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

Contents

1 Notable occurrences

1.1 New Uniforms

2 Standings

2.1 By division 2.2 By conference

3 Playoffs 4 Statistics leaders 5 NBA awards 6 References

Notable occurrences[edit]

Coaching changes

Offseason

Team 1992–93 coach 1993–94 coach

Atlanta Hawks Bob Weiss Lenny Wilkens

Cleveland Cavaliers Lenny Wilkens Mike Fratello

Dallas Mavericks Gar Heard Quinn Buckner

Detroit Pistons Ron Rothstein Don Chaney

Indiana Pacers Bob Hill Larry Brown

Los Angeles Clippers Larry Brown Bob Weiss

Orlando Magic Matt Guokas Brian Hill

In-season

Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach

Los Angeles Lakers Randy Pfund Bill Bertka

Bill Bertka Magic Johnson

The Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
became the first team to earn the top overall pick in consecutive years in the Lottery Era. They drafted Chris Webber
Chris Webber
in the 1993 NBA draft, only to trade him to the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
for Penny Hardaway. Webber would win Rookie of the Year that season. Just before the start of the season, Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
shocked the world by announcing his retirement from the NBA following the passing of his father. Jordan wouldn't be back on the court until March 1995. The Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
played their final season at Chicago Stadium. The Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
played their final season at Richfield Coliseum. The San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
played their first season at the Alamodome. The Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
traded Dominique Wilkins
Dominique Wilkins
to the Los Angeles Clippers for Danny Manning midway through the season. As of 2017, the Hawks became the first and only #1 seed to trade their scoring leader during the regular season. The Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
almost became the first team to lose 70 or more games in consecutive seasons. They finished with a dreadful 13-69 record. Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas
of the Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
suffered a torn Achilles tendon
Achilles tendon
in a game against the Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
in April, which led to his retirement from the NBA. Just a few months prior, teammate Bill Laimbeer announced his retirement, citing a lack of desire to play. Their retirements came just several months short of Grant Hill's arrival the next season. Laker legend Magic Johnson
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
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
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
1994 NBA All-Star Game
was played at the Target Center
Target Center
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the East defeating the West 127–118. Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen
of the Chicago Bulls
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
Los Angeles Clippers
to capture the scoring title. In the wake of the Northridge earthquake, The game between Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
was postponed and rescheduled. Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
of the Indiana Pacers
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, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry
have achieved it since. The Denver Nuggets
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
Seattle SuperSonics
3 games to 2. The Indiana Pacers
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
New York Knicks
in seven games. The New York Knicks
New York Knicks
came one game away from playing the maximum number of playoff contests. Had the New Jersey Nets
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
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. Neither the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
nor the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
made the playoffs, making this the first season in NBA history (until 2014) that neither team had qualified.

New Uniforms[edit] The Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
and Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
made major changes to their uniform set. The Bucks adopted a new color scheme with purple replacing red, while their uniforms featured taller B's and S's on the home and road jerseys. The Nuggets scrapped the rainbow skyline along with changing the color scheme to navy, red, and gold. Standings[edit]

By division[edit]

Atlantic Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y-New York Knicks 57 25 .695 — 32–9 25–16 18–10

x-Orlando Magic 50 32 .610 7 31–10 19–22 20–8

x-New Jersey Nets 45 37 .549 12 29–12 16–25 17–11

x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 15 22–19 20–21 16–12

Boston Celtics 32 50 .390 25 18–23 14–27 12–16

Philadelphia 76ers 25 57 .305 32 15–26 10–31 7–21

Washington Bullets 24 58 .293 33 17–24 7–34 8–20

Central Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y-Atlanta Hawks 57 25 .695 – 36–5 21–20 21–7

x-Chicago Bulls 55 27 .671 2 31–10 24–17 21–7

x-Cleveland Cavaliers 47 35 .573 10 31–10 16–25 16–12

x-Indiana Pacers 47 35 .573 10 29–12 18–23 15–13

Charlotte Hornets 41 41 .500 16 28–13 13–28 12–16

Detroit Pistons 20 62 .244 37 10–31 10–31 4–24

Milwaukee Bucks 20 62 .244 37 11–30 9–32 9–19

Midwest Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y-Houston Rockets 58 24 .707 — 35–6 23–18 15–11

