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Published: 2013/06/10
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Top 10 Dunks from the 2004 05 NBA Season
Top 10 Dunks from the 2004 05 NBA Season
Published: 2015/08/27
Channel: off-hand
2005 NBA Finals - Detroit vs San Antonio - Game 7 Best Plays
2005 NBA Finals - Detroit vs San Antonio - Game 7 Best Plays
Published: 2013/11/24
Channel: gearmast3r
NBA Top 10 Plays of the 2004-2005 Season
NBA Top 10 Plays of the 2004-2005 Season
Published: 2011/01/04
Channel: NBAErik
Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant's Top 10 Plays of 2004-2005 NBA Season
Published: 2013/08/23
Channel: NBA
2005 NBA EC Finals G7 Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons
2005 NBA EC Finals G7 Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons
Published: 2016/06/06
Channel: Nezir Genc
2005 NBA Finals Game 5 (Second Half) San Antonio Spurs Vs Detroit Pistons
2005 NBA Finals Game 5 (Second Half) San Antonio Spurs Vs Detroit Pistons
Published: 2016/06/24
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All NBA Playoffs Clutch Shots (2004-2005)
All NBA Playoffs Clutch Shots (2004-2005)
Published: 2015/07/14
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Top 10 Ankle-Breaking Moves from the 2004-05 NBA Season
Top 10 Ankle-Breaking Moves from the 2004-05 NBA Season
Published: 2015/08/27
Channel: off-hand
Top 10 Blocks from the 2004-05 NBA Season
Top 10 Blocks from the 2004-05 NBA Season
Published: 2015/08/27
Channel: off-hand
NBA 2K17: 2004-2005 Roster Complete
NBA 2K17: 2004-2005 Roster Complete
Published: 2016/11/11
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Top 10 Assists of 2004 05 Season
Top 10 Assists of 2004 05 Season
Published: 2011/06/05
Channel: diStefano87
History of the Miami Heat Pt. 21 (2004-2005 Season)
History of the Miami Heat Pt. 21 (2004-2005 Season)
Published: 2010/10/26
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NBA 2K17: 2004-2005 Roster Rebranding Tutorial *UPDATE*
NBA 2K17: 2004-2005 Roster Rebranding Tutorial *UPDATE*
Published: 2016/12/05
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NBA - season 2003-2004 Lebron James
NBA - season 2003-2004 Lebron James
Published: 2010/02/21
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2005 NBA Hurricane Relief Game Best Plays
2005 NBA Hurricane Relief Game Best Plays
Published: 2013/11/24
Channel: gearmast3r
Jason Kidd 2004/05 season debut
Jason Kidd 2004/05 season debut
Published: 2017/07/22
Channel: thegrandkenyon
NBA 04~05 Buzzer Beaters TOP 10
NBA 04~05 Buzzer Beaters TOP 10
Published: 2010/02/22
Channel: Patrick Wu
Dwyane Wade 2004 05 Season Top 10 Plays
Dwyane Wade 2004 05 Season Top 10 Plays
Published: 2015/01/14
Channel: Jisspecial
What if the 04-05 Phoenix Suns played in the Modern NBA?
What if the 04-05 Phoenix Suns played in the Modern NBA?
Published: 2016/06/15
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Miami Heat top plays of the 04-05 NBA season
Miami Heat top plays of the 04-05 NBA season
Published: 2006/09/30
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Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant's Top 10 Plays of 2005-2006 NBA Season
Published: 2013/08/23
Channel: NBA
Allen Iverson Highlight from 2004 & 2005 Season
Allen Iverson Highlight from 2004 & 2005 Season
Published: 2006/10/22
Channel: pennyccw
Kobe Bryant 2004-05 • 31 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds vs. Sacramento Kings
Kobe Bryant 2004-05 • 31 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds vs. Sacramento Kings
Published: 2008/08/13
Channel: nikosvault
Manu Ginobili 23 pts vs Detroit Pistons - G7 2005 NBA Finals
Manu Ginobili 23 pts vs Detroit Pistons - G7 2005 NBA Finals
Published: 2015/05/04
Channel: GinobiliHallofFame
2004/05 regular season mid-late March Nets highlights (NBA Action)
2004/05 regular season mid-late March Nets highlights (NBA Action)
Published: 2017/01/20
Channel: thegrandkenyon
NBA 2K14: Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks (2004-2005 NBA Season) HD
