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2005–06 NBA Season
The 2005–06 NBA SEASON was the 60th season of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association . It began on November 1, 2005 and ran through April 19, 2006. The Miami Heat were crowned NBA champions, defeating the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals , 4–2. CONTENTS* 1 Notable occurrences * 1.1 Coaching changes * 2 Final standings * 2.1 By division * 2.2 By conference * 3 Playoffs * 4 Statistics leaders * 5 Awards * 5.1 Yearly awards * 5.2 Players of the month * 5.3 Rookies of the month * 6 References NOTABLE OCCURRENCES * A new league dress code was put into effect at the beginning of the year by commissioner David Stern . * The Miami Heat win their first NBA championship in franchise history. They become the third franchise (joining the 1969 Boston Celtics , 1977 Portland Trail Blazers , and 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
) to win the NBA Finals after losing the first two games. They are also the first of the four 1988/89 expansion franchises to win a championship. * The All-Star Game was played on February 19, 2006 at the Toyota Center in Houston
Houston
with the East beating the West 122–120
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National Basketball Association
UNITED STATES: * ABC / ESPN * NBA TV * TNT CANADA: * NBA TV Canada * TSN / TSN2 * Sportsnet / Sportsnet One OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.nba.comThe NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (NBA) is the major men's professional basketball league in North America , and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. It has 30 teams (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada), and is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by FIBA (also known as the International Basketball Federation) as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada . NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player. The league was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after merging with its rival National Basketball League (NBL). The league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City
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Basketball
BASKETBALL is a non-contact sport played on a rectangular court . While most often played as a team sport with five players on each side, three-on-three, two-on-two, and one-on-one competitions are also common. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and 10 feet (3.048 m) high that is mounted to a backboard at each end of the court. The game was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith , who would be the first basketball coach of the Kansas Jayhawks , one of the most successful programs in the game's history. A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket being defended by the opposition team during regular play. A field goal scores three points for the shooting team if the player shoots from behind the three-point line , and two points if shot from in front of the line. A team can also score via free throws , which are worth one point, after the other team is assessed with certain fouls. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time (overtime) is mandated when the score is tied at the end of regulation. The ball can be advanced on the court by passing it to a teammate, or by bouncing it while walking or running (dribbling). It is a violation to lift, or drag, one\'s pivot foot without dribbling the ball , to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands then resume dribbling
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NBA On ABC
The NBA ON ABC is a presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games produced by ESPN
ESPN
, and televised on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). ABC originally broadcast NBA games from 1965 to 1973 . In 2002, NBA games returned to the network as part of a contract signed with the league, along with ESPN. ABC televises games throughout the regular season, typically starting with a doubleheader on Christmas
Christmas
Day , followed by select games on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons as part of its _NBA Saturday Primetime _ and _ NBA Sunday Showcase _ series. ABC then airs up to nine games during the first five weeks of the NBA playoffs , and is the exclusive broadcaster of the NBA Finals
NBA Finals

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NBA On TNT
The _NBA ON TNT_ is Turner Network Television 's coverage of the National Basketball Association (NBA), produced by Turner Sports since 1989 . TNT's NBA coverage includes the _ Inside the NBA _ studio show, weekly doubleheaders throughout the regular season on Thursdays, as well as Mondays in the second half of the season, a majority of games during the first two rounds of the playoffs, and one conference finals series. CONTENTS* 1 Coverage * 1.1 Overview * 1.2 Studio team * 1.3 Playoff coverage * 1.3.1 2000–2002 * 1.3.2 Since 2003 * 1.4 Canadian coverage * 2 Game commentary * 3 Music * 4 Contract history * 5 In media * 6 References * 7 External links COVERAGEOVERVIEWTNT airs many of the NBA's marquee games (the NBA All-Star Game , a full Conference Final , Opening Night games, and the vast majority of playoff games). In recent years, fans have reckoned it as what NBC was during that network's coverage of the league. TNT would seem to be the NBA's preferred carrier as well; from 2003 to 2005, TNT aired the Conference Final with the most interest from the national media (Spurs -Mavericks in 2003 , Lakers -Wolves in 2004 and Pistons -Heat in 2005 ). TNT also airs most of the big games during the regular season (TNT aired a Lakers-Heat game for the third straight year in 2007 ), and TNT studio content is streamed to NBA.com via the _TNT Overtime_ section
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NBA On ESPN
ESPN
ESPN
(originally an initialism for ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS PROGRAMMING NETWORKS) is a U.S.-based global cable and satellite sports television channel owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
(which operates the network) and the Hearst Corporation (which owns a 20% minority share). ESPN
ESPN
broadcasts primarily from studio facilities located in Bristol, Connecticut . The network also operates offices in Miami
Miami
, New York City , Seattle
Seattle
, Charlotte , and Los Angeles
Los Angeles
. John Skippercurrently serves as president of ESPN, a position he has held since January 1, 2012. While ESPN
ESPN
is one of the most successful sports networks, there has been much criticism of ESPN
ESPN
