1996-97 San Antonio Spurs Season
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1996%E2%80%9397 San Antonio Spurs Season
1996-97 San Antonio Spurs season
Head coach
General managerGregg Popovich
Owner(s)Peter Holt
ArenaAlamodome
Results
Record20–62 (.244)
PlaceDivision: 6th (Midwest)
Conference: 13th (Western)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKSAT-TV
KRRT
Fox Sports Southwest
RadioWOAI

The 1996-97 NBA season was the Spurs' 21st season in the National Basketball Association, and 30th season as a franchise.[1] During the offseason, the Spurs signed free agent and former All-Star forward Dominique Wilkins, who previously played in Greece last season,[2] while re-signing former Spurs guard Vernon Maxwell. However, without All-Star center David Robinson, who only played just six games due to back and foot injuries,[3] and three-point specialist Chuck Person, who was out for the entire season with an off-season back injury,[4] the Spurs struggled losing 13 of their first 15 games in November, which included an 8-game losing streak. After 18 games, head coach Bob Hill was fired and replaced with General Manager Gregg Popovich. Wilkins appeared in 63 games and led the team in scoring with 18.2 points per game.[5] However, it would not be nearly enough as Sean Elliott played just 39 games due to a knee injury, and Charles D. Smith only appeared in just 19 games also with a knee injury. The Spurs lost their final six games, and finished sixth in the Midwest Division with an awful 20-62 record.[6] The Spurs had the worst team defensive rating in the NBA.[7] Robinson averaged 17.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game during his short six-game stint, while Elliott averaged 14.9 points per game, Maxwell provided the team with 12.9 points per game, Vinny Del Negro contributed 12.3 points per game, and Avery Johnson provided with 10.5 points and 6.8 assists per game.[5]

Since the Spurs joined the NBA in 1976, this was only the fourth time they missed the playoffs. Until 2020, this was the Spurs' last season in which they failed to make the playoffs, due in large part to turning the lottery pick they earned in 1997 into perennial All-Star Tim Duncan,[8] who would create a dynasty that won them their first championship 2 years later, then four more championships in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014. Following the season, Wilkins left to play in Italy,[9] Maxwell was released to free agency, Greg Anderson signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Hawks, and Smith retired.

Draft picks

The Spurs did not have any draft picks in 1996.

Roster

Roster Notes

  • Small forward Chuck Person missed the entire season due to a back injury.

Regular season

The Spurs were trying to continue the success of the last two seasons which had records of 59-23 and 62-20 respectively. However they would finish a dismal 20-62, Scoring leader David Robinson was injured, and was only able to play just six games due to back and foot injuries. Also injured was forward and three-point specialist Chuck Person, who missed the entire season with an off-season back injury. Head coach Bob Hill was fired midway through the season after starting 3-15, being replaced by Gregg Popovich, who would finish 17-47. He would later be appointed head coach after the season's end. This would be the only losing season for Gregg Popovich and the first losing season for the Spurs since the 1988-89 NBA season. However the lone silver lining in this season would be winning the number one pick for the 1997 NBA Draft.

Season standings

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Utah Jazz 64 18 .780 - 38-3 26-15 19-5
x-Houston Rockets 57 25 .695 7 30-11 27-14 19-5
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 40 42 .488 24 25-16 15-26 16-8
Dallas Mavericks 24 58 .293 40 14-27 10-31 9-15
Denver Nuggets 21 61 .256 43 12-29 9-32 7-17
San Antonio Spurs 20 62 .244 44 12-29 8-33 8-16
Vancouver Grizzlies 14 68 .171 50 8-33 6-35 6-18
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

Player statistics

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Cory Alexander 80 6 18.2 .396 .373 .736 1.5 3.2 1.0 .2 7.2
Greg Anderson 82 48 20.2 .496 .000 .667 5.5 .4 .8 .8 3.9
Joe Courtney 5 0 9.6 .313 - .600 1.4 .0 .0 .0 2.6
Vinny Del Negro 72 53 31.2 .467 .314 .868 2.9 3.2 .8 .1 12.3
Sean Elliott 39 39 35.7 .422 .333 .755 4.9 3.2 .6 .6 14.9
Jamie Feick 38 0 16.2 .353 .308 .523 5.6 .7 .4 .3 3.8
Devin Gray 3 0 8 .333 - - 1.7 .0 .3 .0 3.3
Darrin Hancock 1 0 8 .500 - 1.000 .0 1.0 .0 .0 4.0
Carl Herrera 75 58 24.5 .433 .333 .686 4.5 .7 .8 .7 8.8
Stephen Howard 7 0 9.9 .583 - .857 1.3 .1 1.1 .3 3.7
Avery Johnson 76 76 32.5 .477 .231 .690 1.9 6.8 1.3 .2 10.5
Tim Kempton 10 0 5.9 .200 - 1.000 .8 .2 .1 .1 .4
Vernon Maxwell 72 31 28.7 .375 .309 .744 2.2 2.1 1.2 .3 12.9
Gaylon Nickerson 3 0 12 .333 .000 1.000 1.3 .3 .0 .3 4.3
Will Perdue 65 34 29.5 .568 - .579 9.8 .6 .5 1.6 8.7
David Robinson 6 6 24.5 .500 - .654 8.5 1.3 1.0 1.0 17.7
Jason Sasser 6 0 10.3 .421 .500 - 1.2 .2 .3 .0 2.8
Charles Smith 19 7 17.3 .405 .000 .769 3.4 .7 .7 1.2 4.6
Dominique Wilkins 63 26 30.9 .417 .293 .803 6.4 1.9 .6 .5 18.2
Monty Williams 65 26 20.7 .509 .000 .645 3.2 1.4 .8 .8 9.0

Awards and records

Transactions

References

  1. ^ 1996-97 San Antonio Spurs
  2. ^ "Dominique Wilkins Joins the Spurs". New York Times. October 4, 1996. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Spurs' Robinson Breaks His Foot". New York Times. December 24, 1996. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Spurs' Robinson out 2-4 weeks". UPI Archives. October 22, 1996. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ a b "1996-97 San Antonio Spurs Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "1996-97 San Antonio Spurs Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "Teams Defense". NBA.com. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ "Spurs Win the Tim Duncan Sweepstakes". The New York Times. May 19, 1997.
  9. ^ "Vantage Point : With an Offer In Bologna,Will Wilkins Come Back?". New York Times. June 20, 1997. Retrieved 2021.

See also


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