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2008–09 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 28, 2008 – April 15, 2009
TV partner/s ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Derrick Rose
Picked by Chicago Bulls
Regular season
Season MVP LeBron James (Cleveland)
Top scorer Dwyane Wade (Miami)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Orlando Magic
Eastern runners-up Cleveland Cavaliers
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
Western runners-up Denver Nuggets
Finals
Finals champions Los Angeles Lakers
Runners-up Orlando Magic
Finals MVP Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)

The 2008–09 NBA season was the 63rd season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 1,230-game regular season (82 games for each of the 30 teams) began on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, and ended on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The 2009 NBA Playoffs started on Saturday, April 18, 2009 and ran until Sunday, June 14 when the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic 99-86 to win the 2009 NBA Finals, four games to one.

The 2008 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2008, and Derrick Rose was selected first overall by the Chicago Bulls and eventually awarded the 2009 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. In 2009 the NBA all-star game was hosted in Phoenix. The west won with a score of 146-119. 2009 all-star MVP's were Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.[1]

The year was the first NBA season since 1966–67 without a Seattle franchise, the SuperSonics having moved to Oklahoma City in July 2008, becoming the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Transactions

 Standings

By division

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 35–6 27–14 15–1 82
x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 21 24–17 17–24 6–10 82
New Jersey Nets 34 48 .415 28 19–22 15–26 8–8 82
Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 29 18–23 15–26 6–10 82
New York Knicks 32 50 .390 30 20–21 12–29 5–11 82
Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
z-Cleveland Cavaliers 66 16 .805 39–2 27–14 13–3 82
x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 25 28–13 13–28 9–7 82
x-Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 27 21–20 18–23 7–9 82
Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30 25–16 11–30 7–9 82
Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 32 22–19 12–29 4–12 82
Southeast Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Orlando Magic 59 23 .720 32–9 27–14 14–2 82
x-Atlanta Hawks 47 35 .573 12 31–10 16–25 11–5 82
x-Miami Heat 43 39 .524 16 28–13 15–26 9–7 82
Charlotte Bobcats 35 47 .427 24 23–18 12–29 5–11 82
Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 40 13–28 6–35 1–15 82

Western Conference

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y–Denver Nuggets 54 28 .659 33–8 21–20 12–4 82
x–Portland Trail Blazers 54 28 .659 34–7 20–21 11–5 82
x–Utah Jazz 48 34 .585 6 33–8 15–26 10–6 82
Minnesota Timberwolves 24 58 .293 30 11–30 13–28 3–13 82
Oklahoma City Thunder 23 59 .280 31 15–26 8–33 4–12 82
Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
c-Los Angeles Lakers 65 17 .793 36–5 29–12 14–2 82
Phoenix Suns 46 36 .561 19 28–13 18–23 11–5 82
Golden State Warriors 29 53 .354 36 21–20 8–33 6–10 82
Los Angeles Clippers 19 63 .232 46 11–30 8–33 2–14 82
Sacramento Kings 17 65 .207 48 11–30 6–39 7–9 82
Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-San Antonio Spurs 54 28 .659 28–13 26–15 10–6 82
x-Houston Rockets 53 29 .646 1 33–8 20–21 9–7 82
x-Dallas Mavericks 50 32 .610 4 32–9 18–23 7–9 82
x-New Orleans Hornets 49 33 .598 5 28–13 21–20 9–7 82
Memphis Grizzlies 24 58 .284 30 16–25 8–33 5–11 82

x- clinched playoff berth y- clinched division title c- clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs z- clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs

