The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA championship, beating the Indiana Pacers 4 games to 2 in the 2000 NBA Finals.
|1999–2000 NBA season|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Duration||November 2, 1999 – April 19, 2000 |
April 22 – June 4, 2000 (Playoffs)
June 7 – 19, 2000 (Finals)
|Number of teams||29|
|TV partner(s)||NBC, TBS, TNT|
|Top draft pick||Elton Brand|
|Picked by||Chicago Bulls|
|Top seed||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Season MVP||Shaquille O'Neal (L.A. Lakers)|
|Top scorer||Shaquille O'Neal (L.A. Lakers)|
|Eastern champions||Indiana Pacers|
|Eastern runners-up||New York Knicks|
|Western champions||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Western runners-up||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Champions||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Finals MVP||Shaquille O'Neal (L.A. Lakers)|
|Team||1998–99 coach||1999–2000 coach|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Mike Fratello||Randy Wittman|
|Denver Nuggets||Mike D'Antoni||Dan Issel|
|Los Angeles Lakers||Kurt Rambis||Phil Jackson|
|Orlando Magic||Chuck Daly||Doc Rivers|
|Washington Wizards||Jim Brovelli||Gar Heard|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach|
|Detroit Pistons||Alvin Gentry||George Irvine|
|Golden State Warriors||P.J. Carlesimo||Garry St. Jean|
|Los Angeles Clippers||Chris Ford||Jim Todd|
|Phoenix Suns||Danny Ainge||Scott Skiles|
|Vancouver Grizzlies||Brian Hill||Lionel Hollins|
|Washington Wizards||Gar Heard||Darrell Walker|
|x-New York Knicks||50||32||.610||2||33–8||17–24||14–10|
|New Jersey Nets||31||51||.378||21||22–19||9–32||9–16|
|x-San Antonio Spurs||53||29||.646||2||31–10||22–19||16–8|
|y-Los Angeles Lakers||67||15||.817||–||36–5||31–10||20–4|
|x-Portland Trail Blazers||59||23||.720||8||30–11||29–12||21–3|
|Golden State Warriors||19||63||.232||48||12–29||7–34||2–22|
|Los Angeles Clippers||15||67||.183||52||10–31||5–36||5–19|
|3||x-New York Knicks||50||32||.610||6|
|12||New Jersey Nets||31||51||.378||25|
|1||z-Los Angeles Lakers||67||15||.817||–|
|3||x-Portland Trail Blazers||59||23||.720||8|
|4||x-San Antonio Spurs||53||29||.646||14|
|13||Golden State Warriors||19||63||.232||48|
|14||Los Angeles Clippers||15||67||.183||52|
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||Shaquille O'Neal||Los Angeles Lakers||29.7|
|Rebounds per game||Dikembe Mutombo||Atlanta Hawks||14.1|
|Assists per game||Jason Kidd||Phoenix Suns||10.1|
|Steals per game||Eddie Jones||Charlotte Hornets||2.67|
|Blocks per game||Alonzo Mourning||Miami Heat||3.72|
|FG%||Shaquille O'Neal||Los Angeles Lakers||.574|
|FT%||Jeff Hornacek||Utah Jazz||.950|
|3FG%||Hubert Davis||Dallas Mavericks||.491|
The following players were named the Players of the Month.
|October – November||Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)|
|December||Alonzo Mourning (Miami Heat)|
|January||Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves)|
|February||Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)|
|March||Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)|
|April||Gary Payton (Seattle SuperSonics)|
The following players were named the Rookies of the Month.
|October – November||Adrian Griffin (Boston Celtics)|
Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Clippers)
|December||Steve Francis (Houston Rockets)|
|January||Elton Brand (Chicago Bulls)|
|February||Elton Brand (Chicago Bulls)|
|March||Steve Francis (Houston Rockets)|
|April||Elton Brand (Chicago Bulls)|
Steve Francis (Houston Rockets)
The following coaches were named Coaches of the Month.
