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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

* The NBA made its return to Charlotte as the Charlotte Bobcats became the league's 30th franchise at the time. Ten years later, the Bobcats and the departed 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 moved from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference .

* 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 was traded from the Sacramento Kings along with Michael Bradley to the 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 was played on February 20, 2005, at the Pepsi Center
Pepsi Center
in Denver
Denver
, Colorado
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
Skills Challenge
, and Diana Taurasi , Dan Majerle
Dan Majerle
and Shawn Marion
Shawn Marion
won the Shooting Stars Competition —all Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
victories. 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 was traded to the Miami Heat after his reported fallout with former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
. Some fans 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
Steve Nash
. With the addition of coach 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
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 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 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 traded five-time all-star Vince Carter
Vince Carter
to the 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

OFFSEASON

TEAM 2003–04 COACH 2004–05 COACH

Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
Terry Stotts
Terry Stotts
Mike Woodson

Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
John Carroll Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers

Charlotte Bobcats
Charlotte Bobcats
Expansion Bernie Bickerstaff

Golden State Warriors Eric Musselman Mike Montgomery

Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
Rudy Tomjanovich
Rudy Tomjanovich

New Orleans Hornets Tim Floyd
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
Jeff Bzdelik
Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper
George Karl
George Karl

Los Angeles Lakers Rudy Tomjanovich
Rudy Tomjanovich
Frank Hamblen
Frank Hamblen

Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
Hubie Brown Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins Mike Fratello

Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
Flip Saunders
Flip Saunders
Kevin McHale

New York Knicks Lenny Wilkens Herb Williams
Herb Williams

Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
Johnny Davis Chris Jent

Portland Trail Blazers Maurice Cheeks
Maurice Cheeks
Kevin Pritchard
Kevin Pritchard

FINAL STANDINGS

BY DIVISION

BY CONFERENCE

EASTERN CONFERENCE

* v * t * e

# TEAM W L PCT GB

1 C- Miami Heat 59 23 .720 –

2 Y- Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 5

3 Y- Boston Celtics
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
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
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
Charlotte Bobcats
18 64 .220 41

15 Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
13 69 .159 46

# WESTERN CONFERENCE

* v * t * e

TEAM W L PCT GB

1 Z- Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
62 20 .756 —

2 Y- San Antonio Spurs
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
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
Memphis Grizzlies
45 37 .549 17

9 Minnesota Timberwolves
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

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
Denver
1

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

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STATISTICS LEADERS

CATEGORY PLAYER TEAM STAT

Points per game Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson
Philadelphia 76ers 30.7

Rebounds per game Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
13.5

Assists per game Steve Nash
Steve Nash
Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
11.5

Steals per game Larry Hughes
Larry Hughes
Washington Wizards 2.89

Blocks per game Andrei Kirilenko
Andrei Kirilenko
Utah Jazz 3.32

FG% Shaquille O\'Neal Miami Heat .600

FT% Reggie Miller Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
.933

3FG% Fred Hoiberg
Fred Hoiberg
Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
.483

AWARDS

YEARLY AWARDS

* MOST VALUABLE PLAYER : Steve Nash
Steve Nash
, Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
* ROOKIE OF THE YEAR : Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
, Charlotte Bobcats
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
Bobby Simmons
, Los Angeles Clippers * COACH OF THE YEAR : Mike D\'Antoni , Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
* EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR : Bryan Colangelo
Bryan Colangelo
, Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
* SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD : Grant Hill
Grant Hill
, Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic

* ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM :

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

* ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM:

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

* ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM

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

* NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

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

* NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

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

* NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM

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

* ALL-NBA ROOKIE SECOND TEAM

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

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

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
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 ( 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, ShaquilleShaquille O\'Neal ( Miami Heat ) (1/1) Garnett, Kevin Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
( Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
) (1/1)

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

ROOKIES OF THE MONTH

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
Charlotte Bobcats
) (1/3) Harris, Devin Devin Harris
Devin Harris
( Dallas Mavericks ) (1/1)

2December Okafor, Emeka Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
( Charlotte Bobcats
Charlotte Bobcats
) (2/3) Udrih, Beno Beno Udrih
Beno Udrih
( San Antonio Spurs
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
Charlotte Bobcats
) (3/3) Livingston, Shaun Shaun Livingston ( Los Angeles Clippers ) (1/1)

COACHES OF THE MONTH

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
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, MikeMike D\'Antoni ( Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
) (1/1)

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

4February Brown, LarryLarry Brown (