By conference

# Eastern Conference Western Conference
Team W–L GB Team W–L GB
1 z-Cleveland Cavaliers 66–16 c-Los Angeles Lakers 65–17
2 y-Boston Celtics 62–20 4 y-Denver Nuggets[b][c] 54–28 11
3 y-Orlando Magic 59–23 7 y-San Antonio Spurs[c] 54–28 11
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 47–35 19 x-Portland Trail Blazers[b] 54–28 11
5 x-Miami Heat 43–39 23 x-Houston Rockets 53–29 12
6 x-Philadelphia 76ers[a] 41–41 25 x-Dallas Mavericks 50–32 15
7 x-Chicago Bulls[a] 41–41 25 x-New Orleans Hornets 49–33 16
8 x-Detroit Pistons 39–43 27 x-Utah Jazz 48–34 17
9 Indiana Pacers 36–46 30 Phoenix Suns 46–36 19
10 Charlotte Bobcats 35–47 31 Golden State Warriors 29–53 36
11 New Jersey Nets[d] 34–48 32 Minnesota Timberwolves[e] 24–58 41
12 Milwaukee Bucks[d] 34–48 32 Memphis Grizzlies[e] 24–58 41
13 Toronto Raptors 33–49 33 Oklahoma City Thunder 23–59 42
14 New York Knicks 32–50 34 Los Angeles Clippers 19–63 46
15 Washington Wizards 19–63 47 Sacramento Kings 17–65 48

Tiebreakers

  • a Philadelphia finished ahead of Chicago by virtue of a better conference record (25–27 vs. Chicago's 24–28; the teams split their regular season series).
  • b With three teams tied for #2, the tie between Denver and Portland was broken first, since it determined a division championship. Since Denver finished ahead of Portland by virtue of a better division record (12–4 vs. Portland's 11–5; the teams split their regular season series), they won the tiebreaker. Since San Antonio's seeding can't be affected by the tie between Portland and Denver, Portland was relegated to the #4 seed, and the tie for #2 was "re-broken" between Denver and San Antonio.
  • c Denver finished ahead of San Antonio by virtue of winning their regular season series 2–1.
  • d New Jersey finished ahead of Milwaukee by virtue of a better conference record (23–29 vs. Milwaukee's 21–31; the teams split their regular season series).
  • e Minnesota finished ahead of Memphis by virtue of winning their regular season series 3–0.

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.

Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
1 Cleveland* 4
8 Detroit 0
1 Cleveland 4
4 Atlanta 0
4 Atlanta 4
5 Miami 3
1 Cleveland 2
Eastern Conference
3 Orlando 4
3 Orlando* 4
6 Philadelphia 2
3 Orlando 4
2 Boston 3
2 Boston* 4
7 Chicago 3
E3 Orlando 1
W1 L.A. Lakers 4
1 L.A. Lakers* 4
8 Utah 1
1 L.A. Lakers 4
5 Houston 3
4 Portland 2
5 Houston 4
1 L.A. Lakers 4
Western Conference
2 Denver 2
3 San Antonio* 1
6 Dallas 4
6 Dallas 1
2 Denver 4
2 Denver* 4
7 New Orleans 1
== Coaching changes==
Offseason
Team 2007–08 coach 2008–09 coach
Charlotte Bobcats Sam Vincent Larry Brown
Chicago Bulls Jim Boylan Vinny Del Negro
Milwaukee Bucks Larry Krystkowiak Scott Skiles
Miami Heat Pat Riley Erik Spoelstra
New York Knicks Isiah Thomas Mike D'Antoni
Dallas Mavericks Avery Johnson Rick Carlisle
Detroit Pistons Flip Saunders Michael Curry
Phoenix Suns Mike D'Antoni Terry Porter
In-season
Team Outgoing coach New coach
Oklahoma City Thunder P. J. Carlesimo Scott Brooks (interim)
Washington Wizards Eddie Jordan Ed Tapscott (interim)
Toronto Raptors Sam Mitchell Jay Triano (interim)
Minnesota Timberwolves Randy Wittman Kevin McHale (interim)
Philadelphia 76ers Maurice Cheeks Tony DiLeo (interim)
Sacramento Kings Reggie Theus Kenny Natt (interim)
Memphis Grizzlies Marc Iavaroni Lionel Hollins
Phoenix Suns Terry Porter Alvin Gentry (interim)
  • On November 21, 2008, the Oklahoma City Thunder fired head coach P. J. Carlesimo and assistant coach Paul Westhead after a 1–12 start. Scott Brooks was named interim head coach for the rest of the season.[2]
  • On November 24, 2008, the Washington Wizards fired head coach Eddie Jordan after a 1–10 start. Ed Tapscott took over for the remainder of the season.[3]
  • On December 3, 2008, the Toronto Raptors fired head coach Sam Mitchell, one day after the team lost by 39 points against the Denver Nuggets. Jay Triano was named the team's interim head coach.[4]
  • On December 8, 2008, the Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach Randy Wittman after a 4–15 start to the season. Kevin McHale was announced as his replacement.[5]
  • On December 13, 2008, the Philadelphia 76ers fired head coach Maurice Cheeks after a 9–14 start. Assistant general manager Tony DiLeo was appointed interim head coach for the rest of the season.[6]
  • On December 15, 2008, the Sacramento Kings fired head coach Reggie Theus after a 6–18 start to the season. Assistant coach Kenny Natt was appointed interim head coach.[7]
  • On January 22, 2009, the Memphis Grizzlies fired head coach Marc Iavaroni. Assistant coach Johnny Davis was appointed interim head coach, and three days later, Lionel Hollins took over as head coach.
  • On February 16, 2009, the Phoenix Suns fired head coach Terry Porter. He was replaced by Alvin Gentry.

