1996-97 Los Angeles Clippers Season
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1996%E2%80%9397 Los Angeles Clippers Season

The 1996-97 NBA season was the Clippers' 27th season in the National Basketball Association, 13th in Los Angeles and 3rd in which they played occasional home games in Anaheim.[1] During the offseason, the Clippers signed free agents Darrick Martin and former All-Star center Kevin Duckworth. With the loss of Brian Williams to free agency, the Clippers were expected to sink in the bottom of the NBA again. However, with the continued solid play of Loy Vaught, who once again led the team in scoring and rebounding, the Clippers managed to slip into the playoffs as the #8 seed in the Western Conference with a below .500 record of 36-46, fifth in the Pacific Division. However, in the first round of the playoffs, the Clippers were swept by the top-seeded Utah Jazz in three straight games. This would be their final playoff appearance until 2006.

Following the season, Malik Sealy signed as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons, Bo Outlaw signed with the Orlando Magic, Stanley Roberts was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Terry Dehere signed with the Sacramento Kings and Duckworth retired.

Draft Picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 7 Lorenzen Wright C/PF  United States Memphis
2 36 Doron Sheffer F  Israel UConn

Roster

Roster Notes

  • A number of players from the 1996-97 roster have either died prematurely, or ended up in unfortunate circumstances; these players are center Stanley Roberts (banned from the NBA for drug use in 1999), guard Malik Sealy (died in an automobile accident in 2000 at age 30), center Kevin Duckworth (died of heart failure in 2008 at age 44), forward Rodney Rogers (became paralyzed after a dirt bike accident in 2008 at age 37), forward/center Lorenzen Wright (murdered in 2010 at age 34), and center Dwayne Schintzius (died from cancer complications in 2012 at age 43). Interestingly enough, one player, Brent Barry, would enjoy a long and productive career in the NBA, winning two titles (2005 and 2007) with the San Antonio Spurs, as well as being a consistent starter for the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2000s, but was divorced from his wife Erin in 2011, allegedly due to an extra-martial affair with Tony Parker.

Regular season

Season standings

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Seattle SuperSonics 57 25 .695 - 31-10 26-15 16-8
x-Los Angeles Lakers 56 26 .683 1 31-10 25-16 18-6
x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 8 29-12 20-21 15-9
x-Phoenix Suns 40 42 .488 17 25-16 15-26 13-11
x-Los Angeles Clippers 36 46 .439 21 21-20 15-26 10-14
Sacramento Kings 34 48 .415 23 22-19 12-29 8-16
Golden State Warriors 30 52 .366 27 18-23 12-29 4-20
1996-97 NBA West standings
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Utah Jazz 64 18 .780 -
2 y-Seattle SuperSonics 57 25 .695 7
3 x-Houston Rockets 57 25 .695 7
4 x-Los Angeles Lakers 56 26 .683 8
5 x-Portland Trail Blazers 49 33 .598 15
6 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 40 42 .488 24
7 x-Phoenix Suns 40 42 .488 24
8 x-Los Angeles Clippers 36 46 .439 28
9 Sacramento Kings 34 48 .415 30
10 Golden State Warriors 30 52 .366 34
11 Dallas Mavericks 24 58 .293 40
12 Denver Nuggets 21 61 .256 43
13 San Antonio Spurs 20 62 .244 44
14 Vancouver Grizzlies 14 68 .171 50
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

