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
SportBasketball
DurationOctober 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
Draft
Top draft pickKenyon Martin
Picked byNew Jersey Nets
Regular season
Top seedSan Antonio Spurs
Season MVPAllen Iverson (Philadelphia)
Top scorerAllen Iverson (Philadelphia)
Playoffs
Eastern championsPhiladelphia 76ers
  Eastern runners-upMilwaukee Bucks
Western championsLos Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-upSan Antonio Spurs
Finals
ChampionsLos Angeles Lakers
  Runners-upPhiladelphia 76ers
Finals MVPShaquille O'Neal (L.A. Lakers)

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
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 changes

Standings

By division

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Philadelphia 76ers 56 26 .683 29–12 27–14 18–6
x-Miami Heat 50 32 .610 6 29–12 21–20 15–10
x-New York Knicks 48 34 .585 8 30–11 18–23 16–9
x-Orlando Magic 43 39 .524 13 26–15 17–24 14–10
Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 20 20–21 16–25 11–13
New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 30 18–23 8–33 8–16
Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 37 12–29 7–34 3–21
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 10–31 5–36 4–24
Western Conference
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

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Philadelphia 76ers 56 26 .683
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 52 30 .634 4
3 x-Miami Heat 50 32 .610 6
4 x-New York Knicks 48 34 .585 8
5 x-Toronto Raptors 47 35 .573 9
6 x-Charlotte Hornets 46 36 .561 10
7 x-Orlando Magic 43 39 .524 13
8 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 15
9 Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 20
10 Detroit Pistons 32 50 .390 24
11 Cleveland Cavaliers 30 52 .366 26
12 New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 30
13 Atlanta Hawks 25 57 .305 31
14 Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 37
15 Chicago Bulls 15 67 .183 42
Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB
1 z-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 56 26 .683 2
3 x-Sacramento Kings 55 27 .671 3
4 x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 5
5 x-Dallas Mavericks 53 29 .646 5
6 x-Phoenix Suns 51 31 .622 7
7 x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 8
8 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 11
9 Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13
10 Seattle SuperSonics 44 38 .537 14
11 Denver Nuggets 40 42 .488 18
12 Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 27
13 Vancouver Grizzlies 23 59 .280 35
14 Golden State Warriors 17 65 .207 41

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.

  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 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 2.51
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

Awards

Yearly awards

Players of the month

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 month

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 month

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)
2000 NBA draft

The 2000 NBA draft was held on June 28, 2000 at the Target Center in Minneapolis. It was the last draft held at the home arena of an NBA team until 2011; the following and subsequent drafts (through 2010) all took place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City (though Madison Square Garden itself is the home of the New York Knicks, they do not play in the theater). As of 2019, it is also the last NBA draft where a college senior would be selected as the top selection of the draft.

The 2000 draft is considered one of the worst in NBA history. To date, only top pick Kenyon Martin, first-rounder Jamaal Magloire (19th pick overall), and second-rounder Michael Redd (43rd pick overall) have played in the NBA All-Star Game (each only making the team one time). In addition, only one player made an All-NBA Team (Redd, whose sole appearance was on the third team in 2004); only three players in the draft class have won a major end-of-season award (Hedo Türkoğlu was named Most Improved Player in 2008, Mike Miller won both the NBA Rookie of the Year and NBA Sixth Man of the Year awards in 2001 and 2006 respectively, and Jamal Crawford was named 3x NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2010, 2014 and 2016); and few draft selections have enjoyed extended careers in the NBA.

Sports Illustrated named this entire draft class (as opposed to individual players) the 6th biggest bust of the modern era – making it the only draft class among the site's top 20 list. Just before the 2009 draft, ESPN.com columnist David Schoenfield wrote a piece in which he rated all of the drafts since the institution of the draft lottery in 1985, and the only draft which he gave the lowest possible grade of "F" was the 2000 draft. Using the WARP (wins above replacement player) metric, the 2000 NBA draft class collectively produced at a rate of 17.3 wins worse than a group of "average replacement players", effectively making 2000 the only draft class in NBA history to leave the NBA talent pool worse off than it had been prior to the given year's rookie draft.