|October – November||Mike Dunleavy (Portland Trail Blazers)|
|December||Phil Jackson (Los Angeles Lakers)|
|January||Flip Saunders (Minnesota Timberwolves)|
|February||Phil Jackson (Los Angeles Lakers)|
|March||Jerry Sloan (Utah Jazz)|
|April||Paul Silas (Charlotte Hornets)|
The 1999 NBA Draft was held on June 30, 1999, at the MCI Center (now Capital One Arena) in Washington, D.C. It was the first draft in which four players from the same college were picked in the first round, with Elton Brand (1st selection), Trajan Langdon (11th), Corey Maggette (13th) and William Avery (14th) being selected out of Duke University. It is widely viewed as one of the best draft classes, with a total of nine future NBA All-Stars being chosen, as well as three winners of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award—Manu Ginóbili, Jason Terry, and Lamar Odom. Undrafted Pablo Prigioni made his NBA debut at the 2012–2013 season as the oldest rookie in league history, at age 35.1999–2000 Chicago Bulls season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Bulls' 34th season in the National Basketball Association. The Bulls won the Draft Lottery, and selected Elton Brand out of Duke University with the first pick in the 1999 NBA draft. During the offseason, the team acquired Hersey Hawkins from the Seattle SuperSonics, and re-signed free agents B.J. Armstrong and Will Perdue, who both won championships with the team in the early 1990s. However, the Bulls' struggles continued as they lost 26 of their first 28 games. At midseason, Toni Kukoč was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, as the team acquired John Starks from the Golden State Warriors in a three-team trade. However, after just four games, Starks was released.
The Bulls finished last place in the Central Division with a 17–65 record. Brand averaged 20.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 blocks per game, and was named Rookie of The Year along with Steve Francis of the Houston Rockets. First round draft pick Ron Artest was named to the All-Rookie Second Team. Following the season, Hawkins re-signed as a free agent with the Charlotte Hornets, Randy Brown signed with the Boston Celtics, and Armstrong retired while Perdue was released.1999–2000 Cleveland Cavaliers season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 30th season of the National Basketball Association in Cleveland, Ohio. During the offseason, the Cavaliers acquired Lamond Murray from the Los Angeles Clippers. Under new head coach Randy Wittman, the Cavaliers played around .500 with an 11–9 record in their first 20 games, but then continued to struggle without Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who missed the entire season due to foot injuries. The team finished 6th in the Central Division with a 32–50 record. Shawn Kemp led the team in scoring, rebounds and blocks, and top draft pick Andre Miller made the All-Rookie First Team. The Cavaliers also finished the season with the highest amount of defensive 3-second violations, a record that still stands today. Following the season, Kemp was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, Bob Sura was traded to the Golden State Warriors, Andrew DeClercq was dealt to the Orlando Magic, and Danny Ferry signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs.
For the season, the Cavaliers changed their uniforms which would last until 2003.1999–2000 Dallas Mavericks season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Mavericks' 20th season in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Mavericks re-acquired Sean Rooks from the Los Angeles Lakers. This season is especially notable as Mark Cuban purchased the team from H. Ross Perot, Jr. in January 2000. Under Cuban's leadership, the Mavs built a foundation for continued NBA success that eventually led to two Finals appearances (and one championship) in the next decade.
The Mavs signed flamboyant power forward Dennis Rodman in early February, after Cuban bought the team. Rodman's behavior issues led to a very short (12 game) tenure in Dallas before he was waived. Michael Finley averaged 22.6 points per game and was named NBA All-Star for the first time in his career, as he was selected to play in the 2000 NBA All-Star Game in Oakland. Second-year star Dirk Nowitzki showed improvement averaging 17.5 points per game. The Mavericks posted a 9–1 record in April and finished fourth in the Midwest Division with a 40–42 record. However, they missed the playoffs for the tenth straight season.
