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1975-76 NBA Season Summary

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League Champion: Boston Celtics

Most Valuable Player: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (27.7/16.9/5.0)
Rookie of the Year: Alvan Adams (19.0/9.1/5.6)

PPG Leader: Bob McAdoo (31.1)
RPG Leader: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (16.9)
APG Leader: Slick Watts (8.1)
WS Leader: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (17.0)

League Standings

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*) ▪ Click conference name for conference standings
Eastern Conference W L W/L% GB PS/G PA/G SRS
Atlantic Division              
Boston Celtics(1) 54 28 .659 106.2 103.9 2.24
Philadelphia 76ers(4) 46 36 .561 8.0 106.5 106.3 0.32
Buffalo Braves(5) 46 36 .561 8.0 107.3 106.4 0.85
New York Knicks (7) 38 44 .463 16.0 102.7 103.9 -1.05
Central Division              
Cleveland Cavaliers(2) 49 33 .598 101.7 99.2 2.34
Washington Bullets(3) 48 34 .585 1.0 102.8 100.4 2.19
Houston Rockets (6) 40 42 .488 9.0 106.2 107.0 -0.72
New Orleans Jazz (8) 38 44 .463 11.0 104.1 105.0 -0.74
Atlanta Hawks (9) 29 53 .354 20.0 102.6 105.5 -2.66
Western Conference W L W/L% GB PS/G PA/G SRS
Midwest Division              
Milwaukee Bucks(2) 38 44 .463 101.8 103.3 -1.56
Detroit Pistons(5) 36 46 .439 2.0 104.9 106.0 -1.19
Kansas City Kings (8) 31 51 .378 7.0 103.3 106.2 -2.84
Chicago Bulls (9) 24 58 .293 14.0 95.9 98.8 -2.90
Pacific Division              
Golden State Warriors(1) 59 23 .720 109.8 103.1 6.23
Seattle SuperSonics(3) 43 39 .524 16.0 106.4 106.7 -0.15
Phoenix Suns(4) 42 40 .512 17.0 105.1 104.5 0.59
Los Angeles Lakers (6) 40 42 .488 19.0 106.9 106.8 0.17
Portland Trail Blazers (7) 37 45 .451 22.0 104.1 105.3 -1.12

League Playoffs

Click series name to show/hide game results
Finals (4-2): Boston Celtics over Phoenix Suns (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Finals (4-2): Boston Celtics over Cleveland Cavaliers (Series Stats)
Western Conference Finals (4-3): Phoenix Suns over Golden State Warriors (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-2): Boston Celtics over Buffalo Braves (Series Stats)
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-3): Cleveland Cavaliers over Washington Bullets (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-2): Golden State Warriors over Detroit Pistons (Series Stats)
Western Conference Semifinals (4-2): Phoenix Suns over Seattle SuperSonics (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Conference First Round (2-1): Buffalo Braves over Philadelphia 76ers (Series Stats)
Western Conference First Round (2-1): Detroit Pistons over Milwaukee Bucks (Series Stats)

