1990–91 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1990–91 NBA season was the 23rd season for the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association. Head coach Bernie Bickerstaff was replaced by his former assistant K.C. Jones, and went on to occupy the desk of vice-president of Basketball Operations for Seattle,[1] resigning months later to accept a job as General Manager of the Denver Nuggets.[2] The Draft Lottery gave the SuperSonics the No. 2 pick, that was used to select future All-Star point guard Gary Payton out of Oregon State.

1990–91 Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coachK.C. Jones
General managerBob Whitsitt
ArenaSeattle Center Coliseum
Results
Record41–41 (.500)
PlaceDivision: 5th (Pacific)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finishWest First Round
(Lost to Trail Blazers 2–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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Substantial changes were made on the roster, first by trading Sonics referent Xavier McDaniel to the Phoenix Suns for Eddie Johnson during the first months of competition, followed by Dale Ellis, whose off-the-court problems were the focus of much unwanted attention,[3][4] was sent to the Milwaukee Bucks for Ricky Pierce, and center Olden Polynice to the Los Angeles Clippers for Benoit Benjamin, both trades occurring days after the All-Star break.

The Sonics would finish with a 41–41 record like the previous season, this time being able to reach the playoffs as the #8 seed in the Western Conference, where they lost in the first round to the top-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in 5 games. Following the season, Sedale Threatt was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

Draft picksEdit

Of the 3 players Seattle picked in the draft only Gary Payton would stay with the team, since Jud Buechler was traded to the New Jersey Nets and Abdul Shamsid-Deen went to Europe to play for the French team Paris Basket Racing.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 2 Gary Payton PG   United States Oregon State
2 38 Jud Buechler SF/SG   United States Arizona
2 53 Abdul Shamsid-Deen C   United States Providence

Pre-seasonEdit

1990 Pre-season Game Log: 5–3
# Date Opponent Score Location Record Recap
1 October 12 Golden State Warriors L 111–134 Spokane Coliseum 0–1 [1]
2 October 15 Golden State Warriors L 97–117 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena 0–2 [2]
3 October 18 Chicago Bulls W 109–103 Florida Suncoast Dome 1–2 [3]
4 October 21 Detroit Pistons W 101–82 East Lansing, Michigan 2–2 [4]
5 October 23 Chicago Bulls L 90–102 The Kingdome 2–3 [5]
6 October 24 Chicago Bulls W 109–87 Pacific Coliseum 3–3 [6]
7 October 27 Sacramento Kings W 98–89 ARCO Arena 4–3 [7]
8 October 29 Sacramento Kings W 117–116 Chico, California 5–3 [8]

