2000–01 Phoenix Suns season

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2000–01 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach Scott Skiles
General manager Bryan Colangelo
Owner(s) Jerry Colangelo
Arena America West Arena
Results
Record 51–31 (.622)
Place Division: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finish Lost in first round to Sacramento (1–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 2000–01 Phoenix Suns season was the 33rd season for the Phoenix Suns, members of Pacific division in the National Basketball Association. The Suns were coached by Scott Skiles, who enjoyed his first full season as head coach as the Suns finished the regular season with a 51–31 record. For a franchise-record 13th season in a row, the Suns earned a trip to the playoffs but would later lose in the first round. America West Arena was the home court venue for the Suns.

The Suns were led by point guard Jason Kidd, who again topped the league in assists per game while earning another All-NBA First Team selection and All-Defensive First Team (after being selected to the Second Team the year previous). He was also the team's lone representative in the All-Star Game. Shawn Marion averaged a double-double, leading the team in scoring at 17.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game). Kidd and Clifford Robinson were the other starters to provide the majority of the team's scoring, while reserves Tony Delk and Rodney Rogers brought offensive firepower from the bench, averaging 12 points per game. Anfernee Hardaway was the teams's highest-paid player but played in just four games, battling injury.

For the fourth season in a row, the Suns finished third in the Pacific division. The team earned a first-round match-up with the third-seed, Sacramento Kings. Phoenix would take Game 1 but lose the next three in a row, losing three games to one.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2000 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 25 Iakovos "Jake" Tsakalidis Center  Georgia

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
G 8 United States Del Negro, Vinny 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) August 9, 1966 North Carolina State
G 00 United States Delk, Tony 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 189 lb (86 kg) January 28, 1974 Kentucky
C 14 United States Dudley, Chris 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) February 22, 1965 Yale
G/F 17 United States Elie, Mario 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) November 26, 1963 American International
F 24 United States Gugliotta, Tom 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) December 19, 1969 North Carolina State
G 1 United States Hardaway, Anfernee Injured 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) July 18, 1971 Memphis
G 32 United States Kidd, Jason 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) March 23, 1973 California
F 31 United States Marion, Shawn 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) May 7, 1978 UNLV
G 2 United States Perry, Elliot 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 150 lb (68 kg) March 28, 1969 Memphis
F/C 30 United States Robinson, Clifford 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) December 16, 1966 Connecticut
F 54 United States Rogers, Rodney 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) June 20, 1971 Wake Forest
C 15 Puerto Rico Santiago, Daniel 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 256 lb (116 kg) June 24, 1976 Saint Vincent
C 25 Georgia (country) Tsakalidis, Iakovos 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 285 lb (129 kg) June 10, 1979 Georgia (country)
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 Jake Tsakalidis Chris Dudley Daniel Santiago
PF Clifford Robinson Tom Gugliotta
SF Shawn Marion Rodney Rogers
SG Mario Elie Vinny Del Negro Penny Hardaway Injured
PG Jason Kidd Tony Delk Elliot Perry

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 56 26 .683 31–10 25–16 14–10
x-Sacramento Kings 55 27 .671 1 33–8 22–19 16–8
x-Phoenix Suns 51 31 .622 5 31–10 20–21 12–12
x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 6 28–13 22–19 12–12
Seattle SuperSonics 44 38 .537 12 26–15 18–23 17–7
Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 378 25 22–19 9–32 9–15
Golden State Warriors 17 65 .207 39 11–30 6–35 4–20
Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB
1 z-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 56 26 .683 2
3 x-Sacramento Kings 55 27 .671 3
4 x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 5
5 x-Dallas Mavericks 53 29 .646 5
6 x-Phoenix Suns 51 31 .622 7
7 x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 8
8 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 11
9 Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13
10 Seattle SuperSonics 44 38 .537 14
11 Denver Nuggets 40 42 .488 18
12 Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 27
13 Vancouver Grizzlies 23 59 .280 35
14 Golden State Warriors 17 65 .207 41


Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

2001 playoff game log
2001 playoff schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star[edit]

  • Jason Kidd was voted as a starter for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. It was his fourth All-Star selection. Kidd finished second in voting among Western Conference guards with 1,062,837 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
Corie Blount* 30 6 12.9 .489 . .533 2.8 0.3 .4 .2 1.8
Vinny Del Negro* 36 0 14.6 .528 .000 .893^ 1.4 1.8 .6 .1 4.9
Tony Delk 82 11 27.9 .415 .321 .787 3.2 2.0 .9 .2 12.3
Chris Dudley 53 33 11.6 .397 . .389 3.5 0.3 .3 .5 1.4
Mario Elie 68 67 22.1 .423 .360 .797 2.3 1.9 .9 .2 4.4
Rubén Garcés* 10 0 6.2 .467 . .250 2.2 0.4 .2 .1 1.6
Tom Gugliotta 57 2 20.3 .392 .250 .792 4.5 1.0 .8 .4 6.4
Penny Hardaway 4 4 28.0 .417 .250 .636 4.5 3.8 1.5 .3 9.8
Jason Kidd 77 76 39.8 .411 .297 .814^ 6.4 9.8 2.2 .3 16.9
Shawn Marion 79 79 36.2 .480 .256 .810 10.7 2.0 1.7 1.4 17.3
Paul McPherson* 33 0 9.3 .490 .000 .750 1.5 0.5 .4 .1 3.4
Elliot Perry* 43 6 10.7 .465 .250 .727 1.0 1.7 .4 .0 3.2
Clifford Robinson 82 82 33.5 .422 .361 .709 4.1 2.9 1.1 1.0 16.4
Rodney Rogers 82 3 26.6 .430 .296 .761 4.4 2.2 1.2 .6 12.2
Daniel Santiago 54 2 10.8 .478 . .689 1.9 0.2 .3 .4 3.1
Jake Tsakalidis 57 39 16.6 .470 . .593 4.2 0.3 .2 1.0 4.5

