Seattle SuperSonics in History

Events in Sport

  • 1966-12-20 NBA awards Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season
  • 1967-10-13 Seattle SuperSonics (now OKC Thunder) lose NBA debut game, 144-116 to the San Francisco Warriors at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1967-12-01 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 52 points in 76ers' 133-109 win over Seattle SuperSonics; sets NBA record for 22 free throw misses

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1971-01-12 21st NBA All-Star Game, San Diego Sports Arena: West beats East, 108-107; MVP: Lenny Wilkens, Seattle SuperSonics, PG; oldest MVP in All-Star history (33); scores 21 points

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • 1973-12-02 Capital Centre (USAir Arena) opens in Landover Maryland; NBA's Washington Bullets beat Seattle SuperSonics, 98-96 in opening game; arena demolished 2002
  • 1978-06-07 32nd NBA Championship: Wash Bullets beat Sea Supersonics, 4 games to 3
  • 1979-06-01 NBA Championship, Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland: Seattle Supersonics beat Washington Bullets, 97-93 for a 4-1 series victory; Seattle's first major pro sports championship win
  • 1985-01-10 Lenny Wilkens becomes first to coach in 1,000 NBA games when his Seattle SuperSonics defeat the Golden State Warriors, 89-86
  • 1987-02-08 37th NBA All-Star Game, Kingdome, Seattle, WA: West beats East, 154-149 (OT); MVP: Tom Chambers, Seattle SuperSonics, C
  • 1989-11-03 NBA expansion Minnesota Timberwolves make NBA debut; lose 106-94 against SuperSonics at Seattle Center Coliseum; Tyrone Corbin T-Wolves top scorer with 20 points
  • 1991-01-06 Portland Trail Blazers beat the Seattle SuperSonics, 114-111 before a sellout crowd at the Portland Memorial Coliseum; marks the Blazers' 600th consecutive sellout at home

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993-01-14 Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton blocks 2 shots in a 96-89 win over Seattle SuperSonics; becomes only 2nd player in NBA history (along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to record 3,000 career blocks

  • 1994-01-21 Dallas Mavericks suffer 19th straight loss at Reunion Arena, 91-87 to the Seattle SuperSonics; extends an unwanted NBA record for the most consecutive home defeats
  • 1995-11-04 Key Arena opens, Seattle Supersonics beat LA Lakers 103-89
  • 1997-12-02 MCI Center opens in Washington, D.C., Wizards vs SuperSonics
  • 2008-04-18 NBA owners give approval of a potential Seattle SuperSonics' relocation to Oklahoma City in a 28–2 vote by the Board of Governors
  • 2008-07-02 A settlement is reached allowing former NBA franchise the Seattle SuperSonics to move to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; new owner Clay Bennett agrees to pay City of Seattle $45 million to wriggle out of last 2 years of KeyArena lease

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1934-11-03 Bob Hopkins, American basketball forward and coach (Syracuse Nationals; Seattle SuperSonics), born in Jonesboro, Louisiana (d. 2015)

Person of interestLenny Wilkens

1937-10-28 Lenny Wilkens, NBA Point Guard and Head Coach (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • 1954-07-13 David Thompson, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1955-10-19 Lonnie Shelton, NBA forward (NY Knick, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1955-11-14 Jack Sikma, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Kankalee, Illinois
  • 1959-05-01 Eddie Johnson, American basketball guard/forward (NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1989; Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959-06-21 Tom Chambers, NBA forward, center (Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns)
  • 1959-08-14 Frank Brickowski, American NBA player (Seattle Supersonics), born in Bayville, New York
  • 1960-08-06 Dale Ellis, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets)
  • 1961-06-14 Sam Perkins, American NBA forward and center (Seattle Supersonics), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1962-06-26 Jerome Kersey, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers), born in Clarksville, Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 1963-01-21 Detlef Schrempf, German NBA forward (Mavericks, Pacers, Supersonics)
  • 1963-06-04 Xavier McDaniel, American NBA forward (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1963-12-15 David Wingate, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1964-08-03 Nate McMillan, American NBA guard and head coach (Indiana Pacers 2016-19; Portland, Seattle; NBA steals leader 1994), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1966-02-28 Vincent Askew, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Trailblazers)
  • 1966-09-29 Hersey Hawkins, NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics, Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1967-11-15 Greg Anthony, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1967-12-21 Ervin Johnson, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968-07-23 Gary Payton, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996, 2000; NBA All-Star 1994–98, 2000–03; Seattle SuperSonics), born in Oakland, California
  • 1969-11-26 Shawn Kemp, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics), born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • 1971-11-23 Vin Baker, NBA forward (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Lake Wales, Florida
  • 1972-07-30 Jim McIlvaine, American NBA center (Washington Bullets, Seattle Supersonics), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1972-08-26 Sherell Ford, NBA forward (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1973-04-24 Eric Snow, American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Seattle Supersonics), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1975-12-14 James Cotton, American NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics), born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 2015-02-18 Jerome Kersey, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 52
  • 2015-05-15 Bob Hopkins, American basketball forward and coach (Syracuse Nationals; Seattle SuperSonics), dies of heart and kidney failure at 80