Team Stats

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Golden State Warriors* 82 19830 3691 7982 .462 3691 7982 .462 1620 2158 .751 1349 2912 4261 2041 928 416 1613 2022 9002 109.8
2 Buffalo Braves* 82 19705 3481 7307 .476 3481 7307 .476 1833 2368 .774 1002 2719 3721 2112 720 366 1743 2017 8795 107.3
3 Los Angeles Lakers 82 19705 3547 7622 .465 3547 7622 .465 1670 2164 .772 1132 2870 4002 1939 674 528 1612 2025 8764 106.9
4 Philadelphia 76ers* 82 19855 3462 7752 .447 3462 7752 .447 1811 2469 .733 1385 2684 4069 1658 809 367 1729 2187 8735 106.5
5 Seattle SuperSonics* 82 19780 3542 7730 .458 3542 7730 .458 1642 2309 .711 1217 2498 3715 1935 866 355 1615 2133 8726 106.4
6 Boston Celtics* 82 19755 3527 7901 .446 3527 7901 .446 1654 2120 .780 1369 2972 4341 1980 561 260 1609 2002 8708 106.2
7 Houston Rockets 82 19755 3546 7304 .485 3546 7304 .485 1616 2046 .790 1059 2644 3703 2213 656 359 1665 2045 8708 106.2
8 Phoenix Suns* 82 19880 3420 7251 .472 3420 7251 .472 1780 2337 .762 1108 2558 3666 2083 853 349 1852 2018 8620 105.1
9 Detroit Pistons* 82 19780 3524 7598 .464 3524 7598 .464 1557 2049 .760 1205 2545 3750 1751 786 332 1619 2086 8605 104.9
10 Portland Trail Blazers 82 19730 3417 7292 .469 3417 7292 .469 1699 2350 .723 1116 2843 3959 2094 776 408 1867 2091 8533 104.1
11 New Orleans Jazz 82 19880 3352 7491 .447 3352 7491 .447 1831 2415 .758 1189 2779 3968 1765 750 343 1659 2175 8535 104.1
12 Kansas City Kings 82 19755 3341 7379 .453 3341 7379 .453 1792 2335 .767 1133 2668 3801 1864 751 324 1607 2056 8474 103.3
13 Washington Bullets* 82 19905 3416 7234 .472 3416 7234 .472 1595 2215 .720 1019 2812 3831 1823 696 485 1672 1921 8427 102.8
14 New York Knicks 82 19805 3443 7555 .456 3443 7555 .456 1532 1985 .772 1022 2723 3745 1660 575 259 1403 2006 8418 102.7
15 Atlanta Hawks 82 19805 3301 7338 .450 3301 7338 .450 1809 2467 .733 1225 2540 3765 1666 790 277 1553 1983 8411 102.6
16 Milwaukee Bucks* 82 19830 3456 7435 .465 3456 7435 .465 1437 1952 .736 1094 2688 3782 1817 715 468 1624 2041 8349 101.8
17 Cleveland Cavaliers* 82 19805 3497 7709 .454 3497 7709 .454 1346 1827 .737 1192 2588 3780 1844 638 397 1330 1871 8340 101.7
18 Chicago Bulls 82 19780 3106 7499 .414 3106 7499 .414 1651 2197 .751 1375 2726 4101 1704 627 255 1413 1977 7863 95.9
League Average 82 19797 3448 7521 .458 3448 7521 .458 1660 2209 .751 1177 2709 3887 1886 732 364 1621 2036 8556 104.3

Opponent Stats

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Chicago Bulls 82 19780 3246 6946 .467 3246 6946 .467 1609 2137 .753 930 2809 3739 1669 615 461 1485 2081 8101 98.8
2 Cleveland Cavaliers* 82 19805 3262 7188 .454 3262 7188 .454 1610 2152 .748 1134 2792 3926 1728 610 325 1579 1860 8134 99.2
3 Washington Bullets* 82 19905 3377 7636 .442 3377 7636 .442 1482 1992 .744 1145 2687 3832 1705 810 338 1510 1988 8236 100.4
4 Golden State Warriors* 82 19830 3437 7742 .444 3437 7742 .444 1583 2150 .736 1288 2730 4018 2006 743 395 1761 1946 8457 103.1
5 Milwaukee Bucks* 82 19830 3402 7624 .446 3402 7624 .446 1664 2182 .763 1229 2604 3833 1897 683 325 1503 1828 8468 103.3
6 Boston Celtics* 82 19755 3489 7772 .449 3489 7772 .449 1538 2074 .742 1037 2659 3696 1835 650 334 1422 1895 8516 103.9
7 New York Knicks 82 19805 3407 7426 .459 3407 7426 .459 1705 2274 .750 1068 2891 3959 1812 608 335 1453 1954 8519 103.9
8 Phoenix Suns* 82 19880 3444 7357 .468 3444 7357 .468 1682 2265 .743 1143 2513 3656 1979 912 336 1746 2163 8570 104.5
9 New Orleans Jazz 82 19880 3396 7413 .458 3396 7413 .458 1816 2464 .737 1182 2846 4028 1684 777 405 1748 2162 8608 105.0
10 Portland Trail Blazers 82 19730 3405 7531 .452 3405 7531 .452 1825 2333 .782 1121 2657 3778 1920 917 386 1613 2128 8635 105.3
11 Atlanta Hawks 82 19805 3529 7357 .480 3529 7357 .480 1592 2102 .757 1186 2728 3914 1778 779 427 1663 2177 8650 105.5
12 Detroit Pistons* 82 19780 3492 7479 .467 3492 7479 .467 1707 2211 .772 1218 2690 3908 2014 724 437 1671 1914 8691 106.0
13 Kansas City Kings 82 19755 3477 7454 .466 3477 7454 .466 1753 2310 .759 1153 2778 3931 1825 680 321 1639 2124 8707 106.2
14 Philadelphia 76ers* 82 19855 3467 7737 .448 3467 7737 .448 1780 2334 .763 1435 2717 4152 1849 730 342 1794 2151 8714 106.3
15 Buffalo Braves* 82 19705 3558 7722 .461 3558 7722 .461 1611 2156 .747 1183 2645 3828 2079 729 319 1660 2137 8727 106.4
16 Seattle SuperSonics* 82 19780 3486 7464 .467 3486 7464 .467 1777 2407 .738 1239 2713 3952 2109 745 388 1852 2111 8749 106.7
17 Los Angeles Lakers 82 19705 3592 7980 .450 3592 7980 .450 1573 2148 .732 1384 2837 4221 2032 775 363 1564 1987 8757 106.8
18 Houston Rockets 82 19755 3603 7551 .477 3603 7551 .477 1568 2072 .757 1116 2473 3589 2028 684 311 1522 2050 8774 107.0
League Average 82 19797 3448 7521 .458 3448 7521 .458 1660 2209 .751 1177 2709 3887 1886 732 364 1621 2036 8556 104.3

