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1999–2000 NBA season

1999–2000 NBA season

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
LeagueNational Basketball Association
DurationNovember 2, 1999 – April 19, 2000
April 22 – June 4, 2000 (Playoffs)
June 7 – 19, 2000 (Finals)
Number of teams29
TV partner(s)NBC, TBS, TNT
Top draft pickElton Brand
Picked byChicago Bulls
Regular season
Top seedLos Angeles Lakers
Season MVPShaquille O'Neal (L.A. Lakers)
Top scorerShaquille O'Neal (L.A. Lakers)
Eastern championsIndiana Pacers
  Eastern runners-upNew York Knicks
Western championsLos Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-upPortland Trail Blazers
ChampionsLos Angeles Lakers
  Runners-upIndiana Pacers
Finals MVPShaquille O'Neal (L.A. Lakers)

Notable occurrences

Coaching changes
Team1998–99 coach1999–2000 coach
Cleveland CavaliersMike FratelloRandy Wittman
Denver NuggetsMike D'AntoniDan Issel
Los Angeles LakersKurt RambisPhil Jackson
Orlando MagicChuck DalyDoc Rivers
Washington WizardsJim BrovelliGar Heard
TeamOutgoing coachIncoming coach
Detroit PistonsAlvin GentryGeorge Irvine
Golden State WarriorsP.J. CarlesimoGarry St. Jean
Los Angeles ClippersChris FordJim Todd
Phoenix SunsDanny AingeScott Skiles
Vancouver GrizzliesBrian HillLionel Hollins
Washington WizardsGar HeardDarrell 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. The West won 137–126. Tim Duncan from the 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 in what is considered to be one of the best Dunk Contest performances of all time.

  • 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 played their first game at the Pepsi Center.

  • The Indiana Pacers played their first game at the Conseco Fieldhouse (now Bankers Life Fieldhouse).

  • The Indiana Pacers advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

  • The Atlanta Hawks played their first game at the Philips Arena.

  • The Miami Heat started the season playing their home games at 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.

  • 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 was driving home from a birthday party being held for 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 forward 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 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 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 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 returned from retirement to replace the injured Jason Kidd of 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 forward Charles Barkley suffered a devastating injury early in the season but returned for a final game before retiring.

1999–2000 NBA changes

  • The Atlanta Hawks moved into the Philips Arena and changed their uniforms.

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers changed their uniforms, removing the blue areas from their jerseys.

  • The Denver Nuggets moved into the Pepsi Center.

  • The Detroit Pistons added new maroon alternate uniforms.

  • The Indiana Pacers moved into the Conseco Fieldhouse.

  • The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers both moved into the Staples Center, while the Lakers changed their uniforms.

  • The Miami Heat changed their logo and uniforms, and moved into the AmericanAirlines Arena in January.

  • The Philadelphia 76ers added new blue alternate uniforms.

  • The Seattle SuperSonics added new red alternate uniforms.

  • The Toronto Raptors changed their uniforms removing the pinstripes.

Final standings

By division

Atlantic DivisionWLPCTGBHomeRoadDiv
y-Miami Heat5230.63433–819–2218–6
x-New York Knicks5032.610233–817–2414–10
x-Philadelphia 76ers4933.598329–1220–2113–11
Orlando Magic4141.5001126–1515–2612–13
Boston Celtics3547.4271726–159–3212–12
New Jersey Nets3151.3782122–199–329–16
Washington Wizards2953.3542317–2412–297–17
Central DivisionWLPCTGBHomeRoadDiv
y-Indiana Pacers5626.68336–520–2120–8
x-Charlotte Hornets4933.598730–1119–2220–8
x-Toronto Raptors4537.5491126–1519–2216–12
x-Detroit Pistons4240.5121427–1415–2616–12
x-Milwaukee Bucks4240.5121423–1819–2216–12
Cleveland Cavaliers3250.3902422–1910–318–20
Atlanta Hawks2854.3412821–207–3411–17
Chicago Bulls1765.2073912–295–365–23
Midwest DivisionWLPCTGBHomeRoadDiv
y-Utah Jazz5527.67131–1024–1714–10
x-San Antonio Spurs5329.646231–1022–1916–8
x-Minnesota Timberwolves5032.610526–1524–1718–6
Dallas Mavericks4042.4881522–1918–2312–12
Denver Nuggets3547.4272025–1610–3110–14
Houston Rockets3448.4152122–1912–298–16
Vancouver Grizzlies2260.2683312–2910–316–18
Pacific DivisionWLPCTGBHomeRoadDiv
y-Los Angeles Lakers6715.81736–531–1020–4
x-Portland Trail Blazers5923.720830–1129–1221–3
x-Phoenix Suns5329.6461432–921–2015–9
x-Seattle SuperSonics4537.5492224–1721–2012–12
x-Sacramento Kings4438.5372330–1114–279–15
Golden State Warriors1963.2324812–297–342–22
Los Angeles Clippers1567.1835210–315–365–19

