1996-97 Seattle SuperSonics Season
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1996%E2%80%9397 Seattle SuperSonics Season
1996-97 Seattle SuperSonics season
Division champions
Head coachGeorge Karl
General managerWally Walker
ArenaKeyArena at Seattle Center
Results
Record57–25 (.695)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finishWest Semifinals
(Lost to Rockets 3-4)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKSTW
Fox Sports Northwest
RadioKJR

The 1996-97 NBA season was the 29th season for the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association.[1] The SuperSonics entered the season as runner-ups in the 1996 NBA Finals, having lost to the Chicago Bulls in six games. During the offseason, the Sonics signed free agents Jim McIlvaine,[2] Craig Ehlo and Larry Stewart, and then later on signed Terry Cummings in January.[3] Coming off their trip to the NBA Finals, the Sonics remained as one of the elite teams in the Western Conference posting an 11-game winning streak after losing two of their first three games. They later on posted a nine-game winning streak in January, then won seven straight games in February. The Sonics won their third Division title in four years with a 57-25 record, and entered the playoffs as the #2 seed in the Western Conference.[4] The SuperSonics had the sixth best team defensive rating in the NBA.[5]

Three members of the team, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf were all selected for the 1997 NBA All-Star Game. Payton averaged 21.8 points, 7.1 assists and 2.4 steals per game, and was named to the All-NBA Second Team, and NBA All-Defensive First Team. Kemp averaged 18.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, while Schrempf provided the team with 16.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. Hersey Hawkins averaged 13.9 points and 1.9 steals per game, and Sam Perkins provided with scoring off the bench averaging 11.0 points per game.[6]

In the Western Conference First Round of the playoffs, they defeated the 7th-seeded Phoenix Suns after trailing 2-1.[7] In the Western Conference Semifinals, they faced the Houston Rockets, who had home court advantage in the series and defeated the Sonics in seven games.[8] This season was Kemp's final season with the SuperSonics, as he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade the following year.[9] Also following the season, Cummings signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers, Stewart was released to free agency, and Ehlo retired.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 35 Joseph Blair C  United States Arizona
2 45 Joe Vogel C  United States Colorado State
2 47 Ron Riley SG/SF  United States Arizona State
2 57 Drew Barry PG  United States Georgia Tech

Roster

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

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

Player statistics

NOTE: Please write the players statistics in alphabetical order by last name.

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Terry Cummings 45 3 18.4 .486 .600 .695 4.1 0.9 0.7 0.2 8.2
Craig Ehlo 62 0 13.7
Greg Graham 28 0 7.0
Antonio Harvey 6 0 4.3
Hersey Hawkins 82 82 33.6
Shawn Kemp 81 75 34.0
Jim McIlvaine 82 79 18.0
Nate McMillan 37 2 21.6
Gary Payton 82 82 39.2
Sam Perkins 81 4 24.4
Steve Scheffler 7 0 4.1
Detlef Schrempf 61 60 35.9
Eric Snow 67 0 11.6
Elmore Spencer 1 0 5.0
Larry Stewart 70 21 14.0
David Wingate 65 2 14.3

Playoffs

Awards and records

Awards

Records

Transactions

Trades

Free agents

References

  1. ^ 1996-97 Seattle SuperSonics
  2. ^ "Mcilvaine Solution In Middle?". Seattle Times. July 23, 1996. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ "Sonics sign Terry Cummings". AP News. January 13, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "1996-97 Seattle SuperSonics Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ "Teams Defense". NBA.com. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "1996-97 Seattle SuperSonics Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "Hello, Houston". Kitsap Sun. May 4, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ "Rockets Survive SuperSonic Scare". Los Angeles Times. May 18, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "PRO BASKETBALL; Sonics' Kemp Gets Wish And Is Traded, to Cavs". New York Times. September 26, 1997. Retrieved 2017.

See also


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