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The Seattle Supersonics started playing in 1968 and are the
only one of Seattle's professional sports teams - the others being MLB's
Mariners and the NFL's Seahawks - to have won a championship. However, as an
expansion team the first years of the Sonics' existence were difficult.
Despite their early struggles the Sonics weren't completely
lacking in talent. Among the players they had during their early years were Tom
Meschery, Lenny Wilkens, Bob Rule and Dick Snyder.
In 1975 the Supersonics, under the guidance of coach Bill
Russell, made their first trip to the playoffs. Led by Spencer Haywood, Archie
Clark and Fred Brown, the Supersonics won their first series by defeating the
Detroit Pistons of Bob Lanier and Dave Bing 2 games to 1. Seattle lost in the
next round to the eventual champions, the Golden State Warriors of Rick Barry
and Jamaal Wilkes.
By 1978, the Sonics had the players in place that would take
the team to its first trip to the NBA Finals. Gus Williams, Fred Brown, Marvin
Webster, Dennis Johnson and Jack Sikma were the core of a team that lost in 7
games to the Washington Bullets of Elvin Hayes, Bob Dandridge and Wes Unseld.
The next year the Lenny Wilkens coached Supersonics won a
rematch with the Bullets. Seattle exacted revenge with a 4 games to 1 Finals
victory over Washington.
The following year the Sonics made a third straight trip to
the Western Conference Finals, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in 5 games.
Seattle made another trip to the Western Conference Finals in
1987 on the shoulders of solid play from Tom Chambers, Xavier McDaniel and Dale
Ellis. Although they each averaged over 23 points per game during the regular
season, they were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Conference Finals.
After finishing the 1993 regular season with a 55-27 record,
Seattle slogged through the playoffs, first defeating Karl Malone's Utah Jazz 3
games to 2. They then won a 7 games series against Hakeem Olajuwon's Houston
Rockets. Finally, they met and lost to the Phoenix Suns of league MVP Charles
Barkley in 7 games.
In 1996, the Supersonics finished with a franchise best 64-18
record during the regular season. After defeating the Sacramento Kings in 4
games and sweeping the Houston Rockets, the Sonics battled Karl Malone and the
Utah Jazz before winning the Western Conference Finals in 7 games. Seattle then
moved on to face Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, a team that had just set
the NBA mark for best regular season record at 72-10. After losing the first two
games, the Sonics battled back to win games 3 and 4. The Bulls then won games 5
and 6 for their fourth championship.
Some of the most notable Seattle Supersonics players have
Mahdi Abdul-Rahman (Walt Hazzard) (1968)
Ray Allen (2003-)
Fred Brown (1972-1984)
Tom Burleson (1975-77)
Tom Chambers (1984-88)
Dale Ellis (1987-1990)
Patrick Ewing (2001) Hall of Famer
Kendall Gill (1994-95)
Spencer Haywood (1972-75)
Hersey Hawkins (1996-99)
Dennis Johnson (1977-1980)
Shawn "Reign Man" Kemp (1990-97)
Rashard Lewis (1999-)
Xavier McDaniel (1986-1990)
Derrick McKey (1988-1993)
Tom Meschery (1968-1971)
Gary Payton (1991-2002)
Sam "Big Smooth" Perkins (1993-98)
Ricky Pierce (1991-94)
Bob Rule (1968-1971)
Detlef Schrempf (1994-99)
Lonnie Shelton (1979-1983)
Jack Sikma (1978-1986)
Dick Snyder (1970-74)
David Thomson (1983-84) Hall of Famer
Slick Watts (1974-77)
Marvin Webster (1978)
Lenny Wilkens (1969-1972) Hall of Famer
Gus Williams (1978-1984)
The pattern of the Seattle Supersonics Fleece: Square fabric
consists of #46 jerseys, basketballs, basketballs swishing through nets, the
Supersonics' logo and the team mascot: Squatch the Sasquatch over a forest green
and yellow background. The print also includes the NBA's logo.
This Seattle Supersonics Fleece: Square fabric is licensed by
the NBA and is for individual consumption. Any other use of this NBA polar
fleece fabric is prohibited and illegal. The Seattle Supersonics fleece fabric
is not suitable for children's sleepwear.