2014–15 NBA season

The 2014–15 NBA season was the 69th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The NBA draft took place on June 26, 2014, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Andrew Wiggins was selected first overall. The regular season began on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, when the defending NBA champions San Antonio Spurs hosted the first game against the Dallas Mavericks. The 2015 NBA All-Star Game was played on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with the West defeating the East 163-158. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook won the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. The regular season ended on Wednesday April 15, 2015 and the playoffs began on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and ended with the 2015 NBA Finals on June 16, 2015, after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games to win their fourth NBA title. The Charlotte Bobcats played their first official game as the Charlotte Hornets since 2002.

2014–15 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationOctober 28, 2014 – April 15, 2015
April 18, 2015 – May 27, 2015 (Playoffs)
June 4, 2015 – June 16, 2015 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pickAndrew Wiggins
Picked byCleveland Cavaliers
Regular season
Top seedGolden State Warriors
Season MVPStephen Curry (Golden State)
Top scorerRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City)
Playoffs
Eastern championsCleveland Cavaliers
  Eastern runners-upAtlanta Hawks
Western championsGolden State Warriors
  Western runners-upHouston Rockets
Finals
ChampionsGolden State Warriors
  Runners-upCleveland Cavaliers
Finals MVPAndre Iguodala (Golden State)

Transactions

Retirement

  • On June 10, 2014, Derek Fisher signed a five-year, $25 million deal as the head coach of the New York Knicks, instead of playing one more season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. During his eighteen seasons in the league as a player, he won five NBA championships, all with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000–2002 and 2009–2010).[1]
  • On June 15, 2014, Shane Battier announced his retirement immediately following the Miami Heat's loss in Game 5 in the 2014 NBA Finals. He was 35, and had played for thirteen seasons. He won back-to-back NBA championships with the Heat (2012–2013)[2]
  • On September 9, 2014, Chauncey Billups announced his retirement after 17 years of playing; the last team he played for was the Detroit Pistons, and he won a championship with them in 2004 as well as a Finals MVP that same year.
  • On February 26, 2015, Richard Hamilton officially announced his retirement after 14 seasons from NBA with one championship ring with Detroit Pistons in 2004.[3]
  • On March 21, 2015, Steve Nash officially announced his retirement after 18 seasons from the NBA. Nash was contracted by the Los Angeles Lakers, but was sidelined by season-ending injuries during pre-season.[4]

Free agency

Free agency negotiations began on July 1, 2014, when players began to sign starting on July 10, after the July moratorium ended.

Coaching changes

Coaching changes
Off-season
Team 2013–14 season 2014–15 season
New York Knicks Mike Woodson Derek Fisher
Minnesota Timberwolves Rick Adelman Flip Saunders
Milwaukee Bucks Larry Drew Jason Kidd
Brooklyn Nets Jason Kidd Lionel Hollins
Utah Jazz Tyrone Corbin Quin Snyder
Los Angeles Lakers Mike D'Antoni Byron Scott
Golden State Warriors Mark Jackson Steve Kerr
Cleveland Cavaliers Mike Brown David Blatt
Detroit Pistons John Loyer (interim) Stan Van Gundy
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Sacramento Kings Michael Malone Tyrone Corbin (interim)
Tyrone Corbin (interim) George Karl
Orlando Magic Jacque Vaughn James Borrego (interim)
Denver Nuggets Brian Shaw Melvin Hunt (interim)

Off-season

In-season

Preseason

The preseason began on Saturday, October 4, 2014 and ended on Friday, October 24, 2014.