2000–01 Atlanta Hawks season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Hawks' 52nd season in the National Basketball Association, and 33rd season in Atlanta. Under new head coach Lon Kruger, the Hawks got off to a bad start losing their first seven games, but then posted a 7–7 record in December. In January, they traded Jim Jackson to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Brevin Knight. At midseason, Dikembe Mutombo, who was selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game was traded along with Roshown McLeod to the Philadelphia 76ers for Theo Ratliff, Toni Kukoč and Nazr Mohammed. However, Ratliff injured his shooting hand prior to the trade, and was out for the remainder of the season. Mutombo would later on be named Defensive Player of the Year with the Sixers, who went on to lose in five games to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.

The Hawks continued to struggle losing ten straight games between February and March, as they finished seventh in the Central Division with a 25–57 record. Second-year star Jason Terry led them in scoring averaging 19.7 points per game. Following the season, Knight and Lorenzen Wright were both traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.

2000–01 Boston Celtics season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the 55th season for the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Celtics acquired Bryant Stith from the Denver Nuggets. The Celtics played around .500 in November, but then struggled as Kenny Anderson played just 33 games due to an ankle injury and broken jaw. With a 12–22 start to the season, a frustrated Rick Pitino resigned as head coach after three years with the Celtics. Under replacement Jim O'Brien, they played around .500 for the remainder of the season finishing fifth in the Atlantic Division with a 36–46 record, missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. In the 39 years before the current streak, they had missed the playoffs only five times. Paul Pierce led the team in scoring with 25.3 points per game, and Antoine Walker led the league with 221 three-point field goals. Following the season, Stith signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

2000–01 Denver Nuggets season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Nuggets' 25th season in the National Basketball Association, and 34th season as a franchise. During the offseason, the Nuggets acquired Calbert Cheaney and former Nuggets guard Robert Pack from the Boston Celtics, while acquiring Voshon Lenard from the Miami Heat. However, Cheaney only played just nine games due to a strained left hamstring. At midseason, the Nuggets traded Keon Clark to the Toronto Raptors for Kevin Willis. Antonio McDyess finally realized his potential averaging 20.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, while being selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. The Nuggets were a playoff contender posting a record of 26–18 as of January 27. However, they faded in February and March winning just nine of 28 games as they missed the playoffs with a 40–42 record, sixth in the Midwest Division. Following the season, Willis was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, who then sent him back to the Houston Rockets, and Pack was released.

2000–01 Detroit Pistons season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Pistons' 60th season as a franchise, the 53rd in the National Basketball Association, and the 44th in the Detroit area. Just a little over a year after his final game, Pistons legend Joe Dumars was hired as General Manager. During the offseason, the Pistons signed free agent Joe Smith, and acquired Ben Wallace and second-year guard Chucky Atkins from the Orlando Magic. Other acquisitions included Cedric Ceballos, Dana Barros and John Wallace from the Dallas Mavericks, and Billy Owens from the Milwaukee Bucks. However, Ceballos was traded to the Miami Heat later on during the season, as the Pistons acquired Corliss Williamson in exchange for Jerome Williams and Eric Montross in a midseason trade with the Toronto Raptors.

One key piece to the team's future appeared to be Jerry Stackhouse, who had a stellar season averaging 29.8 points per game while being selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. However, the Pistons struggled finishing fifth in the Central Division with a 32–50 record. Following the season, Smith re-signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, head coach George Irvine was fired, rookie Mateen Cleaves was traded to the Sacramento Kings, John Wallace was dealt along with Jud Buechler to the Phoenix Suns, and Owens retired.

2000–01 Golden State Warriors season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Warriors' 55th season in the National Basketball Association, and 39th in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the offseason, the Warriors re-signed free agent and former All-Star forward Chris Mullin, while acquiring Danny Fortson from the Boston Celtics and Bob Sura from the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, Fortson only played just six games due to a foot injury. Under new head coach Dave Cowens, the Warriors won their season opener defeating the Phoenix Suns 96–94 on October 31, but their struggles continued as they went on a 7-game losing streak afterwards. With a 14–28 record in late January, the Warriors lost 37 of their final 40 games, including a 13-game losing streak to end their season finishing last place in the Pacific Division with an awful 17–65 record. Antawn Jamison led the team in scoring averaging 24.9 points per game. Following the season, Mullin retired.