, which includes accusations of biased coverage, conflict of interest , and controversies with individual broadcasters and analysts. ESPN
ESPN
headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut As of February 2015 , ESPN
ESPN
is available to approximately 94,396,000 paid television households (81.1% of households with at least one television set) in the United States. Nielsen has reported a much lower number in 2017, below 90,000,000 subscribers, losing more than 10,000 a day
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NBA TV
NBA TV
NBA TV
is an American sports-oriented cable and satellite television network that is owned by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and operated by the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of Time Warner ; the NBA also uses the network as a way of advertising the league's out-of-market sports package NBA League Pass , and partner channel TNT . Dedicated to basketball , the network features exhibition, regular season and playoff game telecasts from the NBA and related professional basketball leagues, as well as NBA-related content including analysis programs, specials and documentaries . The network also serves as national broadcaster of the NBA D-League and WNBA games. NBA TV
NBA TV
is the oldest cable network in North America
North America
to be owned or controlled by a professional sports league, having launched on March 17, 1999. As of February 2015, NBA TV
NBA TV
is available to approximately 57,129,001 households that subscribe to cable, satellite or telco television service (totaling 49.1% of households with at least one television set) in the United States. The highest measured audience was a Golden State Warriors vs San Antonio Spurs regular season game on April 10, 2016 with an average 2.6 million viewers
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2005 NBA Draft
The 2005 NBA DRAFT took place on June 28, 2005, in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In this draft, NBA teams took turns selecting amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, such as players from high schools and non-North American leagues. The NBA announced that 49 college and high school players and 11 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the draft. This was the last NBA draft for which high school players were eligible. The new collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players union established a new age limit for draft eligibility. Starting with the 2006 NBA draft , players of any nationality who complete athletic eligibility at a U.S. high school cannot declare themselves eligible for the draft unless they turn 19 no later than December 31 of the year of the draft and are at least one year removed from the graduation of their high school classes. International players, defined in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement as non-US nationals who did not complete athletic eligibility at a U.S. high school, must turn 19 (or older) in the calendar year of the draft, up from 18. As of 2016, the only players to have declared for the NBA draft straight out of high school ever since these restrictions took place were Satnam Singh Bhamara (2015) and Thon Maker
Thon Maker
(2016)
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List Of First Overall NBA Draft Picks
The NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION\'S FIRST OVERALL PICK is the player who is selected first among all eligible draftees by a team during the annual National Basketball Association (NBA) draft . The first pick is awarded to the team that wins the NBA draft lottery ; in most cases, that team had a losing record in the previous season . The team with the first pick attracts significant media attention, as does the player who is selected with that pick. Eleven first picks have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award : Oscar Robertson , Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (record six-time winner), Bill Walton , Magic Johnson (three-time winner), Hakeem Olajuwon , David Robinson , Shaquille O\'Neal , Allen Iverson , Tim Duncan (two-time winner), LeBron James (four-time winner), and Derrick Rose (youngest winner). Since the advent of the draft lottery in 1985, only seven number one overall picks have won an NBA title. They are David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Glenn Robinson , Tim Duncan, LeBron James , Andrew Bogut , and Kyrie Irving . China's Yao Ming (2002) and Italy's Andrea Bargnani (2006) are the only two players without competitive experience in the United States to be drafted first overall. Nine other international players with U.S
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Andrew Bogut
ANDREW MICHAEL BOGUT (born 28 November 1984) is an Australian professional basketball player who last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 7-foot (2.13 m) center was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft . He earned All- NBA
NBA
Third Team honors with the Bucks in 2010. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors in 2012, and was named NBA All-Defensive Second Team
NBA All-Defensive Second Team
in 2015, when he won an NBA championship
NBA championship
with the Warriors. Bogut played college basketball for two years with the Utah Utes , and earned national player of the year honors in 2005. He declared for the NBA
NBA
draft, and became the first Australian to be the NBA's first overall pick. In his first year with the Bucks, Bogut was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2006. He earned all-league honors in 2010 after averaging a career-high 15.9 points along with 10.2 rebounds per game. He missed most of 2011–12 with an ankle injury, when he was traded to Golden State. After winning the NBA
NBA
Finals in 2015, Bogut helped the Warriors win an NBA-record 73 games in 2015–16
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Milwaukee Bucks
The MILWAUKEE BUCKS are an American professional basketball franchise based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin . The Bucks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division . The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team , and play at the Bradley Center . Former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl was the long-time owner of the team, but on April 16, 2014, a group led by billionaire hedge fund managers Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry agreed to purchase a majority interest in the team from Kohl, a sale which was approved by the owners of the NBA and its Board of Governors one month later on May 16. The team is managed by Jon Horst, the team's former Director of Basketball Operations, who took over for John Hammond in May 2017. The team is currently valued at $675 million according to _ Forbes _, ranking fourth-to-last in the league. The Bucks have won one league title (1971 ), two conference titles (1971 and 1974 ), and 13 division titles (1971–74, 1976, 1980–86, 2001)