* – Stats with the Suns.
† – Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ – Minimum 125 free throws made.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Vinny Del Negro 3 0 8.7 .571 . . 0.7 1.7 .0 .0 2.7
Tony Delk 4 0 28.5 .419 .400 .636 4.0 1.0 .8 .0 11.8
Chris Dudley 3 0 8.7 .500 . . 2.3 0.0 .3 .3 0.7
Mario Elie 4 4 25.8 .452 .154 .750 3.3 1.8 .8 .3 9.0
Tom Gugliotta 4 0 21.5 .308 . .778 3.8 0.8 2.0 .3 5.8
Jason Kidd 4 4 41.5 .319 .235 .750 6.0 13.3 2.0 .0 14.3
Shawn Marion 4 4 34.8 .371 1.000 .857 8.3 0.8 1.5 1.5 14.8
Elliot Perry 2 0 8.5 .600 .000 1.000 2.0 2.0 1.0 .0 6.5
Clifford Robinson 4 4 28.5 .420 .250 .636 4.0 1.0 1.5 .5 15.0
Rodney Rogers 4 0 20.5 .300 .200 .643 3.5 0.5 .5 .8 8.8
Daniel Santiago 1 0 12.0 .500 . . 5.0 0.0 .0 2.0 2.0
Jake Tsakalidis 4 4 18.8 .375 . . 7.0 0.0 .0 1.8 3.0

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

September 20, 2000
To New York Knicks---- To Los Angeles Lakers----
To Seattle SuperSonics---- To Phoenix Suns----
January 26, 2001
To Golden State Warriors---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

Date Player Contract Former Team
August 1, 2000 Tony Delk Signed to 6-year contract for $19 million Sacramento Kings
August 2, 2000 Daniel Santiago Signed to 1-year contract for $317,000 Pallacanestro Varese (Italy)
August 3, 2000 Corie Blount Re-signed to 2-year contract for $3.2 million Phoenix Suns
August 3, 2000 Justin Love Undisclosed
August 3, 2000 Rubén Garcés Signed to 1-year contract for $317,000 La Crosse Bobcats (CBA)
August 22, 2000 Paul McPherson Signed to 1-year contract for $317,000
September 15, 2000 Mario Elie Signed to 1-year contract for $1 million San Antonio Spurs
September 29, 2000 Carlos Daniel Undisclosed Yakima Sun Kings (CBA)
September 29, 2000 DeJuan Wheat Undisclosed Idaho Stampede (CBA)
September 29, 2000 Lelan McDougal Undisclosed Billings RimRockers (IBA)
September 29, 2000 Tim Kempton Undisclosed Toronto Raptors
October 1, 2000 J. R. Koch Undisclosed Athlon Ieper (Belgium)
October 1, 2000 Reed Rawlings Undisclosed
December 8, 2000 Elliot Perry Undisclosed Orlando Magic
January 17, 2001 Elliot Perry Signed two 10-day contracts Phoenix Suns
February 6, 2001 Elliot Perry Signed for rest of season Phoenix Suns

Subtractions[edit]

Date Player Reason Left New Team
June 30, 2000 Toby Bailey Free agent Los Angeles Stars (ABA)
August 8, 2000 Kevin Johnson Retired
August 31, 2000 Randy Livingston Waived Golden State Warriors
September 13, 2000 Don MacLean Free agent Miami Heat
October 6, 2000 J. R. Koch Waived Las Vegas Silver Bandits (IBL)
October 6, 2000 Lelan McDougal Waived San Diego Wildfire (ABA)
October 16, 2000 Carlos Daniel Waived Sioux Falls Skyforce (IBL)
October 16, 2000 Reed Rawlings Waived Detroit Dogs (ABA)
October 25, 2000 DeJuan Wheat Waived Panteras de Miranda (Venezuela)
October 25, 2000 Justin Love Waived Kansas City Knights (ABA)
October 25, 2000 Tim Kempton Waived
November 20, 2000 Rex Chapman Retired
January 5, 2000 Elliot Perry Waived Phoenix Suns

References[edit]