2011–12 NBA season

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2011–12 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
DurationDecember 25, 2011 – April 26, 2012
April 28 – June 9, 2012 (Playoffs)
June 12 – 21, 2012 (Finals)
Number of games66
Number of teams30
TV partner(s) ABC, TNT, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Kyrie Irving
Picked by Cleveland Cavaliers
Regular season
Top seed Chicago Bulls
Season MVP LeBron James (Miami)
Top scorer Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Miami Heat
  Eastern runners-up Boston Celtics
Western champions Oklahoma City Thunder
  Western runners-up San Antonio Spurs
Finals
Champions Miami Heat
  Runners-up Oklahoma City Thunder
Finals MVP LeBron James (Miami Heat)
NBA seasons

The 2011–12 NBA season was the 66th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA), began with the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the owners of the 30 NBA teams and the NBA's players. The previous CBA, which was ratified in 2005, expired at 12:01 AM EDT on July 1, 2011, resulting in a lockout. With the new deal in place, the regular season was shortened from the normal 82 games per team to 66, because of nearly two months of inactivity. The season began on December 25, 2011, and ended on April 26, 2012. The playoffs started on April 28 and ended on June 21 when the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of their series, 121–106, winning the Finals, 4–1 and to capture the franchise's second NBA title. LeBron James was named both the season MVP and the NBA Finals MVP.

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.

Collective bargaining is a process of negotiation between employers and a group of employees aimed at agreements to regulate working salaries, working conditions, benefits, and other aspects of workers' compensation and rights for workers. The interests of the employees are commonly presented by representatives of a trade union to which the employees belong. The collective agreements reached by these negotiations usually set out wage scales, working hours, training, health and safety, overtime, grievance mechanisms, and rights to participate in workplace or company affairs.

Eastern Time Zone time zone observing UTC−05:00 during standard time and UTC−04:00 during daylight saving time

The Eastern Time Zone (ET) is a time zone encompassing part or all of 22 states in the eastern part of the contiguous United States, parts of eastern Canada, the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico, Panama in Central America, and the Caribbean Islands.

Contents

Transactions

Free agency

Free agency started on December 9, 2011. [1]

Coaching changes

Coaching changes
Off-season
Team2010–11 coach2011–12 coach
Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson Mike Brown
Houston Rockets Rick Adelman Kevin McHale
Golden State Warriors Keith Smart Mark Jackson
Toronto Raptors Jay Triano Dwane Casey
Detroit Pistons John Kuester Lawrence Frank
Minnesota Timberwolves Kurt Rambis Rick Adelman
In-season
TeamOutgoing coachIncoming coach
Sacramento Kings Paul Westphal Keith Smart
Washington Wizards Flip Saunders Randy Wittman
New York Knicks Mike D'Antoni Mike Woodson
Portland Trail Blazers Nate McMillan Kaleb Canales

Off-season

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.

Mike Brown (basketball, born 1970) American basketball head coach, born 1970

Michael Burton Brown is an American basketball coach. Brown is currently the associate head coach for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Brown is the former head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has also coached the Los Angeles Lakers, and is widely regarded as a defensive specialist.

Phil Jackson basketball coach and former player from the United States

Philip Douglas Jackson is a former American professional basketball player, coach, and executive in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A power forward, Jackson played 12 seasons in the NBA, winning NBA championships with the New York Knicks in 1970 and 1973. Jackson was the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 to 1998, during which time Chicago won six NBA championships. He then coached the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2005 to 2011; the team won five championships under his leadership. Jackson's 11 NBA titles as a coach, surpassed the previous record of nine set by Red Auerbach. He holds the NBA record for the most combined championships (13).

In-season

Sacramento Kings American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California

The Sacramento Kings are an American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. The Kings compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Western Conference's Pacific Division. The Kings are the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues located in Sacramento. The team plays its home games at the Golden 1 Center.

Paul Westphal American basketball player and coach

Paul Douglas Westphal is an American retired basketball player and a former head coach with several National Basketball Association (NBA) and college teams. Westphal has had a storied career in the NBA, both as a player and as a coach. As a player, he won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in the 1974 NBA Finals. In addition to being a five-time All-Star selection, from 1977 to 1981, Westphal earned three All-NBA First Team selections and one Second Team honor. Later, he returned to the Finals in 1993 as head coach of the Phoenix Suns. He was also head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics and the Sacramento Kings. He returned to his home state of California when he was the men's basketball head coach at Pepperdine University from 2001 to 2006.