NBA 2K14: Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks (2004-2005 NBA Season) HD
Published: 2013/06/25
Channel: Magic300392
NBA Action Top 10 Dunks [2004-2005]
NBA Action Top 10 Dunks [2004-2005]
Published: 2007/03/02
Channel: dieddm
NBA 04-05 Dunks of the Year
NBA 04-05 Dunks of the Year
Published: 2006/03/06
Channel: dabadestalbo 69
2005 NBA Finals Game 6. San Antonio Spurs vs Detroit Pistons
2005 NBA Finals Game 6. San Antonio Spurs vs Detroit Pistons
Published: 2016/07/19
Channel: NBA in 10 Minutes
Phoenix Suns 04-05 Season Recap Mix by arlubas
Phoenix Suns 04-05 Season Recap Mix by arlubas
Published: 2007/03/09
Channel: arlubas
JRich 2004-2005 Season Mix
JRich 2004-2005 Season Mix
Published: 2006/06/15
Channel: jrichformvp
2004/05 regular season late January-early February Nets highlights (NBA Action)
2004/05 regular season late January-early February Nets highlights (NBA Action)
Published: 2017/01/20
Channel: thegrandkenyon
Official NBA 2K18 Full Gameplay : 2003-2004 Los Angeles Lakers vs. 2004-2005 San Antonio Spurs
Official NBA 2K18 Full Gameplay : 2003-2004 Los Angeles Lakers vs. 2004-2005 San Antonio Spurs
Published: 2017/09/16
Channel: Rekrap13
NBA Quicky Mix 2004/05
NBA Quicky Mix 2004/05
Published: 2006/06/20
Channel: 15HighFlyer15
2004-05 fleer tradition nba box break HUGE DRAFT DAY HIT!
2004-05 fleer tradition nba box break HUGE DRAFT DAY HIT!
Published: 2008/08/14
Channel: willsting88888
NBA 2004-2005
NBA 2004-2005
Published: 2007/07/20
Channel: BNB111
Kobe Bryant Top 10 Dunks 2004-2005
Kobe Bryant Top 10 Dunks 2004-2005
Published: 2006/08/08
Channel: Leraak
Vince Carter
Vince Carter '04-05' Season Mix - sRecollet
Published: 2010/09/05
Channel: sRecollet
Tim Duncan 2005 NBA Finals Offensive Highlights (All Field Goals)
Tim Duncan 2005 NBA Finals Offensive Highlights (All Field Goals)
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: spursfan746
Chris Webber 31pts 7ast vs. Grizzlies 2004-05
Chris Webber 31pts 7ast vs. Grizzlies 2004-05
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: All-around NBA
Bulls owned Knicks on 2004/2005 season - part 1
Bulls owned Knicks on 2004/2005 season - part 1
Published: 2009/01/15
Channel: Adriano Sancanari
Kobe Bryant 2004-05 • 40 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds Utah Jazz
Kobe Bryant 2004-05 • 40 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds Utah Jazz
Published: 2008/08/21
Channel: nikosvault
Kobe Bryant 42 points Christmas Day 2004-05 *Shaq
Kobe Bryant 42 points Christmas Day 2004-05 *Shaq's return*
Published: 2007/02/10
Channel: LakersRule24
2004-05 Kobe Bryant 27pts 10assist vs Houston Rockets dunk on T-mac
2004-05 Kobe Bryant 27pts 10assist vs Houston Rockets dunk on T-mac
Published: 2013/12/13
Channel: ksstyle2
NBA 2K3 2004-2005 season part 2
NBA 2K3 2004-2005 season part 2
Published: 2009/06/09
Channel: George112690
Tracy McGrady Offense Highlights 2004 2005
Tracy McGrady Offense Highlights 2004 2005
Published: 2014/07/27
Channel: Basketball
Kobe Bryant post - Shaq highlight compilation 2004 - 05
Kobe Bryant post - Shaq highlight compilation 2004 - 05
Published: 2006/10/03
Channel: KOBEKGTMAC
Nba 2005
Nba 2005
Published: 2016/09/24
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Allen Iverson 36pts 9asts vs Kobe Bryant Lakers 04/05 NBA
Allen Iverson 36pts 9asts vs Kobe Bryant Lakers 04/05 NBA
Published: 2006/10/22
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2004–05 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration November 2, 2004 – April 20, 2005
April 23 – June 6, 2005 (Playoffs)
June 9–23, 2005 (Finals)
Number of games 82
Number of teams 30
TV partner(s) ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Dwight Howard
Picked by Orlando Magic
Regular season
Top seed Phoenix Suns
Season MVP Steve Nash (Phoenix)
Top scorer Allen Iverson (Philadelphia)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Detroit Pistons
  Eastern runners-up Miami Heat
Western champions San Antonio Spurs
  Western runners-up Phoenix Suns
Finals
Champions San Antonio Spurs
  Runners-up Detroit Pistons
Finals MVP Tim Duncan (San Antonio)
NBA seasons

