2012–13 NBA season

The 2012–13 NBA season was the 67th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season began on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, when the 2011–12 NBA Champions Miami Heat started the season by hosting the Boston Celtics. The 2013 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 17, 2013, at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The regular season ended on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, and the playoffs began on Saturday, April 20, 2013 and ended on June 20, 2013, with the Miami Heat defeating the San Antonio Spurs in seven games to win the 2013 NBA Finals.[1]

2012–13 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationOctober 30, 2012 – April 17, 2013
April 20 – June 3, 2013 (Playoffs)
June 6 – 20, 2013 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pickAnthony Davis
Picked byNew Orleans Hornets
Regular Season
Top seedMiami Heat
Season MVPLeBron James (Miami)
Top scorerCarmelo Anthony (New York)
Playoffs
Eastern championsMiami Heat
  Eastern runners-upIndiana Pacers
Western championsSan Antonio Spurs
  Western runners-upMemphis Grizzlies
Finals
ChampionsMiami Heat
  Runners-upSan Antonio Spurs
Finals MVPLeBron James (Miami Heat)

Transactions

Free agency

Free agency negotiation started on July 1, 2012, with players being able to sign starting July 11, after the July moratorium ended.

Coaching changes

Coaching changes
Off-season
Team 2011–12 coach 2012–13 coach
Charlotte Bobcats Paul Silas Mike Dunlap
Orlando Magic Stan Van Gundy Jacque Vaughn
Portland Trail Blazers Kaleb Canales (interim) Terry Stotts
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Los Angeles Lakers Mike Brown Bernie Bickerstaff (interim)
Bernie Bickerstaff (interim) Mike D'Antoni
Brooklyn Nets Avery Johnson P. J. Carlesimo (interim)
Milwaukee Bucks Scott Skiles Jim Boylan (interim)
Phoenix Suns Alvin Gentry Lindsey Hunter (interim)

Off-season

In-season

  • On November 9, 2012, the Los Angeles Lakers fired Mike Brown after starting the season 1–4 and named Bernie Bickerstaff as interim head coach.[7] This was one of the earliest regular season head coach firings in NBA history.[8] On November 12, 2012, the Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni as official head coach and demoted Bickerstaff back to an assistant head coach.[9]
  • On December 27, 2012, the Brooklyn Nets fired Avery Johnson after losing 10 out of 13 games in December, which came right after winning the Eastern Conference's Coach of the Month award in November. The team promoted assistant P. J. Carlesimo as interim head coach.[10]
  • On January 8, 2013, the Milwaukee Bucks and Scott Skiles mutually agreed to part ways after starting the season with a 16–16 record. The team promoted assistant Jim Boylan as interim head coach.
  • On January 18, 2013, the Phoenix Suns and Alvin Gentry mutually agreed to part ways. The Suns' 13–28 record at the time of Gentry's departure was the worst in the Western Conference. The team promoted assistant and development coach Lindsey Hunter as interim head coach.

Preseason

The preseason started on Friday, October 5, 2012, and ended on Friday, October 26, 2012.

NBA Europe Live 2012 was played October 5 – 7 and 9, 2012 featuring the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, and teams from Europe (Fenerbahçe Ülker, Alba Berlin, Olimpia Milano and Regal FC Barcelona). The Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Clippers at the sixth annual NBA China Games on October 11 in Beijing. A second game took place on October 14 in Shanghai. On October 7, the NBA Mexico Games 2012 were played between the New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic. Finally, the NBA Canada Series was played on October 19 between the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks in Montreal, and on October 24 between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons in Winnipeg.

Regular season

The regular season started on Tuesday October 30, 2012, when the 2011–12 NBA Champions Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics 120–107. The regular season ended on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The entire schedule was released on Thursday night July 26 at 7 PM ET on NBA TV.

For the first time since 2008, the NBA did not schedule any Thanksgiving games. The NBA's annual Christmas games featured, in chronological order, the Boston Celtics at the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Knicks at the Los Angeles Lakers, the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Miami Heat, the Houston Rockets at the Chicago Bulls, and the Denver Nuggets at the Los Angeles Clippers (thus the Staples Center was in the rare situation of hosting two NBA games on the same day).

