2005–06 NBA season

The 2005–06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. The Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals, four games to two.

2005–06 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationNovember 1, 2005 – April 19, 2006
April 22 – June 3, 2006 (Playoffs)
June 8 – 20, 2006 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pickAndrew Bogut
Picked byMilwaukee Bucks
Regular season
Top seedDetroit Pistons
Season MVPSteve Nash (Phoenix)
Top scorerKobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
Playoffs
Eastern championsMiami Heat
  Eastern runners-upDetroit Pistons
Western championsDallas Mavericks
  Western runners-upPhoenix Suns
Finals
ChampionsMiami Heat
  Runners-upDallas Mavericks
Finals MVPDwyane Wade (Miami)

Notable occurrences

Coaching changes

Offseason
Team 2004–05 coach 2005–06 coach
Cleveland Cavaliers Brendan Malone Mike Brown
Detroit Pistons Larry Brown Flip Saunders
Los Angeles Lakers Rudy Tomjanovich Phil Jackson
Milwaukee Bucks Terry Porter Terry Stotts
Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin McHale Dwane Casey
New York Knicks Herb Williams Larry Brown
Orlando Magic Chris Jent Brian Hill
Philadelphia 76ers Jim O'Brien Maurice Cheeks
Portland Trail Blazers Kevin Pritchard Nate McMillan
Seattle SuperSonics Nate McMillan Bob Weiss
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Miami Heat Stan Van Gundy Pat Riley
Seattle SuperSonics Bob Weiss Bob Hill

Final standings

By division

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-New Jersey Nets 49 33 .598 - 29–12 20–21 10–6
Philadelphia 76ers 38 44 .463 6 23–18 15–26 10–6
Boston Celtics 33 49 .402 12 21–20 12–29 10–6
Toronto Raptors 27 55 .329 14 15–26 12–29 6–10
New York Knicks 23 59 .280 23 15–26 8–33 4–12
Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Detroit Pistons 64 18 .780 - 37–4 27–14 13–3
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 50 32 .610 14 31–10 19–22 11–5
x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 23 27–14 14–27 6–10
x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 23 21–20 20–21 4–12
x-Milwaukee Bucks 40 42 .488 24 25–16 15–26 6–10
Southeast Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Miami Heat 52 30 .634 - 31–10 21–20 13–3
x-Washington Wizards 42 40 .512 10 27–14 15–26 8–8
Orlando Magic 36 46 .439 16 26–15 10–31 9–7
Charlotte Bobcats 26 56 .317 26 17–24 9–32 5–11
Atlanta Hawks 26 56 .317 26 18–23 8–33 5–11
Western Conference
Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Denver Nuggets 44 38 .537 - 26–15 18–23 10–6
Utah Jazz 41 41 .500 3 22–19 19–22 11–5
Seattle SuperSonics 35 47 .427 9 22–19 13–28 10–6
Minnesota Timberwolves 33 49 .402 11 24–17 9–32 6–10
Portland Trail Blazers 21 61 .256 23 15–26 6–35 3–13
Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 - 31–10 23–18 10–6
x-Los Angeles Clippers 47 35 .573 7 27–14 20–21 7–9
x-Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 9 27–14 18–23 9–7
x-Sacramento Kings 44 38 .537 10 27–14 17–24 10–6
Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 20 21–20 13–28 4–12
Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 63 19 .768 - 34–7 29–12 13–3
x-Dallas Mavericks 60 22 .732 3 34–7 26–15 13–3
x-Memphis Grizzlies 49 33 .598 14 30–11 19–22 6–10
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets 38 44 .463 25 24–17 14–27 7–9
Houston Rockets 34 48 .415 29 15–26 19–22 1–15

By conference

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Detroit Pistons 64 18 .780 -
2 y-Miami Heat 52 30 .634 12
3 y-New Jersey Nets 49 33 .598 15
4 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 50 32 .610 14
5 x-Washington Wizards 42 40 .512 22
6 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 23
7 x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 23
8 x-Milwaukee Bucks 40 42 .488 24
9 Philadelphia 76ers 38 44 .463 26
10 Orlando Magic 36 46 .439 28
11 Boston Celtics 33 49 .402 31
12 Toronto Raptors 27 55 .329 37
13 Charlotte Bobcats 26 56 .317 38
14 Atlanta Hawks 26 56 .317 38
15 New York Knicks 23 59 .280 41
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-San Antonio Spurs 63 19 .768 -
2 y-Phoenix Suns 54 28 .659 9
3 y-Denver Nuggets 44 38 .537 19
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 60 22 .732 3
5 x-Memphis Grizzlies 49 33 .598 14
6 x-Los Angeles Clippers 47 35 .573 16
7 x-Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 18
8 x-Sacramento Kings 44 38 .537 19
9 Utah Jazz 41 41 .500 22
10 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets 38 44 .463 25
11 Seattle SuperSonics 35 47 .427 28
12 Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 29
13 Houston Rockets 34 48 .415 29
14 Minnesota Timberwolves 33 49 .402 30
15 Portland Trail Blazers 21 61 .256 42