Regular season

The regular season began on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, with the defending NBA champions San Antonio Spurs hosting the first game against the Dallas Mavericks.[35] The regular season ended on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Christmas Day games were played on Thursday, December 25, 2014. The NBA is mulling a week-long All-Star break in February 2015,[36] and the full schedule was released during a one-hour schedule release special on August 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. EDT on NBA TV.[37]

Standings

By division

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Toronto Raptors 49 33 .598 0.0 27–14 22–19 11–5 82
x-Boston Celtics 40 42 .488 9.0 21–20 19–22 12–4 82
x-Brooklyn Nets 38 44 .463 11.0 19–22 19–22 10–6 82
Philadelphia 76ers 18 64 .220 31.0 12–29 6–35 2–14 82
New York Knicks 17 65 .207 32.0 10–31 7–34 5–11 82
Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Cleveland Cavaliers 53 29 .646 0.0 31–10 22–19 11–5 82
x-Chicago Bulls 50 32 .610 3.0 27–14 23–18 8–8 82
x-Milwaukee Bucks 41 41 .500 12.0 23–18 18–23 7–9 82
Indiana Pacers 38 44 .463 15.0 23–18 15–26 8–8 82
Detroit Pistons 32 50 .390 21.0 18–23 14–27 6–10 82
Southeast Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
c-Atlanta Hawks 60 22 .732 0.0 35–6 25–16 12–4 82
x-Washington Wizards 46 36 .561 14.0 29–12 17–24 10–6 82
Miami Heat 37 45 .451 23.0 20–21 17–24 6–10 82
Charlotte Hornets 33 49 .402 27.0 19–22 14–27 8–8 82
Orlando Magic 25 57 .305 35.0 13–28 12–29 4–12 82
Western Conference
Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Portland Trail Blazers 51 31 .622 0.0 32–9 19–22 11–5 82
Oklahoma City Thunder 45 37 .549 6.0 29–12 16–25 10–6 82
Utah Jazz 38 44 .463 13.0 21–20 17–24 9–7 82
Denver Nuggets 30 52 .366 21.0 19–22 11–30 6–10 82
Minnesota Timberwolves 16 66 .195 35.0 9–32 7–34 4–12 82
Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
z-Golden State Warriors 67 15 .817 0.0 39–2 28–13 13–3 82
x-Los Angeles Clippers 56 26 .683 11.0 30–11 26–15 12–4 82
Phoenix Suns 39 43 .476 28.0 22–19 17–24 6–10 82
Sacramento Kings 29 53 .354 38.0 18–23 11–30 7–9 82
Los Angeles Lakers 21 61 .256 46.0 12–29 9–32 2–14 82
Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Houston Rockets 56 26 .683 0.0 30–11 26–15 8–8 82
x-Memphis Grizzlies 55 27 .671 1.0 31–10 24–17 9–7 82
x-San Antonio Spurs 55 27 .671 1.0 33–8 22–19 8–8 82
x-Dallas Mavericks 50 32 .610 6.0 27–14 23–18 7–9 82
x-New Orleans Pelicans 45 37 .549 11.0 28–13 17–24 8–8 82

By conference

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 c-Atlanta Hawks * 60 22 .732 82
2 y-Cleveland Cavaliers * 53 29 .646 7.0 82
3 x-Chicago Bulls 50 32 .610 10.0 82
4 y-Toronto Raptors * 49 33 .598 11.0 82
5 x-Washington Wizards 46 36 .561 14.0 82
6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 41 41 .500 19.0 82
7 x-Boston Celtics 40 42 .488 20.0 82
8 x-Brooklyn Nets 38 44 .463 22.0 82
9 Indiana Pacers 38 44 .463 22.0 82
10 Miami Heat 37 45 .451 23.0 82
11 Charlotte Hornets 33 49 .402 27.0 82
12 Detroit Pistons 32 50 .390 28.0 82
13 Orlando Magic 25 57 .305 35.0 82
14 Philadelphia 76ers 18 64 .220 42.0 82
15 New York Knicks 17 65 .207 43.0 82
Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 z-Golden State Warriors * 67 15 .817 82
2 y-Houston Rockets * 56 26 .683 11.0 82
3 x-Los Angeles Clippers 56 26 .683 11.0 82
4 y-Portland Trail Blazers * 51 31 .622 16.0 82
5 x-Memphis Grizzlies 55 27 .671 12.0 82
6 x-San Antonio Spurs 55 27 .671 12.0 82
7 x-Dallas Mavericks 50 32 .610 17.0 82
8 x-New Orleans Pelicans 45 37 .549 22.0 82
9 Oklahoma City Thunder 45 37 .549 22.0 82
10 Phoenix Suns 39 43 .476 28.0 82
11 Utah Jazz 38 44 .463 29.0 82
12 Denver Nuggets 30 52 .366 37.0 82
13 Sacramento Kings 29 53 .354 38.0 82
14 Los Angeles Lakers 21 61 .256 46.0 82
15 Minnesota Timberwolves 16 66 .195 51.0 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
  • * – Division champion

