It’s been 20 years since the 2020-2021 season. It’s hard to believe it’s been two decades since we saw Allen Iverson lead the league in scoring and Shaq dominate the NBA Finals for a Finals MVP. Ray Allen was a Milwaukee Buck, the Kings were competitive, and the Timberwolves were in the postseason.
How far have we come? It’s only fitting that we go back in time and relive the memories that were in that season. We can do that by looking at the All-NBA squads. With that said, can we take a moment and acknowledge that Jerry Stackhouse didn’t make a first, second, or third team? Stackhouse scored the most points (2,380) and was second to Iverson in points per game (29.8).
It might be hands down the biggest snub in All-NBA history. Here’s the entire All-NBA squad from 2000-2001.
All-NBA Third Team
23.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 8.1 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Payton was an All-Defensive First-Team selection as well this season. Payton shined out for a Seattle team that did not make the postseason. Despite finishing 44-38, Seattle finished fifth in the division and 10th in the Western Conference. Payton did everything he could, playing as many as 41.1 minutes per game.
22.0 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Allen was a sharpshooter for the Bucks this season. Allen led the league in offensive win shares (11.5) but didn’t lead the league in three-point field goals. That award went to Antoine Walker, who bested Allen by 19 threes. Allen led the Bucks to a 52-30 record, where the team clinched the Central Division. The Bucks made the Conference Finals before losing to Philadelphia in a seven-game series.
21.8 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.2 BPG
Nowitzki pioneered the Mavericks to a No. 5 seed and a playoff series win over the Jazz. Dallas was then beaten by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round. In the regular season, Nowitzki had a well-rounded stat line that continued to grow in just his third season in the league. The 2000-2001 season was the true transition of Nowitzki turning into a superstar.
23.2 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 4.5 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.8 BPG
Despite playing in his mid-30s, Malone remained one of the best in the league. The second all-time leading scorer was once a Player of the Month in November when he averaged a slash line of 22.8 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 4.7 assists. The Jazz clinched a No. 4 seed but were eliminated in five games in the first round, where the first-round series was best of five.
14.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.0 SPG, 2.5 BPG
According to the advanced stats, Robinson led the league in win shares per 48 minutes. He was also fourth in defensive win shares. All in all, Robinson was the second major piece of the Spurs that finished with a league-leading 58 wins and a No. 1 overall seed in the West. San Antonio eventually made the Conference Finals before being swept by the Los Angeles Lakers.
All-NBA Second Team
28.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Bryant was fourth in points per game and third in usage rate. The Lakers finished the season with a No. 2 seed, just two games back of the Spurs. Bryant made Player of the Week once and then was named December Player of the Month for averaging 32.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. Bryant eventually helped the Lakers make the NBA Finals for a second consecutive season.
24.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.7 BPG
There’s a good argument for Carter being named to the First-Team. Carter was fifth in points per game but was the second most efficient player. Not to mention, he was second in offensive win shares and led the league in wins above a replacement player. He was 0.1 more than Shaq in this department. The Raptors made the postseason as No. 5 seed, upset the Knicks in five games, and then took the 76ers to a seven-game series before being defeated.
26.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.5 BPG
McGrady was the third-most efficient player in the NBA. He was named February Player of the Month after averaging 29.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. McGrady led the Orlando Magic to a No. 7 seed in his first year with the team before the team was eliminated in the first round in four games.
22.0 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.4 SPG, 1.8 BPG
Had Garnett played at all this season, the Timberwolves would have gone from clinching the No. 8 seed in the loaded Western Conference to being a lottery team. In the end, the Timberwolves were defeated in the first round, but Garnett had the team playing winning basketball. He was one of the best overall players in the league offensively and defensively.
10.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.4 SPG, 2.7 BPG
Mutombo enjoyed an All-Star season with the Atlanta Hawks before he was traded to the 76ers. The switch didn’t hurt his game that much as he led the league in rebounding. He led the league in rebounding percentage, corralling a rebound 21.9% of the time. Mutombo led the league in offensive rebounds as well.
All-NBA First Team
16.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 9.8 APG, 2.2 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Kidd’s final season with the Phoenix Suns was a grand one. Despite losing in the first round of the playoffs, Kidd showed that he was one of the best rebounding point guards in the league. Kidd led the league in assists and was fourth in steals.
31.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.6 APG, 2.5 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Iverson was the 76ers offense. Iverson led the league in points and usage rate, where he topped over 35%. Iverson also led the league in steals and tied with Michael Finley for the lead in minutes per game (42.0). Iverson led the 76ers to a No. 1 seed in the East, where the team qualified for the NBA Finals.
27.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 11.1 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 1.7 BPG
Weber had a great season for the Sacramento Kings. The Kings were a No. 3 seed and made the semifinals before being swept by the Lakers. Webber made the second-most two-point field goals and was the fifth most efficient player in the league. Given how bad the Kings have been in the last decade, one has to appreciate the worth of Chris Webber.
22.2 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.3 BPG
The Spurs were the No. 1 seed in the West before falling to the Lakers in the Conference Finals. Outside of the 58 wins, the stat that sticks out the most was that Duncan led the league in defensive win shares (7.1). Duncan missed out on Defensive Player of the Year to Dikembe Mutombo.
28.7 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 0.8 SPG, 2.8 BPG
Shaq had an amazing season where he was third in points, third in rebounds, and fourth in blocks. He was the league’s most efficient player by the end of the year. He won April Player of the Month when he averaged 33.7 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. By the end of the year, Shaq helped the Lakers repeat as NBA champions, where he was named Finals MVP.
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