Miscellaneous Stats

Playoff teams are marked with an asterisk (*)
Offense Four Factors Defense Four Factors
Rk Team Age PW PL MOV SOS SRS ORtg DRtg Pace FTr 3PAr eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA Arena Attendance
1 Golden State Warriors* 25.5 58 24 6.65 -0.42 6.23 100.6 94.5 108.3 .270 .462 15.3 33.1 .203 .444 16.9 69.3 .204 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
2 Cleveland Cavaliers* 26.8 48 34 2.51 -0.17 2.34 99.5 97.0 101.6 .237 .454 13.5 29.9 .175 .454 16.3 69.5 .224 Coliseum at Richfield
3 Boston Celtics* 29.0 47 35 2.34 -0.10 2.24 98.9 96.7 106.9 .268 .446 15.4 34.0 .209 .449 14.1 74.1 .198 Boston Garden
4 Washington Bullets* 28.2 48 34 2.33 -0.14 2.19 97.5 95.3 104.3 .306 .472 16.9 27.5 .220 .442 15.1 71.1 .194 Capital Centre
5 Buffalo Braves* 26.2 43 39 0.83 0.02 0.85 99.0 98.2 108.2 .324 .476 17.3 27.5 .251 .461 16.1 69.7 .209 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
6 Phoenix Suns* 26.2 43 39 0.61 -0.02 0.59 98.5 97.9 105.6 .322 .472 18.3 30.6 .245 .468 17.3 69.1 .229 Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
7 Philadelphia 76ers* 26.3 42 40 0.26 0.06 0.32 98.2 98.0 107.5 .318 .447 16.4 33.8 .234 .448 17.0 65.2 .230 The Spectrum
8 Los Angeles Lakers 28.1 41 41 0.09 0.09 0.17 98.9 98.8 108.0 .284 .465 15.8 28.5 .219 .450 14.9 67.5 .197 The Forum
9 Seattle SuperSonics* 24.5 40 42 -0.28 0.13 -0.15 98.3 98.6 107.7 .299 .458 15.6 31.0 .212 .467 17.9 66.8 .238 Seattle Center Coliseum
10 Houston Rockets 25.7 39 43 -0.80 0.09 -0.72 101.1 101.8 104.7 .280 .485 16.9 30.0 .221 .477 15.2 70.3 .208 The Summit
11 New Orleans Jazz 25.5 39 43 -0.89 0.15 -0.74 96.6 97.4 106.7 .322 .447 16.2 29.5 .244 .458 17.1 70.2 .245 Louisiana Superdome
12 New York Knicks 28.7 38 44 -1.23 0.18 -1.05 98.0 99.2 104.1 .263 .456 14.3 26.1 .203 .459 14.7 71.8 .230 Madison Square Garden (IV)
13 Portland Trail Blazers 25.4 38 44 -1.24 0.13 -1.12 96.4 97.6 107.7 .322 .469 18.3 29.6 .233 .452 15.9 71.7 .242 Memorial Coliseum
14 Detroit Pistons* 25.8 38 44 -1.05 -0.14 -1.19 99.2 100.2 105.2 .270 .464 16.0 30.9 .205 .467 16.5 67.6 .228 Cobo Arena
15 Milwaukee Bucks* 24.9 37 45 -1.45 -0.11 -1.56 97.3 98.7 103.9 .263 .465 16.4 29.6 .193 .446 14.9 68.6 .218 MECCA Arena
16 Atlanta Hawks 25.9 33 49 -2.91 0.25 -2.66 98.4 101.2 103.6 .336 .450 15.6 31.0 .247 .480 16.7 68.2 .216 Omni Coliseum
17 Kansas City Kings 26.2 33 49 -2.84 0.00 -2.84 97.4 100.1 105.7 .316 .453 16.0 29.0 .243 .466 16.2 69.8 .235 Kemper Arena
18 Chicago Bulls 27.4 33 49 -2.90 0.01 -2.90 95.2 98.0 100.3 .293 .414 14.3 32.9 .220 .467 15.8 74.6 .232 Chicago Stadium
League Average 26.5 41 41 0.00 0.00 0.00 98.3 98.3 105.5 .294 .458 16.0 30.3 .221 .458 16.0 69.7 .221

