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2011–12 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration December 25, 2011 – April 13, 2012
April 26 – June 2, 2012 (Playoffs)
June 12 – June 19, 2012 (Finals)
Number of games 82
Number of teams 30
TV partner/s ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Kyrie Irving
Picked by Cleveland Cavaliers
Regular season
Season MVP LeBron James (Miami Heat)
Top scorer Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Miami Heat
  Eastern runners-up Boston Celtics
Western champions Oklahoma City Thunder
  Western runners-up San Antonio Spurs
Finals
Finals champions Miami Heat
  Runners-up Oklahoma City Thunder
Finals MVP LeBron James (Miami Heat)
NBA seasons
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The 2011–12 NBA season was the 66th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 2011 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.[1].

Transactions

Coaching changes

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 2010–11 coach 2011–12 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
Team Outgoing coach Incoming 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

Offseason

In-season


Notable occurrences

  • On December 8, 2011, the New Orleans Hornets, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets agreed to a trade that would send Chris Paul to Los Angeles. NBA commissioner David Stern nullified the trade, saying the Hornets were better off keeping Paul than accepting the terms of the deal. The league had acquired the Hornets from former owner George Shinn, and the commissioner's office has final authority over all management decisions.[19] Several of the other owners, who co-own the Hornets, also opposed the deal.[20] Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert felt that the Lakers were acquiring the best player in the deal, Paul, and reducing their salary to possibly acquire Dwight Howard.[19][21] Owners believed the trade would have sent a bad message coming out of the lockout, where one goal was to give small-market teams a chance to keep their players. Paul had long been speculated to be leaving the Hornets as a free agent after the end of the season. Magic Johnson said the trade denial "sends a bad message to fans", and Dwyane Wade called the situation a "mess".[22] The three teams involved in the trade attempted to lobby the league to reverse its ruling[23] as well as reconstruct the deal that would satisfy the league, only to met by resistance from the league who wants the Hornets to receive more youth and draft picks. Later, the Lakers pulled out of the trade talk.[24] Five days later, Paul was finally traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.[25]
  • The Toronto Raptors became the first North American sports franchise to apply 3D application to its hardwood floor, which when seen by the players and in-arena spectators appears flat, but when seen by the television audience appears popped up. It made its debut in a pre-season game against the Boston Celtics at Air Canada Centre on December 18. On December 21, when the two teams met at the TD Garden, the Celtics became the first team to apply their Twitter account on their trademark parquet floor.
  • The Raptors also became the first NBA team to unveil camouflaged uniforms, which they wore for the first time on March 21 against the Chicago Bulls as a tribute to the Canadian Forces.[26]
  • Due to a career-ending knee injury, Portland Trail Blazers guard and three-time All-Star Brandon Roy announced his retirement, after only five seasons, on December 9, 2011. Roy's retirement was brief, however, when he joined the Minnesota Timberwolves the next season.
  • A new shot-clock rule was put into place. Upon reaching the five-second mark, tenths of a second is displayed in order to accurately determine last-second shots.
  • The Conseco Fieldhouse, the arena of the Indiana Pacers was renamed to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, On December 26, 2011 they played their first game on the newly named arena against the Detroit Pistons. Likewise the Oklahoma City Thunder's arena was renamed the Chesapeake Energy Arena, after Chesapeake Energy acquired naming rights.
  • Final season of the Nets playing in New Jersey. They spent a total of 36 seasons in New Jersey in four different locations (Teaneck Armory, Piscataway's Rutgers Athletic Center, East Rutherford's Izod Center (Brendan Byrne and Continental Airlines Arena), and Newark's Prudential Center) from 1977 to 2012. They are scheduled to move to Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, the next season at the Barclays Center, becoming the first "Big Four" sports franchise in Brooklyn since the Brooklyn Dodgers left in 1957.
  • All four active NBA teams formerly in the American Basketball Association (New Jersey Nets (as the New York Nets), San Antonio Spurs (as the Texas Chaparrals), Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers) along with the Minnesota Timberwolves (as the Minnesota Muskies), the Memphis Grizzlies (as the Memphis Tams), the Los Angeles Clippers (as the Los Angeles Stars), the Charlotte Bobcats (as the Carolina Cougars), and the Miami Heat (as the Miami Floridians) participated in NBA Hardwood Classics Nights as a tribute to the ABA wearing throwback jerseys.
  • On February 19 in an overtime win vs. the Denver Nuggets, Kevin Durant scored 51, Russell Westbrook scored 40, and Serge Ibaka had a triple-double marking the first time that a player scores 50+ points, with another scoring 40+ points, and another having a triple-double in the same game.
  • On March 25, the Atlanta Hawks defeat the Utah Jazz 139–133 at Philips Arena in the first quadruple-overtime game since November 14, 1997, when the Phoenix Suns defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 140–139.[27]
  • On April 13, Tom Benson, who owns the NFL's New Orleans Saints, agreed to buy the Hornets from the NBA for $338 million.
  • On April 26, the New Jersey Nets played their last game against the Toronto Raptors before moving to Brooklyn, New York.
  • The Charlotte Bobcats set the single–season NBA record for the worst winning percentage, going 7–59 for a .106 winning percentage. The 1972–73 Philadelphia 76ers previously held the record with .110, but they played the typical 82–game schedule.
  • Kevin Durant became the seventh player to win three consecutive scoring titles, and the first since Michael Jordan notched the last scoring title of his career in the 1997–98 season.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers became the fifth eighth seed to defeat a top seed in the playoffs, winning the first round series in six games over the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls lost reigning MVP Derrick Rose to an ACL injury in Game 1, who consequently missed the rest of the series.

