1996–97 Portland Trail Blazers season

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1996–97 Portland Trail Blazers season
Jermaine O'Neal's rookie season
Head coach P.J. Carlesimo
Arena Rose Garden Arena
Results
Record 49–33 (.598)
Place Division: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finish West First Round (eliminated 1–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1996–97 season was the 27th season of the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] With the addition of Kenny Anderson, Isaiah Rider and Rasheed Wallace, the Blazers finished the season third in the Pacific Division, and fifth in the Western Conference with a 49–33 record. Making their 15th straight trip to the postseason and 20th in 21 years. The Blazers faced the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, and were defeated 3–1, marking the fifth straight year they were eliminated in the first round. Following the season, Clifford Robinson signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1996 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 17 Jermaine O'Neal PF/C  United States Eau Claire HS (Columbia, SC)
2 46 Marcus Brown PG  United States Murray State

Roster[edit]

Portland TrailBlazers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
PG 7 United States Anderson, Kenny 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 168 lb (76 kg) Georgia Tech
SF 2 United States Augmon, Stacey 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) UNLV
PG 4 United States Brown, Marcus 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Murray State
SG 6 United States Butler, Mitchell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) UCLA
C 20 United States Dudley, Chris 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Yale
PG 9 United States Nembhard, Ruben 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Weber State
PF 5 United States O'Neal, Jermaine 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 226 lb (103 kg) Eau Claire HS (SC)
SG 34 United States Rider, Isaiah 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) UNLV
SF 3 United States Robinson, Clifford 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Connecticut
PG 21 United States Robinson, Rumeal 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Michigan
C 11 Lithuania Sabonis, Arvydas 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 279 lb (127 kg) Lithuania
PF 33 United States Trent, Gary 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Ohio
PF 30 United States Wallace, Rasheed 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) North Carolina
PG 8 United States Whatley, Ennis 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 177 lb (80 kg) Alabama
SF 10 United States Wingfield, Dontonio 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 256 lb (116 kg) Cincinnati
Head coach

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

Roster

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]

(4) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers Last Playoff Meeting: 1992 Western Conference First Round (Portland won 3–1)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(LAL-POR)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 25 L.A. Lakers 95 Portland 77 1-0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 1 TNT
2 April 27 L.A. Lakers 107 Portland 93 2-0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 2 NBC
3 April 30 Portland 98 L.A. Lakers 90 2-1 Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon 3 TNT
4 May 2 Portland 91 L.A. Lakers 95 3-1 Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon 4 TNT
L.A. Lakers win series 3–1

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]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]