Notable occurrences

July

  • On July 2, 2008, the city of Seattle and the Seattle SuperSonics reached a settlement that allowed the team to relocate to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, retain the SuperSonics' players, coaches, and contracts, and "share" the SuperSonics' franchise history with a hypothetical future Seattle team. However, the SuperSonics name, colors, and logo will remain reserved for a future Seattle club.[8] The team was named the Oklahoma City Thunder on September 3, 2008.
  • On July 23, 2008, restricted free agent Josh Childress signed with Euroleague club Olympiacos for three years and $20 million net (the biggest signing in Euroleague history), marking the first departure of an American-born player to Europe in the prime of his career.[9]

October

  • On October 11, 2008, the NBA's first outdoor game in more than three decades was held on the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. The game was played between the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns, who played the last outdoor game against the Milwaukee Bucks in 1972.[10][11]
  • On October 23, 2008, the NBA Board of Governors (owners) approved expanded use of instant replays for this season to determine if made baskets would be worth two or three points, and to award either two or three free throws on shooting fouls.

December

  • On December 10, 2008, Carmelo Anthony scored 33 of his season-high 45 points in the third quarter in a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves, breaking the franchise record and equaling the league record for most points in a quarter.[12]
  • On December 11, 2008, Cuttino Mobley retired from the NBA because of a severe case of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart disease.[13]
  • On December 25, 2008, the Los Angeles Lakers broke the Boston Celtics' 19-game winning streak in a rematch of the previous season's NBA Finals.

January

  • On January 22, 2009, Alonzo Mourning retired from the NBA after 15 seasons.

February

  • On February 5, 2009, the Los Angeles Lakers broke another Celtic winning streak, joining a short list of teams to break two 12+ game win streaks in a season.
  • On February 7, 2009, LeBron James's 52-point triple-double against the New York Knicks on February 4 was negated by subtracting a rebound from his total. The negated rebound was given to Ben Wallace. James would have been the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975 to have a 50-point triple-double.
  • On February 8, 2009, the Los Angeles Lakers broke the Cleveland Cavaliers' 23-game home-winning streak. In doing so, the Lakers became the first team in NBA history to win back-to-back games on the road (Boston and Cleveland) against teams with .800-plus win percentages at least 40 games into the season.

