2000–01 Minnesota Timberwolves season

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2000–01 Minnesota Timberwolves season
Head coach Flip Saunders
Owner(s) Glen Taylor
Arena Target Center
Results
Record 47–35 (.573)
Place Division: 4th (Midwest)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finish West First Round
(eliminated 1-3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 1999–00 2001–02 >

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Timberwolves' 12th season in the National Basketball Association.[1] After the death of Malik Sealy, the Timberwolves scrambled to find a replacement for him, signing free agent Chauncey Billups, a close friend of Kevin Garnett while signing LaPhonso Ellis. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves secret free agent deal signed by Joe Smith was voided by the NBA, who ruled their proper procedure in signing the contract, while stripping their first round draft picks for the next five seasons and fined $3.5 million. Smith would sign with the Detroit Pistons, and the Timberwolves' owner Glen Taylor, and vice president Kevin McHale were both suspended for one year.[2] Despite the troubles, the Timberwolves posted an 11-game winning streak midway through the season, and finished fourth in the Midwest Division with a 47–35 record, with Garnett being selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game.

In the first round of the playoffs, they would lose in four games to the San Antonio Spurs. Following the season, Ellis signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat and Tom Hammonds retired.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 51 Igor Rakocevic PG/SG  Serbia

Roster[edit]

Minnesota Timberwolves roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 5 United States Avery, William 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Duke
G 4 United States Billups, Chauncey Injured 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Colorado
G 7 United States Brandon, Terrell 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oregon
G 11 United States Day, Todd 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Arkansas
F 3 United States Ellis, LaPhonso 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Notre Dame
F/C 21 United States Garnett, Kevin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Farragut Academy (HS)
C 22 United States Garrett, Dean 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Indiana
F 20 United States Hammonds, Tom 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Georgia Tech
G 13 Australia López, Felipe 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) St. John's
F 42 United States Mitchell, Sam 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Mercer
C 8 Slovenia Nesterović, Rasho 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Slovenia
G 44 United States Peeler, Anthony 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Missouri
F 35 United States Slater, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Wyoming
G/F 10 United States Szczerbiak, Wally 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 244 lb (111 kg) Miami (OH)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

RosterTransactions

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707 33–8 25–16 19–5
x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 5 28–13 25–16 14–10
x-Dallas Mavericks 53 29 .646 5 28–13 25–16 14–10
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 11 30–11 17–24 11–13
Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13 24–17 21–20 11–13
Denver Nuggets 40 42 .488 18 29–12 11–30 13–11
Vancouver Grizzlies 23 59 .280 35 15–26 8–33 2–22
Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB
1 z-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 56 26 .683 2
3 x-Sacramento Kings 55 27 .671 3
4 x-Utah Jazz 53 29 .646 5
5 x-Dallas Mavericks 53 29 .646 5
6 x-Phoenix Suns 51 31 .622 7
7 x-Portland Trail Blazers 50 32 .610 8
8 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 11
9 Houston Rockets 45 37 .549 13
10 Seattle SuperSonics 44 38 .537 14
11 Denver Nuggets 40 42 .488 18
12 Los Angeles Clippers 31 51 .378 27
13 Vancouver Grizzlies 23 59 .280 35
14 Golden State Warriors 17 65 .207 41


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

Record vs. opponents[edit]

2000-01 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–3 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2
Boston 3–1 0–4 2–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 4–0 1–3 1–3 0–4 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 3–1
Charlotte 4–0 4–0 3–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–2 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2
Chicago 2–2 1–2 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 2–1
Cleveland 2–2 1–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 3–0 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2
Dallas 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 0–4 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0
Denver 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–3 4–0 1–1
Detroit 4–0 1–3 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 4–0 1–2 2–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–2
Golden State 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–3 1–3 0–2
Houston 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–3 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0
Indiana 2–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 2–0 4–0
L.A. Clippers 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–4 2–2 2–0 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–1
L.A. Lakers 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–4 2–0 2–2 4–0 2–0
Miami 3–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–3 3–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 4–0
Milwaukee 3–1 3–1 1–3 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 4–0 1–2 4–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–1
Minnesota 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1
New Jersey 3–1 0–4 0–4 2–2 0–3 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 3–1
New York 2–2 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 4–0
Orlando 3–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 3–1
Philadelphia 3–0 4–0 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 4–0
Phoenix 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1
Portland 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0
Sacramento 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 4–0 4–0 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–0
San Antonio 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 2–0
Seattle 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 0–4 3–1 2–0
Toronto 2–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–2 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 2–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0
Utah 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 4–0 1–3 0–2 4–0 2–0
Vancouver 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 3–1 0–4 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 2–0
Washington 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves

April 21
5:30 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves 82, San Antonio Spurs 87
Scoring by quarter: 24–25, 13–26, 28–12, 17-24
Pts: Kevin Garnett 25
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 13
Asts: Terrell Brandon 8
Pts: Tim Duncan 33
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Duncan, Ferry 4 each
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 33,983
Referees: Mark Wunderlich, Ron Garretson, Jack Nies
April 23
9:30 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves 69, San Antonio Spurs 86
Scoring by quarter: 16–20, 20–30, 15–24, 18–12
Pts: Kevin Garnett 18
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 12
Asts: Billups, Brandon, Garnett, Mitchell, Nesterovic, Szczerbiak 2 each
Pts: Tim Duncan 18
Rebs: Duncan, Robinson 11 each
Asts: Duncan, Porter 4 each
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 31,759
Referees: Luis Grillo, Joe Crawford, Hue Hollins
April 28
5:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 84, Minnesota Timberwolves 93
Scoring by quarter: 19–24, 23–23, 24–21, 18-25
Pts: David Robinson 22
Rebs: David Robinson 17
Asts: Derek Anderson 4
Pts: Kevin Garnett 22
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 8
Asts: Terrell Brandon 9
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 17,676
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Joe DeRosa, Tim Donaghy
April 30
8:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 97, Minnesota Timberwolves 84
Scoring by quarter: 19-19, 25-24, 27-20, 26-21
Pts: Tim Duncan 24
Rebs: Tim Duncan 16
Asts: Derek Anderson 6
Pts: Wally Szczerbiak 20
Rebs: Kevin Garnett 15
Asts: Terrell Brandon 6
San Antonio wins series, 3-1
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 16,336
Referees: Bill Spooner, Bob Delaney, Dan Crawford

Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference First Round (San Antonio won 3-1)

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]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
William Avery
Chauncey Billups
Terrell Brandon
Todd Day
LaPhonso Ellis
Kevin Garnett
Dean Garrett
Tom Hammonds
Sam Jacobson
Felipe Lopez
Sam Mitchell
Rasho Nesterovic
Anthony Peeler
Reggie Slater
Wally Szczerbiak

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2000-01 Minnesota Timberwolves
  2. ^ "PRO BASKETBALL; Timberwolves Might Face Additional Punishment". New York Times. October 27, 2000. Retrieved March 15, 2017. 

See also[edit]