1996–97 New Jersey Nets season

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1996–97 New Jersey Nets season
Head coach John Calipari
Arena Continental Airlines Arena
Results
Record 26–56 (.317)
Place Division: 5th (Atlantic)
Conference: 13th (Eastern)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 1995–96 1997–98 >

The 1996–97 NBA season was the Nets' 21st season in the NBA.[1] Under new head coach John Calipari, the Nets continued to struggle losing their first five games. At midseason, their transition continued as they traded Shawn Bradley, Robert Pack, Khalid Reeves and Ed O'Bannon to the Dallas Mavericks for Sam Cassell, Jim Jackson, Chris Gatling, Eric Montross and George McCloud, who never played with the Nets and was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers for Joe Kleine. The Nets ended their season with a 26–56 record, finishing fifth in the Atlantic Division. Kendall Gill led them in scoring averaging 21.8 points per game.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1996 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 8 Kerry Kittles SG  United States Villanova

Roster[edit]

New Jersey Nets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
SF 2 United States Benoit, David Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Alabama
PG 10 United States Cassell, Sam Injured 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Florida State
C 33 Nigeria Dare, Yinka 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 265 lb (120 kg) George Washington
SG 21 United States Edwards, Kevin 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) DePaul
PF 15 United States Gatling, Chris Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Old Dominion
SG 13 United States Gill, Kendall 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Illinois
PF 54 United States Haley, Jack 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) UCLA
SF 22 United States Jackson, Jim 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Ohio State
SG 30 United States Kittles, Kerry 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 179 lb (81 kg) Villanova
C 35 United States Kleine, Joe 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Arkansas
PF 44 United States Massenburg, Tony 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Maryland
SF 34 United States McDaniel, Xavier 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Wichita State
C 00 United States Montross, Eric 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 270 lb (122 kg) North Carolina
PF 55 United States Williams, Jayson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) St. John's
SF 7 United States Williams, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Georgetown
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

RosterTransactions

Roster Notes[edit]

  • Forward David Benoit missed the entire season due to an injury.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

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
# 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]

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]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]