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
2006–07 Washington Wizards season
The 2006–07 Washington Wizards season was their 46th season in the National Basketball Association. The Wizards made the playoffs for the third straight season; the Wizards were eliminated for the second straight time by the Cavaliers in just the first round. Key dates prior to the start of the season: The 2006 NBA draft took place in New York City on June 28; the free agency period begins in July. Washington's selections from the 2006 NBA draft in New York City. Record: 5–9. Red background indicates loss. Gilbert Arenas, All-NBA Second Team The Wizards have been involved in the following transactions during the 2006–07 season. Transactions listed are from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007. July 19, 2006- Signed Darius Songaila as a free agent. August 5, 2006- Signed DeShawn Stevenson as a free agent. September 13, 2006- Signed Roger Mason as a free agent. Signed Kevinn Pinkney as a free agent. September 14, 2006- Signed James Lang as a free agent. October 10, 2006- Waived Kevinn Pinkney. February 28, 2007- Signed Mike Hall to two 10-day contracts signed to a contract for the rest of the season.
Waived James Lang. June 28, 2007- Drafted Nick Young in the 1st round of the 2007 NBA Draft. Drafted Dominic McGuire in the 2nd round of the 2007 NBA Draft. 2006–07 NBA season
2006–07 Cleveland Cavaliers season
The 2006–07 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 37th season of NBA basketball in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers finished the season with a 50–32 record, a second-place finish in the Central Division, became the champions of the Eastern Conference, made their first NBA Finals appearance. Prior to making their first NBA Finals appearance, in the playoffs, the Cavaliers swept the Washington Wizards in four games in the First Round, defeated the New Jersey Nets in six games in the Semifinals, defeated the Detroit Pistons in six games in the Conference Finals. However, in the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in four games. LeBron James was finished in 2nd place in league MVP voting. On June 28, the 2006 NBA draft took place in New York City. In July, the free agency period began. On October 10, the Cavaliers' preseason began with a 93–109 loss to the Boston Celtics. On November 1, the Cavaliers' regular season began with a 97–94 win over the Washington Wizards. On March 27, the Cavaliers clinched a playoff berth.
On June 2, the Cavaliers won their first Eastern Conference championship. On June 14, the Cavaliers' season ended in an NBA Finals sweep to the San Antonio Spurs. *2nd round pick acquired from Philadelphia in Lee Nailon deal. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards A rematch of the previous year's first round series was spoiled when Wizards star Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler were both forced out of the playoffs due to injuries received in the parts of the regular season. Without Arenas and Butler, the Wizards found themselves unable to stop LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers from sweeping them out of the playoffs, it was Cleveland's first playoff sweep in franchise history. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New Jersey Nets The Cavaliers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1992, while the Nets have lost in the Conference Semifinals in three out of the last four years. New Jersey Nets point guard Jason Kidd averaged a triple double the entire playoffs, scoring 14.6 points, grabbing 10.9 rebounds and dishing out 10.9 assists per game.
The Cavaliers got revenge of sorts, by eliminating the Nets two years after the Nets eliminated them on the final day of the regular season. Conference Finals: Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers In a rematch of last year's thrilling second-round series, the Pistons and the Cavaliers matched up in one of the closest contested series in NBA history, with the first five games being decided by 6 points or less; the spotlight of the series fell on Cleveland's LeBron James. Despite gaining some momentum in the opening games of the series against the experienced Pistons, key last-second decisions by James led to Cleveland losses in Games 1 and 2 in Detroit, by identical scores where Cleveland led for most of the two games, they faced a 0–2 deficit for the second straight year but would remember from the year before they could win three straight games to get back into the series. With media circles on his back for his complacency in these games, LeBron came back to will the Cavs to close victories in Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland, evening the series at 2.
