2010–11 NBA season

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2010–11 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 26, 2010 – April 13, 2011
April 16 – May 26, 2011 (Playoffs)
May 31 – June 12, 2011 (Finals)
Number of teams 30
TV partner(s) ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick John Wall
Picked by Washington Wizards
Regular season
Top seed Chicago Bulls
Season MVP Derrick Rose (Chicago)
Top scorer Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Miami Heat
  Eastern runners-up Chicago Bulls
Western champions Dallas Mavericks
  Western runners-up Oklahoma City Thunder
Finals
Finals champions Dallas Mavericks
  Runners-up Miami Heat
Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)
NBA seasons

The 2010–11 NBA season was the 65th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 2011 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.1 The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in six games, 4 games to 2, to win their first NBA title, and Dirk Nowitzki was named Finals MVP.2 Chicago's Derrick Rose was named the 2010–11 NBA MVP.3

Transactions

Coaching changes

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 2009–10 coach 2010–11 coach
Philadelphia 76ers Eddie Jordan Doug Collins
New Orleans Hornets Jeff Bower Monty Williams
New Jersey Nets Kiki Vandeweghe Avery Johnson
Atlanta Hawks Mike Woodson Larry Drew
Chicago Bulls Vinny Del Negro Tom Thibodeau
Cleveland Cavaliers Mike Brown Byron Scott
Los Angeles Clippers Kim Hughes Vinny Del Negro
Golden State Warriors Don Nelson Keith Smart
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Charlotte Bobcats Larry Brown Paul Silas
Indiana Pacers Jim O'Brien Frank Vogel
Utah Jazz Jerry Sloan Tyrone Corbin

Offseason

In-season

Free agency

The 2010 off-season had one of the most talented free agent pools in recent NBA history. The list of free agents included All-Stars LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Carlos Boozer and Amar'e Stoudemire, as well as other veteran players such as Ray Allen, Joe Johnson, Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, Shaquille O'Neal and Paul Pierce.2324 Below are the major free agency signings, including the sign and trade agreements, that occurred during the off-season.

Preseason

NBA Europe Live 2010 was played October 3, 2010 – October 7, 2010 featuring the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers and teams from Europe (Armani Jeans Milano and Regal FC Barcelona) The Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns played in Indian Wells, California on October 9 for their outdoor special. The Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets played in the fifth annual NBA China Games on October 13 in Beijing, and October 16 at Guangzhou. The preseason schedule was released in August.40

Regular season

The regular season began on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 and ended on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The Opening Day schedule on TNT had the Miami Heat face the Boston Celtics, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers' championship ring and banner ceremony and their game against the Houston Rockets. The opener began at 7:30 p.m. ET. On Christmas Day, ABC and ESPN had a five-game set, with ABC broadcasting the game between the Celtics and the Orlando Magic, and the Heat against the Lakers, which started at 2:00 p.m. ET. On Martin Luther King Day, ESPN aired the game between the Chicago Bulls and the Memphis Grizzlies at 1:00 p.m. ET, while NBA TV aired the Sacramento Kings-Atlanta Hawks matchup at 4:00 p.m. ET. TNT capped off the holiday with a doubleheader, beginning with the Magic facing the Celtics, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder facing the Los Angeles Lakers, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET. The full schedule was released on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.41

Other much-anticipated games include: on October 28, 2010, John Wall, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, made his NBA debut as the Washington Wizards visited the Magic on TNT.41 On December 2, LeBron James returned to Cleveland for the first time since the Decision as his Heat faced the Cavaliers on TNT. The Celtics–Lakers rivalry renewed on January 30, 2011 (at Los Angeles on ABC) and on February 10, 2011 (at Boston on TNT) in a rematch of the 2010 NBA Finals.42 On March 4–5, 2011, the New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors faced off in two regular season games held at London's O2 Arena.43

