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The 2004–05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). It began on November 2, 2004 and ended June 23, 2005. The season ended with the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
defeating the defending-champion Detroit Pistons, 4–3, in the NBA Finals.

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 5.4 Coaches of the month

6 References

Notable occurrences[edit]

The NBA made its return to Charlotte as the Charlotte Bobcats
Charlotte Bobcats
became the league's 30th franchise at the time. Ten years later, the Bobcats and the departed New Orleans Hornets
New Orleans Hornets
would strike a deal with the New Orleans franchise renaming themselves the Pelicans, thereby restoring the Hornets' Charlotte history and name to the Charlotte franchise. The Bobcats played their first season at the Charlotte Coliseum. This season also was the first year of the NBA's new divisional alignments, separating the league into six divisions of five teams instead of the previous four divisions of varying numbers of teams. As part of this realignment, the New Orleans Hornets
New Orleans Hornets
moved from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference.[1] The current schedule format also debuted this season:

16 games against teams in the same division (four against each team) 24 games against six of the remaining conference teams combined, three from each division (four against each team) 12 games against the remaining four conference teams, two from each division (three against each team) 30 games against teams in the other conference (two against each team) Over five seasons, each team will play each of the other conference teams outside its division a total of 18 times – 9 at home and 9 on the road.

In February, Chris Webber
Chris Webber
was traded from the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
along with Michael Bradley to the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
for three forwards (Corliss Williamson, Kenny Thomas, and Brian Skinner). The Kings lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Seattle SuperSonics, 4–1, and failed to make the playoffs after 2006. The 2005 NBA All-Star Game
2005 NBA All-Star Game
was played on February 20, 2005, at the Pepsi Center
Pepsi Center
in Denver, Colorado, with the East winning, 125–115. Philadelphia's Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson
was named the MVP of the game. During All-Star Weekend, Quentin Richardson
Quentin Richardson
won the Three-point Shootout, Steve Nash
Steve Nash
won the Skills Challenge, and Diana Taurasi, Dan Majerle and Shawn Marion
Shawn Marion
won the Shooting Stars Competition—all Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
victories. Amar'e Stoudemire
Amar'e Stoudemire
made it to the final round of the Slam Dunk Contest but failed to complete the sweep for the Suns. Prior to the start of this season, Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
was traded to the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
after his reported fallout with former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant. Some fans[who?] sensed this, along with the Pistons championship, as a possible end of dominance by the Western Conference. The Lakers also witnessed the loss of head coach Phil Jackson and replacement Rudy Tomjanovich
Rudy Tomjanovich
as the Lakers missed out on the NBA playoffs for the fifth time in their history. However, the Western Conference has continued its domination in the regular season; since then, all playoff-bound teams in the West have either won 50 or more games, or were above .500 at the end of the season, in contrast to the Eastern Conference, where on average, three teams have had sub-.500 records. During the off-season, the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
signed unrestricted free agent Steve Nash. With the addition of coach Mike D'Antoni
Mike D'Antoni
and his offensive-minded strategy combined with Nash's play-making skills, Phoenix won 33 games more than the year before. The Suns had the best overall record in the NBA, Nash won the MVP Award and D'Antoni won the Coach of the Year Award. The Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
played their first game at FedExForum. The Grizzlies were also the first NBA team to install see-through shot clocks. As of the 2011–12 NBA season, all 30 teams have see-through shot clocks. An early regular-season game between Detroit and Indiana at The Palace of Auburn Hills was disrupted with 45.9 seconds to go as a major altercation broke out between players and fans. This resulted in record-breaking suspensions, most notable of which was Ron Artest who received the longest suspension in NBA history (73 games plus the playoffs). The NBA also overhauled its league-wide security policy. The Bulls made their first appearance in the playoffs since their 1998 championship season. The Bulls postseason berth followed an 0–9 start to the season with the Bulls having one of the youngest rosters in NBA history. The Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
made their first appearance in the playoffs since the team name was changed for the 1997–98 season. The Suns started an unofficial league tradition of a mostly exposed hardwood floor, with a darker varnish on the outside of the three-point area. They also put their team's website name on the sideline, which other teams followed suit in the coming seasons. Through the 2010–11 NBA season, all of the teams, save the Oklahoma City Thunder, had placed their team websites on the sidelines. The Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
made the playoffs for the last time as a team from Seattle. Ben Gordon won the Sixth Man Award, making him the first rookie to ever win the award. The NBA Finals reached seven games for the first time since 1994, when the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
faced the New York Knicks. On December 18, the Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
traded five-time all-star Vince Carter to the New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
for Eric Williams, Aaron Williams, Alonzo Mourning and a pair of first-round draft picks. Mourning was bought out of his contract on February 11 and re-signed with the Miami Heat, being paid a second salary, the veteran's minimum. Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
rookie Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard
became the first and only player straight out of high school to start all 82 games in his rookie season. He also became the youngest to average a double-double, the youngest to average 10 rebounds in a season, and the youngest to record at least 20 rebounds in a game. However, Charlotte Bobcats rookie Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
won Rookie of the Year that season. While Okafor's career was respectable, injuries have derailed his progress. Meanwhile, Howard's career gradually skyrocketed into eight All-Star appearances, three Defensive Player of the Year awards, and five All-NBA Team
All-NBA Team
selections This was the final season for Reggie Miller, who spent his entire NBA career with the Pacers.