RosterEdit

1990–91 Seattle SuperSonics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 11   Barros, Dana 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 163 lb (74 kg) Boston College
C 00   Benjamin, Benoit 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Creighton
F/C 44   Cage, Michael 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 224 lb (102 kg) San Diego State
C 42   Corzine, Dave   6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) DePaul
G 20   Dailey, Quintin 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) San Francisco
G/F 22   Johnson, Eddie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Illinois
F/C 40   Kemp, Shawn 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Trinity Valley CC
F/C 31   McKey, Derrick 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Alabama
G/F 10   McMillan, Nate 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) North Carolina State
F 8   Meents, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Illinois
G 2   Payton, Gary 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oregon State
G/F 21   Pierce, Ricky 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Rice
G 4   Threatt, Sedale 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) West Virginia Tech
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Portland Trail Blazers 63 19 .768 36–5 27–14 18-10
x-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 5 33–8 25-16 19-9
x-Phoenix Suns 55 27 .671 8 32–9 23-18 17–11
x-Golden State Warriors 44 38 .537 19 30–11 14–27 13–15
x-Seattle SuperSonics 41 41 .500 22 28-13 13–28 12-16
Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 32 23–18 8-33 10-18
Sacramento Kings 25 57 .305 38 24-17 1–40 9–19
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Portland Trail Blazers 63 19 .768
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 55 27 .671 8
3 x-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 5
4 x-Phoenix Suns 55 27 .671 8
5 x-Utah Jazz 54 28 .659 9
6 x-Houston Rockets 52 30 .634 11
7 x-Golden State Warriors 44 38 .537 19
8 x-Seattle SuperSonics 41 41 .500 22
9 Orlando Magic 31 51 .378 32
10 Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 32
11 Minnesota Timberwolves 29 53 .354 34
12 Dallas Mavericks 28 54 .341 35
13 Sacramento Kings 25 57 .305 38
14 Denver Nuggets 20 62 .244 43
z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1990–91 NBA records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–1 1–4 1–4 3–2 2–0 1–1 0–5 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–3 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2
Boston 1–3 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 5–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 5–1
Charlotte 4–1 1–3 0–5 1–4 1–1 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–2 0–5 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–3 1–1 2–2 0–4 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2
Chicago 4–1 2–2 5–0 5–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 1–1 0–2 4–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 4–1 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–1
Cleveland 2–3 1–3 4–1 0–5 2–0 1–1 2–3 0–2 0–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–3 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3
Dallas 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–2 1–3 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–4 2–0 2–0 1–4 1–1 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–4 2–2 0–5 2–0
Denver 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–3 0–5 0–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–3 0–2 0–4 0–4 3–1 1–4 0–4 1–3 1–1
Detroit 5–0 2–2 4–1 2–3 3–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–3 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–1
Golden State 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–3 2–3 2–3 2–2 3–1 1–3 0–2
Houston 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 5–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 2–0 2–0 5–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 3–1 0–4 3–1 2–3 2–2 2–2 1–1
Indiana 1–4 2–2 5–0 1–4 4–1 0–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–3 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 4–0 0–2 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 2–3 1–3 3–2 2–2 2–3 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 3–2 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 3–2 2–3 4–0 3–1 3–2 2–2 2–0
Miami 0–4 1–4 2–2 0–4 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–2 3–3 1–4 1–1 1–4 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–2
Milwaukee 3–2 2–2 3–2 1–4 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
Minnesota 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–1 2–3 0–2 1–3 0–5 1–1 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–4 0–4 3–1 0–4 2–2 1–4 1–1
New Jersey 1–3 1–4 2–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 3–3 2–2 1–1 0–5 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–3
New York 1–3 0–5 4–0 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 0–4 1–1 5–0 0–2 5–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2
Orlando 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 4–1 3–2 0–2 2–2 2–3 1–1 3–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–4 1–1
Philadelphia 4–0 3–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–2 0–2 3–2 1–5 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–2
Phoenix 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 4–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–2 3–1 1–3 3–2 2–2 2–0
Portland 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 3–2 4–0 2–0 3–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–3 3–2 2–2 4–0 3–1 2–0
Sacramento 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–2 3–2 1–3 0–2 2–3 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–3 1–3 1–4 1–3 2–0
San Antonio 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–1 4–1 2–0 2–2 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–3 2–0
Seattle 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–3 0–4 4–1 1–3 1–3 2–0
Utah 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 5–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 0–2 4–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–2 3–1 2–0
Washington 2–2 1–5 2–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 2–3 1–3 1–1 3–2 2–3 1–1 2–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2

Game logEdit

1990–91 game log
Total: 41–41 (Home: 28–13; Road: 13–28)
1990–91 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

