2007–08 NBA season

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2007–08 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 30, 2007 – April 16, 2008
April 19 – May 30, 2008 (Playoffs)
June 5 – 17, 2008 (Finals)
Number of teams 30
TV partner(s) ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Greg Oden (did not play until 2008-09 NBA season)
Picked by Portland Trail Blazers
Regular season
Top seed Boston Celtics
Season MVP Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
Top scorer LeBron James (Cleveland)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Boston Celtics
  Eastern runners-up Detroit Pistons
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up San Antonio Spurs
Finals
Champions Boston Celtics
  Runners-up Los Angeles Lakers
Finals MVP Paul Pierce (Boston)
NBA seasons

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.[1]

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 the Golden State Warriors finished with the highest winning percentage of any non-playoff team in NBA history since the switch to the eight-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 four-team playoff era.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 2006–07 coach 2007–08 coach
Charlotte Bobcats Bernie Bickerstaff Sam Vincent
Houston Rockets Jeff Van Gundy Rick Adelman
Indiana Pacers Rick Carlisle Jim O'Brien
Memphis Grizzlies Tony Barone Marc Iavaroni
Orlando Magic Brian Hill Stan Van Gundy
Sacramento Kings Eric Musselman Reggie Theus
Seattle SuperSonics Bob Hill P.J. Carlesimo
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Chicago Bulls Scott Skiles Pete Myers
Pete Myers Jim Boylan

Final standings[edit]

By division[edit]

By conference[edit]

Notes

  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • x – Clinched playoff spot
  • y – Clinched division title

Playoffs[edit]

Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics.

Main article: 2008 NBA Playoffs
First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 Boston* 4
8 Atlanta 3
1 Boston 4
4 Cleveland 3
4 Cleveland 4
5 Washington 2
1 Boston 4
Eastern Conference
2 Detroit 2
3 Orlando* 4
6 Toronto 1
3 Orlando 1
2 Detroit 4
2 Detroit* 4
7 Philadelphia 2
E1 Boston 4
W1 L.A. Lakers 2
1 L.A. Lakers* 4
8 Denver 0
1 L.A. Lakers 4
4 Utah 2
4 Utah* 4
5 Houston 2
1 L.A. Lakers 4
Western Conference
3 San Antonio 1
3 San Antonio 4
6 Phoenix 1
3 San Antonio 4
2 New Orleans 3
2 New Orleans* 4
7 Dallas 1

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 30.0
Rebounds per game Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 14.2
Assists per game Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets 11.6
Steals per game Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets 2.71
Blocks per game Marcus Camby Denver Nuggets 3.61
Field goal percentage Andris Biedriņš Golden State Warriors .626
Free throw percentage Peja Stojaković New Orleans Hornets .929
Three-point field goal percentage Jason Kapono Toronto Raptors .483

NBA awards[edit]

Yearly awards[edit]

Players of the week[edit]

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

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
01Oct. 30 – Nov. 4 Granger, DannyDanny Granger (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) McGrady, TracyTracy McGrady (Houston Rockets) (1/2)
02Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) (1/3) Ming, YaoYao Ming (Houston Rockets) (1/1)
03Nov. 12 – Nov. 18 Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/2) Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (Denver Nuggets) (1/3)
04Nov. 19 – Nov. 25 James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/3) Parker, TonyTony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1)
05Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (2/2) Jackson, StephenStephen Jackson (Golden State Warriors) (1/1)
06Dec. 3 – Dec. 9 Smith, JoshJosh Smith (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Roy, BrandonBrandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/2)
07Dec. 10 – Dec. 16 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (1/2) Roy, BrandonBrandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/2)
08Dec. 17 – Dec. 23 Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) (1/2) Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets) (1/2)
09Dec. 24 – Dec. 30 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (2/2) Paul, ChrisChris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (1/2)
10Dec. 31 – Jan. 6 James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/3) Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (Denver Nuggets) (2/3)
11Jan. 7 – Jan. 13 Bosh, ChrisChris Bosh (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/3)
12Jan. 14 – Jan. 20 Wallace, GeraldGerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats) (1/1) Davis, BaronBaron Davis (Golden State Warriors) (1/1)
13Jan. 21 – Jan. 27 Türkoğlu, HedoHedo Türkoğlu (Orlando Magic) (1/2) Jefferson, AlAl Jefferson (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1)
14Jan. 28 – Feb. 3 Türkoğlu, HedoHedo Türkoğlu (Orlando Magic) (2/2) Miller, BradBrad Miller (Sacramento Kings) (1/1)
15Feb. 4 – Feb. 10 Miller, AndreAndre Miller (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/2) Stoudemire, Amar'eAmar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns) (1/2)
16Feb. 19 – Feb. 24 James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/3) Ginobili, ManuManu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1)
17Feb. 25 – Mar. 2 Miller, AndreAndre Miller (Philadelphia 76ers) (2/2) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/3)
18Mar. 3 – Mar. 9 Richardson, JasonJason Richardson (Charlotte Bobcats) (1/2) McGrady, TracyTracy McGrady (Houston Rockets) (2/2)
19Mar. 10 – Mar. 16 Jamison, AntawnAntawn Jamison (Washington Wizards) (1/1) Stoudemire, Amar'eAmar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns) (2/2)
20Mar. 17 – Mar. 23 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) (2/3) Paul, ChrisChris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (2/2)
21Mar. 24 – Mar. 30 Richardson, JasonJason Richardson (Charlotte Bobcats) (2/2) Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets) (2/2)
22Mar. 31 – Apr. 6 Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) (2/2) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (3/3)
23Apr. 7 – Apr. 13 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) (3/3) Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (Denver Nuggets) (3/3)

Players of the month[edit]

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
01October – November Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/2) Boozer, CarlosCarlos Boozer (Utah Jazz) (1/1)
02December Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (2/2) Paul, ChrisChris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (1/2)
03January James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/2) Ming, YaoYao Ming (Houston Rockets) (1/1)
04February James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/2) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2)
05March Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Paul, ChrisChris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (2/2)
06April Türkoğlu, HedoHedo Türkoğlu (Orlando Magic) (1/1) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2)

Rookies of the month[edit]

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
01October – November Horford, AlAl Horford (Atlanta Hawks) (1/3) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics) (1/5) [34]
02December Jianlian, YiYi Jianlian (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics) (2/5) [35]
03January Moon, JamarioJamario Moon (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics) (3/5) [36]
04February Horford, AlAl Horford (Atlanta Hawks) (2/3) Scola, LuisLuis Scola (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [37]
05March Horford, AlAl Horford (Atlanta Hawks) (3/3) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics) (4/5) [38]
06April Sessions, RamonRamon Sessions (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics) (5/5) [39]

Coaches of the month[edit]

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
01October – November Rivers, DocDoc Rivers (Boston Celtics) (1/3) Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1)
02December Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders (Detroit Pistons) (1/2) McMillan, NateNate McMillan (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1)
03January Brown, MikeMike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/1) Scott, ByronByron Scott (New Orleans Hornets) (1/1)
04February Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders (Detroit Pistons) (2/2) Adelman, RickRick Adelman (Houston Rockets) (1/1)
05March Rivers, DocDoc Rivers (Boston Celtics) (2/3) Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan (Utah Jazz) (1/1)
06April Rivers, DocDoc Rivers (Boston Celtics) (3/3) Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1)

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