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2015–16 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 26, 2015 – April 13, 2016
April 16 – May 30, 2016 (Playoffs)
June 2 – June 10, 2016 (Finals)
Number of games 82
Number of teams 30
TV partner/s ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns
Picked by Minnesota Timberwolves
Regular season
Season MVP LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Top scorer Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Cleveland Cavaliers
  Eastern runners-up Toronto Raptors
Western champions Golden State Warriors
  Western runners-up Oklahoma City Thunder
Finals
Finals champions Cleveland Cavaliers
  Runners-up Golden State Warriors
Finals MVP LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
NBA seasons
← 2014–15

2016–17 →

The 2015–16 NBA season was the 70th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season began on Tuesday, October 26, 2015 at the Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks, with their game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The 2016 NBA All-Star Game was played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on February 14, 2016. The regular season ended on April 13, 2016. The playoffs started on April 16, 2016 and ended with the 2016 NBA Finals on June 19, 2016, with the Eastern Conference Cleveland Cavaliers defeating the Western Conference Golden State Warriors in seven games in a 4–2 to win their first NBA title. This would be Kobe Bryant's last season in the NBA.

Transactions

Retirements

  • On June 18, 2015, Shawn Marion officially announced his retirement after playing 16 seasons, winning an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.
  • On June 23, 2015, Andrei Kirilenko officially announced his retirement after playing 13 seasons in the NBA.
  • On July 2, 2015, Kenyon Martin officially announced his retirement after playing 15 seasons in the NBA.
  • On July 22, 2015, Stephen Jackson officially announced his retirement after playing 14 seasons, winning an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.
  • On August 11, 2015, Elton Brand officially announced his retirement after playing 16 seasons in the NBA. On January 4, 2016 he returned to play for Philadelphia 76ers.
  • On September 23, 2015, Jason Richardson officially announced his retirement after playing 14 seasons in the NBA.
  • On November 13, 2015, Hedo Türkoğlu officially announced his retirement after playing 15 seasons in the NBA.
  • On November 29, 2015, Kobe Bryant officially announced that the 2015–16 season will be his last after playing 20 seasons, winning five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant ended his career with a season-high 60 points in his final career game against the Utah Jazz.

Coaching changes

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 2014–15 coach 2015–16 coach
Oklahoma City Thunder Scott Brooks Bill Donovan
New Orleans Pelicans Monty Williams Alvin Gentry
Chicago Bulls Tom Thibodeau Fred Hoiberg
Orlando Magic James Borrego (interim) Scott Skiles
Denver Nuggets Melvin Hunt (interim) Michael Malone
Minnesota Timberwolves Flip Saunders (died) Sam Mitchell
In-season
Team Outgoing coach New coach
Houston Rockets Kevin McHale J.B. Bickerstaff
Brooklyn Nets Lionel Hollins Tony Brown (interim)
Cleveland Cavaliers David Blatt Tyronn Lue
Phoenix Suns Jeff Hornacek Earl Watson
New York Knicks Derek Fisher Kurt Rambis (interim)

Off-season


In-season

  • November 18, 2015 - Houston Rockets fired head coach Kevin McHale after five years with the team. Their assistant coach J. B. Bickerstaff would take on the interim head coach.
  • December 20, 2015 - Milwaukee Bucks announced that assistant coach Joe Prunty would take on the interim head coach role while Jason Kidd recovers after taking an indefinite leave to have hip surgery.
  • January 10, 2016 - Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Lionel Hollins after two years with the team. Assistant coach Tony Brown was named as interim head coach.
  • January 22, 2016 - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr returned after complications following back surgery, taking over from Luke Walton, who led the Warriors to a 39–4 record. Walton returns as an assistant coach for Kerr.
  • January 22, 2016 - Cleveland Cavaliers fired head coach David Blatt after 1 1/2 seasons with the team. Assistant coach Tyronn Lue was named the new head coach after signing a three-year deal with the Cavaliers.
  • January 26, 2016 - Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd returned after complications following right hip surgery taking over from Joe Prunty who led the Bucks to a 8–9 record.
  • February 1, 2016 - Phoenix Suns fired head coach Jeff Hornacek after two and a half seasons with the team. Suns’ assistant coach Earl Watson was named as interim head coach.
    • April 19 - Suns decided to promote Watson as their full-time coach for the next three years.
  • February 8, 2016, New York Knicks fired head coach Derek Fisher after 1 1/2 seasons with the team. Knicks’ assistant coach Kurt Rambis was named interim head coach for the rest of the season.

Playoffs

The 2016 NBA playoffs began on Saturday, April 16, 2016 and ended with the 2016 NBA Finals which began on June 2, 2016 and ended on June 19, 2016 on ABC.

Bracket

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
1  Cleveland* 4  
8  Detroit 0  
  1  Cleveland* 4  
 
  4  Atlanta 0  
4  Atlanta 4
5  Boston 2  
  1  Cleveland* 4  
Eastern Conference
  2  Toronto* 2  
3  Miami* 4  
6  Charlotte 3  
  3  Miami* 3
 
  2  Toronto* 4  
2  Toronto* 4
7  Indiana 3  
  E1  Cleveland* 4
  W1  Golden State* 3
1  Golden State* 4  
8  Houston 1  
  1  Golden State* 4
 
  5  Portland 1  
4  L.A. Clippers 2
5  Portland 4  
  1  Golden State* 4
Western Conference
  3  Oklahoma City* 3  
3  Oklahoma City* 4  
6  Dallas 1  
  3  Oklahoma City* 4
 
  2  San Antonio* 2  
2  San Antonio* 4
7  Memphis 0  

[*] Division winner
[Bold] Series winner
[Italic] Team with home-court advantage

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