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1986–87 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
TV partner/s CBS, TBS
Regular season
Season MVP Magic Johnson (L.A. Lakers)
Top scorer Michael Jordan (Chicago)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
Eastern runners-up Detroit Pistons
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
Western runners-up Seattle SuperSonics
Finals
Finals champions Los Angeles Lakers
Runners-up Boston Celtics
Finals MVP Magic Johnson (L.A. Lakers)

The 1986–87 NBA season was the 41st season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning their fourth championship of the decade, beating the Boston Celtics 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.


Notable occurrences

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Boston Celtics 59 23 .720 -
Philadelphia 76ers 45 37 .549 14
Washington Bullets 42 40 .512 17
New Jersey Nets 24 58 .293 35
New York Knicks 24 58 .293 35
Central Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Atlanta Hawks 57 25 .695 -
Detroit Pistons 52 30 .634 5
Milwaukee Bucks 50 32 .610 7
Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 16
Chicago Bulls 40 42 .488 17
Cleveland Cavaliers 31 51 .378 26

Western Conference

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Dallas Mavericks 55 27 .671 -
Utah Jazz 44 38 .537 11
Houston Rockets 42 40 .512 13
Denver Nuggets 37 45 .451 18
Sacramento Kings 29 53 .354 26
San Antonio Spurs 28 54 .341 27
Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Los Angeles Lakers C 65 17 .793 -
Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 16
Golden State Warriors 42 40 .512 23
Seattle SuperSonics 39 43 .476 26
Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 29
Los Angeles Clippers 12 70 .146 53

C - NBA Champions

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 37.1
Rebounds per game Charles Barkley Philadelphia 76ers 14.6
Assists per game Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers 12.2
Steals per game Alvin Robertson San Antonio Spurs 3.2
Blocks per game Mark Eaton Utah Jazz 4.1
FG% Kevin McHale Boston Celtics 60.4
FT% Larry Bird Boston Celtics 91.0
3FG% Kiki Vandeweghe Portland Trail Blazers 48.1

NBA awards

Yearly awards

  • Most Valuable Player: Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Rookie of the Year: Chuck Person, Indiana Pacers
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Michael Cooper, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Sixth Man of the Year: Ricky Pierce, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Most Improved Player: Dale Ellis, Seattle SuperSonics
  • Coach of the Year: Mike Schuler, Portland Trail Blazers
  • All-NBA First Team:
    • F - Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
    • F - Kevin McHale, Boston Celtics
    • C - Akeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
    • G - Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
    • G - Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
  • All-NBA Second Team:
    • F - Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks
    • F - Charles Barkley, Philadelphia 76ers
    • C - Moses Malone, Washington Bullets
    • G - Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons
    • G - Fat Lever, Denver Nuggets
  • All-NBA Rookie Team:
    • John Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers
    • Roy Tarpley, Dallas Mavericks
    • Chuck Person, Indiana Pacers
    • Brad Daugherty, Cleveland Cavaliers
    • Ron Harper, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team:
    • Kevin McHale, Boston Celtics
    • Michael Cooper, Los Angeles Lakers
    • Akeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
    • Alvin Robertson, San Antonio Spurs
    • Dennis Johnson, Boston Celtics
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
    • Paul Pressey, Milwaukee Bucks
    • Rodney McCray, Houston Rockets
    • Mark Eaton, Utah Jazz
    • Maurice Cheeks, Philadelphia 76ers
    • Derek Harper, Dallas Mavericks



Player of the week

The following players were named NBA Player of the Week.

Week Player
Oct. 31 – Nov. 9 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16 Robert Parish (Boston Celtics)
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23 Alvin Robertson (San Antonio Spurs)
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30 Hot Rod Williams (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7 Tom Chambers (Seattle SuperSonics)
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14 Dominique Wilkins (Atlanta Hawks)
Dec. 15 – Dec. 21 Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
Dec. 22 – Dec. 28 Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4 Larry Bird (Boston Celtics)
Jan. 5 – Jan. 11 Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons)
Jan. 12 – Jan. 19 Otis Thorpe (Sacramento Kings)
Jan. 20 – Jan. 26 Alex English (Denver Nuggets)
Jan. 27 – Feb. 1 Fat Lever (Denver Nuggets)
Feb. 10 – Feb. 15 Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
Feb. 16 – Feb. 22 Moses Malone (Washington Bullets)
Feb. 23 – Mar. 1 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Mar. 2 – Mar. 8 Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
Mar. 9 – Mar. 15 Karl Malone (Utah Jazz)
Mar. 16 – Mar. 22 Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
Mar. 23 – Mar. 29 Larry Smith (Golden State Warriors)
Mar. 30 – Apr. 5 Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
Apr. 6 – Apr. 12 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Apr. 13 – Apr. 15 Julius Erving (Philadelphia 76ers)

Player of the month

The following players were named NBA Player of the Month.

Month Player
November Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
December Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)
January Charles Barkley (Philadelphia 76ers)
February Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
March Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers)

Rookie of the month

The following players were named NBA Rookie of the Month.

Month Rookie
November Chuck Person (Indiana Pacers)
December Ron Harper (Cleveland Cavaliers)
January Ron Harper (Cleveland Cavaliers)
February Chuck Person (Indiana Pacers)
March Brad Daugherty (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Coach of the month

The following coaches were named NBA Coach of the Month.

Month Coach
November Pat Riley (Los Angeles Lakers)
December Frank Layden (Utah Jazz)
January Bill Fitch (Houston Rockets)
February Mike Schuler (Portland Trail Blazers)
March George Karl (Golden State Warriors)

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