1999–2000 Portland Trail Blazers season

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1999–2000 Portland Trail Blazers season
Head coach Mike Dunleavy
Arena Rose Garden Arena
Results
Record 59–23 (.720)
Place Division: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finish West Finals (eliminated 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 1998–99 2000–01 >

The 1999–2000 season was the 30th season of the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] The Blazers acquired Scottie Pippen from the Houston Rockets, and Steve Smith from the Atlanta Hawks during the offseason. Portland went 59–23, which tied them for the second-highest win percentage in franchise history. Finishing second in the Pacific Division, they earned the third seed in the Western Conference on the basis that the 55–27 Utah Jazz won the Midwest Division title. (However, the Blazers enjoyed homecourt advantage over Utah in their second-round playoff series). The Blazers made the playoffs for the 18th consecutive year. Rasheed Wallace was selected to play in the 2000 NBA All-Star Game.

In the playoffs, the Blazers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 3–1 in the first-round and the Jazz 4–1 in the second round. In the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, they came back from a 3–1 series deficit to force Game 7.

Up by 15 points with ten minutes remaining in Game 7, the Blazers suffered a 15–0 run by Los Angeles that tied the score, and the Lakers pulled out an 89–84 victory to advance to the 2000 NBA Finals.[2] Following the season, Jermaine O'Neal was traded to the Indiana Pacers.

The Blazers did not win another series until May 2, 2014, when Damian Lillard hit a 3-point shot with 0.9 seconds left to beat the Houston Rockets 99-98 in game 6 of the first round of the 2014 playoffs.

The team's season roster is featured in the video game NBA 2K16.

Offseason[edit]

Although the Trail Blazers did not have any picks in the 1999 NBA draft, they were active during the offseason. On draft day, the Blazers purchased the draft rights to Roberto Bergersen from the Atlanta Hawks. Bergersen would not sign with the team; instead, he signed with the Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Association. On August 2, the Blazers traded Jim Jackson and Isaiah Rider to the Hawks for Ed Gray and Steve Smith. The same day, the Blazers signed veteran forward Detlef Schrempf. Smith would be the starting shooting guard on the "Jail Blazers". Schrempf would finish his career with Portland, retiring in 2001. On October 2, the Blazers were involved in a seven-player trade with the Houston Rockets. In the trade, the Blazers traded six players—Stacey Augmon, Kelvin Cato, Ed Gray, Carlos Rogers, Brian Shaw, and Walt Williams—for Scottie Pippen. Pippen would be the Blazers' starting small forward until 2003, when he signed with the Chicago Bulls, the team which he spent the majority of his career with. On October 5, the Blazers signed Antonio Harvey, and the following day, they signed Joe Kleine. On October 12, the Rockets waived Stacey Augmon, and the Blazers signed him on October 18.[3]

Roster[edit]

Portland TrailBlazers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
PG 50 United States Anthony, Greg 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 176 lb (80 kg) UNLV
SF 2 United States Augmon, Stacey 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) UNLV
PF 44 United States Grant, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 254 lb (115 kg) Xavier
PG 14 United States Grant, Gary 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Michigan
PF 34 United States Harvey, Antonio 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Pfeiffer
C 35 United States Kleine, Joe 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Arkansas
C 5 United States O'Neal, Jermaine 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 226 lb (103 kg) Eau Claire HS (SC)
SF 33 United States Pippen, Scottie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Central Arkansas
C 11 Lithuania Sabonis, Arvydas 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 279 lb (127 kg) Lithuania
SF 12 Germany Schrempf, Detlef 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 214 lb (97 kg) Washington
SG 8 United States Smith, Steve 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Michigan State
PG 3 United States Stoudamire, Damon 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 171 lb (78 kg) Arizona
PF 30 United States Wallace, Rasheed 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) North Carolina
SG 6 United States Wells, Bonzi 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Ball State
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Arvydas Sabonis Jermaine O'Neal Joe Kleine
PF Rasheed Wallace Brian Grant Antonio Harvey
SF Scottie Pippen Detlef Schrempf Stacey Augmon
SG Steve Smith Bonzi Wells
PG Damon Stoudamire Greg Anthony Gary Grant

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 67 15 .817 36–5 31–10 20–4
x-Portland Trail Blazers 59 23 .720 8 30–11 29–12 21–3
x-Phoenix Suns 53 29 .646 14 32–9 21–20 15–9
x-Seattle SuperSonics 45 37 .549 22 24–17 21–20 12–12
x-Sacramento Kings 44 38 .537 23 30–11 14–27 9–15
Golden State Warriors 19 63 .232 48 12–29 7–34 2–22
Los Angeles Clippers 15 67 .183 52 10–31 5–36 5–19


# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 67 15 .817
2 y-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 12
3 x-Portland Trail Blazers 59 23 .720 8
4 x-San Antonio Spurs 53 29 .646 14
5 x-Phoenix Suns 53 29 .646 14
6 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 50 32 .610 17
7 x-Seattle SuperSonics 45 37 .549 22
8 x-Sacramento Kings 44 38 .537 23
9 Dallas Mavericks 40 42 .488 27
10 Denver Nuggets 35 47 .427 32
11 Houston Rockets 34 48 .415 33
12 Vancouver Grizzlies 22 60 .268 45
13 Golden State Warriors 19 63 .232 48
14 Los Angeles Clippers 15 67 .183 52


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

Playoffs[edit]

Western First Round[edit]

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) Minnesota Timberwolves Last Playoff Meeting: Not available (first playoff series)

April 23
Minnesota Timberwolves 88, Portland Trail Blazers 91
April 26
Minnesota Timberwolves 82, Portland Trail Blazers 86
April 30
Portland Trail Blazers 87, Minnesota Timberwolves 94
May 2
Portland Trail Blazers 85, Minnesota Timberwolves 77
Portland wins series, 3-1

Western Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Utah Jazz vs. (3) Portland Trail Blazers Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference Semifinals (Portland won 4-2)

May 7
Utah Jazz 75, Portland Trail Blazers 94
May 9
Utah Jazz 85, Portland Trail Blazers 103
May 11
Portland Trail Blazers 103, Utah Jazz 84
May 14
Portland Trail Blazers 85, Utah Jazz 88
May 16
Utah Jazz 79, Portland Trail Blazers 81
Portland wins series, 4-1

Western Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Portland Trail Blazers Last Playoff Meeting: 1998 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-1)

May 20
Portland Trail Blazers 94, Los Angeles Lakers 109
May 22
Portland Trail Blazers 106, Los Angeles Lakers 77
May 26
Los Angeles Lakers 93, Portland Trail Blazers 91
May 28
Los Angeles Lakers 103, Portland Trail Blazers 91
May 30
Portland Trail Blazers 96, Los Angeles Lakers 88
June 2
Los Angeles Lakers 93, Portland Trail Blazers 103
June 4
Portland Trail Blazers 84, Los Angeles Lakers 89
Los Angeles wins series, 4-3

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

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]