For a second consecutive season, the New Jersey Nets found themselves in the NBA Finals. The New Jersey Nets swept both the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons before falling 4-2 to the San Antonio Spurs in the Championship round.
Despite their loss in the Finals, the New Jersey Nets celebrated another successful season, winning 49 games. Sophomore Richard Jefferson emerged as a rising young star in his starting role at small forward, while Kenyon Martin continued to be one of the most dominant power forwards in the East. The team leader of the New Jersey Nets, Jason Kidd, was his usual magnificent self, guiding his team all the way to the Finals.
The New Jersey Nets were never able to experience the impact of newly acquired Dikembe Mutombo after the center injured his wrist early on and missed the majority of the regular season. Regardless, the New Jersey Nets were able to stay atop the Eastern Conference and finished just one win short of the best record in the East.