2000–01 NBA season

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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

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
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
  • 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. They also made it past the first round for the first time since the 1987–88 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


By division

By conference


  • 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 leaders

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 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)


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