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2014–15 NBA season

 

2014–15 NBA season

2014–15 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 28, 2014 – April 15, 2015
April 18, 2015 – May 27, 2015 (Playoffs)
June 4, 2015 – June 16, 2015 (Finals)
Number of games 82
Number of teams 30
TV partner(s) ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Andrew Wiggins
Picked by Cleveland Cavaliers
Regular season
Top seed Golden State Warriors
Season MVP Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Top scorer Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Cleveland Cavaliers
  Eastern runners-up Atlanta Hawks
Western champions Golden State Warriors
  Western runners-up Houston Rockets
Finals
Champions Golden State Warriors
  Runners-up Cleveland Cavaliers
Finals MVP Andre Iguodala

The 2014–15 NBA season was the 69th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The NBA draft took place on June 26, 2014, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Andrew Wiggins was selected first overall. The regular season began on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, when the defending NBA champions San Antonio Spurs hosted the first game against the Dallas Mavericks. Christmas games were played on Thursday, December 25, 2014. The 2015 NBA All-Star Game was played on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with the West defeating the East 163-158. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook won the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. The regular season ended on Wednesday April 15, 2015 and the playoffs began on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and ended with the 2015 NBA Finals on June 16, 2015, after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games to win their fourth NBA title.

Transactions

Retirement

  • On June 10, 2014, Derek Fisher signed a five-year, $25 million deal as the head coach of the New York Knicks, instead of playing one more season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. During his eighteen seasons in the league as a player, he won five NBA championships, all with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000–2002 and 2009–2010).[1]
  • On June 15, 2014, Shane Battier announced his retirement immediately following the Miami Heat's loss in Game 5 in the 2014 NBA Finals. He was 35, and had played for thirteen seasons. He won back-to-back NBA championships with the Heat (2012–2013)[2]
  • On September 9, 2014, Chauncey Billups announced his retirement after 17 years of playing; the last team he played for was the Detroit Pistons, and he won a championship with them in 2004 as well as a Finals MVP that same year.
  • On February 26, 2015, Richard Hamilton officially announced his retirement after 14 seasons from NBA with one championship ring with Detroit Pistons in 2004.[3]
  • On March 21, 2015, Steve Nash officially announced his retirement after 18 seasons from the NBA. Nash was contracted by Los Angeles Lakers but was sidelined by season ending injuries during pre-season.[4]

Free agency

Free agency negotiations began on July 1, 2014, when players began to sign starting on July 10, after the July moratorium ended.

Coaching changes

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 2013–14 season 2014–15 season
New York Knicks Mike Woodson Derek Fisher
Minnesota Timberwolves Rick Adelman Flip Saunders
Milwaukee Bucks Larry Drew Jason Kidd
Brooklyn Nets Jason Kidd Lionel Hollins
Utah Jazz Tyrone Corbin Quin Snyder
Los Angeles Lakers Mike D'Antoni Byron Scott
Golden State Warriors Mark Jackson Steve Kerr
Cleveland Cavaliers Mike Brown David Blatt
Detroit Pistons John Loyer (interim) Stan Van Gundy
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Sacramento Kings Michael Malone Tyrone Corbin (interim)
Tyrone Corbin (interim) George Karl
Orlando Magic Jacque Vaughn James Borrego (interim)
Denver Nuggets Brian Shaw Melvin Hunt (interim)

Off-season

In-season

Preseason

The preseason began on Saturday, October 4, 2014 and ended on Friday, October 24, 2014.

Regular season

The regular season began on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, with the defending NBA champions San Antonio Spurs hosted the first game against the Dallas Mavericks.[35] The regular season ended on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Christmas Day games were played on Thursday, December 25, 2014. The NBA is mulling a week-long All-Star break in February 2015,[36] and the full schedule was released during a one-hour schedule release special on August 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. EDT on NBA TV.[37]

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
  • * – Division champion

Tiebreakers

Eastern Conference

Brooklyn clinched #8 seed over Indiana based on head-to-head record (2–1).