Tiebreakers

  • Brooklyn clinched #8 seed over Indiana based on head-to-head record (2–1).
  • Houston clinched #2 seed over the Los Angeles Clippers as Houston won the Southwest Division and L.A. Clippers was 2nd in the Pacific Division.
  • Memphis clinched #5 seed over San Antonio based on better divisional record (9–7 to 8–8).
  • New Orleans clinched #8 seed over Oklahoma City based on head-to-head record (3–1).

Playoffs

The 2015 NBA playoffs began on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and concluded with the 2015 NBA Finals which began on June 4, 2015 on ABC. ESPN broadcast the Western Conference Finals and TNT televised the Eastern Conference Finals. ABC broadcast the NBA Finals.

Bracket

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Atlanta* 4  
E8 Brooklyn 2  
  E1 Atlanta* 4  
  E5 Washington 2  
E4 Toronto* 0
E5 Washington 4  
  E1 Atlanta* 0  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Cleveland* 4  
E3 Chicago 4  
E6 Milwaukee 2  
  E3 Chicago 2
  E2 Cleveland* 4  
E2 Cleveland* 4
E7 Boston 0  
  E2 Cleveland* 2
  W1 Golden State* 4
W1 Golden State* 4  
W8 New Orleans 0  
  W1 Golden State* 4
  W5 Memphis 2  
W4 Portland* 1
W5 Memphis 4  
  W1 Golden State* 4
Western Conference
  W2 Houston* 1  
W3 LA Clippers 4  
W6 San Antonio 3  
  W3 LA Clippers 3
  W2 Houston* 4  
W2 Houston* 4
W7 Dallas 1  


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

Statistics leaders

Individual statistic leaders

Listed below are the stat leaders in the league:

Category Player Team Statistic
Points per game Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 28.1
Rebounds per game DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers 15.0
Assists per game Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers 10.2
Steals per game Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs 2.31
Blocks per game Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 2.94
Turnovers per game Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 4.4
Fouls per game DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings 4.1
Minutes per game Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls 38.7
FG% DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers 71.0%
FT% Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 91.4%
3FG% Kyle Korver Atlanta Hawks 49.2%
Efficiency per game Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 30.89
Double-doubles Pau Gasol Chicago Bulls 54
Triple-doubles Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 11

Individual game highs

Category Player Team Statistic
Points Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers 57
Rebounds DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers 27
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons
Assists Brandon Jennings Detroit Pistons 21
Steals Mario Chalmers Miami Heat 8
Blocks Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat 12
Three Pointers Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors 11
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers

Team statistic leaders

Category Team Statistic
Points per game Golden State Warriors 110.0
Rebounds per game Oklahoma City Thunder 47.5
Assists per game Golden State Warriors 27.4
Steals per game Milwaukee Bucks 9.6
Philadelphia 76ers
Blocks per game New Orleans Pelicans 6.2
Blocked attempts per game Sacramento Kings 6.2
Turnovers per game Philadelphia 76ers 17.7
Fouls per game Denver Nuggets 23.0
Fouls drawn per game Sacramento Kings 23.9
FG% Golden State Warriors 47.8%
FT% Portland Trail Blazers 80.1%
3FG% Golden State Warriors 39.8%
+/− Golden State Warriors 10.1

