1996-97 Toronto Raptors Season
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1996%E2%80%9397 Toronto Raptors Season
1996-97 Toronto Raptors season
Head coachDarrell Walker
OwnersJohn Bitove, Allan Slaight, Isiah Thomas
ArenaSkyDome
Copps Coliseum
Maple Leaf Gardens
Results
Record30–52 (.366)
PlaceDivision: 8th (Central)
Conference: 12th (Eastern)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionTSN, CKVR
RadioCFRB

The 1996-97 NBA season was the Raptors' second season in the National Basketball Association.[1] The Raptors drafted Marcus Camby out of Massachusetts with the second overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft, and started their season with new head coach Darrell Walker. Veteran leadership was added to the team with the acquisitions of Walt Williams, Popeye Jones, Hubert Davis and John Long. At midseason, the team re-signed free agent Oliver Miller after a brief stint with the Dallas Mavericks. The Raptors finished last place in the Central Division with a 30-52 record, which was a nine-game improvement over their inaugural season. Second-year star Damon Stoudamire led the team averaging 20.2 points and 8.8 assists per game. Camby averaged 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while being selected to the All-Rookie First Team. Following the season, Davis signed with the Dallas Mavericks and Long retired.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 2 Marcus Camby C/PF  United States UMass

Roster

Regular season

Highs

  • November 1, 1996 - To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the NBA, the first game of the season was played between the Raptors and the New York Knicks. Both teams wore throwback uniforms to recognize the anniversary. The Raptors wore the jerseys of the Toronto Huskies. The reason the game was played in Toronto was to recognize that the first ever NBA game was played in Toronto. The final score was 107-99 for the Knicks.
  • November 8, 1996 - The Raptors pulled a huge upset by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers by a score of 93-92. One of the game's highlights was Popeye Jones blocking a shot by Shaquille O'Neal.
  • December 8, 1996 - In a game against the defending NBA Champion Chicago Bulls, the Raptors pulled another upset by defeating the Bulls 97-89
  • February 25, 1997 - Versus the Denver Nuggets, the Raptors had their highest point total of the season. The final score was 124-122 for the Raptors.

Lows

  • January 15, 1997 - The Raptors suffer one of their worst losses of the season. It was at the hands of the defending Western Conference champion Seattle SuperSonics by a score of 122-78.

Season standings

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Chicago Bulls 69 13 .841 - 39-2 30-11 24-4
x-Atlanta Hawks 56 26 .683 13 36-5 20-21 17-11
x-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 15 30-11 24-17 17-11
x-Charlotte Hornets 54 28 .659 15 30-11 24-17 14-14
Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 27 25-16 17-24 13-15
Indiana Pacers 39 43 .476 30 21-20 18-23 11-17
Milwaukee Bucks 33 49 .402 36 20-21 13-28 10-18
Toronto Raptors 30 52 .366 39 18-23 12-29 6-22
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

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

Regular season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Benoit Benjamin 4 3 11.0 .417 .000 .750 2.3 .3 .25 .00 3.3
Marcus Camby 63 38 30.1 .482 .143 .693 6.3 1.5 1.05 2.06 14.8
Doug Christie 81 81 38.6 .417 .384 .775 5.3 3.9 2.48 .56 14.5
Earl Cureton 9 0 5.1 .375 .000 .333 1.0 .4 .00 .00 .8
Hubert Davis 36 0 17.3 .402 .229 .739 1.1 .9 .31 .06 5.0
Popeye Jones 79 61 30.6 .480 .077 .818 8.6 1.1 .73 .49 7.8
Martin Lewis 9 0 5.6 .429 .333 .500 .7 .4 .11 .22 1.6
Brad Lohaus 6 0 7.5 .267 .286 .000 1.2 .2 .17 .00 1.7
John Long 32 0 11.6 .393 .353 .893 1.3 .7 .28 .06 4.0
Oliver Miller* 19 8 16.6 .560 .000 .769 3.8 1.5 .68 .68 6.0
Jimmy Oliver 4 0 10.8 .308 .167 1.000 1.3 .3 .50 .00 2.8
Shawn Respert* 27 0 15.3 .442 .396 .844 1.2 1.2 .74 .07 5.6
Carlos Rogers 56 3 24.9 .525 .379 .600 5.4 .7 .75 1.23 9.8
Clifford Rozier* 41 29 17.9 .457 .000 .508 5.7 .8 .59 1.07 4.6
Reggie Slater 26 0 15.6 .550 .000 .520 3.7 .8 .35 .23 7.8
Damon Stoudamire 81 81 40.9 .401 .355 .823 4.1 8.8 1.52 .16 20.2
?an Tabak 13 4 16.8 .451 .000 .690 3.8 1.1 .46 .85 6.5
Donald Whiteside 27 1 9.6 .327 .333 .733 .4 1.3 .41 .00 2.2
Walt Williams 73 73 36.3 .427 .400 .765 5.0 2.7 1.33 .85 16.4
Sharone Wright 60 28 16.8 .400 .000 .511 3.1 .5 .25 .83 6.5

* Statistics include only games with the Raptors

Award winners

References

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