Notes

  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • x – Clinched playoff spot
  • y – Clinched division title

Playoffs

Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics.

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Detroit* 4  
E8 Milwaukee 1  
  E1 Detroit* 4  
  E4 Cleveland 3  
E4 Cleveland 4
E5 Washington 2  
  E1 Detroit* 2  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Miami* 4  
E3 New Jersey* 4  
E6 Indiana 2  
  E3 New Jersey* 1
  E2 Miami* 4  
E2 Miami* 4
E7 Chicago 2  
  E2 Miami* 4
  W4 Dallas 2
W1 San Antonio* 4  
W8 Sacramento 2  
  W1 San Antonio* 3
  W4 Dallas 4  
W4 Dallas 4
W5 Memphis 0  
  W4 Dallas 4
Western Conference
  W2 Phoenix* 2  
W3 Denver* 1  
W6 LA Clippers 4  
  W6 LA Clippers 3
  W2 Phoenix* 4  
W2 Phoenix* 4
W7 LA Lakers 3  


* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers 35.4
Rebounds per game Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves 12.7
Assists per game Steve Nash Phoenix Suns 10.5
Steals per game Gerald Wallace Charlotte Bobcats 2.51
Blocks per game Marcus Camby Denver Nuggets 3.29
FG% Shaquille O'Neal Miami Heat .600
FT% Steve Nash Phoenix Suns .921
3FG% Richard Hamilton Detroit Pistons .458

Awards

Yearly awards

Players of the month

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October – November LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/2) Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1)
December Vince Carter (New Jersey Nets) (1/1) Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1)
January Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons) (1/1) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2)
February Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/1) Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns) (1/1)
March LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/2) Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets) (1/1)
April Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/1) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2)

Rookies of the month

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October – November Channing Frye (New York Knicks) (1/1) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (1/6)
December Charlie Villanueva (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (2/6)
January Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (3/6)
February Raymond Felton (Charlotte Bobcats) (1/3) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (4/6)
March Raymond Felton (Charlotte Bobcats) (2/3) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (5/6)
April Raymond Felton (Charlotte Bobcats) (3/3) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (6/6)

References

  1. ^ ESPN – Hornets will play three March games in New Orleans – NBA
  2. ^ NBA.com
07 Seconds or Less

:07 Seconds or Less: My Season on the Bench with the Runnin' and Gunnin' Phoenix Suns is a book written by Jack McCallum about the Phoenix Suns' 2005–06 NBA season. It gives an inside look about the NBA team and its players, including Steve Nash and Shawn Marion, as well as the head coach, Mike D'Antoni, and his assistants.The author of the book, Jack McCallum, joined Sports Illustrated in 1981 and became the chief NBA writer in 1985.

2005 NBA draft

The 2005 NBA draft took place on June 28, 2005, in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In this draft, NBA teams took turns selecting amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from high schools and non-North American leagues. The NBA announced that 49 college and high school players and 11 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the draft.This was the last NBA draft for which high school players were eligible. The new collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players union established a new age limit for draft eligibility. Starting with the 2006 NBA draft, players of any nationality who complete athletic eligibility at a U.S. high school cannot declare themselves eligible for the draft unless they turn 19 no later than December 31 of the year of the draft and are at least one year removed from the graduation of their high school classes. International players, defined in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement as non-US nationals who did not complete athletic eligibility at a U.S. high school, must turn 19 (or older) in the calendar year of the draft, up from 18. As of 2016, the only players to have declared for the NBA draft straight out of high school ever since these restrictions took place were Satnam Singh Bhamara (2015), Thon Maker (2016) , and Anfernee Simons (2018).

