Tyson Cleotis Chandler is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Chandler was the second overall pick of the 2001 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers was traded to the Chicago Bulls, he has played for the New Orleans Hornets, Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns. As starting center for Dallas, he played an integral role in the franchise's first NBA championship in 2011, he has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team three times. While with New York, Chandler was voted the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, when he was named to the All-NBA Third Team, he won gold medals with the US national team in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympics. Chandler was born to Frank Chandler and Vernie Threadgill, though he did not meet his father Frank until in his life, he grew up in a family farm in Hanford, just south of Fresno, California. Chandler began playing basketball at the age of three years on a basket Chandler's grandfather, fixed on a tree.
Chandler grew up doing farm work such as milking cows, slopping pigs, cultivating crops. At the age of nine years and his mother moved to San Bernardino, California; as a child, Chandler was teased because of his height. Chandler and his family moved to Compton, where he enrolled at Dominguez High School, a school known for its athletics, producing basketball players such as Dennis Johnson and Cedric Ceballos. In his freshman year, Chandler made the varsity team and played with future NBA player Tayshaun Prince, a senior. With the Dominguez Dons, Chandler became a teenage sensation. Point guard Brandon Jennings, a ball boy for Dominguez at the time, said, "You'd see the girls around Tyson, the Escalade he drove, you wanted to be like him". Chandler earned accolades from Parade Magazine and USA Today, was selected to the McDonald's High School All-America Team; as a freshman, he was profiled on current affairs TV program 60 Minutes. In his junior year, Chandler averaged 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks.
In his senior year, Chandler led Dominguez to a state championship and a 31–4 record, averaging 26 points, 15 rebounds, 8 blocks a game. Chandler was recruited by several universities and considered UCLA, Syracuse, Memphis and Michigan. Chandler declared for the 2001 NBA draft as a prep-to-pro. Chandler was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the second overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft, before being traded to the Chicago Bulls for former No. 1 overall pick Elton Brand. The Bulls placed their rebuilding efforts on the backs of two teenagers in Eddy Curry. Chandler's 2003–04 season saw him appear in a career-low 35 games, he missed two months early in the season with a bad back, before missing the final weeks of the season after landing hard on his back on March 27 against the Atlanta Hawks. In September 2005, Chandler signed a six-year deal with the Bulls. In July 2006, the Bulls looked to deal away Chandler, who had five years and $54 million left on his contract, in order to pursue Ben Wallace.
On July 14, 2006, Chandler was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for P. J. Brown and J. R. Smith. Chandler led the NBA in offensive rebounds in both 2006–07 and 2007–08, ranking second in the league in rebounds per game in 2006–07 and third in rebounds per game in 2007–08, he ranked second in the NBA in field goal percentage in 2007–08 and would have led the league at.624 in 2006–07 but fell four field goals short of the statistical minimum to qualify. On February 17, 2009, Chandler was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Chris Wilcox, Joe Smith and the draft rights to DeVon Hardin. After examining Chandler's left big toe however, the Thunder determined that the risk of re-injury was too great and did not give Chandler a clean bill of health; as a result, on February 18, the trade was rescinded and Chandler was sent back to the Hornets. Chandler appeared in just 45 games during the 2008–09 season, missing 29 of the team's final 44 games due to left ankle injuries.
Chandler finished the 2008–09 season as the franchise's all-time leader in field goal percentage and rebounds per game, while ranking fifth in total rebounds despite playing just 197 career games with the team. On July 28, 2009, Chandler was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Emeka Okafor. In his lone season with the Bobcats, Chandler played in 51 games and averaged 6.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks despite being hampered by a stress reaction in his left foot that caused him to miss 29 games. On July 13, 2010, Chandler was traded, along with Alexis Ajinça, to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Erick Dampier, Eduardo Nájera, Matt Carroll and cash considerations. Chandler was the perfect fit during his first season with the Mavericks, anchoring their defense on a team with Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and Jason Kidd, he was credited with giving the Mavericks the'toughness' and defensive intensity that they sorely lacked, earning selection to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for his efforts.
