1986–87 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1986–87 Seattle SuperSonics season was the 20th season of the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association. Bernie Bickerstaff returned for his second season as head coach of the franchise and, despite a modest improvement over their previous season's 31–51 record, managed to clinch a spot in the playoffs, where they defeated the Dallas Mavericks in four games in the First Round, and then the Houston Rockets in six games in the Semifinals, reaching the Western Conference Finals, only to be swept in four games to the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. The 39-43 Sonics remain the last team to date in the NBA to win a playoff series with a losing regular season record.

It is also their first year without team captain Jack Sikma as he was traded in the offseason.

Draft picks


Roster listing
1986–87 Seattle SuperSonics roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
PF24Chambers, Tom6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)220 lb (100 kg)1959–06–21Utah
G/F3Ellis, Dale6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)205 lb (93 kg)1960–08–06Tennessee
C45Johnson, Clemon6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)240 lb (109 kg)1956–09–12Florida A&M
G15Johnson, Eddie6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)180 lb (82 kg)1955–02–24Auburn
PF42Kitchen, Curtis6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)235 lb (107 kg)1964–01–30South Florida
C53Lister, Alton7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)240 lb (109 kg)1958–10–01Arizona State
PF/C20Lucas, Maurice6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)215 lb (98 kg)1952–02–18Marquette
F34McDaniel, Xavier6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)205 lb (93 kg)1963–06–04Wichita State
G10McMillan, Nate6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)195 lb (88 kg)1964–08–03North Carolina State
G25Phelps, Mike6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)180 lb (82 kg)1961–10–03Alcorn State
G44Stansbury, Terence6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)170 lb (77 kg)1961–02–27Temple
PF/C40Schoene, Russ6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)210 lb (95 kg)1960–04–16Chattanooga
G30Williams, Kevin6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)175 lb (79 kg)1961–09–11St. John's
PG22Young, Danny6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)175 lb (79 kg)1962–07–26Wake Forest
Head coach

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season

Season standings

Record vs. opponents

Game log

1986–87 game log
1986–87 season schedule
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates loss.


1987 playoff game log
1987 playoff schedule

Player statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game


1.^ Statistics with the SuperSonics.


Awards and records





Players Added

Via draft

Via free agency

Via trade

Players Lost

Via free agency

Via trade

Via waiver


July 1, 1986To Seattle SuperSonics
Alton Lister
Conditional 1987 and 1989 first round picks
To Milwaukee Bucks
Jack Sikma
Conditional 1987 and 1989 second round picks
July 23, 1986To Seattle SuperSonics
Dale Ellis
To Dallas Mavericks
Al Wood
September 29, 1986To Seattle SuperSonics
Clemon Johnson
Conditional 1989 first round pick
To Philadelphia 76ers
Tim McCormick
Danny Vranes
September 30, 1986To Seattle SuperSonics
John Long
To Detroit Pistons
Conditional 1987 and 1991 second round picks
October 2, 1986To Seattle SuperSonics
Russ Schoene
Terence Stansbury
To Indiana Pacers
John Long
Conditional 1993 second round pick
October 2, 1986To Seattle SuperSonics
Ronnie Lester
To Los Angeles Lakers
Cash considerations
November 12, 1986To Seattle SuperSonics
Conditional 1987 first round and 1990 second round picks
To New York Knicks
Gerald Henderson
Conditional 1987 first round pick

Free agents

See also

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