2001-02 Memphis Grizzlies Season
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2001%E2%80%9302 Memphis Grizzlies Season
2001-02 Memphis Grizzlies season
Head coachSidney Lowe
General managerBilly Knight
PresidentDick Versace
Owner(s)Michael Heisley
ArenaPyramid Arena
Results
Record23–59 (.280)
PlaceDivision: 7th (Midwest)
Conference: 13th (Western)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Net South, WMC, WPXX
RadioWREC

The 2001-02 NBA season was the Grizzlies' 7th season in the National Basketball Association, and their first season in Memphis.[1] After six years of struggling in Vancouver, the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, Tennessee.[2] Although it was the first NBA team for the city, Memphis played home to an American Basketball Association team known as the Memphis Sounds from 1970-1975. The Grizzlies had the sixth overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft, and selected small forward Shane Battier from Duke University.[3] During the off-season, the team acquired top draft pick and Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol, point guard Brevin Knight and former University of Memphis star Lorenzen Wright from the Atlanta Hawks,[4] acquired point guard Jason Williams from the Sacramento Kings,[5] and signed free agent Rodney Buford. However, center Bryant Reeves missed the entire season due to a preseason back injury, and never played for the team in Memphis during the regular season.[6]

The Grizzlies made their debut on November 1 at the Pyramid Arena. The Grizzlies would lose to the Detroit Pistons by a score of 90-80. The Grizzlies lost their first 8 games of the season, as guard Michael Dickerson played just four games due to a groin injury and was out for the remainder of the season.[7] Their first win would come in a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 98-83. The game was played at the Pyramid on November 17, for the franchise's first win in Memphis. At midseason, center Isaac Austin was released to free agency, as the Grizzlies finished in last place in the Midwest Division with a 23-59 record, which was the same record they posted the previous season in Vancouver.[8]

The highlight of the season was the contribution of both Gasol and Battier. Gasol led the team with 17.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, and was named Rookie of The Year, while Battier had a solid rookie season averaging 14.4 points per game. Both players were named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Williams finished second on the team in scoring with 14.8 points, and led them with 8.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Wright led the team in rebounding with 9.4 rebounds per game, but played just 43 games due to a knee injury, while second-year forward Stromile Swift provided the team with 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game off the bench.[9] The highlight of the inaugural season for the Grizzlies came on December 21. The Grizzlies beat the eventual NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Pyramid winning 114-108.[10] Following the season, Reeves retired after just six seasons in the NBA, and Buford, Tony Massenburg and Grant Long were all released to free agency.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 6 Shane Battier SF/SG  United States Duke
1 27 Jamaal Tinsley PG  United States Iowa State
2 32 Will Solomon PG  United States Clemson
2 47 Antonis Fotsis (from New York) SF  Greece Panathinaikos (Greece)

Roster

Roster Notes

  • Center Bryant Reeves missed the entire season due to a back injury.

Regular season

Season standings

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707 - 32-9 26-15 21-3
x-Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 1 30-11 27-14 16-8
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 50 32 .610 8 29-12 21-20 15-9
x-Utah Jazz 44 38 .537 14 25-16 19-22 8-16
Houston Rockets 28 54 .341 30 18-23 10-31 9-15
Denver Nuggets 27 55 .329 31 20-21 7-34 8-16
Memphis Grizzlies 23 59 .280 35 15-26 8-33 7-17
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Sacramento Kings 61 21 .744 -
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707 3
3 x-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 3
4 x-Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 4
5 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 50 32 .610 11
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 12
7 x-Seattle SuperSonics 45 37 .549 16
8 x-Utah Jazz 44 38 .537 17
9 Los Angeles Clippers 39 43 .476 22
10 Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 25
11 Houston Rockets 28 54 .341 33
12 Denver Nuggets 27 55 .329 34
13 Memphis Grizzlies 23 59 .280 38
14 Golden State Warriors 21 61 .256 40



