1999–2000 Phoenix Suns season

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1999–2000 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach Danny Ainge,
Scott Skiles
General manager Bryan Colangelo
Owner(s) Jerry Colangelo
Arena America West Arena
Results
Record 53–29 (.646)
Place Division: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 4th (Western)
Playoff finish Lost in Semifinals to L.A. Lakers (1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1999–00 Phoenix Suns season was the 32nd season for the National Basketball Association's Phoenix Suns. Scott Skiles would come on as head coach, replacing Danny Ainge. The Suns would finish third in the Pacific division at 53–29 and extend the franchise's record for playoff appearances before losing in the Western Conference semifinals.

Clifford Robinson led the team in scoring at 18.5 points per game. Anfernee Hardaway, Jason Kidd, Rodney Rogers, Tom Gugliotta and Shawn Marion rounded out a list of six Suns players averaging double-digits points. Kidd led the NBA in assists per game and was tied for fifth in steals. Rogers finished the regular season fourth in three-point field goal percentage and won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award. Kidd would earn All-NBA First Team and All-Defensive Second Team honors.

The Suns finished with the same regular season record but did not have home court advantage going into their first round match-up with the San Antonio Spurs. Still, the Suns would advance to their first conference semifinals appearance since the 1994–95 season en route to taking the series three games to one. The Suns lost in the conference semifinals to new league MVP Shaquille O'Neal and the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers four games to one.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1999 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 9 Shawn Marion Forward  United States UNLV

The Suns received the ninth pick from a trade with the Dallas Mavericks in 1998. With the pick they selected combo forward Shawn Marion from UNLV. Marion averaged 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.9 blocks per game in one year with the Runnin' Rebels. On July 30, the Suns signed him to a 4-year rookie contract for $5.9 million. Though missing two months with a knee injury, Marion averaged 10.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in his first season, and was named to the All-Rookie Second Team. Marion would play over eight seasons with the Suns, becoming an All-Star four times and being named to the All-NBA Third Team twice, before being traded to the Miami Heat in 2008.

The Suns traded their first-round pick to the Chicago Bulls in 1999. With the pick the Bulls selected future All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year Ron Artest (later Metta World Peace). They also traded their second-round pick to the Houston Rockets in 1996. With the pick the Rockets selected Tyrone Washington.

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
G 12 United States Bailey, Toby 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1975–11–19 UCLA
F 40 United States Blount, Corie 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1969–01–04 Cincinnati
G 3 United States Chapman, Rex Injured 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1967–10–05 Kentucky
G/F 11 United States Day, Todd 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1970–01–07 Arkansas
F 24 United States Gugliotta, Tom Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1969–12–19 North Carolina State
G 1 United States Hardaway, Anfernee 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1971–07–18 Memphis
G 7 United States Johnson, Kevin 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1966–03–04 California
G 32 United States Kidd, Jason 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1973–03–23 California
G 2 United States Livingston, Randy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 209 lb (95 kg) 1975–04–02 LSU
C 13 Australia Longley, Luc 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1969–01–19 New Mexico
F 25 United States MacLean, Don 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1970–01–16 UCLA
F 31 United States Marion, Shawn 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1978–05–07 UNLV
C 8 United States Miller, Oliver 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 280 lb (127 kg) 1970–04–06 Arkansas
F/C 30 United States Robinson, Clifford 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1966–12–16 Connecticut
F 54 United States Rogers, Rodney 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1971–06–20 Wake Forest
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
Strength and conditioning coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Luc Longley Oliver Miller
PF Clifford Robinson Corie Blount Tom Gugliotta Injured
Don MacLean
SF Shawn Marion Rodney Rogers
SG Penny Hardaway Todd Day Toby Bailey Rex Chapman Injured
PG Jason Kidd Kevin Johnson Randy Livingston

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division 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 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
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 67 15 .817
2 y-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 12
3 x-Portland Trail Blazers 59 23 .720 8
4 x-San Antonio Spurs 53 29 .646 14
5 x-Phoenix Suns 53 29 .646 14
6 x-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 35 47 .427 32
11 Houston Rockets 34 48 .415 33
12 Vancouver Grizzlies 22 60 .268 45
13 Golden State Warriors 19 63 .232 48
14 Los Angeles Clippers 15 67 .183 52


Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

2000 playoff game log
2000 playoff schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

Week/Month[edit]

  • Jason Kidd was named Player of the Week for games played December 12 through December 18.

All-Star[edit]

  • Jason Kidd was voted as a starter for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. Kidd finished first in voting among Western Conference guards with 1,061,031 votes.