He helped. In Game 4 against the Heat, with Nowitzki under the weather and ailing backup center Brendan Haywood unable to stay in the game, Chandler had 13 points and 16 rebounds in an 86–83 win that tied the series at 2–2, he grabbed nine offensive boards, w
Ben Camey Wallace is an American retired professional basketball player. A native of Alabama, Wallace attended Cuyahoga Community College and Virginia Union University and signed with the Washington Bullets as an undrafted free agent in 1996. In his NBA career, Wallace played with the Washington Bullets/Wizards, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers, he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award four times, a record he shares with Dikembe Mutombo. In nine seasons with the Pistons, Wallace made two NBA Finals appearances and won a championship with the Pistons in 2004; the Pistons retired his jersey number 3 in 2016. Wallace was born in White Hall, Alabama, a small town in Lowndes County, is the tenth of eleven children, he attended Central High School in Hayneville where he received all-state honors in basketball and football. Former basketball player Charles Oakley is Wallace's mentor, having discovered Wallace at a 1991 basketball camp, recommended Wallace to his previous college, Virginia Union.
Wallace first played college basketball on the junior college level at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland for two years. There, staples of Wallace's defensive prowess were shown as he averaged 17.0 rebounds and 6.9 blocks per game. He transferred to Virginia Union, a NCAA Division II school, where he studied criminal justice. Wallace averaged 13.4 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game as a member of the Virginia Union Panthers, whom he led to the Division II Final Four and a 28–3 record. As a senior, Wallace was named to the First-Team All CIAA and was selected as a First Team All-American by the NABC. After leaving Virginia Union and going undrafted, he travelled to Italy for a tryout with the Italian team Viola Reggio Calabria. Wallace only appeared in 34 games for Washington in the 1996–97 season and did not play many minutes; the following year, he appeared in 67 games and started in 16, but did not average many points or rebounds. He did manage to average 1.1 blocks throughout the season however, his defensive play solidified his identity and his minutes increased in the lockout shortened 1998–99 season, as he started in 16 of 46 games and averaged 6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2 blocks per game.
Washington was unable to make the playoffs for three straight years. On August 11, 1999, Wallace was traded to the Orlando Magic in a multiplayer deal for Isaac Austin. In the 1999–2000 season, he solidified his role as a starter, starting in all 81 games that he appeared in, he averaged 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks for the Magic as they won 41 games. However the Magic failed to make the playoffs and following the season, the Magic traded Wallace along with Chucky Atkins to the Detroit Pistons as compensation in a sign and trade deal for superstar forward and free agent Grant Hill; the trade for Hill was considered one-sided, but in the 2000–01 season, Wallace had his most productive season yet, averaging 6.4 points a game while placing second in rebounds with 13.2 a game and tenth in blocks per game with 2.3, but the Pistons could not make the playoffs. The 2001–02 season would be better for Wallace, as he averaged his most points per game for a season yet at 7.6 points, while leading the league in rebounding with 13 a game and shot blocking with 3.5.
His strong defensive play earned him the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, while being named to the All-Defensive First Team and the All-NBA Third Team. The Pistons won 50 games and the Central Division, would defeat the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the Paul Pierce-led Boston Celtics in the conference semifinals. Wallace opened the playoffs with a 19-point, 20 rebound effort against Toronto, he managed to grab 20 or more rebounds two more times in 10 total playoff games, his first experience in the post season; the 2002–03 season would result in another Defensive Player of the Year Award for Wallace, as well as another selection to the All-Defensive team along with being named to the All-NBA Second Team, as he increased his rebounding to 15.4 a game. The Pistons won 50 games and the Central Division again, defeated Orlando in a grueling seven-game first round series that included coming back from a 3-1 deficit. Detroit would go on to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in six games, but the Pistons were swept by the defending Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Nets in the Conference Finals.