Standings

By division

By conference

Notes

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

Notable occurrences

Milestones/records set

Individual

  • November 11: Youngest player to 26,000 points. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant became the youngest player to score 26,000 points in a 118–112 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Bryant achieved the mark at the age of 32 years and 80 days, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain by 34 days.55
  • November 12: Minnesota Timberwolves franchise record; most rebounds in a game. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love scored 31 points and grabbed a franchise record 31 rebounds in the Wolves' 112–103 win over the New York Knicks. The last player to have a 30–30 game was Moses Malone on February 11, 1982.56
  • November 19: San Antonio Spurs franchise records; career points and games played. San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan became the Spurs' all-time leading scorer and all-time leader in games played, passing his former "Twin Towers" teammate David Robinson in the Spurs' 94–82 win over the Utah Jazz. Duncan played in his 988th game, surpassing Robinson's 987 career games, while also surpassing Robinson's career total of 20,790 points.58
  • November 27: Golden State Warriors franchise record; most three-pointers in a game. In a 104–94 road victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors guard Dorell Wright set a franchise record with nine three-point field goals made, surpassing Jason Richardson's record of eight three-pointers set on March 29, 2007.60
  • November 30: 34th player in history to 10,000 rebounds. In a 79–90 loss at the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace became the 34th player in NBA history to surpass the 10,000 rebound mark for his career.
  • December 10: Seventh coach in history to 1,000 wins. Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl became the seventh head coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games in the Nuggets' 123–116 road victory over the Toronto Raptors.61
  • December 12: 94th player in history to 1,000 games. San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan played in the 1,000th regular season game of his career, becoming the 94th player in NBA history to play in one thousand games.
  • December 12: New York Knicks franchise record; consecutive 30 point games. In a 129–125 home victory against the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire set a franchise record with eight consecutive 30 point games, surpassing Willie Naulls's record of seven set from February 22 to March 4, 1962. He would end up with nine straight 30-point games.
  • December 22: 95th player in history to 1,000 games. Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace played in the 1,000th regular season game of his career, becoming the 95th player in NBA history to play in one thousand games.
  • December 22: 3rd coach in history to win 1,211 games. Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan has won his 1,211 games in his career of coaching after defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves, with the victory Jerry surpasses Pat Riley for the third all-time in career wins.
  • December 29: Los Angeles Clippers franchise record; consecutive double-double games. In a 95–103 home loss against the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin set a franchise record with 20 consecutive double-double games, surpassing Michael Cage's record of 19 set from December 10, 1986 to January 16, 1987. He would end up with 27 straight double-double games.
  • January 16: 37th player in history to 20,000 points. Phoenix Suns guard Vince Carter scored his 20,000th career points in a win over the New York Knicks. Carter finished the game with 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds.62
  • February 8: Minnesota Timberwolves franchise record; consecutive double-double games. In a 112–108 home win against the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love set a franchise record with 38 consecutive double-double games, surpassing Kevin Garnett's record of 37.63
  • February 10: Most three-pointers made in a career. In a 92–86 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen surpassed Reggie Miller as the all-time leader in three-point shots made with 2,562. Allen did this in three fewer seasons and with 300 fewer games.64
  • February 15: 96th player in history to 1,000 games. Chicago Bulls center Kurt Thomas played in the 1,000th regular season game of his career, becoming the 96th player in NBA history to play in one thousand games.
  • March 9: NBA record; consecutive double-double games. Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love set the NBA record for most consecutive games with a double-double since the NBA-ABA merger, besting Moses Malone's record of 51. He recorded his 52nd consecutive double-double in a 101–75 win over the Indiana Pacers.65
  • April 6: Golden State Warriors franchise record; most three-pointers in a season Golden State Warriors guard Dorell Wright made a Warriors franchise record of 3 pt shots made in a season with 184 in a home win versus the Los Angeles Lakers, beating Jason Richardson with the previous record of 183 in the 2005–06 season.
  • May 4: NBA record; Youngest MVP Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose became the youngest MVP at the age of 22 surpassing Wes Unseld in 1969 at the age of 23.
  • May 17: NBA record; Most free throws made in a game Dirk Nowitzki made 24 free throws without misses.