Record vs. opponents

2001-02 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta -- 2-2 2-2 3-1 3-1 0-2 2-0 1-3 2-0 1-1 1-3 1-1 1-1 2-0 3-1 1-3 0-2 2-1 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-4 1-1 0-3
Boston 2-2 -- 2-1 2-2 4-0 0-2 2-0 2-2 1-1 0-2 3-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 1-3 1-1 3-1 4-0 3-1 1-3 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 2-2 1-1 3-1
Charlotte 2-2 1-2 -- 4-0 3-1 0-2 2-0 1-3 2-0 1-1 3-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-0 2-2 0-2 1-3 2-2 3-1 1-3 2-0 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 2-2 1-1 3-1
Chicago 1-3 2-2 0-4 -- 1-3 0-2 0-2 1-3 1-1 2-0 0-4 0-2 2-0 1-1 1-3 2-2 0-2 0-4 3-1 0-3 1-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-4 0-2 1-3
Cleveland 1-3 0-4 1-3 3-1 -- 0-2 1-1 1-3 1-1 2-0 2-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 3-1 3-1 2-0 1-3 2-2 1-3 0-3 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-3 0-2 1-2
Dallas 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 -- 4-0 1-1 4-0 2-2 2-0 2-2 1-3 4-0 1-1 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 3-1 2-2 3-1 1-3 3-1 1-1 3-1 1-1
Denver 0-2 0-2 0-2 2-0 1-1 0-4 -- 0-2 1-3 2-2 0-2 1-3 1-3 3-1 0-2 0-2 2-2 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 3-1 2-2 0-4 0-4 3-1 1-1 1-3 0-2
Detroit 3-1 2-2 3-1 3-1 3-1 1-1 2-0 -- 1-1 1-1 3-1 1-1 0-2 2-0 2-1 2-2 1-1 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 3-1 1-1 4-0
Golden State 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-4 3-1 1-1 -- 1-3 0-2 2-2 1-3 3-1 0-2 0-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-4 2-2 0-4 0-4 0-4 0-2 0-4 1-1
Houston 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-2 2-2 1-1 3-1 -- 0-2 1-3 0-4 1-3 0-2 1-1 2-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-2 1-3 0-4 0-4 2-2 1-1 2-2 1-1
Indiana 3-1 0-3 1-3 4-0 2-2 0-2 2-0 1-3 2-0 2-0 -- 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-2 1-3 1-1 1-3 2-1 3-1 3-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2 1-3 1-1 3-1
L.A. Clippers 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-2 3-1 1-1 2-2 3-1 1-1 -- 1-3 3-1 2-0 1-1 2-2 0-2 2-0 1-1 0-2 3-1 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-1 0-4 1-1
L.A. Lakers 1-1 0-2 2-0 0-2 2-0 3-1 3-1 2-0 3-1 4-0 2-0 3-1 -- 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-2 2-2 3-1 3-1 3-1 1-1 3-1 2-0
Memphis 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-4 1-3 0-2 1-3 3-1 1-1 1-3 1-3 -- 1-1 0-2 0-4 0-2 1-1 0-2 2-0 1-3 2-2 1-3 0-4 0-4 1-1 3-1 0-2
Miami 1-3 1-3 0-3 3-1 1-3 1-1 2-0 1-2 2-0 2-0 2-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 -- 3-1 0-2 1-3 2-2 3-1 1-3 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-3 0-2 2-2
Milwaukee 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 1-3 0-2 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 3-1 1-1 0-2 2-0 1-3 -- 0-2 1-2 1-3 2-1 1-3 0-2 0-2 0-2 2-0 0-2 4-0 2-0 3-1
Minnesota 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 0-2 2-2 2-2 1-1 3-1 2-2 1-1 2-2 2-2 4-0 2-0 2-0 -- 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-2 2-2 1-3 2-2 2-2 1-1 3-1 2-0
New Jersey 1-2 1-3 3-1 4-0 3-1 0-2 1-1 1-3 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-1 1-1 -- 4-0 3-1 2-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-2 1-1 3-1
New York 3-1 0-4 2-2 1-3 2-2 1-1 0-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 2-2 3-1 0-2 0-4 -- 0-4 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 2-0 3-0 1-1 1-3
Orlando 3-1 1-3 1-3 3-0 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 2-0 2-0 1-3 1-1 0-2 2-0 1-3 1-2 1-1 1-3 4-0 -- 3-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 3-1 1-1 2-2
Philadelphia 3-1 3-1 3-1 2-1 3-0 1-1 1-1 1-2 1-1 1-1 1-3 2-0 1-1 0-2 3-1 3-1 1-1 2-2 3-1 1-3 -- 2-0 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-3 0-2 2-3
Phoenix 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-3 1-3 1-1 4-0 2-2 1-1 1-3 2-2 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 -- 2-2 1-3 1-3 2-2 1-1 2-2 0-2
Portland 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-2 2-2 2-0 2-2 3-1 1-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 1-1 2-0 2-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-2 -- 2-2 1-3 3-1 1-1 1-3 2-0
Sacramento 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-3 4-0 2-0 4-0 4-0 0-2 3-1 1-3 3-1 2-0 2-0 3-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-2 -- 3-1 2-2 2-0 4-0 1-1
San Antonio 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 4-0 2-0 4-0 4-0 1-1 3-1 1-3 4-0 1-1 0-2 2-2 0-2 2-0 2-0 1-1 3-1 3-1 1-3 -- 2-2 1-1 4-0 2-0
Seattle 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-3 1-3 1-1 4-0 2-2 2-0 3-1 1-3 4-0 0-2 2-0 2-2 1-1 0-2 2-0 1-1 2-2 1-3 2-2 2-2 -- 2-0 1-3 1-1
Toronto 4-0 2-2 2-2 4-0 3-1 1-1 1-1 1-3 2-0 1-1 3-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 3-1 0-4 1-1 2-2 0-3 1-3 3-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 -- 1-1 1-2
Utah 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-3 3-1 1-1 4-0 2-2 1-1 4-0 1-3 1-3 2-0 0-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 3-1 0-4 0-4 3-1 1-1 -- 2-0
Washington 3-0 1-3 1-3 3-1 2-1 1-1 2-0 0-4 1-1 1-1 1-3 1-1 0-2 2-0 2-2 1-3 0-2 1-3 3-1 2-2 3-2 2-0 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-1 0-2 --

