2000–01 NBA season
The 2000–01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning their second straight championship, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 4 games to 1 in the 2001 NBA Finals.
|2000–01 NBA season|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Duration||October 31, 2000 – April 18, 2001 |
April 21 – June 3, 2001 (Playoffs)
June 6 – 15, 2001 (Finals)
|Number of teams||29|
|TV partner(s)||NBC, TBS, TNT|
|Top draft pick||Kenyon Martin|
|Picked by||New Jersey Nets|
|Top seed||San Antonio Spurs|
|Season MVP||Allen Iverson (Philadelphia)|
|Top scorer||Allen Iverson (Philadelphia)|
|Eastern champions||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Eastern runners-up||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Western champions||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Western runners-up||San Antonio Spurs|
|Champions||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Finals MVP||Shaquille O'Neal (L.A. Lakers)|
|Team||1999–2000 coach||2000–01 coach|
|Atlanta Hawks||Lenny Wilkens||Lon Kruger|
|Golden State Warriors||Garry St. Jean||Dave Cowens|
|Indiana Pacers||Larry Bird||Isiah Thomas|
|Los Angeles Clippers||Jim Todd||Alvin Gentry|
|New Jersey Nets||Don Casey||Byron Scott|
|Toronto Raptors||Butch Carter||Lenny Wilkens|
|Vancouver Grizzlies||Lionel Hollins||Sidney Lowe|
|Washington Wizards||Darrell Walker||Leonard Hamilton|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach|
|Boston Celtics||Rick Pitino||Jim O'Brien|
|Seattle SuperSonics||Paul Westphal||Nate McMillan|
- The NBA All-Star Game was held at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.. The East won 111–110, with Philadelphia's Allen Iverson being named the game's Most Valuable Player. The game is noted for the Eastern Conference's 21-point comeback in the fourth quarter.
- The Grizzlies play their final season in Vancouver, British Columbia before relocating to Memphis, Tennessee for the following season leaving the Toronto Raptors being the only Canadian team left in the NBA.
- Rick Pitino resigned as head coach and president of the Boston Celtics, ending a three-plus-year tenure filled with turmoil, disappointment and three consecutive below .500, non-playoff seasons.
- The Dallas Mavericks played their final season at Reunion Arena. They also made the playoffs for the first time since the 1989–90 season.
- The Los Angeles Lakers win their second straight title by going 15–1 in the playoffs, then the best playoff winning percentage in NBA history (later surpassed by the 2017 Golden State Warriors).
- The Toronto Raptors made the second round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, winning over New York 3–2. They lost in the second round to Philadelphia 4–3.
- Prior to the season, Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning announced that he suffered a kidney disorder and missed the first five months of the season. Mourning would receive a kidney transplant two years later.
- To date, this was the last time a team with the best regular season record did not win 60 or more games in a full 82-game season. Though the 2011–12 Chicago Bulls and the 2011–12 San Antonio Spurs each won 50 games and the top conference seeds, they did so during a 66-game lockout-shortened regular season.
- Effective of this season, the league now permitted players to wear knee-length shorts by default, although players like John Stockton opted to continue wearing short shorts during the season. This would be the case for other players in the future as players like Chris Douglas-Roberts in the 2014–15 season and LeBron James for some of the 2015–16 season would opt to wear short shorts.
- Three teams in the Western Conference who missed the playoffs won 40 or more games. The ninth-placed Houston Rockets finished the season with a 45–37 record, the tenth-placed Seattle SuperSonics finished with a 44–38 record, and the eleventh-placed Denver Nuggets ended the season with a 40–42 record.
2000–01 NBA changesEdit
- The Los Angeles Clippers changed their uniforms.
- The New Jersey Nets slightly changed their alternate uniforms.
- The Orlando Magic changed their logo.
- The Philadelphia 76ers slightly changed their uniforms.
- The Phoenix Suns changed their logo and uniforms, adding gray to their color scheme.
- The Vancouver Grizzlies changed their home uniforms, while the alternate uniforms became their primary road jersey.
- z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
- c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
- y – Clinched division title
- x – Clinched playoff spot
Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home-court advantage does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics.
|First Round||Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||NBA Finals|
* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage
|Points per game||Allen Iverson||Philadelphia 76ers||31.1|
|Rebounds per game||Dikembe Mutombo||Atlanta Hawks
|Assists per game||Jason Kidd||Phoenix Suns||9.8|
|Steals per game||Allen Iverson||Philadelphia 76ers||2.51|
|Blocks per game||Theo Ratliff||Philadelphia 76ers||3.74|
|FG%||Shaquille O'Neal||Los Angeles Lakers||.572|
|FT%||Reggie Miller||Indiana Pacers||.928|
|3FG%||Brent Barry||Seattle SuperSonics||.472|
- Most Valuable Player: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
- Rookie of the Year: Mike Miller, Orlando Magic
- Defensive Player of the Year: Dikembe Mutombo, Philadelphia 76ers/Atlanta Hawks
- Sixth Man of the Year: Aaron McKie, Philadelphia 76ers
- Most Improved Player: Tracy McGrady, Orlando Magic
- Coach of the Year: Larry Brown, Philadelphia 76ers
- Executive of the Year: Geoff Petrie, Sacramento Kings
- Sportsmanship Award: David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs
Players of the monthEdit
The following players were named the Players of the Month.
|October – November||Karl Malone (Utah Jazz)|
|December||Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)|
|January||Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers)|
|February||Tracy McGrady (Orlando Magic)|
|March||Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics)|
|April||Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)|
Rookies of the monthEdit
The following players were named the Rookies of the Month.
|October – November||Kenyon Martin (New Jersey Nets)|
|December||Marc Jackson (Golden State Warriors)|
|January||Marc Jackson (Golden State Warriors)|
|February||Mike Miller (Orlando Magic)|
|March||Kenyon Martin (New Jersey Nets)|
Mike Miller (Orlando Magic)
|April||Courtney Alexander (Dallas Mavericks)|
Coaches of the monthEdit
The following coaches were named Coaches of the Month.
|October – November||Larry Brown (Philadelphia 76ers)|
|December||Pat Riley (Miami Heat)|
|January||Flip Saunders (Minnesota Timberwolves)|
|February||Jerry Sloan (Utah Jazz)|
|March||Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)|
|April||Isiah Thomas (Indiana Pacers)|