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1990–91 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration November 2, 1990 – April 21, 1991
April 25 – May 30, 1991 (Playoffs)
June 2 – 12, 1991 (Finals)
Number of teams 27
TV partner(s) NBC, TBS, TNT
Top draft pick Derrick Coleman
Picked by New Jersey Nets
Regular season
Top seed Portland Trail Blazers
Season MVP Michael Jordan (Chicago)
Top scorer Michael Jordan (Chicago)
Eastern champions Chicago Bulls
  Eastern runners-up Detroit Pistons
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up Portland Trail Blazers
Champions Chicago Bulls
  Runners-up Los Angeles Lakers
Finals MVP Michael Jordan (Chicago)
NBA seasons

The 1990–91 NBA season was the 45th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Chicago Bulls winning their first NBA Championship, eliminating the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Coaching changes
Team 1989–90 coach 1990–91 coach
Atlanta Hawks Mike Fratello Bob Weiss
Boston Celtics Jimmy Rodgers Chris Ford
Denver Nuggets Doug Moe Paul Westhead
Los Angeles Clippers Don Casey Mike Schuler
Los Angeles Lakers Pat Riley Mike Dunleavy, Sr.
New York Knicks Stu Jackson John MacLeod
Seattle SuperSonics Bernie Bickerstaff K.C. Jones

NBA 91 release date: October 22nd 1990

Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Indiana Pacers Dick Versace Bob Hill

1990–91 NBA changes[edit]

  • The Indiana Pacers changed their logo and uniforms, adding navy to their color scheme.
  • The New Jersey Nets changed their logo and uniforms.
  • The Sacramento Kings changed their uniforms, adding a darker blue color from their primary logo.



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