Game log

Game Date Opponent Result Grizzlies score Opponent score Record OT

Player statistics

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Awards and records

Awards

Pau Gasol 2001-2002 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.[11]

Pau Gasol 2001-2002 NBA All-Rookie Team[12]

Shane Battier 2001-2002 NBA All-Rookie Team[12]

Records

Transactions

Trades

Free agents

See also

References

  1. ^ 2001-02 Memphis Grizzlies
  2. ^ "PRO BASKETBALL: NOTEBOOK; It Looks as if Grizzlies Are Heading for Memphis". New York Times. March 25, 2001. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ "High School Player Tops NBA Draft". AP News. June 27, 2001. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "PRO BASKETBALL; Three High School Stars Are Among First Four Chosen". New York Times. June 28, 2001. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ "Williams' rocky relationship with Kings comes to an end". ESPN. June 29, 2001. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "Grizzlies' Reeves disabled by back". The Oklahoman. October 30, 2001. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "Grizzly guard sidelined". UPI Archives. November 15, 2001. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ "2001-02 Memphis Grizzlies Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "2001-02 Memphis Grizzlies Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2021.
  10. ^ Memphis Grizzlies (2001-Present)
  11. ^ Basketball-ReferenceNBA Rookie of the Year Award Winners, Sept 20 2011
  12. ^ a b RealGM,Historical Memphis Grizzlies Awards, Sept 20 2011

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