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2005–06 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration November 1, 2005 – April 19, 2006
April 22 – June 3, 2006 (Playoffs)
June 8 – 20, 2006 (Finals)
Number of games 82
Number of teams 30
TV partner(s) ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Andrew Bogut
Picked by Milwaukee Bucks
Regular season
Top seed Detroit Pistons
Season MVP Steve Nash (Phoenix)
Top scorer Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Miami Heat
  Eastern runners-up Detroit Pistons
Western champions Dallas Mavericks
  Western runners-up Phoenix Suns
Finals
Champions Miami Heat
  Runners-up Dallas Mavericks
Finals MVP Dwyane Wade (Miami)
NBA seasons

The 2005–06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. The Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals, four games to two.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

Offseason
Team 2004–05 coach 2005–06 coach
Cleveland Cavaliers Brendan Malone Mike Brown
Detroit Pistons Larry Brown Flip Saunders
Los Angeles Lakers Frank Hamblen Phil Jackson
Milwaukee Bucks Terry Porter Terry Stotts
Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin McHale Dwane Casey
New York Knicks Herb Williams Larry Brown
Orlando Magic Chris Jent Brian Hill
Philadelphia 76ers Jim O'Brien Maurice Cheeks
Portland Trail Blazers Kevin Pritchard Nate McMillan
Seattle SuperSonics Nate McMillan Bob Weiss
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Miami Heat Stan Van Gundy Pat Riley
Seattle SuperSonics Bob Weiss Bob Hill

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.

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


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


Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers 35.4
Rebounds per game Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves 12.7
Assists per game Steve Nash Phoenix Suns 10.5
Steals per game Gerald Wallace Charlotte Bobcats 2.51
Blocks per game Marcus Camby Denver Nuggets 3.29
FG% Shaquille O'Neal Miami Heat .600
FT% Steve Nash Phoenix Suns .921
3FG% Richard Hamilton Detroit Pistons .458

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 Ref.
October – November LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/2) Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1)
December Vince Carter (New Jersey Nets) (1/1) Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1)
January Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons) (1/1) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2)
February Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/1) Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns) (1/1)
March LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/2) Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets) (1/1)
April Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/1) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2)

Rookies of the month[edit]

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October – November Channing Frye (New York Knicks) (1/1) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (1/6)
December Charlie Villanueva (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (2/6)
January Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (3/6)
February Raymond Felton (Charlotte Bobcats) (1/3) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (4/6)
March Raymond Felton (Charlotte Bobcats) (2/3) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (5/6)
April Raymond Felton (Charlotte Bobcats) (3/3) Chris Paul (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets) (6/6)

References[edit]

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