NBA All-Star Break The 2009 NBA All-Star Game was played at the US Airways Center, home of the Phoenix Suns, on February 15, 2009, with the West winning 146–119 and the Phoenix Suns' Shaquille O'Neal and Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant being named the Co-MVPs. During the NBA All-Star Weekend, Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks won the Sprite Slam Dunk competition; Kevin Durant, who won the Rookie Challenge MVP, also won the inaugural H.O.R.S.E Competition and Miami's Daequan Cook beat Rashard Lewis in a tiebreaker to win the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout.


  • On February 20, 2009, Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller died from complications of diabetes at the age of 64.
  • On February 20, 2009, the Phoenix Suns became the first team since the 1996 Portland Trail Blazers to have three consecutive games of scoring 140 points or more.
  • On February 22, 2009, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Steve Blake tied an NBA record by recording 14 assists in the first quarter in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • On February 26, 2009, Chicago Bulls legends Norm Van Lier and Johnny "Red" Kerr died at the ages of 61 and 76, respectively.

March

  • On March 3, 2009, in the NBA's third annual Noche Latina event, a program that recognizes the NBA's fans and players from across Latin America and U.S. Hispanic communities, the Los Angeles Lakers wore celebratory jerseys (with the wording Los Lakers) in their 99–89 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.[14] Noche Latina celebrations took place in eight of the top ten American Hispanic markets in the NBA this season (up from four in 2007–08): Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas, Chicago, Houston and New York.
  • On March 10, 2009, the Utah Jazz won their 12th game in a row. That was the fourth-longest win streak in franchise history and the longest since 1999. It was later broken by a loss to the Atlanta Hawks.[15][16]
  • On March 13, 2009, Detroit Pistons owner William Davidson died at the age of 86.
  • On March 13, 2009, the Philadelphia 76ers hosted the Chicago Bulls at their former home, the Wachovia Spectrum, instead of their regular home, the Wachovia Center. The Sixers left the Spectrum following the 1995–96 season to move to the former John F. Kennedy Stadium site, and the Spectrum is now scheduled to close in 2009.[dated info]
  • On March 15, 2009, the Phoenix Suns scored the third-highest number of points in a regulation game—without overtime—in a 154–130 win against the Golden State Warriors. They also scored 56 fast-break points, the highest recorded since the league began tracking the stat in 1997.[17] The win also included two 40+ point quarters, 42 in the first and 46 in the third.
  • On March 21, 2009, Shaquille O'Neal moved from sixth all-time leading scorer to fifth, surpassing Moses Malone.

April

  • On April 2, 2009, the NBA teamed up with NRDC for the first-ever NBA Green Week 2009 in an effort to generate awareness and funds for protecting the environment. The week featured special on-court apparel, auctions to support environmental protection organizations, hands-on community service projects and the launch of a PSA featuring Hollywood icon and NRDC Trustee Robert Redford. The Denver Nuggets, the Charlotte Bobcats, and the Chicago Bulls wore green-colored uniforms and socks made from 45 percent organic cotton during select home games throughout the week to raise additional environmental awareness. NBA partner adidas outfitted all players with 100 percent organic cotton adidas shooting shirts featuring the NBA Green logo, which were worn during every game that week.[18]
  • On April 10, 2009, Kobe Bryant moved from the 18th all-time leading scorer to 17th, surpassing Charles Barkley.
  • On April 15, 2009, the Cleveland Cavaliers finished the season with a home record of 39–2, just one game shy of matching the all-time record.
  • On April 15, 2009, Shaquille O'Neal led the league in field goal percentage for an NBA-record tenth time.
  • On April 23, 2009, Dikembe Mutombo retired after 18 seasons in the NBA, at age 42.
  • On April 27, 2009, the Denver Nuggets matched the largest margin of victory in an NBA playoff game by beating the New Orleans Hornets 121–63, in Game 4 of the 2009 NBA Playoffs. The record is shared with the Minneapolis Lakers 133–75 victory over the St. Louis Hawks in 1956.
  • On April 30, 2009, the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics played in a record fourth overtime game in a single playoff series.

