1996–97 Detroit Pistons season

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1996–97 Detroit Pistons season
Head coach Doug Collins
General manager Rick Sund
Owner(s) William Davidson
Arena The Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record 54–28 (.659)
Place Division: 4th (Central)
Conference: 5th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East First Round
(eliminated 2-3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1996-97 NBA season was the Pistons' 49th season in the NBA and 40th season in the city of Detroit.[1] The Pistons got off to a fast start winning ten of their first eleven games on their way to a 20–4 start. However, they went 34–24 for the rest of the season finishing third in the Central Division with a 54–28 record. Grant Hill averaged 21.4 points per game and finished third in MVP voting behind Karl Malone and Michael Jordan. Along the way, Hill, Joe Dumars and head coach Doug Collins represented the Eastern Conference during the 1997 NBA All-Star Game. In the first round of the playoffs, the Pistons would lose five games to the Atlanta Hawks after taking a 2–1 lead.

For the season, the Pistons changed their logo and uniforms, adding teal to their color scheme. Their logo and uniforms both lasted until 2001.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1996 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 26 Jerome Williams PF  United States Georgetown

Roster[edit]

Detroit Pistons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
PG 3 United States Childress, Randolph 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Wake Forest
SG 12 United States Curry, Michael 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Georgia Southern
SG 4 United States Dumars, Joe 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) McNeese State
PG 9 United States Green, Litterial 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Georgia
SF 33 United States Hill, Grant 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Duke
PG 1 United States Hunter, Lindsey 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jackson State
PF 43 United States Long, Grant 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Eastern Michigan
C 44 United States Mahorn, Rick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Hampton
SG 23 United States McKie, Aaron 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Temple
PF 6 United States Mills, Terry 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Michigan
C 42 United States Ratliff, Theo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Wyoming
PF 52 United States Reid, Don 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Georgetown
C 50 United States Thorpe, Otis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Providence
PF 13 United States Williams, Jerome 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Georgetown
Head coach

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

RosterTransactions

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

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
# 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

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(4) Atlanta Hawks vs. (5) Detroit Pistons Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Eastern Conference First Round (Detroit won 3-2)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(ATL-DET)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 25 Atlanta 89 Detroit 75 1-0 Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia 1
2 April 27 Atlanta 80 Detroit 93 1-1 Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia 2
3 April 29 Detroit 99 Atlanta 91 1-2 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan 3
4 May 2 Detroit 82 Atlanta 94 2-2 Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan 4
5 May 4 Atlanta 84 Detroit 79 3-2 Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia 5 NBC
Atlanta wins series 3–2

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
Stacey Augmon
Randolph Childress
Michael Curry
Joe Dumars
Litterial Green
Grant Hill
Lindsey Hunter
Grant Long
Rick Mahorn
Aaron McKie
Terry Mills
Theo Ratliff
Don Reid
Kenny Smith
Otis Thorpe
Jerome Williams

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Michael Curry
Joe Dumars
Grant Hill
Lindsey Hunter
Grant Long
Rick Mahorn
Aaron McKie
Terry Mills
Theo Ratliff
Don Reid
Otis Thorpe
Jerome Williams

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]