The series shifted back to Detroit for a Game 5 that proved to be one of the most memorable postseason games in recent NBA history. In a match that went into double overtime, the Cavaliers stunned the Pistons on their home court, thanks to LeBron James' playoff career-high 48 point performance. James scored the Cavaliers' final 25 points of the game, including all 18 points in overtime making it two straight two-point wins at the Palace in Game 5; this time around the favored Cavaliers took advantage of their home court in 2007 and exploded in Game 6 to close out the Pistons once and for all, to clinch the franchise's first trip to the NBA Finals. Rookie Daniel Gibson scored his career high 31 points including five three-pointers to lift the Cavs in the second half behind a roaring home crowd. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers entered the 2007 Finals as newcomers. Game 1 was the first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history, the first for each of its players. However, the San Antonio Spurs had been to the Finals in three of the past eight seasons, winning a championship each time.
With solid performances by Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbili, the Spurs won the series opener in convincing fashion, limiting LeBron James to 14 points on 4–16 shooting. The Spurs took a stranglehold on momentum in Game 2; the Spurs big three overwhelmed the Cavs and the Spurs led by as many as 29 points in the third quarter. They dominated game during first 3 quarters and played show-time basketball. A furious 25–6 rally by Cleveland in the final quarter wasn't enough as the Spurs took a 2–0 lead in the series. Rookie Daniel Gibson started Game 3 in place of the injured Larry Hughes but scored a series-low 2 points on 1–10 shooting; as a team the Cavs shot only.367 but out-rebounded the Spurs 48–41. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had a 2006–07 season high 18 rebounds. On the game's final play, LeBron James missed a potential game-tying 29 foot 3-pointer. Game 3 was the lowest-scoring Finals game since 1955, with Tim Duncan of the Spurs having his lowest scoring game in his NBA Finals career, with 14 points.
San Antonio started out strong through the first three quarters, leading by as many as 11. Cleveland would stage a rally near the end of the third quarter and the first five minutes of the fourth, scoring 14 consecutive points to take its first second-half lead of the series. However, the Spurs would stage a 12–3 rally of their own to retake the lead and win the series in a 4–0 sweep. LeBron James w
Mark Cuban is an American businessman and investor. He is the owner of the National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment and chairman of AXS TV, he is one of the main "shark" investors on the ABC reality television series, Shark Tank. In 2011, Cuban wrote an e-book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, in which he chronicles his experiences in business and sports. Cuban was born in Pennsylvania, his father, Norton Cuban, was an automobile upholsterer, while Cuban has described his mother, Shirley, as someone with "a different job or different career goal every other week." He grew up in a Jewish working-class family. His paternal grandfather changed the family name from "Chabenisky" to "Cuban" after his family emigrated from Russia through Ellis Island, his maternal grandparents, who were Jewish, came from Romania. Cuban's first step into the business world occurred at age 12, when he sold garbage bags to pay for a pair of expensive basketball shoes. At age 16, Cuban took advantage of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette strike by running newspapers from Cleveland to Pittsburgh.
Instead of attending high school for his senior year, he enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Pittsburgh, where he joined the Pi Lambda Phi International fraternity. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, he held a variety of jobs, including a bartender, disco dancing instructor, a party promoter, he is a "beloved" fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. After one year at the University of Pittsburgh, he transferred to Indiana University in Bloomington and graduated from the Kelley School of Business in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, he chose Indiana's Kelley School of Business without visiting the campus because "it had the least expensive tuition of all the business schools on the top 10 list". During college he had various business ventures, including a bar, disco lessons, a chain letter. In 1982, Cuban moved to Dallas, where he first found work as a bartender, as a salesperson for Your Business Software, one of the earliest PC software retailers in Dallas.