May

  • On May 9, 2009, Hall of Fame head coach Chuck Daly died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 78. For the entire NBA Playoffs, all NBA coaches and commentators wore pins with the initials "CD" on their suits to dedicate the Hall of Fame coach.
  • On May 21, 2009, Sam Cassell retired after 15 seasons in the NBA, at age 39.
  • On May 22, 2009, World Wrestling Entertainment and the Denver Nuggets were involved in a double-booking controversy, where WWE's Monday Night Raw was supposed to be held at the Pepsi Center on May 25. But Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals was also booked in the same venue on the same date. As a result, WWE decided to move the show, ironically, to the Staples Center, the home of the Nuggets' conference finals opponents, the Los Angeles Lakers.

June

  • On June 14, 2009, the Los Angeles Lakers captured their 15th NBA title in franchise history with a 99–86 victory over the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of the 2009 NBA Finals. This also marked the tenth NBA Title for head coach Phil Jackson, in which his passed Red Auerbach as the most titles for an NBA head coach.

Records broken

  • On December 17, 2008, Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets broke the 22-year-old record for consecutive games with a steal (105), previously held by Alvin Robertson, in a game against Robertson's former team, the San Antonio Spurs. The streak reached 108 games before ending on the December 25 against the Orlando Magic.
  • On December 23, 2008, the Boston Celtics recorded the best two-loss start in NBA history (27–2), in a 110–91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. They also broke a franchise record for the longest winning streak (18) with their 19th consecutive win. Their winning streak came to an end after a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • On January 13, 2009, the Orlando Magic made an NBA record 23 three-pointers against the Sacramento Kings. Nine of the twelve Magic players who played in the game made at least one three-pointer.
  • On February 2, 2009, Kobe Bryant set a record for most points scored in a game at the modern Madison Square Garden (61), besting the 60 points set by Bernard King.
  • On March 15, 2009, the Phoenix Suns scored 56 fast-break points against the Golden State Warriors, the highest recorded since the league began tracking the stat in 1997.[17]
  • On April 15, 2009, the Raptors' José Calderón topped the 1980–81 Rockets' Calvin Murphy for the NBA record for free-throw percentage. Calderón made 98.1% of his free throws in the season, missing only 3 of the 154 he took, taking the record from Murphy's mark of 95.8%.
  • On April 15, 2009, Rudy Fernández of the Portland Trail Blazers set the rookie record for three-point field goals made in a season with 159.

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 30.2
Rebounds per game Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 13.8
Assists per game Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets 11.0
Steals per game Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets 2.8
Blocks per game Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 2.9
Field goal percentage Shaquille O'Neal Phoenix Suns .609
Three-point field goal percentage Anthony Morrow Golden State Warriors .467
Free throw percentage José Calderón Toronto Raptors .981

Salary cap

The NBA announced that the salary cap for the season would be $58.680 million, immediately going into effect on July 9 as the league's "moratorium period" had ended and teams could begin signing free agents and making trades.[19]

The tax level for the season was set at $71.150 million, with each team paying a $1 tax for each $1 by which it exceeds $71.150 million. The mid-level exception was $5.585 million for the season and the minimum team salary, which was set at 75% of the salary cap, was $44.010 million.[19]

For the 2007–08 season, the salary cap was set at $55.630 million (▲$3.05 million), the tax level was $67.865 million (▲$3.285 million) and the mid-level exception was $5.356 million (▲$229,000).[19]