Coaching changes[edit]

Offseason

Team 2003–04 coach 2004–05 coach

Atlanta Hawks Terry Stotts Mike Woodson

Boston Celtics John Carroll Doc Rivers

Charlotte Bobcats Expansion Bernie Bickerstaff

Golden State Warriors Eric Musselman Mike Montgomery

Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson Rudy Tomjanovich

New Orleans Hornets Tim Floyd Byron Scott

Philadelphia 76ers Chris Ford Jim O'Brien

Toronto Raptors Kevin O'Neill Sam Mitchell

In-season

Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach

Cleveland Cavaliers Paul Silas Brendan Malone

Dallas Mavericks Don Nelson Avery Johnson

Denver
Denver
Nuggets Jeff Bzdelik Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper George Karl

Los Angeles Lakers Rudy Tomjanovich Frank Hamblen

Memphis Grizzlies Hubie Brown Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins Mike Fratello

Minnesota Timberwolves Flip Saunders Kevin McHale

New York Knicks Lenny Wilkens Herb Williams

Orlando Magic Johnny Davis Chris Jent

Portland Trail Blazers Maurice Cheeks Kevin Pritchard

Final standings[edit] By division[edit]

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y-Boston Celtics 45 37 .549 – 27–14 18–23 8–8

x-Philadelphia 76ers 43 39 .524 2 25–16 18–23 8–8

x-New Jersey Nets 42 40 .512 3 24–17 18–23 11–5

New York Knicks 33 49 .402 12 22–19 11–30 6–10

Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 12 22–19 11–30 7–9

Central Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 – 32–9 22–19 8–8

x-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 7 27–14 20–21 8–8

x-Indiana Pacers 44 38 .537 10 25–16 19–22 9–7

Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 12 29–12 13–28 7–9

Milwaukee Bucks 30 52 .366 24 23–18 7–34 8–8

Southeast Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y-Miami Heat 59 23 .720 – 35–6 24–17 15–1

x-Washington Wizards 45 37 .549 14 29–12 16–25 10–6

Orlando Magic 36 46 .439 23 24–17 12–29 6–10

Charlotte Bobcats 18 64 .220 41 14–27 4–37 7–9

Atlanta Hawks 13 69 .159 46 9–32 4–37 2–14

Western Conference

Northwest Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634 – 26–15 26–15 11–5

x- Denver
Denver
Nuggets 49 33 .598 3 31–10 18–23 9–7

Minnesota Timberwolves 44 38 .537 8 24–17 20–21 10–6

Portland Trail Blazers 27 55 .329 25 18–23 9–32 4–12

Utah Jazz 26 56 .317 26 18–23 8–33 6–10

Pacific Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y-Phoenix Suns 62 20 .756 – 31–10 31–10 12–4

x-Sacramento Kings 50 32 .610 12 30–11 20–21 10–6

Los Angeles Clippers 37 45 .451 25 27–14 10–31 6–10

Los Angeles Lakers 34 48 .415 28 22–19 12–29 6–10

Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 28 20–21 14–27 6–10

Southwest Division

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div

y-San Antonio Spurs 59 23 .720 – 38–3 21–20 10–6

x-Dallas Mavericks 58 24 .707 1 29–12 29–12 11–5

x-Houston Rockets 51 31 .622 8 26–15 25–16 10–6

x-Memphis Grizzlies 45 37 .549 14 26–15 19–22 7–9

New Orleans Hornets 18 64 .220 41 11–30 7–34 2–14

By conference[edit]

