2008-09 NBA season Finals, awards and best players

NBA Finals 2009

NBA Champion: Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Finals:  Los Angeles Lakers (W)  4  Orlando Magic (E)  1

NBA Finals MVP: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)

Main players: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers), Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu (Orlando Magic).

Best players for the 2008-09 season

Regular Season MVP: LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers).

All-NBA first team: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic).

All-NBA second team: Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets), Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers), Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs), Yao Ming (Houston Rockets).

All-NBA third team: Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets), Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets), Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers), Shaquille O'Neal (Phoenix Suns).

SEASON STATS LEADERS

CategoryPlayerPos.TeamValue
PointsDwyane WadeSGMiami Heat30.2
ReboundsDwight HowardCOrlando Magic13.8
BlocksDwight HowardCOrlando Magic2.9
AssistsChris PaulPGNew Orleans Hornets11.0
StealsChris PaulPGNew Orleans Hornets2.8
EfficiencyLeBron JamesSF/PFCleveland Cavaliers31.7
3-point field goalsRashard LewisPF/SFOrlando Magic220

NBA Sixth Man: Jason Terry (Dallas Mavericks).

Most Improved Player: Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers).

PLAYERS WITH THE BEST STATS IN THE 2008-09 REGULAR SEASON

PLAYERGPMPFG(%)3P(%)FT(%)RBASSTTOBKPTS
LeBron James810.59.74/19.9148.91.63/4.7434.47.33/9.4177.90.10.10.00.00.00.4
Chris Paul780.58.09/16.0950.30.82/2.2636.35.83/6.7286.80.10.10.00.00.00.3
Dwyane Wade790.510.81/22.0149.11.11/3.5231.57.47/9.7676.50.10.10.00.00.00.4
Dwight Howard790.57.09/12.3957.20.00/0.030.06.38/10.7559.30.20.00.00.00.00.3
Dirk Nowitzki810.59.56/19.9547.90.75/2.1035.75.99/6.7389.00.10.00.00.00.00.3
Pau Gasol810.57.31/12.9056.70.01/0.0250.04.23/5.4278.00.10.00.00.00.00.2
Chris Bosh770.57.99/16.4048.70.16/0.6425.06.55/8.0181.80.10.00.00.00.00.3
Tim Duncan750.47.44/14.7650.40.00/0.030.04.45/6.4469.10.10.00.00.00.00.3
Kobe Bryant820.49.76/20.8846.71.44/4.1035.15.89/6.8885.60.10.10.00.00.00.3
Yao Ming770.47.35/13.4054.90.01/0.01100.04.95/5.7186.70.10.00.00.00.00.3

Best defensive players for the 2008-09 season

Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic).

All-Defensive first team: Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic).

All-Defensive second team: Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Shane Battier (Houston Rockets), Metta World Peace (Houston Rockets), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs).

Players of the Month and Players of the Week for the 2008-09 season

Rookie of the Year: Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls).

All-Rookies first team: Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies), Michael Beasley (Miami Heat), Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets).

All-Rookies second team: D.J. Augustin (Charlotte Bobcats), Mario Chalmers (Miami Heat), Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers), Rudy Fernández (Portland Trail Blazers), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies).

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

MONTHEASTWEST
NovemberLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
DecemberDwyane Wade (Miami Heat)Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
JanuaryLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
FebruaryDwyane Wade (Miami Heat)Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers)
MarchLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
AprilLeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)

Eastern Players of the Week: Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors), Ben Gordon (Chicago Bulls), Al Harrington (New York Knicks), Devin Harris (New Jersey Nets) (2), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) (4), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (7), David Lee (New York Knicks), Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic) (2), Rodney Stuckey (Detroit Pistons), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) (3).

Western Players of the Week: Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) (3), Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs), Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) (2), Al Jefferson (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) (2), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) (2), Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) (4), Brandon Roy (Portland Trail Blazers) (2), Amar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns), David West (New Orleans Hornets), Deron Williams (Utah Jazz).

2009 NBA All-Star Game players

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Tony ParkerPGSan Antonio Spurs
Chris PaulPGNew Orleans Hornets
Chauncey BillupsPG/SGDenver Nuggets
Kobe BryantSG/SFLos Angeles Lakers
Brandon RoySG/SFPortland Trail Blazers
David WestPFNew Orleans Hornets
Amar'e StoudemireC/PFPhoenix Suns
Pau GasolC/PFLos Angeles Lakers
Tim DuncanC/PFSan Antonio Spurs
Dirk NowitzkiC/PFDallas Mavericks
Shaquille O'NealCPhoenix Suns
Yao MingCHouston Rockets

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Jameer Nelson*PGOrlando Magic
Mo WilliamsPG/SGCleveland Cavaliers
Allen IversonSG/PGDetroit Pistons
Devin HarrisSG/PGNew Jersey Nets
Ray AllenSGBoston Celtics
Dwyane WadeSGMiami Heat
Joe JohnsonSF/SGAtlanta Hawks
Paul PierceSFBoston Celtics
Danny GrangerSFIndiana Pacers
LeBron JamesSF/PFCleveland Cavaliers
Rashard LewisPF/SFOrlando Magic
Chris Bosh*PF/CToronto Raptors
Kevin GarnettPF/CBoston Celtics
Dwight HowardCOrlando Magic

* Player was selected but he could not play the game

All-Star Game MVP: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Shaquille O'Neal (Phoenix Suns).

More awards

Citizenship award: Dikembe Mutombo (Houston Rockets).

Sportsmanship award: Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets).