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
LeagueNational Basketball Association
  • October 31, 2000 – April 18, 2001
  • April 21 – June 3, 2001 (Playoffs)
  • June 6 – 15, 2001 (Finals)
Number of teams29
TV partner(s)NBC, TBS, TNT
Top draft pickKenyon Martin
Picked byNew Jersey Nets
Regular season
Top seedSan Antonio Spurs
Season MVPAllen Iverson (Philadelphia)
Top scorerAllen Iverson (Philadelphia)
Eastern championsPhiladelphia 76ers
  Eastern runners-upMilwaukee Bucks
Western championsLos Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-upSan Antonio Spurs
ChampionsLos Angeles Lakers
  Runners-upPhiladelphia 76ers
Finals MVPShaquille O'Neal (L.A. Lakers)
NBA seasons

Notable occurrencesEdit

Coaching changes
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

2000–01 NBA changesEdit

  • The Los Angeles Clippers changed their uniforms, added side panels on jerseys and shorts.
  • 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, added side panels on jerseys and shorts, adding gray to their color scheme.
  • The Vancouver Grizzlies changed their home uniforms, while the alternate uniforms became their primary road jersey.


By divisionEdit

By conferenceEdit


  • 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
E1 Philadelphia* 3  
E8 Indiana 1  
  E1 Philadelphia* 4  
  E5 Toronto 3  
E4 New York 2
E5 Toronto 3  
  E1 Philadelphia* 4  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Milwaukee* 3  
E3 Miami 0  
E6 Charlotte 3  
  E6 Charlotte 3
  E2 Milwaukee* 4  
E2 Milwaukee* 3
E7 Orlando 1  
  E1 Philadelphia* 1
  W2 LA Lakers* 4
W1 San Antonio* 3  
W8 Minnesota 1  
  W1 San Antonio* 4
  W5 Dallas 1  
W4 Utah 2
W5 Dallas 3  
  W1 San Antonio* 0
Western Conference
  W2 LA Lakers* 4  
W3 Sacramento 3  
W6 Phoenix 1  
  W3 Sacramento 0
  W2 LA Lakers* 4  
W2 LA Lakers* 3
W7 Portland 0  

* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage

Statistics leadersEdit

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 31.1
Rebounds per game Dikembe Mutombo Atlanta Hawks
Philadelphia 76ers
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


Yearly awardsEdit

Players of the monthEdit

The following players were named the Players of the Month.

Month Player
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.

Month Player
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.

Month Coach
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)


  • a Entered the NBA as Chris Jackson before changing his name in 1993.