|National Basketball Association|
|◄ previous||1999/2000 season||next ►|
|Duration||November 1999 - June 2000|
|Season games per team||82|
|Number of teams||29|
|Best record||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Season MVP||Shaquille O'Neal|
|Top scorer||Shaquille O'Neal|
|Eastern - Champion||Indiana Pacers|
|Runner-up team||New York Knicks|
|Western - Champion||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Runner-up team||Portland Trail Blazers|
|NBA champions||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Finals MVP||Shaquille O'Neal|
The 1999/2000 NBA season marked the National Basketball Association's 54th season . A total of 29 teams took part in the regular season . Each team played 82 games. The eight best in each conference qualified for the NBA playoffs . The season ended on June 19th with the NBA Finals.
The 1999/2000 season was the first in which the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers held their home games at the Staples Center . The Atlanta Hawks ( Philips Arena ), Denver Nuggets ( Pepsi Center ), Indiana Pacers ( Conseco Fieldhouse ) and the Miami Heat ( American Airlines Arena ) also played their first games in new home halls.
The NBA All-Star Game was held in Oakland ( California instead), home of the Golden State Warriors . The Western Conference won with 137: 126. Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs and Shaquille O'Neal of the LA Lakers shared the MVP honor.
The Los Angeles Lakers had meanwhile won a series of 19 games in a row (February 4 to March 13). This was the third longest winning streak in NBA history to date.
The San Antonio Spurs' Sean Elliott , who received a kidney transplant eight months earlier , returned to the NBA on March 14 against the Atlanta Hawks. He was the first professional athlete to make a comeback after such an operation. Even Kevin Johnson came back during the season out of retirement. After Jason Kidd broke his ankle, the Phoenix Suns needed a replacement in the point guard position. Johnson played six regular season games and nine play-off games. In the Western Conference semi-final series, the LA Lakers eliminated the Suns and Johnson returned to retirement.
Charles Barkley's career ended after 16 years . Back in October, Barkley announced that he would be stepping down after the season. In the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 8th, he tore the quadriceps tendon in his left knee and missed the rest of the season. Barkley only returned to the NBA floor for the last game of the season and made two points in his last NBA game in six minutes.
S = wins, N = defeats, PCT = percentage of wins, P = deficit on division leaders
The placements in the seed lists of the respective conference playoffs are listed in brackets.
Leading the player stats
|Points per game||Shaquille O'Neal||Los Angeles Lakers||29.7|
|Rebounds per game||Dikembe Mutombo||Atlanta Hawks||14.1|
|Assists per game||Jason Kidd||Phoenix Suns||10.1|
|Steals per game||Eddie Jones||Charlotte Hornets||2.7|
|Blocks per game||Alonzo Mourning||Miami Heat||3.7|
|Field throw quota||Shaquille O'Neal||Los Angeles Lakers||57.4%|
|Free throw rate||Jeff Hornacek||Utah Jazz||95.0%|
|Three-point throw quota||Hubert Davis||Dallas Mavericks||49.1%|
|First round||Conference semifinals||Conference Finals||NBA finals|
- The five-year-old Toronto Raptors made their NBA play-offs debut this season . They lost in the first round against the New York Knicks, however, 3-0.
- The Indiana Pacers moved into the NBA Finals for the first time in the club's history. Before that, they reached the final series of the Eastern Conference three times , but could never win it.
NBA Finals 2000
|game||date||Home team||Away team||Result||was standing|
|1||June 7th||los Angeles||Indiana||104: 87||1-0|
|2||June 9th||los Angeles||Indiana||111: 104||2-0|
|3||June 11th||Indiana||los Angeles||100: 91||1: 2|
|4th||14th June||Indiana||los Angeles||118: 120 a.d.||1: 3|
|5||June 16||Indiana||los Angeles||120: 87||2: 3|
|6th||June 19th||los Angeles||Indiana||116: 111||4: 2|
- Shaquille O'Neal of the Lakers was named Finals MVP .
- It was the first championship for Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant , both of whom are being traded as future Hall of Famers . It was also the Lakers' first title win since their Magic Johnson - and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - eras.
- After an ankle injury in the first quarter of Game 2, Kobe Bryant had to take a break for the rest of the game and the entire third game.