Record and standing: 64-18, 1st in Pacific Division
Hall of Famer(s): Gary Payton
Scoring leader: Shawn Kemp (19.6 PPG)
Rebounds leader: Shawn Kemp (11.4 RPG)
Assists leader: Gary Payton (7.5 APG)
Round eliminated: NBA Finals
For a little while it looked like Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton were the heir apparents to the Bulls' dynasty, as Kemp's stunning athleticism paired flawlessly with Payton's excellent distribution and lockdown defense to create as formidable a tandem as existed in the NBA outside of Jordan and Pippen. The Supersonics proved just how good they could be in 1995-96, posting the most wins in franchise history and reaching the franchise's first Finals in nearly 20 years.
Once there, though, they had to face a Bulls squad that is regarded by many as the greatest team in NBA history. Many wrote off the Sonics after they fell behind 0-3, but to their credit they clawed back on the heels of a pair of monster games from Kemp. Back in Chicago, however, the Bulls reined the Sonics in and took the title in Game 6.