1988–89 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1988–89 NBA season was the Seattle SuperSonics' 22nd season in the National Basketball Association.

In the playoffs, the SuperSonics defeated the Houston Rockets in four games in the First Round, before being swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in four games in the Semifinals.

The Sonics finished nineteenth in the NBA in attendance for the season.

Draft picks

At the 1988 Draft the SuperSonics got the fifteenth overall pick behind the Phoenix Suns. With their first round pick the SuperSonics selected Gary Grant but he would be traded on draft night along with a first-round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for Michael Cage. In the second round, they selected guard Corey Gaines.


Roster listing
1988–89 Seattle SuperSonics roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
F42Ballard, Greg6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)215 lb (98 kg)1955-01-29Oregon
F44Cage, Michael6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)224 lb (102 kg)1962-01-28San Diego State
F41Champion, Mike6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)230 lb (104 kg)1964-04-05Gonzaga
G3Ellis, Dale6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)205 lb (93 kg)1960-08-06Tennessee
G15Johnson, Avery5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)175 lb (79 kg)1965-03-25Southern
C53Lister, Alton7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)240 lb (109 kg)1958-10-01Arizona State
G20Lucas, John6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)175 lb (79 kg)1953-10-31Maryland
F34McDaniel, Xavier6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)205 lb (93 kg)1963-06-04Wichita State
F31McKey, Derrick6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)205 lb (93 kg)1966-10-10Alabama
G10McMillan, Nate6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)195 lb (88 kg)1964-08-03North Carolina State
C23Polynice, Olden6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)220 lb (100 kg)1964-11-21Virginia
G35Reynolds, Jerry6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)200 lb (91 kg)1962-12-23LSU
F40Schoene, Russ6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)210 lb (95 kg)1960-04-16Chattanooga
G4Threatt, Sedale6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)175 lb (79 kg)1961-09-10West Virginia Tech
Head coach

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


Regular season

Season standings

z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

Game log

1988–89 game log
1988–89 season schedule
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates loss.


1989 playoff game log
West First Round vs. (5) Houston Rockets – Seattle wins series 3–1
West Semifinals vs. (1) Los Angeles Lakers – Seattle lose series 0–4
1989 playoff schedule
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates loss.

Player statistics

Note: PG= per game; M= Minutes; R= Rebounds; A= Assists; S = Steals; B = Blocks; P = Points; T = Turnovers; PF = Personal fouls



Awards and records

1989 NBA All-Star Game selections (game played on February 12, 1989)

Non All-Star Awards and records


Free agents




October 4, 1988
To Seattle SuperSonics----To Milwaukee Bucks----

See also

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