team:
    • F - Derrick Coleman, New Jersey Nets
    • F - Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks/Los Angeles Clippers
    • C - Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando Magic
    • G - Mark Price, Cleveland Cavaliers
    • G - Gary Payton, Seattle SuperSonics
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team:
    • F - Charles Oakley, New York Knicks
    • F - Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls
    • C - Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
    • G - Mookie Blaylock, Atlanta Hawks
    • G - Gary Payton, Seattle SuperSonics
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
    • F - Dennis Rodman, San Antonio Spurs
    • F - Horace Grant, Chicago Bulls
    • C - David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs
    • G - Latrell Sprewell, Golden State Warriors
    • G - Nate McMillan, Seattle SuperSonics
  • All-NBA Rookie First Team:
    • Isaiah Rider, Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Anfernee Hardaway, Orlando Magic
    • Chris Webber, Golden State Warriors
    • Jamal Mashburn, Dallas Mavericks
    • Vin Baker, Milwaukee Bucks
  • All-NBA Rookie Second Team:
    • Dino Radja, Boston Celtics
    • Toni Kukoc, Chicago Bulls
    • Shawn Bradley, Philadelphia 76ers
    • Lindsey Hunter, Detroit Pistons
    • Nick Van Exel, Los Angeles Lakers