2000–01 Philadelphia 76ers season

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2000–01 Philadelphia 76ers season
Conference Champions
Division Champions
Head coach Larry Brown
Arena First Union Center
Results
Record 56–26 (.683)
Place Division: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(Lost to Lakers 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television CSN Philadelphia, WPSG
Radio WIP
< 1999–00 2001–02 >

The 2000–01 NBA season was the 76ers 52nd season in the NBA and 38th season in Philadelphia.[1] Allen Iverson had his best season in 2001—he led his team to win their first ten games, he started and won All-Star MVP honors at the All Star Game. The Sixers also posted a 56–26 record, which was best in the Eastern Conference that season. It was the 76ers' best regular season record since 1984–85. Iverson averaged a then-career high 31.1 points, winning his second NBA scoring title in the process. He also won the NBA steals title at 2.5 a game. Iverson was named NBA Most Valuable Player for his accomplishments, beating Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal by a wide margin.[2] In addition, coach Larry Brown was named NBA Coach of the Year, Dikembe Mutombo (who was acquired from the Atlanta Hawks) won his fourth NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, and Aaron McKie won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.

The season however, was not without controversy, with the Sixers having a big lead in the Eastern Conference, Theo Ratliff sustained an injury that sidelined him for the season, thus only having Matt Geiger and Todd MacCulloch at center. Ratliff was also selected to play in the 2001 NBA All-Star Game with Iverson, but because of injures did not play. The Sixers then traded him and Toni Kukoč to Atlanta for Dikembe Mutombo. By trading Kukoc (who was not included in the original proposed deal, and who won three championships with Phil Jackson as his coach) the Sixers had only one other player on the roster who had NBA Finals experience, Eric Snow, who played a total of 24 minutes in 10 games in the 1996 NBA Playoffs for the Seattle SuperSonics. At one point the team record was 41–14, but finished 15–12 the rest of the way.

In the last game of the season (at home against the Chicago Bulls), Larry Brown rested his starters instead of trying to go for a win. Had the Sixers won this game, they would have the league's second best record (behind the San Antonio Spurs) and home court advantage over the Lakers in the Finals. Both had the same record, but the Lakers' record for non-conference opponents was better than Philadelphia's.

In the playoffs, Iverson and the Sixers defeated the Indiana Pacers in the first round, before meeting the Vince Carter-led Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Semifinals. The series went the full seven games. In the next round, the Sixers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, also in seven games, to advance to the NBA Finals against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. Iverson scored 48 in Game 1, which the Sixers won. However, the Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant led Lakers would win the next 4 games and the title. Following the season, Tyrone Hill was traded back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and George Lynch was traded to the Charlotte Hornets.

The team's season roster has been featured in the video game series NBA 2K. Rodney Buford, Roshown McLeod, Kevin Ollie, and Pepe Sánchez have been excluded from past installations of the game.[3]

Offseason[edit]

During the offseason, the 76ers were not involved in any trades. In the 2000 NBA draft, they drafted guard Speedy Claxton and swingman Mark Karcher. Claxton missed the entire season due to a knee injury, while Karcher would be waived on October 18. Karcher would not play any games in the NBA.

Their first transaction was made on August 17, when they signed Jermaine Jackson. Jackson almost made the team, but he was waived one day before the team's season opener.

On October 2, the 76ers signed Ademola Okulaja and Pepe Sánchez. Okulaja was on the team's roster, but did not play in any regular season games. He was waived on December 19. Sánchez played 19 games with the Sixers before being traded to the Atlanta Hawks with Toni Kukoč, Nazr Mohammed, and Theo Ratliff for Roshown McLeod and Dikembe Mutombo on February 22. Sánchez played 5 games with Atlanta before being waived on March 12. Three days later, Sánchez would once again sign with the Sixers.

On October 28, the 76ers signed Vernon Maxwell, who played for them during the 1995–96 season. Maxwell would play in 24 games with the Sixers before being waived on December 22.[4]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2000 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 20 Craig "Speedy" Claxton PG  United States Hofstra
2 48 Mark Karcher SG/SF  United States Temple

Roster[edit]

Philadelphia 76ers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G 19 United States Virgin Islands Bell, Raja 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 204 lb (93 kg) Florida International
G/F 23 United States Buford, Rodney 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Creighton
G United States Claxton, Speedy Injured 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 166 lb (75 kg) Hofstra
C 52 United States Geiger, Matt 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 243 lb (110 kg) Georgia Tech
F/C 40 United States Hill, Tyrone 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Xavier
G 3 United States Iverson, Allen 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Georgetown
F 33 United States Jones, Jumaine 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Georgia
F 9 United States Lynch, George 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) North Carolina
C 50 Canada MacCulloch, Todd 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 280 lb (127 kg) Washington
G 8 United States McKie, Aaron 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Temple
F 7 United States McLeod, Roshown 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 221 lb (100 kg) Duke
C 55 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mutombo, Dikembe 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Georgetown
G 5 United States Ollie, Kevin 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Connecticut
G 4 Argentina Sánchez, Pepe 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Temple
G 20 United States Snow, Eric 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Michigan State
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

RosterTransactions

Roster Notes[edit]

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Dikembe Mutombo Matt Geiger Todd MacCulloch
PF Tyrone Hill
SF George Lynch Jumaine Jones Roshown McLeod
SG Allen Iverson Raja Bell Rodney Buford
Kevin Ollie
PG Eric Snow Aaron Mckie Pepe Sánchez

