2001–02 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 2001–02 NBA season was the 35th season for the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association.[1] Heading into Nate McMillan's first full season as head coach, the Sonics struggled losing five of their first seven games. However, they played above .500 for the remainder of the season finishing fourth in the Pacific Division with a 45–37 record, which was only a one-game improvement over the previous season where they missed the playoffs. Gary Payton was selected for the 2002 NBA All-Star Game. However, their season would end quickly as they lost in five games in the first round of the playoffs to the San Antonio Spurs led by Tim Duncan, who was MVP following the season. This season was also Payton's final full season in Seattle, as he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks midway next season. Also following the season, Vin Baker was traded to the Boston Celtics.

2001–02 Seattle SuperSonics season
Head coachNate McMillan
General managerRick Sund
Owner(s)Howard Schultz
ArenaKeyArena
Results
Record45–37 (.549)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 7th (Western)
Playoff finishWest First Round
(Lost to Spurs 2–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKING-TV
KONG
Fox Sports Net Northwest
RadioKJR
< 2000–01 2002–03 >

The Sonics also changed their logo and uniforms, going back to their traditional colors of green and yellow. The logo and uniforms both lasted until 2008.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 12 Vladimir Radmanovic SF/PF   Serbia
2 39 Earl Watson PG   United States UCLA
2 41 Bobby Simmons SF/PF   United States DePaul

RosterEdit

2001–02 Seattle SuperSonics roster
Players Coaches
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Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F/C 42   Baker, Vin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Hartford
G/F 31   Barry, Brent 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Oregon State
F/C 52   Booth, Calvin   6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Penn State
F/C 14   Drobnjak, Predrag 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Montenegro
C 33   James, Jerome 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 300 lb (136 kg) Florida A&M
F 7   Lewis, Rashard 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Alief Elsik HS (TX)
G 9   Livingston, Randy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 209 lb (95 kg) LSU
F 35   Long, Art   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Cincinnati
G/F 24   Mason, Desmond 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 224 lb (102 kg) Oklahoma State
C 00   Oyedeji, Olumide 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Nigeria
G 20   Payton, Gary 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oregon State
F 77   Radmanović, Vladimir 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 227 lb (103 kg) Serbia
F 45   Sesay, Ansu 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Mississippi
G 25   Watson, Earl 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) UCLA
G 1   Williams, Shammond 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 201 lb (91 kg) North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Roster

Roster NotesEdit

  • Guard Shammond Williams holds American and Georgian dual citizenship. He was born in the United States but he later played on the Georgian national team.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Sacramento Kings 61 21 .744 36–5 25–16 15–9
x-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 3 34–7 24–17 16–8
x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 12 30–11 19–22 14–10
x-Seattle SuperSonics 45 37 .549 16 26–15 19–22 13–11
Los Angeles Clippers 39 43 .476 22 25–16 14–27 9–15
Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 25 23–18 13–28 12–12
Golden State Warriors 21 61 .256 40 14–27 7–34 5–19
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Sacramento Kings 61 21 .744
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707 3
3 x-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 3
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 4
5 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 50 32 .610 11
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 12
7 x-Seattle SuperSonics 45 37 .549 16
8 x-Utah Jazz 44 38 .537 17
9 Los Angeles Clippers 39 43 .476 22
10 Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 25
11 Houston Rockets 28 54 .341 33
12 Denver Nuggets 27 55 .329 34
13 Memphis Grizzlies 23 59 .280 38
14 Golden State Warriors 21 61 .256 40



z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

2001-02 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–3 0–2 2–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–3
Boston 2–2 2–1 2–2 4–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1
Charlotte 2–2 1–2 4–0 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–0 2–2 0–2 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1
Chicago 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 0–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 0–4 3–1 0–3 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–3
Cleveland 1–3 0–4 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–2
Dallas 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–3 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–1
Denver 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–3 1–3 3–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–4 0–4 3–1 1–1 1–3 0–2
Detroit 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–0
Golden State 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 3–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–4 1–1
Houston 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1
Indiana 3–1 0–3 1–3 4–0 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 3–1
L.A. Clippers 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–3 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–4 1–1
L.A. Lakers 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–0
Memphis 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–1 3–1 0–2
Miami 1–3 1–3 0–3 3–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–2
Milwaukee 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 1–2 1–3 2–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 4–0 2–0 3–1
Minnesota 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–0
New Jersey 1–2 1–3 3–1 4–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 4–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1
New York 3–1 0–4 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–3
Orlando 3–1 1–3 1–3 3–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–2 1–1 1–3 4–0 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–2
Philadelphia 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–3
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–2
Portland 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–3 2–0
Sacramento 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 4–0 4–0 0–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 1–1
San Antonio 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–0 2–0 4–0 4–0 1–1 3–1 1–3 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–0
Seattle 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 4–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–3 1–1
Toronto 4–0 2–2 2–2 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–4 1–1 2–2 0–3 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–2
Utah 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 3–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–3 1–3 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 0–4 0–4 3–1 1–1 2–0
Washington 3–0 1–3 1–3 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 3–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2

