Greatest of All-Time: A Look at the 1991-92 Seattle Supersonics

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We continue to look at the 22 Seattle Supersonics teams that made the playoffs. Today, the 1991-1992 team.

Edited by Tiffany Villigan

The 1991-92 Sonics season, the Silver season, the 25th Anniversary of our beloved team, started off the same as the previous season: with the Celtics' championship coach K.C. Jones at the helm. While he was able to work his magic in the Boston Garden, alternating between being the Eastern Conference Champions and the NBA Finals Champions in pitched battles with the LA Lakers in the mid-'80s, K.C. was unable to get us over .500 in the '90-'91 season. The Sonics had a 41-41 record and a quick first-round playoffs exit that year. Expectations were higher at the beginning of the '91-'92 season as our core nucleus of young stars was steadily improving. Nevertheless, K.C. was let go only 36 games into the season with another lackluster record of 18-18. After interim coach Bob Kloppenburg gave us another .500 record of 2-2, we finally got the coach whose name would be mentioned alongside Wilkens as greatest Sonics coaches: George Karl, the hard-nosed, hard-edged, hard-working coach whose most recent stints were in the CBA and Europe.

The Sonics that season were led in scoring by Ricky Pierce (21.7 ppg) and Eddie Johnson (17.1 ppg). The young stars Shawn Kemp--15.5 ppg in his third year--and Gary Payton--6.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game in his sophomore season--started to become major contributors to this team and would try to lay claim to the '90s like the Lakers did to the '80s.

With Karl's style and a team that was starting to believe in itself, the Sonics finished the season 27-15. Instead of a one-and-done in the playoffs like the season before, they bested the Don Nelson-coached Warriors that featured Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway 3 games to 1 before falling to the team that would become a familiar rival, the Utah Jazz, led by Malone and Stockton, 4 games to 1. The Silver Anniversary Season was nice, but ultimately the Sonics cared about the golden Larry O' Brien Championship Trophy, which they were unable to win.

No.

Player

Pos

Ht

Wt

Exp

College

11

Dana Barros

PG

5-11

163

2

Boston College

00

Benoit Benjamin

C

7-0

250

6

Creighton University

21

Tony Brown

SF

6-6

185

6

University of Arkansas

44

Michael Cage

PF

6-9

224

7

San Diego State University

24

Marty Conlon

C

6-10

224

R

Providence College

20

Quintin Dailey

SG

6-3

180

9

University of San Francisco

8

Eddie Johnson

SF

6-7

215

10

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

40

Shawn Kemp

PF

6-10

230

2

Trinity Valley Community College

25

Rich King

C

7-2

260

R

University of Nebraska

23

Bart Kofoed

SG

6-4

210

3

University of Nebraska at Kearney

31

Derrick McKey

SF

6-9

205

4

University of Alabama

10

Nate McMillan

PG

6-5

195

5

North Carolina State University

2

Gary Payton

PG

6-4

180

1

Oregon State University

22

Ricky Pierce

SG

6-4

205

9

Rice University

Player

G

GS

MP

FG%

3P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

PPG

Ricky Pierce

78

78

2658

.475

.268

.916

233

241

86

20

21.7

Eddie Johnson

81

19

2366

.459

.252

.861

292

161

55

11

17.1

Shawn Kemp

64

23

1808

.504

.000

.748

665

86

70

124

15.5

Benoit Benjamin

63

61

1941

.478

.000

.687

513

76

39

118

14.0

Derrick McKey

52

44

1757

.472

.380

.847

268

120

61

47

14.9

Gary Payton

81

79

2549

.451

.130

.669

295

506

147

21

9.4

Michael Cage

82

69

2461

.566

.000

.620

728

92

99

55

8.8

Dana Barros

75

1

1331

.483

.446

.759

81

125

51

4

8.3

Nate McMillan

72

30

1652

.437

.276

.643

252

359

129

29

6.0

Tony Brown

35

2

401

.394

.293

.811

56

32

18

4

4.8

Marty Conlon

45

1

381

.475

.750

69

12

9

7

2.7

Rich King

40

2

213

.380

.000

.756

49

12

4

5

2.2

Bart Kofoed

44

0

239

.472

.143

.577

26

51

2

2

1.5

Quintin Dailey

11

1

98

.243

.000

.813

12

4

5

1

2.8

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