2007–08 NBA season

2007–08 NBA season

Infobox sports season
title =2007–08 NBA season
league =National Basketball Association
sport =Basketball
logo =
pixels =
caption =
duration =October 30, 2007 – April 16, 2008
attendance =
season =Regular season
season_champs =
MVP = flagicon|USA Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
MVP_link = National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award
top_scorer = flagicon|USA LeBron James (Cleveland)
playoffs =Playoffs
playoffs_link =2008 NBA Playoffs
conf1 =Eastern
conf1_link =Eastern Conference (NBA)
conf1_champ =Boston Celtics
conf1_runner-up =Detroit Pistons
conf2 =Western
conf2_link =Western Conference (NBA)
conf2_champ =Los Angeles Lakers
conf2_runner-up =San Antonio Spurs
finals =Finals
finals_link =2008 NBA Finals
finals_champ =Boston Celtics
finals_runner-up =Los Angeles Lakers
finals_MVP =flagicon|USA Paul Pierce (Boston)
finals_MVP_link =NBA Finals MVP
seasonslist =List of NBA seasons
seasonslistnames =NBA
prevseason_link =2006–07 NBA season
prevseason_year =2006–07
nextseason_link =2008–09 NBA season
nextseason_year =2008–09
The 2007–08 NBA season was the 62nd season of the National Basketball Association. The 1,230-game regular season (82 games for each of the 30 teams) began on Tuesday, October 30, 2007, and ended on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. The 2008 NBA Playoffs started on Saturday, April 19, 2008 and ran until Tuesday, June 17 when the Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92 to win the 2008 NBA Finals, four games to two. The 2007 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2007 and Greg Oden was selected first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers. However, he missed the entire season due to knee surgery. [ [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/basketball/nba/wires/09/13/2030.ap.bkn.trail.blazers.oden.2nd.ld.writethru.0726/index.html Top draft pick Greg Oden to miss rookie season with Trail Blazers] , Sports Illustrated.]

This season was notable for being one of the most competitive Western Conference playoff races in NBA history. Up until April 4, 2008, not a single Western Conference team had secured a playoff spot, and the 8th seeded team was a mere 6.5 games behind the 1st seed. Additionally, the quality of the teams ensured that Golden State finished with the highest winning percentage of any non-playoff team in NBA history since the switch to the 8-team playoff format, beating out the 2000-2001 Houston Rockets. The all-time record is held by the 1971-1972 Phoenix Suns (49-33), which was during the 4-team playoff era.

