1999–2000 Vancouver Grizzlies season

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1999–2000 Vancouver Grizzlies season
Head coach Brian Hill
Lionel Hollins
Owner(s) Arthur Griffiths
Arena General Motors Place
Results
Record 22–60 (.268)
Place Division: 7th (Midwest)
Conference: 12th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television CTV Sportsnet, CIVT
Radio CKST
< 1998–99 2000–01 >

The 1999–2000 NBA season was the Grizzlies' 5th season in the National Basketball Association.[1] After finishing the lockout season with the worst record, the Grizzlies selected Steve Francis with the second pick in the 1999 NBA draft. However, Francis refused to play for the Canadian team, and was soon traded to the Houston Rockets for second-year guard Michael Dickerson and Othella Harrington. Francis would be named Rookie of The Year along with Elton Brand of the Chicago Bulls.

During the offseason, the Grizzlies signed free agents Grant Long and Dennis Scott. The team still struggled posting an 11-game losing streak after a 3–3 start, as head coach Brian Hill was fired and replaced with Lionel Hollins after 22 games. The Grizzlies lost 14 of their 15 games in March, finishing last place in the Midwest Division with a 22–60 record. Shareef Abdur-Rahim led them with 20.3 points per game, while Dickerson finished second on the team with 18.2 points per game, and second-year star Mike Bibby led them with 8.1 assists per game. Following the season, Scott was traded along with Cherokee Parks to the Washington Wizards, but was released and then retired, and Hollins was fired as coach.

Offseason[edit]

Draft[edit]

Main article: 1999 NBA draft

The Grizzlies originally had three picks entering the Draft. Steve Francis was the 2nd overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft from the University of Maryland. Francis most notably cried after being chosen by Vancouver, swearing the Chicago Bulls would regret selecting Elton Brand first overall instead. Following Vancouver's draft, Francis publicly announced that he did not want to play for the Grizzlies, citing the distance from his Maryland home, taxes, endorsements, and God's will. Francis was heavily criticized for his antics, especially in Vancouver.[2] Following his public outburst, Francis was traded to the Houston Rockets that summer in a three-team, 11-player deal that brought Michael Dickerson, Othella Harrington, Antoine Carr, Brent Price, plus first- and second-round picks to the Grizzlies. He and Brand shared Rookie of the Year honors.

Obinna Ekezie from the University of Maryland was their second pick. Their final pick in the draft was Antwain Smith from the Saint Paul's College.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 2 Steve Francis PG  United States Maryland
2 37 Obinna Ekezie C/PF  Nigeria Maryland
2 51 Antwain Smith SF  United States Saint Paul's College

Roster[edit]

Vancouver Grizzlies roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 3 United States Abdur-Rahim, Shareef 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) UC Berkeley
G 10 United States Bibby, Mike 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Arizona
F/C 55 United States Carr, Antoine 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Wichita State
G 8 United States Dickerson, Michael 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Arizona
F/C 54 Nigeria Ekezie, Obinna 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Maryland
F 24 United States Harrington, Othella 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Georgetown
F 43 United States Long, Grant 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Eastern Michigan
G 13 Dominican Republic López, Felipe 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) St. John's
G 5 Belize Palacio, Milt 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Colorado State
C 1 United States Parks, Cherokee 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Duke
G 20 United States Price, Brent 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Oklahoma
C 50 United States Reeves, Bryant 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 290 lb (132 kg) Oklahoma State
F 9 United States Scott, Dennis 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 229 lb (104 kg) Georgia Tech
G/F 2 United States West, Doug 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Villanova
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

RosterTransactions

Roster notes[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 31–10 24–17 14–10
x-San Antonio Spurs 53 29 .646 2 31–10 22–19 16–8
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 50 32 .610 5 26–15 24–17 18–6
Dallas Mavericks 40 42 .488 15 22–19 18–23 12–12
Denver Nuggets 35 47 .427 20 25–16 10–31 10–14
Houston Rockets 34 48 .415 21 22–19 12–29 8–16
Vancouver Grizzlies 22 60 .268 33 12–29 10–31 6–18
# 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


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1999-2000 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta 1–3 1–3 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–4 1–1 3–1 2–1 0–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–3
Boston 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1
Charlotte 3–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 3–0
Chicago 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 2–1 0–3 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–2 2–2
Cleveland 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–0 0–2 0–3 1–3 0–2 2–2 3–1 2–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–2 2–0 3–1
Dallas 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 4–0 1–3 1–1 4–0 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1
Denver 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1
Detroit 3–1 3–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 2–0 2–2
Golden State 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–4 3–1 1–1
Houston 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1
Indiana 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–1
L.A. Clippers 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 3–1 0–4 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 1–3 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 3–1 4–0 1–1
Miami 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 4–0
Milwaukee 4–0 2–1 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–3 0–4 4–0 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1
Minnesota 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 3–1 0–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–0 0–2
New Jersey 1–3 1–3 1–2 1–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–3 3–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–3
New York 1–2 2–2 3–1 3–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 4–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–2
Orlando 3–0 2–2 2–2 4–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 2–3 1–3 2–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 4–0
Philadelphia 4–0 3–1 1–3 4–0 4–0 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 3–0 1–1 3–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 3–1
Phoenix 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 0–4 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–4 4–0 2–0
Portland 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 0–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–0
Sacramento 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–4 0–4 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 2–0
San Antonio 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–1
Seattle 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 0–2 4–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 4–0 2–0
Toronto 2–2 2–2 1–3 4–0 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2
Utah 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–2 4–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–0
Vancouver 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 3–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–1 1–3 1–1
Washington 3–1 1–3 0–3 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–3 2–0 3–1 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1

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
Shareef Abdur-Rahim 82 82 39.3 .465 .302 .809 10.1 3.3 1.1 1.1 20.3
Mike Bibby 82 82 38.5 .445 .363 .780 3.7 8.1 1.6 .2 14.5
Antoine Carr 21 0 10.5 .438 .000 .786 1.5 .3 .1 .3 3.2
Michael Dickerson 82 82 37.8 .436 .409 .830 3.4 2.5 1.4 .5 18.2
Obinna Ekezie 39 0 9.0 .466 .000 .672 2.4 .2 .2 .1 3.2
Othella Harrington 82 82 32.6 .506 .000 .792 6.9 1.2 .4 .7 13.1
Grant Long 42 1 21.9 .443 .000 .775 5.6 1.0 1.1 .2 4.8
Felipe López 65 0 12.0 .425 .167 .615 1.9 .7 .5 .3 4.5
Milt Palacio 52 0 7.4 .439 .000 .595 1.0 .9 .4 .0 2.0
Cherokee Parks 56 14 14.4 .497 .000 .649 3.3 .6 .5 .8 3.0
Brent Price 41 0 10.3 .345 .368 .872 0.9 1.7 .4 .0 3.4
Bryant Reeves 69 67 25.7 .448 .000 .648 5.7 1.2 .5 .6 8.9
Dennis Scott 66 0 19.1 .375 .376 .842 1.6 1.0 .4 .1 5.6
Joe Stephens 13 0 13.9 .373 .000 .750 2.8 .8 .5 .2 3.2
Doug West 38 0 15.3 .407 .000 .850 1.9 1.1 .3 .2 4.0

References[edit]