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2007–08 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 30, 2007 – April 16, 2008
TV partner/s ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Greg Oden
Picked by Portland Trail Blazers
Regular season
Season MVP Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
Top scorer LeBron James (Cleveland)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Detroit Pistons
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up San Antonio Spurs
Finals
Finals champions Boston Celtics
  Runners-up Los Angeles Lakers
Finals MVP Paul Pierce (Boston)
NBA seasons

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The 2007–08 NBA season was the 62nd season of the National Basketball Association. The 1,230-game regular season (82 games for each of the 30 teams) began on Tuesday, October 30, 2007, and ended on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. The 2008 NBA Playoffs started on Saturday, April 19, 2008 and ran until Tuesday, June 17 when the Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92 to win the 2008 NBA Finals, four games to two. The 2007 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2007 and Greg Oden was selected first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers. However, he missed the entire season due to knee surgery.[1]

This season was notable for being one of the most competitive Western Conference playoff races in NBA history. Up until April 4, 2008, not a single Western Conference team had secured a playoff spot, and the 8th-seeded team was a mere 6.5 games behind the 1st seed. Additionally, the quality of the teams ensured that the Golden State Warriors finished with the highest winning percentage of any non-playoff team in NBA history since the switch to the eight-team playoff format, beating out the 2000-2001 Houston Rockets. The all-time record is held by the 1971-1972 Phoenix Suns (49-33), which was during the four-team playoff era.

Contents

Notable occurrences

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT GB
z-Boston Celtics (1) C 66 16 .805
x-Toronto Raptors (6) 41 41 .500 25
x-Philadelphia 76ers (7) 40 42 .488 26
New Jersey Nets 34 48 .415 32
New York Knicks 23 59 .280 43
Central Division
Team W L PCT. GB
y-Detroit Pistons (2) 59 23 .720
x-Cleveland Cavaliers (4) 45 37 .549 14
Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 23
Chicago Bulls 33 49 .402 26
Milwaukee Bucks 26 56 .317 33
Southeast Division
Team W L PCT. GB
y-Orlando Magic (3) 52 30 .634
x-Washington Wizards (5) 43 39 .524 9
x-Atlanta Hawks (8) 37 45 .451 15
Charlotte Bobcats 32 50 .390 20
Miami Heat 15 67 .183 37

Western Conference

Northwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
y-Utah Jazz (4) 54 28 .659
x-Denver Nuggets (8) 50 32 .610 4
Portland Trail Blazers 41 41 .500 13
Minnesota Timberwolves 22 60 .268 32
Seattle SuperSonics 20 62 .244 35
Southwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
y-New Orleans Hornets (2) 56 26 .683
x-San Antonio Spurs (3) 56 26 .683
x-Houston Rockets (5) 55 27 .671 1
x-Dallas Mavericks (7) 51 31 .622 5
Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 34
Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
y-Los Angeles Lakers (1) 57 25 .695
x-Phoenix Suns (6) 55 27 .671 2
Golden State Warriors 48 34 .585 9
Sacramento Kings 38 44 .463 19
Los Angeles Clippers 23 59 .280 34
  • x - Clinched playoff berth
  • y - Clinched division title
  • z - Clinched home court advantage throughout the playoffs
  • (1) - (8) - Playoff seedings
  • C - NBA Champions[23]

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 30.0
Rebounds per game Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 14.2
Assists per game Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets 11.6
Steals per game Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets 2.71
Blocks per game Marcus Camby Denver Nuggets 3.6
Field goal percentage Andris Biedriņš Golden State Warriors .626
Free throw percentage Peja Stojaković New Orleans Hornets .929
Three-point field goal percentage Jason Kapono Toronto Raptors .483

NBA awards

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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. 30 – Nov. 4 Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers) Tracy McGrady (Houston Rockets)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) Yao Ming (Houston Rockets)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) Allen Iverson (Denver Nuggets)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) Stephen Jackson (Golden State Warriors)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9 Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks) Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16 Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers)
Dec. 17 – Dec. 23 Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30 Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Allen Iverson (Denver Nuggets)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13 Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20 Gerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats) Baron Davis (Golden State Warriors)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27 Hedo Turkoglu (Orlando Magic) Al Jefferson (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3 Hedo Turkoglu (Orlando Magic) Brad Miller (Sacramento Kings)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10 Andre Miller (Philadelphia 76ers) Amar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 24 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 2 Andre Miller (Philadelphia 76ers) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
Mar. 3 – Mar. 9 Jason Richardson (Charlotte Bobcats) Tracy McGrady (Houston Rockets)
Mar. 10 – Mar. 16 Antawn Jamison (Washington Wizards) Amar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns)
Mar. 17 – Mar. 23 Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
Mar. 24 – Mar. 30 Jason Richardson (Charlotte Bobcats) Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets)
Mar. 31 – Apr. 6 Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
Apr. 7 – Apr. 13 Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) Allen Iverson (Denver Nuggets)

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 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz)
December Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
January LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Yao Ming (Houston Rockets)
February LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
March Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
April Hedo Turkoglu (Orlando Magic) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)

