2002–03 New Jersey Nets season

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2002–03 New Jersey Nets season
Atlantic Division Champions
Eastern Conference Champions
Head coach Byron Scott
Arena Continental Airlines Arena
Results
Record 49–33 (.598)
Place Division: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(eliminated 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television YES Network, WLNY
Radio WFAN
< 2001–02 2003–04 >

The 2002-03 New Jersey Nets season was the Nets' 36th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They came into the season hoping to improve upon their 52-30 record from the previous season, but they did not, ending the year with a 49-33 record. For the second consecutive year, they made it to the NBA Finals. However, they lost to the Spurs in a six-game series.

Offseason[edit]

On August 1, the Nets signed G Chris Childs as a free agent. Five days later, the organization traded C Todd MacCulloch and F Keith Van Horn to the Philadelphia 76ers for C Dikembe Mutombo. On August 14, the Nets signed F Rodney Rogers as a free agent. On October 25, they signed G Anthony Johnson as a free agent. Their final offseason transaction would come three days later, when they waived F Donny Marshall.

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2002 NBA Draft

Standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-New Jersey Nets 49 33 .598 33–8 16–25 16–8
x-Philadelphia 76ers 48 34 .585 1 25–16 23–18 17–7
x-Boston Celtics 44 38 .537 5 25–16 19–22 13–12
x-Orlando Magic 42 40 .512 7 26–15 16–25 14–11
Washington Wizards 37 45 .451 12 23–18 14–27 11–13
New York Knicks 37 45 .451 12 24–17 13–28 9–15
Miami Heat 25 57 .305 24 16–25 9–32 5–19


Roster[edit]

New Jersey Nets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
SG 1 United States Armstrong, Brandon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Pepperdine
C 35 United States Collins, Jason 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Stanford
SG 12 United States Harris, Lucious 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Long Beach State
SF 24 United States Jefferson, Richard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Arizona
PG 2 United States Johnson, Anthony 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) College of Charleston
PG 5 United States Kidd, Jason 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 204 lb (93 kg) California
SG 30 United States Kittles, Kerry 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 179 lb (81 kg) Villanova
SF 13 United States Marshall, Donny 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Connecticut
PF 6 United States Martin, Kenyon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 234 lb (106 kg) Cincinnati
C 55 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mutombo, Dikembe 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Georgetown
SF 54 United States Rogers, Rodney 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Wake Forest
PF 21 United States Scalabrine, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 241 lb (109 kg) Southern California
SG 8 United States Slay, Tamar 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Marshall
C 34 United States Williams, Aaron 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Xavier
Head coach




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

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Jason Collins Dikembe Mutombo
PF Kenyon Martin Aaron Williams Brian Scalabrine
SF Richard Jefferson Rodney Rogers Donny Marshall
SG Kerry Kittles Lucious Harris Tamar Slay
PG Jason Kidd Anthony Johnson Brandon Armstrong

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

August 6, 2002 To Philadelphia 76ers
Todd MacCulloch (From New Jersey)
Keith Van Horn (From New Jersey)
To New Jersey Nets
Dikembe Mutombo (from Philadelphia)

Free Agents[edit]

Additions
Player Date signed Former team
Chris Childs August 1 Toronto Raptors
Rodney Rogers August 14 Boston Celtics
Anthony Johnson October 25 New Jersey Nets
Donny Marshall March 11 New Jersey Nets
Subtractions
Player Date signed New Team
Donny Marshall October 28 New Jersey Nets
Chris Childs March 7 none (retired)

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(2) New Jersey Nets vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Eastern Conference First Round (Milwaukee won 3-0)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(MIL-NJN)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 April 19 Milwaukee 96 New Jersey 109 0–1 Continental Airlines Arena, New Jersey ESPN 12:30et Recap
2 April 22 Milwaukee 88 New Jersey 85 1–1 Continental Airlines Arena, New Jersey TNT 7:00et Recap
3 April 24 New Jersey 103 Milwaukee 101 1–2 Bradley Center, Milwaukee TNT 8:30et/7:30ct Recap
4* April 26 New Jersey 114 Milwaukee 119 2–2 Bradley Center, Milwaukee TNT 5:00et/4:00ct Recap
5 April 29 Milwaukee 82 New Jersey 89 2–3 Continental Airlines Arena, New Jersey TNT 7:00et Recap
6 May 1 New Jersey 113 Milwaukee 101 2–4 Bradley Center, Milwaukee TNT 6:00et/5:00ct Recap
New Jersey wins series 4–2

*Required overtime.

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) New Jersey Nets vs. (6) Boston Celtics Last Playoff Meeting: 2002 Eastern Conference Finals (New Jersey won 4-2)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(BOS-NJN)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 May 5 Boston 93 New Jersey 97 0–1 Continental Airlines Arena, New Jersey TNT 7:00et Recap
2 May 7 Boston 95 New Jersey 104 0–2 Continental Airlines Arena, New Jersey TNT 7:00et Recap
3 May 9 New Jersey 94 Boston 76 0–3 FleetCenter, Boston TNT 8:00et Recap
4** May 12 New Jersey 110 Boston 101 0–4 FleetCenter, Boston TNT 8:00et Recap
New Jersey wins series 4–0

East Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (2) New Jersey Nets Last Playoff Meeting: 1985 Eastern Conference First Round (Detroit won 3-0)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(NJN-DET)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 May 18 New Jersey 76 Detroit 74 1-0 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ABC 1:00et Recap
2 May 20 New Jersey 88 Detroit 86 2-0 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN 8:00et Recap
3 May 22 Detroit 85 New Jersey 97 3-0 Continental Airlines Arena, New Jersey ABC 8:00et Recap
4 May 24 Detroit 82 New Jersey 102 4-0 Continental Airlines Arena, New Jersey ESPN 8:00et Recap
New Jersey wins Eastern Conference Championship series 4–0

NBA Finals[edit]

(W1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (E2) New Jersey Nets Last Playoff Meeting: 1976 ABA Semifinals (Nets won 4-3; they were based in Uniondale, New York)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(NJN-SAS)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 June 4 New Jersey 89 San Antonio 101 0–1 SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas ABC 8:00et/7:00ct Recap
2 June 6 New Jersey 87 San Antonio 85 1–1 SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas ABC 8:00et/7:00ct Recap
3 June 8 San Antonio 84 New Jersey 79 1–2 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey ABC 8:00et/7:00ct Recap
4 June 11 San Antonio 76 New Jersey 77 2–2 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey ABC 8:00et/7:00ct Recap
5 June 13 San Antonio 93 New Jersey 83 2–3 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey ABC 8:00et/7:00ct Recap
6 June 15 New Jersey 77 San Antonio 88 2–4 SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas ABC 8:00et/7:00ct Recap
San Antonio wins NBA Championship series 4–2

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]