2000 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team

Games of the XXVIIth Olympiad -- 2000

  • Date:
    Sep 14, 2012

Sydney, Australia - September 15 - October 1, 2000

The 2000 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team did what they were sent to do: they won the Olympic gold medal. What wasn't expected were several tight contests that kept games suspenseful for U.S. team members and basketball fans worldwide for the first time since the 1988 Olympics.

2000 U.S. RESULTS (8-0)
USA 119 China 72
USA   93 Italy 61
USA   85 Lithuania 76
USA 102 New Zealand 56
USA 106 France 94
USA   85 Russia 70
USA   85 Lithuania 83
USA   85 France 75

2000 OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0)   7. Canada (5-2)
2. France (4-4)   8. Russia (3-4)
3. Lithuania (5-3)   9. Spain (2-4)
4. Australia (4-4) 10. China (2-4)
5. Italy (4-3) 11. New Zealand (1-5)
6. Yugoslavia (4-3)

12. Angola (0-6)

For the 12th time in 14 Olympics the United States men's Olympic team won gold and in the process upped its overall win-loss record in Olympic play to an astounding 109-2, including a current win streak numbering 25 consecutive victories.

The U.S. opened play on Sept. 17 and behind Ray Allen's 21 points recorded an impressive 119-72 win over China. Utilizing a balanced attack the U.S. handed 1999 European champ Italy a 93-61 setback. Receiving 14 points from Gary Payton, despite Lithuania never letting the U.S. break away, the U.S. posted a nine point victory, 85-76, the closest margin since NBA players began competing in 1992. New Zealand, making its first Olympic men's basketball appearance were whipped 102-56 win as Vince Carter and Allan Houston scored 18 and 17 points respectively. Closing out preliminary play against France, relying on 20 points and 11 rebounds from Antonio McDyess and 19 points and 11 boards from Kevin Garnett the USA secured a 12-point win, 106-94.

Meeting Russia in the quarterfinals, the USA led by five at halftime and went on to record an 85-70 win as Jason Kidd posted 10 points, a game high eight assists and seven rebounds, while Garnett added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Facing Lithuania again, this time in the semifinals, the U.S. was forced to rally back in the game's final 90 seconds and only after Lithuania's desperation three-pointer fell short as time ran out did the U.S. claim a tight 85-83 victory. Carter paced the U.S. scoring attack with 18 points, Mourning had 16 and Garnett finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds.

Fifteen days after opening the Olympics the USA faced France for the gold medal. The Americans, behind 13 points from Allen and Carter, led the entire game and despite opening a 14-point lead early, were unable to put France away. France rallied to within four, 76-72 with 4:26 to play, before the U.S. once again reasserted itself and pulled away for the 85-75 victory.

The USA's gold medal crusade was a team effort. Offensively, the U.S. averaged 95.0 points a game and all 12 players scored between 14.8 and 5.5 points a game. Carter led the U.S. in scoring and was third overall for the Olympics averaging 14.8 points a game, while Garnett added 10.8 ppg. and an Olympic competition leading 9.1 rebounds. Mourning added 10.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and an Olympic high 2.3 blocked shots a game and Allen finished averaging 9.8 ppg. Kidd led the U.S. and ranked fourth in the Olympics in assists averaging 4.4 per game, and two-time Olympian Payton added 3.4 apg. to rank eighth among all players.

2000 U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT DOB PRO TEAM/COLLEGE
Shareef Abdur-Rahim F 6-9 230 12/11/76 Vancouver Grizzlies / California '96
Ray Allen G 6-5 205 07/20/75 Milwaukee Bucks / Connecticut '96
Vin Baker F 6-11 240 11/23/71 Seattle SuperSonics / Hartford '93
Vince Carter G/F 6-6 225 01/26/77 Toronto Raptors / North Carolina '98
Kevin Garnett F 6-11 220 05/19/76 Minnesota Timberwolves / Farragut Academy H.S. (IL)
Tim Hardaway G 6-0 195 09/01/66 Miami Heat / Texas El-Paso '89
Allan Houston G 6-6 200 04/20/71 New York Knicks / Tennessee '93
Jason Kidd G 6-4 212 03/23/73 Phoenix Suns / California '94
Antonio McDyess F 6-9 220 09/07/74 Denver Nuggets / Alabama '95
Alonzo Mourning C 6-10 261 02/08/70 Miami Heat / Georgetown '92
Gary Payton G 6-4 190 07/23/68 Seattle SuperSonics / Oregon State '90
Steve Smith G 6-8 221 03/31/69 Portland Trail Blazers / Michigan State '91
Head Coach: Rudy Tomjanovich (Houston Rockets)
Assistant Coach: Larry Brown (Philadelphia 76ers)
Assistant Coach: Gene Keady (Purdue University)
Assistant Coach: Tubby Smith (University of Kentucky)

2000 U.S. U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

G/S
FGM-A
PCT
3PM-A
PCT
FTM-A
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
Carter  8/5
41- 81
.506
11-27
.407
25-36
.694
29/ 3.6
118/ 14.8
11
1
8
Garnett   8/5
37- 68
.544
0- 0
.000
12-19
.632
73/ 9.1
 86/ 10.8
17
3
9
Mourning  6/6
22-37
.595
0-2
.000
17-20
.850
25/ 4.2
 61/ 10.2
8
14
1
Allen  8/2
28- 52
.538
10-19
.526
12-12
1.000
15/ 1.9
 78/   9.8
10
2
7
Baker  8/2
23- 36
.639
0-0
.---
18-31
.581
24/ 3.0
 64/   8.0
6
4
3
Houston  7/4
18- 38
.474
12-20
.600
8-10
.800
13/ 1.9
 56/   8.0
7
0
0
McDyess  8/2
27-40
.675
0- 0
.000
7-15
.467
47/ 5.9
 61/   7.6
8
1
4
Abdur-Rahim  8/1
17-31
.548
0-1
.000
17-21
.810
26/ 3.3
 51/   6.4
1
0
3
Smith  8/2
11- 24
.458
4-9
.444
23-29
.793
19/ 2.4
 49/   6.1
11
3
2
Kidd  8/4
16-31
.516
4-8
.500
12-15
.800
42/ 5.3
 48/   6.0
35
1
9
Payton  8/6
15- 43
.349
2-10
.200
12-17
.706
17/ 2.1
 44/   5.5
27
1
9
Hardaway  8/1
15- 39
.385
11-32
.344
3-5
.600
11/ 1.4
 44/   5.5
12
0
2
USA  8
270-520
.519
54-128
.422
166-230
.722
341/42.6
760/95.0
153
30
57
OPP.  8
187-479
.390
50-178
.281
163-239
.682
200/25.0
587/73.4
106
17
35

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