2010–11 NBA season

The 2010–11 NBA season was the 65th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 2011 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 20, 2011, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.[1] The season concluded with the Dallas Mavericks defeating the Miami Heat in six games, 4 games to 2, to win their first NBA title, and Dirk Nowitzki was named Finals MVP.[2] Chicago's Derrick Rose was named the 2010–11 NBA MVP.[3]

2010–11 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationOctober 26, 2010 – April 13, 2011
April 16 – May 26, 2011 (Playoffs)
May 31 – June 12, 2011 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pickJohn Wall
Picked byWashington Wizards
Regular season
Top seedChicago Bulls
Season MVPDerrick Rose (Chicago)
Top scorerKevin Durant (Oklahoma City)
Playoffs
Eastern championsMiami Heat
  Eastern runners-upChicago Bulls
Western championsDallas Mavericks
  Western runners-upOklahoma City Thunder
Finals
ChampionsDallas Mavericks
  Runners-upMiami Heat
Finals MVPDirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)

Transactions

Coaching changes

Coaching changes
Off-season
Team 2009–10 coach 2010–11 coach
Philadelphia 76ers Eddie Jordan Doug Collins
New Orleans Hornets Jeff Bower Monty Williams
New Jersey Nets Kiki Vandeweghe Avery Johnson
Atlanta Hawks Mike Woodson Larry Drew
Chicago Bulls Vinny Del Negro Tom Thibodeau
Cleveland Cavaliers Mike Brown Byron Scott
Los Angeles Clippers Kim Hughes Vinny Del Negro
Golden State Warriors Don Nelson Keith Smart
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Charlotte Bobcats Larry Brown Paul Silas
Indiana Pacers Jim O'Brien Frank Vogel
Utah Jazz Jerry Sloan Tyrone Corbin

Off-season

In-season

Free agency

The 2010 off-season had one of the most talented free agent pools in recent NBA history. The list of free agents included All-Stars LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Carlos Boozer and Amar'e Stoudemire, as well as other veteran players such as Ray Allen, Joe Johnson, Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, Shaquille O'Neal and Paul Pierce.[23][24] Below are the major free agency signings, including the sign and trade agreements, that occurred during the off-season.

Preseason

NBA Europe Live 2010 was played October 3, 2010 – October 7, 2010, featuring the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers and teams from Europe (Armani Jeans Milano and Regal FC Barcelona) The Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns played in Indian Wells, California, on October 9 for their outdoor special. The Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets played in the fifth annual NBA China Games on October 13 in Beijing, and October 16 at Guangzhou. The preseason schedule was released in August.[40]

Regular season

The regular season began on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, and ended on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The Opening Day schedule on TNT had the Miami Heat face the Boston Celtics, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers' championship ring and banner ceremony and their game against the Houston Rockets. The opener began at 7:30 p.m. ET. On Christmas Day, ABC and ESPN had a five-game set, with ABC broadcasting the game between the Celtics and the Orlando Magic, and the Heat against the Lakers, which started at 2:00 p.m. ET. On Martin Luther King Day, ESPN aired the game between the Chicago Bulls and the Memphis Grizzlies at 1:00 p.m. ET, while NBA TV aired the Sacramento KingsAtlanta Hawks matchup at 4:00 p.m. ET. TNT capped off the holiday with a doubleheader, beginning with the Magic facing the Celtics, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder facing the Los Angeles Lakers, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET. The full schedule was released on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.[41]

Other much-anticipated games include: on October 28, 2010, John Wall, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA draft, made his NBA debut as the Washington Wizards visited the Magic on TNT.[41] On December 2, LeBron James returned to Cleveland for the first time since the Decision as his Heat faced the Cavaliers on TNT. The Celtics–Lakers rivalry renewed on January 30, 2011 (at Los Angeles on ABC) and on February 10, 2011 (at Boston on TNT) in a rematch of the 2010 NBA Finals.[42] On March 4–5, 2011, the New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors faced off in two regular season games held at London's O2 Arena.[43]

