1999–2000 NBA season
|1999–2000 NBA season|
|League||National Basketball Association|
November 2, 1999 – April 19, 2000
April 22 – June 4, 2000 (Playoffs)
June 7 – 19, 2000 (Finals)
|Number of teams||29|
|TV partner(s)||NBC, TBS, TNT|
|Top draft pick||Elton Brand|
|Picked by||Chicago Bulls|
|Top seed||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Season MVP||Shaquille O'Neal (L.A. Lakers)|
|Top scorer||Shaquille O'Neal (L.A. Lakers)|
|Eastern champions||Indiana Pacers|
|Eastern runners-up||New York Knicks|
|Western champions||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Western runners-up||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Champions||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Finals MVP||Shaquille O'Neal (L.A. Lakers)|
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA championship, beating the Indiana Pacers 4 games to 2 in the 2000 NBA Finals.
|Team||1998-99 coach||1999-2000 coach|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Mike Fratello||Randy Wittman|
|Denver Nuggets||Mike D'Antoni||Dan Issel|
|Los Angeles Lakers||Kurt Rambis||Phil Jackson|
|Orlando Magic||Chuck Daly||Doc Rivers|
|Washington Wizards||Jim Brovelli||Gar Heard|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach|
|Detroit Pistons||Alvin Gentry||George Irvine|
|Golden State Warriors||P.J. Carlesimo||Garry St. Jean|
|Los Angeles Clippers||Chris Ford||Jim Todd|
|Phoenix Suns||Danny Ainge||Scott Skiles|
|Vancouver Grizzlies||Brian Hill||Lionel Hollins|
|Washington Wizards||Gar Heard||Darrell Walker|
- Effective this season, the first game of the NBA regular season begins on either the first Tuesday of November or the last Tuesday of October, and the last game on the third Wednesday of April. The NBA playoffs begin on the third Saturday of April.
- The 2000 NBA All-Star Game held in Oakland, California. The West won 137–126. Tim Duncan from the San Antonio Spurs and Shaquille O'Neal from the Los Angeles Lakers shared the game's MVP honors. The Slam Dunk Contest returned after a two-year absence, with Vince Carter winning the title.
- Both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers played their first games at the Staples Center. The Lakers would also go on to win 19 consecutive games between February 4, 2000 and March 16, 2000, the sixth-longest winning streak in NBA history.
- Staples Center's first season saw its tenants at two opposite ends of the league: the Lakers finished with a best regular season record of 67–15 and the NBA title, while the Clippers finished 15–67, the worst of the season.
- The Denver Nuggets played their first game at the Pepsi Center.
- The Indiana Pacers played their first game at the Conseco Fieldhouse (now Bankers Life Fieldhouse).
- The Indiana Pacers advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.
- The Atlanta Hawks played their first game at the Philips Arena.
- The Miami Heat started the season playing their home games at Miami Arena. In January, they played their first game at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
- The Toronto Raptors played their first full season at the Air Canada Centre. They also made the playoffs for the first time becoming the first Canadian team to do so.
- During Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, the Portland Trail Blazers held a 75-60 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers with 10:28 left to play. During the fourth quarter, the Blazers would miss thirteen consecutive shots, allowing the Lakers to claw back and take the game, 89–84. The game was capped off with a famous alley-oop to Shaquille O'Neal from Kobe Bryant.
- Two players were killed in automobile accidents within four months of each other. On January 12, Bobby Phills of the Charlotte Hornets was killed in reckless driving while racing against teammate David Wesley. On May 20, Malik Sealy of the Minnesota Timberwolves was driving home from a birthday party being held for Kevin Garnett, when a drunk-driver driving on the wrong side, struck his SUV.
- San Antonio Spurs forward Sean Elliott was sidelined for most of the season while undergoing kidney transplant operations. He successfully returned on March 13, becoming the first player to return following kidney transplant.
- The Boston Celtics officially retired their trademark parquet floor on December 22, 1999 after 54 years. The floor would be replaced by a replica combining elements of the old floor and new wooden sections.
- Doc Rivers became the first recipient of the NBA Coach of the Year Award to have not led his team to the playoffs. He coached the Magic to respectable 41-41 (.500) record, good enough for