Wallace increased his rebounding to 16.3 per game in the playoffs, reached 20 or more rebounds four times. The 2003–04 season saw Ben Wallace continue to rank among the league leaders in rebounding and blocks. Despite losing out on a third straight Defensive Player of the Year Award to Ron Artest, Wallace increased his scoring average to 9.5 points a game, was named again to the All-Defensive First Team and the All-NBA Second Team. The season featured new head coach Larry Brown, he would lead the Pistons to 54 wins for the season, which included a late season acquisition of star power forward Rasheed Wallace to further improve the team's defense and scoring. In the playoffs, the Pistons handily defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in five games in the first round, before facing New Jersey for the second straight year. Despite taking a 2-game lead to open the series, the Nets would put up a fight against the Pistons to win 3 straight games, the Pistons responded with a 81-75 road win in New Jersey before wrapping up the series with a 90-69 game 7 win.
The Pistons would face the Ron Artest and Reggie Miller-led, league-leading Indiana Pacers, the two teams traded wins in the first four
2006 NBA draft
The 2006 NBA draft was held on June 28, 2006, at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. In this draft, National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting amateur U. S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. This was the only time the New Orleans Hornets would draft under the temporary name of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets as the city of New Orleans was still recovering from the events of Hurricane Katrina after the 2005-06 NBA season. Italian Andrea Bargnani was selected first overall by Toronto Raptors, he became the second player without competitive experience in the United States to be drafted first overall. Prior to the draft he was playing with Italian club Benetton Treviso for 3 years. Sixth overall pick Brandon Roy from University of Washington was named Rookie of the Year for the 2006–07 season. Roy was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves but his draft rights were traded to Portland Trail Blazers on draft day.
Portland acquired the draft rights to second overall pick from University of Texas, LaMarcus Aldridge from Chicago Bulls on draft day. The University of Connecticut had four players selected in the first round, tying the record set by Duke University in 1999 and the University of North Carolina in 2005; these players were Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong, Marcus Williams, Josh Boone. With Denham Brown selected in the second round, Connecticut became the first school to have five players selected in a two-round draft. Connecticut joined eight other schools that had five players selected in a single draft, second only to the UNLV, who had six players selected in the eight-round 1977 draft; some of these players not selected in this year's draft have played in the NBA. The new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association took into effect starting in this year's draft. Under the new agreement, high school players were not eligible for selection; the new rules stated that high school players must wait one year after their high school class graduates and must be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the draft.
The basic requirements for draft eligibility are: All drafted players must be at least 19 years of age during the calendar year of the draft. Any player, not an "international player", as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class; the CBA defines "international players" as players who permanently resided outside the U. S. for three years before the draft, did not complete high school in the U. S. and have never enrolled at a U. S. college or university. The basic requirement for automatic eligibility for a U. S. player is the completion of his college eligibility. Players who meet the CBA definition of "international players" are automatically eligible if their 22nd birthday falls during or before the calendar year of the draft. A player, not automatically eligible must declare his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no than 60 days before the draft. An early entry candidate is allowed to withdraw his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no than 10 days before the draft.
On June 19, 2006, NBA announced that 37 college players and 10 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the 2006 Draft, while 47 players who had declared as early entry candidates had withdrawn from the draft. The first 14 picks in the draft belonged to teams; the lottery would determine the three teams. The remaining first-round picks and the second-round picks were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win-loss record in the previous season. On April 20, 2007, the NBA performed a tie-breaker to determine the order of the picks for teams with identical win-loss record; the 2006 Draft Lottery was held on May 2006, in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Toronto Raptors, who had the fifth-worst record, won; the Chicago Bulls, who acquired the New York Knicks' first-round draft pick from a previous trade, landed the second overall pick. The Portland Trail Blazers who had the best chance to land the top pick fell out of the top three and had to settle with 4th pick. Portland's 4th pick was the lowest possible pick.