Eastern Conference

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# Team W L PCT GB

1 c-Miami Heat 59 23 .720 –

2 y-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 5

3 y-Boston Celtics 45 37 .549 14

4 x-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 12

5 x-Washington Wizards 45 37 .549 14

6 x-Indiana Pacers 44 38 .537 15

7 x-Philadelphia 76ers 43 39 .524 16

8 x-New Jersey Nets 42 40 .512 17

9 Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 17

10 Orlando Magic 36 46 .439 23

11 New York Knicks 33 49 .402 26

12 Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 26

13 Milwaukee Bucks 30 52 .366 29

14 Charlotte Bobcats 18 64 .220 41

15 Atlanta Hawks 13 69 .159 46

# Western Conference

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Team W L PCT GB

1 z-Phoenix Suns 62 20 .756 —

2 y-San Antonio Spurs 59 23 .720 3

3 y-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634 10

4 x-Dallas Mavericks 58 24 .707 4

5 x-Houston Rockets 51 31 .622 11

6 x-Sacramento Kings 50 32 .610 12

7 x- Denver
Denver
Nuggets 49 33 .598 13

8 x-Memphis Grizzlies 45 37 .549 17

9 Minnesota Timberwolves 44 38 .537 18

10 Los Angeles Clippers 37 45 .451 25

11 Los Angeles Lakers 34 48 .415 28

12 Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 28

13 Portland Trail Blazers 27 55 .329 35

14 Utah Jazz 26 56 .317 36

15 New Orleans Hornets 18 64 .220 44

Notes

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

Playoffs[edit] Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics. Main article: 2005 NBA Playoffs

  First Round

Conference Semifinals

Conference Finals

NBA Finals

                                     

E1 Miami* 4  

E8 New Jersey 0  

  E1 Miami* 4  

  E5 Washington 0  

E4 Chicago 2

E5 Washington 4  

  E1 Miami* 3  

Eastern Conference

  E2 Detroit* 4  

E3 Boston* 3  

E6 Indiana 4  

  E6 Indiana 2

  E2 Detroit* 4  

E2 Detroit* 4

E7 Philadelphia 1  

  E2 Detroit* 3

  W2 San Antonio* 4

W1 Phoenix* 4  

W8 Memphis 0  

  W1 Phoenix* 4

  W4 Dallas 2  

W4 Dallas 4

W5 Houston 3  

  W1 Phoenix* 1

Western Conference

  W2 San Antonio* 4  

W3 Seattle* 4  

W6 Sacramento 1  

  W3 Seattle* 2

  W2 San Antonio* 4  

W2 San Antonio* 4

W7 Denver 1  

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

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Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat

Points per game Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 30.7

Rebounds per game Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves 13.5

Assists per game Steve Nash Phoenix Suns 11.5

Steals per game Larry Hughes Washington Wizards 2.89

Blocks per game Andrei Kirilenko Utah Jazz 3.32

FG% Shaquille O'Neal Miami Heat .600

FT% Reggie Miller Indiana Pacers .933

3FG% Fred Hoiberg Minnesota Timberwolves .483

Awards[edit] Yearly awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player: Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns Rookie of the Year: Emeka Okafor, Charlotte Bobcats Defensive Player of the Year: Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons Sixth Man of the Year: Ben Gordon, Chicago Bulls Most Improved Player: Bobby Simmons, Los Angeles Clippers Coach of the Year: Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix Suns Executive of the Year: Bryan Colangelo, Phoenix Suns Sportsmanship Award: Grant Hill, Orlando Magic

All-NBA First Team:

F – Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs F – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks C – Shaquille O'Neal, Miami Heat G – Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers G – Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

All-NBA Second Team:

F – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers F – Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves C – Amar'e Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns G – Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat G – Ray Allen, Seattle SuperSonics

All-NBA Third Team

F – Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets F – Shawn Marion, Phoenix Suns C – Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons G – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers G – Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards

NBA All-Defensive First Team

F – Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves F – Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs C – Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons G – Bruce Bowen, San Antonio Spurs G – Larry Hughes, Washington Wizards

