1996–97 San Antonio Spurs season

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1996–97 San Antonio Spurs season
Head coach Bob Hill
Gregg Popovich
Arena Alamodome
Results
Record 20–62 (.244)
Place Division: 6th (Midwest)
Conference: 13th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1996-97 NBA season was the Spurs' 21st season in the NBA, the 24th in San Antonio, and the 30th season as a franchise.[1] Dominique Wilkins would return to the NBA, and play 63 games for the Spurs, leading them with 18.2 points per game.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1996 NBA Draft

The Spurs did not have any draft picks in 1996.

Roster[edit]

Starter

Backup

Reverse

Inactive

*Injured

Regular season[edit]

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 six games. Forward Chuck Person was also injured, and was out for the entire season. 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[edit]

# 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]

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
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Cory Alexander
Greg Anderson
Joe Courtney
Vinny Del Negro
Sean Elliott
Jamie Feick
Devin Gray
Darrin Hancock
Carl Herrera
Stephen Howard
Avery Johnson
Tim Kempton
Vernon Maxwell
Gaylon Nickerson
Will Perdue
David Robinson
Jason Sasser
Charles Smith
Dominique Wilkins
Monty Williams

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]