Below were the chances for each team to get specific picks in the 2006 draft lottery, rounded to three decimal places: ^ a: New York Knicks' pick was conveyed to the Chicago Bulls. The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft. A 1 2 Portland acquired the draft rights to 2nd pick LaMarcus Aldridge a 2007 second-round draft pick from Chicago in exchange for the draft rights to 4th pick Tyrus Thomas and Viktor Khryapa. B 1 2 Portland acquired the draft rights to 6th pick Brandon Roy from Minnesota in exchange for the draft rights to 7th pick Randy Foye. Portland acquired the draft rights to 7th pick Randy Foye, Raef LaFrentz and Dan Dickau from Boston in exchange for Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and a 2008 second-round draft pick. C Memphis acquired the draft rights to 8th pick Rudy Gay and Stromile Swift from Houston in exchange for Shane Battier; the trade was finalized on July 12, 2006. D 1 2 Chicago acquired the draft rights to 13th pick Thabo Sefolosha from Philadelphia in exchange for the draft rights to 16th pick Rodney Carney, a 2007 second-round draft pick and cash con
United Center is a multi-purpose arena located in the Near West Side neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The United Center is home to both the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association and the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League; the arena is named after United Airlines. The plan to build the arena was created by Blackhawks owner Bill Wirtz and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf; the United Center's predecessor was the Chicago Stadium, the original "Madhouse on Madison", demolished after the new arena opened for business on August 18, 1994. The first event at the United Center was the WWF event SummerSlam. Due to the 1994–95 NHL lockout, the Blackhawks did not move in until January 1995; the east side of the arena features statues of Michael Jordan, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, while a statue of various Blackhawks sits to the north on Madison Street, where the Chicago Stadium was located. United Center was home to the 1996 Democratic National Convention, at which a new style of four-screen speech prompting system for speakers was pioneered in the United States, consisting of two glass teleprompters, accompanied by an inset lectern monitor, a large under-camera confidence monitor.
The Bulls and Blackhawks operate the United Center through a 50/50 partnership, the United Center Joint Venture. It covers 960,000 square feet on west of the Chicago Loop; the arena is the largest in the United States in size in capacity. Its exterior bears a striking resemblance to that of Chicago Stadium, it seats 20,917 for basketball and up to 23,500 for concerts. The United Center hosts over 200 events per year and has drawn over 20 million visitors since its opening. Attendance exceeds seating capacity for Bulls and Blackhawks games. United Center's acoustics were designed to amplify noise to replicate "The Roar" – the din that made Chicago Stadium famous during hockey games. During hockey season, an Allen Organ is played, a replica of the old arena's famous Barton organ. Recreating the old organ's notes took two years; the building is 140 feet tall, cost $175 million to build, from concrete and 3,500 tons of steel. While the Blackhawks and Bulls had long planned another arena, an inflated real estate market and the early 1990s recession delayed the project until financing was secured from an international syndicate, with funding by banks from Japan and France.
Having 216 luxury skyboxes, as of the 2009–10 renovation the arena has 169 executive suites on three levels. Both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls play their home games at the arena with some of them on back to back nights; the hardwood floor for the Bulls games is laid over the ice. The flooring is taken apart when the Blackhawks have a game. In addition to 82 Bulls and Blackhawks games each year, the United Center has hosted other sporting events such as University of Illinois basketball, the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Roundball Classic, the Great Eight Classic; the arena was the Bulls' home during their second run of three consecutive championships, hosting the 1996, 1997, 1998 NBA Finals. The Bulls won the 1996 and 1997 series in the sixth game at home, but won the 1998 series at the Delta Center, now known as Vivint Smart Home Arena, in Salt Lake City, Utah; the United Center was the site of the World Wrestling Federation pay-per-view SummerSlam in 1994 – the first major event held inside the building, the only major event held in the building by WWE.