1991 playoff game log
1991 playoff schedule

Player statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Dana Barros 66 0 11.4 .495 .395 .918 1.1 1.7 0.3 0.0 6.3
Benoit Benjamin* 31 27 29.0 .502 .000 .690 8.2 1.5 0.9 1.7 12.9
Michael Cage 82 55 26.1 .508 .000 .625 6.8 1.1 1.0 0.7 6.4
Dave Corzine 28 0 5.3 .447 .000 .591 1.2 0.1 0.2 0.2 1.7
Quintin Dailey 30 0 10.0 .471 .000 .613 1.1 0.5 0.2 0.0 6.1
Dale Ellis* 30 24 26.7 .463 .303 .738 3.1 2.1 1.1 0.1 15.0
Eddie Johnson* 66 27 26.9 .486 .333 .912 3.4 1.4 0.7 0.1 17.4
Shawn Kemp 81 66 30.1 .508 .167 .661 8.4 1.8 1.0 1.5 15.0
Xavier McDaniel* 15 15 35.3 .479 .000 .710 5.4 2.5 1.7 0.3 21.8
Derrick McKey 73 55 34.3 .517 .211 .845 5.8 2.3 1.2 0.8 15.3
Nate McMillan 78 0 18.4 .433 .354 .613 3.2 4.8 1.3 0.3 4.3
Scott Meents 13 0 4.1 .250 1.000 .500 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.3 1.3
Gary Payton 82 82 27.4 .450 .077 .711 3.0 6.4 2.0 0.2 7.2
Ricky Pierce* 32 2 26.3 .463 .391 .925 2.3 2.3 0.7 0.1 17.5
Olden Polynice* 48 0 20.0 .545 .000 .588 5.6 0.3 0.5 0.4 8.3
Sedale Threatt 80 57 25.8 .519 .286 .792 1.2 3.4 1.4 0.1 12.7

*Statistics with the Seattle SuperSonics.

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Dana Barros 3 0 8.3 .692 .400 .750 1.3 1.7 1.0 0.0 7.7
Benoit Benjamin 5 5 32.6 .488 .000 .906 6.6 0.2 0.6 0.2 13.8
Michael Cage 5 0 16.0 .429 .000 .765 16.0 4.2 0.6 0.4 5.0
Dave Corzine 2 0 6.0 .667 .000 1.000 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.5
Eddie Johnson 5 5 34.2 .517 .267 .828 4.2 1.4 1.4 0.2 24.0
Shawn Kemp 5 5 29.8 .386 .000 .815 7.2 1.2 0.6 0.8 13.2
Derrick McKey 4 0 28.5 .571 .000 .545 5.8 2.0 0.6 0.0 9.5
Nate McMillan 5 0 19.0 .261 .000 .500 3.6 4.4 1.2 0.2 2.8
Scott Meents 2 0 4.0 .500 .000 .000 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 2.0
Gary Payton 5 5 27.0 .407 .000 1.000 2.6 6.4 1.6 0.2 4.8
Ricky Pierce 5 0 22.4 .333 .300 .941 2.8 0.8 0.8 0.2 11.4
Sedale Threatt 5 5 27.2 .536 .364 .900 1.6 3.4 1.0 0.0 14.6

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

RecordsEdit

  • Ricky Pierce finished the season with a franchise record .925 in free throw percentage.[5]

TransactionsEdit

OverviewEdit

Players Added

Via draft

Via free agency

Via trade

Players Lost

Via free agency

Via trade

TradesEdit

June 27, 1990[6]
To Seattle SuperSonics
Nets' agreement not to draft Dennis Scott or Gary Payton with their No. 1 pick.
Conditional 2nd round picks for 1993 and 1995
To New Jersey Nets
Jud Buechler
To Orlando Magic
Sonics' agreement not to draft Dennis Scott with their No. 2 pick.
October 24, 1990
To Seattle SuperSonics
Conditional 1997 second round pick
To Denver Nuggets
Avery Johnson
December 7, 1990
To Seattle SuperSonics
Eddie Johnson
Conditional 1991 and 1994 first round picks
To Phoenix Suns
Xavier McDaniel
February 15, 1991
To Seattle SuperSonics
Ricky Pierce
To Milwaukee Bucks
Dale Ellis
February 20, 1991
To Seattle SuperSonics
Benoit Benjamin
To Los Angeles Clippers
Olden Polynice
Conditional 1991 and 1994 first round picks

Free agentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

See alsoEdit