Seasons 1989-90 Record: 34-22, second in American
Conference Central Division of a 16-team league. Playoffs: Swept from best-of-five, first-round set by Flip Saunders
and La Crosse. Scoring
leaders: Bill Jones 25.2, Kenny Gattison 23.0, George
Gervin 20.3, Jose Slaughter 18.7. Rebounding
leaders: Gattison 11.6, Jim Lampley 10.2. Assist
leader: Sean Couch 5.7. Year
in review: The year in which “The Iceman” cometh.
Former NBA great and future Hall of Famer George Gervin did a
14-game December cameo with the Thunder before calling off his
comeback. After losing early leader Kenny Gattison to the NBA,
the Thunder were a middling 6-4 when Gervin arrived Dec. 10 and
15-7 when he left just before New Year’s Day. The Iceman’s
Thunder career was highlighted by a 43-point performance in a
172-122 Q-C win at Wharton over a Santa Barbara team that starred
Gervin’s younger brother, Derrick. ... The Thunder also
hosted the All-Star Classic at Wharton that year, with Stars
such as John Starks and Anthony Mason on display. ... The season
ended with dissension in the ranks and a quick sweep by Saunders’ Catbirds.
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