1996-97 New York Knicks Season
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1996%E2%80%9397 New York Knicks Season
1996-97 New York Knicks season
Head coachJeff Van Gundy
General managerErnie Grunfeld
Owners
ArenaMadison Square Garden
Results
Record57–25 (.695)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finishConference Semifinals
(Lost to Heat 3-4)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionMSG Network[1]
RadioWFAN[2]

The 1996-97 New York Knicks season was the 51st season for the Knicks in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[3] During the offseason, the Knicks acquired All-Star forward Larry Johnson from the Charlotte Hornets,[4] and signed free agents Allan Houston, Chris Childs[5] and Buck Williams.[6] In the regular season, the Knicks won eight of their first ten games, then held a 26-9 record as of January 11,[7] finishing in second place in the Atlantic Division with a 57-25 record,[8] and made the NBA Playoffs for the 10th consecutive year.[3] The team also posted three seven-game winning streaks during the season.[7]

The Knicks enjoyed a successful season, with their 57 wins tied for the third-most in franchise history;[3] they finished second in the Atlantic Division and third in the Eastern Conference.[9] With Houston in the regular starting lineup at shooting guard, John Starks averaged 13.8 points per game off the bench,[8] and was named the Sixth Man of the Year.[9] Patrick Ewing averaged 22.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game,[8] and was selected for the 1997 NBA All-Star Game, but did not play due to a groin injury.[10] Ewing also earned All-NBA Second Team honors,[9] and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.[11] Houston finished second on the team in scoring with 14.8 points per game, while Johnson averaged 12.8 points per game, and Charles Oakley provided the team with 10.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.[8] In the last game of the season, at the United Center, the Knicks defeated the then-69-12 Chicago Bulls, preventing them from posting two consecutive 70-win seasons in a row, and tying the best home record (40-1 set by the 1985-86 Boston Celtics, and later on set by the 2015-16 San Antonio Spurs).[12]

In the playoffs, New York defeated the Charlotte Hornets in a three-game sweep in the Eastern Conference first round and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals,[13][14] where they faced the Miami Heat in what would eventually become the first chapter of one of the fiercest NBA rivalries of the period.[15] After jumping to a 3-1 lead in the series, the Knicks were eliminated by the Heat in seven games,[16] after a brawl erupted at the end of Game 5 that led to the suspensions of five key Knicks players: Ewing, Houston, Johnson, Starks and Charlie Ward.[17] Following the season, John Wallace was traded to the Toronto Raptors,[18] and Walter McCarty was dealt to the Boston Celtics.[19]

NBA Draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 18 John Wallace SF  United States Syracuse
1 19 Walter McCarty SF  United States Kentucky
1 21 Dontae' Jones SF  United States Mississippi State

Roster

Roster notes

Regular season

Season standings

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Miami Heat 61 21 .744 - 29-12 32-9 16-8
x-New York Knicks 57 25 .695 4 31-10 26-15 19-6
x-Orlando Magic 45 37 .549 16 26-15 19-22 13-11
x-Washington Bullets 44 38 .537 17 25-16 19-22 14-10
New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 35 16-25 10-31 11-13
Philadelphia 76ers 22 60 .268 39 11-30 11-30 11-14
Boston Celtics 15 67 .183 46 11-30 4-37 1-23
1996-97 NBA East standings
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Chicago Bulls 69 13 .841 -
2 y-Miami Heat 61 21 .744 8
3 x-New York Knicks 57 25 .695 12
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 56 26 .683 13
5 x-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 15
6 x-Charlotte Hornets 54 28 .659 15
7 x-Orlando Magic 45 37 .549 24
8 x-Washington Bullets 44 38 .537 25
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 27
10 Indiana Pacers 39 43 .476 30
11 Milwaukee Bucks 33 49 .402 36
12 Toronto Raptors 30 52 .366 39
13 New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 43
14 Philadelphia 76ers 22 60 .268 47
15 Boston Celtics 15 67 .183 54
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 --

Playoffs

Player statistics

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Season

Playoffs

Awards and records

Transactions

References

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