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The 1999–2000 NBA SEASON was the 54th season of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association . The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA championship, beating the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
4 games to 2 in the 2000 NBA Finals
2000 NBA Finals
. Players warming up prior to an April 2000 game between the Charlotte Hornets and the season's eventual Eastern Conference champions Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
at the Charlotte Coliseum .

CONTENTS

* 1 Notable occurrences

* 2 Final standings

* 2.1 By division * 2.2 By conference

* 3 Playoffs * 4 Statistics leaders

* 5 NBA awards

* 5.1 Players of the month * 5.2 Rookies of the month * 5.3 Coaches of the month

* 6 References

NOTABLE OCCURRENCES

Coaching changes OFFSEASON

TEAM 1998–99 COACH 1999–2000 COACH

Cleveland Cavaliers Mike Fratello Randy Wittman

Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
Mike D\'Antoni Dan Issel
Dan Issel

Los Angeles Lakers Kurt Rambis Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson

Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
Chuck Daly
Chuck Daly
Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers

Washington Wizards Jim Brovelli Gar Heard

IN-SEASON

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
Phoenix Suns
Danny Ainge Scott Skiles

Vancouver Grizzlies
Vancouver Grizzlies
Brian Hill Lionel Hollins

Washington Wizards Gar Heard Darrell Walker

* Effective this season, the first game of the NBA regular season begins on either the first Tuesday of November or the last Tuesday of October, and the last game on the third Wednesday of April. The NBA playoffs begin on the third Saturday of April. * The 2000 NBA All-Star Game held in Oakland, California
Oakland, California
. The West won 137–126. Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
from the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
and Shaquille O\'Neal from the Los Angeles Lakers shared the game's MVP honors. The Slam Dunk Contest returned after a two-year absence, with Vince Carter winning the title. * Both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers played their first games at the Staples Center . The Lakers would also go on to win 19 consecutive games between February 4, 2000, and March 16, 2000, the sixth-longest winning streak in NBA history . * Staples Center's first season saw its tenants at two opposite ends of the league: the Lakers finished with a best regular season record of 67–15 and the NBA title, while the Clippers finished 15–67, the worst of the season. * The Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
played their first game at the Pepsi Center
Pepsi Center
. * The Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
played their first game at the Conseco Fieldhouse (now Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
). * The Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. * The Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
played their first game at the Philips Arena
Philips Arena
. * The Miami Heat started the season playing their home games at Miami Arena
Miami Arena
. In January, they played their first game at the AmericanAirlines Arena . * The Toronto Raptors played their first full season at the Air Canada Centre . They also made the playoffs for the first time becoming the first Canadian team to do so. * During Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, the Portland Trail Blazers held a 75-60 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers with 10:28 left to play. During the fourth quarter, the Blazers would miss thirteen consecutive shots, allowing the Lakers to claw back and take the game, 89–84. The game was capped off with a famous alley-oop to Shaquille O\'Neal from Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
. * Two active players were killed in automobile accidents within four months of each other. On January 12, Bobby Phills of the Charlotte Hornets was killed as a result of reckless driving while racing against teammate David Wesley . On May 20, Malik Sealy of the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
was driving home from a birthday party being held for Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
when his SUV was struck by a drunk driver who had been driving on the wrong side of the road. Phills would have his jersey retired during the season after news of his unexpected death was announced, while Sealy would have his jersey retired after this season concluded. * San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
forward Sean Elliott
Sean Elliott
was sidelined for most of the season while undergoing kidney transplant operations. He successfully returned on March 13, becoming the first player to return following kidney transplant. * The Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
officially retired their trademark parquet floor on December 22, 1999, after 54 years. The floor would be replaced by a replica combining elements of the old floor and new wooden sections. * Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers
became the first recipient of the NBA Coach of the Year Award to have not led his team to the playoffs. He coached the Orlando Magic to a respectable 41-41 (.500) record, good enough for the 9th seed in the East * The season marked Patrick Ewing 's last in a New York Knicks uniform. He was traded during the 2000 offseason to the Seattle SuperSonics in a three-team deal. * Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain
died on October 12, 1999, at 63. Wilt's former teams, the Lakers, Sixers, and Warriors honored him by sporting black patches for the rest of the season. * Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson
returned from retirement to replace the injured Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd
of Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
in this season's playoffs, but the Suns fell to the Lakers in the second round and Johnson would retire again. * 36-year-old Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
forward Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley
suffered a devastating injury early in the season but returned for a final game before retiring.

