The 2005–06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. It began on November 1, 2005 and ran through April 19, 2006. The Miami Heat were crowned NBA champions, defeating the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals, 4–2.
A new league dress code was put into effect at the beginning of the year by commissioner David Stern.
The Miami Heat win their first NBA championship in franchise history. They become the third franchise (joining the 1969 Boston Celtics and 1977 Portland Trail Blazers) to win the NBA Finals after losing the first two games. They are also the first of the four 1988/89 expansion franchises to win a championship.
The All-Star Game was played on February 19, 2006 at the Toyota Center in Houston with the East beating the West 122–120. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers won the game's MVP honors.
This season marked the first season of the Charlotte Bobcats in their new arena in downtown Charlotte.
Due to the damages caused by Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Hornets played 32 regular season games in the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, 6 games at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and just 3 games at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans in March. Due to the split, the team was officially referred to as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.
This season marked the first under the NBA's new Collective Bargaining Agreement, agreed upon by the owners and the player union on June 21.
The season was marked by the 30th anniversary of the absorption of four American Basketball Association members into the league: The Indiana Pacers, the New Jersey Nets, the Denver Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs all joined in 1976.
On January 22, 2006, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors. This was the second-highest single game scoring total in league history, second only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962.
Scottie Pippen (Bulls), Karl Malone (Jazz), and Reggie Miller (Pacers) had their numbers retired by their respective franchises.
The NBA held the Hardwood Classics program for the fifth straight season. The Bulls, Rockets, Clippers, Grizzlies, Heat, Nets, Knicks, Magic, Suns, Sonics, and Wizards all took part by wearing throwback jerseys for select games.
On the last day of the regular season, Ray Allen broke the single season record for most three-pointers, at 269.
The NBA Finals was jokingly referred to as the "American Airlines" series since both competing teams played in an arena sponsored by the same airline. The Miami Heat play their games at AmericanAirlines Arena while the Dallas Mavericks reside in the American Airlines Center.
All five teams in the Central Division made the playoffs, marking the first time all teams in a division made the playoffs since the entire Midwest Division made it in 20 years before.
The Los Angeles Clippers made it back to the playoffs since 1997 and won their first playoff series since 1976 when they were still known as the Buffalo Braves.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves sport a patch in their warmups in memory of Hall of Fame player George Mikan, who passed away June 1, 2005 at the age of 80.
New Jersey Nets-y (4)
New York Knicks
Detroit Pistons-z (1)
Cleveland Cavaliers-x (3)
Indiana Pacers-x (6)
Chicago Bulls-x (7)
Milwaukee Bucks-x (8)
Miami Heat-y (2) C
Washington Wizards-x (5)
Denver Nuggets-y (4)
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs-z (1)
Dallas Mavericks-x (2)
Memphis Grizzlies-x (5)
Phoenix Suns-y (3)
Los Angeles Clippers-x (6)
Los Angeles Lakers-x (7)
Sacramento Kings-x (8)
Golden State Warriors
x - Clinched playoff berth
y - Clinched division title
z - Clinched top conference record
(1) – (8) - Playoff seedings
C - NBA Champions
Points per game
Los Angeles Lakers
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Blocks per game
Most Valuable Player: Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
Finals MVP: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Rookie of the Year: Chris Paul, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
Defensive Player of the Year: Ben Wallace, Detroit Pistons
Sixth Man of the Year: Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies
Most Improved Player: Boris Diaw, Phoenix Suns
Coach of the Year: Avery Johnson, Dallas Mavericks
Executive of the Year: Elgin Baylor, Los Angeles Clippers
Sportsmanship Award: Elton Brand, Los Angeles Clippers
All-NBA First Team:
F LeBron James - Cleveland Cavaliers
F Dirk Nowitzki - Dallas Mavericks
C Shaquille O'Neal - Miami Heat
G Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
G Steve Nash - Phoenix Suns
All-NBA Second Team:
F Elton Brand - Los Angeles Clippers
F Tim Duncan - San Antonio Spurs
C Ben Wallace - Detroit Pistons
G Dwyane Wade - Miami Heat
G Chauncey Billups - Detroit Pistons
All-NBA Third Team:
F Shawn Marion - Phoenix Suns
F Carmelo Anthony - Denver Nuggets
C Yao Ming - Houston Rockets
G Allen Iverson - Philadelphia 76ers
G Gilbert Arenas - Washington Wizards
NBA All-Defensive First Team:
Bruce Bowen - San Antonio Spurs
Ben Wallace - Detroit Pistons
Andrei Kirilenko - Utah Jazz
Ron Artest - Sacramento Kings
Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
Jason Kidd - New Jersey Nets
NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
Tim Duncan - San Antonio Spurs
Chauncey Billups - Detroit Pistons
Kevin Garnett - Minnesota Timberwolves
Marcus Camby - Denver Nuggets
Tayshaun Prince - Detroit Pistons
All-NBA Rookie First Team:
Chris Paul - New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
Charlie Villanueva - Toronto Raptors
Andrew Bogut - Milwaukee Bucks
Deron Williams - Utah Jazz
Channing Frye - New York Knicks
All-NBA Rookie Second Team:
Danny Granger - Indiana Pacers
Raymond Felton - Charlotte Bobcats
Luther Head - Houston Rockets
Marvin Williams - Atlanta Hawks
Ryan Gomes - Boston Celtics
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