It hosted the last of World Championship Wrestling's annual Spring Stampede pay-per-view in 2000. On March 3, 2018, WWE returned to United Center for the first time in over 20 years with a Road To WrestleMania House show; the arena has hosted the Stanley Cup Finals three times: in 2010, 2013, 2015. The Blackhawks won the first two Stanley Cups on the ice of their opponent in the sixth game of the series. However, they won the 2015 series against the Tampa Bay Lightning at home in the sixth game, the first time since 1938 the Hawks clinched the Cup in Chicago. On the weekend of March 5–6, 2011, the Professional Bull Riders made their Built Ford Tough Series debut at the United Center, it was their third Chicago-area visit, having visited Rosemont's Allstate Arena in 2006 and 2008. The event at the United Center presented a unique scenario as instead of dirt, white crushed stone was used to cover the arena floor. Blackhawks legends Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita received bronze statues in their honor outside of the United Center during the 2011–12 NHL season.
The Illinois State High School Hockey Championships are hosted at the United Center yearly for the Blackhawk Cup. On January 28, 2012, the Ultimate Fighting Championship held its first nationally televised event at the arena: UFC on Fox. UFC on Fox 2 was the UFC's 2nd live prime-time event on Fox; the headlining fight was former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis, with Evans winning by unanimous decision; the UFC announced in mid-January 2015 that the United Center would be host of UFC on Fox 16. The United Center hosted UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson in 2013 and UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson in 2014. On October 13, 2016, the arena hosted the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions. On June 9, 2018, United Center hosted UFC 225, its first PPV event. In September 2018, the United Center hosted
2007–08 Chicago Bulls season
The 2007–08 Chicago Bulls season was the 42nd season of NBA basketball in Chicago. Key dates: June 28: The 2007 NBA draft took place in New York City. July 11: The free agent signing period started. October 31: The Bulls' first game of the season against the New Jersey Nets. December 24: Scott Skiles was relieved of his duties as the Bulls' head coach. December 27: Jim Boylan was named the Bulls' interim head coach for the rest of the season. February 21: The Bulls were involved in a three-team trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Seattle SuperSonics that saw Ben Wallace, Joe Smith & Adrian Griffin traded in exchange for four players that included Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden. April 16: The Bulls season ended with a win against the Raptors, they finished with just 33 wins after being touted as a contender in the Eastern Conference. April 17: The Bulls fired interim coach Boylan after a season in which GM John Paxson described as"disappointing" and"disturbing"; the Bulls made the following free agent transactions for the 2007 off-season.
*Total for entire season including previous team The Bulls were involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season. Players in bold denote former Bulls players
2006–07 Los Angeles Lakers season
The 2006-07 Los Angeles Lakers season was the 59th in the NBA and 61st overall. The season ended with the Lakers being eliminated in five games in a rematch against the Phoenix Suns from the 2006 playoffs in the First Round, where the Lakers lost to the Suns in seven games despite having a 3-1 series lead; the Lakers finished in second place in 7th seed in the playoffs. Though team captain Kobe Bryant was the leading NBA scorer with 31.6 PPG, the Lakers were defeated in five games by the Suns. This was the second consecutive season. In the NBA draft, the Lakers, as expected, chose young talent. In the draft, the Lakers selected the PG for UCLA with 26th pick. Los Angeles traded their 51st pick to the Detroit Pistons for SF Maurice Evans; the Lakers had a trade with the Dallas Mavericks, trading away a future second round pick for J. R. Pinnock. Besides the signings, L. A.'s most notable move was the injury bug. Kobe Bryant, the reigning scoring champion had successful surgery on his knee and would decline playing for Team USA at the 2006 World Championship, where they finished 3rd, with bronze.
Center Chris Mihm, the starting big man before having an ankle injury underwent successful surgery and was not expected to play at all in the upcoming season. The Lakers started their season opener hosting the Phoenix Suns, the team who knocked them out of the playoffs. Kobe Bryant was out. Centers Kwame Brown and Chris Mihm were out on injury, forcing Bynum in their place. With two of their starters out on injuries, it didn't seem to affect the team, as Odom led the team until Bryant recovered; the next night at Oracle Arena against the Golden State Warriors, Odom had stats recording his first triple-double of the season, 22 points with nine rebounds and nine assists. Ronny Turiaf, known for his sideline celebrations, had career-highs in every category, including 23 points and nine rebounds for a 110-98 win. Bryant sat this out. By March, the Lakers were in disarray. Radmanović was fined $500,000 for lying to the organization about his injury, Walton and Odom were playing on injuries, despite some 40-point games, Bryant was unable to stop the Lakers fall.