1996-97 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta -- 3-1 1-3 1-3 3-1 2-0 1-1 1-3 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 1-2 4-0 2-0 3-1 1-3 3-1 4-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 4-0 1-1 2-0 2-1
Boston 1-3 -- 0-4 0-4 1-2 1-1 1-1 0-4 1-1 0-2 1-2 0-2 1-1 0-4 1-3 0-2 0-4 0-4 0-4 1-3 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 3-1 0-2 0-2 0-4
Charlotte 3-1 4-0 -- 0-4 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 2-0 2-0 2-2 1-1 1-1 1-2 2-2 2-0 4-0 3-1 1-2 4-0 1-1 0-2 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-2 0-2 2-0 3-1
Chicago 3-1 4-0 4-0 -- 3-1 2-0 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 4-0 2-0 1-1 2-2 4-0 2-0 3-1 2-2 3-0 4-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-1
Cleveland 1-3 2-1 1-3 1-3 -- 2-0 1-1 2-2 1-1 0-2 3-1 2-0 1-1 0-4 2-2 2-0 4-0 1-3 2-2 3-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 3-1 1-1 2-0 1-3
Dallas 0-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 -- 3-1 0-2 0-4 0-4 1-1 2-2 0-4 0-2 0-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-3 1-3 2-2 1-3 1-3 0-2 1-3 3-1 0-2
Denver 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-3 -- 0-2 1-3 1-3 0-2 1-3 0-4 0-2 1-1 0-4 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 2-2 0-4 2-2 2-2 0-4 1-1 0-4 3-1 1-1
Detroit 3-1 4-0 2-2 1-3 2-2 2-0 2-0 -- 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 0-4 3-1 2-0 4-0 1-2 2-2 2-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 1-1 2-0 4-0
Golden State 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 4-0 3-1 0-2 -- 0-4 1-1 1-3 0-4 0-2 1-1 1-3 2-0 0-2 1-1 2-0 0-4 2-2 1-3 4-0 0-4 2-0 0-4 3-1 0-2
Houston 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 2-0 4-0 3-1 1-1 4-0 -- 1-1 3-1 3-1 0-2 1-1 4-0 2-0 1-1 0-2 2-0 2-2 2-2 4-0 3-1 3-1 1-1 2-2 3-1 2-0
Indiana 1-3 2-1 2-2 0-4 1-3 1-1 2-0 1-3 1-1 1-1 -- 2-0 1-1 1-3 2-2 2-0 2-2 1-3 1-3 3-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 4-0 0-2 2-0 1-3
L.A. Clippers 0-2 2-0 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-2 3-1 0-2 3-1 1-3 0-2 -- 2-2 0-2 2-0 1-3 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 2-2 0-4 2-2 4-0 1-3 2-0 1-3 4-0 0-2
L.A. Lakers 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 4-0 4-0 1-1 4-0 1-3 1-1 2-2 -- 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 4-0 1-3 4-0 2-2 3-1 1-1 1-3 4-0 2-0
Miami 2-1 4-0 2-1 2-2 4-0 2-0 2-0 4-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 2-0 1-1 -- 4-0 1-1 3-1 1-3 2-2 3-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 0-2 3-1 0-2 2-0 3-1
Milwaukee 0-4 3-1 2-2 0-4 2-2 2-0 1-1 1-3 1-1 1-1 2-2 0-2 0-2 0-4 -- 0-2 2-1 1-2 2-2 3-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 3-1 1-1 2-0 1-3
Minnesota 0-2 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-2 3-1 4-0 0-2 3-1 0-4 0-2 3-1 1-3 1-1 2-0 -- 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 3-1 2-2 0-4 4-0 0-4 1-1 1-3 4-0 1-1
New Jersey 1-3 4-0 0-4 1-3 0-4 1-1 1-1 0-4 0-2 0-2 2-2 1-1 0-2 1-3 1-2 0-2 -- 2-2 1-3 2-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-3 0-2 2-0 1-3
New York 3-1 4-0 1-3 2-2 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-1 1-1 2-2 -- 3-1 3-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 0-2 3-0 1-1 2-0 4-0
Orlando 1-3 4-0 2-1 0-3 2-2 1-1 2-0 2-2 1-1 2-0 3-1 1-1 1-1 2-2 2-2 1-1 3-1 1-3 -- 2-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 4-0 0-2 1-1 1-3
Philadelphia 0-4 3-1 0-4 0-4 0-3 0-2 1-1 1-2 0-2 0-2 0-3 1-1 0-2 1-3 1-3 1-1 2-2 2-3 2-2 -- 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-3 0-2 2-0 1-3
Phoenix 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-1 2-2 2-0 4-0 2-2 1-1 2-2 0-4 0-2 1-1 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 -- 1-3 4-0 3-1 2-2 0-2 1-3 2-2 1-1
Portland 0-2 1-1 2-0 0-2 1-1 3-1 4-0 1-1 2-2 2-2 1-1 4-0 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-1 -- 2-2 4-0 1-3 0-2 2-2 4-0 0-2
Sacramento 0-2 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-2 2-2 2-2 1-1 3-1 0-4 1-1 2-2 0-4 0-2 2-0 4-0 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 0-4 2-2 -- 3-1 1-3 1-1 0-4 4-0 0-2
San Antonio 0-2 1-1 0-2 0-2 2-0 3-1 2-2 0-2 0-4 1-3 1-1 0-4 2-2 0-2 1-1 0-4 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-3 0-4 1-3 -- 0-4 1-1 1-3 1-3 0-2
Seattle 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 2-0 3-1 4-0 1-1 4-0 1-3 1-1 3-1 1-3 2-0 1-1 4-0 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-2 3-1 3-1 4-0 -- 2-0 1-3 4-0 2-0
Toronto 0-4 1-3 2-2 1-3 1-3 2-0 1-1 1-3 0-2 1-1 0-4 0-2 1-1 1-3 1-3 1-1 3-0 0-3 0-4 3-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-2 -- 1-1 1-1 2-2
Utah 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 3-1 4-0 1-1 4-0 2-2 2-0 3-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 3-1 2-2 4-0 3-1 3-1 1-1 -- 4-0 2-0
Vancouver 0-2 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-3 1-3 0-2 1-3 1-3 0-2 0-4 0-4 0-2 0-2 0-4 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 2-2 0-4 0-4 3-1 0-4 1-1 0-4 -- 1-1
Washington 1-2 4-0 1-3 1-2 3-1 2-0 1-1 0-4 2-0 0-2 3-1 2-0 0-2 1-3 3-1 1-1 3-1 0-4 3-1 3-1 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 0-2 2-2 0-2 1-1 --