Standings

By division

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683 33–8 23–18 13–3
x-New York Knicks 42 40 .512 14 23–18 19–22 10–6
x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 15 26–15 15–26 9–7
New Jersey Nets 24 58 .293 32 19–22 5–36 3–13
Toronto Raptors 22 60 .268 34 16–25 6–35 5–11
Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
z-Chicago Bulls 62 20 .756 36–5 26–15 15–1
x-Indiana Pacers 37 45 .451 25 24–17 13–28 9–7
Milwaukee Bucks 35 47 .427 27 22–19 13–28 6–10
Detroit Pistons 30 52 .366 32 21–20 9–32 7–9
Cleveland Cavaliers 19 63 .232 43 12–29 7–34 3–13
Southeast Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Miami Heat 58 24 .707 30–11 28–13 13–3
x-Orlando Magic 52 30 .634 6 29–12 23–18 11–5
x-Atlanta Hawks 44 38 .537 14 24–17 20–21 9–7
Charlotte Bobcats 34 48 .415 24 21–20 13–28 4–12
Washington Wizards 23 59 .280 35 20–21 3–38 3–13
Western Conference
Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Oklahoma City Thunder 55 27 .671 30–11 25–16 13–3
x-Denver Nuggets 50 32 .610 5 33–8 17–24 9–7
x-Portland Trail Blazers 48 34 .585 7 30–11 18–23 10–6
Utah Jazz 39 43 .476 16 21–20 18–23 7–9
Minnesota Timberwolves 17 65 .207 38 12–29 5–36 1–15
Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695 30–11 27–14 12–4
Phoenix Suns 40 42 .488 17 23–18 17–24 9–7
Golden State Warriors 36 46 .439 21 26–15 10–31 5–11
Los Angeles Clippers 32 50 .390 25 23–18 9–32 7–9
Sacramento Kings 24 58 .293 33 11–30 13–28 7–9
Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
c-San Antonio Spurs 61 21 .744 36–5 25–16 10–6
x-Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 4 29–12 28–13 8–8
x-New Orleans Hornets 46 36 .561 15 28–13 18–23 9–7
x-Memphis Grizzlies 46 36 .561 15 30–11 16–25 8–8
Houston Rockets 43 39 .524 18 25–16 18–23 5–11

By conference

# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Chicago Bulls 62 20 .756
2 y-Miami Heat 58 24 .707 4
3 y-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683 6
4 x-Orlando Magic 52 30 .634 10
5 x-Atlanta Hawks 44 38 .537 18
6 x-New York Knicks 42 40 .512 20
7 x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 21
8 x-Indiana Pacers 37 45 .451 25
9 Milwaukee Bucks 35 47 .427 27
10 Charlotte Bobcats 34 48 .415 28
11 Detroit Pistons 30 52 .366 32
12 New Jersey Nets 24 58 .293 38
13 Washington Wizards 23 59 .280 39
14 Toronto Raptors 22 60 .268 40
15 Cleveland Cavaliers 19 63 .232 43
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-San Antonio Spurs 61 21 .744
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695 4
3 x-Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 4
4 y-Oklahoma City Thunder 55 27 .671 6
5 x-Denver Nuggets 50 32 .610 11
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 48 34 .585 13
7 x-New Orleans Hornets 46 36 .561 15
8 x-Memphis Grizzlies 46 36 .561 15
9 Houston Rockets 43 39 .524 18
10 Phoenix Suns 40 42 .488 21
11 Utah Jazz 39 43 .476 22
12 Golden State Warriors 36 46 .439 25
13 Los Angeles Clippers 32 50 .390 29
14 Sacramento Kings 24 58 .293 37
15 Minnesota Timberwolves 17 65 .207 44

Notes

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

Tiebreakers

  • The Los Angeles Lakers clinched #2 seed over Dallas upon winning the Pacific Division.
  • New Orleans clinched #7 seed over Memphis based on winning percentage in the Southwest Division (the Hornets' 0.563 to the Grizzlies' 0.500).

Playoffs

The 2011 NBA Playoffs began on Saturday April 16, and concluded on Thursday, May 26. The NBA Finals began on Tuesday, May 31, due to both conference finals ended in five games. ESPN began their playoff broadcast on April 16, and continued every Friday and Saturday thereafter, with the Sunday-Thursday schedule reserved for TNT (some Saturday first-round games apply) and NBA TV. ABC continued broadcasting early-round playoff coverage every Sunday afternoon, with select Saturday afternoon broadcasts. The first round playoff coverage was non-exclusive except for ABC-covered games, in which local sports networks (e.g. Fox Sports Net, Comcast SportsNet) still aired the game in their home market. TNT aired the Eastern Conference Finals while ESPN aired the Western Conference Finals. The NBA Finals were shown on ABC. Nationwide radio coverage was on ESPN Radio for select playoff games, the entire Conference Finals and NBA Finals.

