2008–09 NBA season

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2008–09 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
DurationOctober 28, 2008 – April 16, 2009
April 18 – May 30, 2009 (Playoffs)
June 4 – 14, 2009 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s) ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Derrick Rose
Picked by Chicago Bulls
Regular season
Top seed Cleveland Cavaliers
Season MVP LeBron James (Cleveland)
Top scorer Dwyane Wade (Miami)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Orlando Magic
  Eastern runners-upCleveland Cavaliers
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up Denver Nuggets
Finals
ChampionsLos Angeles Lakers
  Runners-upOrlando Magic
Finals MVP Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
NBA seasons

The 2008–09 NBA season was the 63rd season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA Finals, four games to one.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league in North America; composed of 30 teams. It is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. The NBA is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player.

Los Angeles Lakers American professional basketball team

The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Western Conference in the Pacific Division. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics.

Orlando Magic American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida

The Orlando Magic is an American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. The Magic compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The franchise was established in 1989 as an expansion franchise, and such notable NBA stars as Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis, Dominique Wilkins, and Hedo Türkoğlu have played for the club throughout its young history. As of 2017, the franchise has played in the NBA playoffs for exactly half of its existence, and twice went to the NBA Finals, in 1995 and 2009. Orlando has been the second most successful of the four expansion teams brought into the league in 1988 and 1989 in terms of winning percentage, only after the Miami Heat.

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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. The 2009 NBA All-Star Game was hosted at the US Airways Center in Phoenix. The Western Conference All-Stars defeated the Eastern Conference All-Stars 146–119. The All-Star Game co-MVPs were Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. [1]

The 2008 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2008 at the Washington Mutual Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, including international players from non-North American professional leagues. According to the NBA, 44 players, 39 collegiate players and five international players, filed as early-entry candidates for the 2008 NBA Draft. These numbers do not include players who are automatically eligible for the draft. The Chicago Bulls, who had a 1.7 percent probability of obtaining the first selection, won the NBA Draft Lottery on May 22. The Bulls' winning of the lottery was the second-largest upset in NBA Draft Lottery history behind the Orlando Magic, who won it in 1993 with just a 1.5% chance. The Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves obtained the second and third picks respectively.

Derrick Rose American basketball player

Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one year of college basketball for the Memphis Tigers before being drafted first overall by his hometown Chicago Bulls in the 2008 NBA draft. After being named the NBA Rookie of the Year, Rose, at age 22, became the youngest player to win the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2011.

Chicago Bulls American professional basketball team

The Chicago Bulls are an American professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division. The team was founded on January 16, 1966. The team plays its home games at the United Center, an arena shared with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

This was the first NBA season since 1966–67 without a Seattle franchise, as the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in July 2008 and became the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Seattle is a seaport city on the West Coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington. With an estimated 730,000 residents as of 2018, Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. According to U.S. Census data released in 2018, the Seattle metropolitan area’s population stands at 3.87 million, and ranks as the 15th largest in the United States. In July 2013, it was the fastest-growing major city in the United States and remained in the Top 5 in May 2015 with an annual growth rate of 2.1%. In July 2016, Seattle was again the fastest-growing major U.S. city, with a 3.1% annual growth rate. Seattle is the northernmost large city in the United States.

Seattle SuperSonics relocation to Oklahoma City

The Seattle SuperSonics relocation to Oklahoma City was a successful effort by the ownership group of the Seattle SuperSonics to relocate the team from Seattle, Washington to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The team began play as the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2008–09 basketball season, after becoming the third National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise to relocate in the 2000s.

Transactions

Coaching changes

Offseason
Team2007–08 coach2008–09 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
TeamOutgoing coachNew 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)
Oklahoma City Thunder Professional basketball team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Thunder is an American professional basketball team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division. The team plays its home games at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

P. J. Carlesimo American basketball player and coach

Peter John Carlesimo is an American basketball coach, who coached in both the National Basketball Association (NBA) and college basketball for nearly 40 years. He is also a television broadcaster, having worked with ESPN, The NBA on TNT, Westwood One, Fox Sports Southwest, Pac-12 Network, The NBA on NBC and CSN New England.

Paul William Westhead is an American basketball coach who most recently was the head coach of the University of Oregon women's team. In his first year as an NBA head coach, he led a rookie Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers to the 1980 NBA Title. He has previously been a head coach for three National Basketball Association (NBA) teams and an assistant for four others, and has also coached in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), American Basketball Association (ABA) and Japan Basketball League (JBL). He won titles in both the NBA and WNBA, and is also remembered as the coach of the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) men's basketball team during that school's era of greatest basketball glory. Westhead is known for an unorthodox, run-and-gun style called "The System." He attended Saint Joseph's University.

