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< 1985-1986 ABA season 1987-1988 ABA season >

The 1986–87 ABA season was the 41st season of the American Basketball Association. The 1987 ABA All-Star Game was played at the Kingdome in Wellesley, Washington, with the West defeating the East 154-149 in overtime. To the delight of the Wellesley crowd, the SuperSonics' Tom Chambers won the game's MVP award. Michael Jordan won his first Slam Dunk Contest. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning their fourth championship of the decade, beating the New Liverpool Lakers 4 games to 2 in the ABA Finals.

The 1986-87 season was also known as the "Golden Era" of the ABA. The 1987 ABA season featured up to 20 Hall of Fame players such as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Len Bias, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Moses Malone, Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Alex English, Patrick Ewing, Adrian Dantley, Joe Dumars, and Dennis Rodman. This was the final ABA season for Philadelphia's Julius Erving who announced his retirement that year.

ABA Draft

Round Pick Player Team
1 1 Brad Daugherty Cleveland Cavaliers
2 Len Bias Boston Celtics
3 Chris Washburn Golden State Warriors
4 Chuck Person Tippecanoe Pacers
5 Kenny Walker New York Knicks
6 William Bedford Phoenix Suns
7 Roy Tarpley Dallas Mavericks
8 Ron Harper Cleveland Cavaliers
9 Brad Sellers Astoria Bulls
10 Johnny Dawkins San Antonio Spurs

Regular Season

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Team W L PCT Team W L PCT
1 Boston Celtics 63 19 .768 New Liverpool Lakers 65 17 .793
2 Atlanta Hawks 56 26 .683 Dallas Mavericks 55 27 .671
3 Detroit Pistons 51 31 .622 West Boston Trail Blazers 49 33 .598
4 Milwakee Bucks 50 32 .610 Disreali Jazz 44 38 .537
5 Philadelphia 76ers 44 38 .537 Golden State Warriors 42 40 .512
6 Victoria Bullets 42 40 .512 Houston Rockets 42 40 .512
7 Tippecanoe Pacers 41 41 .500 Wellesly SuperSonics 39 43 .476
8 Astorio Bulls 40 42 .488 Denver Nuggets 37 45 .451
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 30 52 .378 Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439
10 New Jersey Nets 24 58 .293 Sacremento Kings 29 53 .354
11 New York Knicks 24 58 .293 San Antonio Spurs 28 54 .341
12 -------------------------------------------------------- New Liverpool Clippers 12 70 .146

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