Keith Smart American basketball player and coach

Jonathan Keith Smart is an American basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is perhaps best remembered for hitting the game-winning shot in the 1987 NCAA championship game. The shot gave the Indiana Hoosiers a 74–73 victory over the Syracuse Orangemen. He had transferred to Indiana from Garden City Community College in Kansas where he was a two-year standout and Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year.

2011 NBA lockout

The lockout was the fourth work stoppage in the history of the NBA. It began at UTC (12:01 am EDT) on July 1, 2011. The main issues dividing the owners and the players were revenue sharing and the structure of the salary cap. During the lockout, teams could not trade, sign or contact players and players couldn't access NBA team facilities, trainers, or staff members. All preseason games (scheduled to begin October 9) and the first six weeks of the regular season (scheduled to begin November 1, through December 15) were canceled. [19] [20] Some players signed contracts to play in other countries, and most had the option to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ended. On November 26, 2011, after 15 hours of talks, a tentative deal was reached; once officially ratified, the NBA started a revised 2011–12 season. [1] Owners allowed players to have voluntary workouts at team sites starting December 1. On December 8, 2011, the lockout ended when the owners and players ratified a new CBA agreement. [21]

A lockout is a temporary work stoppage or denial of employment initiated by the management of a company during a labor dispute. That is different from a strike in which employees refuse to work. It is usually implemented by simply refusing to admit employees onto company premises and may include changing locks and hiring security guards for the premises. Other implementations include a fine for showing up or a simple refusal of clocking in on the time clock. It is therefore referred to as the antithesis of strike.

Revenue sharing is the distribution of the total amount of income generated by the sale of goods or services between the stakeholders or contributors.

In professional sports, a salary cap is an agreement or rule that places a limit on the amount of money that a team can spend on players' salaries. It exists as a per-player limit or a total limit for the team's roster, or both. Several sports leagues have implemented salary caps, using it to keep overall costs down, and also to maintain a competitive balance by restricting richer clubs from entrenching dominance by signing many more top players than their rivals. Salary caps can be a major issue in negotiations between league management and players' unions because they limit players' and teams' ability to negotiate higher salaries even if a team is operating at significant profits, and have been the focal point of several strikes by players and lockouts by owners and administrators.

Preseason

Training camp began on December 9. A revised two-game preseason schedule took place. [22]

Regular season

A revised 66-game regular season began on December 25, 2011, with five Christmas Day games, two more than the original schedule. [23] The league built a new schedule from scratch based on available arena dates. In October, the league allowed arenas in Los Angeles and Chicago to reassign NBA dates for other events. The number of games between conferences was affected as was the case in the 1999 lockout, when each team played only five or six interconference games in a 50-game schedule. Normally, each team plays teams in the other conference twice each. [24] Teams played 48 conference games and 18 non-conference games in a 66-game schedule, compared to 52 conference games and 30 non-conference games in a normal 82-game season. [25] Teams played on average two more games per month and also were required to play three-consecutive games at least once in the season. In total, the league had 42 sets of back-to-back-to-back games throughout the season, with 11 teams playing two such sets. The exception was the then champion Dallas Mavericks, who never had a set of 3 consecutive back to backs. [26] [27] [28] The three-game set, or "triple", also occurred during the shortened 1998–99 season, which featured 64 triples and sloppier play due to tired players. [26] [27] Before that, the last occurrence was two decades earlier. [27] On 29 occasions during the season, teams played a stretch of five games in six days. [28] With fewer off days during the season, the level of play was lower due to fatigue, and some older players rested to avoid burnout and recuperate from injuries. [29] When the San Antonio Spurs rested Tim Duncan for a game in March at the end of a back-to-back-to-back, coach Gregg Popovich submitted the description of Duncan's injury as "Old". [30]

Games held by the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Christmas Day, December 25, have been an annual tradition since the league's second season in 1947. Currently, five games are played on Christmas. Unlike the National Football League (NFL)'s traditional Thanksgiving Day games, the NBA's Christmas Day games have no fixed opponents; rather, they feature some of the best teams and players. Very often a rematch of the previous season's NBA Finals is showcased on Christmas Day.

Staples Center multi-purpose arena in Los Angeles, CA

Staples Center, officially stylized as STAPLES Center, is a multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles. Adjacent to the L.A. Live development, it is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex along Figueroa Street. The arena opened on October 17, 1999, and is one of the major sporting facilities in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

United Center stadium

United Center is a multi-purpose arena located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The United Center is home to both the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). The arena is named after its city-based corporate sponsor, United Airlines.