He was fired less than a year after meeting with a client to procure new business instead of opening the store. Cuban started his own company, MicroSolutions, with support from his previous customers from Your Business Software. MicroSolutions was a system integrator and software reseller; the company was an early proponent of technologies such as Carbon Copy, Lotus Notes, CompuServe. One of the company's largest clients was Perot Systems. In 1990, Cuban sold MicroSolutions to CompuServe—then a subsidiary of H&R Block—for $6 million, he made $2 million after taxes on the deal. Cuban hates meetings, he has said, "The only way you're going to get me for a meeting is if you're writing me a check." In 1995, Chris Jaeb and fellow Indiana University alumnus Todd Wagner started Audionet, combining their mutual interest in Indiana Hoosier college basketball and webcasting. With a single server and an ISDN line, Audionet became Broadcast.com in 1998. By 1999, Broadcast.com had grown to 330 employees and $13.5 million in revenue for the second quarter.
In 1999, Broadcast.com helped launch the first live-streamed Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. That year, during the dot com boom, Broadcast.com was acquired by Yahoo! for $5.7 billion in Yahoo! stock. After the sale of Broadcast.com, Cuban diversified his wealth to avoid exposure to a market crash. The Guinness Book of Records credits Cuban with the "largest single e-commerce transaction", after he paid $40 million for his Gulfstream V jet in October 1999. Cuban continues to work with Wagner in another venture, 2929 Entertainment, which provides vertically integrated production and distribution of films and video. On September 24, 2003, the firm purchased a chain of 58 arthouse movie theaters; the company is responsible for the updated version of the TV show Star Search, broadcast on CBS. 2929 Entertainment released Bubble, a movie directed by Steven Soderbergh, in 2006. Cuban was featured on the cover of the November 2003 premiere issue of Best magazine announcing the arrival of High Definition Television.
Cuban was co-founder of AXS TV, the first high-definition satellite television network. In February 2004, Cuban announced that he would be working with ABC television to produce a reality television series, The Benefactor; the premise of the six-episode series involved 16 contestants trying to win $1 million by participating in various contests, with their performances being judged by Cuban. It premiered on September 13, 2004, but due to poor ratings, the series was canceled before the full season aired. In 2018, Cuban was No.190 on Forbes' list of "World's Richest People", with a net worth of $3.9 billion. Cuban financially supported Grokster in the Supreme Court case Grokster, he is a partner in Synergy Sports Technology, a web based basketball scouting and video delivery tool, used by many NBA teams. Cuban has assisted ventures in the social software and distributed networking industries, he is an owner of a search engine that scours the blogosphere for content. Cuban was a partner in RedSwoosh—a company which uses peer-to-peer technology to deliver rich media, including video and software, to a user's PC—later acquired by Akamai.
He was an investor in Weblogs, Inc., acquired by AOL. In 2005, Cuban invested in Brondell Inc. a San Francisco startup making a high-tech toilet seat called a Swash that works like a bidet but mounts on a standard toilet. "People tend to approach technology the same way, whether it's in front of them, or
2005–06 Miami Heat season
The 2005–06 Miami Heat season was the 18th National Basketball Association season for the Miami Heat basketball franchise. During the offseason, the Heat acquired Jason Williams and James Posey from the Memphis Grizzlies, All-Star forward Antoine Walker from the Boston Celtics, while signing free agent All-Star point guard Gary Payton. Early into the season, after a 15-12 start to the year, head coach Stan Van Gundy resigned, citing the desire to spend more time with his family, Pat Riley resume coaching the Heat; the Heat went 39-23 the rest of the way, finishing with a 52-30 record, good enough for first place in the Southeast Division and second place in the Eastern Conference overall. Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal were both selected for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game. In the first round of the playoffs, the Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls in six games, the New Jersey Nets in five games in the semifinals to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons in a rematch of last year's playoffs.
After splitting the first two games of the series, the Heat defeated the Pistons in six games to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, where they faced the Dallas Mavericks. After losing the first two games of the series, the Heat recovered to win the next four games and the first championship in franchise history; the team was nicknamed "15 Strong". In August 2005, Shaquille O'Neal signed a 5-year-extension with the Heat for $100 million. Supporters applauded O'Neal's willingness to take what amounted to a pay cut, the Heat's decision to secure O'Neal's services for the long term, they contend that O'Neal was worth more than $20 million per year given that less valuable players earn the same amount. Critics, questioned the wisdom of the move, characterizing it as overpaying an aging and injured player. On August 2, 2005, the Heat were involved in one of the largest trades in NBA history, it was a five-team trade which included the Heat, the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Boston Celtics, the Utah Jazz.
