1996–97 Philadelphia 76ers season

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1996–97 Philadelphia 76ers season
Allen Iverson's rookie season
Head coach Johnny Davis
Arena CoreStates Center
Results
Record 22–60 (.268)
Place Division: 6th (Atlantic)
Conference: 14th (Eastern)
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Local media
Television PRISM Network, SportsChannel Philadelphia, WPSG
Radio WYBF
< 1995–96 1997–98 >

The 1996–97 NBA season was the 76ers 48th season in the National Basketball Association, and 34th season in Philadelphia.[1] After two seasons at Georgetown, point guard Allen Iverson was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1996 NBA draft. Iverson quickly established himself as one of the premier point guards in the NBA averaging 23.5 points per game. He was named 1997 Rookie of the Year and was a member of the NBA All-Rookie First Team. During the offseason, the Sixers acquired Don MacLean from the Denver Nuggets and signed free agents Mark Davis, Lucious Harris and Michael Cage. The Sixers played around .500 in November with a 7–8 start to the season. However, they struggled and lost 23 of their next 24 games, including 11 and 13-game losing streaks posted respectively. The Sixers lost ten of their final eleven games, and finished sixth in the Atlantic Division with a 22–60 record.

The team also moved into the new 20,000 plus seat CoreStates Center (now the Wells Fargo Center), after calling The Spectrum home from 1967 to 1996. Head coach Johnny Davis and General Manager Brad Greenburg were both fired after Iverson's first season with the club. Following the season, MacLean, Harris and Cage were all traded to the New Jersey Nets.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 1 Allen Iverson (PG)  United States Georgetown
2 31 Mark Hendrickson (SF)  United States Washington State
2 32 Ryan Minor (from Toronto) (SG)  United States Oklahoma
2 48 Jamie Feick (from Detroit) (PF)  United States Michigan State

Roster[edit]

Philadelphia 76ers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 50 Australia Bradtke, Mark 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Australia
C 4 United States Cage, Michael 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 224 lb (102 kg) San Diego State
PF 45 United States Caldwell, Adrian 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Lamar
PF 44 United States Coleman, Derrick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Syracuse
SF 7 United States Davis, Mark 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Texas Tech
SG 30 United States Harris, Lucious 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Long Beach State
PF 14 United States Hendrickson, Mark 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Washington State
PG 3 United States Iverson, Allen 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Georgetown
PG 20 United States King, Frankie 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Western Carolina
PF 25 United States MacLean, Don 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) UCLA
PG 9 United States Overton, Doug 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) La Salle
SG 42 United States Stackhouse, Jerry 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 218 lb (99 kg) North Carolina
SG 23 United States Walters, Rex 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Kansas
SF 35 United States Weatherspoon, Clarence 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Southern Mississippi
C 55 United States Williams, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

RosterTransactions

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

Record vs. opponents[edit]