Bracket

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Chicago* 4  
E8 Indiana 1  
  E1 Chicago* 4  
  E5 Atlanta 2  
E4 Orlando 2
E5 Atlanta 4  
  E1 Chicago* 1  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Miami* 4  
E3 Boston* 4  
E6 New York 0  
  E3 Boston* 1
  E2 Miami* 4  
E2 Miami* 4
E7 Philadelphia 1  
  E2 Miami* 2
  W3 Dallas 4
W1 San Antonio* 2  
W8 Memphis 4  
  W8 Memphis 3
  W4 Oklahoma City* 4  
W4 Oklahoma City* 4
W5 Denver 1  
  W4 Oklahoma City* 1
Western Conference
  W3 Dallas 4  
W3 Dallas 4  
W6 Portland 2  
  W3 Dallas 4
  W2 LA Lakers* 0  
W2 LA Lakers* 4
W7 New Orleans 2  


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

Notable occurrences

Milestones/records set

Individual

  • October 29: 1,100 coaching wins. Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson won his 1,100th game in the Lakers' 114–106 victory over the Phoenix Suns.[53]
  • November 3: 36th player in history to 20,000 points. Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce scored his 20,000th career point in a 105–102 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Pierce became the third Celtic to reach the mark after Larry Bird and John Havlicek.[54]
  • November 11: Youngest player to 26,000 points. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant became the youngest player to score 26,000 points in a 118–112 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Bryant achieved the mark at the age of 32 years and 80 days, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain by 34 days.[55]
  • November 12: Minnesota Timberwolves franchise record; most rebounds in a game. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love scored 31 points and grabbed a franchise record 31 rebounds in the Wolves' 112–103 win over the New York Knicks. The last player to have a 30–30 game was Moses Malone on February 11, 1982.[56]
  • November 12: Second player in history to 11,000 assists. Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd reached the 11,000th assist mark in the Mavericks' 99–90 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Kidd became only the second player to achieve the mark after John Stockton.[57]
  • November 19: San Antonio Spurs franchise records; career points and games played. San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan became the Spurs' all-time leading scorer and all-time leader in games played, passing his former "Twin Towers" teammate David Robinson in the Spurs' 94–82 win over the Utah Jazz. Duncan played in his 988th game, surpassing Robinson's 987 career games, while also surpassing Robinson's career total of 20,790 points.[58]
  • November 20: Charlotte Bobcats franchise record; first triple-double. Charlotte Bobcats's Stephen Jackson recorded the franchise's first triple-double in a 123–105 victory over the Phoenix Suns. It was also Jackson's second career triple-double.[59]
  • November 27: Golden State Warriors franchise record; most three-pointers in a game. In a 104–94 road victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors guard Dorell Wright set a franchise record with nine three-point field goals made, surpassing Jason Richardson's record of eight three-pointers set on March 29, 2007.[60]
  • November 30: 34th player in history to 10,000 rebounds. In a 79–90 loss at the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace became the 34th player in NBA history to surpass the 10,000 rebound mark for his career.
  • December 10: Seventh coach in history to 1,000 wins. Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl became the seventh head coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games in the Nuggets' 123–116 road victory over the Toronto Raptors.[61]
  • December 12: 94th player in history to 1,000 games. San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan played in the 1,000th regular season game of his career, becoming the 94th player in NBA history to play in one thousand games.
  • December 12: New York Knicks franchise record; consecutive 30 point games. In a 129–125 home victory against the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire set a franchise record with eight consecutive 30 point games, surpassing Willie Naulls's record of seven set from February 22 to March 4, 1962. He would end up with nine straight 30-point games.
  • December 22: 95th player in history to 1,000 games. Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace played in the 1,000th regular season game of his career, becoming the 95th player in NBA history to play in one thousand games.
  • December 22: 3rd coach in history to win 1,211 games. Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan has won his 1,211 games in his career of coaching after defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves, with the victory Jerry surpasses Pat Riley for the third all-time in career wins.
  • December 25: 4th Christmas Day triple double. In a 96–80 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat forward LeBron James became the 4th player in NBA history to achieve a triple double on Christmas Day and the 1st in 40 years, other players are Billy Cunningham, John Havlicek, and Oscar Robertson.
  • December 29: Los Angeles Clippers franchise record; consecutive double-double games. In a 95–103 home loss against the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin set a franchise record with 20 consecutive double-double games, surpassing Michael Cage's record of 19 set from December 10, 1986, to January 16, 1987. He would end up with 27 straight double-double games.
  • January 16: 37th player in history to 20,000 points. Phoenix Suns guard Vince Carter scored his 20,000th career points in a win over the New York Knicks. Carter finished the game with 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds.[62]
  • February 8: Minnesota Timberwolves franchise record; consecutive double-double games. In a 112–108 home win against the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love set a franchise record with 38 consecutive double-double games, surpassing Kevin Garnett's record of 37.[63]
  • February 10: Most three-pointers made in a career. In a 92–86 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen surpassed Reggie Miller as the all-time leader in three-point shots made with 2,562. Allen did this in three fewer seasons and with 300 fewer games.[64]
  • February 15: 96th player in history to 1,000 games. Chicago Bulls center Kurt Thomas played in the 1,000th regular season game of his career, becoming the 96th player in NBA history to play in one thousand games.
  • March 9: NBA record; consecutive double-double games. Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love set the NBA record for most consecutive games with a double-double since the NBA-ABA merger, besting Moses Malone's record of 51. He recorded his 52nd consecutive double-double in a 101–75 win over the Indiana Pacers.[65]
  • April 6: Golden State Warriors franchise record; most three-pointers in a season Golden State Warriors guard Dorell Wright made a Warriors franchise record of 3 pt shots made in a season with 184 in a home win versus the Los Angeles Lakers, beating Jason Richardson with the previous record of 183 in the 2005–06 season.
  • May 17: NBA record; Most free throws made in a game Dirk Nowitzki made 24 free throws without misses.

