The 1982–83 NBA season was the 37th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Philadelphia 76ers winning the NBA Championship, sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals.
The 1983 NBA All-Star Game was played at the The Forum in Inglewood, California, with the East defeating the West 132-123. Julius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers wins the game's MVP award. It was at this game that R&B legend Marvin Gaye performed his famous rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.
This season marks the final season for Larry O'Brien as commissioner of the NBA. In honor of his long tenure, the NBA would rename its Championship trophy after him.
The USA Network extended their cable deal with the NBA for another two years, and ESPN shared broadcast rights with them.
The 76ers post a 12-1 record in the playoffs, a record for highest winning percentage in the postseason (since broken by the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers)
The Boston Celtics were swept for the first time in their playoff history at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks in the Conference Semifinals of the 1983 NBA Playoffs. The Bucks swept the Celtics 4-0.