2011–12 NBA season

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2011–12 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration December 25, 2011 – April 26, 2012
April 28 – June 9, 2012 (Playoffs)
June 12 – 21, 2012 (Finals)
Number of games 66
Number of teams 30
TV partner(s) ABC, TNT, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Kyrie Irving
Picked by Cleveland Cavaliers
Regular season
Top seed Chicago Bulls
Season MVP LeBron James (Miami)
Top scorer Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Miami Heat
  Eastern runners-up Boston Celtics
Western champions Oklahoma City Thunder
  Western runners-up San Antonio Spurs
Finals
Champions Miami Heat
  Runners-up Oklahoma City Thunder
Finals MVP LeBron James (Miami Heat)
NBA seasons

The 2011–12 NBA season, the 66th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA), began with the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the owners of the 30 NBA teams and the NBA's players. The previous CBA, which was ratified in 2005, expired at 12:01 AM EDT on July 1, 2011, resulting in a lockout. With the new deal in place, the regular season was shortened from the normal 82 games per team to 66, because of nearly two months of inactivity. The season began on December 25, 2011, and ended on April 26, 2012. The playoffs started on April 28 and ended on June 21 when the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of their series, 121–106, winning the Finals, 4–1 and to capture the franchise's second NBA title. LeBron James was named both the Regular Season MVP and the NBA Finals MVP.

Transactions

Free agency

Free agency started on December 9, 2011.[1]

Coaching changes

Coaching changes
Off-season
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

Off-season

In-season

2011 NBA lockout

The lockout was the fourth work stoppage in the history of the NBA. It began at 4:01 UTC (12:01 am EDT) on July 1, 2011. The main issues dividing the owners and the players were revenue sharing and the structure of the salary cap. During the lockout, teams could not trade, sign or contact players and players couldn't access NBA team facilities, trainers, or staff members. All preseason games (scheduled to begin October 9) and the first six weeks of the regular season (scheduled to begin November 1, through December 15) were canceled.[19][20] Some players signed contracts to play in other countries, and most had the option to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ended. On November 26, 2011, after 15 hours of talks, a tentative deal was reached; once officially ratified, the NBA started a revised 2011–12 season.[1] Owners allowed players to have voluntary workouts at team sites starting December 1. On December 8, 2011, the lockout ended when the owners and players ratified a new CBA agreement.[21]

Preseason

Training camp began on December 9. A revised two-game preseason schedule took place.[22]

Regular season

A revised 66-game regular season began on December 25, 2011, with five Christmas Day games, two more than the original schedule.[23] The league built a new schedule from scratch based on available arena dates. In October, the league allowed arenas in Los Angeles and Chicago to reassign NBA dates for other events. The number of games between conferences was affected as was the case in the 1999 lockout, when each team played only five or six interconference games in a 50-game schedule. Normally, each team plays teams in the other conference twice each.[24] Teams played 48 conference games and 18 non-conference games in a 66-game schedule, compared to 52 conference games and 30 non-conference games in a normal 82-game season.[25] Teams played on average two more games per month and also were required to play three-consecutive games at least once in the season. In total, the league had 42 sets of back-to-back-to-back games throughout the season, with 11 teams playing two such sets.[26][27][28] The three-game set, or "triple", also occurred during the shortened 1998–99 season, which featured 64 triples and sloppier play due to tired players.[26][27] Before that, the last occurrence was two decades earlier.[27] On 29 occasions during the season, teams played a stretch of five games in six days.[28] With fewer off days during the season, the level of play was lower due to fatigue, and some older players rested to avoid burnout and recuperate from injuries.[29] When the San Antonio Spurs rested Tim Duncan for a game in March at the end of a back-to-back-to-back, coach Gregg Popovich submitted the description of Duncan's injury as "Old".[30]

Standings

By division

By conference

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

Tiebreakers

  • Chicago clinched the #1 overall seed over San Antonio based on head-to-head record (1-0).
Western Conference
  • The Los Angeles Lakers clinched #3 seed over Memphis upon winning the Pacific Division.
  • Dallas clinched #7 seed over Utah based on head-to-head record (3-1).

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.[31][32]

Bracket

First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 Chicago* 2
8 Philadelphia 4
8 Philadelphia 3
4 Boston 4
4 Boston* 4
5 Atlanta 2
4 Boston 3
Eastern Conference
2 Miami 4
3 Indiana 4
6 Orlando 1
3 Indiana 2
2 Miami 4
2 Miami* 4
7 New York 1
E2 Miami 4
W2 Oklahoma City 1
1 San Antonio* 4
8 Utah 0
1 San Antonio 4
5 L.A. Clippers 0
4 Memphis 3
5 L.A. Clippers 4
1 San Antonio 2
Western Conference
2 Oklahoma City 4
3 L.A. Lakers* 4
6 Denver 3
3 L.A. Lakers 1
2 Oklahoma City 4
2 Oklahoma City* 4
7 Dallas 0

