2001–02 NBDL season

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2001–02 NBDL season
League NBDL
Sport Basketball
Top draft pick Chris Andersen
Picked by Fayetteville Patriots
Regular season
Top seed North Charleston Lowgators
Season MVP Ansu Sesay (Greenville Groove)
Top scorer Isaac Fontaine (Mobile Revelers)
(17.4 ppg)
Champions Greenville Groove
  Runners-up North Charleston Lowgators
NBA Development League seasons

The 2001–02 NBDL season was the inaugural season for the National Basketball Development League. The league started with eight teams: Asheville Altitude, Columbus Riverdragons, Fayetteville Patriots, Greenville Groove, Huntsville Flight, Mobile Revelers, North Charleston Lowgators and Roanoke Dazzle. The season ended with the Groove defeating the Lowgators 2–0 in the best-of-three Finals series to win the inaugural NBDL championship.[1]

Regular season standings[edit]

North Charleston Lowgators 36 20 .643
Greenville Groove 36 20 .643
Columbus Riverdragons 31 25 .554 5
Mobile Revelers 30 26 .536 6
Huntsville Flight 26 30 .464 10
Asheville Altitude 26 30 .464 10
Fayetteville Patriots 21 35 .375 15
Roanoke Dazzle 18 38 .321 18

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Isaac Fontaine Mobile Revelers 17.4
Rebounds per game Thomas Hamilton Greenville Groove 9.4
Assists per game Omar Cook Fayetteville Patriots 7.8
Steals per game Fred House North Charleston Lowgators 2.5
Blocks per game Lee Scruggs Asheville Altitude 2.1
Field goal percentage Lorenzo Coleman Roanoke Dazzle 60.6%
3-pt field goal percentage Terry Dehere North Charleston Lowgators 45.0%
Free throw percentage Isaac Fontaine Mobile Revelers 90.5%

Source: Basketball-Reference

Season award winners[edit]

Award Winner Team
Most Valuable Player Ansu Sesay Greenville Groove
Rookie of the Year Fred House North Charleston Lowgators
Defensive Player of the Year Jeff Myers Greenville Groove
Sportsmanship Award Mike Wilks Huntsville Flight

All-NBDL Teams[edit]

Source: NBA.com


There were only 8 teams in the league. For the playoffs, the four teams with the best record in the league were seeded one to four. Each round of the playoffs were played a best-of-three series.

2  Greenville 2  
3  Columbus 1  
    2  Greenville 2
  1  North Charleston 0
1  North Charleston 2
4  Mobile 1  

Source: NBA.com