Team

  • November 3: Boston Celtics became the first team in NBA history to have four active players with at least 20,000 career points after Paul Pierce scored his 20,000th point in a win over Milwaukee Bucks, other players are Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
  • November 3: Orlando Magic franchise record: most points in first half. In a 128–86 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Orlando Magic set a franchise record for most points in the first half with 78. On the other hand, the Timberwolves suffered their worst loss in franchise history.[66]
  • November 9: Indiana Pacers franchise record: most points in a quarter. The Indiana Pacers scored 54 points in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets, the most points scored by a team in a quarter since the Phoenix Suns scored 57 in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets on November 10, 1990. The team was also one field goal short of recording a perfect third quarter (the Pacers shot 20–21).[67]
  • November 14: Phoenix Suns franchise record: most three-pointers in a game. In a 121–116 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns set a franchise record with 22 made three-point field goals in a game, one shy of the NBA record 23 in a game by the Orlando Magic on January 13, 2009.[68]
  • December 12: New Orleans Hornets franchise record: fewest assists in a game. In a 70–88 loss at the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Orleans Hornets set a franchise record low with four assists, one shy of the NBA record of three.
  • NBA record: consecutive road wins in a calendar month, Miami Heat franchise record: most wins in a calendar month. The Miami Heat set a league record when they recorded 10 straight road wins in the month of December. The Heat also set a franchise record for most wins in a calendar month with 15.
  • January 7: Second team to win 3,000 games. The Boston Celtics became only the second team after the Los Angeles Lakers to win 3,000 games in a 122–102 win over the Toronto Raptors.[69]
  • January 30: Cleveland Cavaliers single-season franchise record. The Cleveland Cavaliers lost their 20th straight game in the same season, breaking their old record of 19 straight within the same season in 1981–82.[70] Their streak would end after 26 straight losses.
  • February 5: NBA record: longest single-season losing streak. With a 111–105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Cleveland Cavaliers now hold the longest single-season losing streak with its 24th consecutive loss (streak ended at 26).
  • February 7: NBA record: longest losing streak. With a 99–96 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the Cleveland Cavaliers now hold the longest losing streak with its 25th consecutive loss (streak ended at 26).
  • March 11: NBA record: Most combined three-pointers in a game; Golden State Warriors franchise record: Most three-pointers in a game. The game between the Golden State Warriors and the Orlando Magic, a 123–120 overtime win by the Warriors, saw a combined 36 three-point shots made in an NBA game. The Warriors also set a franchise record by connecting 21 three-point shots.

