2004–05 NBA season

2004–05 NBA season

Infobox sports season
title =2004–05 NBA season
league =National Basketball Association
sport =Basketball
duration =November 2, 2004April 20, 2005
season =Regular season
season_champ =Phoenix Suns
MVP =flagicon|CAN Steve Nash (Phoenix)
top_scorer =flagicon|USA Allen Iverson (Philadelphia)
playoffs =Playoffs
playoffs_link =2005 NBA Playoffs
conf1 =Eastern
conf1_link =Eastern Conference (NBA)
conf1_champ =Detroit Pistons
conf1_runner-up =Miami Heat
conf2 =Western
conf2_link =Western Conference (NBA)
conf2_champ =San Antonio Spurs
conf2_runner-up =Phoenix Suns
finals =Finals
finals_link =2005 NBA Finals
finals_champ =San Antonio Spurs
finals_runner-up =Detroit Pistons
finals_MVP =flagicon|U.S. Virgin Islands Tim Duncan (San Antonio)
finals_MVP_link =NBA Finals MVP
seasonslist =List of NBA seasons
seasonslistnames =NBA
prevseason_link =2003–04 NBA season
prevseason_year =2003–04
nextseason_link =2005–06 NBA season
nextseason_year =2005–06
The 2004–05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). It began on November 2, 2004 and ended April 20, 2005. The season ended with the San Antonio Spurs defeating defending champion Detroit Pistons 4–3 in the NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

*The NBA makes its return to Charlotte as the Charlotte Bobcats become the league's 30th franchise. They play their first season at the Charlotte Coliseum.
*This season also makes 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 move from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference.
*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. Amare 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 Laker teammate Kobe Bryant. Fans sensed this, along with the Pistons championship, as a possible end of dominance by the Western Conference. They 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.
*During the offseason 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 playmaking skills Phoenix went on to win 33 games more than 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 play their first game at FedExForum.
*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 make their first appearance in the playoffs since their 1998 championship season (after which they lost Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Phil Jackson, Luc Longley, and Steve Kerr among others). The Bulls postseason berth also followed an 0–9 start to the season, and the Bulls fielded one of the youngest rosters in NBA history (Gordon, Deng, Duhon, and Nocioni were rookies, Hinrich was in his second season, Chandler and Curry were in their fourth seasons out of high school).
*The Washington Wizards make their first appearance in the playoffs since the team name changed for the 1997–98 season.
*The Phoenix 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 website on the sideline, which other teams followed suit in the coming seasons.
*The Seattle SuperSonics make the playoffs for the last time as a team from Seattle.
*This is the last season to date in which no team with a losing record made the playoffs.

Final standings

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* x - Clinched playoff spot.
* y - Clinched division title.
* z - Clinched top conference record.
* (1) – (8) - Playoff seedings
* C - NBA Champions

2004–05 NBA Stats Leaders

NBA awards

*Most Valuable Player: Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
*Rookie of the Year: Emeka Okafor, Charlotte Bobcats
*Defensive Player of the Year: Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons
*Sixth Man of the Year: Ben Gordon, Chicago Bulls
*Most Improved Player: Bobby Simmons, Los Angeles Clippers
*Coach of the Year: Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix Suns
*Executive of the Year: Bryan Colangelo, Phoenix Suns
*Sportsmanship Award: Grant Hill, Orlando Magic
*All-NBA First Team:
**F - Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
**F - Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
**C - Shaquille O'Neal, Miami Heat
**G - Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
**G - Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
*All-NBA Second Team:
**F - LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
**F - Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
**C - Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns
**G - Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
**G - Ray Allen, Seattle SuperSonics
*All-NBA Third Team
**F - Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets
**F - Shawn Marion, Phoenix Suns
**C - Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons
**G - Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
**G - Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards
*NBA All-Defensive First Team
**F - Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
**F - Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
**C - Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons
**G - Bruce Bowen, San Antonio Spurs
**G - Larry Hughes, Washington Wizards
*NBA All-Defensive Second Team
**F - Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons
**F - Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz
**C - Marcus Camby, Denver Nuggets
**G - Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets
**G - Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
**G - Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons
*All-NBA Rookie First Team
**Emeka Okafor, Charlotte Bobcats
**Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
**Ben Gordon, Chicago Bulls
**Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers
**Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls
*All-NBA Rookie Second Team
**Nenad Krstic, New Jersey Nets
**Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
**Josh Childress, Atlanta Hawks
**Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic
**Al Jefferson, Boston Celtics

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