Following the season, Cedric Ceballos was traded to the Detroit Pistons, Erick Strickland was traded to the New York Knicks, Rooks was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers, and Robert Pack was sent to the Boston Celtics, who then sent him back to the Denver Nuggets.1999–2000 Denver Nuggets season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Nuggets' 24th season in the National Basketball Association, and 33rd season as a franchise. It was their first year at the Pepsi Center. During the offseason, the Nuggets acquired Ron Mercer from the Boston Celtics, and signed free agent George McCloud. With Dan Issel back as head coach, the Nuggets had a solid nucleus of second-year star Raef LaFrentz, Antonio McDyess and Nick Van Exel with a 17–15 record to start the season. However, the Nuggets would struggle and hover around .500 for most of the first half of the season. At the trade deadline, Mercer was dealt along with Chauncey Billups to the Orlando Magic for Tariq Abdul-Wahad and Chris Gatling. The Nuggets finished fifth in the Midwest Division with a 35–47 record. First round draft pick James Posey made the All-Rookie Second Team. Following the season, Bryant Stith was traded to the Boston Celtics, and Gatling was dealt back to the Miami Heat, who then sent him to the Cleveland Cavaliers.1999–2000 Detroit Pistons season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Pistons' 52nd season in the National Basketball Association, and 43rd season in the city of Detroit. During the offseason, the Pistons re-signed free agents Terry Mills and Michael Curry. After the retirement of Joe Dumars, the Pistons were now led by Grant Hill and Jerry Stackhouse as they provided a 1-2 scoring punch, and were both selected for the 2000 NBA All-Star Game. However, as the season wounded down, Hill suffered a devastating ankle injury. Head coach Alvin Gentry was fired after a 28–30 start, and was replaced with George Irvine as the Pistons finished fourth in the Central Division with a 42–40 record. In the first round of the playoffs, they were swept by the Miami Heat in three straight games. Following the season, Hill was traded to the Orlando Magic, Lindsey Hunter was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, Christian Laettner was dealt along with Loy Vaught to the Dallas Mavericks, and Mills signed as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers.
For the season, the Pistons added maroon alternate road uniforms which lasted until 2001.1999–2000 Houston Rockets season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Rockets' 33rd season in the National Basketball Association, and 29th season in the city of Houston. During the offseason, the Rockets acquired Walt Williams and Kelvin Cato from the Portland Trail Blazers, and signed free agent Shandon Anderson. The Rockets got off to a bad start losing ten of their first twelve games, as Hakeem Olajuwon played just 44 games due to injury. The Rockets finished sixth in the Midwest Division with a record of 34–48, failing to qualify for the playoffs, which was the first time they missed the postseason since the 1991–92 season.
After he already announced in the off-season that the upcoming season would be his last, Charles Barkley suffered a knee injury in December, which forced an early end to his career. However, he would return on April 19, 2000 against the Vancouver Grizzlies, his final NBA game. He came off the bench and scored on a put-back, scoring his final career points, after which he received a standing ovation. After the game, Barkley retired, ending his 16-year NBA career.This season is memorable when the Rockets acquired future three-time All-Star Steve Francis in a trade from the Grizzlies, who drafted him with the 2nd pick in the 1999 NBA draft. He would later participate in the Rookie-Sophomore Game and the Slam Dunk Contest during the All-Star Weekend. Francis finished second in the Dunk Contest to Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors. He also shared Rookie of the Year honors with Elton Brand of the Chicago Bulls.1999–2000 Los Angeles Clippers season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Clippers' 30th season in the National Basketball Association, and their 16th season in Los Angeles. During the offseason, the Clippers acquired Derek Anderson from the Cleveland Cavaliers, and began playing in their new arena, the Staples Center. The Clippers are co-tenants with their crosstown rival, the Los Angeles Lakers. The team continued to struggle under head coach Chris Ford, as he was replaced with interim Jim Todd after 45 games, while Troy Hudson was released as the team signed free agent Jeff McInnis. However, the Clippers then suffered a 17-game losing streak in the final two months of the season, finishing last place in the Pacific Division with a league worst record of 15–67. Top draft pick Lamar Odom provided a bright spot as he averaged a solid 16.6 points per game, and made the All-Rookie First Team.
Following the season, Anderson signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs, Maurice Taylor signed with the Houston Rockets, and Todd was fired as coach.1999–2000 Miami Heat season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 12th season for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Heat signed free agent Otis Thorpe. The Heat played the first two months of the season at the Miami Arena, then moved into the American Airlines Arena in January. At midseason, the team signed free agent Bruce Bowen. Despite Tim Hardaway playing just 52 games due to knee injuries, the Heat finished first place in the Atlantic Division with a 52–30 record. Alonzo Mourning was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, and was selected for the 2000 NBA All-Star Game. In the first round of the playoffs, they swept the Detroit Pistons in three straight games en route to advancing to the conference semifinals for the first time since 1997.
