1975–76 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
TV partner/s CBS
Regular season
Season MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L.A. Lakers)
Top scorer Bob McAdoo (Buffalo)
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
Eastern runners-up Cleveland Cavaliers
Western champions Phoenix Suns
Western runners-up Golden State Warriors
Finals champions Boston Celtics
Runners-up Phoenix Suns
Finals MVP Jo Jo White (Boston)

The 1975–76 NBA season was the 30th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

  • Larry O'Brien begins his tenure as the league's third commissioner.
  • The 1976 NBA All-Star Game was played at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the East beating the West 123–109. Dave Bing of the Washington Bullets wins the game's MVP award.
  • The Kansas City-Omaha Kings are renamed the Kansas City Kings as they settle into a permanent home in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Arguably the greatest NBA game ever played occurred in Game 5 of the NBA Finals when the Celtics and the Suns went into triple-overtime before the Celtics prevailed 128-126. 17 years later, the Suns would be involved in another triple-overtime Finals game.
  • This was the final season before the NBA-ABA merger.

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Boston Celtics C 54 28 .659 -
Buffalo Braves 46 36 .561 8
Philadelphia 76ers 46 36 .561 8
New York Knicks 38 44 .463 16
Central Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Cleveland Cavaliers 49 33 .598 -
Washington Bullets 48 34 .585 1
Houston Rockets 40 42 .488 9
New Orleans Jazz 38 44 .463 11
Atlanta Hawks 29 53 .354 20

Western Conference

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 .463 -
Detroit Pistons 36 46 .439 2
Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 7
Chicago Bulls 24 58 .293 14
Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Golden State Warriors 59 23 .720 -
Seattle SuperSonics 43 39 .524 16
Phoenix Suns 42 40 .512 17
Los Angeles Lakers 40 42 .488 19
Portland Trail Blazers 37 45 .451 22

C - NBA Champions

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Bob McAdoo Buffalo Braves 31.1
Rebounds per game Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers 16.9
Assists per game Slick Watts Seattle SuperSonics 8.1
Steals per game Slick Watts Seattle SuperSonics 3.2
Blocks per game Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers 4.1
FG% Wes Unseld Washington Bullets .561
FT% Rick Barry Golden State Warriors .923

NBA awards

  • Most Valuable Player: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Rookie of the Year: Alvan Adams, Phoenix Suns
  • Coach of the Year: Bill Fitch, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • All-NBA First Team:
    • Rick Barry, Golden State Warriors
    • George McGinnis, Philadelphia 76ers
    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
    • Nate Archibald, Kansas City Kings
    • Pete Maravich, New Orleans Jazz
  • All-NBA Rookie Team:
    • Joe Meriweather, Houston Rockets
    • Alvan Adams, Phoenix Suns
    • Lionel Hollins, Portland Trail Blazers
    • John Shumate, Phoenix Suns/Buffalo Braves
    • Gus Williams, Golden State Warriors
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team:
    • Paul Silas, Boston Celtics
    • John Havlicek, Boston Celtics
    • Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics
    • Norm Van Lier, Chicago Bulls
    • Slick Watts, Seattle SuperSonics
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
    • Jim Brewer, Cleveland Cavaliers
    • Jamaal Wilkes, Golden State Warriors
    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
    • Jim Cleamons, Cleveland Cavaliers
    • Phil Smith, Golden State Warriors

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