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The Top 10 Best NBA Players From The 1999-00 Season

The Top 10 Best NBA Players From The 1999-00 Season

The dawn of the new millennium wasn’t just the end of the 90s. It was the beginning of one of the greatest dynasties in the history of the NBA. From 2000 to 2004, the Los Angeles Lakers made the NBA Finals all but one season. With a dominant center finally taking off and a newly minted 21-year-old superstar in the making, the Lakers started their three-peat with a title in 2000.

There were other moments from the league that stood out. We have to give a special shoutout to Dikembe Mutombo, who led the league in rebounds. Eddie Jones was a 20-point scorer, All-Defensive selection, and led the league in steals. Vince Carter was a brilliant scorer that won the Slam Dunk Contest. With that said, 10 players shined during the season.

These were the top 10 best players from the 1999-00 season.

10. Chris Webber

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1999-00 NBA Season Stats: 24.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.6 SPG, 1.7 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Third Team

The Kings battled their way to the No. 8 seed with a 44-38 record. The team would have been out of the playoff picture completely had Webber been hurt. Instead, Webber averaged a double-double with some exceptional defensive stats to go with it. According to the advanced stats, his 5.0 defensive win shares finished sixth in the league.

His 24.5 points per game were the sixth-best among all NBA players, while his 10.5 rebounds made the cut for top-5. The 1.6 steals and 1.7 blocks made the top 20. By the end of the season, Webber was in the MVP running. He finished ninth overall

9. Grant Hill

Grant Hill

1999-00 NBA Season Stats: 25.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.5 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team

Like the Kings, the Pistons just made it into the playoffs. The team’s 42-40 record was good enough to claim the No. 7 seed. It helps when you have one of the best scorers in the NBA. Hill’s 25.8 points per game were third-best, narrowly beating the 25.7 points per game from Vince Carter. Despite scoring just the ninth-most field goals in the league, he made the fourth-most free throws, which helped up his scoring average.

Hill finished eighth in offensive win shares and 11th in total win shares. This would be his final season with the Pistons. Playing in a contract year, he had something to prove. It’s too bad that his career wouldn’t take off with the Magic after this season. At the time, it seemed like the Magic got one of the best players in the league.

8. Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

1999-00 NBA Season Stats: 14.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 10.1 APG, 2.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive Second Team, Assists Leader

Among point guards, Jason Kidd was one of the best. While Kidd finished 11th in the MVP voting, he was a top defensive standout and an All-NBA First Team selection. That included leading the league in assists on a 53-win Suns team that had the fifth-best record in the West.

Kidd was one of six players to record at least 2.0 steals per game, where he tied Mookie Blaylock for fifth. He was also a top-10 player in defensive win shares. When you look deeper into his numbers, Kidd was a top-rebounding guard as well. He was a master at setting up the shot but had no business getting into the paint to grab a rebound.

7. Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson 1997

1999-00 NBA Season Stats: 28.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.7 APG, 2.1 SPG, 0.1 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team

The second-best scorer in the league came from the Philadelphia 76ers. Iverson has been growing into a superstar each season since being drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in 1996. Iverson finished second in the scoring race, while also having the fourth-best steals average. Offensively, Iverson tried to get that scoring title. He led the league in field goal attempts, which was 68 more shots than the player that won. That includes leading the league with 1,004.

Despite being the only player to miss 1,000 shots in a season, Iverson had some grace because he was the player used the most on offense. Iverson’s usage percentage of 34.2% led the league. The 76ers recorded a 49-33 record and were the No. 5 seed in the standings. This would end up being the precursor to his MVP season the following year.

6. Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

1999-00 NBA Season Stats: 23.2 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.2 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team

It was just Duncan's fourth year in the league, but everyone knew who he was because he was coming off of a season where he won Finals MVP with the 1999 champion Spurs. Duncan kept his foot on the gas pedal as the Spurs won 53 games to tie the Suns for wins, but the team was the No. 4 seed. Duncan was also a top defensive forward in the league but did not get a lot of love in the DPOY voting.

Duncan finished third in rebounding, seventh in blocks, and ninth in scoring. The big man was one of five players to make at least 450 free throws, where he was fifth. He was also fourth in total win shares, but third in defensive win shares. Altogether, Duncan was the complete package for a winning team.

5. Karl Malone

Karl Malone

1999-00 NBA Season Stats: 25.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.9 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team

At 36 years old, some might have thought that Malone was going to ride into the sunset. Some players retired around this age. Not Malone, who would play at least four more seasons. Despite his age, Malone finished with a top-5 scoring average as the Jazz remained one of the best teams in the league. The Jazz finished with a 55-27 record, which was the second-best in the West.

Offensively, Malone was a top-5 player in getting the ball to drop. Malone had 752 made field goals to finish fourth. Combined with his 589 free throws, which was runner up to Jerry Stackhouse, he put together another season where he averaged 25 or more points. According to win shares, Malone was second in offensive win shares and second in total win shares. Malone finished fourth in the MVP voting.

4. Gary Payton

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1999-00 NBA Season Stats: 24.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 8.9 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, All-Defensive First Team

Payton was probably robbed of being on the All-NBA First Team. He was 1.2 assists per game from leading the league in assists, but here is the kicker. Payton led the NBA in total assists, but that was because he played all 82 games in comparison to Kidd’s 67 games. With that said, Payton averaged 10 more points, and was right there with Kidd in rebounds, assists, and steals.

The SuperSonics were not as talented on paper either. The team finished with 45 wins while the Suns won eight more games. With that said, the voters saw what Payton brought to the table. He was fifth in the DPOY voting and sixth in the MVP race. Despite finishing with the No. 7 seed in the West, Payton proved the team would have been in worse shape had he not played at all.

3. Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning

1999-00 NBA Season Stats: 21.7 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.5 SPG, 3.7 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, Defensive Player of the Year, All-Defensive First Team, Blocks Leader

It was the second year in a row that Alonzo Mourning was the most dominant defensive player in the NBA. Mourning received 62 first-place votes, which was 41 more than the runner-up. While Mourning did not average a double-double, he was the most fearless rim protector in the league. Four players averaged at least 3.0 blocks per game, including 3.4 blocks from Mutombo, but Mourning upped the ante with a league-leading 3.7 per game. Just to spotlight how exceptional he was. Greg Ostertag of the Utah Jazz led the league with a block percentage of 8.2% and played 19.8 minutes per game. Mourning was second with a mark of 7.8% and played 34.8 minutes per game.

The Miami Heat were the second-best team in the Eastern Conference. The team flirted with the 56-win Pacers for the best record in the conference. It helped to have a player that could hold down the fort defensively, but also add over 20 points per game, including an 11th-best mark at the free throw line. Mourning was a top-5 player in total win shares and was right in the mix with both Duncan and Payton for top-3.

2. Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett 2003

1999-00 NBA Season Stats: 22.9 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.6 BPG

Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team

When looking at the Timberwolves roster, the team would not be viewed as a playoff contender. Surrounding Garnett, the team had Terrell Brandon, Malik Sealy, Rasho Nesterovic, and Wally Szcerbiak filling out the starting lineup on most nights. Garnett managed to play alongside this core at 23 years old and help Minnesota win 50 games.

For that, Garnett was the runner-up in the MVP race. While some could look at Tim Duncan’s numbers and think he was better. Don’t forget that a young Tim Duncan also had an experienced player like David Robinson by his side. That is substantially different from Terrell Brandon. Garnett finished third in made field goals, ninth in rebounds, and 10th in the scoring race. He did just about everything, which is why he made both First Teams.

1. Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

1999-00 NBA Season Stats: 29.7 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 0.5 SPG, 3.0 BPG

Achievement: NBA Champion, Finals MVP, MVP Award, All-Star, All-Star Game MVP, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive Second Team, Scoring Champion

The best player in the league was Shaquille O’Neal. After taking a few years to transition from Orlando to Los Angeles, he lived up to expectations by helping the Lakers win their first championship since the days of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. O’Neal finished the NBA Finals with a Finals MVP Award after helping the Lakers defeat the Pacers.

O’Neal led the league in points and won the scoring title. He finished second to Mutombo in the rebounding chase and was just 0.5 rebounds away from tying him. Defensively, O’Neal was third in blocks and was second to Mourning in the DPOY voting. He was the best finisher inside the paint, leading the league with a 57% shooting mark and he made over 150 more field goals offensively. Shaq led the league in Player Efficiency Rating, win shares, offensive win shares, defensive win shares, and value over a replacement player as well. 


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