1999–2000 Portland Trail Blazers season
The 1999–2000 NBA season was the 30th season for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Blazers acquired All-Star forward Scottie Pippen from the Houston Rockets, Steve Smith from the Atlanta Hawks, and signed free agent Detlef Schrempf. Portland went 59–23, which tied them for the second-highest win percentage in franchise history. Finishing second in the Pacific Division, they earned the #3 seed in the Western Conference on the basis that the 55–27 Utah Jazz won the Midwest Division title. (However, the Blazers enjoyed homecourt advantage over Utah in their second-round playoff series). The Blazers made the playoffs for the 18th consecutive year. Rasheed Wallace was selected to play in the 2000 NBA All-Star Game.
In the playoffs, the Blazers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 3–1 in the first-round, and the Jazz 4–1 in the second round. In the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, they came back from a 3–1 series deficit to force Game 7.
Up by 15 points with ten minutes remaining in Game 7, the Blazers suffered a 15–0 run by Los Angeles that tied the score, and the Lakers pulled out an 89–84 victory to advance to the 2000 NBA Finals, where they would go on to defeat the Indiana Pacers in six games to win their 12th NBA championship. Following the season, Jermaine O'Neal was traded to the Indiana Pacers, and Brian Grant was dealt to the Miami Heat.
The Blazers did not win another playoff series until May 2, 2014, when Damian Lillard hit a 3-point shot with 0.9 seconds left to beat the Houston Rockets 99–98 in Game 6 of the first round of the 2014 playoffs.
The Blazers would not return to the Western Conference Finals until 2019.
Although the Trail Blazers did not have any picks in the 1999 NBA draft, they were active during the offseason. On draft day, the Blazers purchased the draft rights to Roberto Bergersen from the Atlanta Hawks. Bergersen would not sign with the team; instead, he signed with the Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Association. On August 2, the Blazers traded Jim Jackson and Isaiah Rider to the Hawks for Ed Gray and Steve Smith. The same day, the Blazers signed veteran forward Detlef Schrempf. Smith would be the starting shooting guard on the "Jail Blazers". Schrempf would finish his career with Portland, retiring in 2001.
On October 2, the Blazers were involved in a seven-player trade with the Houston Rockets. In the trade, the Blazers traded six players—Stacey Augmon, Kelvin Cato, Ed Gray, Carlos Rogers, Brian Shaw, and Walt Williams—for Scottie Pippen. Pippen would be the Blazers' starting small forward until 2003, when he signed with the Chicago Bulls, the team which he spent the majority of his career with. On October 5, the Blazers signed Antonio Harvey, and the following day, they signed Joe Kleine. On October 12, the Rockets waived Augmon, and the Blazers signed him on October 18.
The Blazers owned no picks in the 1999 NBA draft.
Portland Trail Blazers roster
- z – clinched division title
- y – clinched division title
- x – clinched playoff spot
Record vs. opponents
|1999–2000 game log|
Total: 59–23 (Home: 30-11; Road: 29-12)
November: 13–3 (Home: 5–1; Road: 8–2)
December: 9–4 (Home: 5–2; Road: 4–2)
January: 11–3 (Home: 6–0; Road: 5–3)
February: 12–2 (Home: 7–1; Road: 5–1)
March: 7–7 (Home: 3–5; Road: 4–2)
April: 7–4 (Home: 4–2; Road: 3–2)
|2000 playoff game log|
Western Conference First Round: 3–1 (Home: 2–0; Road: 1–1)
Western Conference Semifinals: 4–1 (Home: 3–0; Road: 1–1)
Western Conference Finals: 3–4 (Home: 1–2; Road: 2–2)
Western First Round
|Portland Trail Blazers 85, Minnesota Timberwolves 77|
|Portland wins series, 3-1|
Western Conference Semifinals
Western Conference Finals
|Portland Trail Blazers 84, Los Angeles Lakers 89|
|Los Angeles wins series, 4-3|
|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|