Coach Jackson suffered his first seven-game losing streak of his career in result. It seemed impossible for the Lakers to make the playoffs. Bryant decided to step his game up further. In the March 16th game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Bryant recorded his second-highest outbreak of his career with 65 points, single-handedly winning the game after being down by 12 with four minutes in regulation, he continued by getting 50, 60, another 50 in games against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Hornets respectively. By doing so, Bryant recorded the second-longest streak of scoring 50+ points in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain. Two days after his game against New Orleans, Kobe ended his streak in a game against the Golden State Warriors in Los Angeles with 43 points. Bryant's high scoring month continued, he scored 53 in an overtime loss against the Houston Rockets two games later. But Bryant's scoring binge, which led to the team's five-game winning streak, was followed by the aforementioned seven-game losing streak.
Throughout the season, the Lakers were 14-6 in games. Despite stumbling in the playoffs with a 42-40 record, after finishing March and April with a combined 9-14 standing, the Lakers felt something to prove; the Phoenix Suns had something to prove too. With a 61-21 record, the Suns hoped to avoid last season's epic seven-game series and steam-roll through the playoffs. In the first game, the Lakers started out strong, with Bryant showing his usual scoring dominance with 28 points, holding the Suns to just 39 points, but the Suns, led by Leandro Barbosa led a furious comeback, highlighted a buzzer beater from just in front of the half-court line. L. A. lost the game 95-87, Bryant having 39 points. But any hopes of putting up a better fight in the second game was soon dashed; the Suns crushed the Lakers by 28 points, a 126-98 victory in Game 2. Phoenix defense held the Laker starters to just 51 points, while all six Suns, including all starters, scored in double-figures. Down 0-2, the series went to L.
A. for a Game 3 which the Lakers won 95-89 before losing badly at home in Game 4 as Steve Nash dished out 23 assists in a 113-100 win. The Suns went back home and took Game 5 119-110. Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers Last Playoff Meeting: 2006 Western Conference First Round SG Kobe Bryant All-NBA First Team NBA All-Defensive First Team 2007 NBA All-Star MVP 06-07 NBA scoring champion In their most notable move, L. A. signed three-point specialist PF Vladimir Radmanović to a five year/$31 million contract from cross-town rivals Clippers. Addressing the need for veterans, they signed PG Shammond Williams for a one-year, $5 million deal. To make ties with existing players, L. A. signed Brian Cook to a 3-year extension. Devean George, who won three titles with the Lakers in the early 2000s declined FA and signed with the Mavericks, leaving Bryant the remaining player from the glory days. Most of the signings the Lakers did was cut/trade. Pinnock, Mamadou N'diaye, Marcus Douthit and Devin Green were all cut.
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2006–07 Toronto Raptors season
The Toronto Raptors 2006–07 season is the twelfth National Basketball Association season for the Toronto Raptors basketball franchise. Following a poor 2005–06 season, General Manager Bryan Colangelo revamped the team roster during the pre-season but continued to build the team around All-Star Chris Bosh. Despite a sluggish start, the 2006–07 season transformed into a watershed year for Toronto; the Raptors captured their first division title, finished third in the Eastern Conference, made the playoffs for the first time in five years, equalled their best regular season record, secured home court advantage for the first time in franchise history. However, the Raptors met the New Jersey Nets in the first round of the playoffs and were defeated four games to two. At the end of the regular season, head coach Sam Mitchell and Colangelo were named NBA Coach of the Year and NBA Executive of the Year respectively; the Raptors changed their color scheme, still in use today. Before the season, Toronto won the NBA Draft Lottery and were awarded the 1st overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft.
