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2006–07 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 31, 2006 – April 18, 2007
TV partner/s ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Andrea Bargnani
Picked by Toronto Raptors
Regular season
Season MVP Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas)
Top scorer Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Cleveland Cavaliers
Eastern runners-up Detroit Pistons
Western champions San Antonio Spurs
Western runners-up Utah Jazz
Finals
Finals champions San Antonio Spurs
Runner-up Cleveland Cavaliers
Finals MVP Tony Parker (San Antonio)

The 2006–07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. The regular season began on November 1, 2006 and ran through June 14, 2007. The league fielded 30 teams, each playing an 82 game regular season schedule. The top eight seeds from each conference reached the NBA Playoffs, which began on April 21, 2007 and ended on June 14, 2007. The San Antonio Spurs were crowned the champions after sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.


Notable occurrences

  • The first NBA Draft under the new CBA rules was conducted, where draftees must be at least a year removed from high school graduation and are at least 19 years old to be eligible. Andrea Bargnani of Italy was selected by the Toronto Raptors as the No. 1 pick, becoming the second foreign player without U.S. collegiate basketball background to be selected No. 1. Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy was named Rookie of the Year.
  • A new design for the official NBA game ball was revealed on June 28, 2006, at the NBA Draft. Amid complaints by players and coaches, the league switched back to the previous ball on January 1, 2007.
  • The 2007 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 18, 2007, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the first time the event was held in a non-NBA city. The West defeated the East 153-132, with Kobe Bryant winning the game's MVP award.[1]
  • For the second straight year, the Hornets played a split home schedule between New Orleans, Louisiana and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, due to Hurricane Katrina.
  • The Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks entered into a brawl near the end of a December 16 match up. All ten players on the court at the time, including Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony (the league's leading scorer at the time), were ejected. Seven players were suspended as a result of the incident, the most notable of which was Carmelo Anthony's 15 game suspension.
  • After 11 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, All-Star guard Allen Iverson was traded to the Denver Nuggets.[2]
  • After the 2006 Playoff controversy, the format of team seeds changed. Each division winner may be seeded no lower than 4th, but the top non-division-winning playoff team may seed higher than a divisional champ if they have a better win-loss record. Home court advantage is given to the team with the better record, regardless of seeding.
  • The Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks notched multiple 12+ game win-streaks during the course of the regular season. The Suns rattled off streaks of 15 and 17 games straight (tied for fifth longest in NBA history), while the Mavericks' streaks stretched to 12, 13, and 17 games straight.[3] The San Antonio Spurs joined these two teams by notching a 13 game winning streak.
  • Kobe Bryant notched four consecutive 50+ point games against the Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Hornets; his streak ranks fourth behind streaks by Wilt Chamberlain.[4]
  • Jason Kidd and Vince Carter of the New Jersey Nets become only the tenth pair of teammates in NBA history to record triple doubles in the same game. Nearly 20 years had passed since the last tandem, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, performed this feat.
  • The Toronto Raptors won their first division title in the franchise's twelve year history. It also marked the first time a Canadian-based NBA team had won a division title.[5]
  • The Golden State Warriors, who had not qualified for the playoffs since 1994, became the first 8 seed to defeat a 1 seed in a best-of-seven playoff series, defeating the 67-win Dallas Mavericks in 6 games.[6]
  • Dirk Nowitzki won the NBA MVP Award and Tony Parker won the NBA Finals MVP Award,[7] the first time either award was won by a European-born player.
  • Long-time Boston Celtics coach and executive Red Auerbach died on October 28 of a myocardial infarction at age 89. Reeling with the loss of their patriarch, and being down two key contributors in Paul Pierce and Tony Allen, the Celtics finished the season with the second-worst record in the NBA, at 24-58, which included a franchise record 18-game losing streak. Another Celtics legend, Dennis Johnson, died on February 22, 2007 of the same ailment at age 52.
  • The 2007 NBA Finals, won by the San Antonio Spurs 4-0 over the Cleveland Cavaliers, was the least-watched Finals series in NBA History, with a rating of 6.2.