Minutes Played

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 3379
2. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 3328
3. Jo Jo White-BOS 3257
4. Tiny Archibald*-KCK 3184
5. Randy Smith-BUF 3167

Field Goals

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 934
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 914
3. Fred Brown-SEA 742
4. Tiny Archibald*-KCK 717
5. Rick Barry*-GSW 707

Field Goal Attempts

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 1918
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 1728
3. Rick Barry*-GSW 1624
4. Fred Carter-PHI 1594
5. Tiny Archibald*-KCK 1583

Free Throws

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 559
2. Tiny Archibald*-KCK 501
3. John Drew-ATL 488
4. George McGinnis-PHI 475
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 447

Free Throw Attempts

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 734
2. John Drew-ATL 656
3. George McGinnis-PHI 642
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 636
5. Tiny Archibald*-KCK 625

Offensive Rebounds

1. Paul Silas-BOS 365
2. Dave Cowens*-BOS 335
3. Jim Brewer-CLE 298
4. John Drew-ATL 286
5. Mickey Johnson-CHI 279

Defensive Rebounds

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 1111
2. Dave Cowens*-BOS 911
3. Sam Lacey-KCK 806
4. Wes Unseld*-WSB 765
5. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 724

Total Rebounds

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 1383
2. Dave Cowens*-BOS 1246
3. Wes Unseld*-WSB 1036
4. Paul Silas-BOS 1025
5. Sam Lacey-KCK 1024

Assists

1. Slick Watts-SEA 661
2. Tiny Archibald*-KCK 615
3. Calvin Murphy*-HOU 596
4. Norm Van Lier-CHI 500
5. Rick Barry*-GSW 496

Steals

1. Slick Watts-SEA 261
2. Paul Westphal-PHO 210
3. Rick Barry*-GSW 202
4. George McGinnis-PHI 198
5. Chris Ford-DET 178

Blocks

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 338
2. Elmore Smith-MIL 238
3. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 202
4. George Johnson-GSW 174
5. Harvey Catchings-PHI 164

Personal Fouls

1. Charlie Scott-BOS 356
2. George McGinnis-PHI 334
3. Kevin Kunnert-HOU 315
4. Bruce Seals-SEA 314
  Dave Cowens*-BOS 314

Points

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 2427
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 2275
3. Tiny Archibald*-KCK 1935
4. Randy Smith-BUF 1787
5. George McGinnis-PHI 1769

Field Goal Pct

1. John Shumate-TOT .561
  Wes Unseld*-WSB .561
3. Jim McMillian-BUF .536
4. Bob Lanier*-DET .532
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL .529

Free Throw Pct

1. Rick Barry*-GSW .923
2. Calvin Murphy*-HOU .907
3. Cazzie Russell-LAL .892
4. Bill Bradley*-NYK .878
5. Fred Brown-SEA .869

