The 1976–77 NBA season
was the 31st season of the
. The season ended with the Portland Trail Blazers
NBA Championship, beating the Philadelphia 76ers
4 games to 2 in the
- The NBA's rival league, the American Basketball
Association, joined with the NBA in the ABA-NBA merger. Four ABA franchises joined
the NBA: the New York Nets, the
Indiana Pacers, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Denver Nuggets. The other ABA teams had
folded prior to the merger, except for the Kentucky Colonels and Spirits of St. Louis, both of whose
players were picked up by NBA teams in the ABA dispersal draft.
- The NBA Playoffs are expanded from
5 teams per conference to 6.
1977 NBA All-Star Game was
played at The
Mecca in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with the West beating the East 125-124.
Julius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers (one of the new
arrivals from the ABA) wins the game's MVP award.
- 5 of the 10 All-Star starters and 10 of the 24 All-Star
participants were former ABA players, and former ABA players filled
4 of the 10 slots on the All-NBA first and second teams. Five
former ABA players competed in the NBA Finals: the Philadelphia
76ers' Julius Erving, George
McGinnis and Caldwell Jones, and
the Portland Trail Blazers' Maurice
Lucas and Dave Twardzik.
- The Portland Trail
Blazers win a championship in the first year that they appear
in the playoffs. In addition, they also become the second team in
history (after the 1969 Celtics) to win the NBA Finals after
dropping the first two games.
- NBA Champions
1976-77 NBA Stats Leaders
Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History
section on NBA.com