It's humbling to think back on the past. My aunt stocking up on rations for Y2K and the 9/11 catastrophe are still very fresh memories for me, but the 2000-2001 NBA season was 12 years ago! That's roughly half of the time I have spent experiencing things on this planet.
Associating the passage of time with the NBA is something I've always done, but I also have a bedroom plastered with 90's Bulls memorabilia so maybe I'm just stuck in a perpetual state of nostalgia.
In the 2000-2001 season, Kobe Bryant was a spry, young 22 year old with a full head of hair in the middle of a historic dynasty. This makes me feel all existential and shit. So much time has passed between then and now even though it only feels like a few years ago. Think about how many random breakout seasons there were and how the NBA landscape has completely changed since then (i.e. No more hand checking, new CBA, the stretch 4 becoming prevalent)
I decided to go back and search for some of these seasons in the Basketball Reference database. I chose 2000 as a starting point because it's roughly the past decade, and the 1990's are a whole different post. Most of these findings weren't exactly shocking, but it's nice to look back and see just how good some of today's aging veterans used to be. This journey will feature way too many players spanning from the year 2000 - 2009 and will be split into multiple posts.
Detroit Pistons, SG: Jerry Stackhouse 26 Years Old
40.2 Minutes, 29.8 Points, 3.9 Rebounds, 5.1 Assists, 1.2 Steals, 21.8 PER
Season Highs: Points (57), Rebounds (12), Assists (11), Steals (5), Blocks (4), 3PM (6), FTM (18), TO (11)
- Kobe Bryant
- Allen Iverson
- Tracy McGrady
- LeBron James
- Dwyane Wade
- Kevin Durant
- Jerry Stackhouse