A regular season game took place at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom between the Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks on January 17, 2013. The Knicks won the game 102–87.[11]

Standings

By division

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-New York Knicks 54 28 .659 31–10 23–18 10–6 82
x-Brooklyn Nets 49 33 .598 5 26–15 23–18 11–5 82
x-Boston Celtics 41 40 .506 12.5 27–13 14–27 7–9 81dagger
Philadelphia 76ers 34 48 .415 20 23–18 11–30 7–9 82
Toronto Raptors 34 48 .415 20 21–20 13–28 5–11 82
Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Indiana Pacers 49 32 .605 30–11 19–21 13–3 81dagger
x-Chicago Bulls 45 37 .549 4.5 24–17 21–20 9–7 82
x-Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 .463 11.5 21–20 17–24 7–9 82
Detroit Pistons 29 53 .354 20.5 18–23 11–30 8–8 82
Cleveland Cavaliers 24 58 .293 25.5 14–27 10–31 3–13 82
Southeast Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
z-Miami Heat 66 16 .805 37–4 29–12 15–1 82
x-Atlanta Hawks 44 38 .537 22 25–16 19–22 11–5 82
Washington Wizards 29 53 .354 37 22–19 7–34 5–11 82
Charlotte Bobcats 21 61 .256 45 15–26 6–35 6–10 82
Orlando Magic 20 62 .244 46 12–29 8–33 3–13 82
Western Conference
Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
c-Oklahoma City Thunder 60 22 .732 34–7 26–15 10–6 82
x-Denver Nuggets 57 25 .695 3 38–3 19–22 11–5 82
Utah Jazz 43 39 .524 17 30–11 13–28 9–7 82
Portland Trail Blazers 33 49 .402 27 22–19 11–30 6–10 82
Minnesota Timberwolves 31 51 .378 29 20–21 11–30 4–12 82
Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Los Angeles Clippers 56 26 .683 32–9 24–17 11–5 82
x-Golden State Warriors 47 35 .573 9 28–13 19–22 9–7 82
x-Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 11 29–12 16–25 8–8 82
Sacramento Kings 28 54 .341 28 20–21 8–33 7–9 82
Phoenix Suns 25 57 .305 31 17–24 8–33 5–11 82
Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707 35–6 23–18 12–4 82
x-Memphis Grizzlies 56 26 .683 2 32–9 24–17 10–6 82
x-Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13 29–12 16–25 6–10 82
Dallas Mavericks 41 41 .500 17 24–17 17–24 7–9 82
New Orleans Hornets 27 55 .329 31 16–25 11–30 5–11 82

By conference

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 z-Miami Heat * 66 16 .805 82
2 y-New York Knicks * 54 28 .659 12.0 82
3 y-Indiana Pacers * 49 32 .605 16.5 81
4 x-Brooklyn Nets 49 33 .598 17.0 82
5 x-Chicago Bulls 45 37 .549 21.0 82
6 x-Atlanta Hawks 44 38 .537 22.0 82
7 x-Boston Celtics 41 40 .506 24.5 81
8 x-Milwaukee Bucks 38 44 .463 28.0 82
9 Philadelphia 76ers 34 48 .415 32.0 82
10 Toronto Raptors 34 48 .415 32.0 82
11 Detroit Pistons 29 53 .354 37.0 82
12 Washington Wizards 29 53 .354 37.0 82
13 Cleveland Cavaliers 24 58 .293 42.0 82
14 Charlotte Bobcats 21 61 .256 45.0 82
15 Orlando Magic 20 62 .244 46.0 82
Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 c-Oklahoma City Thunder * 60 22 .732 82
2 y-San Antonio Spurs * 58 24 .707 2.0 82
3 x-Denver Nuggets * 57 25 .695 3.0 82
4 y-Los Angeles Clippers 56 26 .683 4.0 82
5 x-Memphis Grizzlies 56 26 .683 4.0 82
6 x-Golden State Warriors 47 35 .573 13.0 82
7 x-Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 15.0 82
8 x-Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 15.0 82
9 Utah Jazz 43 39 .524 17.0 82
10 Dallas Mavericks 41 41 .500 19.0 82
11 Portland Trail Blazers 33 49 .402 27.0 82
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 31 51 .378 29.0 82
13 Sacramento Kings 28 54 .341 32.0 82
14 New Orleans Hornets 27 55 .329 33.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 25 57 .305 35.0 82