FINAL STANDINGS

BY DIVISION

Atlantic Division

* v * t * e

W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

Y- Miami Heat 52 30 .634 – 33–8 19–22 18–6

X- New York Knicks 50 32 .610 2 33–8 17–24 14–10

X- Philadelphia 76ers 49 33 .598 3 29–12 20–21 13–11

Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
41 41 .500 11 26–15 15–26 12–13

Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
35 47 .427 17 26–15 9–32 12–12

New Jersey Nets 31 51 .378 21 22–19 9–32 9–16

Washington Wizards 29 53 .354 23 17–24 12–29 7–17

Central Division

* v * t * e

W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

Y- Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
56 26 .683 – 36–5 20–21 20–8

X- Charlotte Hornets 49 33 .598 7 30–11 19–22 20–8

X- Toronto Raptors 45 37 .549 11 26–15 19–22 16–12

X- Detroit Pistons 42 40 .512 14 27–14 15–26 16–12

X-Milwaukee Bucks 42 40 .512 14 23–18 19–22 16–12

Cleveland Cavaliers 32 50 .390 24 22–19 10–31 8–20

Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
28 54 .341 28 21–20 7–34 11–17

Chicago Bulls 17 65 .207 39 12–29 5–36 5–23

Midwest Division

* v * t * e

W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

Y- Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
55 27 .671 – 31–10 24–17 14–10

X- San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
53 29 .646 2 31–10 22–19 16–8

X- Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
50 32 .610 5 26–15 24–17 18–6

Dallas Mavericks 40 42 .488 15 22–19 18–23 12–12

Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
35 47 .427 20 25–16 10–31 10–14

Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
34 48 .415 21 22–19 12–29 8–16

Vancouver Grizzlies
Vancouver Grizzlies
22 60 .268 33 12–29 10–31 6–18

Pacific Division

* v * t * e

W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

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

X- Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
53 29 .646 14 32–9 21–20 15–9

X- Seattle SuperSonics 45 37 .549 22 24–17 21–20 12–12

X- Sacramento Kings 44 38 .537 23 30–11 14–27 9–15

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

BY CONFERENCE

# EASTERN CONFERENCE

* v * t * e

TEAM W L PCT GB

1 C- Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
56 26 .683 –

2 Y- Miami Heat 52 30 .634 4

3 X- New York Knicks 50 32 .610 6

4 X- Charlotte Hornets 49 33 .598 7

5 X- Philadelphia 76ers 49 33 .598 7

6 X- Toronto Raptors 45 37 .549 11

7 X- Detroit Pistons 42 40 .512 14

8 X-Milwaukee Bucks 42 40 .512 14

9 Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
41 41 .500 15

10 Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
35 47 .427 21

11 Cleveland Cavaliers 32 50 .390 24

12 New Jersey Nets 31 51 .378 25

13 Washington Wizards 29 53 .354 27

14 Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
28 54 .341 28

15 Chicago Bulls 17 65 .207 39

# WESTERN CONFERENCE

* v * t * e

TEAM W L PCT GB

1 Z- Los Angeles Lakers 67 15 .817 –

2 Y- Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
55 27 .671 12

3 X- Portland Trail Blazers 59 23 .720 8

4 X- San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
53 29 .646 14

5 X- Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
53 29 .646 14

6 X- Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
50 32 .610 17

7 X- Seattle SuperSonics 45 37 .549 22

8 X- Sacramento Kings 44 38 .537 23

9 Dallas Mavericks 40 42 .488 27

10 Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
35 47 .427 32

11 Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
34 48 .415 33

12 Vancouver Grizzlies
Vancouver Grizzlies
22 60 .268 45

13 Golden State Warriors 19 63 .232 48

14 Los Angeles Clippers 15 67 .183 52

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: 2000 NBA Playoffs

First Round

Conference Semifinals

Conference Finals

NBA Finals

E1 INDIANA * 3

E8 Milwaukee 2

E1 INDIANA * 4

E5 Philadelphia 2

E4 Charlotte 1

E5 PHILADELPHIA 3

E1 INDIANA * 4

EASTERN CONFERENCE

E3 New York 2

E3 NEW YORK 3

E6 Toronto 0

E3 NEW YORK 4

E2 Miami * 3

E2 MIAMI * 3

E7 Detroit 0

E1 Indiana * 2

W1 LA LAKERS * 4

W1 LA LAKERS * 3

W8 Sacramento 2

W1 LA LAKERS * 4

W5 Phoenix 1

W4 San Antonio 1

W5 PHOENIX 3

W1 LA LAKERS * 4

WESTERN CONFERENCE

W3 Portland 3

W3 PORTLAND 3

W6 Minnesota 1

W3 PORTLAND 4

W2 Utah * 1

W2 UTAH * 3

W7 Seattle 2

* Division winner BOLD Series winner Italic Team with home-court advantage This bracket:

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STATISTICS LEADERS

CATEGORY PLAYER TEAM STAT

Points per game Shaquille O\'Neal Los Angeles Lakers 29.7

Rebounds per game Dikembe Mutombo
Dikembe Mutombo
Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
14.1

Assists per game Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd
Phoenix Suns
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
Jeff Hornacek
Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
.950