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. 28 – Nov. 2 Chris Bosh (Miami Heat) (1/1) Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) (1/3) [51]
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9 Deron Williams (Brooklyn Nets) (1/1) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/2) [52]
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/3) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/2) [53]
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23 Louis Williams (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) (1/1) [54]
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/3) Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [55]
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7 Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/2) [56]
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14 John Wall (Washington Wizards) (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/3) [57]
Dec. 15 – Dec. 21 Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) (1/2) LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/2) [58]
Dec. 22 – Dec. 28 Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (2/3) [59]
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4 Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [60]
Jan. 5 – Jan. 11 Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) (1/1) Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) (2/3) [61]
Jan. 12 – Jan. 18 Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) (2/2) Mo Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/2) [62]
Jan. 19 – Jan. 25 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/3) Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) (3/3) [63]
Jan. 26 – Feb. 1 Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/2) Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) [64]
Feb. 2 – Feb. 8 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [65]
Feb. 23 – Mar. 1 Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics) (1/2) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/2) [66]
Mar. 2 – Mar. 8 Mo Williams (Charlotte Hornets) (2/2) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [67]
Mar. 9 – Mar. 15 Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/2) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) (1/1) [68]
Mar. 16 – Mar. 22 Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/1) Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [69]
Mar. 23 – Mar. 29 Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets) (1/2) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (2/2) [70]
Mar. 30 – Apr. 5 Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets) (2/2) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (3/3) [71]
Apr. 6 – Apr. 12 Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics) (2/2) Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [72]

Players of the Month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
November Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [73]
December Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/2) [74]
January Atlanta Hawks' starting lineup[nb 1] (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (2/2) [75]
February LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/2) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/3) [76]
March LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/2) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/3) [77]
April DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (3/3) [78]

Rookies of the Month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
November Jabari Parker (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/4) [79]
December Nikola Mirotić (Chicago Bulls) (1/2) Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves) (2/4) [80]
January Elfrid Payton (Orlando Magic) (1/1) Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves) (3/4) [81]
February Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves) (4/4) [82]
March Nikola Mirotić (Chicago Bulls) (2/2) Jordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [83]
April Bojan Bogdanović (Brooklyn Nets) (1/1) Rodney Hood (Utah Jazz) (1/1) [84]

Coaches of the Month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
November Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) David Joerger (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) [85]
December Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta Hawks) (1/2) Terry Stotts (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [86]
January Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta Hawks) (2/2) Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) (1/2) [87]
February Frank Vogel (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Scott Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [88]
March David Blatt (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/1) Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) (2/2) [89]
April Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Doc Rivers (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [90]

Notable occurrences

See also

  • Map of USA and Canada, NBA, zoom.svg National Basketball Association portal

Notes

  1. ^ The Hawks' starting lineup consists of DeMarre Carroll, Al Horford, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, and Jeff Teague.

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2014 NBA draft

The 2014 NBA draft was held on June 26, 2014, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The draft lottery took place on May 20, 2014. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the draft lottery to earn the first overall pick in the draft; this is the fourth number-one pick for Cleveland since 2003 and third number-one pick over a four-year span from 2011–2014. This draft would also be the first for the reborn Charlotte Hornets, who played as the Bobcats from 2004–2014, since 2001, when the original Charlotte Hornets last selected as the Charlotte Hornets before moving to New Orleans and eventually becoming the current New Orleans Pelicans.

Television rights in the United States belonged to ESPN. It was tipped by many to be one of the deepest and most hyped draft classes in recent years, with several players touted as future stars. College underclassmen that were highly touted by NBA scouts and executives included: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Zach LaVine, T. J. Warren, and Gary Harris. Other highly sought after talents included Australian player Dante Exum and Croatian player Dario Šarić, who both declared for the draft, and Doug McDermott, who was automatically eligible as a graduating college senior.