Game log

Playoffs

West First Round

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (8) Los Angeles Clippers Last Playoff Meeting: 1992 Western Conference First Round (Utah won 3-2)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(UTAH-LAC)

Venue Recap
1 April 24 Utah 106 L.A. Clippers 86 1-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 1
2 April 26 Utah 105 L.A. Clippers 99 2-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 2
3 April 28 L.A. Clippers 92 Utah 104 3-0 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles 3
Utah wins series 3-0

Player statistics

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Brent Barry 59 0 18.5 .409 .324 .817 1.9 2.6 .9 .3 7.5
Terry Dehere 73 3 14.4 .386 .325 .824 1.3 2.2 .4 .0 6.4
Kevin Duckworth 26 22 14.8 .437 .750 .688 2.3 .6 .3 .4 4.0
Rich Manning 10 1 7.3 .412 .000 .500 1.6 .1 .1 .1 3.1
Darrick Martin 82 64 22.2 .407 .389 .872 1.4 4.1 .7 .0 10.9
Lamond Murray 74 1 17.5 .416 .341 .739 3.1 .8 .7 .4 7.4
Bo Outlaw 82 25 26.8 .609 .000 .504 5.5 1.9 1.1 1.7 7.6
Eric Piatkowski 65 0 11.5 .450 .425 .821 1.6 .8 .5 .2 6.0
Pooh Richardson 59 18 18.1 .381 .328 .605 1.7 2.9 .9 .1 5.6
Stanley Roberts 18 2 21.0 .426 . .703 5.1 .5 .4 1.3 9.5
Rodney Rogers 81 62 30.6 .462 .361 .663 5.1 2.7 1.1 .8 13.2
Dwayne Schintzius 15 0 7.7 .361 .500 .875 1.5 .3 .1 .6 2.3
Malik Sealy 80 79 30.7 .396 .356 .876 3.0 2.1 1.6 .6 13.5
Loy Vaught 82 82 34.6 .500 .167 .702 10.0 1.3 1.0 .3 14.9
Lorenzen Wright 77 51 25.1 .481 .250 .587 6.1 .6 .6 .8 7.3

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Brent Barry 3 0 28.0 .407 .455 .889 2.3 3.3 1.3 .0 11.7
Terry Dehere 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 . .5 .0 .0 .0 .0
Rich Manning 3 0 7.0 .222 . .833 1.3 .3 .0 .3 3.0
Darrick Martin 3 3 25.7 .440 .556 .667 .7 4.3 .0 .0 11.0
Lamond Murray 3 0 21.7 .300 .250 1.000 3.7 1.0 .7 1.0 7.0
Bo Outlaw 3 0 22.0 .545 .000 .300 4.7 1.3 .3 .7 5.0
Eric Piatkowski 3 0 12.7 .364 .400 .857 .7 .0 .3 .0 5.3
Pooh Richardson 2 0 9.0 .500 .000 .000 .0 1.5 .5 .0 2.0
Rodney Rogers 3 3 28.3 .414 .200 .750 2.3 2.0 1.3 1.0 10.7
Malik Sealy 3 3 26.3 .480 .200 .733 1.0 1.7 .0 .0 12.0
Loy Vaught 3 3 30.0 .613 .333 .667 9.0 .7 1.0 .7 15.0
Lorenzen Wright 3 3 30.7 .406 . 1.000 7.3 .7 1.0 .7 10.3

Awards and records

Transactions

The Clippers have been involved in the following transactions during the 1996-97 season.

Trades

No trades occurred for this team this season.

Free agents

See also

References


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