The Heat traded Rasual Butler to the Hornets, Eddie Jones to the Grizzlies, Albert Miralles, Qyntel Woods, a 2006 2nd round draft pick, a 2008 2nd round draft pick to the Celtics. In return, the Heat received Antoine Walker from the Celtics, Andre Emmett, James Posey, Jason Williams from the Grizzlies, Roberto Dueñas from the Hornets. Walker would be a reliable bench player during the season. Posey and Williams would be starters at small point guard, respectively. Emmett would be waived on October 31. On the same day, the Heat would sign Kasib Powell, he would sign with the Chicago Bulls on September 29, the Bulls waived him on November 2. Powell would join the team two seasons later. On August 12, the Heat signed Gerald Fitch. Fitch would be traded to the Houston Rockets on February 23 for Derek Anderson. On August 15, the Heat signed Matt Walsh. Walsh would be waived on November 18. On September 22, the Heat signed Hall-of-Famer Gary Payton. Payton would play his final two seasons in the NBA with the Heat.
On October 3, the Heat signed Jason Kapono. On October 8, the Heat signed Earl Barron. In the second game of the 2005–06 season, O'Neal injured his right ankle and subsequently missed the following 18 games. Many critics stated that Heat coach Pat Riley managed O'Neal during the rest of the season, limiting his minutes to a career low. Riley felt doing so would allow O'Neal to fresher come playoff time. Although O'Neal averaged career lows in points and blocks, he said in an interview "Stats don't matter. I care about winning, not stats. If I score 0 points and we win I'm happy. If I score 50, 60 points, break the records, we lose, I'm pissed off.'Cause I knew I did something wrong. I'll have a hell of a season if I win the championship and average 20 points a game." During the 2005–06 season, the Heat recorded only a.500 record without O'Neal in the line-up. During the 2005 off-season, it was speculated Pat Riley was attempting to run Van Gundy out of his coaching job and take over the job himself, as the team was in a position to contend for the championship.
Van Gundy would resign from his position as head coach on December 12, 2005, just 21 games into the season, citing a need to spend more time with his family. Riley replaced him as head coach, led Miami to their first championship that same season. In Shaquille O'Neal's book, "Shaq Uncut: My Story", O'Neal responded to allegations of being a "coach killer" and that he forced Van Gundy out of Miami by stating: "Stan got fired because Pat wanted to take over, not because I wanted him out. I had no control over it — not a smidgen of control. We all kind of knew it was coming because Stan were always arguing. Pat would come down and tell Stan how to do something and Stan would want to do it his own way, and, a fine game plan if you wanted to get yourself fired." On April 11, 2006, Shaquille O'Neal recorded his second career triple-double against the Toronto Raptors with 15 points, 11 rebounds and a career high 10 assists. * Statistics include only games with the Heat * Statistics include only games with the Heat Heat clinched a 2 seed at the Eastern Conference for the 2006 NBA Playoffs.