Standings

By division

By conference

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

Tiebreakers

  • Chicago clinched the #1 overall seed over San Antonio based on head-to-head record (1-0).
Western Conference
  • The Los Angeles Lakers clinched #3 seed over Memphis upon winning the Pacific Division.
  • Dallas clinched #7 seed over Utah based on head-to-head record (3-1).

Playoffs

The 2012 NBA Playoffs began on Saturday April 28, and concluded on June 21, 2012 when the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Chicago Bulls were eliminated after losing Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to injuries, and the New York Knicks lost to the Miami Heat while losing Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert to knee injuries. The Heat were not immune, losing Chris Bosh for most of the playoffs en route to their championship. Commissioner David Stern initially said there was no connection between the injuries and the 66-game schedule compressed into 124 days; however, he backed off those comments a week later, saying more research was needed. [31] [32]

Bracket

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


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

Statistics leaders

Individual statistic leaders

CategoryPlayerTeamStatistics
Points per game Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder 28.0
Rebounds per game Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 14.5
Assists per game Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 11.7
Steals per game Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers 2.89
Blocks per game Serge Ibaka Oklahoma City Thunder 3.65
Turnovers per game Deron Williams New Jersey Nets 4.0
Fouls per game DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings 4.0
Minutes per game Luol Deng Chicago Bulls 39.4
Efficiency per game LeBron James Miami Heat 29.9
FG% Tyson Chandler New York Knicks 67.9%
FT% Jamal Crawford Portland Trail Blazers 92.7%
3FG% Steve Novak New York Knicks 47.2%
Double-Doubles Kevin Love Minnesota Timberwolves 48
Triple-Doubles Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 6

Individual game highs

CategoryPlayerTeamStatistics
Points Deron Williams New Jersey Nets 57
Rebounds Andrew Bynum Los Angeles Lakers 30
Assists Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 20
Deron Williams New Jersey Nets
Steals Ty Lawson Denver Nuggets 8
Paul Millsap Utah Jazz
Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers
Tony Allen Memphis Grizzlies
Blocks Serge Ibaka Oklahoma City Thunder 11
Three Pointers Nicolas Batum Portland Trail Blazers 9
Jason Richardson Orlando Magic
Ben Gordon Detroit Pistons

Team statistic leaders

CategoryTeamStatistics
Points per game Denver Nuggets 108.7
Rebounds per game Chicago Bulls 46.7
Assists per game Denver Nuggets 24.0
Steals per game Memphis Grizzlies 10.3
Blocks per game Oklahoma City Thunder 8.2
Turnovers per game Oklahoma City Thunder 16.4
Fouls per game Toronto Raptors 23.2
FG% San Antonio Spurs 47.8%
FT% Oklahoma City Thunder 80.6%
3FG% San Antonio Spurs 39.3%
+/- Chicago Bulls 8.2

Notable occurrences

Milestones and records

Individual

Team

Awards

Yearly awards

Players of the week

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

WeekEastern ConferenceWestern ConferenceRef.
LeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/6) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/3) [61]
LeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/6) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2) [62]
Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (1/2) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2) [63]
Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/1) Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) [64]
LeBron James (Miami Heat) (3/6) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [65]
Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (1/2) Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [66]
Jeremy Lin (New York Knicks) (1/1) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [67]
LeBron James (Miami Heat) (4/6) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/3) [68]
Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (2/2) Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [69]
Ersan İlyasova (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Monta Ellis (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [70]
Drew Gooden (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2) [71]
Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (3/3) [72]
Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (2/2) Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [73]
LeBron James (Miami Heat) (5/6) Goran Dragić (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [74]
Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2) [75]
LeBron James (Miami Heat) (6/6) Al Jefferson (Utah Jazz) (1/1) [76]

Players of the month

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

MonthEastern ConferenceWestern ConferenceRef.
LeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/2) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [77]
LeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/2) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [78]
Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [79]
Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (1/1) Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [80]

Rookies of the month

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

MonthEastern ConferenceWestern ConferenceRef.
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/3) Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1) [81]
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/3) Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) (1/2) [82]
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/3) Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) (2/2) [83]
Ivan Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [84]

Coaches of the month

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

MonthEastern ConferenceWestern ConferenceRef.
Tom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (1/2) Scott Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [85]
Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) (1/1) Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) (1/2) [86]
Tom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (2/2) Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) (2/2) [87]
Frank Vogel (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Lionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) [88]

Community Assist Award

The following players won the Community Assist Award.

MonthPlayerRef.
Wesley Matthews (Portland Trail Blazers) [89]
Gerald Henderson (Charlotte Bobcats) [89]
Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies) [89]
Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) [89]

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