2005-2006

Heat Ride Wade To 1st NBA Title

The Miami Heat, which finished with just the fifth best Dunkel rating during the regular season, put together a strong run in the playoffs capped by four straight wins over Dallas to claim the first championship in the franchise’s history.  Relying on series MVP Dwyane Wade, the Heat overcame an 0-2 deficit and gave head coach Pat Riley his fifth NBA title.  No. 2 Dallas had looked brilliant in knocking off defending champion San Antonio in the Western Conference semis and then cruising past Phoenix into the finals.  But after blowing a late lead in Game 3 against Miami, the Mavs never recovered.  Here are the final Dunkel rankings* for the 2005-06 NBA season.

TEAMS RATING RECORD DIVISION
1 Miami 124.6 52-28 Southeast
2 Dallas 123.5 60-21 Southwest
3 Phoenix 122.1 52-28 Pacific
4 San Antonio 121.9 61-19 Southwest
5 Detroit 121.4 64-16 Central
6 L.A. Clippers 119.6 40-40 Pacific
7 Cleveland 117.4 48-32 Central
8 New Jersey 117.2 49-31 Atlantic
9 Washington 116.5 40-40 Southeast
10 Indiana 116.3 39-41 Central
11 Memphis 116.3 47-33 Southwest
12 Sacramento 115.6 43-38 Pacific
13 L.A. Lakers 115.6 44-37 Pacific
14 Houston 115.6 33-47 Southwest
15 Chicago 115.1 39-41 Central
16 Denver 114.4 44-36 Northwest
17 Minnesota 114.2 33-48 Northwest
18 Golden State 114.2 33-47 Pacific
19 Milwaukee 114.0 39-41 Central
20 Philadelphia 114.0 37-43 Atlantic
21 Boston 113.7 32-48 Atlantic
22 Seattle 113.6 34-46 Northwest
22 Orlando 113.5 36-44 Southeast
24 New Orleans 112.7 38-42 Southwest
25 Utah 112.7 40-40 Northwest
26 Toronto 112.5 27-53 Atlantic
27 Charlotte 111.1 24-56 Southeast
28 New York 110.5 22-58 Atlantic
29 Atlanta 109.6 25-55 Southeast
30 Portland 107.8 21-59 Northwest