Notable occurrences

*The 2008 NBA All-Star Game was played at the New Orleans Arena, home of the New Orleans Hornets, on February 17, 2008 with the East winning 134-128 and Cleveland's LeBron James being named the MVP. Every single All-Star Game participant would end up in the NBA playoffs, with the exception of Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.
*The Hornets returned to New Orleans, Louisiana full-time, after splitting home games during the previous two seasons with New Orleans and Oklahoma City due to damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
*The NBA extended its 6-year television contract with Time Warner's TNT and The Walt Disney Company's ABC and ESPN through 2016.
*Sacramento Kings small forward Ron Artest and Golden State Warriors shooting guard Stephen Jackson were suspended for the first seven games of the season. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2936623 Jackson, Artest suspended following court pleas] , ESPN.]
*The Orlando Magic got approvals in the last week of July for a new arena, which is expected to be ready for the 2010-11 season. [ [http://www.orlandosentinel.com/community/news/downtown/orl-venues2407jul24,0,2226250.story?coll=orl_tab01_layout Orlando OKs venues; big hurdle awaits ] ]
*After spending 12 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kevin Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for seven different players, the largest trade in NBA history for one player.
*On November 2, 2007, the Seattle SuperSonics made their plans to move to Oklahoma City official.cite news|url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3091416 |title=Sonics tell NBA of intent to move SuperSonics to Oklahoma City |author=Associated Press |publisher="ESPN.com" |date=2007-11-03 |accessdate=2007-12-27]
*On December 23, 2007, Kobe Bryant became the youngest player to score 20,000 points at age 29 years, 122 days old, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain's previous record of 29 years, 134 days old. [cite news|title=NBA: Kobe youngest to reach 20,000|url=http://www.nba.com/fantasy/fantasy_playernews.jsp?date= 2007-12-23&?nav=playerwidget&type=news#kobe_bryant|date=2007-12-23|work=NBA|accessdate=2007-12-24]
*On December 24, 2007, the Chicago Bulls fired head coach Scott Skiles after a 9-16 start. Jim Boylan was named the interim head coach for the remaining games in this season three days later. [cite news|title=Sports People: Chicago Bulls fire coach Scott Skiles|url=http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cs-071224chicagobullsfirecoachscottskiles,0,6113811.story?coll=chi-site-nav|date=2007-12-24|work=Chicago Tribune|accessdate=2007-12-25]
*On January 11, 2008, NBA commissioner David Stern granted the Miami Heat a 51.9 seconds replay on their overtimed game on December 19, 2007 versus the Atlanta Hawks because the official scorer ruled incorrectly that Shaquille O'Neal was fouled out, when he was on his fifth foul. The Hawks were fined $50,000 for their "gross negligence." The replay was held on March 8, 2008, before the teams' next meeting. This was the first replay since December 1982 when then-NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien granted a replay on a double overtime game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3192421 Heat, Hawks to replay final minute of Dec. 19 game later this year] , ESPN.] This replay was continued despite O'Neal having been traded to the Phoenix Suns. [ [http://www.nba.com/nba_news/replay_080304.html NBA Sets Guidelines for Heat-Hawks Replay] , NBA.com] The Hawks went on to win the replay.
*February 2008 was marked by several major trades by some the league's top teams. Some of the more notable trades include:
**Pau Gasol going from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Los Angeles Lakers for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron Mckie, draft rights to his brother Marc Gasol, and two first round draft picks in 2008 and 2010. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3226203 In dire need of frontcourt help, Lakers acquire Gasol from Grizzlies] , "ESPN".]
**Shaquille O'Neal going from the Miami Heat to the Phoenix Suns in return for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. [ [http://www.nba.com/suns/news/release_080206.html Suns trade Marion and Banks for O'Neal to the Heat] , "NBA".]
**Mike Bibby going from the Sacramento Kings to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Anthony Johnson, Tyronn Lue, Shelden Williams, Lorenzen Wright, and a second-round 2008 draft pick. [cite web |url=http://www.nba.com/hawks/news/Hawks_Acquire_Bibby_021608.html |title=HAWKS: Hawks Acquire Mike Bibby From Sacramento |accessdate=2008-02-17]
**Jason Kidd, along with Malik Allen and Antoine Wright going from the New Jersey Nets to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Devin Harris, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, Trenton Hassell, retired Keith Van Horn, two first round draft picks and three-million dollars. [ [http://www.nba.com/mavericks/news/Kidd_trade_021908.html Mavs acquire Kidd from Nets] , "NBA".]
