May 17, 1980

NBA awards [1979-80]



Chris Ford made the first 3-pointer in league history. The Jazz moved from New Orleans to Utah. Dr. Jerry Buss bought the Lakers. Darryl Dawkins broke two backboards.

Player of the Year | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lakers] 24.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 60.4 2-point shooting, 76.5 free throw shooting, 3.4 blocks.

Rookies of the Year | Larry Bird [Celtics] 21.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 48.1 2-point shooting, 83.6 free throw shooting. Magic Johnson [Lakers] 18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 54.0 2-point shooting, 81.0 free throw shooting, 2.4 steals.

Defensive Player of the Year | Tree Rollins [Hawks] 3.0 blocks.

Coach of the Year | Bill Fitch [Celtics] 61-21



FIRST TEAM |

Forward | Julius Erving [76ers] 26.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 52.3 2-point shooting, 78.7 free throw shooting, 2.2 steals. Age [29]

Forward | Larry Bird [Celtics] 21.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 48.1 2-point shooting, 83.6 free throw shooting. Age [23]

Center | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lakers] 24.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 60.4 2-point shooting, 76.5 free throw shooting, 3.4 blocks. Age [32]

Guard | George Gervin [Spurs] 33.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 54.0 2-point shooting, 85.2 free throw shooting. Age [27]

Point guard | Gus Williams [SuperSonics] 22.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 48.9 2-point shooting, 78.8 free throw shooting, 2.4 steals. Age [26]



SECOND TEAM |

Forward | Marques Johnson [Bucks] 21.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 54.6 2-point shooting, 79.1 free throw shooting. Age [23]

Forward | Dan Roundfield [Hawks] 16.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 50.0 2-point shooting, 71.0 free throw shooting. Age [26]

Center | Moses Malone [Rockets] 25.8 points, 14.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 50.4 2-point shooting, 71.9 free throw shooting. Age [24]

Point guard | Magic Johnson [Lakers] 18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 54.0 2-point shooting, 81.0 free throw shooting, 2.4 steals. Age [20]

Guard | Paul Westphal [Suns] 21.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 54.4 2-point shooting, 86.2 free throw shooting. Age [29]



HONORABLE MENTION |

Forward | Adrian Dantley [Jazz] 28.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 57.7 2-point shooting, 84.2 free throw shooting. Age [23]

Center | Dan Issel [Nuggets] 23.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 50.6 2-point shooting, 77.5 free throw shooting. Age [31]

Guard | World B. Free [Clippers] 30.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 47.6 2-point shooting, 75.3 free throw shooting. Age [26]

Forward | Cedric Maxwell [Celtics] 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 60.9 2-point shooting, 78.7 free throw shooting. Age [24]
— Kevin Brewer

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