Milestones and records

Individual

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Team

  • April 26: NBA Record: Charlotte Bobcats set the record for worst winning percentage in a season at 0.106 (7–59), surpassing the record previously held by the 1972–73 Philadelphia 76ers. In doing so, they also set a record for worst home winning percentage at 0.121 (4–29), beating out the record previously held by the 1947–48 Providence Steamrollers.
  • April 26: NBA Record: San Antonio Spurs finish the season with a 50–16 record, in doing so they won at least 50 games for the 13th straight season.

Awards

Yearly awards

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Players of the week

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

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
Template:HsDec. 25 – Jan. 1 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/6) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/3) [47]
Template:HsJan. 2 – Jan. 8 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/6) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2) [48]
Template:HsJan. 9 – Jan. 15 Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (1/2) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2) [49]
Template:HsJan. 16 – Jan. 22 Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/1) Gasol, MarcMarc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) [50]
Template:HsJan. 23 – Jan. 29 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (3/6) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [51]
Template:HsJan. 30 – Feb. 5 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (1/2) Parker, TonyTony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [52]
Template:HsFeb. 6 – Feb. 12 Lin, JeremyJeremy Lin (New York Knicks) (1/1) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [53]
Template:HsFeb. 13 – Feb. 19 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (4/6) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/3) [54]
Template:HsFeb. 27 – Mar. 4 Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (2/2) Lawson, TyTy Lawson (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [55]
Template:HsMar. 5 – Mar. 11 İlyasova, ErsanErsan İlyasova (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Ellis, MontaMonta Ellis (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [56]
Template:HsMar. 12 – Mar. 18 Gooden, DrewDrew Gooden (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Bynum, AndrewAndrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2) [57]
Template:HsMar. 19 – Mar. 25 Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (3/3) [58]
Template:HsMar. 26 – Apr. 1 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (2/2) Paul, ChrisChris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [59]
Template:HsApr. 2 – Apr. 8 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (5/6) Dragić, GoranGoran Dragić (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [60]
Template:HsApr. 9 – Apr. 15 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Bynum, AndrewAndrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2) [61]
Template:HsApr. 16 – Apr. 22 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (6/6) Jefferson, AlAl Jefferson (Utah Jazz) (1/1) [62]

Players of the month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
Template:HsDecember – January James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/2) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [63]
Template:HsFebruary James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/2) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [64]
Template:HsMarch Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [65]
Template:HsApril Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (1/1) Paul, ChrisChris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [66]

Rookies of the month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
Template:HsDecember – January Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/3) Rubio, RickyRicky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1) [67]
Template:HsFebruary Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/3) Thomas, IsaiahIsaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) (1/2) [68]
Template:HsMarch Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/3) Thomas, IsaiahIsaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) (2/2) [69]
Template:HsApril Johnson, IvanIvan Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Faried, KennethKenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [70]

Coaches of the month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
Template:HsDecember – January Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (1/2) Brooks, ScottScott Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [71]
Template:HsFebruary Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) (1/1) Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) (1/2) [72]
Template:HsMarch Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (2/2) Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) (2/2) [73]
Template:HsApril Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Hollins, LionelLionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) [74]

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.[75][76]

Bracket

Template:2012 NBA Playoffs The division champions are marked with an asterisk.

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