2003–04 NBA season

2003–04 NBA season

Infobox sports season
title =2003–04 NBA season
league =National Basketball Association
sport =Basketball
season =Regular season
season_champ =Minnesota Timberwolves
MVP =flagicon|USA Kevin Garnett (Minnesota)
top_scorer =flagicon|USA Tracy McGrady (Orlando)
playoffs =Playoffs
playoffs_link =2004 NBA Playoffs
conf1 =Eastern
conf1_link =Eastern Conference (NBA)
conf1_champ =Detroit Pistons
conf1_runner-up =Indiana Pacers
conf2 =Western
conf2_link =Western Conference (NBA)
conf2_champ =Los Angeles Lakers
conf2_runner-up =Minnesota Timberwolves
finals =Finals
finals_link =2004 NBA Finals
finals_champ =Detroit Pistons
finals_runner-up =Los Angeles Lakers
finals_MVP =flagicon|USA Chauncey Billups (Detroit)
finals_MVP_link =NBA Finals MVP
seasonslist =List of NBA seasons
seasonslistnames =NBA
prevseason_link =2002–03 NBA season
prevseason_year =2002–03
nextseason_link =2004–05 NBA season
nextseason_year =2004–05
The 2003–04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Detroit Pistons defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 in the 2004 NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

*This was the final season for the original two-division format in both the Eastern and Western Conferences, before each of the conferences added a third division the following season. As a result, this would also be the final season for the NBA Midwest Division, as the Minnesota Timberwolves were that division's last champion.
*The Houston Rockets play their first game at the Toyota Center.
*The All-Star Game was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The West won 136-132; Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal is named Most Valuable Player.
*The Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic introduced new team uniforms.
*Prior to the start of the season, Karl Malone and Gary Payton took major paycuts to leave their teams and join Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal on the Lakers for a chance at a possible NBA title; that title chase came to an end in the NBA Finals, as the Detroit Pistons won 4-1.
*Behind their "Big Three" of Kevin Garnett, Latrell Sprewell, and Sam Cassell, the Minnesota Timberwolves amassed the best record in the Western Conference, and were expected to finally win a first round playoff series. They won two and advanced to the Western Conference Finals, which they lost to the Lakers.
*Scoring in the league reached an all-time low. Many teams recorded their franchise lows in several scoring categories.
*LeBron James (1st overall to Cleveland), Carmelo Anthony (3rd overall to Denver), Chris Bosh (4th overall to Toronto), and Dwyane Wade (5th overall to Miami), among others, form one of the strongest drafts in NBA history. Among the highly touted rookies, Anthony and Wade led their teams to the playoffs, and Wade's play pushed the Heat into the second round. James went on to win NBA Rookie of the Year.
*After eight losing seasons, the Memphis Grizzlies secure a 50-32 record to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. It was also their final season at the Pyramid, before moving to their new arena the following season.
*All Texas teams make the playoffs in the same year for the first time in 14 years.
*All Midwest Division teams finished over .500, but the Jazz miss the playoffs.
*Scottie Pippen returned to play for the Chicago Bulls.

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

C NBA Champions

2003-04 NBA statistics leaders

NBA awards

*Most Valuable Player: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
*Rookie of the Year: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
*Defensive Player of the Year: Ron Artest, Indiana Pacers
*Sixth Man of the Year: Antawn Jamison, Dallas Mavericks
*Most Improved Player: Zach Randolph, Portland Trail Blazers
*Coach of the Year: Hubie Brown, Memphis Grizzlies
*Executive of the Year: Jerry West, Memphis Grizzlies
*Sportsmanship Award: P. J. Brown, New Orleans Hornets
*All-NBA First Team:
**F - Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
**F - Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
**C - Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
**G - Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
**G - Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets
*All-NBA Second Team:
**F - Jermaine O'Neal, Indiana Pacers
**F - Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento Kings
**C - Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons
**G - Sam Cassell, Minnesota Timberwolves
**G - Tracy McGrady, Orlando Magic
*All-NBA Third Team
**F - Ron Artest, Indiana Pacers
**F - Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
**C - Yao Ming, Houston Rockets
**G - Baron Davis, New Orleans Hornets
**G - Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks
*NBA All-Defensive First Team
**F - Ron Artest, Indiana Pacers
**F - Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
**C - Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons
**G - Bruce Bowen, San Antonio Spurs
**G - Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
*"'NBA All-Defensive Second Team
**F - Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz
**F - Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
**C - Theo Ratliff, Portland Trail Blazers
**G - Doug Christie, Sacramento Kings
**G - Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets
*All-Rookie First Team:
**LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
**Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
**Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
**Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors
**Kirk Hinrich, Chicago Bulls
*All-Rookie Second Team:
**Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
**Marquis Daniels, Dallas Mavericks
**Jarvis Hayes, Washington Wizards
**Josh Howard, Dallas Mavericks
**T. J. Ford, Milwaukee Bucks

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