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.
|2012–13 NBA season|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Duration||October 30, 2012 – April 17, 2013 |
April 20 – June 3, 2013 (Playoffs)
June 6 – 20, 2013 (Finals)
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||30|
|TV partner(s)||ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV|
|Top draft pick||Anthony Davis|
|Picked by||New Orleans Hornets|
|Top seed||Miami Heat|
|Season MVP||LeBron James (Miami)|
|Top scorer||Carmelo Anthony (New York)|
|Eastern champions||Miami Heat|
|Eastern runners-up||Indiana Pacers|
|Western champions||San Antonio Spurs|
|Western runners-up||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Runners-up||San Antonio Spurs|
|Finals MVP||LeBron James (Miami Heat)|
|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|
|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)|
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.
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).
|First Round||Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||NBA Finals|
* Division winner
Bold Series winner
italics Team with home-court advantage
|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|
|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|
|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|
|FT%||Oklahoma City Thunder||82.8%|
|3FG%||Golden State Warriors||40.3%|
|+/-||Oklahoma City Thunder||9.2|
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)|||
|Nov. 5 – Nov. 11||LeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/6)||Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) (1/1)|||
|Nov. 12 – Nov. 18||LeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/6)||Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/4)|||
|Nov. 19 – Nov. 25||Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1)||Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1)|||
|Nov. 26 – Dec. 2||Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (1/4)||Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/4)|||
|Dec. 3 – Dec. 9||Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1)||Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1)|||
|Dec. 10 – Dec. 16||Paul George (Indiana Pacers) (1/1)||David Lee (Golden State Warriors) (1/2)|||
|Dec. 17 – Dec. 23||LeBron James (Miami Heat) (3/6)||Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1)|||
|Dec. 24 – Dec. 30||Monta Ellis (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/2)||Greivis Vásquez (New Orleans Hornets) (1/1)|||
|Dec. 31 – Jan. 6||Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (2/4)||James Harden (Houston Rockets) (2/3)|||
|Jan. 7 – Jan. 13||Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks) (2/2)||Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (3/4)|||
|Jan. 14 – Jan. 20||Carlos Boozer (Chicago Bulls) (1/1)||Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (4/4)|||
|Jan. 21 – Jan. 27||Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/1)||Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1)|||
|Jan. 28 – Feb. 3||Nate Robinson (Chicago Bulls) (1/1)||David Lee (Golden State Warriors) (2/2)|||
|Feb. 4 – Feb. 10||LeBron James (Miami Heat) (4/6)||Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1)|||
|Feb. 19 – Feb. 24||LeBron James (Miami Heat) (5/6)||Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/3)|||
|Feb. 25 – Mar. 3||Monta Ellis (Milwaukee Bucks) (2/2)||Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets) (1/1)|||
|Mar. 4 – Mar. 10||Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/1)||Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/3)|||
|Mar. 11 – Mar. 17||John Wall (Washington Wizards) (1/1)||LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1)|||
|Mar. 18 – Mar. 24||LeBron James (Miami Heat) (6/6)||James Harden (Houston Rockets) (3/3)|||
|Mar. 25 – Mar. 31||J. R. Smith (New York Knicks) (1/1)||Al Jefferson (Utah Jazz) (1/1)|||
|Apr. 1 – Apr. 7||Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (3/4)||Nikola Peković (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1)|||
|Apr. 8 – Apr. 14||Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (4/4)||Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (3/3)|||
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)|||
|December||LeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/5)||Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1)|||
|January||LeBron James (Miami Heat) (3/5)||Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1)|||
|February||LeBron James (Miami Heat) (4/5)||Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1)|||
|March||LeBron James (Miami Heat) (5/5)||Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2)|||
|April||Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (1/1)||Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/1)|||
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)|||
|December||Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) (1/2)||Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/6)|||
|January||Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) (2/2)||Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (3/6)|||
|February||Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/1)||Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (4/6)|||
|March||Jonas Valančiūnas (Toronto Raptors) (1/1)||Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (5/6)|||
|April||Chris Copeland (New York Knicks) (1/1)||Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (6/6)|||
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)|||
|December||Larry Drew (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1)||Vinny Del Negro (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1)|||
|January||Tom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (1/1)||George Karl (Denver Nuggets) (1/2)|||
|February||Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) (1/2)||Lionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies) (2/2)|||
|March||Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) (2/2)||George Karl (Denver Nuggets) (2/2)|||
|April||Mike Woodson (New York Knicks) (1/1)||Mike D'Antoni (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1)|||
The N.B.A., bowing to new realities in a multi-positional era, has eliminated "center" from its All-Star ballots for the 2012–13 season. Instead, fans will vote for three frontcourt players and two guards.
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.
2012–13 NBA season by team