1978–79 NBA season was the 33rd season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Seattle SuperSonics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Washington Bullets 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals, a rematch of the previous year's Finals, but with the opposite result.
The moved from Buffalo, New York to San Diego, California and became the Buffalo Braves San Diego Clippers.
The Detroit Pistons changed conferences, moving from the Midwest Division of the Western Conference to the Central Division of the Eastern Conference, where they remain today.
The NBA adopts a three-official system similar to the one used in college basketball on a one-year trial basis. The experiment is scrapped for the 1979–80 season, but returns permanently in 1988–89.
The 1979 NBA All-Star Game was played at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, with the West defeating the East 134–129 in overtime. David Thompson of the Denver Nuggets wins the game's MVP award.
The Jazz play their final season in New Orleans, Louisiana, before moving to Salt Lake City, Utah. It would be 23 years before New Orleans received another NBA franchise.
C - NBA Champions
Most Valuable Player: Moses Malone, Houston Rockets
Rookie of the Year: Phil Ford, Kansas City Kings
Coach of the Year: Cotton Fitzsimmons, Kansas City Kings
All-NBA First Team:
All-NBA Rookie Team:
NBA All-Defensive First Team:
NBA All-Defensive Second Team: