2007–08 NBA season

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2007–08 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationOctober 30, 2007 – April 16, 2008
April 19 – May 30, 2008 (Playoffs)
June 5 – 17, 2008 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pickGreg Oden (did not play until 2008–09 NBA season)
Picked byPortland Trail Blazers
Regular season
Top seedBoston Celtics
Season MVPKobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
Top scorerLeBron James (Cleveland)
Playoffs
Eastern championsBoston Celtics
  Eastern runners-upDetroit Pistons
Western championsLos Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-upSan Antonio Spurs
Finals
ChampionsBoston Celtics
  Runners-upLos Angeles Lakers
Finals MVPPaul Pierce (Boston)
NBA seasons

The 2007–08 NBA season was the 62nd season of the National Basketball Association. 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 2000–01 Houston Rockets. The all-time record is held by the 1971–72 Phoenix Suns (49–33), which was during the four-team playoff era.

Notable occurrences[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

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
  • w – Clinched NBA 2008 title
  • r – Clinched NBA 2008 runners up 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.

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Boston* 4  
E8 Atlanta 3  
  E1 Boston* 4  
  E4 Cleveland 3  
E4 Cleveland 4
E5 Washington 2  
  E1 Boston* 4  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Detroit* 2  
E3 Orlando* 4  
E6 Toronto 1  
  E3 Orlando* 1
  E2 Detroit* 4  
E2 Detroit* 4
E7 Philadelphia 2  
  E1 Boston* 4
  W1 LA Lakers* 2
W1 LA Lakers* 4  
W8 Denver 0  
  W1 LA Lakers* 4
  W4 Utah* 2  
W4 Utah* 4
W5 Houston 2  
  W1 LA Lakers* 4
Western Conference
  W3 San Antonio 1  
W3 San Antonio 4  
W6 Phoenix 1  
  W3 San Antonio 4
  W2 New Orleans* 3  
W2 New Orleans* 4
W7 Dallas 1  


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


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.
Oct. 30 – Nov. 4 Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Tracy McGrady (Houston Rockets) (1/2)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) (1/3) Yao Ming (Houston Rockets) (1/1)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/2) Allen Iverson (Denver Nuggets) (1/3)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/3) Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (2/2) Stephen Jackson (Golden State Warriors) (1/1)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9 Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/2)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16 Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (1/2) Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/2)
Dec. 17 – Dec. 23 Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) (1/2) Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets) (1/2)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30 Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (2/2) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (1/2)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/3) Allen Iverson (Denver Nuggets) (2/3)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13 Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/3)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20 Gerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats) (1/1) Baron Davis (Golden State Warriors) (1/1)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27 Hedo Türkoğlu (Orlando Magic) (1/2) Al Jefferson (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3 Hedo Türkoğlu (Orlando Magic) (2/2) Brad Miller (Sacramento Kings) (1/1)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10 Andre Miller (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/2) Amar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns) (1/2)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 24 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/3) Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 2 Andre Miller (Philadelphia 76ers) (2/2) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/3)
Mar. 3 – Mar. 9 Jason Richardson (Charlotte Bobcats) (1/2) Tracy McGrady (Houston Rockets) (2/2)
Mar. 10 – Mar. 16 Antawn Jamison (Washington Wizards) (1/1) Amar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns) (2/2)
Mar. 17 – Mar. 23 Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) (2/3) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (2/2)
Mar. 24 – Mar. 30 Jason Richardson (Charlotte Bobcats) (2/2) Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets) (2/2)
Mar. 31 – Apr. 6 Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) (2/2) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (3/3)
Apr. 7 – Apr. 13 Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) (3/3) Allen 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.
October – November Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/2) Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz) (1/1)
December Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (2/2) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (1/2)
January LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/2) Yao Ming (Houston Rockets) (1/1)
February LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/2) Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2)
March Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (2/2)
April Hedo Türkoğlu (Orlando Magic) (1/1) Kobe 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.
October – November Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) (1/3) Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics) (1/5) [34]
December Yi Jianlian (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics) (2/5) [35]
January Jamario Moon (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics) (3/5) [36]
February Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) (2/3) Luis Scola (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [37]
March Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) (3/3) Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics) (4/5) [38]
April Ramon Sessions (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Kevin 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.
October – November Doc Rivers (Boston Celtics) (1/3) Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1)
December Flip Saunders (Detroit Pistons) (1/2) Nate McMillan (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1)
January Mike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/1) Byron Scott (New Orleans Hornets) (1/1)
February Flip Saunders (Detroit Pistons) (2/2) Rick Adelman (Houston Rockets) (1/1)
March Doc Rivers (Boston Celtics) (2/3) Jerry Sloan (Utah Jazz) (1/1)
April Doc Rivers (Boston Celtics) (3/3) Phil Jackson (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1)

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  2. ^ Jackson, Artest suspended following court pleas, ESPN.
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