x-San Antonio Spurs 55 27 .671 3 32–9 23–18 16–10

x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 5 33–8 20–21 21–5

x- Denver Nuggets 42 40 .512 16 28–13 14–27 14–12

Minnesota Timberwolves 20 62 .244 38 13–28 7–34 5–21

Dallas Mavericks 13 69 .159 45 6–35 7–34 7–19

Pacific Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y-Seattle SuperSonics 63 19 .768 — 37–4 26–15 25–5

x-Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 7 36–5 20–21 19–11

x-Golden State Warriors 50 32 .610 13 29–12 21–20 19–11

x-Portland Trail Blazers 47 35 .573 16 30–11 17–24 17–13

Los Angeles Lakers 33 49 .402 30 21–20 12–29 7–23

Sacramento Kings 28 54 .341 35 20–21 8–33 9–21

Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 36 17–24 10–31 9–21

By conference[edit]

# Eastern Conference

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Team W L PCT GB

1 c-Atlanta Hawks 57 25 .695 –

2 y-New York Knicks 57 25 .695 –

3 x-Chicago Bulls 55 27 .671 2

4 x-Orlando Magic 50 32 .610 7

5 x-Indiana Pacers 47 35 .573 10

6 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 47 35 .573 10

7 x-New Jersey Nets 45 37 .549 12

8 x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 15

9 Charlotte Hornets 41 41 .500 16

10 Boston Celtics 32 50 .390 25

11 Philadelphia 76ers 25 57 .305 32

12 Washington Bullets 24 58 .293 33

13t Milwaukee Bucks 20 62 .244 37

13t Detroit Pistons 20 62 .244 37

# Western Conference

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Team W L PCT GB

1 z-Seattle SuperSonics 63 19 .768 –

2 y-Houston Rockets 58 24 .707 5

3 x-Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 7

4 x-San Antonio Spurs 55 27 .671 8

5 x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 10

6 x- Golden State Warriors 50 32 .610 13

7 x-Portland Trail Blazers 47 35 .573 16

8 x-Denver Nuggets 42 40 .512 21

9 Los Angeles Lakers 33 49 .402 30

10 Sacramento Kings 28 54 .341 35

11 Los Angeles Clippers 27 55 .329 36

12 Minnesota Timberwolves 20 62 .244 43

13 Dallas Mavericks 13 69 .159 50

Notes

z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs y – Clinched division title x – Clinched playoff spot

Playoffs[edit] Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics. Main article: 1994 NBA Playoffs

First Round

Conference Semifinals

Conference Finals

NBA Finals

     

     

     

     

1 Seattle 2

8 Denver 3

8 Denver 3

5 Utah 4

4 San Antonio 1

5 Utah 3

5 Utah 1

Western Conference

2 Houston 4

3 Phoenix 3

6 Golden State 0

3 Phoenix 3

2 Houston 4

2 Houston 3

7 Portland 1

W2 Houston 4

E2 New York 3

1 Atlanta 3

8 Miami 2

1 Atlanta 2

5 Indiana 4

4 Orlando 0

5 Indiana 3

5 Indiana 3

Eastern Conference

2 New York 4

3 Chicago 3

6 Cleveland 0

3 Chicago 3

2 New York 4

2 New York 3

7 New Jersey 1

Statistics leaders[edit]

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 2.96

Blocks per game Dikembe Mutombo Denver Nuggets 4.10

FG% Shaquille O'Neal Orlando Magic .599

FT% Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Denver Nuggets .956

3FG% Tracy Murray Portland Trail Blazers .459

NBA awards[edit]

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
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 Rađa, Boston Celtics Toni Kukoč, Chicago Bulls Shawn Bradley, Philadelphia 76ers Lindsey Hunter, Detroit Pistons Nick Van Exel, Los Angeles Lakers

Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com

NBA Season Results

https://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_1994_games.html References[edit]

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1940s

1946–47 1947–48 1948–49

1950s

1949–50 1950–51 1951–52 1952–53 1953–54 1954–55 1955–56 1956–57 1957–58 1958–59

1960s

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1970s

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1980s

1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89

1990s

1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99

2000s

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2010s

2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19

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1993–94 NBA season by team

1993 NBA draft All-Star Game Playoffs Finals Transactions

Eastern

Atlantic

Boston Miami New Jersey New York Orlando Philadelphia Washington

Central

Atlanta Charlotte Chicago Cleveland Detroit Indiana Milwaukee

Western

Midwest

Dallas Denver Houston Minnesota San Antonio Utah

Pacific

Golden State L.A. Clippers L.A. Lakers Phoenix Portland

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