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

F – Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons F – Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz C – Marcus Camby, Denver
Denver
Nuggets G – Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets G – Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat G – Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons

NBA All-Rookie First Team

Emeka Okafor, Charlotte Bobcats Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic Ben Gordon, Chicago Bulls Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls

All-NBA Rookie Second Team

Nenad Krstić, New Jersey Nets Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks Josh Childress, Atlanta Hawks Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic Al Jefferson, Boston Celtics

Players of the month[edit] The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference

1October – November James, LeBron LeBron James
LeBron James
(Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/2) Nash, Steve Steve Nash
Steve Nash
(Phoenix Suns) (1/1)

2December Wade, Dwyane Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade
(Miami Heat) (1/1) Nowitzki, Dirk Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
(Dallas Mavericks) (1/2)

3January James, LeBron LeBron James
LeBron James
(Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/2) Webber, Chris Chris Webber
Chris Webber
(Sacramento Kings) (1/1)

4February Carter, Vince Vince Carter
Vince Carter
(New Jersey Nets) (1/1) Nowitzki, Dirk Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
(Dallas Mavericks) (2/2)

5March O'Neal, Shaquille Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
(Miami Heat) (1/1) Garnett, Kevin Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
(Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1)

6April Iverson, Allen Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson
(Philadelphia 76ers) (1/1) Stoudemire, Amar'e Amar'e Stoudemire
Amar'e Stoudemire
(Phoenix Suns) (1/1)

Rookies of the month[edit] The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference

1October – November Okafor, Emeka Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
(Charlotte Bobcats) (1/3) Harris, Devin Devin Harris
Devin Harris
(Dallas Mavericks) (1/1)

2December Okafor, Emeka Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
(Charlotte Bobcats) (2/3) Udrih, Beno Beno Udrih
Beno Udrih
(San Antonio Spurs) (1/1)

3January Gordon, BenBen Gordon (Chicago Bulls) (1/3) Smith, J. R. J. R. Smith
J. R. Smith
(New Orleans Hornets) (1/3)

4February Gordon, BenBen Gordon (Chicago Bulls) (2/3) Smith, J. R. J. R. Smith
J. R. Smith
(New Orleans Hornets) (2/3)

5March Gordon, BenBen Gordon (Chicago Bulls) (3/3) Smith, J. R. J. R. Smith
J. R. Smith
(New Orleans Hornets) (3/3)

6April Okafor, Emeka Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
(Charlotte Bobcats) (3/3) Livingston, Shaun Shaun Livingston
Shaun Livingston
(Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1)

Coaches of the month[edit] The following coaches were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference

1October – November Davis, JohnnyJohnny Davis (Orlando Magic) (1/1) McMillan, Nate Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan
(Seattle SuperSonics) (1/1)

2December Van Gundy, Stan Stan Van Gundy
Stan Van Gundy
(Miami Heat) (1/2) D'Antoni, Mike Mike D'Antoni
Mike D'Antoni
(Phoenix Suns) (1/1)

3January Skiles, Scott Scott Skiles
Scott Skiles
(Chicago Bulls) (1/1) Fratello, Mike Mike Fratello
Mike Fratello
(Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1)

4February Brown, LarryLarry Brown (Detroit Pistons) (1/1) Karl, George George Karl
George Karl
( Denver
Denver
Nuggets) (1/2)

5March Van Gundy, Stan Stan Van Gundy
Stan Van Gundy
(Miami Heat) (2/2) Karl, George George Karl
George Karl
( Denver
Denver
Nuggets) (2/2)

5April Frank, Lawrence Lawrence Frank (New Jersey Nets) (1/1) Johnson, Avery Avery Johnson
Avery Johnson
(Dallas Mavericks) (1/1)

References[edit]

^ "NBA Approves Realignment for 2004–05 Season". NBA.com. November 17, 2003. Retrieved November 17, 2003. 

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2004–05 NBA season by team

Expansion draft 2004 NBA draft All-Star Game Playoffs Finals Transactions

Eastern

Atlantic

Boston New Jersey New York Philadelphia Toronto

Central

Chicago Cleveland Detroit Indiana Milwaukee

Southeast

Atlanta Charlotte Miami Orlando Washington

Western

Northwest

Denver Minnesota Portland Seattle Utah

Pacific

Golden State L.A. Clippers L.A. Lakers Phoenix Sacramento

Southwest

Dallas Houston Memphis New O

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