2001–02 Indiana Pacers season

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2001–02 Indiana Pacers season
Head coach Isiah Thomas
General manager Donnie Walsh
Arena Conseco Fieldhouse
Results
Record 42–40 (.512)
Place Division: 4th (Central)
Conference: 8th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East First Round
(eliminated 2–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 2000–01 2002–03 >

The 2001-02 NBA season was the Pacers' 26th season in the NBA and 35th season as a franchise.[1] The Pacers finished fourth in the Central Division with a 42-40. Forward/Center Jermaine O'Neal was named Most Improved Player of the Player. The Pacers would lose in five games to the New Jersey Nets in the first round of the playoffs.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2001 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 40 Jamison Brewer PG  United States Auburn

Roster[edit]

2001-02 Indiana Pacers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
F 15 United States Artest, Ron 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 244 lb (111 kg) 1979–11–13 St. John's
F 24 United States Bender, Jonathan 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1981–01–30 Picayune Memorial HS (MS)
G 4 United States Best, Travis (to CHI) 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1972–07–12 Georgia Tech
G 2 United States Brewer, Jamison 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1980–11–19 Auburn
C 27 Slovenia Brezec, Primož 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 252 lb (114 kg) 1979–10–02 Slovenia
F 44 United States Croshere, Austin 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1975–05–01 Providence
F/C 10 United States Foster, Jeff 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 236 lb (107 kg) 1977–01–16 Texas State
F 3 United States Harrington, Al 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1980–02–17 St. Patrick HS (NJ)
G/F 5 United States Mercer, Ron 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1976–05–18 Kentucky
C 52 United States Miller, Brad 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 244 lb (111 kg) 1976–04–12 Purdue
G/F 31 United States Miller, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1965–08–24 UCLA
F/C 7 United States O'Neal, Jermaine 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 226 lb (103 kg) 1978–10–13 Eau Claire HS (SC)
G 12 United States Ollie, Kevin 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1972–12–27 Connecticut
G 21 United States Richardson, Norm (to CHI) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1979–07–24 Hofstra
F/C 6 United States Rogers, Carlos 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1971–02–06 Tennessee State
G/F 5 United States Rose, Jalen (to CHI) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1973–01–30 Michigan
C 40 Croatia Sundov, Bruno 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1980–02–10 Croatia
G 11 United States Tinsley, Jamaal 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1978–02–28 Iowa State
Head coach




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

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2012–10–10

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Detroit Pistons 50 32 .610 26–15 24–17 20–8
x-Charlotte Hornets 44 38 .537 6 21–20 23–18 17–11
x-Toronto Raptors 42 40 .512 8 24–17 18–23 17–11
x-Indiana Pacers 42 40 .512 8 25–16 17–24 13–15
Milwaukee Bucks 41 41 .500 9 25–16 16–25 17–11
Atlanta Hawks 33 49 .402 17 23–18 10–31 11–17
Cleveland Cavaliers 29 53 .354 21 20–21 9–32 12–16
Chicago Bulls 21 61 .256 29 14–27 7–34 5–23
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-New Jersey Nets 52 30 .634
2 y-Detroit Pistons 50 32 .610 2
3 x-Boston Celtics 49 33 .598 3
4 x-Charlotte Hornets 44 38 .537 8
5 x-Orlando Magic 44 38 .537 8
6 x-Philadelphia 76ers 43 39 .524 9
7 x-Toronto Raptors 42 40 .512 10
8 x-Indiana Pacers 42 40 .512 10
9 Milwaukee Bucks 41 41 .500 11
10 Washington Wizards 37 45 .451 15
11 Miami Heat 36 46 .439 16
12 Atlanta Hawks 33 49 .402 19
13 New York Knicks 30 52 .366 22
14 Cleveland Cavaliers 29 53 354 23
15 Chicago Bulls 21 61 .256 31
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(1) New Jersey Nets vs. (8) Indiana Pacers Last Playoff Meeting: Not available (first playoff series); met in the 1972 ABA Finals where the Pacers won 4-2.

Although the Nets won the series in 5, it would be most remarkable for more playoff heroics by Reggie Miller; Miller banked in a 40-footer at the buzzer to force OT, and then fly in for a dunk over 3 Net defenders with 3.1 seconds left in the extra session to force the 2nd overtime.[2]

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(NJN-IND)

Venue TV Time (EST)
1 April 20 Indiana 89 New Jersey 83 0-1 Continental Airlines Arena, New Jersey NBC 12:30
2 April 22 Indiana 79 New Jersey 95 1-1 Continental Airlines Arena, New Jersey TNT 7:00
3 April 26 New Jersey 85 Indiana 84 2-1 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis TNT 8:30
4 May 1 New Jersey 74 Indiana 98 2-2 Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis TNT 7:00
5** May 2 Indiana 109 New Jersey 120 3-2 Continental Airlines Arena, New Jersey TNT 7:00
New Jersey wins series 3–2

Player stats[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 REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]