1996–97 Toronto Raptors season

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1996–97 Toronto Raptors season
Head coach Darrell Walker
Owner(s) John Bitove, Allan Slaight, Isiah Thomas
Arena SkyDome
Copps Coliseum
Maple Leaf Gardens
Results
Record 30–52 (.366)
Place Division: 8th (Central)
Conference: 12th (Eastern)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television TSN, CKVR
Radio CFRB
< 1995–96 1997–98 >

The 1996–97 NBA season was the Raptors' second season in the National Basketball Association.[1] The Raptors drafted Marcus Camby out of Massachusetts with the second overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft, and started their season with new head coach Darrell Walker. Veteran leadership was added to the team with the acquisitions of Walt Williams, Popeye Jones, Hubert Davis and John Long. At midseason, the team re-signed free agent Oliver Miller after a brief stint with the Dallas Mavericks. The Raptors finished last place in the Central Division with a 30–52 record, which was a nine-game improvement over their inaugural season. Second-year star Damon Stoudamire led the team averaging 20.2 points and 8.8 assists per game. Camby averaged 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while being selected to the All-Rookie First Team. Following the season, Davis signed with the Dallas Mavericks and Long retired.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 2 Marcus Camby C/PF  United States UMass

Roster[edit]

Toronto Raptors roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PF 21 United States Camby, Marcus 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Massachusetts
SG 13 United States Christie, Doug 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Pepperdine
SG 44 United States Davis, Hubert Injured 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 183 lb (83 kg) North Carolina
PF 54 United States Jones, Popeye 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Murray State
SF 32 United States Lewis, Martin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Seward County CC
SG 25 United States Long, John Injured 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Detroit
C 2 United States Miller, Oliver 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 280 lb (127 kg) Arkansas
SG 31 United States Respert, Shawn 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Michigan State
PF 34 United States Rogers, Carlos 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Tennessee State
C 7 United States Rozier, Clifford 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Louisville
PF 24 United States Slater, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Wyoming
PG 20 United States Stoudamire, Damon 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 171 lb (78 kg) Arizona
C 3 Croatia Tabak, Žan Injured 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Croatia
SF 42 United States Williams, Walt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 219 lb (99 kg) Maryland
C 4 United States Wright, Sharone 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Clemson
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

RosterTransactions

Regular season[edit]

Highs[edit]

  • November 1, 1996 – To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the NBA, the first game of the season was played between the Raptors and the New York Knicks. Both teams wore throwback uniforms to recognize the anniversary. The Raptors wore the jerseys of the Toronto Huskies. The reason the game was played in Toronto was to recognize that the first ever NBA game was played in Toronto. The final score was 107–99 for the Knicks.
  • November 8, 1996 – The Raptors pulled a huge upset by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers by a score of 93–92. One of the game's highlights was Popeye Jones blocking a shot by Shaquille O’Neal.
  • December 8, 1996 – In a game against the defending NBA Champion Chicago Bulls, the Raptors pulled another upset by defeating the Bulls 97–89
  • February 25, 1997 – Versus the Denver Nuggets, the Raptors had their highest point total of the season. The final score was 124–122 for the Raptors.

Lows[edit]

  • January 15, 1997 – The Raptors suffer one of their worst losses of the season. It was at the hands of the defending Western Conference champion Seattle SuperSonics by a score of 122-78.

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


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]

1996–97 game log
1996–97 season schedule

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

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Benoit Benjamin 4 3 11.0 .417 .000 .750 2.3 .3 .25 .00 3.3
Marcus Camby 63 38 30.1 .482 .143 .693 6.3 1.5 1.05 2.06 14.8
Doug Christie 81 81 38.6 .417 .384 .775 5.3 3.9 2.48 .56 14.5
Earl Cureton 9 0 5.1 .375 .000 .333 1.0 .4 .00 .00 .8
Hubert Davis 36 0 17.3 .402 .229 .739 1.1 .9 .31 .06 5.0
Popeye Jones 79 61 30.6 .480 .077 .818 8.6 1.1 .73 .49 7.8
Martin Lewis 9 0 5.6 .429 .333 .500 .7 .4 .11 .22 1.6
Brad Lohaus 6 0 7.5 .267 .286 .000 1.2 .2 .17 .00 1.7
John Long 32 0 11.6 .393 .353 .893 1.3 .7 .28 .06 4.0
Oliver Miller* 19 8 16.6 .560 .000 .769 3.8 1.5 .68 .68 6.0
Jimmy Oliver 4 0 10.8 .308 .167 1.000 1.3 .3 .50 .00 2.8
Shawn Respert* 27 0 15.3 .442 .396 .844 1.2 1.2 .74 .07 5.6
Carlos Rogers 56 3 24.9 .525 .379 .600 5.4 .7 .75 1.23 9.8
Clifford Rozier* 41 29 17.9 .457 .000 .508 5.7 .8 .59 1.07 4.6
Reggie Slater 26 0 15.6 .550 .000 .520 3.7 .8 .35 .23 7.8
Damon Stoudamire 81 81 40.9 .401 .355 .823 4.1 8.8 1.52 .16 20.2
Žan Tabak 13 4 16.8 .451 .000 .690 3.8 1.1 .46 .85 6.5
Donald Whiteside 27 1 9.6 .327 .333 .733 .4 1.3 .41 .00 2.2
Walt Williams 73 73 36.3 .427 .400 .765 5.0 2.7 1.33 .85 16.4
Sharone Wright 60 28 16.8 .400 .000 .511 3.1 .5 .25 .83 6.5

* Statistics include only games with the Raptors

Award winners[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]