Statistics leaders

Individual Statistic Leaders

Category Player Team Statistics
Points per game Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder 27.7
Rebounds per game Kevin Love Minnesota Timberwolves 15.2
Assists per game Steve Nash Phoenix Suns 11.4
Steals per game Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets 2.35
Blocks per game Andrew Bogut Milwaukee Bucks 2.58
Turnovers per game Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 3.9
Fouls per game DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings 4.1
Minutes per game Monta Ellis Golden State Warriors 40.3
Efficiency per game LeBron James Miami Heat 27.3
FG% Nenê Denver Nuggets 61.8%
FT% Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 93.4%
3FG% Matt Bonner San Antonio Spurs 45.7%
Double-Doubles Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 66
Triple-Doubles LeBron James Miami Heat 4

Individual game highs

Category Player Team Statistics
Points LeBron James Miami Heat 51
Rebounds Kevin Love Minnesota Timberwolves 31
Assists Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 24
Steals John Wall Washington Wizards 9
Blocks JaVale McGee Washington Wizards 12
Three Pointers Ty Lawson Denver Nuggets 10

Team Statistic Leaders

Category Team Statistics
Points per game Denver Nuggets 107.5
Rebounds per game Minnesota Timberwolves 44.4
Assists per game Dallas Mavericks 23.8
Houston Rockets
Steals per game Memphis Grizzlies 9.4
Blocks per game Washington Wizards 6.1
Turnovers per game Minnesota Timberwolves 17.0
Fouls per game Utah Jazz 22.7
FG% Boston Celtics 48.6%
FT% Oklahoma City Thunder 82.3%
3FG% San Antonio Spurs 39.7%
+/- Miami Heat 7.5

Awards

Yearly awards

Players of the week

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

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
Oct 26 – 31 Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [83]
Nov 1 – 7 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/6) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (1/1) [84]
Nov 8 – 14 Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (1/2) Deron Williams (Utah Jazz) (1/1) [85]
Nov 15 – 21 Amar'e Stoudemire (New York Knicks) (1/2) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/4) [86]
Nov 22 – 28 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (2/6) Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) (1/2) [87]
Nov 29 – Dec 5 Amar'e Stoudemire (New York Knicks) (2/2) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/4) [88]
Dec 6 – 12 Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/3) Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) (2/2) [89]
Dec 13 – 19 Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (1/2) Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/2) [90]
Dec 20 – 26 LeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/5) Monta Ellis (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [91]
Dec 27 – Jan 2 Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (2/3) Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [92]
Jan 3 – 9 LeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/5) Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/3) [93]
Jan 10 – 16 Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (2/2) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (3/4) [94]
Jan 17 – 23 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (3/6) LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/2) [95]
Jan 24 – 30 LeBron James (Miami Heat) (3/5) Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) (2/3) [96]
Jan 31 – Feb 6 LeBron James (Miami Heat) (4/5) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [97]
Feb 7 – 13 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (4/6) LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/2) [98]
Feb 21 – 27 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (5/6) Kevin Martin (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [99]
Feb 28 – Mar 6 Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (2/2) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (4/4) [100]
Mar 7 – 13 Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (3/3) Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (2/2) [101]
Mar 14 – 20 LeBron James (Miami Heat) (5/5) Kyle Lowry (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [102]
Mar 21 – 27 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (6/6) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [103]
Mar 28 – Apr 3 Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (1/2) Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) (3/3) [104]
Apr 4 – 10 Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (2/2) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [105]

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 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/2) Deron Williams (Utah Jazz) (1/1) [106]
December LeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/3)
Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/1)
Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [107]
January LeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/3) Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) [108]
February Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (2/2) LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [109]
March Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [110]
April LeBron James (Miami Heat) (3/3) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [111]

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 Landry Fields (New York Knicks) (1/2) Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/6) [112]
December Landry Fields (New York Knicks) (2/2) Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (2/6) [113]
January John Wall (Washington Wizards) (1/4) Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (3/6) [114]
February John Wall (Washington Wizards) (2/4) Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (4/6) [115]
March John Wall (Washington Wizards) (3/4) Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (5/6) [116]
April John Wall (Washington Wizards) (4/4) Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (6/6) [117]

Coaches of the month

The following coaches were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October – November Doc Rivers (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) (1/2) [118]
December Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) (1/1) Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) (2/2) [119]
January Tom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (1/3) Monty Williams (New Orleans Hornets) (1/1) [120]
February Doug Collins (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/1) Rick Carlisle (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1) [121]
March Tom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (2/3) Phil Jackson (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [122]
April Tom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (3/3) Nate McMillan (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [123]