2000–01 Indiana Pacers season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Pacers' 25th season in the National Basketball Association, and 34th season as a franchise. The Pacers were coming off of an NBA Finals defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. During the offseason, the Pacers hired former Indiana University and Detroit Pistons star Isiah Thomas as Head Coach, while acquiring Jermaine O'Neal from the Portland Trail Blazers. With the departures of veteran players from the team that reached the Finals last year, the Pacers struggled playing mediocre basketball for most of the season, and finished fourth in the Central Division with a record of 41–41. To qualify for the playoffs, the Pacers needed to win 9 of their final 11 games to secure the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference. Last year's Most Improved Player Jalen Rose continued to lead the team in scoring averaging 20.5 points per game. In the playoffs, the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers would need only four games to eliminate the Pacers. Following the season, Sam Perkins retired and Derrick McKey signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers.

2000–01 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Bucks' 33rd season in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Bucks acquired Lindsey Hunter from the Detroit Pistons, and signed free agent Jerome Kersey. The Bucks got off to a rough start losing nine of their first twelve games, but would win 23 of their next 29 games while posting an 8-game winning streak in January. The Bucks finished first place in the Central Division with a 52–30 record, the franchise's best record since 1985–86. Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson both led the team in scoring averaging 22.0 points per game, and were both selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game.

In the first round of the playoffs, led by the trio of Allen, Robinson and Sam Cassell, the Bucks defeated the Orlando Magic in four games. It was the first time the Bucks made it out of the NBA playoffs' first round since 1988–89. Then, in the semifinals, they would defeat the 6th-seeded Charlotte Hornets in seven games after trailing 3–2. However, they would lose in seven games in the conference finals to regular season MVP Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers. Following the season, Hunter was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, Scott Williams was dealt to the Denver Nuggets and Kersey retired.

Until 2019, the 2000–01 season was the last time the Bucks won 50 games, made it past the opening round of the NBA playoffs, and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

2000–01 Minnesota Timberwolves season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Timberwolves' 12th season in the National Basketball Association. After the death of Malik Sealy, the Timberwolves scrambled to find a replacement for him, signing free agent Chauncey Billups, a close friend of Kevin Garnett while signing LaPhonso Ellis. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves secret free agent deal signed by Joe Smith was voided by the NBA, who ruled their proper procedure in signing the contract, while stripping their first round draft picks for the next five seasons and fined $3.5 million. Smith would sign with the Detroit Pistons, and the Timberwolves' owner Glen Taylor, and vice president Kevin McHale were both suspended for one year. Despite the troubles, the Timberwolves posted an 11-game winning streak midway through the season, and finished fourth in the Midwest Division with a 47–35 record, with Garnett being selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game.

In the first round of the playoffs, they would lose in four games to the San Antonio Spurs. Following the season, Ellis signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat and Tom Hammonds retired.

2000–01 New York Knicks season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association in New York City, New York. During the offseason, the Knicks acquired All-Star forward Glen Rice from the Los Angeles Lakers and Luc Longley from the Phoenix Suns. In their first season without Patrick Ewing, the Knicks remained a perennial playoff contender. At midseason, the team traded Chris Childs to the Toronto Raptors for former Knicks guard Mark Jackson and Muggsy Bogues, who never played for the Knicks due to a knee injury. The Knicks finished third in the Atlantic Division with a 48–34 record, earning the #4 seed in the Eastern Conference. Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell were both selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. However, in the playoffs, the Knicks failed to advance to the semifinals for the first time in ten years, as they were beaten by the 5th-seeded Raptors in five games after taking a 2–1 series lead.It would be Rice's only season in New York as he was traded to the Houston Rockets following the season. Also following the season, due to lingering injuries, Longley, Bogues and Larry Johnson all retired.

The Knicks would not return to the playoffs until 2004.

2000–01 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the 76ers 52nd season in the National Basketball Association, and 38th season in Philadelphia. Allen Iverson had his best season in 2001—he led his team to win their first ten games, he started and won All-Star MVP honors at the All Star Game. The Sixers also posted a 56–26 record, which was best in the Eastern Conference that season. It was the 76ers' best regular season record since 1984–85. Iverson averaged a then-career high 31.1 points, winning his second NBA scoring title in the process. He also won the NBA steals title at 2.5 per game. Iverson was named NBA Most Valuable Player for his accomplishments, beating Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal by a wide margin. In addition, coach Larry Brown was named NBA Coach of the Year, Dikembe Mutombo (who was acquired from the Atlanta Hawks) won his fourth NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, and Aaron McKie won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.

