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1992–93 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
TV partner/s NBC, TBS, TNT
Regular season
Season MVP Charles Barkley (Phoenix)
Top scorer Michael Jordan (Chicago)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Chicago Bulls
Eastern runners-up New York Knicks
Western champions Phoenix Suns
Western runners-up Seattle SuperSonics
Finals
Finals champions Chicago Bulls
Runners-up Phoenix Suns
Finals MVP Michael Jordan (Chicago)

The 1992–93 NBA season was the 47th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Chicago Bulls winning their third-straight NBA Championship, beating the Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.


Notable occurrences

  • The 1993 NBA All-Star Game was played at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, with the West defeating the East 135–132 in overtime. Much to delight of the local fans, Karl Malone and John Stockton of the Utah Jazz were named co-MVPs of the game.
  • The Phoenix Suns played their first season at America West Arena.
  • The San Antonio Spurs played their final season in the HemisFair Arena.
  • The Charlotte Hornets became the first of the four late-1980s expansion franchises to win a playoff series on Alonzo Mourning's 20-foot jumper at the buzzer in Game 4 of their first round playoff series against the Boston Celtics.
  • Michael Jordan scored his 20,000th career point and tied Wilt Chamberlain's record of seven scoring titles.
  • In Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Suns defeated the Bulls in triple overtime, 129–121. This marked the second time a Finals game lasted three overtimes, along with Game 5 of the 1976 Finals, which also involved the Suns. Coincidentally, in the 1976 game, Paul Westphal played for the Suns, and in the 1993 game, he coached the Suns.
  • Michael Jordan scored 40 or more points in 4 consecutive games of the NBA Finals, setting an unprecedented mark, and averaged an NBA Finals record 41.0 points per game for the series.
  • The Chicago Bulls defeated the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals to become the first team in almost 30 years to win three consecutive championships.
  • New Jersey Nets guard Drazen Petrovic was killed in an automobile accident in Munich, Germany on June 7. Almost two months later, on July 27, Boston Celtics guard Reggie Lewis died of a heart attack during practice. Both were later honored by their respective teams by retiring their numbers, though Petrovic would be eventually inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • The Dallas Mavericks became the third team to lose 70 games in a season, after the 1972–73 Philadelphia 76ers and the 1986–87 Los Angeles Clippers. They finished 11–71.

Standings

By division

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division v •d •e W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-New York Knicks 60 22 .732 37-4 23–18 23-5
x-Boston Celtics 48 34 .585 12 28-13 20-21 19-9
x-New Jersey Nets 43 39 .524 17 26-15 17-24 14-14
Orlando Magic 41 41 .500 19 27-14 14-27 15-13
Miami Heat 36 46 .439 24 26-15 10-31 9-19
Philadelphia 76ers 26 56 .317 34 15-26 11-30 11-17
Washington Bullets 22 60 .268 38 15-26 7-34 7-21
Central Division v •d •e W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Chicago Bulls 57 25 .695 31-10 26–15 19–9
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 54 28 .659 3 35–6 19–22 22-6
x-Charlotte Hornets 44 38 .537 13 22-19 22–19 12–16
x-Atlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 14 25–16 18–23 12–16
x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 16 27-14 14–27 11-17
Detroit Pistons 40 42 .488 17 28-13 12–29 12-16
Milwaukee Bucks 28 54 .341 29 18–23 10–31 10-18


Western Conference
Midwest Division v •d •e W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Houston Rockets 55 27 .671 31-10 24–17 19-7
x-San Antonio Spurs 49 33 .598 6 31–10 18–23 17-9
x-Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 8 28-13 19–22 16-10
Denver Nuggets 36 46 .439 19 28-13 8–33 13-13
Minnesota Timberwolves 19 63 .232 36 11-30 8-33 10-16
Dallas Mavericks 11 71 .134 44 7-34 4–37 3-23
Pacific Division v •d •e W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Phoenix Suns 62 20 .756 35-6 27-14 21-9
x-Seattle SuperSonics 55 27 .671 7 33-8 22-19 22-8
x-Portland Trail Blazers 51 31 .622 11 30-11 21-20 19-11
x-Los Angeles Clippers 41 41 .500 21 27-14 14-27 15-15
x-Los Angeles Lakers 39 43 .476 23 20-21 19-22 13-17
Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 28 19-22 15-26 9-21
Sacramento Kings 25 57 .305 37 16-25 9-32 6-24


By conference

# Eastern Conference v •d •e
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-New York Knicks 60 22 .732
2 y-Chicago Bulls 57 25 .695 3
3 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 54 28 .659 6
4 x-Boston Celtics 48 34 .585 12
5 x-Charlotte Hornets 44 38 .537 16
6 x-New Jersey Nets 43 39 .524 17
7 x-Atlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 17
8 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 19
9 Orlando Magic 41 41 .500 19
10 Detroit Pistons 40 42 .488 20
11 Miami Heat 36 46 .439 24
12 Milwaukee Bucks 28 54 .341 32
13 Philadelphia 76ers 26 56 .317 36
14 Washington Bullets 22 60 .268 38