Highlights from the draft included the first selections made by Adam Silver as commissioner and Mark Tatum as deputy commissioner, the second Canadian to be the first overall pick (Andrew Wiggins), the first pair of Canadian top 10 picks and second pair of Canadian lottery picks (Wiggins and Nik Stauskas), three top 20 Canadian selections (Wiggins, Stauskas, and Tyler Ennis), the first NBA Development League player to be selected in the first round (P. J. Hairston), the first time multiple NBA Development League players were selected in the same draft (Hairston and Thanasis Antetokounmpo), and the first Cape Verdean player to be selected in the draft (Walter Tavares). In addition, a standing ovation for Isaiah Austin occurred between the 15th and 16th picks of the draft, which included having the NBA itself hold a ceremonial pick to select him as a means of letting his dream of having his name be heard in the NBA draft come true, which happened days after he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome and originally was never considered to play professional basketball again. Nearly two months after the draft ended, Andrew Wiggins was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a three-team deal that brought Kevin Love to Cleveland; this resulted in the second time since the NBA–ABA merger that a first overall draft pick would not play a single game for the team that drafted him (the first time being the Orlando Magic drafted Chris Webber first overall in 1993 and then minutes later, traded Webber to the Golden State Warriors for Golden State's third overall pick in the 1993 Draft, Anfernee (Penny) Hardaway plus three of Golden State's future first-round draft selections).

2014–15 Boston Celtics season

The 2014–15 Boston Celtics season was the 69th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA)., The Boston Celtics finished the regular season with a 40–42 won-loss record, which was the 2nd best in the Atlantic division

The Celtics made several transactions during the season. Rajon Rondo was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on December 18, 2014, Austin Rivers was acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans on January 12, but three days later, he was again traded to the Los Angeles Clippers after refusing to suit up for the Celtics, and in February, Isaiah Thomas was acquired from the Phoenix Suns.

On March 9, 2015, the Celtics passed the previous season's win total of 25 with a 100–90 win over the Miami Heat.

On April 13, 2015, the Celtics qualified for the playoffs for the 7th time in the last 8 seasons and for the first time since 2012–13. Their season ended after being swept in the first round playoff series by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

2014–15 Brooklyn Nets season

The 2014–15 Brooklyn Nets season was the franchise's 48th season, its 39th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 3rd season playing in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The Nets finished the regular season with a 38–44 record, securing the eighth seed. In the playoffs, the met the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks in the First Round, losing in six games.

The Nets would not make another playoff appearance until the 2018–19 season.

2014–15 Detroit Pistons season

The 2014–15 Detroit Pistons season was the 74th season of the franchise, the 67th in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 58th in Detroit.

2014–15 Golden State Warriors season

The 2014–15 Golden State Warriors season was the 69th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and their 53rd in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Warriors finished the season 67–15, a new franchise record for wins in a season, clinching their best record in the NBA since they won 59 games in the 1975–76 season. They are the tenth NBA team to win 67 games in a season. Golden State reached the 2015 NBA Finals and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4–2, to win their first title in 40 years, and the fourth in franchise history. Their 83 total wins for the season was the third most for a team in NBA history, they went 83–20 combining regular season and playoff games.

Under first-year head coach and former NBA player Steve Kerr, the Warriors began the season 10–2, the best start in franchise history. They went 5–0 on the road in November, their second perfect road trip in franchise history, and first since 1978. Between November 13 and December 14, the Warriors won a franchise record 16 games in a row, improving to 21–2 on the season, before the record was snapped by the Memphis Grizzlies. On January 21, the team established a new franchise record of 17 straight home wins, extending the record to 19 before losing to the Chicago Bulls on January 27. With their win against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 24, they clinched the Pacific Division for the first time since the 1975–76 season, also tying the franchise record for road wins in a season with 24. Golden State finished with a road record of 28–13, and a franchise home win-loss record of 39–2, tied for second all-time best home record. On March 28, the Warriors won their 60th game and clinched the best record in the Western Conference and set a franchise record for regular season wins (the 1975–76 Warriors had won 59). They finished the regular season with a record of 67–15.