Dallas' Jason Terry scored a playoff-high 32 points as the Mavericks overcame a 31–23 deficit at the end of the first quarter. Dirk Nowitzki had a stellar 26 point-16 rebound performance, the Mavericks cruised past the Heat to take a 2–0 series lead. Led by Dwyane Wade's 42 points and 13 rebounds, the Heat rallied from a 13-point deficit with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter
Joshua Jay Howard is an American former professional basketball player, the head coach of Piedmont International University. He played college basketball for Wake Forest. Howard attended Glenn High School in Kernersville, North Carolina, where he was a First-Team All-State selection in his senior year and averaged six blocks per game while shooting 70%, he averaged a double-double during his junior and senior years, during which time he received the Frank Spencer Award twice. During his senior year Howard was handcuffed outside of a BP gas station the night before his SAT examination. Howard had been loitering on the premises with some of his friends, undercover cops, believing the teenagers had been selling drugs, detained them. In order to get into Wake Forest University Howard needed an SAT score of at least 950, he did not get a 950, saying his score was "somewhere in the 500s". In lieu, he spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, where he averaged a double-double, with 19.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
Howard led Hargrave to a 27–3 record, shooting well on the floor with 56%. He averaged 44% from behind the three-point line and 85% from the free throw line. Howard participated in the ACC–SEC game between new signings from the two conferences. Howard scored 14 points in 15 minutes to help lift the ACC team to a 145–115 win over the SEC. Howard chose to sign with Wake Forest in 1999 over many other colleges due to the proximity of the campus to his family and friends, he minored in international studies. During his first year, Howard played in all thirty-six games, he led the team with 44 ranked fourth on the team with 9.1 points per game. His season high came in a game against Duke during an ACC tournament. Howard scored 19 points, going 2-for-2 from behind the three-point line. During his sophomore season Howard was selected to second-team All-ACC, he missed a few games because of the flu, playing in 29 games and starting 28. He led the team in scoring that year with 13.6 points per game. Howard earned third-team All-ACC and second team NABC All-District while trailing Darius Songaila in team scoring with 13.9 points per game during his junior season.
Deciding not to forgo his senior year at Wake Forest, Howard became the first member of his family to graduate from college. He was the unanimous selection as the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year in 2003 and led Wake Forest to its first outright regular season league championship in 41 years, he is the second ACC player to amass 1000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, 200 steals, 100 blocks, 100 three-pointers. Howard was named the national player of the year by College Insider and Basketball Digest, he was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and the James Naismith Award in 2003. In his senior season, Howard averaged 19.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 bpg, won multiple awards, including ACC Player of the Year, All ACC First Team, ACC All-Defensive Team, AP First Team All-America. Coming into the league, Howard was projected as a mid to late 1st round pick in the 2003 NBA Draft because of his apparent lack of upside. Howard was selected in the 2003 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks with the final pick of the first round.
He played in 67 games during his rookie year, averaging 8.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game earning him NBA All-Rookie 2nd team honors. In his second season, Howard continued coming off the bench and tasked to do "mop-up minutes" until a nagging injury to Marquis Daniels gave Howard a spot at small forward in the starting lineup. Howard averaged 12.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.53 steals in 32 minutes of play for the season. In the 2005–06 season, Howard averaged a career-high in scoring and three-point field goal percentage, in addition to tallying 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. He was limited to 59 games due to injury. In the 2006 NBA playoffs, Howard was vital to the Mavs' run to the Finals to the point where the team was 23–0 when Howard scored more than 20 points a game. In game 5 of the 2006 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, it was asserted by referees that Howard called for a timeout during Dwyane Wade's free throw attempts, which only allowed Dallas to inbound the ball at full court instead of setting up for a play at half court.
Howard asserted that in fact no timeout was called and that referee Joey Crawford agreed with him. After Dwyane Wade hit his second foul shot to put the Miami Heat up by one point, Dallas was unable to advance the ball to halfcourt for an attempt at a game-winning shot. Early in 2006, Team USA director Jerry Colangelo invited Howard to serve as one of Team USA's possible defensive specialists in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Howard rejected the offer, instead going back to run his annual youth camp in his hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During the 2006–07 season, Howard missed 2 games, his 18.9 points per game combined with 6.8 rebounds a game helped lead the Dallas Mavericks to a season-best 67–15 record. After injuries to Yao Ming and Carlos Boozer, Howard was offered the extra spot. Hall of Famer Magic Johnson commented on Howard's omission at first, saying "I've got a problem with it, I do". Johnson went on to say "Josh Howard should be an All-Star. Period."On December 8, 2007, Howard scored a career high 47 points against the Utah Jazz.
In April 2008, hours before Game 3 of the Mavericks'
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