This draft is notable for a most recent draft pick from an NAIA (and non-NCAA) school in any round (that pick is Robert Whaley, the 51st pick from Walsh University, which is now in NCAA Division II).

2005–06 Atlanta Hawks season

The 2005–06 NBA season was the Atlanta Hawks' 57th season in the National Basketball Association, and 38th season in Atlanta. After finishing the previous season with the worst record, the Hawks selected Marvin Williams with the second overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. During the offseason, the team acquired Joe Johnson from the Phoenix Suns, and signed free agent Zaza Pachulia. However, tragedy struck as center Jason Collier suffered a heart attack during the preseason and died suddenly on October 15. The Hawks would stumble out of the gate again losing their first nine games, on their way to an awful 2–16 start. However, they would play better in December winning five of their next seven games, including a win over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, 94–84 on December 10. The Hawks played .500 basketball in February, which included a 99–98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on February 7. The Hawks doubled their win total by finishing last place in the Southeast Division with a 26–56 record, tied with the second-year Charlotte Bobcats.

Johnson led the Hawks in scoring with 20.2 points per game, and Williams was selected to the All-Rookie Second Team. Following the season, Al Harrington was traded back to the Indiana Pacers.

2005–06 Boston Celtics season

The 2005–06 Boston Celtics season was the 60th season of the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). This was the 56th and final season of Arnold "Red" Auerbach's official involvement with the team. Auerbach (who continued to hold the title of team president) died shortly before the next season.

2005–06 Denver Nuggets season

The 2005-06 Denver Nuggets season was the team's 40th in the NBA. They began the season hoping to improve upon their 49-33 output from the previous season. However, they came five games shy of tying it, finishing 44-38, but qualified for the playoffs for the third straight season. However, the Nuggets would be eliminated by the Los Angeles Clippers in the First Round in five games.

2005–06 Detroit Pistons season

The 2005–06 Detroit Pistons season was the 65th season of the franchise, the 58th in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 49th in the Detroit area. They Pistons began the season hoping to improve upon their 54–28 output from the previous season and have another chance of going to the NBA Finals after losing to the San Antonio Spurs in last season's NBA Finals in seven games. They bested it by ten games, finishing 64–18—their best record in franchise history—and qualifying for the playoffs for the fifth straight season. The Pistons defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in five games in the first round, and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a tough, hard-fought seven-game series to reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth consecutive year before losing to the eventual NBA champions Miami Heat, whom they had beaten in a seven-game playoff series the year before. Detroit's offseason was soon marked by the departure of star defensive player Ben Wallace, who signed a free-agent deal with the Chicago Bulls.

For the season, the Pistons had a new logo, and, though they kept the uniforms, the horse logo was replaced by the letter 'P' on the left side of the shorts.

Ben Wallace won his fourth and final Defensive Player of the Year award and he along with Rasheed Wallace, Richard Hamilton, and Chauncey Billups were selected as reserves for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game.

2005–06 Golden State Warriors season

The 2005–06 Golden State Warriors season was the team's 60th in the NBA, and their 44th in Oakland. They began the season hoping to improve upon their 34-48 output from the previous season. They tied it exactly, finishing 34-48 again, but failed to qualify for the playoffs for the twelfth straight season.

2005–06 Memphis Grizzlies season

The 2005-06 Memphis Grizzlies season was the team's 11th in the NBA. They began the season hoping to improve upon their 45-37 output from the previous season. They bested it by four games, finishing 49-33, and qualified for the playoffs for the third straight season.The team's season roster is featured in NBA 2K18.

2005–06 Minnesota Timberwolves season

The 2005-06 Minnesota Timberwolves season was the team's 17th in the NBA. They began the season hoping to improve upon their 44-38 output from the previous season. However, they came eleven wins shy of tying it, finishing 33-49 and missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

2005–06 New York Knicks season

The 2005–06 New York Knicks season was the 60th season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Knicks finished with a 23–59 record, which left them in last place in the Atlantic Division. They had the fewest wins in the Eastern Conference in the 2005–06 season, and only the Portland Trail Blazers had fewer wins in the NBA. The Knicks' payroll for the 2005-2006 season was $124 million, putting them $74.5 million above the salary cap, and $62.3 million above the luxury tax line.Following the season, head coach Larry Brown was fired after spending only one season with the team. Isiah Thomas, the Knicks' general manager, was named head coach for the 2006–07 season.