Numerous Warriors set individual records over the course of the season. Stephen Curry won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, the first Warriors player to win since Wilt Chamberlain in the 1959–60 NBA season, when the franchise was still located in Philadelphia. He also broke his own NBA record for made three-pointers in a season of 272, he finished with 286. On January 23, 2015, Klay Thompson broke the NBA record for most points scored in a quarter with 37; he finished the game with a career high 52 points. On April 15, head coach Steve Kerr won his 63rd game with the Warriors and broke the NBA record for most wins by a rookie head coach. Curry and Thompson, dubbed the "Splash Brothers", broke the single-season record for most three-pointers made by a pair of teammates. Both also made the All-Star team, Curry as a starter and Thompson as a reserve. Together, they sank 525 three-pointers over the course of the season, smashing the prior NBA record of 484 (set by themselves in 2013–14).

2014–15 Los Angeles Lakers season

The 2014–15 Los Angeles Lakers season was the franchise's 67th season, its 66th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 55th in Los Angeles. Coming off from one of the worst seasons in franchise history and missing the playoffs, the team looked to rebound. Mike D'Antoni resigned in late April following two miserable seasons, leaving the team without a head coach. In the offseason, Pau Gasol left for Chicago and Jodie Meeks left for Detroit respectively, leaving big holes to fill. After failing to land the biggest names in the offseason like Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, the Lakers brought back numerous key role players from last season including Nick Young, Jordan Hill, and Ryan Kelly. The Lakers later acquired point guard Jeremy Lin in a trade with Houston and won the bidding rights to power forward Carlos Boozer after being amnestied by Chicago in the offseason. The Lakers also drafted Kentucky's star power forward Julius Randle and shooting guard Jordan Clarkson in the 2014 NBA Draft. The team then hired Lakers Showtime player and former Coach of the Year, Byron Scott as head coach in late July. On December 14, 2014, Kobe Bryant scored 26 points to pass Michael Jordan for third on the NBA's all-time scoring list in a 100–94 win over Minnesota.

The Lakers started the season a franchise-worst 1–9. Rookie Julius Randle was injured opening night and missed the remainder of the season. On March 21, 2015, Steve Nash announced his retirement. The Lakers finished with a 21–61 record, placing them last in the Pacific division for the second straight season and fourteenth in the Western conference. This was the first 60 loss season in franchise history.

2014–15 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 2014–15 Milwaukee Bucks season is the 47th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). As of December 27, 2014, they have matched the total number of wins (15) from the 2013–14 season, their lowest in franchise history.The Bucks finished the regular season 41-41, a 26 win improvement from their disappointing previous season, and clinched the sixth seed despite losing their top pick Jabari Parker to an injury early in the season. The Bucks' season ended with a 2-4 first round playoff series loss to the Chicago Bulls.

2014–15 New Orleans Pelicans season

The 2014–15 New Orleans Pelicans season is the 13th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Despite finishing last in the Southwest division for the fourth straight season, the Pelicans finished with a 45–37 record and clinched the eighth seed in the Western conference. The Pelicans clinched a seed in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 when the team was called the Hornets. New Orleans' season ended after they were swept 4–0 in a first round playoff series by the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

The Pelicans would not return to the playoffs until 2018.

2014–15 New York Knicks season

The 2014–15 New York Knicks season was the 69th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). On March 28, the Knicks set a new franchise-record 60 losses in a season, finishing at 65. The Knicks missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season, and for the tenth out of fourteen since 2001–02. This particular season has been commonly referred to as the worst season in Knicks history as it was the first time they had lost more than 60 games in franchise history. The Lakers also lost more than 60 games that year, leaving the Utah Jazz as the sole franchise to not have a 60+ losing record.

Midseason, the Knicks were dealt with a major blow as both Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith were traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

2014–15 Orlando Magic season

The 2014–15 Orlando Magic season was the 26th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Magic looked to improve on their 23–59 record the previous season where they had finished 5th in the Southeastern division and 13th in the Eastern Conference. While they did improve their record by two games, they still finished 5th and 13th in the division and conference, respectively.

2014–15 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 2014–15 Philadelphia 76ers season is the 76th season of the franchise.