In the second round, they faced the New York Knicks for the fourth consecutive year. After taking a 3–2 series lead, the Heat would lose the final two games to the 3rd-seeded Knicks, including an 83–82 loss in Game 7 at Miami. Following the season, Jamal Mashburn and P.J. Brown were traded along with Thrope to the Charlotte Hornets, Voshon Lenard and Mark Strickland were dealt to the Denver Nuggets, and Clarence Weatherspoon was sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
For the season, the Heat changed their logo and uniforms. The uniforms lasted until 2009 where they switched the logo to the other leg of the shorts, while the primary logo is still present as of 2017.1999–2000 Milwaukee Bucks season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Bucks' 32nd season in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Bucks acquired Danny Manning and re-acquired Dale Ellis from the Orlando Magic. With Sam Cassell playing a full season after missing most of the lockout season due to injury, the Bucks played above .500 in the first half of the season. However, they struggled in February posting a 3–9 record as Ellis was traded to the Charlotte Hornets. With less than a month to go, the Bucks playoff chances appeared bleak as they had a 32–37 record in late March. However, down the stretch, they won 10 of their final 13 games to sneak into the playoffs as the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference, finishing fifth in the Central Division with a 42–40 record. Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson were both selected for the 2000 NBA All-Star Game.
However, in the first round of the playoffs, they would lose 3–2 to the top-seeded Indiana Pacers. Following the season, Manning signed as a free agent with the Utah Jazz, Vinny Del Negro was traded to the Golden State Warriors, and second-year forward Robert Traylor was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers.1999–2000 Minnesota Timberwolves season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Timberwolves' 11th season in the National Basketball Association. For the season opener, the Timberwolves traveled to Tokyo, Japan to play their first two games against the Sacramento Kings. Despite posting an 8-game losing streak in December, the Timberwolves enjoyed their first 50-win season finishing third in the Midwest Division with a 50–32 record. Superstar forward Kevin Garnett led the way averaging 22.9 points, 11.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game, while being selected for the 2000 NBA All-Star Game. Top draft pick Wally Szczerbiak had a solid rookie season finishing third on the team in scoring with 11.6 points per game, and made the All-Rookie First Team. However, in the first round of the playoffs, they lost in four games to the Portland Trail Blazers. Following the season, tragedy struck as Malik Sealy died in an automobile accident on May 20, 2000. Also following the season, Bobby Jackson signed as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings.1999–2000 New York Knicks season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association in New York City. The Knicks entered the season as runner-ups of the 1999 NBA Finals, where despite losing to the San Antonio Spurs in five games, they became the first eighth seeded team to reach the NBA Finals. During the offseason, the Knicks re-signed free agent John Wallace. In his second year with the Knicks, Latrell Sprewell became a starter after playing off the bench last season and averaged 18.6 points per game. After advancing to the NBA Finals as the #8 seed last year, the Knicks finished second in the Atlantic Division with a 50–32 record, good enough for their first 50-win season since 1997. Allan Houston and head coach Jeff Van Gundy represented the Eastern Conference during the 2000 NBA All-Star Game. In the first round of the playoffs, the Knicks swept the Toronto Raptors in three straight games. In the semifinals, they faced the Miami Heat for the fourth consecutive year. They would defeat the 2nd-seeded Heat in a tough, hard-fought seven-game series, but would lose in six games to the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, ending their hopes of making the Finals for a second straight year.
As of 2018, this marks the last time the Knicks had made the Eastern Conference Finals.
This season marked an end of an era as Patrick Ewing was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics following the season. Also following the season, Chris Dudley was traded to the Phoenix Suns, and Wallace was traded to the Dallas Mavericks.1999–2000 Orlando Magic season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 11th season for the Orlando Magic in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Magic hired Doc Rivers as Head Coach while acquiring Tariq Abdul-Wahad from the Sacramento Kings, Chris Gatling from the Milwaukee Bucks, Ben Wallace from the Washington Wizards, second-year forward Pat Garrity from the Phoenix Suns, and rookie Corey Maggette from the Seattle SuperSonics, while signing free agents John Amaechi and Monty Williams. The Magic's transition continued at midseason, trading Abdul-Wahad and Gatling to the Denver Nuggets for Ron Mercer, Chauncey Billups and Johnny Taylor. However, Billups never played for the Magic due to a shoulder injury he sustained in Denver, while second-year forward Matt Harpring only appeared in just four games due to an ankle injury.
The Magic played around .500 for most of the season, finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division with a 41–41 record, falling just one game short of the playoffs by finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference. Darrell Armstrong led them in scoring averaging 16.2 points per game. Despite missing the playoffs, Rivers was named Coach of the Year. This season was characterized by the slogan "Heart and Hustle", as the team was known for its hard-working style.
