2001–02 Vancouver Grizzlies season

2001–02 Memphis Grizzlies season

The 2001-02 Memphis Grizzlies season was the first season for the Grizzlies in Memphis. After 6 years of struggling in Vancouver, the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis. Although it was the first NBA team for the city, Memphis played home to an American Basketball Association team from 1970-1975. The Grizzlies made their Memphis debut on November 1st at the Pyramid. The Grizzlies would lose to the Detroit Pistons by a score of 90-80. The Grizzlies lost their first 8 games of the season. Their first win would come in a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 98-83. The game was played at the Pyramid on November 17th for their the franchise's first win in Memphis. The Grizzlies would finish in last place with a 23-59 record. The highlight of the season was the contribution of two rookies. Pau Gasol led the team with 17.6 points per game and was named rookie of the year. Duke alumnus Shane Battier had a solid 14.4 points per game, while former University of Memphis star Lorenzen Wright led the team in rebounding with 9.0 boards per game. The highlight of the inaugural season for the Grizzlies came on December 21st. The Grizzlies beat the eventual NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Pyramid winning 114-108.

Offseason

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 6 Shane Battier (F/G) Duke Sr.

Roster

Regular season

Season standings

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT GB
San Antonio Spurs 58 24 .707 -
Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695 1
Minnesota Timberwolves 50 32 .610 8
Utah Jazz 44 38 .537 14
Houston Rockets 28 54 .341 30
Denver Nuggets 27 55 .329 31
Memphis Grizzlies 23 59 .280 35

Game log

Player statistics

Legend

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Playoffs

Awards and records

Awards

Records

Transactions

Trades

Free Agents

Additions

Player Signed Former team

Subtractions

Player Left New team

References

See also

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