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2000-2001 NBA season

2000–01 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
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
Draft
Top draft pick Kenyon Martin
Picked by New Jersey Nets
Regular season
Top seed San Antonio Spurs
Season MVP Allen Iverson (Philadelphia)
Top scorer Allen Iverson (Philadelphia)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Philadelphia 76ers
  Eastern runners-up Milwaukee Bucks
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up San Antonio Spurs
Finals
Finals champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Runners-up Philadelphia 76ers
Finals MVP Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles)
NBA seasons

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.

Notable occurrences

Coaching changes
Offseason
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
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Boston Celtics Rick Pitino Jim O'Brien
Chicago Bulls Tim Floyd Bill Berry
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 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, the best playoff winning percentage in NBA history.
  • The Toronto Raptors made the second round of the playoffs for the first (and currently only) 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 won 50 games and the top overall seed, they did so during a 66-game lockout-shortened regular season.

Final standings

By division

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Milwaukee Bucks 52 30 .634 31–10 21–20 19–9
x-Toronto Raptors 47 35 .573 5 27–14 20–21 18–10
x-Charlotte Hornets 46 36 .561 6 28–13 18–23 20–8
x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 11 26–15 15–26 15–13
Detroit Pistons 32 50 .390 20 18–23 14–27 16–12
Cleveland Cavaliers 30 52 .366 22 20–21 10–31 11–17
Atlanta Hawks 25 57 .305 27 18–23 7–34 9–19
Chicago Bulls 15 67 .183 37 12–29 7–34 10–20


Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707 33–8 25–16 19–5
x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 5 28–13 25–16 14–10
x-Dallas Mavericks 53 29 .646 5 28–13 25–16 14–10
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 11 30–11 17–24 11–13
Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13 24–17 21–20 11–13
Denver Nuggets 40 42 .488 18 29–12 11–30 13–11
Vancouver Grizzlies 23 59 .280 35 15–26 8–33 2–22


Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 56 26 .683 31–10 25–16 14–10
x-Sacramento Kings 55 27 .671 1 33–8 22–19 16–8
x-Phoenix Suns 51 31 .622 5 31–10 20–21 12–12
x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 6 28–13 22–19 12–12
Seattle SuperSonics 44 38 .537 12 26–15 18–23 17–7
Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 378 25 22–19 9–32 9–15
Golden State Warriors 17 65 .207 39 11–30 6–35 4–20


By conference

Notes

  • 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

Playoffs

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.

Main article: 2001 NBA Playoffs
  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
1  San Antonio 3  
8  Minnesota 1  
  1  San Antonio 4  
   
  5  Dallas 1  
4  Utah 2
 
5  Dallas 3  
  1  San Antonio 0  
Western Conference
  2  L.A. Lakers 4  
3  Sacramento 3  
 
6  Phoenix 1  
  3  Sacramento 0
   
  2  L.A. Lakers 4  
2  L.A. Lakers 3
 
7  Portland 0  
  E1  Philadelphia 1
  W2  Lakers 4
1  Philadelphia 3  
8  Indiana 1  
  1  Philadelphia 4
   
  5  Toronto 3  
4  New York 2
 
5  Toronto 3  
  1  Philadelphia 4
Eastern Conference
  2  Milwaukee 3  
3  Miami 0  
6  Charlotte 3  
  6  Charlotte 3
   
  2  Milwaukee 4  
2  Milwaukee 3
7  Orlando 1  

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 31.1
Rebounds per game Dikembe Mutombo Atlanta Hawks
Philadelphia 76ers
13.5
Assists per game Jason Kidd Phoenix Suns 9.8
Steals per game Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 2.5
Blocks per game Theo Ratliff Philadelphia 76ers 3.7
FG% Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers 57.2
FT% Reggie Miller Indiana Pacers 92.8
3FG% Brent Barry Seattle SuperSonics 47.2

Awards

Yearly awards

Players of the month

The following players were named the Players of the Month.

Month Player
1October – November Malone, KarlKarl Malone (Utah Jazz)
2December Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)
3January Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers)
4February McGrady, TracyTracy McGrady (Orlando Magic)
5March Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce (Boston Celtics)
6April O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)

Rookies of the month

The following players were named the Rookies of the Month.

Month Player
1October – November Martin, KenyonKenyon Martin (New Jersey Nets)
2December Jackson, MarcMarc Jackson (Golden State Warriors)
3January Jackson, MarcMarc Jackson (Golden State Warriors)
4February Miller, MikeMike Miller (Orlando Magic)
5March Martin, KenyonKenyon Martin (New Jersey Nets)
Miller, MikeMike Miller (Orlando Magic)
6April Alexander, CourtneyCourtney Alexander (Dallas Mavericks)

Coaches of the month

The following coaches were named Coaches of the Month.

Month Coach
1October – November Brown, LarryLarry Brown (Philadelphia 76ers)
2December Riley, PatPat Riley (Miami Heat)
3January Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders (Minnesota Timberwolves)
4February Sloan, JerryJerry Sloan (Utah Jazz)
5March Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)
5April Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas (Indiana Pacers)

See also

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