To prepare for their draft choice, the Raptors traded Rafael Araújo for Kris Humphries and Robert Whaley, traded Matt Bonner, Eric Williams and a second round pick for Rasho Nesterovič and cash considerations. The 1st overall pick was used to select Italian Andrea Bargnani, making him the first European drafted number one overall. Maurizio Gherardini was hired as the club's vice-president and assistant general manager, making him the first European elevated to an NBA executive job. Promising small forward Charlie Villanueva was traded for point guard T. J. Ford and cash considerations, while Chris Bosh was rewarded with a three-year extension. General Manager Bryan Colangelo continued to surround Bosh with complementary players, signed two-time Euroleague Most Valuable Player Anthony Parker. Spanish international Jorge Garbajosa and former slam dunk champion Fred Jones were signed from free agency; the Raptors concluded pre-season transactions by re-signing veteran Darrick Martin. With this new lineup, Toronto looked to maintain a team who could both pass and shoot the ball, but was stronger defensively than the 2005–06 roster.
As a showcase of their new roster, on 15 October 2006, the 119 points by Toronto marked the third highest total in a pre-season game in franchise history. The Raptors finished the pre-season with a 7–1 win-loss record, the best record in the league and a franchise record; the first half of the season produced mixed results as Toronto struggled towards the.500 mark after a dismal 2–8 start. Bosh's consistent performances however ensured he was named an All-Star starter in the 2007 NBA All-Star Game on 25 January 2007, he received the most number of votes after LeBron James among all Eastern Conference forwards. A day the Raptors hit the.500 mark for the first time since the 2003–04 season after defeating the Boston Celtics at the Air Canada Centre. On 2 February, the Raptors went 24–23, the first time since 2001–02 that they had been over.500 this late in a season. As a result, the Raptors won three NBA Eastern Conference awards for the month of January: Player of the Month, Rookie of the Month and Coach of the Month.
On 4 February, the Raptors' 122–110 home win against the Los Angeles Clippers represented a season-high in points for the Raptors. Within the same week, Bosh's career-high 41 points in a win against the Orlando Magic prompted an unheard of event at the Air Canada Centre—chants of "MVP" by the home fans; this chant was repeated in a win against Vince Carter's New Jersey Nets ten days later—to the disbelief of Carter—a game which saw the team break franchise records for most number of home wins and highest home winning percentage entering the All-Star break. After the break, Colangelo traded Jones for a versatile guard. Luke Jackson was signed to provide depth to Toronto's bench. Following a win against the Charlotte Bobcats on 1 April 2007, Toronto clinched a playoff berth for the first time in five years, they claimed their first division title when they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers five days winning the Atlantic Division crown. Another franchise record was set when Toronto won the next game against the Bulls, this time for most home wins.
The Raptors were seeded third in the Eastern Conference, marking one of the biggest turnarounds in NBA history in terms of league standing and defensive ranking. Throughout the season, they were lauded for playing solid defense and good sharing and moving of the ball. José Calderón, Bargnani and Morris Peterson turned in reliable performances from the bench while Ford and Bosh ran the offence with consistent numbers, and in Parker and Garbajosa, the Raptors had two versatile players who could both defend and attack. Furthermore, in contrast to previous seasons, the Raptors were able to win games despite injuries to key players such as Bosh, Parker and Garbajosa. Colangelo and Mitchell were largely credited for transforming Toronto's fortunes; as third seed, the Raptors played sixth seed New Jersey Nets in the first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. The series drew much media attention as Vince Carter, a former Raptor who left Toronto under acrimonious circumstances two seasons ago, was now back at the ACC as a Net.
In the opening game, while Carter was booed by the home crowd and was not an offensive threat, Toronto's inexperience was evident as they too struggled offensively and were down 65–78 going into the fourth quarter. A late rally by Toronto in the fourth quarter was not enough as they lost 91–96; the Raptors won game 2 89–83 at the ACC to tie the series 1–1, as Bosh recorded 25 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. The Ne