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

Season schedule[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result 76ers points Opponent points Record Streak OT
1 November 1 Milwaukee Loss 103 111 0-1 Lost 1
2 November 2 @ Chicago Loss 86 115 0-2 Lost 2
3 November 5 Detroit Loss 81 83 0-3 Lost 3
4 November 8 @ Boston Win 115 105 1-3 Won 1
5 November 9 Phoenix Win 112 95 2-3 Won 2
6 November 12 @ New York Win 101 97 3-3 Won 3
7 November 13 @ Toronto Loss 98 110 3-4 Lost 1
8 November 15 Cleveland Loss 89 105 3-5 Lost 2
9 November 16 @ Miami Win 91 89 4-5 Won 1
10 November 20 Indiana Loss 92 103 4-6 Lost 1
11 November 22 @ Washington Loss 76 88 4-7 Lost 2
12 November 23 New York Win 109 92 5-7 Won 1
13 November 26 LA Lakers Loss 88 100 5-8 Lost 1
14 November 29 Orlando Win 100 91 6-8 Won 1
15 November 30 Vancouver Win 96 90 7-8 Won 2
16 December 4 @ San Antonio Loss 103 113 7-9 Lost 1
17 December 5 @ Dallas Loss 102 106 7-10 Lost 2
18 December 7 @ Houston Loss 108 123 7-11 Lost 3
19 December 9 Seattle Loss 94 118 7-12 Lost 4
20 December 11 Miami Loss 79 84 7-13 Lost 5
21 December 13 @ Charlotte Loss 75 84 7-14 Lost 6
22 December 14 @ Atlanta Loss 81 106 7-15 Lost 7
23 December 17 Charlotte Loss 84 93 7-16 Lost 8
24 December 20 New York Loss 103 110 7-17 Lost 9
25 December 21 Chicago Loss 105 111 7-18 Lost 10
26 December 26 @ Denver Win 118 89 8-18 Won 1
27 December 28 @ Utah Loss 84 110 8-19 Lost 1
28 December 29 @ LA Lakers Loss 102 115 8-20 Lost 2
29 January 2 @ Seattle Loss 82 96 8-21 Lost 3
30 January 3 @ Golden State Loss 114 122 8-22 Lost 4 OT
31 January 5 @ Sacramento Loss 106 107 8-23 Lost 5
32 January 7 @ Orlando Loss 88 109 8-24 Lost 6
33 January 8 Dallas Loss 93 111 8-25 Lost 7
34 January 10 Houston Loss 99 120 8-26 Lost 8
35 January 13 Utah Loss 96 97 8-27 Lost 9 OT
36 January 15 Golden State Loss 111 128 8-28 Lost 10
37 January 17 New Jersey Loss 103 105 8-29 Lost 11 OT
38 January 19 @ Indiana Loss 107 111 8-30 Lost 12
39 January 20 Milwaukee Loss 104 114 8-31 Lost 13
40 January 22 @ Boston Win 127 125 9-31 Won 1 OT
41 January 24 Sacramento Loss 92 107 9-32 Lost 1
42 January 25 @ Detroit Loss 95 104 9-33 Lost 2
43 January 29 Toronto Win 101 99 10-33 Won 1
44 January 31 Orlando Loss 99 109 10-34 Lost 1
45 February 1 @ Milwaukee Win 109 100 11-34 Won 1
46 February 5 San Antonio Win 113 97 12-34 Won 2
47 February 11 @ Cleveland Loss 94 105 12-35 Lost 1
48 February 13 @ New York Loss 92 107 12-36 Lost 2
49 February 15 @ Miami Loss 99 125 12-37 Lost 3
50 February 16 Denver Loss 97 112 12-38 Lost 4
51 February 18 Miami Loss 83 111 12-39 Lost 5
52 February 20 LA Clippers Win 101 84 13-39 Won 1
53 February 22 Portland Win 97 80 14-39 Won 2
54 February 25 @ LA Clippers Loss 93 98 14-40 Lost 1
55 February 26 @ Phoenix Loss 104 111 14-41 Lost 2
56 February 28 @ Vancouver Win 104 100 15-41 Won 1
57 March 2 @ Portland Loss 95 112 15-42 Lost 1
58 March 4 Washington Loss 106 107 15-43 Lost 2
59 March 6 Atlanta Loss 104 117 15-44 Lost 3
60 March 9 @ Washington Win 99 93 16-44 Won 1
61 March 11 @ Minnesota Loss 100 104 16-45 Lost 1
62 March 12 Chicago Loss 104 108 16-46 Lost 2
63 March 14 Minnesota Win 109 95 17-46 Won 1
64 March 15 Charlotte Loss 99 107 17-47 Lost 1
65 March 18 @ Toronto Loss 105 117 17-48 Lost 2
66 March 19 New York Loss 100 111 17-49 Lost 3
67 March 21 New Jersey Win 112 110 18-49 Won 1
68 March 26 @ New Jersey Loss 105 123 18-50 Lost 1
69 March 28 Boston Win 113 105 19-50 Won 1
70 March 30 @ Detroit Win 96 92 20-50 Won 2
71 April 1 @ Orlando Win 105 93 21-50 Won 3
72 April 2 Toronto Loss 90 112 21-51 Lost 1
73 April 4 Indiana Loss 103 114 21-52 Lost 2
74 April 5 @ Charlotte Loss 113 115 21-53 Lost 3
75 April 7 @ Chicago Loss 102 128 21-54 Lost 4
76 April 9 Atlanta Loss 101 116 21-55 Lost 5
77 April 11 @ Milwaukee Loss 118 126 21-56 Lost 6
78 April 12 @ Cleveland Loss 118 125 21-57 Lost 7
79 April 14 Washington Loss 110 131 21-58 Lost 8
80 April 16 @ New Jersey Win 113 105 22-58 Won 1
81 April 18 Boston Loss 113 119 22-59 Lost 1
82 April 19 @ Atlanta Loss 104 136 22-60 Lost 2

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG
Allen Iverson 76 312 567 157 24 1787 23.5
Jerry Stackhouse 81 338 253 93 63 1679 20.7
Derrick Coleman 57 573 193 50 75 1032 18.1
Clarence Weatherspoon 82 679 140 74 86 1003 12.2
Mark Davis 75 323 135 85 31 639 8.5
Don McLean 37 140 37 12 10 402 10.9
Rex Walters 59 107 113 28 3 402 6.8
Scott Williams 62 397 41 44 41 362 5.8
Lucious Harris 54 71 50 41 3 293 5.4
Doug Overton 61 68 101 24 0 217 3.6
Michael Cage 82 320 43 48 42 151 1.8
Mark Hendrickson 29 92 3 10 4 85 2.9
Adrian Caldwell 27 111 7 8 7 72 2.7
Mark Bradtke 36 68 7 5 5 59 1.6
Frankie King 7 14 5 4 0 20 2.9
Joe Courtney 4 9 0 0 0 12 3.0

Award winners[edit]

References[edit]