Game logEdit

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Seattle SuperSonics Last Playoff Meeting: 1982 Western Conference Semifinals (San Antonio won 4-1)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(SAS-SEA)

Venue TV Time (EST) Recap
1 April 20 Seattle 89 San Antonio 110 1-0 Alamodome NBC 5:30 Recap
2 April 22 Seattle 98 San Antonio 90 1-1 Alamodome TNT 9:30 Recap
3 April 27 San Antonio 102 Seattle 75 2-1 KeyArena NBC 5:30 Recap
4 May 1 San Antonio 79 Seattle 91 2-2 KeyArena TNT 10:30 Recap
5 May 3 Seattle 78 San Antonio 101 3-2 Alamodome TNT 9:30 Recap
San Antonio wins series 3–2

Player statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Gary Payton 82 82 40.3 .467 .314 .797 4.8 9.0 1.6 0.3 22.1
Brent Barry 81 81 37.5 .508 .424 .846 5.4 5.3 1.8 0.5 14.4
Rashard Lewis 71 70 36.4 .468 .389 .810 7.0 1.7 1.5 0.6 16.8
Desmond Mason 75 20 32.3 .464 .271 .848 4.7 1.4 0.9 0.4 12.4
Vin Baker 55 41 31.1 .485 .125 .633 6.4 1.3 0.4 0.7 14.1
Vladimir Radmanovic 61 16 20.2 .412 .420 .681 3.8 1.3 0.9 0.4 6.7
Calvin Booth 15 15 18.6 .427 .958 3.6 1.1 0.4 0.9 6.2
Predrag Drobnjak 64 12 18.3 .461 .000 .753 3.4 0.8 0.3 0.5 6.8
Jerome James 56 40 16.9 .491 .500 4.1 0.4 0.4 1.5 5.3
Ansu Sesay 9 0 15.8 .500 .700 2.2 0.9 0.3 0.2 6.4
Art Long 63 27 15.7 .492 .529 4.0 0.7 0.3 0.4 4.5
Earl Watson 64 0 15.1 .453 .364 .639 1.3 2.0 0.9 0.1 3.6
Randy Livingston 13 0 13.5 .278 .125 .909 1.9 2.0 0.7 0.2 3.2
Shammond Williams 50 2 12.1 .420 .373 .795 1.3 1.7 0.4 0.0 4.4
Antonio Harvey 5 3 9.4 .333 .500 1.8 1.0 0.2 0.6 1.8
Olumide Oyedeji 36 1 6.1 .537 .611 2.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 1.5

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PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Gary Payton 5 5 41.4 .425 .267 .586 8.6 5.8 0.6 0.4 22.2
Desmond Mason 5 5 41.0 .421 .333 .588 6.2 1.8 0.8 0.4 11.8
Brent Barry 5 5 29.8 .412 .438 1.000 4.6 2.8 0.6 0.8 7.8
Vin Baker 5 4 28.8 .500 1.000 .778 5.0 0.8 0.6 1.2 13.2
Rashard Lewis 3 2 26.3 .375 .167 1.000 3.7 0.7 0.3 0.0 12.7
Vladimir Radmanovic 5 2 22.6 .438 .538 1.000 3.6 1.0 0.2 0.2 7.6
Randy Livingston 5 0 16.0 .412 .333 1.000 1.2 2.0 0.4 0.0 4.0
Ansu Sesay 4 0 15.0 .375 1.000 3.5 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.8
Jerome James 5 1 14.0 .391 .000 2.4 0.8 0.0 1.0 3.6
Predrag Drobnjak 3 1 12.7 .333 .500 2.7 0.7 0.3 0.0 3.3
Shammond Williams 3 0 12.7 .429 .500 .667 1.3 1.0 0.7 0.0 5.3
Olumide Oyedeji 3 0 5.7 .800 .200 2.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 3.0

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 2/17/2017.

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2001-02 Seattle SuperSonics". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11.

See alsoEdit