NBA awards

Yearly awards

  • Most Valuable Player: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers[20][21]
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic[22]
  • Rookie of the Year: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls[23]
  • Sixth Man of the Year: Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks[24]
  • Most Improved Player: Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers[25]
  • Coach of the Year: Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers[26]
  • Executive of the Year: Mark Warkentien, Denver Nuggets[27]
  • Sportsmanship Award: Chauncey Billups, Denver Nuggets[28]
  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award: Dikembe Mutombo, Houston Rockets[29]
  • All-NBA First Team:[30]
    • F LeBron James - Cleveland Cavaliers
    • F Dirk Nowitzki - Dallas Mavericks
    • C Dwight Howard - Orlando Magic
    • G Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
    • G Dwyane Wade - Miami Heat
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team:[31]
    • Dwight Howard - Orlando Magic
    • Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
    • LeBron James - Cleveland Cavaliers
    • Chris Paul - New Orleans Hornets
    • Kevin Garnett - Boston Celtics
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team:[32]
    • Derrick Rose - Chicago Bulls
    • O. J. Mayo - Memphis Grizzlies
    • Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City Thunder
    • Brook Lopez - New Jersey Nets
    • Michael Beasley - Miami Heat
  • All-NBA Second Team:[30]
    • F Tim Duncan - San Antonio Spurs
    • F Paul Pierce - Boston Celtics
    • C Yao Ming - Houston Rockets
    • G Chris Paul - New Orleans Hornets
    • G Brandon Roy - Portland Trail Blazers
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team:[31]
    • Tim Duncan - San Antonio Spurs
    • Dwyane Wade - Miami Heat
    • Rajon Rondo - Boston Celtics
    • Shane Battier - Houston Rockets
    • Ron Artest - Houston Rockets
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team:[32]
    • Eric Gordon - Los Angeles Clippers
    • Kevin Love - Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Mario Chalmers - Miami Heat
    • Marc Gasol - Memphis Grizzlies
    • D. J. Augustin - Charlotte Bobcats (tie)
    • Rudy Fernández - Portland Trail Blazers (tie)
  • All-NBA Third Team:[30]
    • F Carmelo Anthony - Denver Nuggets
    • F Pau Gasol - Los Angeles Lakers
    • C Shaquille O'Neal - Phoenix Suns
    • G Tony Parker - San Antonio Spurs
    • G Chauncey Billups - Denver Nuggets

Players of the week

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

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
Oct. 28 – Nov. 2 Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Amar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns)
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets)
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23 Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30 Devin Harris (New Jersey Nets) Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers)
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7 Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14 Al Harrington (New York Knicks) Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
Dec. 15 – Dec. 21 Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
Dec. 22 – Dec. 28 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4 Rodney Stuckey (Detroit Pistons) Al Jefferson (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Jan. 5 – Jan. 11 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
Jan. 12 – Jan. 18 Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
Jan. 19 – Jan. 25 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers)
Jan. 26 – Feb. 1 David Lee (New York Knicks) Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)
Feb. 2 – Feb. 8 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 23 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers)
Feb. 24 – Mar. 1 Devin Harris (New Jersey Nets) David West (New Orleans Hornets)
Mar. 2 – Mar. 8 Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) Deron Williams (Utah Jazz)
Mar. 9 – Mar. 15 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
Mar. 16 – Mar. 22 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
Mar. 23 – Mar. 29 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)
Mar. 30 – Apr. 5 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks)
Apr. 6 – Apr. 12 Ben Gordon (Chicago Bulls) Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers)

Players of the month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
November LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
December Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
January LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
February Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers)
March LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
April LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)

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 Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) O. J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies) [33]
December Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) [34]
January Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets) Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers) [35]
February Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) [36]
March Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) [37]
April Michael Beasley (Miami Heat) O. J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies) [38][39]

Coaches of the month

The following coaches were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
November Doc Rivers (Boston Celtics) Phil Jackson (Los Angeles Lakers)
December Mike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers) Byron Scott (New Orleans Hornets)
January Stan Van Gundy (Orlando Magic) Kevin McHale (Minnesota Timberwolves)
February Mike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers) Jerry Sloan (Utah Jazz)
March Mike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers) Rick Adelman (Houston Rockets)
April Doc Rivers (Boston Celtics) Nate McMillan (Portland Trail Blazers)

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