The 76ers 2013 NBA draft pick, Nerlens Noel, would play his first season in a Sixer uniform, but for the third straight year, they acquired a center (by draft or trade) that would not play for them the first year, as number 3 overall pick Joel Embiid was out with foot and back issues. Michael Carter Williams was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for draft picks. On December 1, 2014, the 76ers lost their 17th straight game to start the season 0-17, one loss shy of the New Jersey Nets 0-18 mark in 2009-10. On December 3, the 76ers won their first game of the season against the Minnesota Timberwolves avoiding the worst start without a win. The team finished with a record of 18-64 tied for the third worst record in franchise history (1995-1996, 18 wins; 2015-2016, 10 wins; 1972-1973, 9 wins).

2014–15 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 2014–15 Portland Trail Blazers season is the 45th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The Trail Blazers finished the regular-season record at 51–31, and captured the franchise's first Northwest division title. Unfortunately, the Trail Blazers were eliminated by Memphis Grizzlies in the First Round in five games. Midway through the season Wesley Matthews suffered a season-ending Achilles tear. Following the season, LaMarcus Aldridge signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs.

2014–15 Sacramento Kings season

The 2014–15 Sacramento Kings season is the 70th season of the franchise, and the 66th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 30th in Sacramento.

The Kings finished 29-53, improving by one win with a defeat of the Los Angeles Lakers on the final day of the regular season.

2014–15 Utah Jazz season

The 2014–15 Utah Jazz season is the franchise's 41st season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 36th season of the franchise in Salt Lake City.

2014–15 Washington Wizards season

The 2014–15 Washington Wizards season was the 54th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 42nd in the Washington, D.C. area. The Wizards recorded their best regular season record since 1978–79 and secured a place in the NBA playoffs, but despite sweeping the Toronto Raptors in their first round playoff series, they were eliminated in a 2–4 loss in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks.

2015 NBA All-Star Game

The 2015 NBA All-Star Game was the 64th edition of the NBA All-Star Game, an exhibition basketball game played on February 15, 2015 in New York City and hosted by both of the city's teams, the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. The NBA awarded the game to New York City in 2013, and the logo for the 2015 All-Star Game was unveiled on July 10, 2014.The All-Star Game itself was played at the Knicks' home arena, Madison Square Garden. The current Garden last hosted the game in 1998, and the Knicks' previous home, the third Madison Square Garden, hosted three earlier All-Star Games. The Saturday activities conducted as part of NBA All-Star Weekend were held at the Nets' home arena, the Barclays Center. The Nets previously hosted the 1982 All-Star Game at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game was televised nationally by TNT and TBS in the United States, The game was televised nationally by TSN in Canada.

Grantland Basketball Hour

The Grantland Basketball Hour is a primetime show on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN on ABC in which sports and pop culture journalist, Bill Simmons and sports media journalist Jalen Rose discuss current events surrounding the NBA. The show began on October 21, 2014, and was contracted by ESPN for 18 episodes to cover the 2014–15 NBA season.

Joey Crawford

Joseph Crawford, born August 30, 1951 in Havertown, Pennsylvania

is an American retired professional basketball referee who worked in the National Basketball Association (NBA) between 1977 and 2016. Crawford, who wore uniform number 17, was one of the strictest and most controversial officials in the NBA and developed a reputation for assessing technical fouls against both players and coaches. As of the conclusion of the 2014–15 NBA season, Crawford worked more playoff (313) and NBA Finals games (50) than any other active referee in the league and appeared in the Finals every year between 1986 and 2006. He appeared in 29 of the last 30 NBA Finals series, missing only the 2007 NBA Finals, due to suspension. In addition to playoff games, Crawford has officiated the NBA All-Star Game in 1986, 1992 and 2000, as well as the 1993 McDonald's Championship in Munich, Germany.

List of 2014–15 NBA season transactions

This is a list of all personnel changes for the 2014 NBA off-season and 2014–15 NBA season.

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