By conference

Eastern Conference
1c-Indiana Pacers5626.683
2y-Miami Heat5230.6344
3x-New York Knicks5032.6106
4x-Charlotte Hornets4933.5987
5x-Philadelphia 76ers4933.5987
6x-Toronto Raptors4537.54911
7x-Detroit Pistons4240.51214
8x-Milwaukee Bucks4240.51214
9Orlando Magic4141.50015
10Boston Celtics3547.42721
11Cleveland Cavaliers3250.39024
12New Jersey Nets3151.37825
13Washington Wizards2953.35427
14Atlanta Hawks2854.34128
15Chicago Bulls1765.20739

Western Conference
1z-Los Angeles Lakers6715.817
2y-Utah Jazz5527.67112
3x-Portland Trail Blazers5923.7208
4x-San Antonio Spurs5329.64614
5x-Phoenix Suns5329.64614
6x-Minnesota Timberwolves5032.61017
7x-Seattle SuperSonics4537.54922
8x-Sacramento Kings4438.53723
9Dallas Mavericks4042.48827
10Denver Nuggets3547.42732
11Houston Rockets3448.41533
12Vancouver Grizzlies2260.26845
13Golden State Warriors1963.23248
14Los Angeles Clippers1567.18352


  • 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 RoundConference SemifinalsConference FinalsNBA Finals
Eastern Conference
E3New York2
E3New York3
E3New York4
W1LA Lakers4
W1LA Lakers3
W1LA Lakers4
W4San Antonio1
W1LA Lakers4
Western Conference
  • Division winner Bold Series winner Italic Team with home-court advantage

Statistics leaders

Points per gameShaquille O'NealLos Angeles Lakers29.7
Rebounds per gameDikembe MutomboAtlanta Hawks14.1
Assists per gameJason KiddPhoenix Suns10.1
Steals per gameEddie JonesCharlotte Hornets2.67
Blocks per gameAlonzo MourningMiami Heat3.72
FG%Shaquille O'NealLos Angeles Lakers.574
FT%Jeff HornacekUtah Jazz.950
3FG%Hubert DavisDallas 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

  • Defensive Player of the Year: Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat

  • Sixth Man of the Year: Rodney Rogers, Phoenix Suns

  • Most Improved Player: Jalen Rose, Indiana Pacers

  • Coach of the Year: Doc Rivers, Orlando Magic

  • Executive of the Year: John Gabriel, Orlando Magic

  • Sportsmanship Award: Eric Snow, Philadelphia 76ers

Players of the month

The following players were named the Players of the Month.

October – NovemberShaquille O'Neal(Los Angeles Lakers)
DecemberAlonzo Mourning(Miami Heat)
JanuaryKevin Garnett(Minnesota Timberwolves)
FebruaryShaquille O'Neal(Los Angeles Lakers)
MarchShaquille O'Neal(Los Angeles Lakers)
AprilGary Payton(Seattle SuperSonics)

Rookies of the month

The following players were named the Rookies of the Month.

October – NovemberAdrian Griffin(Boston Celtics)
Lamar Odom(Los Angeles Clippers)
DecemberSteve Francis(Houston Rockets)
JanuaryElton Brand(Chicago Bulls)
FebruaryElton Brand(Chicago Bulls)
MarchSteve Francis(Houston Rockets)
AprilElton Brand(Chicago Bulls)
Steve Francis(Houston Rockets)

Coaches of the month

The following coaches were named Coaches of the Month.

October – NovemberMike Dunleavy(Portland Trail Blazers)
DecemberPhil Jackson(Los Angeles Lakers)
JanuaryFlip Saunders(Minnesota Timberwolves)
FebruaryPhil Jackson(Los Angeles Lakers)
MarchJerry Sloan(Utah Jazz)
AprilPaul Silas(Charlotte Hornets)


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