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

First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals

1 Chicago* 4 8 Philadelphia 1 8 Philadelphia 0 4 Boston 4 4 Boston* 4 5 Atlanta 2 4 Boston 3 Eastern Conference 2 Miami 4 3 Indiana 4 6 Orlando 1 3 Indiana 2 2 Miami 4 2 Miami* 4 7 New York 1 E2 Miami 4 W2 Oklahoma City 1 1 San Antonio* 4 8 Utah 0 1 San Antonio 4 5 L.A. Clippers 0 4 Memphis 3 5 L.A. Clippers 4 1 San Antonio 2 Western Conference 2 Oklahoma City 4 3 L.A. Lakers* 4 6 Denver 3 3 L.A. Lakers 1 2 Oklahoma City 4 2 Oklahoma City* 4 7 Dallas 0

  • Division winner

Bold Series winner italics Team with home-court advantage

Statistics leaders

Individual Statistic Leaders

Category Player Team Statistics
Points per game Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder 28.0
Rebounds per game Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 14.5
Assists per game Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 11.7
Steals per game Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers 2.89
Blocks per game Serge Ibaka Oklahoma City Thunder 3.65
Turnovers per game Deron Williams New Jersey Nets 4.0
Fouls per game DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings 4.0
Minutes per game Luol Deng Chicago Bulls 39.4
Efficiency per game LeBron James Miami Heat 29.9
FG% Tyson Chandler New York Knicks 67.9%
FT% Jamal Crawford Portland Trail Blazers 92.7%
3FG% Steve Novak New York Knicks 47.2%
Double-Doubles Kevin Love Minnesota Timberwolves 48
Triple-Doubles Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 6

Individual game highs

Category Player Team Statistics
Points Deron Williams New Jersey Nets 57
Rebounds Andrew Bynum Los Angeles Lakers 30
Assists Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics 20
Deron Williams New Jersey Nets
Steals Ty Lawson Denver Nuggets 8
Paul Millsap Utah Jazz
Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers
Tony Allen Memphis Grizzlies
Blocks Serge Ibaka Oklahoma City Thunder 11
Three Pointers Nicolas Batum Portland Trail Blazers 9
Jason Richardson Orlando Magic
Ben Gordon Detroit Pistons

Team Statistic Leaders

Category Team Statistics
Points per game Denver Nuggets 108.7
Rebounds per game Chicago Bulls 46.7
Assists per game Denver Nuggets 24.0
Steals per game Memphis Grizzlies 10.3
Blocks per game Oklahoma City Thunder 8.2
Turnovers per game Oklahoma City Thunder 16.4
Fouls per game Toronto Raptors 23.2
FG% San Antonio Spurs 47.8%
FT% Oklahoma City Thunder 80.6%
3FG% San Antonio Spurs 39.3%
+/- Chicago Bulls 8.2

Notable occurrences

Milestones and records

Individual

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

Players of the week

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

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
01Dec. 25 – Jan. 1 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/6) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/3) [61]
02Jan. 2 – Jan. 8 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/6) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2) [62]
03Jan. 9 – Jan. 15 Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (1/2) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2) [63]
04Jan. 16 – Jan. 22 Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/1) Gasol, MarcMarc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) [64]
05Jan. 23 – Jan. 29 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (3/6) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [65]
06Jan. 30 – Feb. 5 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (1/2) Parker, TonyTony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [66]
07Feb. 6 – Feb. 12 Lin, JeremyJeremy Lin (New York Knicks) (1/1) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [67]
07Feb. 13 – Feb. 19 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (4/6) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/3) [68]
08Feb. 27 – Mar. 4 Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (2/2) Lawson, TyTy Lawson (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [69]
09Mar. 5 – Mar. 11 İlyasova, ErsanErsan İlyasova (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Ellis, MontaMonta Ellis (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [70]
10Mar. 12 – Mar. 18 Gooden, DrewDrew Gooden (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Bynum, AndrewAndrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2) [71]
11Mar. 19 – Mar. 25 Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (3/3) [72]
12Mar. 26 – Apr. 1 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (2/2) Paul, ChrisChris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [73]
13Apr. 2 – Apr. 8 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (5/6) Dragić, GoranGoran Dragić (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [74]
14Apr. 9 – Apr. 15 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Bynum, AndrewAndrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2) [75]
15Apr. 16 – Apr. 22 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (6/6) Jefferson, AlAl Jefferson (Utah Jazz) (1/1) [76]

Players of the month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
1December – January James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/2) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [77]
2February James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/2) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [78]
3March Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [79]
4April Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (1/1) Paul, ChrisChris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [80]

Rookies of the month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
1December – January Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/3) Rubio, RickyRicky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1) [81]
2February Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/3) Thomas, IsaiahIsaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) (1/2) [82]
3March Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/3) Thomas, IsaiahIsaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) (2/2) [83]
4April Johnson, IvanIvan Johnson (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Faried, KennethKenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [84]

Coaches of the month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
1December – January Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (1/2) Brooks, ScottScott Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [85]
2February Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) (1/1) Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) (1/2) [86]
3March Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (2/2) Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) (2/2) [87]
4April Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Hollins, LionelLionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) [88]

Community Assist Award

The following players won the Community Assist Award.

Month Player Ref.
1February Matthews, WesleyWesley Matthews (Portland Trail Blazers) [89]
2March Henderson, GeraldGerald Henderson (Charlotte Bobcats) [89]
3April Gay, RudyRudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies) [89]
4May Gasol, PauPau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) [89]

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