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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.

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



Final standings

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division]]
Team W L PCT GB
z-Boston Celtics (1) C 66 16 .805
x-Toronto Raptors (6) 41 41 .500 25
x-Philadelphia 76ers (7) 40 42 .488 26
New Jersey Nets 34 48 .415 32
New York Knicks 23 59 .280 43
Central Division]]
Team W L PCT. GB
y-Detroit Pistons (2) 59 23 .720
x-Cleveland Cavaliers (4) 45 37 .549 14
Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 23
Chicago Bulls 33 49 .402 26
Milwaukee Bucks 26 56 .317 33
Southeast Division]]
Team W L PCT. GB
y-Orlando Magic (3) 52 30 .634
x-Washington Wizards (5) 43 39 .524 9
x-Atlanta Hawks (8) 37 45 .451 15
Charlotte Bobcats 32 50 .390 20
Miami Heat 15 67 .183 37


Western Conference

Northwest Division]]
Team W L PCT. GB
y-Utah Jazz (4) 54 28 .659
x-Denver Nuggets (8) 50 32 .610 4
Portland Trail Blazers 41 41 .500 13
Minnesota Timberwolves 22 60 .268 32
Seattle SuperSonics 20 62 .244 35
Southwest Division]]
Team W L PCT. GB
y-New Orleans Hornets (2) 56 26 .683
x-San Antonio Spurs (3) 56 26 .683
x-Houston Rockets (5) 55 27 .671 1
x-Dallas Mavericks (7) 51 31 .622 5
Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 34
Pacific Division]]
Team W L PCT. GB
y-Los Angeles Lakers (1) 57 25 .695
x-Phoenix Suns (6) 55 27 .672 2
Golden State Warriors 48 34 .585 9
Sacramento Kings 38 44 .463 19
Los Angeles Clippers 23 59 .280 34


  • x - Clinched playoff berth
  • y - Clinched division title
  • z - Clinched home court advantage throughout the playoffs
  • (1) - (8) - Playoff seedings
  • C - NBA Champions


2007–08 NBA stats leaders

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 3.6
Field goal percentage Andris Biedrins 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



References

  1. Top draft pick Greg Oden to miss rookie season with Trail Blazers, Sports Illustrated.
  2. Jackson, Artest suspended following court pleas, ESPN.
  3. Orlando OKs venues; big hurdle awaits
  4. Heat, Hawks to replay final minute of Dec. 19 game later this year, ESPN.
  5. NBA Sets Guidelines for Heat-Hawks Replay, NBA.com
  6. In dire need of frontcourt help, Lakers acquire Gasol from Grizzlies, ESPN.
  7. Suns trade Marion and Banks for O'Neal to the Heat, NBA.
  8. Mavs acquire Kidd from Nets, NBA.
  9. Duncan receives help, Spurs trade Elson and Barry for Thomas, NBA.
  10. three-way trade deal for Chicago, Cleveland, and Seattle, NBA.
  11. Hornets acquire Wells and James/Jackson reunited with Adelman, NBA.
  12. James hits milestone but Cavaliers fall to Celtics 92-87, ESPN.
  13. Mark Murphy, C’s can do as they please - Stars sit, but team still clinches homecourt, Boston Herald, April 6, 2008.
  14. No Big Three, but Celts still get top seed, complete NBA's biggest turnaround, Associated Press, April 5, 2008.
  15. Lisa Brooks, Celtics: From Worst To First, ESPN.com, April 2, 2008.
  16. Hawks returning to NBA playoffs for first time in 9 years, Associated Press, April 14, 2008.
  17. Riley Steps Down, Spoelstra Named Head Coach, NBA, April 28, 2008, accessed April 28, 2008.
  18. Flip Saunders Not To Return As Pistons’ Coach, NBA, June 3, 2008, accessed June 3, 2008.
  19. 2007-08 Divisional Standing, NBA, accessed April 26, 2008.
  20. Kobe Bryant Wins Most Valuable Player Award, NBA, May 6, 2008, accessed May 6, 2008.
  21. Kevin Durant Named Rookie of the Year, NBA, May 1, 2008, accessed May 1, 2008.
  22. Kevin Garnett Wins Kia Defensive Player of the Year, NBA, April 22, 2008, accessed April 22, 2008.
  23. Ginobili Wins 2007-08 Sixth Man of the Year Award Presented by Kia Motors, NBA, April 21, 2008, accessed April 21, 2008.
  24. Hedo Turkoglu Wins Most Improved Player Award, NBA, April 28, 2008, accessed April 28, 2008.
  25. Byron Scott wins 2007-08 NBA Coach of the Year award, NBA, April 29, 2008, accessed April 29, 2008.
  26. Boston’s Danny Ainge Named 2007-08 NBA Executive of the Year, NBA, May 14, 2008, accessed May 14, 2008.
  27. Suns’ Hill Wins 2007-08 NBA Sportsmanship Award, NBA, April 25, 2008, accessed April 25, 2008.
  28. MVP Kobe Bryant highlights All-NBA First team, NBA, May 8, 2008, accessed May 8, 2008.
  29. Kobe, Garnett Headline All-Defensive Team, NBA, May 12, 2008, accessed May 12, 2008.
  30. Durant, Horford Headline T-Mobile All-Rookie Team, NBA, May 13, 2008, accessed May 13, 2008.



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