NBA All-Star break

The 2011 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 20, 2011, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. This game was the 60th edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s annual basketball festivities, and was also the fifth All-Star Game held in Los Angeles; the city previously hosted in 1963, 1972, 1983 and 2004. As with the 2004 event, it was jointly hosted by the Lakers and the Clippers. The Western Conference All-Stars defeated the Eastern Conference 148–143, with the Lakers' Kobe Bryant named as MVP for the fourth time, tying the record of Bob Pettit.

Salary cap

On July 7, the NBA announced that the salary cap for the 2010–11 season would be $58.044 million, an increase of $0.344 million from previous season's $57.70 million, and would go into effect on July 8 as the league's "moratorium period" had ended and teams could begin signing free agents and making trades. The increase came as a surprise as the league initially predicted a decrease in the salary cap. On March, before the playoffs, the league projected that the salary cap would be around $56.1 million. The tax level for the season was set at $70.307 million, with each team paying a $1 tax for each $1 by which it exceeds $70.307 million. The mid-level exception was $5.765 million for the season and the minimum team salary, which was set at 75% of the salary cap, was $43.533 million. The maximum salaries for players are set at $13.604 million for players with zero to six years of experience, $16.324 million for players with seven to nine years of experience, and $19.045 million for players with more than 10 years of experience.[124][125]

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2010 NBA Europe Live Tour

The 2010 NBA Europe Live Tour was a basketball exhibition tour featuring teams from the NBA and the Euroleague, as a part of the NBA Global Games. The hosting countries were England, France and Spain.

NBA Europe Live combined with the Euroleague American Tour to create a nine-game global preseason schedule.

2010 NBA Summer League

The 2010 National Basketball Association Summer League (NBA Summer League) was a pro basketball league ran by the NBA in the United States just following the 2010 NBA draft. Teams consisted of players who have been in the league for three years or fewer as well as newly drafted talent. It gives rookies a chance to practice against other players that are new to the NBA. All 30 NBA teams participated besides an NBA D-League Select team so the total number of teams is 31 with each team playing 5 games except Sacramento Kings which played 6 games. It was held in Las Vegas, Nevada and Orlando, Florida from July 5 through July 18. 2010.

2010 NBA draft

The 2010 NBA draft was held on June 24, 2010, at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The draft, which started at 7:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (2300 UTC), was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. This draft set a record with five players being drafted from the same school in the first round. The players were John Wall (first), DeMarcus Cousins (fifth), Patrick Patterson (fourteenth), Eric Bledsoe (eighteenth), and Daniel Orton (twenty-ninth), all from the University of Kentucky. This draft also marked the second time that an NBA D-League player was drafted, with the first case coming in 2008.The Washington Wizards, who won the draft lottery on May 18, 2010, used their first overall draft pick to draft John Wall from the University of Kentucky. The Philadelphia 76ers, who also beat the odds in the draft lottery to obtain the second pick, selected Evan Turner from Ohio State University. The New Jersey Nets, who had the worst win-loss record in the previous season, used the third pick to select Derrick Favors from Georgia Tech.

The 2010 NBA draft is the last draft conducted at Madison Square Garden. The 2011 and 2012 NBA drafts were temporarily moved to Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, while the 2013 NBA draft would be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York as the Garden underwent renovations during those summers of 2011–2013. After 2014, the draft would continue being hosted at the Barclays Center despite the renovations being done by the 2014 deadline.

Interestingly, this draft class had no Rookie of the Year because Blake Griffin, who was drafted first overall in the previous year's draft, missed his first season with an injury, but played in the 2010-2011 season and won Rookie of the Year.

2010–11 Charlotte Bobcats season

The 2010–11 Charlotte Bobcats season was the 21st season of NBA Basketball in Charlotte in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and their 7th as the Charlotte Bobcats.

2010–11 Denver Nuggets season

The 2010–11 Denver Nuggets season was the 44th season of the franchise, its 35th in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After half a season of rumors and speculation, the Nuggets granted Carmelo Anthony his wish by trading him to the New York Knicks on February 21 as part of a three-team trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The blockbuster trade also sent Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman, Shelden Williams and Corey Brewer to the Knicks for Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, Kosta Koufos, New York's first round pick in the 2014 draft and Golden State's second round picks in 2012 and 2013. Minnesota received Denver's 2015 second round pick, Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph.