2005–06 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 2005–06 Philadelphia 76ers season was the 67th season of the franchise, 57th in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Former Sixers player Maurice Cheeks spent his first season as the coach of the Sixers, and it was the last full season Allen Iverson would spend with the Sixers before getting traded to the Denver Nuggets the following season. He was also selected for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game.

2005–06 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 2005–06 Portland Trail Blazers season was the team's 36th in the NBA and their first with new coach Nate McMillan. The team began the season hoping to improve upon their 27–55 output from the previous season. However, they came up six games shy of tying it, finishing 21–61 and failing to qualify for the playoffs for the third straight season.

2005–06 Sacramento Kings season

The 2005–06 Sacramento Kings season was the franchise’s 57th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the 21st in Sacramento, California. The team began the season looking to improve upon a 50–32 record from the previous season, but off-court problems meant they declined by six wins despite a late rush.

In the playoffs, the Kings lost to the San Antonio Spurs in six games in the First Round.

As of 2018, this marked the last season when the Kings made the playoffs.

2005–06 Utah Jazz season

The 2005-06 Utah Jazz season was the team's 32nd in the NBA. They began the season hoping to improve upon their 26-56 output from the previous season. They managed to improve by 15 games, finishing 41-41, but failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third straight season.

2006 NBA All-Star Game

The 2006 NBA All-Star Game was played on Sunday, February 19, 2006 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, home of the Houston Rockets. The game was the 55th annual All-Star game. The theme song was by Houston native Chamillionaire who made a new version of his hit "Turn It Up." Trailing by 21 points, the East rode the hot shooting of LeBron James and the teamwork of the four All-Stars from the Detroit Pistons to a 122–120 victory over the West. The 21-year-old James, who scored 29 points and grabbed six rebounds, became the youngest player to win MVP. With the score tied, Dwyane Wade, who finished with 20 points, hit the game-winning layup with 16 seconds left. Tracy McGrady of the Houston Rockets led all players with a game-high 36 points. The Detroit Pistons tied a record with the 1962 Boston Celtics (Sam Jones, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn), 1975 Celtics (John Havlicek, JoJo White, Dave Cowens, Paul Silas), 1983 Philadelphia 76ers (Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney and Maurice Cheeks), 1998 Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel), 2011 Boston Celtics (Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen), 2015 Atlanta Hawks (Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver), and both the 2017 and 2018 Golden State Warriors (Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green) by sending four players to the All-Star game.

2006 NBA Finals

The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005–06 National Basketball Association season. The Miami Heat won the title in six games over the Dallas Mavericks, becoming the third team—after the 1969 Celtics and the 1977 Trail Blazers—to win a championship after trailing 0–2 in the series. Dwyane Wade of the Heat was named Most Valuable Player of the series.This series marked the first time since 1971 that the Finals featured two teams playing in their first NBA Finals series. It was the first occasion since 1978 that two teams who had never won an NBA Championship contested the NBA Finals. The two teams met again five years later in 2011, the second Finals appearance for both franchises, with the Mavericks winning the rematch over the Heat.

This was the second NBA Finals matchup of teams from Florida and Texas, after the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic contested the 1995 NBA Finals. Until the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals, it was the last Finals loss by a team from Texas (the Rockets lost in 1981 and 1986) against eight championships (five by the Spurs, two by the Rockets, and one by the Mavericks, who won a rematch of this Finals in 2011).

2007 NBA betting scandal

The 2007 NBA betting scandal was a scandal involving the National Basketball Association (NBA) and accusations that an NBA referee used his knowledge of relationships between referees, coaches, players and owners to bet on professional basketball games. In July 2007, reports of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were made public, which alleged that during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 NBA seasons, referee Tim Donaghy bet on games in which he officiated.On August 15, 2007, Donaghy pleaded guilty to two federal charges related to the investigation, and a year later he was sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release. As a result, the general reaction by the media was that the NBA's popularity would be hurt by the news of this scandal.

List of 2005–06 NBA season transactions

This is a detailed list of transactions during the 2005–06 NBA season.

NBA dress code

On October 17, 2005, National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern announced the implementation of a mandatory dress code for all NBA and NBA Development League players. This was especially noteworthy because the NBA became the first major professional sports league to implement such a rule, although National Hockey League rules state that a player is supposed to wear a jacket and tie to games and on charters if not told otherwise by the head coach or general manager. The dress code went into effect at the start of the 2005–06 NBA season.

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