Team

  • November 3: Orlando Magic franchise record: most points in first half. In a 128–86 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Orlando Magic set a franchise record for most points in the first half with 78. On the other hand, the Timberwolves suffered their worst loss in franchise history.66
  • November 9: Indiana Pacers franchise record: most points in a quarter. The Indiana Pacers scored 54 points in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets, the most points scored by a team in a quarter since the Phoenix Suns scored 57 in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets on November 10, 1990. The team was also one field goal short of recording a perfect third quarter (the Pacers shot 20–21).67
  • November 14: Phoenix Suns franchise record: most three-pointers in a game. In a 121–116 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns set a franchise record with 22 made three-point field goals in a game, one shy of the NBA record 23 in a game by the Orlando Magic on January 13, 2009.68
  • December 12: New Orleans Hornets franchise record: fewest assists in a game. In a 70–88 loss at the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Orleans Hornets set a franchise record low with four assists, one shy of the NBA record of three.
  • NBA record: consecutive road wins in a calendar month, Miami Heat franchise record: most wins in a calendar month. The Miami Heat set a league record when they recorded 10 straight road wins in the month of December. The Heat also set a franchise record for most wins in a calendar month with 15.
  • January 7: Second team to win 3,000 games. The Boston Celtics became only the second team after the Los Angeles Lakers to win 3,000 games in a 122–102 win over the Toronto Raptors.69
  • January 30: Cleveland Cavaliers single-season franchise record. The Cleveland Cavaliers lost their 20th straight game in the same season, breaking their old record of 19 straight within the same season in 1981–82.70 Their streak would end after 26 straight losses.
  • February 5: NBA record: longest single-season losing streak. With a 111–105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Cleveland Cavaliers now hold the longest single-season losing streak with its 24th consecutive loss (streak ended at 26).
  • February 7: NBA record: longest losing streak. With a 99–96 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, the Cleveland Cavaliers now hold the longest losing streak with its 25th consecutive loss (streak ended at 26).
  • March 11: NBA record: Most combined three-pointers in a game; Golden State Warriors franchise record: Most three-pointers in a game. The game between the Golden State Warriors and the Orlando Magic, a 123–120 overtime win by the Warriors, saw a combined 36 three-point shots made in an NBA game. The Warriors also set a franchise record by connecting 21 three-point shots.

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder 27.7
Rebounds per game Kevin Love Minnesota Timberwolves 15.2
Assists per game Steve Nash Phoenix Suns 11.4
Steals per game Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets 2.4
Blocks per game Andrew Bogut Milwaukee Bucks 2.6
Field goal percentage Nenê Denver Nuggets .615
Three-point field goal percentage Matt Bonner San Antonio Spurs .457
Free throw percentage Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors .934

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.
01Oct. 26 – Oct. 31 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Gasol, PauPau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) 83
02Nov. 1 – Nov. 7 Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/6) Paul, ChrisChris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (1/1) 84
03Nov. 8 – Nov. 14 Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (1/2) Williams, DeronDeron Williams (Utah Jazz) (1/1) 85
04Nov. 15 – Nov. 21 Stoudemire, Amar'eAmar'e Stoudemire (New York Knicks) (1/2) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/4) 86
05Nov. 22 – Nov. 28 Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (2/6) Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) (1/2) 87
06Nov. 29 – Dec. 5 Stoudemire, Amar'eAmar'e Stoudemire (New York Knicks) (2/2) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/4) 88
07Dec. 6 – Dec. 12 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/3) Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) (2/2) 89
08Dec. 13 – Dec. 19 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (1/2) Parker, TonyTony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (1/2) 90
09Dec. 20 – Dec. 26 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/5) Ellis, MontaMonta Ellis (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) 91
10Dec. 27 – Jan. 2 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (2/3) Billups, ChaunceyChauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) 92
11Jan. 3 – Jan. 9 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/5) Randolph, ZachZach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/3) 93
12Jan. 10 – Jan. 16 Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (2/2) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (3/4) 94
13Jan. 17 – Jan. 23 Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (3/6) Aldridge, LaMarcusLaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/2) 95
14Jan. 24 – Jan. 30 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (3/5) Randolph, ZachZach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) (2/3) 96
15Jan. 31 – Feb. 6 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (4/5) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) 97
16Feb. 7 – Feb. 13 Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (4/6) Aldridge, LaMarcusLaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/2) 98
17Feb. 21 – Feb. 27 Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (5/6) Martin, KevinKevin Martin (Houston Rockets) (1/1) 99
18Feb. 28 – Mar. 6 Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce (Boston Celtics) (2/2) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (4/4) 100
19Mar. 7 – Mar. 13 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (3/3) Parker, TonyTony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (2/2) 101
20Mar. 14 – Mar. 20 James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (5/5) Lowry, KyleKyle Lowry (Houston Rockets) (1/1) 102
21Mar. 21 – Mar. 27 Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (6/6) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) 103
22Mar. 28 – Apr. 3 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (1/2) Randolph, ZachZach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) (3/3) 104
23Apr. 4 – Apr. 10 Anthony, CarmeloCarmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) (2/2) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) 105