**Kurt Thomas going from the Seattle SuperSonics to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Brent Barry, Francisco Elson and a 2009 first round draft pick. Brent Barry was immediately waived by the Sonics. Barry was later re-signed by the Spurs. [ [http://www.nba.com/spurs/news/spurs_obtain_kurt_thomas_080220.html Duncan receives help, Spurs trade Elson and Barry for Thomas] , "NBA".]
**A three-team deal between Cleveland, Chicago, and Seattle that saw Ben Wallace and Joe Smith, a 2009 2nd-round pick, Sonics forward Wally Szczerbiak and guard Delonte West all go to Cleveland, Cavs forwards Drew Gooden and Cedric Simmons, guards Larry Hughes and Shannon Brown go to Chicago, Cavs forwards Ira Newble and Donyell Marshall, and Bulls forward Adrian Griffin go to Seattle. [ [http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/hughes_gooden_080221.html three-way trade deal for Chicago, Cleveland, and Seattle] , "NBA".]
**Bonzi Wells and Mike James going from the Houston Rockets to the New Orleans Hornets for point guard Bobby Jackson. [ [http://www.nba.com/hornets/news/HORNETS_ACQUIRE_WELLS_AND_JAME-258879-31.html Hornets acquire Wells and James/Jackson reunited with Adelman] , "NBA".]
*On February 28, 2008, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James became the youngest player to score 10,000 points at age 23 years, 59 days old, surpassing Kobe Bryant's previous record of 24 years, 193 days old. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nba&id=3268130 James hits milestone but Cavaliers fall to Celtics 92-87] , ESPN.]
*From January 29, 2008 to March 18, 2008, the Houston Rockets won 22 consecutive games, notching the second longest winning streak in NBA history.
*The Boston Celtics broke the record for the best single-season turnaround in NBA history by improving from 24 wins in 2006-07 to 66 wins this season, a total of 42 games. [Mark Murphy, [http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/celtics/view.bg?articleid=1085270&srvc=celt&position=1 C’s can do as they please - Stars sit, but team still clinches homecourt] , "Boston Herald", April 6, 2008.] The previous record of 36 games was held by the 1997-98 San Antonio Spurs, who improved from 20 to 56 wins. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=280405030 No Big Three, but Celts still get top seed, complete NBA's biggest turnaround] , "Associated Press", April 5, 2008.] [Lisa Brooks, [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/dailydime?page=dime-080403 Celtics: From Worst To First] , "ESPN.com", April 2, 2008.]
*The Atlanta Hawks made the playoffs for the first time since 1999, ending the league's longest playoff drought. [ [http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AhtaAf_zB88QqffBQOxl6Ku8vLYF?slug=ap-hawks-playoffs&prov=ap&type=lgns Hawks returning to NBA playoffs for first time in 9 years] , "Associated Press", April 14, 2008.]
*On April 28, 2008, Pat Riley announced that he would step down as the Miami Heat head coach after leading the team to a 15-67 record. Former Heat assistant coach Erik Spoelstra was announced as his replacement. Riley will remain as team president. [ [http://www.nba.com/heat/news/riley_spoelstra_080428.html Riley Steps Down, Spoelstra Named Head Coach] , "NBA", 28 April 2008, accessed 28 April 2008.]
*After losing in the first round of the playoffs, Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson was fired as head coach. Former Pacers coach Rick Carlisle was named as Johnson's replacement.
*Mike D'Antoni agreed to a 4-year, $24 million contract with the New York Knicks. The team D'Antoni left, the Phoenix Suns, replaced him with Terry Porter.
*The 2008 NBA Finals featured No.1 seeds from both conferences for the first time since 2000. The Boston Celtics, who earned their first finals appearance since 1987, faced the Los Angeles Lakers, reviving a classic rivalry not seen since the Lakers beat the Celtics 4-2 in 1987. This time the Celtics prevailed in 6 games over the Lakers.
*Flip Saunders was dismissed as Detroit Pistons head coach, four days after the Celtics beat the Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals. [ [http://www.nba.com/pistons/news/saunders_080603.html Flip Saunders Not To Return As Pistons’ Coach] , "NBA", 3 June 2008, accessed 3 June 2008.]
*On June 17 2008, the Boston Celtics win their record 17th NBA Championship with a six game NBA Finals triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Final standings