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Toronto Raptors-y (3) 47 35 .573 -
New Jersey Nets-x (6) 41 41 .500 6
Philadelphia 76ers 35 47 .427 12
New York Knicks 33 49 .402 14
Boston Celtics 24 58 .293 23
Central Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Detroit Pistons-z (1) 53 29 .646 -
Cleveland Cavaliers-x (2) 50 32 .610 3
Chicago Bulls-x (5) 49 33 .598 4
Indiana Pacers 35 47 .427 18
Milwaukee Bucks 28 54 .341 25
Southeast Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Miami Heat-y (4) 44 38 .537 -
Washington Wizards-x (7) 41 41 .500 3
Orlando Magic-x (8) 40 42 .488 4
Charlotte Bobcats 33 49 .402 11
Atlanta Hawks 30 52 .366 14

Western Conference

Northwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Utah Jazz-y (4) 51 31 .622 -
Denver Nuggets-x (6) 45 37 .549 6
Portland Trail Blazers 32 50 .390 19
Minnesota Timberwolves 32 50 .390 19
Seattle SuperSonics 31 51 .378 20
Southwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Dallas Mavericks -z (1) 67 15 .817 -
San Antonio Spurs-x (3) C 58 24 .707 9
Houston Rockets-x (5) 52 30 .634 15
NO/OKC Hornets 39 43 .476 28
Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 45
Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Phoenix Suns-y (2) 61 21 .744 -
Los Angeles Lakers-x (7) 42 40 .512 19
Golden State Warriors-x (8) 42 40 .512 19
Los Angeles Clippers 40 42 .488 21
Sacramento Kings 33 49 .402 28
  • x - Clinched playoff berth
  • y - Clinched division title
  • z - Clinched top conference record
  • (1) - (8) - Playoff seedings
  • C - NBA Champions[8]

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers 31.6
Rebounds per game Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves 12.8
Assists per game Steve Nash Phoenix Suns 11.6
Steals per game Baron Davis Golden State Warriors 2.14
Blocks per game Marcus Camby Denver Nuggets 3.3
Field goal percentage Mikki Moore New Jersey Nets .608
Free throw percentage Kyle Korver Philadelphia 76ers .914
Three-point field goal percentage Jason Kapono Miami Heat .514

NBA awards

Yearly awards

  • Most Valuable Player: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks[9]
  • Rookie of the Year: Brandon Roy, Portland Trail Blazers[10]
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Camby, Denver Nuggets[11]
  • Sixth Man of the Year: Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix Suns[12]
  • Most Improved Player: Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors[13]
  • Coach of the Year: Sam Mitchell, Toronto Raptors[14]
  • Executive of the Year: Bryan Colangelo, Toronto Raptors[15]
  • Sportsmanship Award: Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls[16]
  • All-NBA First Team:
    • F Dirk Nowitzki - Dallas Mavericks
    • F Tim Duncan - San Antonio Spurs
    • C Amar'e Stoudemire - Phoenix Suns
    • G Steve Nash - Phoenix Suns
    • G Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers[17]
  • All-NBA Second Team:
    • F LeBron James - Cleveland Cavaliers[17]
    • F Chris Bosh - Toronto Raptors
    • C Yao Ming - Houston Rockets
    • G Gilbert Arenas - Washington Wizards
    • G Tracy Mcgrady - Houston Rockets
  • All-NBA Third Team:
    • F Kevin Garnett - Minnesota Timberwolves
    • F Carmelo Anthony - Denver Nuggets
    • C Dwight Howard - Orlando Magic
    • G Dwyane Wade - Miami Heat
    • G Chauncey Billups - Detroit Pistons[17]
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team:
    • F Tim Duncan - San Antonio Spurs
    • F Bruce Bowen - San Antonio Spurs
    • C Marcus Camby - Denver Nuggets
    • G Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
    • G Raja Bell - Phoenix Suns[18]
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
    • F Kevin Garnett - Minnesota Timberwolves
    • F Tayshaun Prince - Detroit Pistons
    • C Ben Wallace - Chicago Bulls
    • G Kirk Hinrich - Chicago Bulls
    • G Jason Kidd - New Jersey Nets[18]
  • All-NBA Rookie First Team:
    • Brandon Roy - Portland Trail Blazers
    • Andrea Bargnani - Toronto Raptors
    • Randy Foye - Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Rudy Gay - Memphis Grizzlies
    • Jorge Garbajosa - Toronto Raptors (tie)
    • LaMarcus Aldridge - Portland Trail Blazers (tie)[10]
  • All-NBA Rookie Second Team:
    • Paul Millsap - Utah Jazz
    • Adam Morrison - Charlotte Bobcats
    • Tyrus Thomas - Chicago Bulls
    • Craig Smith - Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Rajon Rondo - Boston Celtics (tie)
    • Wálter Herrmann - Charlotte Bobcats (tie)
    • Marcus Williams - New Jersey Nets (tie)[10]

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 Adam Morrison (Charlotte Bobcats) Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies) [19]
December Jorge Garbajosa (Toronto Raptors) Randy Foye (Minnesota Timberwolves) [20]
January Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors) Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers) [21]
February Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors) Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers) [22]
March Wálter Herrmann (Charlotte Bobcats) Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers) [23]
April Shelden Williams (Atlanta Hawks) Tarence Kinsey (Memphis Grizzlies) [24]

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