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Detroit Pistons
The DETROIT PISTONS are an American professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
. The Pistons compete in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division . The team plays its home games at Little Caesars Arena and was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the FORT WAYNE (ZOLLNER) PISTONS in 1941, a member of the National Basketball
Basketball
League (NBL). The Pistons joined the Basketball
Basketball
Association of America (BAA) in 1948. In 1949, the NBL and BAA merged to become the NBA, and the Pistons became part of the merged league. Since moving to Detroit
Detroit
in 1957, the Pistons have won three NBA championships in 1989 , 1990 and 2004
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NBA Most Valuable Player Award
The NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (MVP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1955–56 season to the best performing player of the regular season . The winner receives the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, which is named in honor of the first commissioner (then president) of the NBA, who served from 1946 until 1963. Until the 1979–80 season , the MVP was selected by a vote of NBA players. Since the 1980–81 season , the award is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first to fifth place selections. Each first-place vote is worth 10 points; each second-place vote is worth seven; each third-place vote is worth five, fourth-place is worth three and fifth-place is worth one. Starting from 2010, one ballot was cast by fans through online voting. The player with the highest point total wins the award. As of June 2017 , the current holder of the award is Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder . Every player who has won this award and has been eligible for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
has been inducted. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award a record six times
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Steve Nash
STEPHEN JOHN NASH, OC , OBC (born February 7, 1974), is a Canadian former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). He was an eight-time NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
and a seven-time All-NBA selection. Twice, Nash was named the NBA Most Valuable Player while playing for the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
. He currently serves as general manager of the Canadian national team and as a player development consultant for the Golden State Warriors . After a successful high school basketball career in British Columbia , Nash earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University in California. In his four seasons with the Broncos , the team made three NCAA Tournament appearances, and he was twice named the West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year . Nash graduated from Santa Clara as the team's all-time leader in assists and was taken as the 15th pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
. He made minimal impact and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1998. By his fourth season with the Mavericks, he was voted to his first NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game and had earned his first All-NBA selection. Together with Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley , Nash led the Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals the following season
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Phoenix Suns
The PHOENIX SUNS are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona . The Suns compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member team of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division , and are the only team in their division not to be based in California
California
. Since 1992, the Suns have played their home games at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix . The Suns began play as an expansion team in 1968 . The franchise owns the NBA's fourth-best all-time winning percentage, winning 55 percent of its games, as of the end of the 2014–15 season . In 47 years of play, they have made the playoffs 29 times, posted 19 seasons of 50 or more wins, made nine trips to the Western Conference Finals , and advanced to the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
twice, in 1976 and 1993 . As a result, the Suns are the team with the highest all-time win-loss percentage to have never won an NBA championship . With the National Hockey League 's Phoenix Coyotes changing their geographic location name to Arizona
Arizona
on June 27, 2014 (which was required as part of their new Gila River Arena lease agreement), the Suns are the only men's major professional sports franchise based in the state of Arizona
Arizona
that brands themselves exclusively to the city of Phoenix rather than the state as a whole
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List Of National Basketball Association Annual Scoring Leaders
In basketball , points are the sum of the score accumulated through free throws or field goals . The National Basketball
Basketball
Association 's (NBA) scoring title is awarded to the player with the highest points per game average in a given season. The scoring title was originally determined by total points scored through the 1968–69 season , after which points per game was used to determine the leader instead. Players who earned scoring titles before the 1979–80 season did not record any three-point field goals because the three-point line was first implemented in the NBA during that season. To qualify for the scoring title, the player must appear in at least 70 games (out of 82) or have at least 1,400 points. These have been the entry criteria since the 1974–75 season . Wilt Chamberlain holds the all-time records for total points scored (4,029) and points per game (50.4) in a season; both records were achieved in the 1961–62 season . He also holds the rookie records for points per game when he averaged 37.6 points in the 1959–60 season . Among active players, Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant
has the highest point total (2,593) and the highest scoring average (32.0) in a season; both were achieved in the 2013–14 season . Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
has won the most scoring titles, with ten
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