Minutes Per Game

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 42.7
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 41.2
3. Walt Frazier*-NYK 41.1
4. Tiny Archibald*-KCK 40.8
5. Norm Van Lier-CHI 39.8

Points Per Game

1. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 31.1
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 27.7
3. Pete Maravich*-NOJ 25.9
4. Tiny Archibald*-KCK 24.8
5. Fred Brown-SEA 23.1

Rebounds Per Game

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 16.9
2. Dave Cowens*-BOS 16.0
3. Wes Unseld*-WSB 13.3
4. Paul Silas-BOS 12.7
5. Sam Lacey-KCK 12.6

Assists Per Game

1. Slick Watts-SEA 8.1
2. Tiny Archibald*-KCK 7.9
3. Calvin Murphy*-HOU 7.3
4. Norm Van Lier-CHI 6.6
5. Rick Barry*-GSW 6.1

Steals Per Game

1. Slick Watts-SEA 3.2
2. George McGinnis-PHI 2.6
3. Paul Westphal-PHO 2.6
4. Rick Barry*-GSW 2.5
5. Chris Ford-DET 2.2

Blocks Per Game

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 4.1
2. Elmore Smith-MIL 3.1
3. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 2.5
4. Harvey Catchings-PHI 2.2
5. George Johnson-GSW 2.1

Player Efficiency Rating

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 27.2
2. John Drew-ATL 25.3
3. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 23.3
4. Bob Lanier*-DET 22.7
5. Alvan Adams-PHO 21.7

True Shooting Pct

1. John Shumate-TOT .596
2. Bob Lanier*-DET .579
3. Jim McMillian-BUF .578
4. Mike Newlin-HOU .577
5. Doug Collins-PHI .575

Effective Field Goal Pct

1. Wes Unseld*-WSB .561
2. John Shumate-TOT .561
3. Jim McMillian-BUF .536
4. Bob Lanier*-DET .532
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL .529

Offensive Rebound Pct

1. Paul Silas-BOS 13.4
2. Kevin Kunnert-HOU 12.8
3. John Drew-ATL 12.2
4. Tom Boerwinkle-CHI 12.2
5. Clifford Ray-GSW 12.0

Defensive Rebound Pct

1. Bill Walton*-POR 32.4
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 30.5
3. Dave Cowens*-BOS 29.0
4. Tom Boerwinkle-CHI 28.0
5. Sam Lacey-KCK 27.0

Total Rebound Pct

1. Bill Walton*-POR 20.6
2. Dave Cowens*-BOS 19.8
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 19.6
4. Tom Boerwinkle-CHI 19.5
5. Paul Silas-BOS 18.9

Assist Pct

1. Slick Watts-SEA 32.2
2. Tiny Archibald*-KCK 31.1
3. Calvin Murphy*-HOU 29.6
4. Alvan Adams-PHO 27.2
5. Norm Van Lier-CHI 24.8

Steal Pct

1. Slick Watts-SEA 4.2
2. Chris Ford-DET 3.7
3. Gus Williams-GSW 3.6
4. Paul Westphal-PHO 3.2
5. Larry Steele-POR 3.2

Block Pct

1. George Johnson-GSW 5.1
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 4.9
3. Harvey Catchings-PHI 4.9
4. Elmore Smith-MIL 4.4
5. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 3.5

Defensive Rating

1. George Johnson-GSW 89.8
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 90.0
3. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 91.1
4. George McGinnis-PHI 92.0
5. Clifford Ray-GSW 92.1

Offensive Win Shares

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 9.8
2. John Drew-ATL 8.2
3. Doug Collins-PHI 8.2
4. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 7.7
5. Calvin Murphy*-HOU 7.7

Defensive Win Shares

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 7.2
2. Elvin Hayes*-WSB 5.9
3. Dave Cowens*-BOS 5.6
4. George McGinnis-PHI 5.5
5. Wes Unseld*-WSB 5.2

Win Shares

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL 17.0
2. Bob McAdoo*-BUF 12.3
3. Dave Cowens*-BOS 10.7
4. John Drew-ATL 10.6
5. Bob Lanier*-DET 10.1

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*-LAL .242
2. John Drew-ATL .216
3. Bob Lanier*-DET .205
4. Bob McAdoo*-BUF .178
5. Fred Brown-SEA .167