Season[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Toby Bailey 46 2 9.8 .414 .200 .692 1.6 0.7 .3 .1 3.5
Corie Blount 38 1 11.7 .494 .000 .576 3.0 0.3 .4 .2 2.8
Rex Chapman 53 19 18.1 .388 .333 .756 1.5 1.2 .4 .0 6.6
Ben Davis 5 0 4.4 .333 . . 1.8 .4 .2 .2 0.8
Todd Day 58 1 16.2 .394 .388 .667 2.2 1.1 .8 .4 6.8
Tom Gugliotta 54 54 32.7 .481 .125 .775 7.9 2.3 1.5 .6 13.7
Penny Hardaway 60 60 37.6 .474 .324 .790 5.8 5.3 1.6 .6 16.9
Kevin Johnson 6 0 18.8 .571 1.000^ 1.000# 2.7 4.0 .3 .0 6.7
Jason Kidd 67 67 39.0 .409 .337 .829# 7.2 10.1 2.0 .4 14.3
Randy Livingston 79 15 13.7 .416 .345 .839# 1.6 2.2 .6 .2 4.8
Luc Longley 72 68 19.7 .466 . .825 4.5 1.1 .3 .6 6.3
Don MacLean 16 0 8.9 .367 .333 .667 1.4 0.5 .1 .1 2.6
Shawn Marion 51 38 24.7 .471 .182 .847# 6.5 1.4 .7 1.0 10.2
Oliver Miller 51 9 21.3 .588 . .671 5.1 1.3 .8 1.6 6.3
Clifford Robinson 80 67 35.5 .464 .370 .782 4.5 2.8 1.1 .8 18.5
Rodney Rogers 82 7 27.9 .486 .439^ .639 5.5 2.1 1.1 .6 13.8
Mark West 22 2 5.8 .417 . .625 1.4 0.1 .1 .2 0.7

† - Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ - Minimum 55 three-pointers made.
# - Minimum 125 free throws made.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Toby Bailey 5 0 3.0 .250 . .500 0.4 0.4 .0 .0 0.8
Corie Blount 9 0 18.0 .548 . .556 6.2 0.3 .7 .7 4.9
Todd Day 9 0 11.1 .457 .313 .500 1.1 0.4 .4 .1 4.7
Penny Hardaway 9 9 42.9 .462 .263 .710 4.9 5.7 1.6 1.0 20.3
Kevin Johnson 9 0 14.3 .324 .000 .833^ 1.4 2.6 .3 .1 3.2
Jason Kidd 6 6 38.2 .400 .364 .778^ 6.7 8.8 1.8 .2 9.8
Randy Livingston 7 3 9.0 .222 .333 . 1.0 0.6 .6 .1 2.0
Luc Longley 9 9 18.0 .353 . .667 3.3 0.9 .4 .4 4.2
Shawn Marion 9 9 31.2 .419 .167 .818^ 8.8 0.8 .7 1.6 9.1
Oliver Miller 7 0 5.3 .222 .000 .500 1.1 0.1 .0 .3 0.9
Clifford Robinson 9 9 37.0 .386 .325 .733 6.0 2.1 1.2 .8 17.6
Rodney Rogers 9 0 29.2 .417 .222 .742^ 6.8 1.6 1.1 1.1 14.1

† - Minimum 20 field goals made.
^ - Minimum 10 free throws made.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

August 5, 1999
To Orlando Magic---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

Date Player Contract Former Team
July 30, 1999 Toby Bailey Re-signed to 1-year contract for $535,000 Phoenix Suns
August 1, 1999 Clifford Robinson Re-signed to 4-year contract for $29 million Phoenix Suns
August 1, 1999 Oliver Miller Signed to 1-year contract for $510,000 Sacramento Kings
August 2, 1999 Rodney Rogers Signed to 3-year contract for $6.6 million Los Angeles Clippers
August 17, 1999 Randy Livingston Re-signed to multi-year contract Phoenix Suns
September 8, 1999 Corie Blount Signed to 1-year contract for $1.1 million Cleveland Cavaliers
October 4, 1999 Todd Day Signed to 1-year contract for $510,000 La Crosse Bobcats (CBA)
October 5, 1999 Jason Singleton Undisclosed
October 5, 1999 LaMarcus Golden Undisclosed Rapid City Thrillers (IBA)
October 5, 1999 Mike Brown Undisclosed Cantabria Lobos
October 5, 1999 Peter Aluma Undisclosed Sacramento Kings
October 19, 1999 Mark West Signed to 1-year contract for $510,000 Atlanta Hawks
December 23, 1999 Ben Davis Undisclosed Idaho Stampede (CBA)
January 7, 2000 Ben Davis Signed 10-day contract Phoenix Suns
March 13, 2000 Don MacLean Signed two 10-day contracts Seattle SuperSonics
March 23, 2000 Kevin Johnson Signed for rest of season Phoenix Suns
April 2, 2000 Don MacLean Signed for rest of season Phoenix Suns

Subtractions[edit]

Date Player Reason Left New Team
October 12, 1999 Kevin Johnson Retired Phoenix Suns
October 14, 1999 Jason Singleton Waived Sydney Spirit (Australia)
October 14, 1999 LaMarcus Golden Waived Siouxland Bombers (IBA)
October 16, 1999 Peter Aluma Waived Harlem Globetrotters
October 19, 1999 Mike Brown Waived Olympiacos (Greece)
December 21, 1999 Gerald Brown Waived La Crosse Bobcats (CBA)
January 5, 2000 Ben Davis Waived Phoenix Suns
January 11, 2000 Ben Davis Waived Brujos de Guayama (Puerto Rico)
March 25, 2000 Mark West Waived

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