2002–03 Philadelphia 76ers season

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2002–03 Philadelphia 76ers season
Head coach Larry Brown
Arena First Union Center
Results
Record 48–34 (.585)
Place Division: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Semifinals
(eliminated 2-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 2001–02 2003–04 >

The 2002-03 NBA season was the 76ers 54th season in the NBA and 40th season in Philadelphia.[1] The Sixers improved on their last season, finishing with a 48-34 record, with the number 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. The team defeated the defunct New Orleans Hornets, (now the Pelicans and the Hornets moved back to Charlotte) led by Baron Davis in the first round, but they could not go further in the next round as they were thrashed by the Detroit Pistons in six games. This season was head coach Larry Brown's last in Philadelphia as he resigned on Memorial Day, 2003. Brown would later sign with the Detroit Pistons where he won the 2004 NBA Championship with the team.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2002 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College

Roster[edit]

Philadelphia 76ers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
SG 21 United States Buckner, Greg 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Clemson
C 44 United States Coleman, Derrick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Syracuse
PF 40 United States Hill, Tyrone 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Xavier
SG 3 United States Iverson, Allen 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 163 lb (74 kg) Georgetown
C 11 Canada MacCulloch, Todd 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 280 lb (127 kg) Washington
SF 8 United States McKie, Aaron 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Temple
C 14 Greece Rentzias, Efthimios 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Greece
SF 7 United States Salmons, John 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Miami (FL)
C 54 United States Skinner, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Baylor
PG 20 United States Snow, Eric 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Michigan State
PF 9 United States Thomas, Kenny 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) New Mexico
PF 4 United States Van Horn, Keith 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Utah
SF 5 United States Williams, Monty 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Notre Dame
Head coach




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

Roster

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Detroit Pistons 50 32 .610
2 y-New Jersey Nets 49 33 .598 1
3 x-Indiana Pacers 48 34 .585 2
4 x-Philadelphia 76ers 48 34 .585 2
5 x-New Orleans Hornets 47 35 .573 3
6 x-Boston Celtics 44 38 .537 6
7 x-Milwaukee Bucks 42 40 .512 8
8 x-Orlando Magic 42 40 .512 8
9 New York Knicks 37 45 .451 13
9 Washington Wizards 37 45 .451 13
11 Atlanta Hawks 35 47 .427 15
12 Chicago Bulls 30 52 .366 20
13 Miami Heat 25 57 .305 25
14 Toronto Raptors 24 58 .293 26
15 Cleveland Cavaliers 17 65 .207 33


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

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(4) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (5) New Orleans Hornets Last Playoff Meeting: 2000 Eastern Conference First Round (Philadelphia won 3-1; Hornets were in Charlotte at the time)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(NOH-PHI)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 April 20 New Orleans 90 Philadelphia 98 0–1 First Union Center, Philadelphia TNT 8:00et Recap
2 April 23 New Orleans 85 Philadelphia 90 0–2 First Union Center, Philadelphia TNT 7:00et Recap
3 April 26 Philadelphia 85 New Orleans 99 1–2 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT 7:30et/6:30ct Recap
4 April 28 Philadelphia 96 New Orleans 87 1–3 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans TNT 7:30et/6:30ct Recap
5 April 30 New Orleans 93 Philadelphia 91 2–3 First Union Center, Philadelphia TNT 6:00et Recap
6 May 2 Philadelphia 107 New Orleans 103 2–4 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans ESPN 8:30et/7:30ct Recap
Philadelphia wins series 4–2

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (4) Philadelphia 76ers Last Playoff Meeting: 1955 NBA Finals (Syracuse Nationals, the predecessor to the 76ers, won 4-3 over the Pistons, at the time located in Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHI-DET)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 May 6 Philadelphia 87 Detroit 98 0–1 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN 7:30et Recap
2* May 8 Philadelphia 97 Detroit 104 0–2 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN 7:00et Recap
3 May 10 Detroit 83 Philadelphia 93 1–2 First Union Center, Philadelphia ESPN 8:00et Recap
4 May 11 Detroit 82 Philadelphia 95 2–2 First Union Center, Philadelphia ESPN 7:30et Recap
5 May 14 Philadelphia 77 Detroit 78 2–3 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN 8:00et Recap
6* May 16 Detroit 93 Philadelphia 89 2–4 First Union Center, Philadelphia ESPN 8:00et Recap
Detroit wins series 4–2

*Required overtime.

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]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]