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1993–94 Seattle SuperSonics season

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Head coach  George Karl
Record  63–19 (.768)
General manager  Bob Whitsitt
Arena  Seattle Center Coliseum
Place  Division: 1st (Pacific) Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish  West First Round (Eliminated 2–3)

The 1993–94 NBA season was the 26th season of the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association. In the third season with George Karl as head coach, along with the addition of Detlef Schrempf from the Indiana Pacers and Kendall Gill from the Charlotte Hornets, the Sonics got off to a fast start winning their first ten games on their way to a 26–3 start. The team won 17 of their final 19 games finishing the season with a franchise best 63–19 record, and made the Playoffs as the #1 seed in the Western Conference for the first time since the 1978–79 season, where the SuperSonics won their first NBA Championship. Gary Payton made his first All-Star appearance as he was selected for the 1994 NBA All-Star Game along with Shawn Kemp.


However, the Sonics did not make it past the first round, losing to the 8th-seeded Denver Nuggets in five games after taking a 2–0 lead in the series. It was the first time in NBA Playoffs history that a number 8 seed defeated a number 1 seeded team. Following the season, Ricky Pierce was traded to the Golden State Warriors, and Michael Cage signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

West First Round

(1) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (8) Denver Nuggets: Nuggets win series 3-2

  • Game 1 @ Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle (April 28): Seattle 106, Denver 82
  • Game 2 @ Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle (April 30): Seattle 97, Denver 87
  • Game 3 @ McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (May 2): Denver 110, Seattle 93
  • Game 4 @ McNichols Sports Arena, Denver (May 5): Denver 94, Seattle 85 (OT)
  • Game 5 @ Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle (May 7): Denver 98, Seattle 94 (OT)
  • Last Playoff Meeting: 1988 Western Conference First Round (Denver won 3-2)


    1.^ Statistics with the SuperSonics.


  • Shawn Kemp earned an All-NBA Second Team selection.
  • Gary Payton earned All-NBA Third Team and NBA All-Defensive First Team selections.
  • Nate McMillan earned an All-Defensive Second Team selection and finished the season as leader in total steals and steals per game.
  • Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton were both selected to play in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game for the West. It was Kemp's first start as an All-Star, and Payton's first appearance in an All-Star Game.
  • Records

  • Team record for most victories in a single season (63)
  • Additions


    1993–94 Seattle SuperSonics season Wikipedia

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