2000–01 Indiana Pacers season

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2000–01 Indiana Pacers season
Head coach Isiah Thomas
Arena Conseco Fieldhouse
Results
Record 41–41 (.500)
Place Division: 4th (Central)
Conference: 8th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East First Round
(eliminated 1-3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Net Midwest, WTTV
Radio WIBC
< 1999–00 2001–02 >

The 2000-01 Indiana Pacers season was Indiana's 25th season in the NBA.[1] To replace Larry Bird as coach, the Pacers hired former Indiana University and Detroit Pistons star Isiah Thomas. Thomas would have a different team than the one that went to the Finals. Center Rik Smits retired, Chris Mullin was released, Dale Davis was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for Jermaine O'Neal, and Mark Jackson signed a free agent deal with the Toronto Raptors. The Pacers struggled early and finished their season with a record of 41-41. To qualify for the playoffs, the Pacers needed to win 9 of their final 12 games to secure the 8th seed. In the playoffs, the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers would need only four games to eliminate the Pacers.[2]

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2000 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 27 Primož Brezec C  Slovenia Union Olimpija (Slovenia)
2 56 Jaquay Walls SG  United States Colorado

Regular season[edit]

Roster[edit]

2000-01 Indiana Pacers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
F 24 United States Bender, Jonathan 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1981–01–30 Picayune Memorial HS (MS)
G 4 United States Best, Travis 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1972–07–12 Georgia Tech
F 44 United States Croshere, Austin 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1975–05–01 Providence
G 2 United States Edney, Tyus 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1980–11–19 Auburn
F/C 10 United States Foster, Jeff 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 236 lb (107 kg) 1977–01–16 Texas State
F 3 United States Harrington, Al 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1980–02–17 St. Patrick HS (NJ)
F 8 United States Ketner, Lari 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 277 lb (126 kg) 1977–02–1 Amherst University
F 9 United States McKey, Derrick 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1966–10–10 Alabama
G/F 31 United States Miller, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1965–08–24 UCLA
F 6 United States Mills, Terry 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1967–12–21 Michigan
F/C 7 United States O'Neal, Jermaine 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 226 lb (103 kg) 1978–10–13 Eau Claire HS (SC)
F/C 14 United States Perkins, Sam 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1961–06–14 UNC
G/F 5 United States Rose, Jalen 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1973–01–30 Michigan
C 40 Croatia Sundov, Bruno 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1980–02–10 Croatia
C 55 Croatia Tabak, Žan 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1970–06–15 Croatia
Head coach




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

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2012–10–10

Standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Milwaukee Bucks 52 30 .634 31–10 21–20 19–9
x-Toronto Raptors 47 35 .573 5 27–14 20–21 18–10
x-Charlotte Hornets 46 36 .561 6 28–13 18–23 20–8
x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 11 26–15 15–26 15–13
Detroit Pistons 32 50 .390 20 18–23 14–27 16–12
Cleveland Cavaliers 30 52 .366 22 20–21 10–31 11–17
Atlanta Hawks 25 57 .305 27 18–23 7–34 9–19
Chicago Bulls 15 67 .183 37 12–29 7–34 10–20
Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Philadelphia 76ers 56 26 .683
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 52 30 .634 4
3 x-Miami Heat 50 32 .610 6
4 x-New York Knicks 48 34 .585 8
5 x-Toronto Raptors 47 35 .573 9
6 x-Charlotte Hornets 46 36 .561 10
7 x-Orlando Magic 43 39 .524 13
8 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 15
9 Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 20
10 Detroit Pistons 32 50 .390 24
11 Cleveland Cavaliers 30 52 .366 26
12 New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 30
13 Atlanta Hawks 25 57 .305 31
14 Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 37
15 Chicago Bulls 15 67 .183 42


z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Pacers points Opponents Record Streak Notes
1

[3]

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (8) Indiana Pacers Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Indiana won 4-2)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHI-IND)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 April 21 Indiana 79 Philadelphia 78 0–1 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 12:30et [1] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
2 April 24 Indiana 98 Philadelphia 116 1–1 First Union Center, Philadelphia TBS 8:00et [2] Marv Albert & Mike Fratello
3 April 28 Philadelphia 92 Indiana 87 2-1 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis NBC 12:30et [3] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
4 May 2 Philadelphia 88 Indiana 85 3-1 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis TBS 7:00et [4] Marv Albert & Mike Fratello
Philadelphia wins series 3–1

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

Player stats[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 REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]