2001–02 Sacramento Kings season

The 2001–02 NBA season was the Kings' 53rd season in the National Basketball Association, and 17th season in Sacramento. During the offseason, the Kings acquired Mike Bibby from the Vancouver Grizzlies, 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.

Draft picks

Roster

Roster listing
Sacramento Kings roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
G10United StatesBibby, Mike6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)190 lb (86 kg)Arizona
F52United StatesBrown, Chucky6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)214 lb (97 kg)North Carolina State
G/F13United StatesChristie, Doug6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)200 lb (91 kg)Pepperdine
G8United StatesCleaves, Mateen6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)205 lb (93 kg)Michigan State
C21Federal Republic of YugoslaviaDivac, Vlade7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)243 lb (110 kg)Serbia
F51United StatesFunderburke, Lawrence6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)230 lb (104 kg)Ohio State
G24United StatesJackson, Bobby6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)185 lb (84 kg)Minnesota
F/C31United StatesPollard, Scot6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)265 lb (120 kg)Kansas
G25United StatesPrice, Brent6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)165 lb (75 kg)Oklahoma
F16Federal Republic of YugoslaviaStojaković, Peja6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)220 lb (100 kg)Serbia
F5TurkeyTürkoğlu, Hedo6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)220 lb (100 kg)Turkey
F3United StatesWallace, Gerald6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)215 lb (98 kg)Alabama
F/C4United StatesWebber, Chris6 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

Roster
Last transaction: 2002–02–26

Regular season

Season standings


Record vs. opponents

Game log

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

All times are PACIFIC time

Playoffs

West First Round

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

West Conference Semifinals

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

West Conference Finals

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

Player statistics

Legend
  GPGames 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

Playoffs

Awards and records

Transactions

Uses material from the Wikipedia article 2001–02 Sacramento Kings season, released under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.