1996-97 Washington Bullets Season
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1996%E2%80%9397 Washington Bullets Season
1996-97 Washington Bullets season
Head coachJim Lynam (fired) (22-24)
Bob Staak (interim) (0-1)
Bernie Bickerstaff (22-13)
General managerWes Unseld
Owner(s)Abe Pollin
ArenaUS Airways Arena (37 games)
Baltimore Arena (4 games)
Results
Record44–38 (.537)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Atlantic)
Conference: 8th (Eastern)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Bulls 0-3)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television
RadioWTOP

The 1996-97 NBA season was the Bullets' 36th season in the National Basketball Association.[1] During the offseason, the Bullets acquired Rod Strickland and former Bullets forward Harvey Grant from the Portland Trail Blazers,[2] and signed free agent Tracy Murray. Despite a stellar season last year, Juwan Howard signed a 7-year $100 million contract with the Miami Heat. However, the deal was voided claiming that Miami exceeded their salary cap. The Bullets quickly re-signed Howard, but would lose their first round draft pick next year.[3] With a record of 22-24 at midseason, the Bullets fired head coach Jim Lynam, then after playing one game under assistant Bob Staak, they hired Bernie Bickerstaff as their new coach. Under Bickerstaff, the Bullets finished the season winning 16 of their final 21 games.[4] On the final day of the regular season, the Bullets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 85-81 at the Gund Arena to capture the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference.[5] They finished fourth in the Atlantic Division with a 44-38 record, ending an eight-year playoff drought, and making the playoffs for the first time since 1988.

Chris Webber led the team with 20.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. He was also selected for the 1997 NBA All-Star Game, which was his first All-Star appearance. Howard finished second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 19.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while Strickland provided the team with 17.2 points, 8.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Calbert Cheaney and last season's Most Improved Player, Gheorghe Mure?an both contributed with 10.6 points per game, while Murray provided with 10.0 points per game off the bench.[6]

In the Eastern Conference First Round of the playoffs, the Bullets were swept by the defending champion Chicago Bulls in three straight games, losing Game 3 at home by one point, 96-95 after taking a 14-2 lead early in the first quarter.[7] This would be their final playoff appearance until 2005. Game 3 of that series at US Airways Arena was officially their final game as the "Bullets". Following the season, the team changed its name to the "Wizards".[8]

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 55 Ronnie Henderson  United States LSU

Roster

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 --

Game log

Regular season

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

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Awards and records

Transactions

References

  1. ^ 1996-97 Washington Bullets
  2. ^ "Blazers Send Strickland, Grant to Bullets for Wallace, Butler". AP News. July 16, 1996. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ "Howard: 2 Deals, 2 Teams, $200 Million". New York Times. August 6, 1996. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "1996-97 Washington Bullets Schedule and Results". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ "LAST-CHANCE BULLETS HIT BULL'S EYE; WASHINGTON RALLIES PAST CAVALIERS, 85-81, GAINS PLAYOFF GOAL; BULLS SERIES BEGINS FRIDAY; LONGEST POSTSEASON DROUGHT IN NBA ENDS". Washington Post. April 21, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "1996-97 Washington Bullets Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "IN THEIR FINAL SHOT, BULLETS JUST MISS". Washington Post. May 1, 1997. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ "For Bullets, 'Wizards' Casts Magic Spell". Washington Post. February 23, 1996. Retrieved 2017.

See also


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