The 2004–05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). It began on November 2, 2004 and ended June 23, 2005. The season ended with the San Antonio Spurs defeating the defending-champion Detroit Pistons, 4–3, in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences[edit]

  • The NBA made its return to Charlotte as the Charlotte Bobcats became the league's 30th franchise at the time. Ten years later, the Bobcats and the departed New Orleans Hornets would strike a deal with the New Orleans franchise renaming themselves the Pelicans, thereby restoring the Hornets' Charlotte history and name to the Charlotte franchise. The Bobcats played their first season at the Charlotte Coliseum.
  • This season also was the first year of the NBA's new divisional alignments, separating the league into six divisions of five teams instead of the previous four divisions of varying numbers of teams. As part of this realignment, the New Orleans Hornets moved from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference.[1]
  • The current schedule format also debuted this season:
    • 16 games against teams in the same division (four against each team)
    • 24 games against six of the remaining conference teams combined, three from each division (four against each team)
    • 12 games against the remaining four conference teams, two from each division (three against each team)
    • 30 games against teams in the other conference (two against each team)
    • Over five seasons, each team will play each of the other conference teams outside its division a total of 18 times – 9 at home and 9 on the road.
  • In February, Chris Webber was traded from the Sacramento Kings along with Michael Bradley to the Philadelphia 76ers for three forwards (Corliss Williamson, Kenny Thomas, and Brian Skinner). The Kings lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Seattle SuperSonics, 4–1, and failed to make the playoffs after 2006.
  • The 2005 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 20, 2005, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, with the East winning, 125–115. Philadelphia's Allen Iverson was named the MVP of the game.
  • During All-Star Weekend, Quentin Richardson won the Three-point Shootout, Steve Nash won the Skills Challenge, and Diana Taurasi, Dan Majerle and Shawn Marion won the Shooting Stars Competition—all Phoenix Suns victories. Amar'e Stoudemire made it to the final round of the Slam Dunk Contest but failed to complete the sweep for the Suns.
  • Prior to the start of this season, Shaquille O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat after his reported fallout with former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant. Some fans[who?] sensed this, along with the Pistons championship, as a possible end of dominance by the Western Conference. The Lakers also witnessed the loss of head coach Phil Jackson and replacement Rudy Tomjanovich as the Lakers missed out on the NBA playoffs for the fifth time in their history. However, the Western Conference has continued its domination in the regular season; since then, all playoff-bound teams in the West have either won 50 or more games, or were above .500 at the end of the season, in contrast to the Eastern Conference, where on average, three teams have had sub-.500 records.
  • During the off-season, the Phoenix Suns signed unrestricted free agent Steve Nash. With the addition of coach Mike D'Antoni and his offensive-minded strategy combined with Nash's play-making skills, Phoenix won 33 games more than the year before. The Suns had the best overall record in the NBA, Nash won the MVP Award and D'Antoni won the Coach of the Year Award.
  • The Memphis Grizzlies played their first game at FedExForum. The Grizzlies were also the first NBA team to install see-through shot clocks. As of the 2011–12 NBA season, all 30 teams have see-through shot clocks.
  • An early regular-season game between Detroit and Indiana at The Palace of Auburn Hills was disrupted with 45.9 seconds to go as a major altercation broke out between players and fans. This resulted in record-breaking suspensions, most notable of which was Ron Artest who received the longest suspension in NBA history (73 games plus the playoffs). The NBA also overhauled its league-wide security policy.
  • The Bulls made their first appearance in the playoffs since their 1998 championship season. The Bulls postseason berth followed an 0–9 start to the season with the Bulls having one of the youngest rosters in NBA history.
  • The Washington Wizards made their first appearance in the playoffs since the team name was changed for the 1997–98 season.
  • The Suns started an unofficial league tradition of a mostly exposed hardwood floor, with a darker varnish on the outside of the three-point area. They also put their team's website name on the sideline, which other teams followed suit in the coming seasons. Through the 2010–11 NBA season, all of the teams, save the Oklahoma City Thunder, had placed their team websites on the sidelines.
  • The Seattle SuperSonics made the playoffs for the last time as a team from Seattle.
  • Ben Gordon won the Sixth Man Award, making him the first rookie to ever win the award.
  • The NBA Finals reached seven games for the first time since 1994, when the Houston Rockets faced the New York Knicks.
  • On December 18, the Toronto Raptors traded five-time all-star Vince Carter to the New Jersey Nets for Eric Williams, Aaron Williams, Alonzo Mourning and a pair of first-round draft picks. Mourning was bought out of his contract on February 11 and re-signed with the Miami Heat, being paid a second salary, the veteran's minimum.
  • Orlando Magic rookie Dwight Howard became the first and only player straight out of high school to start all 82 games in his rookie season. He also became the youngest to average a double-double, the youngest to average 10 rebounds in a season, and the youngest to record at least 20 rebounds in a game. However, Charlotte Bobcats rookie Emeka Okafor won Rookie of the Year that season. While Okafor's career was respectable, injuries have derailed his progress. Meanwhile, Howard's career gradually skyrocketed into eight All-Star appearances, three Defensive Player of the Year awards, and five All-NBA Team selection* This was the final season for Reggie Miller, who spent his entire NBA career with the Pacers.