The season, however, was not without controversy. With the Sixers having a big lead in the Eastern Conference, Theo Ratliff sustained an injury that sidelined him for the season,

thus only having Matt Geiger and Todd MacCulloch at center. Ratliff was also selected to play in the 2001 NBA All-Star Game with Iverson, but because of injuries did not play. The Sixers then traded him and Toni Kukoč to Atlanta for Dikembe Mutombo. By trading Kukoc (who was not included in the original proposed deal, and who won three championships with Phil Jackson as his coach), the Sixers had only one other player on the roster who had NBA Finals experience, Eric Snow, who played a total of 24 minutes in 10 games in the 1996 NBA Playoffs for the Seattle SuperSonics. At one point the team record was 41–14, but finished 15–12 the rest of the way.

In the last game of the season (at home against the Chicago Bulls), Larry Brown rested his starters instead of trying to go for a win. Had the Sixers won this game, they would have the league's second best record (behind the San Antonio Spurs) and home court advantage over the Lakers in the Finals. Both had the same record, but the Lakers' record for non-conference opponents was better than Philadelphia's.

In the playoffs, Iverson and the Sixers defeated the Indiana Pacers three games to one in the first round, before meeting the Vince Carter-led Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Semifinals. The series went the full seven games. In the next round, the Sixers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, also in seven games, to advance to the NBA Finals against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. Iverson scored 48 in Game 1, which the Sixers won. However, the Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant led Lakers would win the next 4 games and the title. Following the season, Tyrone Hill was traded back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and George Lynch was dealt to the Charlotte Hornets.

The team's season roster has been featured in the video game series NBA 2K. However, Rodney Buford, Roshown McLeod, Kevin Ollie, Pepe Sánchez, Raja Bell, and Speedy Claxton have been excluded from past installations of the game due to issues in regards to the permission of using the players' likenesses in the games.

2000–01 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the 31st season for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association. In the offseason, the Blazers acquired Dale Davis from the Indiana Pacers, and All-Star forward Shawn Kemp from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade. At midseason, the team re-signed free agent Rod Strickland, who was released by the Washington Wizards. Falling nine games below the previous season's mark, the Blazers nevertheless made the playoffs for the 19th consecutive year, finishing as the #7 seed in the Western Conference with a 50–32 record. Rasheed Wallace was selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game.

The Blazers faced the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, the same team they had pushed to the brink the year before in the Western Conference Finals. However, they were unable to do nearly as well this time, as the Lakers swept them in three straight games on the way to their second straight NBA championship.

Following the season, Steve Smith was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, Strickland signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat, Greg Anthony signed with the Chicago Bulls, Stacey Augmon signed with the Charlotte Hornets, and Arvydas Sabonis and Detlef Schrempf both retired. However, Sabonis would return for the 2002–03 season.

2000–01 Sacramento Kings season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Kings' 52nd season in the National Basketball Association, and 16th season in Sacramento. During the offseason, the Kings acquired shooting guard Doug Christie from the Toronto Raptors and signed free agent Bobby Jackson. After two straight playoff seasons, the Kings would make it into the NBA's elite status by challenging the Pacific Division all season, falling just one game short with a solid 55–27 record. Chris Webber had his best season averaging 27.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, as he was selected along with Vlade Divac for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game, while first round draft pick Hedo Türkoğlu made the All-Rookie Second Team. In the first round of the playoffs, the Kings would win their first playoff series in 20 years by beating the Phoenix Suns in four games after losing Game 1. However, they were swept by the defending and eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in the semifinals in four straight games. Following the season, Jason Williams was traded along with Nick Anderson to the Memphis Grizzlies, and Jon Barry was traded to the Detroit Pistons.

2000–01 Toronto Raptors season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Raptors' sixth season in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Raptors acquired Corliss Williamson from the Sacramento Kings, and signed free agent Mark Jackson. However, Williamson was later on traded to the Detroit Pistons for Jerome Williams at midseason, while Jackson was traded along with Muggsy Bogues back to the New York Knicks for Chris Childs, and Kevin Willis was dealt to the Denver Nuggets for Keon Clark and Tracy Murray in two other separate midseason trades.

Basketball Hall of Fame member Lenny Wilkens became the fourth head coach in the team's franchise history. The Raptors struggled around .500 in the first half of the season, but managed to win 11 of their final 14 games, finishing second in the Central Division with a 47–35 record. Vince Carter averaged 27.6 points per game and was selected along with Antonio Davis for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. In their second playoff appearance, the Raptors would win their first playoff series in franchise history by defeating the 4th-seeded New York Knicks in five games in the first round after trailing 2–1. However, they would lose in seven games to the Philadelphia 76ers in their first appearance in the conference semifinals. Following the season, Charles Oakley was traded back to the Chicago Bulls.

