1996–97 Los Angeles Clippers season

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1996–97 Los Angeles Clippers season
Head coach Bill Fitch
Owner(s) Donald Sterling
Arena Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Arrowhead Pond
Results
Record 36–46 (.439)
Place Division: 5th (Pacific)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finish West First Round
(eliminated 0-3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports West/Fox Sports West 2, KCAL, KDOC
Radio KIIS, KPLS
< 1995–96 1997–98 >

The 1996-97 Los Angeles Clippers season was their 27th season in the NBA, their 13th in Los Angeles, and their 3rd in which they played occasional home games in Anaheim.[1] The Clippers finished fifth in the Pacific Division with a 36-46 record, making the playoffs. In the first round, they were swept by the Utah Jazz. This would be the last time the Clippers appear in the playoffs until 2006.

Draft Picks[edit]

Main article: 1996 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 7 Lorenzen Wright C/PF  United States Memphis
2 36 Doron Sheffer F  Israel UConn

Roster[edit]

Los Angeles Clippers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
SG 31 United States Barry, Brent 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oregon State
G 24 United States Dehere, Terry 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Seton Hall
C 00 United States Duckworth, Kevin Injured 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 300 lb (136 kg) Eastern Illinois
C 50 United States Manning, Rich 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Washington
PG 15 United States Martin, Darrick 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) UCLA
SF 7 United States Murray, Lamond 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 236 lb (107 kg) California
PF 45 United States Outlaw, Bo 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Houston
G/F 52 United States Piatkowski, Eric 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Nebraska
PG 2 United States Richardson, Pooh (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) UCLA
C 53 United States Roberts, Stanley Injured 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 285 lb (129 kg) LSU
SF 54 United States Rogers, Rodney 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Wake Forest
C 33 United States Schintzius, Dwayne Injured 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Florida
SG 21 United States Sealy, Malik 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) St. John's
PF 35 United States Vaught, Loy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Michigan
C 55 United States Wright, Lorenzen 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Memphis
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2009-10-04

Roster Notes[edit]

  • A number of players from the 1996-97 roster have either died prematurely or ended up in tragic circumstances. They are center Stanley Roberts (banned from NBA for drug use in 1999), guard Malik Sealy (died in an automobile accident in 2000 at age 30), center Kevin Duckworth (died of heart failure in 2008 at age 44), forward Rodney Rogers (became paralyzed after dirt bike accident in 2008 at age 37), forward/center Lorenzen Wright (murdered in 2010 at age 34), and center Dwayne Schintzius (died from cancer complications in 2012 at age 43).

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

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
# 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

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (8) Los Angeles Clippers Last Playoff Meeting: 1992 Western Conference First Round (Utah won 3–2)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(UTAH-LAC)

Venue Recap
1 April 24 Utah 106 L.A. Clippers 86 1-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 1
2 April 26 Utah 105 L.A. Clippers 99 2-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 2
3 April 28 L.A. Clippers 92 Utah 104 3-0 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California 3
Utah wins series 3–0

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Brent Barry 59 0 18.5 .409 .324 .817 1.9 2.6 .9 .3 7.5
Terry Dehere 73 3 14.4 .386 .325 .824 1.3 2.2 .4 .0 6.4
Kevin Duckworth 26 22 14.8 .437 .750 .688 2.3 .6 .3 .4 4.0
Rich Manning 10 1 7.3 .412 .000 .500 1.6 .1 .1 .1 3.1
Darrick Martin 82 64 22.2 .407 .389 .872 1.4 4.1 .7 .0 10.9
Lamond Murray 74 1 17.5 .416 .341 .739 3.1 .8 .7 .4 7.4
Bo Outlaw 82 25 26.8 .609 .000 .504 5.5 1.9 1.1 1.7 7.6
Eric Piatkowski 65 0 11.5 .450 .425 .821 1.6 .8 .5 .2 6.0
Pooh Richardson 59 18 18.1 .381 .328 .605 1.7 2.9 .9 .1 5.6
Stanley Roberts 18 2 21.0 .426 . .703 5.1 .5 .4 1.3 9.5
Rodney Rogers 81 62 30.6 .462 .361 .663 5.1 2.7 1.1 .8 13.2
Dwayne Schintzius 15 0 7.7 .361 .500 .875 1.5 .3 .1 .6 2.3
Malik Sealy 80 79 30.7 .396 .356 .876 3.0 2.1 1.6 .6 13.5
Loy Vaught 82 82 34.6 .500 .167 .702 10.0 1.3 1.0 .3 14.9
Lorenzen Wright 77 51 25.1 .481 .250 .587 6.1 .6 .6 .8 7.3

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Brent Barry
Terry Dehere
Rich Manning
Darrick Martin
Lamond Murray
Bo Outlaw
Eric Piatkowski
Pooh Richardson
Rodney Rogers
Malik Sealy
Loy Vaught
Lorenzen Wright

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Clippers have been involved in the following transactions during the 1996-97 season.

Trades[edit]

No trades occurred for this team this season.

Free Agents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]