The San Antonio Spurs are the 2005 NBA Champions, but were defeated in the second round of the 2006 playoffs by the much improved Dallas Mavericks.
Among the prominent players of the teams in the Southeast Division are:
- Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jerry Stackhouse, and Keith Van Horn of the Dallas Mavericks.
- Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady of the Houston Rockets.
- Pau Gasol and Shane Battier of the Memphis Grizzlies.
- 2006 Rookie of the Year Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets.
- Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs.