Record: 35-21, first in National
Conference of a nine-team league.
first and only single-elimination tournament, an Isiah Thomas
idea, the top-seeded Thunder were
blind-sided, 111-101, at The Mark by No. 8 seeded La Crosse,
which finished the season 21-35.
leaders: Jeff McInnis 19.7, Jamel Thomas 19.1, Maceo
Baston 15.2, Bakari Hendrix 14.3, Alvin Sims 12.1.
leaders: Derek Hood 9.1, Bobby Martin 8.5, Baston
8.3, Hendrix 5.6.
leaders: McInnis 7.7, Tyson Wheeler 5.9.
in review: The Thunder won six of their first seven and
eight of their last 11 to finish with the best record in the
league. ... McInnis was named CBA MVP despite moving on to starting
point-guard job with the L.A. Clippers 41 games into the season.
Thomas topped Hood for Rookie of the Year honors. Baston was
runner-up to McInnis in the MVP voting and won Defensive Player
of the Year honors after blocking a Thunder-record 115 shots.
And Panaggio won his third Coach of the Year award. ... General
manager Fred Radunzel lost his battle to cancer just weeks after
the season ended.