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2001–02 New Jersey Nets season
Eastern Conference Champions
Head coach Byron Scott
Owner(s) Yankee Global Enterprises LLC
Arena Continental Airlines Arena
Results
Record 52–30 (.634)
Place Division: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals (lost 4–0)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
New Jersey Nets seasons
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Contents

Offseason

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NBA Draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 7 Eddie Griffin Forward  United States Seton Hall
2 35 Brian Scalabrine Forward  United States USC

Regular season

Jason Kidd

The 2001-02 season saw Kidd lead the Nets to a surprising 52-30 finish, and marked one of his best all-around seasons as he finished second to the Spurs' Tim Duncan in MVP voting. Many have argued that Kidd deserved to win the award because of his impact in New Jersey—transforming the Nets from perennial league doormats into championship contenders seemingly in the space of a single training camp. His contribution to the Nets during his first season in New Jersey was huge, and resulted in one of the greatest turnarounds in NBA history. He was also fortunate to join the team when he did, as the team reaped the benefits of the newly healthy Kenyon Martin, Kerry Kittles and Keith Van Horn; along with the trading of Eddie Griffin for Richard Jefferson, Jason Collins, and Brandon Armstrong.

Under Kidd's guidance, the young Nets team prospered through the playoffs and ended up advancing all the way to the Eastern Conference title and the franchise's first-ever appearance in the NBA Finals. However, New Jersey's season would end without an improbable NBA crown, as Kidd and the Nets were swept in four games by Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers.

Season standings

Atlantic Division
Team W L PCT GB
New Jersey Nets 52 30 .634 -
Boston Celtics 49 33 .598 3
Orlando Magic 44 38 .537 8
Philadelphia 76ers 43 39 .524 9
Washington Wizards 37 45 .451 15
Miami Heat 36 46 .439 16
New York Knicks 30 52 .366 22

Player stats

Note: GP= Games played; MIN= Minutes; STL= Steals; REB = Rebounds; ASST = Assists; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points

Player GP MIN STL REB ASST BLK PTS

Roster

New Jersey Nets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
G 1 United States Armstrong, Brandon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Pepperdine*
C 35 United States Collins, Jason 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Stanford*
G 10 United States Dial, Derrick 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 184 lb (83 kg) Eastern Michigan*
F 54 United States Goodrich, Steve 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Princeton*
G 12 United States Harris, Lucious 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Long Beach*
F 24 United States Jefferson, Richard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Arizona*
G 8 United States Johnson, Anthony 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) C of C*
G 5 United States Kidd, Jason 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 204 lb (93 kg) California*
G 30 United States Kittles, Kerry 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 179 lb (81 kg) Villanova*
C 11 Canada MacCulloch, Todd 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 280 lb (127 kg) Washington*
F 13 United States Marshall, Donny 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Connecticut*
F 6 United States Martin, Kenyon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 234 lb (106 kg) Cincinnati*
F 21 United States Scalabrine, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 241 lb (109 kg) Southern California*
F 50 United States Slater, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Wyoming*
F 44 United States Van Horn, Keith 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Utah*
F/C 34 United States Williams, Aaron 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 2220 lb (1007 kg) Xavier*
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

2002 NBA Finals

The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers.

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Wins
Los Angeles (West) 99 106 106 113 4
New Jersey (East) 94 83 103 107 0

2002 New Jersey Nets

Head Coach: Byron Scott
Kenyon Martin | Jason Kidd | Keith Van Horn | Todd MacCulloch | Richard Jefferson | Lucious Harris | Aaron Williams | Jason Collins | Anthony Johnson | Brian Scalabrine | Brandon Armstrong | Donny Marshall | Steve Goodrich |

Award winners

References


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