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
  • dagger – In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the NBA canceled the April 16 game scheduled in Boston between the Celtics and the Pacers; the game was not rescheduled because it would have had no impact on either team's playoff seedings.[12]

Tiebreakers

  • The Los Angeles Clippers clinched #4 seed over Memphis as the Clippers won the Pacific Division and the Grizzlies finished second in the Southwest Division. Also, the Clippers secured home court advantage over the Grizzlies based on head-to-head record (3–1).
  • The Los Angeles Lakers clinched #7 seed over Houston based on winning percentage against Western Conference teams (the Lakers' .538 to the Rockets' .462).

Playoffs

The playoffs began on Saturday, April 20, 2013, and concludes with the 2013 NBA Finals, which began on June 6 between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs

Bracket

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


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

Statistics leaders

Individual statistic leaders

Category Player Team Statistics
Points per game Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks 28.7
Rebounds per game Dwight Howard Los Angeles Lakers 12.4
Assists per game Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 11.1
Steals per game Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers 2.41
Blocks per game Serge Ibaka Oklahoma City Thunder 3.03
Fouls per game Dwight Howard Los Angeles Lakers 3.8
Turnovers per game Jrue Holiday Philadelphia 76ers 3.8
Minutes per game Luol Deng Chicago Bulls 38.7
Efficiency per game LeBron James Miami Heat 31.6
FG% DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers 64.3%
FT% Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder 90.5%
3FG% José Calderón Detroit Pistons/Toronto Raptors 46.1%
Double-Doubles David Lee Golden State Warriors 56
Triple-Doubles Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 5

Individual game highs

Category Player Team Statistics
Points Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 54
Rebounds Nikola Vučević Orlando Magic 29
Assists Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 20
Steals Kemba Walker Charlotte Bobcats 8
Ricky Rubio Minnesota Timberwolves
Blocks Roy Hibbert Indiana Pacers 11
Joakim Noah Chicago Bulls
Three Pointers Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 11
Deron Williams Brooklyn Nets

Team statistic leaders

Category Team Statistics
Points per game Denver Nuggets 106.1
Rebounds per game Indiana Pacers 45.9
Assists per game San Antonio Spurs 25.1
Steals per game Los Angeles Clippers 9.6
Blocks per game Oklahoma City Thunder 7.6
Turnovers per game Houston Rockets 16.4
Fouls per game Toronto Raptors 22.4
FG% Miami Heat 49.6%
FT% Oklahoma City Thunder 82.8%
3FG% Golden State Warriors 40.3%
+/- Oklahoma City Thunder 9.2

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. 30 – Nov. 4 Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/2) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/3) [26]
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 LeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/6) Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [27]
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18 LeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/6) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/4) [28]
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25 Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [29]
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (1/4) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/4) [30]
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9 Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [31]
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16 Paul George (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) David Lee (Golden State Warriors) (1/2) [32]
Dec. 17 – Dec. 23 LeBron James (Miami Heat) (3/6) Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [33]
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30 Monta Ellis (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/2) Greivis Vásquez (New Orleans Hornets) (1/1) [34]
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6 Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (2/4) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (2/3) [35]
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13 Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks) (2/2) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (3/4) [36]
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20 Carlos Boozer (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (4/4) [37]
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27 Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/1) Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [38]
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3 Nate Robinson (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) David Lee (Golden State Warriors) (2/2) [39]
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10 LeBron James (Miami Heat) (4/6) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [40]
Feb. 19 – Feb. 24 LeBron James (Miami Heat) (5/6) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/3) [41]
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3 Monta Ellis (Milwaukee Bucks) (2/2) Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [42]
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10 Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/1) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/3) [43]
Mar. 11 – Mar. 17 John Wall (Washington Wizards) (1/1) LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [44]
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24 LeBron James (Miami Heat) (6/6) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (3/3) [45]
Mar. 25 – Mar. 31 J. R. Smith (New York Knicks) (1/1) Al Jefferson (Utah Jazz) (1/1) [46]
Apr. 1 – Apr. 7 Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (3/4) Nikola Peković (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1) [47]
Apr. 8 – Apr. 14 Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (4/4) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (3/3) [48]