Players of the month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
1October – November Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (1/2) Williams, DeronDeron Williams (Utah Jazz) (1/1) 106
2December James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (1/3)
Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/1)
Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) 107
3January James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (2/3) Randolph, ZachZach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) 108
4February Howard, DwightDwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (2/2) Aldridge, LaMarcusLaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) 109
5March Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) 110
6April James, LeBronLeBron James (Miami Heat) (3/3) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) 111

Rookies of the month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
1October – November Fields, LandryLandry Fields (New York Knicks) (1/2) Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/6) 112
2December Fields, LandryLandry Fields (New York Knicks) (2/2) Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (2/6) 113
3January Wall, JohnJohn Wall (Washington Wizards) (1/4) Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (3/6) 114
4February Wall, JohnJohn Wall (Washington Wizards) (2/4) Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (4/6) 115
5March Wall, JohnJohn Wall (Washington Wizards) (3/4) Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (5/6) 116
6April Wall, JohnJohn Wall (Washington Wizards) (4/4) Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (6/6) 117

Coaches of the month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
1October – November Rivers, DocDoc Rivers (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) (1/2) 118
2December Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) (1/1) Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs) (2/2) 119
3January Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (1/3) Williams, MontyMonty Williams (New Orleans Hornets) (1/1) 120
4February Collins, DougDoug Collins (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/1) Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1) 121
5March Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (2/3) Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) 122
5April Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau (Chicago Bulls) (3/3) McMillan, NateNate McMillan (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) 123

NBA All-Star break

The 2011 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This game was the 60th edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s annual basketball festivities, and was also the fifth All-Star Game held in Los Angeles; the city previously hosted in 1963, 1972, 1983 and 2004. As with the 2004 event, it was jointly hosted by the Lakers and the Clippers. The Western Conference All-Stars defeated the Eastern Conference 148–143, with the Lakers' Kobe Bryant named as MVP for the fourth time, tying the record of Bob Pettit.

Playoffs

The 2011 NBA Playoffs began on Saturday April 16, and concluded on Thursday, May 26. The NBA Finals began on Tuesday, May 31, due to both conference finals ended in five games. ESPN began their playoff broadcast on April 16, and continued every Friday and Saturday thereafter, with the Sunday-Thursday schedule reserved for TNT (some Saturday first-round games apply) and NBA TV. ABC continued broadcasting early-round playoff coverage every Sunday afternoon, with select Saturday afternoon broadcasts. The first round playoff coverage was non-exclusive except for ABC-covered games, in which local sports networks (e.g. Fox Sports Net, Comcast SportsNet) still aired the game in their home market. TNT aired the Eastern Conference Finals while ESPN aired the Western Conference Finals. The NBA Finals were shown on ABC. Nationwide radio coverage was on ESPN Radio for select playoff games, the entire Conference Finals and NBA Finals.

Bracket

First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 Chicago* 4
8 Indiana 1
1 Chicago 4
5 Atlanta 2
4 Orlando 2
5 Atlanta 4
1 Chicago 1
Eastern Conference
2 Miami 4
3 Boston* 4
6 New York 0
3 Boston 1
2 Miami 4
2 Miami* 4
7 Philadelphia 1
E2 Miami 2
W3 Dallas 4
1 San Antonio* 2
8 Memphis 4
8 Memphis 3
4 Oklahoma City 4
4 Oklahoma City* 4
5 Denver 1
4 Oklahoma City 1
Western Conference
3 Dallas 4
3 Dallas 4
6 Portland 2
3 Dallas 4
2 L.A. Lakers 0
2 L.A. Lakers* 4
7 New Orleans 2

Salary cap

On July 7, the NBA announced that the salary cap for the 2010–11 season would be $58.044 million, an increase of $0.344 million from previous season's $57.70 million, and would go into effect on July 8 as the league's "moratorium period" had ended and teams could begin signing free agents and making trades. The increase came as a surprise as the league initially predicted a decrease in the salary cap. On March, before the playoffs, the league projected that the salary cap would be around $56.1 million. The tax level for the season was set at $70.307 million, with each team paying a $1 tax for each $1 by which it exceeds $70.307 million. The mid-level exception was $5.765 million for the season and the minimum team salary, which was set at 75% of the salary cap, was $43.533 million. The maximum salaries for players are set at $13.604 million for players with zero to six years of experience, $16.324 million for players with seven to nine years of experience, and $19.045 million for players with more than 10 years of experience.124125

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