2001–02 Memphis Grizzlies season

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2001–02 Memphis Grizzlies season
Head coach Sidney Lowe
Arena Pyramid Arena
Results
Record 23–59 (.280)
Place Division: 7th (Midwest)
Conference: 13th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Net South, WMC, WPXX
Radio WREC
< 2000–01 2002–03 >

The 2001–02 Memphis Grizzlies season was the first season for the Grizzlies in Memphis.[1] After six years of struggling in Vancouver, the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis. Although it was the first NBA team for the city, Memphis played home to an American Basketball Association team from 1970-1975. The Grizzlies made their debut on November 1 at the Pyramid. The Grizzlies would lose to the Detroit Pistons by a score of 90-80. The Grizzlies lost their first 8 games of the season. Their first win would come in a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 98-83. The game was played at the Pyramid on November 17, for the franchise's first win in Memphis. The Grizzlies would finish in last place with a 23-59 record. The highlight of the season was the contribution of two rookies. Pau Gasol led the team with 17.6 points per game and was named rookie of the year. Duke alumnus Shane Battier had a solid 14.4 points per game, while former University of Memphis star Lorenzen Wright led the team in rebounding with 9.0 boards per game. The highlight of the inaugural season for the Grizzlies came on December 21. The Grizzlies beat the eventual NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Pyramid winning 114-108.[2]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 3 Pau Gasol (from Atlanta) PF/C  Spain FC Barcelona (Spain)
1 6 Shane Battier SF/SG  United States Duke
2 32 Will Solomon PG  United States Clemson
2 47 Antonis Fotsis (from New York) SF  Greece Panathinaikos (Greece)

Roster[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT GB
San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707 -
Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 1
Minnesota Timberwolves 50 32 .610 8
Utah Jazz 44 38 .537 14
Houston Rockets 28 54 .341 30
Denver Nuggets 27 55 .329 31
Memphis Grizzlies 23 59 .280 35

Game log[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Grizzlies score Opponent score Record OT

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
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Pau Gasol 2001-2002 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.[3]

Pau Gasol 2001-2002 NBA All-Rookie Team[4]

Shane Battier 2001-2002 NBA All-Rookie Team[4]

Records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Free Agents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]