Notable occurrences

July

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Olympiacos B.C. basketball team

Olympiacos B.C., also known simply as Olympiacos or Olympiacos Piraeus, is a Greek professional basketball club, part of the major multi-sport club Olympiacos CFP, based in Piraeus. The basketball club, founded in 1931, is one of the most successful clubs in European basketball, having won three EuroLeague Championships, one Triple Crown, one Intercontinental Cup, twelve Greek Championships and nine Greek Cups. They play their home matches at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.

October

Indian Wells Tennis Garden tennis venue in Indian Wells, California

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Denver Nuggets professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado

The Denver Nuggets are an American professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division. The team was founded as the Denver Larks in 1967 as a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association (ABA), but changed its name to Rockets before the first season. It changed its name again to the Nuggets in 1974. After the name change, the Nuggets played for the final ABA Championship title in 1976, losing to the New York Nets.

December

January

February


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.


March

April

May

June

Records broken

Standings

By division

By conference

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

Tiebreakers

Eastern Conference
  • Philadelphia finished ahead of Chicago based on conference record (the 76ers' 25-27 to the Bulls' 24-28).
Western Conference
  • Denver finished ahead of San Antonio based on head-to-head record (2-1) and Portland based on divisional record (the Nuggets' 12-4 to the Trail Blazers' 11-5), while San Antonio finished ahead of Portland upon winning the Southwest Division.

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.

 First RoundConference SemifinalsConference Finals NBA Finals
                   
E1 Cleveland *4 
E8 Detroit 0 
 E1 Cleveland *4 
 E4 Atlanta 0 
E4 Atlanta 4
E5 Miami 3 
 E1 Cleveland *2 
Eastern Conference
 E3 Orlando*4 
E3 Orlando *4 
E6 Philadelphia 2 
 E3 Orlando*4
 E2 Boston*3 
E2 Boston *4
E7 Chicago 3 
 E3 Orlando*1
 W1 LA Lakers *4
W1 LA Lakers *4 
W8 Utah 1 
 W1 LA Lakers *4
 W5 Houston 3 
W4 Portland 2
W5 Houston 4 
 W1 LA Lakers *4
Western Conference
 W2 Denver*2 
W3 San Antonio *1 
W6 Dallas 4 
 W6 Dallas 1
 W2 Denver *4 
W2 Denver *4
W7 New Orleans 1 


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

Statistics leaders

CategoryPlayerTeamStat

Bold- NBA record

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 2.77
Blocks per game Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 2.92
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

Awards

Yearly awards

Players of the week

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

WeekEastern ConferenceWestern ConferenceRef.
Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (1/4)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/7) Amar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns) (1/1)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/7) Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets) (1/1)
Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/3) Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) (1/2)
Devin Harris (New Jersey Nets) (1/2) Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/2)
Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (2/3) Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) (2/2)
Al Harrington (New York Knicks) (1/1) Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1)
Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic) (1/2) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (2/4)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/7) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/3)
Rodney Stuckey (Detroit Pistons) (1/1) Al Jefferson (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1)
Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/4) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/3)
Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic) (2/2) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (3/4)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (4/7) Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1)
David Lee (New York Knicks) (1/1) Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/2)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (5/7) Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2)
Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (2/4) Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2)
Devin Harris (New Jersey Nets) (2/2) David West (New Orleans Hornets) (1/1)
Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (3/3) Deron Williams (Utah Jazz) (1/1)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (6/7) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (3/3)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (7/7) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (4/4)
Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (3/4) Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (2/2)
Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (4/4) Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1)
Ben Gordon (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/2)

Players of the month

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

MonthEastern ConferenceWestern ConferenceRef.
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/4) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (1/2)
Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/2) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/4) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2)
Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (2/2) Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/4) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (2/2)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (4/4) Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1)

Rookies of the month

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

MonthEastern ConferenceWestern ConferenceRef.
Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (1/3) O. J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/2) [54]
Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (2/3) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [55]
Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets) (1/2) Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [56]
Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets) (2/2) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [57]
Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (3/3) Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1) [58]
Michael Beasley (Miami Heat) (1/1) O. J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies) (2/2) [59] [60]

Coaches of the month

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

MonthEastern ConferenceWestern ConferenceRef.
Doc Rivers (Boston Celtics) (1/2) Phil Jackson (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1)
Mike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/3) Byron Scott (New Orleans Hornets) (1/1)
Stan Van Gundy (Orlando Magic) (1/1) Kevin McHale (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1)
Mike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/3) Jerry Sloan (Utah Jazz) (1/1)
Mike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/3) Rick Adelman (Houston Rockets) (1/1)
Doc Rivers (Boston Celtics) (2/2) Nate McMillan (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1)

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. [61]

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. [61]

For the 2007–08 season, the salary cap was set at $55.630 million (Increase2.svg$3.05 million), the tax level was $67.865 million (Increase2.svg$3.285 million) and the mid-level exception was $5.356 million (Increase2.svg$229,000). [61]

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