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 Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics)
December Yi Jianlin (Milwaukee Bucks) Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics)
January Jamario Moon (Toronto Raptors) Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics)
February Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) Luis Scola (Houston Rockets)
March Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics)
April Ramon Sessions (Milwaukee Bucks) Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics)

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) Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)
December Flip Saunders (Detroit Pistons) Nate McMillan (Portland Trail Blazers)
January Mike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers) Byron Scott (New Orleans Hornets)
February Flip Saunders (Detroit Pistons) Rick Adelman (Houston Rockets)
March Doc Rivers (Boston Celtics) Jerry Sloan (Utah Jazz)
April Doc Rivers (Boston Celtics) Phil Jackson (Los Angeles Lakers)

References

  1. ^ Top draft pick Greg Oden to miss rookie season with Trail Blazers, Sports Illustrated.
  2. ^ Jackson, Artest suspended following court pleas, ESPN.
  3. ^ Orlando OKs venues; big hurdle awaits
  4. ^ Associated Press (2007-11-03). "Sonics tell NBA of intent to move SuperSonics to Oklahoma City". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3091416. Retrieved 2007-12-27.  
  5. ^ 2007-12-23&?nav=playerwidget&type=news#kobe_bryant "NBA: Kobe youngest to reach 20,000". NBA. 2007-12-23. http://www.nba.com/fantasy/fantasy_playernews.jsp?date= 2007-12-23&?nav=playerwidget&type=news#kobe_bryant. Retrieved 2007-12-24.  
  6. ^ "Sports People: Chicago Bulls fire coach Scott Skiles". Chicago Tribune. 2007-12-24. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cs-071224chicagobullsfirecoachscottskiles,0,6113811.story?coll=chi-site-nav. Retrieved 2007-12-25.  
  7. ^ Heat, Hawks to replay final minute of Dec. 19 game later this year, ESPN.
  8. ^ NBA Sets Guidelines for Heat-Hawks Replay, NBA.com
  9. ^ In dire need of frontcourt help, Lakers acquire Gasol from Grizzlies, ESPN.
  10. ^ Suns trade Marion and Banks for O'Neal to the Heat, NBA.
  11. ^ "HAWKS: Hawks Acquire Mike Bibby From Sacramento". http://www.nba.com/hawks/news/Hawks_Acquire_Bibby_021608.html. Retrieved 2008-02-17.  
  12. ^ Mavs acquire Kidd from Nets, NBA.
  13. ^ Duncan receives help, Spurs trade Elson and Barry for Thomas, NBA.
  14. ^ three-way trade deal for Chicago, Cleveland, and Seattle, NBA.
  15. ^ Hornets acquire Wells and James/Jackson reunited with Adelman, NBA.
  16. ^ James hits milestone but Cavaliers fall to Celtics 92-87, ESPN.
  17. ^ Mark Murphy, C’s can do as they please - Stars sit, but team still clinches homecourt, Boston Herald, April 6, 2008.
  18. ^ No Big Three, but Celts still get top seed, complete NBA's biggest turnaround, Associated Press, April 5, 2008.
  19. ^ Lisa Brooks, Celtics: From Worst To First, ESPN.com, April 2, 2008.
  20. ^ Hawks returning to NBA playoffs for first time in 9 years, Associated Press, April 14, 2008.
  21. ^ Riley Steps Down, Spoelstra Named Head Coach, NBA, April 28, 2008, accessed April 28, 2008.
  22. ^ Flip Saunders Not To Return As Pistons’ Coach, NBA, June 3, 2008, accessed June 3, 2008.
  23. ^ 2007-08 Divisional Standing, NBA, accessed April 26, 2008.
  24. ^ Kobe Bryant Wins Most Valuable Player Award, NBA, May 6, 2008, accessed May 6, 2008.
  25. ^ Kevin Durant Named Rookie of the Year, NBA, May 1, 2008, accessed May 1, 2008.
  26. ^ Kevin Garnett Wins Kia Defensive Player of the Year, NBA, April 22, 2008, accessed April 22, 2008.
  27. ^ Ginobili Wins 2007-08 Sixth Man of the Year Award Presented by Kia Motors, NBA, April 21, 2008, accessed April 21, 2008.
  28. ^ Hedo Turkoglu Wins Most Improved Player Award, NBA, April 28, 2008, accessed April 28, 2008.
  29. ^ Byron Scott wins 2007-08 NBA Coach of the Year award, NBA, April 29, 2008, accessed April 29, 2008.
  30. ^ Boston’s Danny Ainge Named 2007-08 NBA Executive of the Year, NBA, May 14, 2008, accessed May 14, 2008.
  31. ^ Suns’ Hill Wins 2007-08 NBA Sportsmanship Award, NBA, April 25, 2008, accessed April 25, 2008.
  32. ^ a b c MVP Kobe Bryant highlights All-NBA First team, NBA, May 8, 2008, accessed May 8, 2008.
  33. ^ a b Kobe, Garnett Headline All-Defensive Team, NBA, May 12, 2008, accessed May 12, 2008.
  34. ^ a b Durant, Horford Headline T-Mobile All-Rookie Team, NBA, May 13, 2008, accessed May 13, 2008.

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