Western Conference
  • Houston clinched #2 seed over the Los Angeles Clippers as Houston won the Southwest Division and L.A. Clippers was 2nd in the Pacific Division.
  • Memphis clinched #5 seed over San Antonio based on better divisional record (9–7 to 8–8).
  • New Orleans clinched #8 seed over Oklahoma City based on head-to-head record (3–1).

Statistics leaders

Individual statistic leaders

Category Player Team Statistic
Points per game Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 28.1
Rebounds per game DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers 15.0
Assists per game Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers 10.2
Steals per game Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs 2.31
Blocks per game Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 2.94
Turnovers per game Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 4.4
Fouls per game DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings 4.1
Minutes per game Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls 38.7
FG% DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers 71.0%
FT% Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 91.4%
3FG% Kyle Korver Atlanta Hawks 49.2%
Efficiency per game Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 30.89
Double-doubles Pau Gasol Chicago Bulls 54
Triple-doubles Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 11

Individual game highs

Category Player Team Statistic
Points Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers 57
Rebounds DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers 27
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons
Assists Brandon Jennings Detroit Pistons 21
Steals Mario Chalmers Miami Heat 8
Blocks Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat 12
Three Pointers Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors 11
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers

Team statistic leaders

Category Team Statistic
Points per game Golden State Warriors 110.0
Rebounds per game Oklahoma City Thunder 47.5
Assists per game Golden State Warriors 27.4
Steals per game Milwaukee Bucks 9.6
Philadelphia 76ers
Blocks per game New Orleans Pelicans 6.2
Blocked attempts per game Sacramento Kings 6.2
Turnovers per game Philadelphia 76ers 17.7
Fouls per game Denver Nuggets 23.0
Fouls drawn per game Sacramento Kings 23.9
FG% Golden State Warriors 47.8%
FT% Portland Trail Blazers 80.1%
3FG% Golden State Warriors 39.8%
+/− Golden State Warriors 10.1

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. 28 – Nov. 2 Bosh, ChrisChris Bosh (Miami Heat) (1/1) Thompson, KlayKlay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) (1/3) [51]
02Nov. 3 – Nov. 9 Williams, DeronDeron Williams (Brooklyn Nets) (1/1) Curry, StephenStephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/2) [52]
03Nov. 10 – Nov. 16 James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/3) Lillard, DamianDamian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/2) [53]
04Nov. 17 – Nov. 23 Williams, LouisLouis Williams (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Cousins, DeMarcusDeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) (1/1) [54]
05Nov. 24 – Nov. 30 James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/3) Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [55]
06Dec. 1 – Dec. 7 Lowry, KyleKyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Aldridge, LaMarcusLaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/2) [56]
07Dec. 8 – Dec. 14 Wall, JohnJohn Wall (Washington Wizards) (1/1) Harden, JamesJames Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/3) [57]
08Dec. 15 – Dec. 21 Horford, AlAl Horford (Atlanta Hawks) (1/2) Aldridge, LaMarcusLaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/2) [58]
09Dec. 22 – Dec. 28 Butler, JimmyJimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) Harden, JamesJames Harden (Houston Rockets) (2/3) [59]
10Dec. 29 – Jan. 4 Teague, JeffJeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Durant, KevinKevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [60]
11Jan. 5 – Jan. 11 Walker, KembaKemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) (1/1) Thompson, KlayKlay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) (2/3) [61]
12Jan. 12 – Jan. 18 Horford, AlAl Horford (Atlanta Hawks) (2/2) Williams, MoMo Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/2) [62]
13Jan. 19 – Jan. 25 James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/3) Thompson, KlayKlay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) (3/3) [63]
14Jan. 26 – Feb. 1 Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/2) Randolph, ZachZach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) [64]
15Feb. 2 – Feb. 8 Antetokounmpo, GiannisGiannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [65]
16Feb. 23 – Mar. 1 Thomas, IsaiahIsaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics) (1/2) Lillard, DamianDamian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/2) [66]
17Mar. 2 – Mar. 8 Williams, MoMo Williams (Charlotte Hornets) (2/2) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [67]
18Mar. 9 – Mar. 15 Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/2) Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) (1/1) [68]
19Mar. 16 – Mar. 22 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (1/1) Paul, ChrisChris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [69]
20Mar. 23 – Mar. 29 Lopez, BrookBrook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets) (1/2) Curry, StephenStephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (2/2) [70]
21Mar. 30 – Apr. 5 Lopez, BrookBrook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets) (2/2) Harden, JamesJames Harden (Houston Rockets) (3/3) [71]
22Apr. 6 – Apr. 12 Thomas, IsaiahIsaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics) (2/2) Duncan, TimTim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [72]