3FG% Hubert Davis Dallas Mavericks .491

NBA AWARDS

* MOST VALUABLE PLAYER : Shaquille O\'Neal , Los Angeles Lakers * CO-ROOKIES OF THE YEAR : Elton Brand , Chicago Bulls ; Steve Francis , Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
* DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR : Alonzo Mourning , Miami Heat * SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR : Rodney Rogers , Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
* MOST IMPROVED PLAYER : Jalen Rose , Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
* COACH OF THE YEAR : Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers
, Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
* EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR : John Gabriel , Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
* SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD : Eric Snow
Eric Snow
, Philadelphia 76ers

* ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM :

* F – Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
, San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
* F – Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
, Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
* C – Shaquille O\'Neal , Los Angeles Lakers * G – Gary Payton
Gary Payton
, Seattle SuperSonics * G – Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd
, Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns

* ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM:

* F – Karl Malone
Karl Malone
, Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
* F – Grant Hill
Grant Hill
, Detroit Pistons * C – Alonzo Mourning , Miami Heat * G – Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson
, Philadelphia 76ers * G – Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
, Los Angeles Lakers

* ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM:

* F – Chris Webber , Sacramento Kings * F – Vince Carter
Vince Carter
, Toronto Raptors * C – David Robinson , San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
* G – Eddie Jones , Charlotte Hornets * G – Stephon Marbury
Stephon Marbury
, New Jersey Nets

* NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM :

* Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
, San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
* Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
, Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
* Alonzo Mourning , Miami Heat * Gary Payton
Gary Payton
, Seattle SuperSonics * Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
, Los Angeles Lakers

* ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM:

* Scottie Pippen , Portland Trail Blazers * Clifford Robinson , Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
* Shaquille O\'Neal , Los Angeles Lakers * Eddie Jones , Charlotte Hornets * Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd
, Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns

* NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM :

* Elton Brand , Chicago Bulls * Steve Francis , Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
* Lamar Odom , Los Angeles Clippers * Wally Szczerbiak , Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
* Andre Miller , Cleveland Cavaliers

* ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM:

* Shawn Marion
Shawn Marion
, Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
* Ron Artest
Ron Artest
, Chicago Bulls * James Posey , Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
* Jason Terry , Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
* Chucky Atkins
Chucky Atkins
, Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

The following players were named the Players of the Month.

MONTH PLAYER

1October – November O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O\'Neal ( Los Angeles Lakers )

2December Mourning, Alonzo Alonzo Mourning ( Miami Heat )

3January Garnett, Kevin Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
( Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
)

4February O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O\'Neal ( Los Angeles Lakers )

5March O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O\'Neal ( Los Angeles Lakers )

6April Payton, Gary Gary Payton
Gary Payton
( Seattle SuperSonics )

ROOKIES OF THE MONTH

The following players were named the Rookies of the Month.

MONTH PLAYER

1October – November Griffin, Adrian Adrian Griffin
Adrian Griffin
( Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
) Odom, Lamar Lamar Odom ( Los Angeles Clippers )

2December Francis, Steve Steve Francis ( Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
)

3January Brand, Elton Elton Brand ( Chicago Bulls )

4February Brand, Elton Elton Brand ( Chicago Bulls )

5March Francis, Steve Steve Francis ( Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
)

6April Brand, Elton Elton Brand ( Chicago Bulls ) Francis, Steve Steve Francis ( Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
)

COACHES OF THE MONTH

The following coaches were named Coaches of the Month.

MONTH COACH

1October – November Dunleavy, MikeMike Dunleavy ( Portland Trail Blazers )

2December Jackson, Phil Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
( Los Angeles Lakers )

3January Saunders, Flip Flip Saunders
Flip Saunders
( Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
)

4February Jackson, Phil Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
( Los Angeles Lakers )

5March Sloan, Jerry Jerry Sloan
Jerry Sloan
( Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
)

5April Silas, Paul Paul Silas ( Charlotte Hornets )

REFERENCES

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NBA seasons

1940S

1946–47 1947–48 1948–49

1950S

1949–50 1950–51 1951–52 1952–53 1953–54 1954–55 1955–56 1956–57 1957–58 1958–59

1960S

1959–60 1960–61 1961–62 1962–63 1963–64 1964–65 1965–66 1966–67 1967–68 1968–69

1970S

1969–70 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79

1980S

1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89

1990S

1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99

2000S

1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09

2010S

2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18

* v * t * e

1999–2000 NBA season
1999–2000 NBA season
by team

* 1999 NBA draft * All-Star Game * Playoffs * Finals * Transactions

EASTERN

ATLANTIC

* Boston * Miami * New Jersey * New York * Orlando * Philadelphia * Washington

CENTRAL

* Atlanta * Charlotte * Chicago * Cleveland * Detroit * Indiana * Milwaukee * Toronto

WESTERN

MIDWEST

* Dallas * Denver * Houston * Minnesota * San Antonio * Utah * Vancouver

PACIFIC

* Golden State * L.A. Clippers * L.A. Lakers * Phoenix * Portland * Sacramento * Seattle

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