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2001–02 Sacramento Kings season

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2001–02 Sacramento Kings season
Division champions
Head coach Rick Adelman
Owner(s) The Maloof Family
Arena ARCO Arena
Results
Record 61–21 (.744)
Place Division: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish West Conference Finals
(Lost to Lakers 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television KMAX-TV
Fox Sports Net Bay Area
Radio KHTK
< 2000–01 2002–03 >

The 2001–02 NBA season was the Kings' 53rd season in the National Basketball Association, and 17th season in Sacramento.[1] During the offseason, the Kings acquired Mike Bibby from the Vancouver Grizzlies,[2] and second-year guard Mateen Cleaves from the Detroit Pistons. Despite Chris Webber missing the first 20 games due to an ankle injury, the Kings posted a 12-game winning streak between December and January, as they held a 37–12 record before the All-Star break. The team won eleven straight games near the end of the season, finishing with a 61–21 record (.744 winning percentage), the best record in the league, while winning their division for the first time since 1979, when the team was in Kansas City. The Kings also made the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1981 (also as the Kansas City Kings). Webber and Peja Stojaković were both selected for the 2002 NBA All-Star Game.

In the playoffs, the Kings defeated the Utah Jazz three games to one in the first round, and the Dallas Mavericks four games to one in the semifinals. In their first trip to the Western Conference Finals, they would take a 3–2 series lead over the 3rd-seeded Los Angeles Lakers, but went on to lose the final two games in one of the most controversial playoff series in NBA history.

The rap sheet of people claiming the series to be tampered with included former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, Stephen A Smith, Skip Bayless, and even some Lakers' beat reporters. Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy has overtly admitted to the series being fixed by the league to ensure the Lakers play in the NBA finals, furthering the NBA tradition of dominance in Los Angeles. It is also worth noting that David Stern was once quoted "Lakers versus the Lakers...I'd be lying if I told you there wasn't a special fascination with the Lakers"(when asked about his dream finals scenario). (See 2002 NBA Playoffs#(1) Sacramento Kings vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers).[3] It was also the third straight year that the Kings had their playoff run ended by the Lakers.

The team's season roster is featured in NBA 2K18.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 25 Gerald Wallace Forward  United States Alabama
2 55 Maurice Jeffers Guard  United States Saint Louis

Roster[edit]

Sacramento Kings roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 10 United States Bibby, Mike 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Arizona
F 52 United States Brown, Chucky 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 214 lb (97 kg) North Carolina State
G/F 13 United States Christie, Doug 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Pepperdine
G 8 United States Cleaves, Mateen 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Michigan State
C 21 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Divac, Vlade 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 243 lb (110 kg) Serbia
F 51 United States Funderburke, Lawrence 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Ohio State
G 24 United States Jackson, Bobby 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Minnesota
F/C 31 United States Pollard, Scot 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Kansas
G 25 United States Price, Brent 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Oklahoma
F 16 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Stojaković, Peja 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Serbia
F 5 Turkey Türkoğlu, Hedo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Turkey
F 3 United States Wallace, Gerald 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Alabama
F/C 4 United States Webber, Chris 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Michigan
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2002–02–26

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Sacramento Kings 61 21 .744 36–5 25–16 15–9
x-Los Angeles Lakers 58 24 .707 3 34–7 24–17 16–8
x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 12 30–11 19–22 14–10
x-Seattle SuperSonics 45 37 .549 16 26–15 19–22 13–11
Los Angeles Clippers 39 43 .476 22 25–16 14–27 9–15
Phoenix Suns 36 46 .439 25 23–18 13–28 12–12
Golden State Warriors 21 61 .256 40 14–27 7–34 5–19


Record vs. opponents[edit]

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[edit]

2001–02 Game Log (61–21) (Home: 36–5; Road: 25–16)
2001-02 Schedule

All times are PACIFIC time

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(1) Sacramento Kings vs. (8) Utah Jazz Last Playoff Meeting: 1999 Western Conference First Round (Utah won 3-2)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(SAC-UTA)

Venue TV Time (EST) Recap
1 April 20 Utah 86 Sacramento 89 1-0 ARCO Arena NBC 3:00 Recap
2 April 23 Utah 93 Sacramento 86 1-1 ARCO Arena TBS 10:30 Recap
3 April 27 Sacramento 90 Utah 87 2-1 Delta Center NBC 3:00 Recap
4 April 29 Sacramento 91 Utah 86 3-1 Delta Center TNT 10:30 Recap
Sacramento wins series 3–1

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Sacramento Kings vs. (4) Dallas Mavericks Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Kings and Mavericks.

