2003–04 New Jersey Nets season

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2003–04 New Jersey Nets season
Division Champions
Head coach Byron Scott
Lawrence Frank
Arena Continental Airlines Arena
Results
Record 47–35 (.573)
Place Division: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Semifinals
(Eliminated 3-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 2002–03 2004–05 >

The 2003–04 NBA season was the Nets' 28th season in the NBA.[1]

After speculating that he would sign with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in the off-season, Jason Kidd signed a 6-year, $99 million deal to stay with the Nets.

The team acquired All-Star center and two-time Defensive Player of the Year Alonzo Mourning, who missed all of last season due to his worsening kidney condition. But Mourning retired on November 25, 2003 due to complications from his kidney disease.

After a 24-22 start to the season, Byron Scott was fired as head coach and Lawrence Frank took over for the rest of the season. With Frank as interim head coach, the Nets overcame adversity, ending the season with a 47-35 record. Despite this, the Nets still managed to repeat as Division Champions and earn the number 2 spot in the Eastern Conference.

After sweeping the New York Knicks in the opening round, the second round pitted the Nets against the Detroit Pistons in last year's Conference championship rematch. However, Detroit would get revenge this time, and would eventually win the series in seven games, ending the 2003–04 season for the Nets. The Pistons would go on to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 NBA Finals.

After the season, Kenyon Martin was traded to the Denver Nuggets.

Martin and Jason Kidd represented the Nets at the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, which was held in Los Angeles. This was the first All-Star appearance for Martin.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2003 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 22 Zoran Planinić  Croatia
2 51 Kyle Korver  United States Creighton

Roster[edit]

New Jersey Nets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G 1 United States Armstrong, Brandon 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Pepperdine
C 35 United States Collins, Jason 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Stanford
G 44 United States Davis, Hubert 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 183 lb (83 kg) North Carolina
G 12 United States Harris, Lucious 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Long Beach State
F 24 United States Jefferson, Richard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Arizona
G 5 United States Kidd, Jason 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) California
G 30 United States Kittles, Kerry 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 179 lb (81 kg) Villanova
F 6 United States Martin, Kenyon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Cincinnati
C 33 United States Mourning, Alonzo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Georgetown
G 10 Croatia Planinić, Zoran 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Croatia
F 54 United States Rogers, Rodney 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Wake Forest
F 21 United States Scalabrine, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Southern California
G 8 United States Slay, Tamar 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Marshall
F/C 34 United States Williams, Aaron 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Xavier
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

RosterTransactions

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench 1 Bench 2 Reserve Inactive
C Jason Collins | Aaron Williams | Alonzo Mourning |
PF Kenyon Martin | Rodney Rogers | Brian Scalabrine |
SF Richard Jefferson |
SG Kerry Kittles | Zoran Planinić | Brandon Armstrong | Tamar Slay | Hubert Davis
PG Jason Kidd | Lucious Harris |

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-New Jersey Nets 47 35 .573 28–13 19–22 18–7
x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 5 29–12 13–28 15–10
x-New York Knicks 39 43 .476 8 23–18 16–25 15–7
x-Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 11 19–22 17–24 14–10
Philadelphia 76ers 33 49 .402 14 21–20 12–29 10–14
Washington Wizards 25 57 .305 22 17–24 8–33 3–21
Orlando Magic 21 61 .256 26 11–30 10–31 8–16
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Indiana Pacers 61 21 .744
2 y-New Jersey Nets 47 35 .573 14
3 x-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 7
4 x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 19
5 x-New Orleans Hornets 41 41 .500 20
6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 41 41 .500 20
7 x-New York Knicks 39 43 .476 22
8 x-Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 25
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 35 47 .427 26
10 Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 28
10 Philadelphia 76ers 33 49 .402 28
12 Atlanta Hawks 28 54 .341 33
13 Washington Wizards 25 57 .305 36
14 Chicago Bulls 23 59 .280 37
15 Orlando Magic 21 61 .256 39


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

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(2) New Jersey Nets vs. (7) New York Knicks:Nets win series 4–0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1994 Eastern Conference First Round (New York won 3-1)

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) New Jersey Nets vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Pistons win series 4–3

Last Playoff Meeting: 2003 Eastern Conference Finals (New Jersey won 4-0)

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]

Free agents[edit]

Additions
Player Date signed Former team
Alonzo Mourning July 16 Miami Heat
Doug Overton September 30 FC Barcelona
Damone Brown September 30 North Charleston Lowgators (NBDL)
Mikki Moore December 22 Roanoke Dazzle (NBDL)
Robert Pack January 19 New Orleans Hornets
Hubert Davis January 26 Detroit Pistons
Anthony Goldwire March 22 Minnesota Timberwolves
Subtractions
Player Date waived New Team
Dikembe Mutombo October 7 New York Knicks
Doug Overton November 13 Los Angeles Clippers
Damone Brown December 22 none
Mikki Moore January 7 Utah Jazz
Robert Pack January 26 Žalgiris Kaunas
Anthony Goldwire April 6 Criollos de Caguas

References[edit]

See also[edit]