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
< 1995–96 1997–98 >

The 1996–97 NBA season was the Spurs' 21st season in the National Basketball Association, and 30th season as a franchise.[1] During the offseason, the Spurs signed free agent and former All-Star Dominique Wilkins, who played in Greece last season, while re-signing free agent Vernon Maxwell. However, without All-Star center David Robinson, who played just six games due to back and foot injuries,[2] and Chuck Person, who was out for the entire season with an offseason back injury, the Spurs struggled losing 13 of their first 15 games in November. After 18 games, head coach Bob Hill was fired and replaced with General Manager Gregg Popovich. Wilkins appeared in 63 games and led the team with 18.2 points per game. However, it would not be nearly enough as the Spurs finished sixth in the Midwest Division with an awful 20–62 record.

Since the Spurs joined the NBA in 1976, this was only the fourth time they missed the playoffs. As of 2017, this was the Spurs' most recent season in which they failed to make the playoffs, due in large part to turning the lottery pick they earned in 1997 into perennial All-Star Tim Duncan. Following the season, Wilkins left to play overseas, and Maxwell was released.

Draft picks[edit]

The Spurs did not have any draft picks in 1996.

Roster[edit]

San Antonio Spurs roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PG 1 United States Alexander, Cory 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Virginia
C 33 United States Anderson, Greg 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Houston
SG 15 United States Del Negro, Vinny 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) North Carolina State
SF 32 United States Elliott, Sean 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Arizona
PF 14 United States Feick, Jamie 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Michigan State
PF 7 United States Herrera, Carl 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Houston
PG 6 United States Johnson, Avery 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Southern
SG 11 United States Maxwell, Vernon 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Florida
C 41 United States Perdue, Will 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Vanderbilt
SF 45 United States Person, Chuck Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Auburn
C 50 United States Robinson, David Injured 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Navy
SF 21 United States Wilkins, Dominique 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Georgia
SF 3 United States Williams, Monty 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Notre Dame
Head coach

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

Roster

Roster Notes[edit]

  • Forward Chuck Person missed the entire season due to an offseason back injury.[3]

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. Also injured was forward and three point specialist Chuck Person, who missed 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

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

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 80 6 18.2 .396 .373 .736 1.5 3.2 1.0 0.2 7.2
Greg Anderson 82 48 20.2 0.496 0 0.667 5.5 0.4 0.8 0.8 3.9
Joe Courtney 5 0 9.6 0.313 0.6 1.4 0 0 0 2.6
Vinny Del Negro 72 53 31.2 0.467 0.314 0.868 2.9 3.2 0.8 0.1 12.3
Sean Elliott 39 39 35.7 0.422 0.333 0.755 4.9 3.2 0.6 0.6 14.9
Jamie Feick 38 0 16.2 0.353 0.308 0.523 5.6 0.7 0.4 0.3 3.8
Devin Gray 3 0 8 0.333 0 1.7 0 0.3 0 3.3
Darrin Hancock 1 0 8 0.5 1 0 1 0 0 4
Carl Herrera 75 58 24.5 0.433 0.333 0.686 4.5 0.7 0.8 0.7 8
Stephen Howard 7 0 9.9 0.583 0.857 1.3 0.1 1.1 0.3 3.7
Avery Johnson 76 76 32.5 0.477 0.231 0.69 1.9 6.8 1.3 0.2 10.5
Tim Kempton 10 0 5.9 0.2 1 0.8 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.4
Vernon Maxwell 72 31 28.7 0.375 0.309 0.744 2.2 2.1 1.2 0.3 12.9
Gaylon Nickerson 3 0 12 0.333 0 1 1.3 0.3 0 0.3 4.3
Will Perdue 65 34 29.5 0.568 0.579 9.8 0.6 0.5 1.6 8.7
David Robinson 6 6 24.5 0.5 0.654 8.5 1.3 1 1 17.7
Jason Sasser 6 0 10.3 0.421 0.5 1.2 0.2 0.3 0 2.8
Charles Smith 19 7 17.3 0.405 0 0.769 3.4 0.7 0.7 1.2 4.6
Dominique Wilkins 63 26 30.9 0.417 0.293 0.803 6.4 1.9 0.6 0.5 18.2
Monty Williams 65 26 20.7 0.509 0 0.645 3.2 1.4 0.8 0.8 9

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1996-97 San Antonio Spurs
  2. ^ "Spurs' Robinson Breaks His Foot". New York Times. December 24, 1996. Retrieved March 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Spurs' Elliott to undergo knee surgery". UPI Archives. February 13, 1997. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 

See also[edit]