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(SAC-DAL)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 May 4 Dallas 91 Sacramento 108 1-0 ARCO Arena NBC 6:30et/3:30pt Recap
2 May 6 Dallas 110 Sacramento 102 1-1 ARCO Arena TNT 9:00et/6:00pt Recap
3 May 9 Sacramento 125 Dallas 119 2-1 American Airlines Center TNT 9:30et/8:30ct Recap
4 May 11 Sacramento 115 Dallas 113 3-1 American Airlines Center NBC 3:30et/2:30ct Recap
5 May 13 Dallas 101 Sacramento 114 4-1 ARCO Arena TNT 9:00et/6:00pt Recap
Sacramento wins series 4–1

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Sacramento Kings vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers Last Playoff Meeting: 2001 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4-0)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(SAC-LAL)

Venue TV Time (EST) Recap
1 May 18 Los Angeles 106 Sacramento 99 0-1 ARCO Arena NBC 6:30 Recap
2 May 20 Los Angeles 90 Sacramento 96 1-1 ARCO Arena TNT 9:00 Recap
3 May 24 Sacramento 103 Los Angeles 90 2-1 Staples Center NBC 9:00 Recap
4 May 26 Sacramento 99 Los Angeles 100 2-2 Staples Center NBC 5:30 Recap
5 May 28 Los Angeles 91 Sacramento 92 3-2 ARCO Arena NBC 9:00 Recap
6 May 31 Sacramento 102 Los Angeles 106 3-3 Staples Center

Game 6 of this series was famously called "rigged" by many associated with the NBA

NBC 9:30 Recap
7* June 2 Los Angeles 112 Sacramento 106 3-4 ARCO Arena NBC 7:30 Recap
Los Angeles wins Western Conference Championship 4–3

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
Vlade Divac 80 80 30.3 .472 .231 .615 8.4 3.7 1.0 1.2 11.1
Chris Webber 54 54 38.4 .495 .263 .794 10.1 4.8 1.7 1.4 24.5
Peja Stojaković 71 71 37.3 .484 .416 .876 5.3 2.5 1.1 0.2 21.1
Doug Christie 81 81 34.5 .460 .352 .851 4.6 4.2 2.0 0.3 12.0
Mike Bibby 80 80 33.2 .453 .370 .803 2.8 5.0 1.1 0.2 13.7
Scot Pollard 80 29 23.5 .550 .000 .693 7.1 0.7 0.9 1.0 6.4
Lawrence Funderburke 56 1 12.9 .469 .000 .607 3.5 0.6 0.2 0.3 4.7
Hedo Türkoğlu 80 10 24.6 .422 .368 .726 4.5 2.0 0.7 0.4 10.1
Gerald Wallace 54 1 8.0 .429 .000 .500 1.6 0.5 0.4 0.1 3.2
Bobby Jackson 81 3 21.6 .443 .361 .810 3.1 2.0 1.9 0.1 11.1
Jabari Smith 12 0 5.9 .286 .000 .500 1.2 0.5 0.2 0.3 1.5
Chucky Brown 18 0 5.1 .370 .000 .500 1.8 0.3 0.1 0.2 1.2
Mateen Cleaves 32 0 4.8 .441 .250 .889 0.3 0.8 0.2 0.0 2.2
Brent Price 20 0 4.5 .333 .267 .692 0.4 0.5 0.2 0.1 1.6

Playoffs[edit]

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

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2001-02 Sacramento Kings
  2. ^ "What Bibby Is Not Is Key to the Kings". Los Angeles Times. May 18, 2002. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ Sheridan, Chris (2008-06-11). "2002 Lakers-Kings Game 6 at heart of Donaghy allegations". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-10.