# Western Conference v •d •e
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Phoenix Suns 62 20 .671
2 y-Houston Rockets 55 27 .671 7
3 x-Seattle SuperSonics 55 27 .671 7
4 x-Portland Trail Blazers 51 31 .622 11
5 x-San Antonio Spurs 49 33 .598 13
6 x-Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 18
7 x-Los Angeles Clippers 41 41 .500 21
8 x-Los Angeles Lakers 39 43 .476 23
9 Denver Nuggets 36 46 .439 26
10 Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 28
11 Sacramento Kings 25 57 .305 37
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 19 63 .232 43
13 Dallas Mavericks 11 71 .134 51



Notes

  • z – clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • y – clinched division title
  • x – clinched playoff spot

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 32.6
Rebounds per game Dennis Rodman Detroit Pistons 18.3
Assists per game John Stockton Utah Jazz 12.0
Steals per game Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 2.8
Blocks per game Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets 4.2
FG% Cedric Ceballos Phoenix Suns 57.6
FT% Mark Price Cleveland Cavaliers 94.8
3FG% Chris Mullin Golden State Warriors 45.1

NBA awards

Yearly awards

  • Most Valuable Player: Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns
  • Rookie of the Year: Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando Magic
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
  • Sixth Man of the Year: Clifford Robinson, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Most Improved Player: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Denver Nuggets
  • Coach of the Year: Pat Riley, New York Knicks
  • All-NBA First Team:
    • F - Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
    • F - Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns
    • C - Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
    • G - Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
    • G - Mark Price, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • All-NBA Second Team:
    • F - Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks
    • F - Larry Johnson, Charlotte Hornets
    • C - Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks
    • G - John Stockton, Utah Jazz
    • G - Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons
  • All-NBA Third Team:
    • F - Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls
    • F - Derrick Coleman, New Jersey Nets
    • C - David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs
    • G - Tim Hardaway, Golden State Warriors
    • G - Dražen Petrović, New Jersey Nets
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team:
    • F - Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls
    • F - Dennis Rodman, Detroit Pistons
    • C - Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
    • G - Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
    • G - Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
    • F - Horace Grant, Chicago Bulls
    • F - David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs
    • C - Larry Nance, Cleveland Cavaliers
    • G - Dan Majerle, Phoenix Suns
    • G - John Starks, New York Knicks
  • All-NBA Rookie First Team:
    • Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando Magic
    • Christian Laettner, Minnesota Timberwolves
    • LaPhonso Ellis, Denver Nuggets
    • Alonzo Mourning, Charlotte Hornets
    • Tom Gugliotta, Washington Bullets
  • All-NBA Rookie Second Team:
    • Walt Williams, Sacramento Kings
    • Clarence Weatherspoon, Philadelphia 76ers
    • Latrell Sprewell, Golden State Warriors
    • Robert Horry, Houston Rockets
    • Richard Dumas, Phoenix Suns


Player of the week

The following players were named NBA Player of the Week.

Week Player
Nov. 6 – Nov. 15 Shaquille O'Neal (Orlando Magic)
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29 David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6 Drazen Petrovic (New Jersey Nets)
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13 Charles Barkley (Phoenix Suns)
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20 Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)
Dec. 21 – Dec. 27 Sean Elliott (San Antonio Spurs)
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3 David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10 Shawn Kemp (Seattle SuperSonics)
Jan. 10 – Jan. 17 Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24 Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31 Karl Malone (Utah Jazz)
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7 Nick Anderson (Orlando Magic)
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14 Larry Johnson (Charlotte Hornets)
Feb. 23 – Feb. 28 Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)
Mar. 1 – Mar. 7 Rony Seikaly (Miami Heat)
Mar. 8 – Mar. 14 Rumeal Robinson (New Jersey Nets)
Mar. 15 – Mar. 21 Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)
Mar. 22 – Mar. 28 Dikembe Mutombo (Denver Nuggets)
Mar. 29 – Apr. 4 Charles Barkley (Phoenix Suns)
Apr. 5 – Apr. 11 Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)
Apr. 12 – Apr. 18 Alonzo Mourning (Charlotte Hornets)
Apr. 19 – Apr. 25 Larry Johnson (Charlotte Hornets)

Player of the month

The following players were named NBA Player of the Month.

Month Player
November Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
December Charles Barkley (Phoenix Suns)
January Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)
February Dominique Wilkins (Atlanta Hawks)
March Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)
April Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)

Rookie of the month

The following players were named NBA Rookie of the Month.

Month Rookie
November Shaquille O'Neal (Orlando Magic)
December Shaquille O'Neal (Orlando Magic)
January Shaquille O'Neal (Orlando Magic)
February Shaquille O'Neal (Orlando Magic)
March Alonzo Mourning (Charlotte Hornets)
April Alonzo Mourning (Charlotte Hornets)

Coach of the month

The following coaches were named NBA Coach of the Month.

Month Coach
November Mike Dunleavy (Milwaukee Bucks)
December Paul Westphal (Phoenix Suns)
January John Lucas (San Antonio Spurs)
February Lenny Wilkens (Cleveland Cavaliers)
March Bob Weiss (Atlanta Hawks)
April Rudy Tomjanovich (Houston Rockets)

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