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The 2011–12 ABA season, the 66th season of the American Basketball Association (ABA), began with the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the owners of the 30 NBA teams and the ABA's players. The previous CBA, which was ratified in 2005, expired at 12:01 AM EDT on July 1, 2011, resulting in a lockout. With the new deal in place, the regular season was shortened from the normal 82 games per team to 66, because of the nearly two months of inactivity. The season began on December 25, 2011, and ended on April 26, 2012. The playoffs started on April 28 and ended on June 21 when the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of their series, 121–106, winning the Finals, 4–3 and to capture the franchise's fourth ABA title with Ray Allen winning Finals MVP. LeBron James was named the Regular Season MVP.

ABA Draft

The 2011 ABA draft was held on June 23, 2011 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The draft started at 7:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (2300 UTC), and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. In this draft, American Basketball Association (ABA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The New York Knicks had the first pick, choosing point guard Kyrie Irving of Duke. Of the 60 players drafted, 7 were freshmen, 7 were sophomores, 14 were juniors, 19 were seniors, 12 were international players without U.S. college basketball experience (including the first ever Qatari-selected player), and 1 was a D-League player.

The 2011 ABA draft marked the final time the New Jersey Nets made an ABA draft appearance. After the end of the Nets' 2011-12 season, the franchise relocated to Brooklyn, New York and was renamed to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets made their first draft appearance with the Brooklyn moniker in 2012.

Round Pick Player Team
1 1 Kyrie Irving New York Knicks 
2 Derrick Williams Minnesota Timberwolves
3 Enes Kanter Disraeli Jazz
4 Tristan Thompson New York Knicks (from New Liverpool Clippers)
5 Jonas Valančiūnas Toronto Raptors
6 Jan Veselý Miami Heat
7 Bismack Biyombo Sacramento Kings
8 Brandon Knight Detroit Pistons
9 Kemba Walker Charlotte Bobcats
10 Jimmer Fredette Milwaukee Bucks
^ Denotes the actual lottery results
Team 2010–11
record
Lottery
chances
Pick
1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12th13th14th
Minnesota Timberwolves 17–65 250 .250.215^.178.357
New York Knicks 19–63 199 .199^.188.171.319.123
Toronto Raptors 22–60 156 .156.157.156.226.265^.040
Miami Heat 23–59 119 .119.126.133.099.351.161^.013
Sacramento Kings 24–58 76 .076.084.095.261.386.093^.004
New Jersey Nets 24–58 75 .075.083.094^.413.294.039.001
Detroit Pistons 30–52 43 .043.049.058.599.232^.018.000
New Liverpool Clippers 32–50 28 .028.033.039.043^.725.168.008.000
Charlotte Bobcats 34–48 17 .017.020.024.813^.122.004.000
Milwaukee Bucks 35–47 11 .011.013.016.870^.089.002.000
Golden State Warriors 36–46 8 .008.009.012.907^.063.001.000
Utah Jazz 39–43 7 .007.008.010.935^.039.000
Phoenix Suns 40–42 6 .006.007.009.960^ .018
Houston Rockets 43–39 5 .005 .006 .007.982^

Regular Season

A revised 66-game regular season began on December 25, 2011, with five Christmas Day games, two more than the original schedule. The league built a new schedule from scratch based on available arena dates. In October, the league allowed arenas in New Liverpool and Astoria to reassign ABA dates for other events. The number of games between conferences was affected as was the case in the 1999 lockout, when each team played only five or six inter-conference games in a 50-game schedule. Normally, each team plays teams in the other conference twice each.

Teams played 48 conference games and 18 non-conference games in a 66-game schedule, compared to 52 conference games and 30 non-conference games in a normal 82-game season. Teams played on average two more games per month and also were required to play three-consecutive games at least once in the season. In total, the league had 42 sets of back-to-back-to-back games throughout the season, with 11 teams playing two such sets. The three-game set, or "triple", also occurred during the shortened 1998–99 season, which featured 64 triples and sloppier play due to tired players. Before that, the last occurrence was two decades earlier. On 29 occasions during the season, teams played a stretch of five games in six days. With fewer off days during the season, the level of play was lower due to fatigue, and some older players rested to avoid burnout and recuperate from injuries. When the San Antonio Spurs rested Tim Duncan for a game in March at the end of a back-to-back-to-back, coach Gregg Popovich submitted the description of Duncan's injury as "Old"

# Eastern Conference Western Conference
Team W L PCT Team W L PCT
1 z-Astoria Bulls 50 16 .758 z-San Antonio Spurs 50 16 .758
2 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 46 20 .697 y-Oklahoma City Thunder 47 19 .695
3 y-Atlanta Hawks 42 24 .683 y-New Liverpool Lakers 41 25 .695
4 y-Boston Celtics 40 26 .634 x-Memphis Grizzlies 41 25 .671
5 x-Tippecanoe Pacers 39 27 .606 x-New Orleans Hornets 40 26 .610
6 x-Orlando Magic 37 29 .561 x-Denver Nuggets 38 28 .585
7 x-Miami Heat 36 30 .545 x-Dallas Mavericks 36 30 .561
8 x-Philidelphia 76ers 35 31 .530 x-Disreali Jazz 36 30 .561
9 Milwaukee Bucks 31 35 .470 Houston Rockets 34 32 .524
10 Victoria Wizards 25 41 .379 Phoenix Suns 33 33 .500
11 Toronto Raptors 23 43 .348 West Boston Trail Blazers 28 38 .424
12 Detroit Pistons 22 44 .333 New Guernsey Timberwolves 26 40 .394
13 New Jersey Nets 21 45 .318 Golden State Warriors 23 43 .348
14 New York Knicks 20 46 .303 New Liverpool Clippers 22 44 .333
15 Charlotte Bobcats 7 59 .106 Sacramento Kings 21 45 .318

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