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1982–83 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
TV partner/s CBS, ESPN, USA
Regular season
Season MVP Moses Malone (Philadelphia)
Top scorer Alex English (Denver)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Philadelphia 76ers
Eastern runners-up Milwaukee Bucks
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
Western runners-up San Antonio Spurs
Finals
Finals champions Philadelphia 76ers
Runners-up Los Angeles Lakers
Finals MVP Moses Malone (Philadelphia)

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.


Notable occurrences

  • 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.

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Philadelphia 76ers C 65 17 .793 -
Boston Celtics 56 26 .683 9
New Jersey Nets 49 33 .598 16
New York Knicks 44 38 .537 21
Washington Bullets 42 40 .512 23
Central Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Milwaukee Bucks 51 31 .622 -
Atlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 8
Detroit Pistons 37 45 .451 14
Chicago Bulls 28 54 .341 23
Cleveland Cavaliers 23 59 .280 28
Indiana Pacers 20 62 .244 31

Western Conference

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
San Antonio Spurs 53 29 .646 -
Kansas City Kings 45 37 .549 8
Denver Nuggets 45 37 .549 8
Dallas Mavericks 38 44 .463 15
Utah Jazz 30 52 .366 23
Houston Rockets 14 68 .171 39
Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 -
Phoenix Suns 53 29 .646 5
Seattle SuperSonics 48 34 .585 10
Portland Trail Blazers 46 36 .561 12
Golden State Warriors 30 52 .366 28
San Diego Clippers 25 57 .305 33

C - NBA Champions

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Alex English Denver Nuggets 28.4
Rebounds per game Moses Malone Philadelphia 76ers 15.3
Assists per game Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers 10.5
Steals per game Micheal Ray Richardson Golden State Warriors 2.84
Blocks per game Tree Rollins Atlanta Hawks 4.3
FG% Artis Gilmore San Antonio Spurs 62.6
FT% Calvin Murphy Houston Rockets 92.0
3FG% Mike Dunleavy San Antonio Spurs 34.5

NBA awards

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