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1970–71 NBA season

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Sport  Basketball
Eastern champions  Baltimore Bullets
Western champions  Milwaukee Bucks
Number of teams  17
Number of games  82
TV partner(s)  ABC
Eastern runners-up  New York Knicks
Champion  Milwaukee Bucks
Start date  1970
League  National Basketball Association
Season MVP  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee Bucks)
Top scorer  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee Bucks)
Similar  1987–88 NBA season, 1968–69 NBA season, 1992–93 NBA season, 1998–99 NBA season

The 1970–71 NBA season was the 25th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Milwaukee Bucks winning the NBA Championship, beating the Baltimore Bullets 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals. Three new teams made their debut: the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Buffalo Braves.


Notable occurrences

  • The NBA expanded to 17 teams as the Portland Trail Blazers, Buffalo Braves, and Cleveland Cavaliers began play. For the first time, the league was divided into Conferences (East and West), each with two divisions.
  • The 1971 NBA All-Star Game was played at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California, with the West beating the East 108-107. Lenny Wilkens of the Seattle SuperSonics won the game's MVP award.
  • In only their third year of existence, the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Championship.
  • Notes

  • z, y – division champions
  • x – clinched playoff spot
  • NBA awards

  • Most Valuable Player: Lew Alcindor, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Rookies of the Year: Geoff Petrie, Portland Trail Blazers and Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics
  • Coach of the Year: Dick Motta, Chicago Bulls
  • All-NBA First Team:
  • Dave Bing, Detroit Pistons
  • Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Billy Cunningham, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Lew Alcindor, Milwaukee Bucks
  • John Havlicek, Boston Celtics
  • All-NBA Rookie Team:
  • Geoff Petrie, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Bob Lanier, Detroit Pistons
  • Calvin Murphy, San Diego Rockets
  • Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics
  • Pete Maravich, Atlanta Hawks
  • NBA All-Defensive Team:
  • First Team:
  • Dave DeBusschere, New York Knicks
  • Gus Johnson, Baltimore Bullets
  • Nate Thurmond, San Francisco Warriors
  • Walt Frazier, New York Knicks
  • Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Second Team:
  • John Havlicek, Boston Celtics
  • Paul Silas, Phoenix Suns
  • Lew Alcindor, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Jerry Sloan, Chicago Bulls
  • Norm Van Lier, Cincinnati Royals
  • References

    1970–71 NBA season Wikipedia