1999 in basketball


1999 in basketball

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Championships

Professional

*Men
**1999 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs over the New York Knicks 4-1. MVP: Tim Duncan
*** 1999 NBA Playoffs, 1998-99 NBA season, 1999 NBA Draft
**Eurobasket: Italy 64, Spain 56
*Women
**WNBA Finals: Houston Comets over the New York Liberty 2-1. MVP: Cynthia Cooper
**Eurobasket Women Poland def. France

College

*Men
**NCAA Division I: University of Connecticut 77, Duke University 74
**National Invitation Tournament: University of California, Berkeley 61, Clemson University 60
**NCAA Division II: Kentucky Wesleyan College 75, Metropolitan State College of Denver 60
**NCAA Division III: University of Wisconsin-Platteville 76, Hampden-Sydney College 75 2 OTs
**NAIA Division I: Life University (GA) 63, Mobile (AL) 60
**NAIA Division II: Cornerstone University(MI) 113, Bethel College (Indiana) (IN) 109 OT
**NJCAA Division I: Indian Hills CC, Ottumwa, Iowa 100, Barton County CC Great Bend, Kansas 88

*Women
**NCAA Division I: Purdue University 62, Duke University 45
**NCAA Division II: North Dakota State University 80, Arkansas Tech University 63
**NCAA Division III Washington (Mo.) 74, St. Benedict 65
**NAIA Division I: Oklahoma City University 72, Simon Fraser (BC) 55
**NAIA Division II Shawnee State University (OH) 80, University of St. Francis 65

Preps

*USA Today Boys Basketball #1 Ranking: Oak Hill, Mouth of Wilson, Virginia (31-0). Led by Ronald Slay and Travis Watson
*USA Today Girls Basketball #1 Ranking: Pickerington, Ohio (27-1). Led by LaToya Turner.

Awards and Honors

Professional

*Men
**NBA Most Valuable Player Award: Karl Malone
**NBA Rookie of the Year Award: Vince Carter
**NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award: Alonzo Mourning
**NBA Coach of the Year Award: Mike Dunleavy, Portland Trail Blazers
*Women
**WNBA Most Valuable Player Award: Yolanda Griffith, Sacramento Monarchs
**WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award: Yolanda Griffith, Sacramento Monarchs
**WNBA Rookie of the Year Award: Chamique Holdsclaw, Washington Mystics
**WNBA Coach of the Year Award: Van Chancellor, Houston Comets

Collegiate

*Naismith College Player of the Year
** Men: Elton Brand, Duke
** Women: Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee
*John R. Wooden Award: Elton Brand, Duke
*Wade Trophy: Stephanie White-McCarty, Purdue
*Naismith College Coach of the Year
** Men: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
** Women: Carolyn Peck, Purdue

Events

Deaths

*October 12 Wilt Chamberlain, player and member of Basketball Hall of Fame. Many believe him to have been the best basketball player in the history of the game.
*October 15 Marvin Wood 71, coach of 1954 Indiana state basketball champion Milan, Indiana High School. The story of the 1954 team became the basis for the movie "Hoosiers".


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