2001–02 Memphis Grizzlies season

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2001–02 Memphis Grizzlies season
Pau Gasol's rookie season
Head coach Sidney Lowe
Arena Pyramid Arena
Record 23–59 (.280)
Place Division: 7th (Midwest)
Conference: 13th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Net South, WMC, WPXX
Radio WREC
< 2000–01 2002–03 >

The 2001–02 Memphis Grizzlies season was the first season for the Grizzlies in Memphis.[1] After six years of struggling in Vancouver, the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis. Although it was the first NBA team for the city, Memphis played home to an American Basketball Association team from 1970–1975. Also during the offseason, the Grizzlies acquired Jason Williams and Nick Anderson from the Sacramento Kings. The Grizzlies made their debut on November 1 at the Pyramid. The Grizzlies would lose to the Detroit Pistons by a score of 90–80. The Grizzlies lost their first 8 games of the season. Their first win would come in a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 98–83. The game was played at the Pyramid on November 17, for the franchise's first win in Memphis. The Grizzlies would finish in last place in the Midwest Division with a 23–59 record.

The highlight of the season was the contribution of two rookies. Pau Gasol (who was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks) led the team with 17.6 points per game and was named Rookie of The Year. Duke alumnus Shane Battier had a solid 14.4 points per game, while former University of Memphis star Lorenzen Wright led the team in rebounding with 9.0 boards per game. The highlight of the inaugural season for the Grizzlies came on December 21. The Grizzlies beat the eventual NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Pyramid winning 114–108.[2] Following the season, Anderson retired.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2001 NBA draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 6 Shane Battier SF/SG  United States Duke
1 27 Jamaal Tinsley PG  United States Iowa State
2 32 Will Solomon PG  United States Clemson
2 47 Antonis Fotsis (from New York) SF  Greece Panathinaikos (Greece)


Memphis Grizzlies roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G/F 25 United States Anderson, Nick 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Illinois
G/F 31 United States Battier, Shane 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Duke
G/F 32 United States Buford, Rodney 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Creighton
G 8 United States Dickerson, Michael Injured 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Arizona
F 21 Greece Fotsis, Antonis 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Greece
F/C 16 Spain Gasol, Pau 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Spain
G 7 United States Gill, Eddie 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Weber State
G 22 United States Knight, Brevin 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 173 lb (78 kg) Stanford
F 43 United States Long, Grant 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Eastern Michigan
F/C 34 United States Massenburg, Tony 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Maryland
C 50 United States Reeves, Bryant Injured 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 290 lb (132 kg) Oklahoma State
G 5 United States Perry, Elliot 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Memphis
G 1 United States Solomon, Will 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Auburn
F/C 4 United States Swift, Stromile 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) LSU
G 2 United States Williams, Jason 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Florida
F/C 42 United States Wright, Lorenzen 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Memphis
Head coach

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


Roster Notes[edit]

  • Center Bryant Reeves missed the entire season due to an injury.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division
San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707 -
Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 1
Minnesota Timberwolves 50 32 .610 8
Utah Jazz 44 38 .537 14
Houston Rockets 28 54 .341 30
Denver Nuggets 27 55 .329 31
Memphis Grizzlies 23 59 .280 35

Game log[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Grizzlies score Opponent score Record OT

Player statistics[edit]

  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 records[edit]


Pau Gasol 2001–2002 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.[3]

Pau Gasol 2001–2002 NBA All-Rookie Team[4]

Shane Battier 2001–2002 NBA All-Rookie Team[4]




Free agents[edit]

See also[edit]