The Raptors would not win another playoff series until 2016.

2000–01 Utah Jazz season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Jazz's 27th season in the National Basketball Association, and 22nd season in Salt Lake City, Utah. After the retirement of Jeff Hornacek, the Jazz signed free agents Danny Manning and John Starks, and acquired Donyell Marshall from the Golden State Warriors in an offseason four-team trade. The Jazz got off to a fast start winning 16 of their first 20 games, but struggled a bit down the stretch. They finished second in the Midwest Division with a 53–29 record, and qualified for the playoffs for the eighteenth straight season. On a more positive note, the Jazz equaled the Los Angeles Lakers' record of sixteen consecutive winning seasons, set between 1976–77 and 1991–92. The Jazz were ultimately to make it nineteen consecutive winning seasons before finishing with only 26 wins in 2004–05.

In the Western Conference Quarterfinals, they lost to the 5th-seeded Dallas Mavericks in five games after taking a 2–0 series lead. Karl Malone made his final All-Star appearance in the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. Following the season, Manning signed as a free agent with the Dallas Mavericks, Jacque Vaughn signed with the Atlanta Hawks, and Olden Polynice was released.

2001 NBA All-Star Game

The 2001 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game which was played on February 11, 2001 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C., home of the Washington Wizards. This game was the 50th edition of the North American National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and was played during the 2000–01 NBA season.

Allen Iverson was named the game's Most Valuable Player after he rallied the East to garner an improbable 111–110 comeback victory over the West. The East trailed 95–74 with nine minutes left after the West dominated the first 39 minutes behind its superior size. Iverson sparked the comeback scoring 15 of his 25 points in the final nine minutes of the game. Stephon Marbury also helped the East by hitting two three-pointers in the final 53 seconds, including one with 28 seconds left, which proved to be the game-winner.

Kobe Bryant scored the most points for the West squad (19 points), which led by as much as twenty-one points before the team squandered the lead. Bryant, the NBA's leading scorer at the time, could have taken the last shot; instead, he threw a pass that resulted in a last-second miss by Tim Duncan.

2001 NBA Finals

The 2001 NBA Finals was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2000–01 season. The Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers took on the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers for the championship, with the Lakers holding home-court advantage in a best-of-seven format.

The Lakers won the series 4 games to 1. Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal was named the Most Valuable Player of the series.

Allen Iverson scored 48 points in his only NBA Finals victory, as the 76ers took Game 1 107–101 in overtime, handing the Lakers their only loss of the playoffs. However, the Lakers went on to win the next four games, despite being out-shot and out-rebounded in the series. Los Angeles punished Philadelphia with their three-point shooting, which was the key to this series. In Game 3 Robert Horry hit a three-point shot in the last minute, and in the next two games the Lakers used hot 3-point shooting to build big leads and hold off late 76ers comeback attempts in games 4 and 5, pulling away for double-digit wins to win the title.

List of 2000–01 NBA season transactions

This is a list of all transactions occurring in the 2000-01 NBA season.

NBA Showtime

NBA Showtime is the pregame show aired before each NBA on NBC telecast. The program, a half-hour in length, began during the 1990–91 NBA season, and was initially hosted by Bob Costas. Costas left in the mid-1990s, and became lead play-by-play voice of The NBA on NBC in 1997. Hannah Storm replaced Costas and hosted Showtime until Ahmad Rashād replaced her as host of the pregame show when Storm went on maternity leave in 2001. Storm returned in 2002 which meant that her and Rashad would alternate as hosts throughout the season. NBC kept the title of Showtime prior to the 2000–01 NBA season.

Showtime analysts included:

Quinn Buckner 1991–1993

P. J. Carlesimo 2000–2001

Pat Croce 2001–2002

Julius Erving 1993–1997

Mike Fratello 2001–2002

Kevin Johnson 2000–2001

Pat Riley 1990–1991

John Salley 1997–1998

Isiah Thomas 1998–2000

Tom Tolbert 2002

Peter Vecsey 1990–2001

Jayson Williams 2001–2002Midway Games created an NBA Showtime arcade game in 1999. The game was an update to the NBA Jam series, and used the same opening music and presentation style as the television show.

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