After the trade, Nuggets coach George Karl said, "I'm glad its over. I'm glad it's an opportunity to reinvent", expressing relief at the end of the months of speculation preceding the trade.

2010–11 Detroit Pistons season

The 2010–11 Detroit Pistons season was the 70th season of the franchise, the 63rd in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 54th in the Detroit area.

2010–11 Houston Rockets season

The 2010–11 Houston Rockets season was the 44th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 40th based in Houston. This season was Yao Ming's last in the NBA as he played only 5 games because of recurring injuries that interrupted his career. Despite his injuries, he was selected to play in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game as a starter, but he was unable to participate. Yao would then retire during the 2011 NBA lockout after playing only nine seasons in the NBA.

The Rockets ended the season with a 43–39 record without the playoffs. After the season, head coach Rick Adelman was fired after four seasons with the team.

2010–11 Indiana Pacers season

The 2010–11 Indiana Pacers season was Indiana's 44th season as a franchise and 35th season in the NBA. With a victory over the Washington Wizards on April 6, 2011, the Pacers clinched their first playoff berth since 2006.

However, a first round loss to eventual league MVP Derrick Rose and the top-seeded Chicago Bulls ended the season for the Pacers.

On January 30, head coach Jim O'Brien was fired. Replacing him was interim head coach Frank Vogel, who would be named as permanent during the lockout following the season.

2010–11 Minnesota Timberwolves season

The 2010–11 Minnesota Timberwolves season was the 22nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

2010–11 New York Knicks season

The 2010–11 New York Knicks was the 65th season of the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

With the respective offseason and midseason acquisitions of Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2004 and indeed achieved their first winning season since 2000–01. However, without fellow midseason acquisition Chauncey Billups for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury, the Knicks would go on to be swept in four games by the Boston Celtics.

2010–11 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 2010–11 Portland Trail Blazers season was the 41st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

In the playoffs, the Trail Blazers lost to the eventual NBA champion Dallas Mavericks in six games in the First Round.

2010–11 Sacramento Kings season

The 2010–11 Sacramento Kings season was the 66th season of the franchise, its 26th season in Sacramento, and its 62nd season in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

2010–11 Washington Wizards season

The 2010–11 Washington Wizards season is the 50th season of the Washington Wizards franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the 38th in the Washington, D.C. area.

2011 NBA All-Star Game

The 2011 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game that was played on February 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, home of the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers. This game was the 60th edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and was played during the 2010–11 NBA season. The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers served as the hosts. The Clippers and Lakers were both awarded the All-Star Game in an announcement by commissioner David Stern on June 9, 2009. This was the second time that the Staples Center had hosted the All-Star Game; the arena had previously hosted the event in 2004. This will be the fifth time that Los Angeles had hosted the All-Star Game; before Staples Center opened in 1999, the city had previously hosted the event in 1963, 1972, and 1983. Rihanna, Kanye West and Drake were the halftime performers, while Keri Hilson, Lenny Kravitz and Bruno Mars were the entertainment for pre-show festivities.

2011 NBA Finals

The 2011 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010–11 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in which the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks defeated the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat 4 games to 2 to win their first NBA championship. The series was held from May 31 to June 12, 2011. German player Dirk Nowitzki was named the Finals MVP, becoming the second European to win the award after Tony Parker (2007) and the first German player to do so. The series was a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, which the Heat had won in six games.

Going into the series, the Heat were heavy favorites with their newly acquired superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh along with returning superstar Dwyane Wade.The Dallas Mavericks became the first team in NBA history since the institution of the 2–3–2 format to enter Game 3 tied at one, lose Game 3 and still win the Finals. The previous 11 times this occurred, the Game 3 winner went on to win the series. The Mavericks also became just the 7th team, and the first since 1988, to come back and win the Finals after being down in the series two or more separate times (one game to none, and later two games to one). The previous six times this happened, the Finals ended in seven games; Dallas became the first team in NBA history to do it in six games.

ABC averaged a 10.1 rating, 11.7 million households and nearly 17.3 million viewers with the 2011 Finals, according to Nielsen.