Coaching changes[edit]

Offseason
Team 2003–04 coach 2004–05 coach
Atlanta Hawks Terry Stotts Mike Woodson
Boston Celtics John Carroll Doc Rivers
Charlotte Bobcats Expansion Bernie Bickerstaff
Golden State Warriors Eric Musselman Mike Montgomery
Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson Rudy Tomjanovich
New Orleans Hornets Tim Floyd Byron Scott
Philadelphia 76ers Chris Ford Jim O'Brien
Toronto Raptors Kevin O'Neill Sam Mitchell
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Cleveland Cavaliers Paul Silas Brendan Malone
Dallas Mavericks Don Nelson Avery Johnson
Denver Nuggets Jeff Bzdelik Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper George Karl
Los Angeles Lakers Rudy Tomjanovich Frank Hamblen
Memphis Grizzlies Hubie Brown Lionel Hollins
Lionel Hollins Mike Fratello
Minnesota Timberwolves Flip Saunders Kevin McHale
New York Knicks Lenny Wilkens Herb Williams
Orlando Magic Johnny Davis Chris Jent
Portland Trail Blazers Maurice Cheeks Kevin Pritchard

Final standings[edit]

By division[edit]

By conference[edit]

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

Playoffs[edit]

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.This was a season dominated by the Phoenix Suns led by Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire,Shawn Marion,Joe Johnson and a young Quentin Richardson with there 7 or less offense

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


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


Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 30.7
Rebounds per game Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves 13.5
Assists per game Steve Nash Phoenix Suns 11.5
Steals per game Larry Hughes Washington Wizards 2.89
Blocks per game Andrei Kirilenko Utah Jazz 3.32
FG% Shaquille O'Neal Miami Heat .600
FT% Reggie Miller Indiana Pacers .933
3FG% Fred Hoiberg Minnesota Timberwolves .483

Awards[edit]

Yearly awards[edit]

Players of the month[edit]

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference
1October – November James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/2) Nash, SteveSteve Nash (Phoenix Suns) (1/1)
2December Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/1) Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) (1/2)
3January James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/2) Webber, ChrisChris Webber (Sacramento Kings) (1/1)
4February Carter, VinceVince Carter (New Jersey Nets) (1/1) Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) (2/2)
5March O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal (Miami Heat) (1/1) Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1)
6April Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/1) Stoudemire, Amar'eAmar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns) (1/1)

Rookies of the month[edit]

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference
1October – November Okafor, EmekaEmeka Okafor (Charlotte Bobcats) (1/3) Harris, DevinDevin Harris (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1)
2December Okafor, EmekaEmeka Okafor (Charlotte Bobcats) (2/3) Udrih, BenoBeno Udrih (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1)
3January Gordon, BenBen Gordon (Chicago Bulls) (1/3) Smith, J. R.J. R. Smith (New Orleans Hornets) (1/3)
4February Gordon, BenBen Gordon (Chicago Bulls) (2/3) Smith, J. R.J. R. Smith (New Orleans Hornets) (2/3)
5March Gordon, BenBen Gordon (Chicago Bulls) (3/3) Smith, J. R.J. R. Smith (New Orleans Hornets) (3/3)
6April Okafor, EmekaEmeka Okafor (Charlotte Bobcats) (3/3) Livingston, ShaunShaun Livingston (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1)

Coaches of the month[edit]

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference
1October – November Davis, JohnnyJohnny Davis (Orlando Magic) (1/1) McMillan, NateNate McMillan (Seattle SuperSonics) (1/1)
2December Van Gundy, StanStan Van Gundy (Miami Heat) (1/2) D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni (Phoenix Suns) (1/1)
3January Skiles, ScottScott Skiles (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) Fratello, MikeMike Fratello (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1)
4February Brown, LarryLarry Brown (Detroit Pistons) (1/1) Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl (Denver Nuggets) (1/2)
5March Van Gundy, StanStan Van Gundy (Miami Heat) (2/2) Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl (Denver Nuggets) (2/2)
5April Frank, LawrenceLawrence Frank (New Jersey Nets) (1/1) Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBA Approves Realignment for 2004–05 Season". NBA.com. November 17, 2003. Retrieved November 17, 2003. 

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