Players of the Month

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month.
Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
01November Butler, JimmyJimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) Curry, StephenStephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [73]
02December Lowry, KyleKyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Harden, JamesJames Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/2) [74]
03January Atlanta Hawks' starting lineup[nb 1] (1/1) Harden, JamesJames Harden (Houston Rockets) (2/2) [75]
04February James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/2) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/3) [76]
05March James, LeBronLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/2) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/3) [77]
05April DeRozan, DeMarDeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Westbrook, RussellRussell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (3/3) [78]

Rookies of the Month

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month.
Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
01November Parker, JabariJabari Parker (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Wiggins, AndrewAndrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/4) [79]
02December Mirotić, NikolaNikola Mirotić (Chicago Bulls) (1/2) Wiggins, AndrewAndrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves) (2/4) [80]
03January Payton, ElfridElfrid Payton (Orlando Magic) (1/1) Wiggins, AndrewAndrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves) (3/4) [81]
04February Smart, MarcusMarcus Smart (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Wiggins, AndrewAndrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves) (4/4) [82]
05March Mirotić, NikolaNikola Mirotić (Chicago Bulls) (2/2) Clarkson, JordanJordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [83]
05April Bogdanović, BojanBojan Bogdanović (Brooklyn Nets) (1/1) Hood, RodneyRodney Hood (Utah Jazz) (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.
01November Casey, DwaneDwane Casey (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Joerger, DavidDavid Joerger (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) [85]
02December Budenholzer, MikeMike Budenholzer (Atlanta Hawks) (1/2) Stotts, TerryTerry Stotts (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [86]
03January Budenholzer, MikeMike Budenholzer (Atlanta Hawks) (2/2) Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) (1/2) [87]
04February Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Brooks, ScottScott Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [88]
05March Blatt, DavidDavid Blatt (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/1) Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) (2/2) [89]
06April Stevens, BradBrad Stevens (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Rivers, DocDoc Rivers (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [90]

Playoffs

The 2015 NBA playoffs began on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and concluded with the 2015 NBA Finals which began on June 4, 2015 on ABC. ESPN broadcast the Western Conference Finals and TNT televised the Eastern Conference Finals. ABC broadcast the NBA Finals.

Bracket

First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                       
1 Atlanta* 4
8 Brooklyn 2
1 Atlanta* 4
5 Washington 2
4 Toronto* 0
5 Washington 4
1 Atlanta* 0
Eastern Conference
2 Cleveland* 4
3 Chicago 4
6 Milwaukee 2
3 Chicago 2
2 Cleveland* 4
2 Cleveland* 4
7 Boston 0
E2 Cleveland* 2
W1 Golden State* 4
1 Golden State* 4
8 New Orleans 0
1 Golden State* 4
5 Memphis 2
4 Portland* 1
5 Memphis 4
1 Golden State* 4
Western Conference
2 Houston* 1
3 L.A. Clippers 4
6 San Antonio 3
3 L.A. Clippers 3
2 Houston* 4
2 Houston* 4
7 Dallas 1

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


Notable occurrences

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The Hawks' starting lineup consists of DeMarre Carroll, Al Horford, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, and Jeff Teague.

References

  1. ^ http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/11057518/derek-fisher-reaches-agreement-become-coach-new-york-knicks
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External links

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