|League||National Basketball Association|
|Duration||February 5 – May 5, 1999
May 8 – June 11, 1999 (Playoffs)
June 16 – 25, 1999 (Finals)
|TV partner(s)||NBC, TBS, TNT|
|Top draft pick||Michael Olowokandi|
|Picked by||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Top seed||San Antonio Spurs|
|Season MVP||Karl Malone (Utah)|
|Top scorer||Allen Iverson (Philadelphia)|
|Eastern champions||New York Knicks|
|Eastern runners-up||Indiana Pacers|
|Western champions||San Antonio Spurs|
|Western runners-up||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Finals champions||San Antonio Spurs|
|Runners-up||New York Knicks|
|Finals Finals MVP||Tim Duncan (San Antonio)|
The 1999 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Due to a lockout, the season did not start until February 5, 1999 after a new six-year Collective Bargaining Agreement was reached between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. All 29 teams played a shortened 50-game regular season schedule- 61% of the regular 82 games- and the 16 teams who qualified for the playoffs played a full post-season schedule. That season's All-Star Game was also canceled. The season ended with the San Antonio Spurs winning the franchise's first NBA championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 1 in the 1999 NBA Finals.
The third lockout in the history of the NBA lasted from July 1, 1998 to January 20, 1999. NBA owners were seeking changes to the league's salary cap system and a ceiling on individual player salaries. The National Basketball Players Association opposed the owners' plans and wanted raises for players who earned the league's minimum salary.
As the labor dispute continued into September, the preseason was shortened to just two games instead of the normal eight, and training camps were postponed indefinitely. By October, it became the first time in NBA history that games were canceled due to a labor dispute. Further games were canceled by November and December, including the All-Star Game, which had been scheduled to be played on February 14, 1999. The preseason also got cancelled as well.
An agreement between the owners and players was eventually reached on January 18, 1999. When play resumed, the regular season was shortened to 50 games per team, as opposed to the normal 82. As a result, some teams did not meet each other at all during the course of the shortened season. In addition, to preserve games between teams in the same conference, much of the time missed was made up for by skipping well over half of the games played between teams in the opposite conference.
|Team||1997-98 coach||1998-99 coach|
|Chicago Bulls||Phil Jackson||Tim Floyd|
|Denver Nuggets||Bill Hanzlik||Mike D'Antoni|
|Los Angeles Clippers||Bill Fitch||Chris Ford|
|Milwaukee Bucks||Chris Ford||George Karl|
|Sacramento Kings||Eddie Jordan||Rick Adelman|
|Seattle SuperSonics||George Karl||Paul Westphal|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach|
|Charlotte Hornets||Dave Cowens||Paul Silas|
|Los Angeles Lakers||Del Harris||Bill Bertka|
|Bill Bertka||Kurt Rambis|
|New Jersey Nets||John Calipari||Don Casey|
|Washington Wizards||Bernie Bickerstaff||Jim Brovelli|
|x-New York Knicks||27||23||.540||6||19–6||8–17||12–8|
|New Jersey Nets||16||34||.320||17||12–13||4–21||6–13|
|y-San Antonio Spurs||37||13||.740||–||21–4||16–9||17–4|
|y-Portland Trail Blazers||35||15||.700||–||22–3||13–12||15–7|
|x-Los Angeles Lakers||31||19||.620||4||18–7||13–12||14–8|
|Golden State Warriors||21||29||.420||14||13–12||8–17||8–11|
|Los Angeles Clippers||9||41||.180||26||6–19||3–22||3–16|
|8||x-New York Knicks||27||23||.540||6|
|14||New Jersey Nets||16||34||.320||17|
|1||z-San Antonio Spurs||37||13||.740||–|
|2||y-Portland Trail Blazers||35||15||.700||2|
|4||x-Los Angeles Lakers||31||19||.620||6|
|10||Golden State Warriors||21||29||.420||16|
|13||Los Angeles Clippers||9||41||.180||28|
Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics.
|First Round||Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||NBA Finals|
|Points per game||Allen Iverson||Philadelphia 76ers||26.8|
|Rebounds per game||Chris Webber||Sacramento Kings||13.0|
|Assists per game||Jason Kidd||Phoenix Suns||10.8|
|Steals per game||Kendall Gill||New Jersey Nets||2.7|
|Blocks per game||Alonzo Mourning||Miami Heat||3.9|
|FG%||Shaquille O'Neal||Los Angeles Lakers||57.6|
|FT%||Reggie Miller||Indiana Pacers||91.5|
|3FG%||Dell Curry||Milwaukee Bucks||47.6|
The following players were named the Players of the Month.
|February||Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers)|
|March||Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)|
|April||Jason Kidd (Phoenix Suns)|
The following players were named the Rookies of the Month.
|February||Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics)|
|March||Vince Carter (Toronto Raptors)|
|April||Vince Carter (Toronto Raptors)|
The following coaches were named Coaches of the Month.
|February||Jerry Sloan (Utah Jazz)|
|March||Mike Dunleavy, Sr. (Portland Trail Blazers)|
|April||Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)|
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