1999–2000 Vancouver Grizzlies season

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1999–2000 Vancouver Grizzlies season
Grizzlies draft Steve Francis
Head coach Lionel Hollins
Owner(s) Arthur Griffiths
Arena General Motors Place
Record 22–60 (.268)
Place Division: 7th (Midwest)
Conference: 12th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television CTV Sportsnet, CIVT
Radio CKST
< 1998–99 2000–01 >

The 1999-2000 NBA season was the Grizzlies' fifth season in the National Basketball Association.[1] The Grizzlies selected Steve Francis with their second overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. Francis did not wish to play with Vancouver, and was traded to the Houston Rockets. Vancouver finished the season with a 22-60 record, last place in the Midwest Division.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1999 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 2 Steve Francis PG  United States Maryland
2 37 Obinna Ekezie C/PF  Nigeria Maryland
2 51 Antwain Smith SF  United States St. Paul's College


Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 31–10 24–17 14–10
x-San Antonio Spurs 53 29 .646 2 31–10 22–19 16–8
x-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 35 47 .427 20 25–16 10–31 10–14
Houston Rockets 34 48 .415 21 22–19 12–29 8–16
Vancouver Grizzlies 22 60 .268 33 12–29 10–31 6–18

Template:1999-2000 NBA West standings

Steve Francis[edit]

Steve Francis was the 2nd overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies out of the University of Maryland. He famously cried after being chosen by Vancouver, swearing the Chicago Bulls would regret selecting Elton Brand first overall instead. He also publicly announced that he did not want to play for the Grizzlies, citing the distance from his Maryland home, taxes, endorsements, and God's will. Francis was heavily criticized for his antics, especially in Vancouver. [1]

He was subsequently traded to the Houston Rockets that summer in a three-team, 11-player deal that brought Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, Antoine Carr, Brent Price, plus first- and second-round picks to the Grizzlies. He and Brand shared Rookie of the Year honors.