Big Three (Miami Heat)

The Big Three were a trio of professional basketball players - LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh - who played for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 2010 to 2014. All three players were selected within the first five picks of the 2003 NBA draft, and became scoring leaders for their respective franchises over their first seven seasons.

After re-signing Wade following the 2009–10 season, the Heat secured the signings of both Bosh and James in free agency, with the latter being announced in the television special, The Decision. The trio led the Heat to the NBA Finals in each of their four seasons together, and won back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. After losing the Finals the following season, James opted out of a contract extension, and returned to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both Wade and Bosh continued to play for the Heat for two additional seasons after James' departure, before Wade departed Miami and signed with the Chicago Bulls, while Bosh left the game due to medical reasons. On September 27, 2017, Wade signed a one-year contract with the Cavaliers, reuniting him with James. On February 8, 2018, at the NBA trade deadline, the Cavaliers traded back Wade to the Miami Heat in exchange for a protected 2024 second-round draft pick. Beginning in the 2019-2020 NBA season, LeBron will be the last remaining active member from the Heat Big 3, as on September 16, 2018, Wade announced he'll retire from the NBA after the 2018-19 season and Chris Bosh announced his retirement on February 12, 2019 in a ceremony that also retired his No. 1 Heat jersey.

The trio have been credited for helping to revolutionize the NBA, with many more teams seeking to adopt the "Big Three" model of courting established NBA superstars to their franchises, in order to win championships.

Highest-paid NBA players by season

The highest-paid NBA players by season has recently eclipsed $40 million. Larry Bird was the first player to earn $5 million or more with a salary of $7,070,000 in the 1991-92 season. Magic Johnson became the first player to earn $10 million or more in the 94-95 season with a salary of $14,660,000. Patrick Ewing became the first player to earn $15 million or more in the 95-96 season with a salary of $18,724,000. Michael Jordan was the first NBA player to sign a contract worth over twenty million and in fact it succeeded thirty million dollars as well in a season, this was a record he had held for 15 years. During the 1997–98 season, Jordan earned $33,140,000, which still stands as the most any NBA player has earned on a 1 year contract, Jordan also holds the record for the second largest 1 year contract at $30,140,000 in the 1996-97 season. Kobe Bryant become just the second player to reach this milestone when the 2013–14 season began. LeBron James became the third in the 2016–17 season. Stephen Curry became the first player to eclipse $40-Million per year when he signed a record 5-year contract worth $201-Million in 2017, starting with $34,682,550 in the 2017-18 season and ending with the largest earnings in the 2021-22 season with a record payout of $45,780,966.

Beginning in the 1984–85 NBA season, the NBA's first salary cap was introduced. The NBA salary cap is the maximum dollar amount each NBA team can spend on its players for the season. However, the NBA uses a "soft" salary cap, which means that significant "salary exceptions" allow NBA teams to exceed their allotted amount in order to sign players. The salary cap is determined during the offseason, but as stated earlier, it is liable to change.An exception is necessary to sign a player for a contract that would exceed the salary cap threshold of the "soft cap". The Larry Bird exception, more commonly known as Bird Rights, allows teams to re-sign a current player only if he has played for that particular team for a minimum of three years. Another exception known as the mid-level exception allows for teams that are over the salary cap to sign one or more players as long as they do not exceed the total amount of the average NBA salary. Next, the bi-annual exception can be used by teams every other year to sign a free agent(s) for up to two years at an amount set by the NBA. Finally, the rookie player exception allows any NBA team to sign their first-round draft pick to a contract based upon a scale previously set forth by the NBA. Another option for teams would be to assign players to a league-assigned minimum salary contract for a maximum of two years.

According to 2010–11 NBA season game performance, the league's best players were not its highest-paid players. Each year there are ten players selected to one of the two All-NBA Teams. Out of those ten players chosen that year, Kobe Bryant was the only player that was also among the game's ten highest-paid during the 2010–11 NBA season.

List of 2010–11 NBA season transactions

This is a list of all personnel changes for the 2010 NBA off-season and 2010–11 NBA season.

The Decision (TV program)

The Decision was a television special in which National Basketball Association (NBA) player LeBron James announced that he would be signing with the Miami Heat instead of returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. It was broadcast live on ESPN on July 8, 2010. James was an unrestricted free agent after playing seven seasons in Cleveland, where he was a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a six-time All-Star. He grew up in nearby Akron, Ohio, where he received national attention as a high school basketball star.

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