Division champions: Boston Celtics (Atlantic), Cleveland Cavaliers (Central), Orlando Magic (Southeast), Denver Nuggets (Northwest), Los Angeles Lakers (Pacific), Dallas Mavericks (Southwest)
Best regular-season record: Cleveland Cavaliers (61–21)
Eastern Conference: Boston Celtics
Western Conference: Los Angeles Lakers
Finals: The Lakers defeat the Celtics 4–3 in the best-of-seven series, with Kobe Bryant named Finals MVP.
July 8-LeBron James makes the decision to sign with the Miami Heat joining new signee Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. The decision was televised in a one hour long special on ESPN.
Just Wright – a romantic comedy film starring rappers Common and Queen Latifah that tells the story of a physical therapist who falls in love with a pro basketball player; film also features the NBA's Dwight Howard.
January 28 — Bud Millikan, coach of the Maryland Terrapins (b. 1920)
February 3 — Dick McGuire, Hall of Fame player for the New York Knicks (b. 1926)
February 10 — Carl Braun, player and coach for the New York Knicks (b. 1927)
February 10 — Fred Schaus, former coach of West Virginia University and the Los Angeles Lakers (b. 1925)
February 13 — Red Rocha, player for the BAA and NBA (b. 1925)
June 13 — Tom Stith, All-American at St. Bonaventure University (b. 1939)
June 19 — Manute Bol, Former NBA player, tallest player in league history (b. 1962)
July 8 — Melvin Turpin, All-American at Kentucky and NBA veteran (b. 1960)
July 16 — Aleksandr Boloshev, Russian Olympic champion (b. 1947)
July 19 — Lorenzen Wright, Retired NBA player (b. 1975)