Obviously, the 78-79 World Champions Sonics were better than their last year’s version (which lost to the same Bullets they would defeat a year later) due to their young players improving. Dennis Johnson and Jack Sikma made huge leaps when finding themselves in bigger roles. However, the team also acquired a core piece after demanding free agency compensation from the Knicks, who had signed their previous starting center – Marvin Webster. That piece was the tough and rugged Lonnie Shelton, a strong 6’8 power forward who would scrap and foul everyone in sight. This is a cool game as Shelton’s offensive skills can also be seen, while he tears down some huge rebounds for which he was more known. April 13, 1980.