=Eastern Conference=

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* x - Clinched playoff berth
* y - Clinched division title
* z - Clinched top conference record
* (1) - (8) - Playoff seedings
* C - NBA Champions [ [http://www.nba.com/standings/team_record_comparison/conferenceNew_Std_Div.html 2007-08 Divisional Standing] , "NBA", accessed April 26 2008.]

2007–08 NBA stats leaders

NBA awards

*Most Valuable Player: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers [ [http://www.nba.com//news/kobe_mvp_080506.html Kobe Bryant Wins Most Valuable Player Award] , "NBA", 6 May 2008, accessed 6 May 2008.]
*Rookie of the Year: Kevin Durant, Seattle SuperSonics [ [http://www.nba.com//nbatvaffiliates/durant_roy_080501.html Kevin Durant Named Rookie of the Year] , "NBA", 1 May 2008, accessed 1 May 2008.]
*Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics [ [http://www.nba.com/news/garnett_defensive_080422.html Kevin Garnett Wins Kia Defensive Player of the Year] , "NBA", 22 April 2008, accessed 22 April 2008.]
*Sixth Man of the Year: Manu Ginóbili, San Antonio Spurs [ [http://www.nba.com/news/sixthman_080421.html Ginobili Wins 2007-08 Sixth Man of the Year Award Presented by Kia Motors] , "NBA", 21 April 2008, accessed 21 April 2008.]
*Most Improved Player: Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic [ [http://www.nba.com/news/hedo_mip_080428.html Hedo Turkoglu Wins Most Improved Player Award] , "NBA", 28 April 2008, accessed 28 April 2008.]
*Coach of the Year: Byron Scott, New Orleans Hornets [ [http://www.nba.com/news/scott_coy_080428.html Byron Scott wins 2007-08 NBA Coach of the Year award] , "NBA", 29 April 2008, accessed 29 April 2008.]
*Executive of the Year: Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics [ [http://www.nba.com//ainge_executive_080514.html Boston’s Danny Ainge Named 2007-08 NBA Executive of the Year] , "NBA", 14 May 2008, accessed 14 May 2008.]
*Sportsmanship Award: Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns [ [http://www.nba.com/news/hill_sportsmanship_080425.html Suns’ Hill Wins 2007-08 NBA Sportsmanship Award] , "NBA", 25 April 2008, accessed 25 April 2008.]
*All-NBA First Team:
**F Kevin Garnett - Boston Celtics
**F LeBron James - Cleveland Cavaliers
**C Dwight Howard - Orlando Magic
**G Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
**G Chris Paul - New Orleans Hornets [http://www.nba.com/news/all_nba_080508.html MVP Kobe Bryant highlights All-NBA First team] , "NBA", 8 May 2008, accessed 8 May 2008.]
*All-NBA Second Team:
**F Dirk Nowitzki - Dallas Mavericks
**F Tim Duncan - San Antonio Spurs
**C Amare Stoudemire - Phoenix Suns
**G Steve Nash - Phoenix Suns
**G Deron Williams - Utah Jazz
*All-NBA Third Team:
**F Carlos Boozer - Utah Jazz
**F Paul Pierce - Boston Celtics
**C Yao Ming - Houston Rockets
**G Tracy McGrady - Houston Rockets
**G Manu Ginobili - San Antonio Spurs
*NBA All-Defensive First Team:
**F Kevin Garnett - Boston Celtics
**F Tim Duncan - San Antonio Spurs
**C Marcus Camby - Denver Nuggets
**G Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
**G Bruce Bowen - San Antonio Spurs [http://www.nba.com/news/defensive_team_080512.html Kobe, Garnett Headline All-Defensive Team] , "NBA", 12 May 2008, accessed 12 May 2008.]
*NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
**F Tayshaun Prince - Detroit Pistons
**F Shane Battier - Houston Rockets
**C Dwight Howard - Orlando Magic
**G Raja Bell - Phoenix Suns
**G Chris Paul - New Orleans Hornets
*NBA All-Rookie First Team:
** Al Horford - Atlanta Hawks
** Kevin Durant - Seattle SuperSonics
** Luis Scola - Houston Rockets
** Al Thornton - Los Angeles Clippers
** Jeff Green - Seattle SuperSonics
*NBA All-Rookie Second Team:
** Jamario Moon - Toronto Raptors
** Juan Carlos Navarro - Memphis Grizzlies
** Thaddeus Young - Philadelphia 76ers
** Rodney Stuckey - Detroit Pistons
** Carl Landry - Houston Rockets [http://www.nba.com/news/all_rookie_080513.html Durant, Horford Headline T-Mobile All-Rookie Team] , "NBA", 13 May 2008, accessed 13 May 2008.]


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