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2005–06 NBA season

Sports season

2005–06 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationNovember 1, 2005 – April 19, 2006
April 22 – June 3, 2006 (Playoffs)
June 8 – 20, 2006 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pickAndrew Bogut
Picked byMilwaukee Bucks
Regular season
Top seedDetroit Pistons
Season MVPSteve Nash (Phoenix)
Top scorerKobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
Playoffs
Eastern championsMiami Heat
  Eastern runners-upDetroit Pistons
Western championsDallas Mavericks
  Western runners-upPhoenix Suns
Finals
ChampionsMiami Heat
  Runners-upDallas Mavericks
Finals MVPDwyane Wade (Miami)
NBA seasons

The 2005–06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. The Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals, four games to two to win their first NBA championship.

2005–06 NBA season Intro articles: 4

Notable occurrences

Coaching changes

Offseason
Team 2004–05 coach 2005–06 coach
Cleveland Cavaliers Brendan Malone Mike Brown
Detroit Pistons Larry Brown Flip Saunders
Los Angeles Lakers Frank Hamblen Phil Jackson
Milwaukee Bucks Terry Porter Terry Stotts
Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin McHale Dwane Casey
New York Knicks Herb Williams Larry Brown
Orlando Magic Chris Jent Brian Hill
Philadelphia 76ers Jim O'Brien Maurice Cheeks
Portland Trail Blazers Kevin Pritchard Nate McMillan
Seattle SuperSonics Nate McMillan Bob Weiss
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Miami Heat Stan Van Gundy Pat Riley
Seattle SuperSonics Bob Weiss Bob Hill

Final standings

By division

By conference

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

2005–06 NBA season Notable occurrences articles: 39

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.

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Detroit* 4  
E8 Milwaukee 1  
  E1 Detroit* 4  
  E4 Cleveland 3  
E4 Cleveland 4
E5 Washington 2  
  E1 Detroit* 2  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Miami* 4  
E3 New Jersey* 4  
E6 Indiana 2  
  E3 New Jersey* 1
  E2 Miami* 4  
E2 Miami* 4
E7 Chicago 2  
  E2 Miami* 4
  W4 Dallas 2
W1 San Antonio* 4  
W8 Sacramento 2  
  W1 San Antonio* 3
  W4 Dallas 4  
W4 Dallas 4
W5 Memphis 0  
  W4 Dallas 4
Western Conference
  W2 Phoenix* 2  
W3 Denver* 1  
W6 LA Clippers 4  
  W6 LA Clippers 3
  W2 Phoenix* 4  
W2 Phoenix* 4
W7 LA Lakers 3  


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


2005–06 NBA season Playoffs articles: 3

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers 35.4
Rebounds per game Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves 12.7
Assists per game Steve Nash Phoenix Suns 10.5
Steals per game Gerald Wallace Charlotte Bobcats 2.51
Blocks per game Marcus Camby Denver Nuggets 3.29
FG% Shaquille O'Neal Miami Heat .600
FT% Steve Nash Phoenix Suns .921
3FG% Richard Hamilton Detroit Pistons .458

Awards

Yearly awards

Players of the month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October – November LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/2) Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1)
December Vince Carter (New Jersey Nets) (1/1) Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1)
January Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons) (1/1) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2)
February Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/1) Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns) (1/1)
March LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/2) Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets) (1/1)
April Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/1) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2)

Rookies of the month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October – November Channing Frye (New York Knicks) (1/1) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (1/6)
December Charlie Villanueva (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (2/6)
January Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (3/6)
February Raymond Felton (Charlotte Bobcats) (1/3) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (4/6)
March Raymond Felton (Charlotte Bobcats) (2/3) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (5/6)
April Raymond Felton (Charlotte Bobcats) (3/3) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (6/6)

2005–06 NBA season Statistics leaders articles: 48

Notables

First games

The following is a list of notable players who played their first NBA game during the 2005–06 season, listed with their first team.

^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player Team Notability
Andrew Bogut Milwaukee Bucks First overall pick in the 2005 Draft
One-time All-NBA Team
One-time All-Defensive Team
One-time NBA champion
2005–06 All-Rookie Team
Chris Paul^ New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets 2005–06 NBA Rookie of the Year winner
11-time NBA All-Star
Nine-time All-NBA Team
Nine-time All-Defensive Team
One-time NBA All-Star Game MVP
2005–06 All-Rookie Team
Deron Williams Utah Jazz Three-time NBA All-Star
Two-time All-NBA Team
2005–06 All-Rookie Team
David Lee New York Knicks Two-time NBA All-Star
One-time All-NBA Team
One-time NBA champion
Danny Granger Indiana Pacers One-time NBA All-Star
2008–09 Most Improved Player
2005–06 All-Rookie Team
Andrew Bynum Los Angeles Lakers One-time NBA All-Star
One-time All-NBA Team
Two-time NBA champion
Lou Williams^ Philadelphia 76ers Three-time Sixth Man of the Year
Monta Ellis Golden State Warriors 2006–07 Most Improved Player
Channing Frye New York Knicks One-time NBA champion
2005–06 All-Rookie Team
Marvin Williams Atlanta Hawks Over 1,000 games played
2005–06 All-Rookie Team
Raymond Felton Charlotte Bobcats 2005–06 All-Rookie Team
Ryan Gomes Boston Celtics 2005–06 All-Rookie Team
Luther Head Houston Rockets 2005–06 All-Rookie Team
Charlie Villanueva Toronto Raptors 2005–06 All-Rookie Team

Last games

Player Team Notability
Stacey Augmon Orlando Magic Over 1,000 games played
1991–92 All-Rookie Team
Vin Baker Los Angeles Clippers Four-time NBA All-Star
Two-time All-NBA Team
1993–94 All-Rookie Team
Antonio Davis Toronto Raptors One-time NBA All-Star
Toni Kukoč Milwaukee Bucks One-time Sixth Man of the Year
Three-time NBA champion
1993–94 All-Rookie Team
Nick Van Exel San Antonio Spurs One-time NBA All-Star
1993–94 All-Rookie Team

2005–06 NBA season Notables articles: 25

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