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 (Miami Heat) (1/5) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [49]
December LeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/5) Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [50]
January LeBron James (Miami Heat) (3/5) Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [51]
February LeBron James (Miami Heat) (4/5) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [52]
March LeBron James (Miami Heat) (5/5) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [53]
April Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (1/1) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [54]

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 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats) (1/1) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/6) [55]
December Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) (1/2) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/6) [56]
January Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) (2/2) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (3/6) [57]
February Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/1) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (4/6) [58]
March Jonas Valančiūnas (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (5/6) [59]
April Chris Copeland (New York Knicks) (1/1) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (6/6) [60]

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 Avery Johnson (Brooklyn Nets) (1/1) Lionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/2) [61]
December Larry Drew (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Vinny Del Negro (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [62]
January Tom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) George Karl (Denver Nuggets) (1/2) [63]
February Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) (1/2) Lionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies) (2/2) [64]
March Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) (2/2) George Karl (Denver Nuggets) (2/2) [65]
April Mike Woodson (New York Knicks) (1/1) Mike D'Antoni (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [66]

Notable occurrences

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2012 NBA Europe Live Tour

The 2012 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 Turkey, Germany, Italy and Spain.

2012 NBA Summer League

The 2012 NBA Summer League was a pro basketball league run by the NBA just after the 2012 NBA Draft. It took place in Orlando, Florida from July 9 to 13 and in Las Vegas, Nevada from July 13 to 22, 2012. Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) and Josh Selby (Memphis Grizzlies) won the MVP honors.

2012 NBA draft

The 2012 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2012, at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The draft started at 7:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (2300 UTC), and 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 marked the first time that the first two players selected were from the same school (Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were teammates at Kentucky). It also set a record of having six players from one school (Kentucky) being selected in the two rounds of the draft and was the first draft to have the first three selections be college freshmen all from the same conference, the Southeastern Conference. Not only that, but it also featured the oldest player to ever get selected in an NBA draft, with Bernard James being 27 years old at the time of the draft. Of the players drafted, 30 are forwards, 21 are guards, and 9 are centers.

The 2012 NBA draft marked the first appearance of the Brooklyn Nets. This draft also marks the last draft appearance for the New Orleans Hornets. After the 2012–13 season, the franchise was renamed as the New Orleans Pelicans. New Orleans made their first draft appearance as the Pelicans in 2013.

2012–13 Atlanta Hawks season

The 2012–13 Atlanta Hawks season was the 63rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 45th in Atlanta.

2012–13 Charlotte Bobcats season

The 2012–13 Charlotte Bobcats season was the 23rd season of NBA basketball in Charlotte, and their ninth as the Charlotte Bobcats. Charlotte finished the season on a three-game winning streak, and the team’s 21–61 record was enough to finish fourth in the Southeast division for the eighth time in nine seasons. The Bobcats tripled their win total from the prior lockout-shortened season, and showed signs of improvement.

2012–13 Cleveland Cavaliers season

The 2012–13 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 43rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

2012–13 Detroit Pistons season

The 2012–13 Detroit Pistons season was the 72nd season of the franchise, the 65th in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 56th in Detroit.

2012–13 Memphis Grizzlies season

The 2012–13 Memphis Grizzlies season was the 18th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 12th for the franchise in Memphis.

The season saw the Grizzlies make the Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Prior to making the Conference Finals, the Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in six games in the First Round, and defeated the top-seeded defending runner-up Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the Semifinals. However, a four-game sweep to the experienced San Antonio Spurs ended the Grizzlies' season and playoff run. Head coach Lionel Hollins was fired at the conclusion of the season.

Led by Marc Gasol, the Defensive Player of the Year, the 2013 Grizzlies held opponents to 89.3 points per game. This is the last time a team allowed under 90 points per game in an NBA season. The team's season roster is featured in NBA 2K18.

As of 2018, this is the closest the Grizzlies were to the finals.

2012–13 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 2012–13 NBA season was the Bucks' 45th season in the NBA. The Bucks finished 38-44 and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference in the regular season. They were swept by the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

2012–13 Minnesota Timberwolves season

The 2012–13 Minnesota Timberwolves season was the 24th season for the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team missed the playoffs for the 9th straight season, but won at least 30 games for the first time since Kevin Garnett was traded.