Following the season, Wallace was traded along with rookie Chucky Atkins to the Detroit Pistons, Billups signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Mercer signed with the Chicago Bulls, Maggette was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers, and Harpring was sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers.1999–2000 Philadelphia 76ers season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 76ers' 51st season in the National Basketball Association, and 37th season in Philadelphia. During the offseason, the Sixers signed free agent Bruce Bowen while acquiring Billy Owens from the Orlando Magic. At midseason, the Sixers traded Owens along with second-year guard Larry Hughes to the Golden State Warriors, and traded Bowen to the Chicago Bulls for Toni Kukoč in a three-team trade. However, Bowen was released and signed with the Miami Heat. The Sixers won seven of their final nine games, and finished third in the Atlantic Division with a 49–33 record. Allen Iverson averaged 28.4 points per game, and made his first All-Star appearance as he was selected for the 2000 NBA All-Star Game in Oakland. He was also named to the All-NBA Second Team. In the first round of the playoffs, the Sixers defeated the 4th-seeded Charlotte Hornets in four games, but would lose in six games to the Indiana Pacers in the semifinals.
For the season, the Sixers added blue alternate road uniforms that lasted until 2006.1999–2000 Sacramento Kings season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Kings' 51st season in the National Basketball Association, and 15th season in Sacramento. During the offseason, the Kings acquired Nick Anderson from the Orlando Magic, and signed free agent Tony Delk. For the season opener, the Kings traveled to Tokyo, Japan to play their first two games against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Coming off a winning record in a strike shortened season was much expected of the Kings, who got off to a fast start winning nine of their first ten games. However, they lost seven of their final eight games, finishing fifth in the Pacific Division with a 44–38 record. Superstar forward Chris Webber led the way with 24.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, and was selected for the 2000 NBA All-Star Game. In the Western Conference Quarterfinals, they would lose in five games to the Los Angeles Lakers. Following the season, Corliss Williamson was traded to the Toronto Raptors, and Delk signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns.1999–2000 Utah Jazz season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Utah Jazz's 26th season in the National Basketball Association, and 21st season in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the offseason, the Jazz signed free agent Olden Polynice, then later on signed Armen Gilliam in January. The Jazz were now the oldest team in the NBA still led by John Stockton and Karl Malone, who were both selected for the 2000 NBA All-Star Game. The Jazz would recapture the Midwest Division with a solid 55–27 record, qualifying for the playoffs for the 17th straight season. In the playoffs, the Jazz defeated the Seattle SuperSonics three games to two in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, but would lose in five games to the Portland Trail Blazers in the semifinals for the second consecutive year. Following the season, Jeff Hornacek retired after playing fourteen years in the NBA, Gilliam also retired while Howard Eisley was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and Adam Keefe was dealt to the Golden State Warriors.1999–2000 Washington Wizards season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Wizards' 39th season in the National Basketball Association. The Wizards selected Richard Hamilton from the University of Connecticut with the seventh pick in the 1999 NBA draft. During the offseason, the team acquired Isaac Austin from the Orlando Magic, and signed free agents Aaron Williams and Michael Smith. The Wizards continued to under achieve with a 14–30 start as head coach Gar Heard was fired and replaced with Darrell Walker. Despite posting a solid 10–7 record in March, the Wizards finished last place in the Atlantic Division with a 29–53 record. However, the biggest news would involve the front office as retired Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan joined the team as Vice President. Following the season, Austin was traded to the Vancouver Grizzlies, Tracy Murray signed as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets, Williams signed with the New Jersey Nets, and Walker was fired as coach.2000 NBA All-Star Game
The 2000 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game which was played on February 13, 2000 at the Oakland Arena in Oakland, California, home of the Golden State Warriors. This game was the 49th edition of the North American National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and was played during the 1999-2000 NBA season. (The 1998-99 edition was canceled due to the NBA lockout.)
The Western Conference won the game with the score of 137-126 while Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan were both named MVP of the game. O'Neal took the All Star MVP trophy saying to Duncan, "you already have one of those rings (referring to the championship ring Duncan received due to him being a member of the 1998-99 Championship team with David Robinson and Gregg Popovich), so I'm taking the trophy." Allen Iverson was the leading scorer of the game with 26 points.List of 1999–2000 NBA season transactions
This is a list of all transactions occurring in the 1999-2000 NBA season.
1999–2000 NBA season by team