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Philadelphia 76ers 56 26 .683 29–12 27–14 18–6
x-Miami Heat 50 32 .610 6 29–12 21–20 15–10
x-New York Knicks 48 34 .585 8 30–11 18–23 16–9
x-Orlando Magic 43 39 .524 13 26–15 17–24 14–10
Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 20 20–21 16–25 11–13
New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 30 18–23 8–33 8–16
Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 37 12–29 7–34 3–21
Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Philadelphia 76ers 56 26 .683
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 52 30 .634 4
3 x-Miami Heat 50 32 .610 6
4 x-New York Knicks 48 34 .585 8
5 x-Toronto Raptors 47 35 .573 9
6 x-Charlotte Hornets 46 36 .561 10
7 x-Orlando Magic 43 39 .524 13
8 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 15
9 Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 20
10 Detroit Pistons 32 50 .390 24
11 Cleveland Cavaliers 30 52 .366 26
12 New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 30
13 Atlanta Hawks 25 57 .305 31
14 Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 37
15 Chicago Bulls 15 67 .183 42


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

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (8) Indiana Pacers Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Indiana won 4-2)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHI-IND)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 April 21 Indiana 79 Philadelphia 78 0–1 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 12:30et [1] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
2 April 24 Indiana 98 Philadelphia 116 1–1 First Union Center, Philadelphia TBS 8:00et [2] Marv Albert & Mike Fratello
3 April 28 Philadelphia 92 Indiana 87 2-1 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis NBC 12:30et [3] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
4 May 2 Philadelphia 88 Indiana 85 3-1 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis TBS 7:00et [4] Marv Albert & Mike Fratello
Philadelphia wins series 3–1

Eastern Semifinals[edit]

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (5) Toronto Raptors Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the 76ers and Raptors.

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHI-TOR)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 May 6 Toronto 96 Philadelphia 93 0-1 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 5:30et [5] Marv Albert & Doug Collins
2 May 9 Toronto 92 Philadelphia 97 1-1 First Union Center, Philadelphia TNT 7:00et [6] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
3 May 11 Philadelphia 78 Toronto 102 1-2 Air Canada Centre, Toronto TNT 8:00et [7] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
4 May 13 Philadelphia 84 Toronto 79 2-2 Air Canada Centre, Toronto NBC 3:00et [8] Mike Breen & Bill Walton
5 May 16 Toronto 88 Philadelphia 121 3-2 First Union Center, Philadelphia TNT 8:00et [9] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
6 May 18 Philadelphia 89 Toronto 101 3-3 Air Canada Centre, Toronto TNT 8:00et [10] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
7 May 20 Toronto 87 Philadelphia 88 4-3 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 5:30et [11] Mike Breen, Doug Collins & Bill Walton
Philadelphia wins series 4–3

Eastern Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (2) Milwaukee Bucks Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Eastern Conference First Round (Philadelphia won 3-0)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHI-MIL)

Venue TV Time Recap TV Commentators
1 May 22 Milwaukee 85 Philadelphia 93 1-0 First Union Center, Philadelphia TNT 8:00et [12] Marv Albert & Mike Fratello
2 May 24 Milwaukee 92 Philadelphia 78 1–1 First Union Center, Philadelphia TNT 8:00et [13] Dick Stockton & Hubie Brown
3 May 26 Philadelphia 74 Milwaukee 80 1–2 Bradley Center, Milwaukee NBC 5:30et [14] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
4 May 28 Philadelphia 89 Milwaukee 83 2–2 Bradley Center, Milwaukee NBC 5:30et [15] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
5 May 30 Milwaukee 88 Philadelphia 89 3–2 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 9:00et [16] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
6 June 1 Philadelphia 100 Milwaukee 110 3–3 Bradley Center, Milwaukee NBC 9:00et [17] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
7 June 3 Milwaukee 91 Philadelphia 108 4-3 First Union Center, Philadelphia NBC 7:30et [18] Mike Breen, Bill Walton & Steve Jones
Philadelphia wins Eastern Conference Championship series 4–3

NBA Finals[edit]

  • Game 1 – June 6, Wednesday, 9:00pm et @Los Angeles, Philadelphia 107, Los Angeles 101 (OT): Philadelphia leads series 1-0
  • Game 2 – June 8, Friday, 9:00pm et @Los Angeles, Los Angeles 98, Philadelphia 89: Series tied 1-1
  • Game 3 – June 10, Sunday, 8:30pm et @Philadelphia, Los Angeles 96, Philadelphia 91: Los Angeles leads series 2-1
  • Game 4 – June 13, Wednesday, 8:30pm et @Philadelphia, Los Angeles 100, Philadelphia 86: Los Angeles leads series 3-1
  • Game 5 – June 15, Friday, 8:30pm et @Philadelphia, Los Angeles 108, Philadelphia 96: Los Angeles wins series 4-1

The Finals were played using a 2-3-2 site format, where the first two and last two games are held at the team with home court advantage. The NBA, after experimenting in the early years, restored this original format for the Finals in 1985. As of the 2013–2014 NBA finals played by the San Antonio spurs and the Miami Heat, the finals have again been returned to a 2-2-1-1-1 format.

Awards and records[edit]

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