2012–13 Orlando Magic season

The 2012–13 Orlando Magic season was the 24th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Magic were eliminated from playoff contention with their 115–109 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on March 17, 2013. This marked the first time since the 2005–06 season that the Magic failed to qualify for the playoffs. Ending the season with a 20–62 record, the Magic finished with the worst record in the NBA. This was also the worst record posted by the Magic since their inaugural season in 1989–90. This was also the first season since 2003-04 that All-Star center Dwight Howard was not on the roster, as he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on August 10, 2012.

2012–13 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 2012–13 Philadelphia 76ers season was the 74th season of the franchise, 64th in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 50th in Philadelphia. Before the start of the season the team made a major multiple team trade to get center Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers (giving up the eventual 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala). However Bynum missed the entire regular season due to a foot injury sustained while bowling, and would never end up playing in a Sixers uniform. They finished with a record of 34–48 and would miss the post season in Doug Collins' 3rd and final season as head coach.

2012–13 Sacramento Kings season

The 2012–13 Sacramento Kings season was the 68th season of the franchise, and the 64th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 28th in Sacramento.

2012–13 Utah Jazz season

The 2012–13 Utah Jazz season was the franchise's 39th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 34th season of the franchise in Salt Lake City. Despite a 43-39 record, the Jazz missed the playoffs.

2012–13 Washington Wizards season

The 2012–13 Washington Wizards season was the 52nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 40th in the Washington, D.C. area. Jason Collins was on this team when he became the first active NBA player to publicly come out as gay.

2013 NBA All-Star Game

The 2013 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game that was played on February 17, 2013 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, the current home of the Houston Rockets. This game was the 62nd edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and was played during the 2012–13 NBA season. The Houston Rockets were awarded the All-Star Game in an announcement by commissioner David Stern on February 8, 2012. This was the third time that Houston had hosted the All-Star Game; the city had previously hosted the event in 1989 at the Astrodome and 2006 at the Toyota Center. The West won the game 143–138, and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers was named the game's most valuable player (MVP).

Starters for the game were selected by the fans, who could select three frontcourt players and two guards from each conference. Previously, fans selected two forwards and one center instead of generic frontcourt players. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers received the most overall votes at 1,591,437.

Starting this season, NBA All-Star Saturday Night events became contests between the Eastern and Western Conferences.

2013 NBA Finals

The 2013 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2012–13 NBA season and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat defeated the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs to win their second straight title. The Finals began with Game 1 on June 6, and ended with Game 7 on June 20.Miami became the sixth team to win consecutive NBA championships, joining the Boston Celtics (1959–1966, 1968–1969), the Los Angeles Lakers (1949–1950, 1952–1954, 1987–1988, 2000–2002, 2009–2010), the Detroit Pistons (1989–1990), the Chicago Bulls (1991–1993, 1996–1998), and the Houston Rockets (1994–1995). This series marked the fifth time the Spurs have made the NBA Finals since 1999, second-most for any franchise in that span behind the Los Angeles Lakers. The Spurs had won all of their previous four finals appearances, putting them only behind the six-time champion Chicago Bulls for most titles without ever losing a Finals, making this series the first Finals loss in Spurs history. This series was also the first time San Antonio had played in the NBA Finals without home court advantage, as Miami had home-court advantage based on their league-best regular season record. It was the Heat's third consecutive NBA Finals appearance, the first Eastern Conference team to achieve that since the Chicago Bulls (1996–1998). This marked the first time a team made three consecutive Finals appearances since the Los Angeles Lakers did so in 2008–2010.

Four former NBA Finals MVPs played in the series (the Spurs' Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, and the Heat's Dwyane Wade and LeBron James), the most since 1987. The 2013 Finals also set a record for most international players on either Finals roster (10). Tim Duncan became the fourth player in NBA history to make a Finals appearance in three different decades.This marked the last NBA Finals played during the tenure of NBA commissioner David Stern. It also marked the last time the Finals used the 2–3–2 format, after which it reverted to the 2–2–1–1–1 format.

The Spurs and Heat would both advance to the 2014 NBA Finals, where the Spurs won in five games.

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.

List of 2012–13 NBA season transactions

This is a list of all personnel changes for the 2012 NBA off-season and 2012–13 NBA season.

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