1996–97 Vancouver Grizzlies season

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1996–97 Vancouver Grizzlies season
Head coach Brian Winters (8–35)
Stu Jackson (6–33)
Owner(s) Arthur Griffiths
Arena General Motors Place
Results
Record 14–68 (.171)
Place Division: 15th (Midwest)
Conference: 15th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television CHAN
Radio CKST
< 1995–96 1997–98 >

The 1996–97 NBA season was the Grizzlies' second season in the National Basketball Association.[1] Coming off of an NBA worst record of 15–67 in their first season, the Grizzlies acquired Anthony Peeler and George Lynch from the Los Angeles Lakers, and signed free agent Lee Mayberry during the offseason. However, they continued to struggle in their second season losing their first seven games as head coach Brian Winters was fired after an 8–35 start, and was replaced with General Manager Stu Jackson. The Grizzlies then suffered a 15-game losing streak between February and March, finishing last place in the Midwest Division with a league worst record of 14–68, their worst record in franchise history. Top draft pick Shareef Abdur-Rahim led the Grizzlies with 18.7 points per game and made the All-Rookie First Team. Second-year star Bryant Reeves showed improvement averaging 16.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Following the season, Greg Anthony signed as a free agent with the Seattle SuperSonics, and Jackson was fired as coach.

Draft picks[edit]

The Grizzlies first draft pick was Shareef Abdur-Rahim, which was the third overall pick in the draft.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 3 Shareef Abdur-Rahim Forward  United States University of California
1 23 Roy Rogers Forward  United States University of Alabama
2 51 Chris Robinson Guard  United States Western Kentucky University

Roster[edit]

Vancouver Grizzlies roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SF 3 United States Abdur-Rahim, Shareef 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) UC Berkeley
PG 2 United States Anthony, Greg 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 176 lb (80 kg) UNLV
PF 33 United States Chilcutt, Pete 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) North Carolina
SG 30 United States Edwards, Blue 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) East Carolina
PF 32 United States Edwards, Doug Injured (IN) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Florida State
C 55 United States Leckner, Eric 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Wyoming
SF 34 United States Lynch, George Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 218 lb (99 kg) North Carolina
PG 11 United States Mayberry, Lee 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Arkansas
C 52 United States Mobley, Eric Injured 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Pittsburgh
SG 21 United States Moten, Lawrence 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Syracuse
SG 7 United States Peeler, Anthony 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Missouri
C 50 United States Reeves, Bryant 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 290 lb (132 kg) Oklahoma State
SG 5 United States Robinson, Chris 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Western Kentucky
PF 44 United States Rogers, Roy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Alabama
PF 15 United States Williams, Aaron 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Xavier
Head coach

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

Roster

Roster Notes[edit]

  • Forward Doug Edwards missed the entire season with compartment syndrome.

Regular season[edit]

The Grizzlies would open the season with a seven-game losing streak before earning their first win, as they defeated the Phoenix Suns 92–89 in their eighth game. Wins would be few and far between for Vancouver, as they finished the season with a 14–68 record, which was one game worse than their expansion season. The Grizzlies also once again finished in last place in the league.

Highs[edit]

  • The Grizzlies swept a season series for the first time in team history, as they won both of their games against the Boston Celtics. The win against the Celtics was also the only time the Grizzlies won consecutive games during the season, as they defeated the San Antonio Spurs the previous game.
  • Vancouver scored a season high 121 points in their final game of the season, as they defeated the Phoenix Suns 121–107.

Lows[edit]

  • The Grizzlies lose their first seven games of the season, including a double OT loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in their seventh game.
  • Vancouver gives up a season high 127 points in a 127–80 loss to the Indiana Pacers on December 4, 1996.
  • After a 95–76 loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 23, 1997, Vancouver fires head coach Brian Winters and general manager Stu Jackson takes over for the remainder of the season.
  • On March 19, 1997, the Grizzlies lose their season high fifteenth straight game, as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeat Vancouver 95–72.

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division G W L Pct GB
Utah Jazz 82 64 18 .780 --
Houston Rockets 82 57 25 .695 7
Minnesota Timberwolves 82 40 42 .488 24
Dallas Mavericks 82 24 58 .293 40
Denver Nuggets 82 21 61 .256 43
San Antonio Spurs 82 20 62 .244 44
Vancouver Grizzlies 82 14 68 .171 50

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]

# Date Opponent Score Record Streak
1 November 1 Portland Trail Blazers 85–114 0–1 Lost 1
2 November 3 Golden State Warriors 95–105 0–2 Lost 2
3 November 5 @ Chicago Bulls 73–96 0–3 Lost 3
4 November 6 @ Milwaukee Bucks 89–105 0–4 Lost 4
5 November 8 @ Cleveland Cavaliers 72–88 0–5 Lost 5
6 November 10 New York Knicks 82–101 0–6 Lost 6
7 November 12 Los Angeles Clippers 92–99 (2OT) 0–7 Lost 7
8 November 14 Phoenix Suns 92–89 1–7 Won 1
9 November 15 @ Utah Jazz 96–104 1–8 Lost 1
10 November 17 @ Seattle SuperSonics 81–91 1–9 Lost 2
11 November 18 Sacramento Kings 83–84 1–10 Lost 3
12 November 20 Miami Heat 75–94 1–11 Lost 4
13 November 24 San Antonio Spurs 96–91 2–11 Won 1
14 November 26 @ Atlanta Hawks 80–101 2–12 Lost 1
15 November 27 @ Detroit Pistons 78–87 2–13 Lost 2
16 November 29 @ Indiana Pacers 94–104 2–14 Lost 3
17 November 30 @ Philadelphia 76ers 90–96 2–15 Lost 4
18 December 3 Indiana Pacers 80–127 2–16 Lost 5
19 December 6 @ San Antonio Spurs 105–89 3–16 Won 1
20 December 7 @ Dallas Mavericks 85–96 3–17 Lost 1
21 December 9 Charlotte Hornets 91–107 3–18 Lost 2
22 December 12 @ Portland Trail Blazers 78–99 3–19 Lost 3
23 December 13 Orlando Magic 95–93 4–19 Won 1
24 December 15 @ Phoenix Suns 84–103 4–20 Lost 1
25 December 17 Houston Rockets 93–92 5–20 Won 1
26 December 19 Dallas Mavericks 98–105 5–21 Lost 1
27 December 20 @ Denver Nuggets 93–108 5–22 Lost 2
28 December 22 Washington Bullets 91–87 6–22 Won 1
29 December 26 @ Sacramento Kings 88–111 6–23 Lost 1
30 December 28 Phoenix Suns 98–103 6–24 Lost 2
31 December 30 San Antonio Spurs 88–95 6–25 Lost 3
32 January 3 Seattle SuperSonics 94–108 6–26 Lost 4
33 January 5 Los Angeles Lakers 82–95 6–27 Lost 5
34 January 8 @ Golden State Warriors 109–95 7–27 Won 1
35 January 9 Golden State Warriors 86–104 7–28 Lost 1
36 January 11 Sacramento Kings 101–109 7–29 Lost 2
37 January 14 @ Los Angeles Lakers 81–91 7–30 Lost 3
38 January 15 Detroit Pistons 79–103 7–31 Lost 4
39 January 17 Utah Jazz 68–106 7–32 Lost 5
40 January 19 Toronto Raptors 100–92 8–32 Won 1
41 January 20 @ Seattle SuperSonics 96–112 8–33 Lost 1
42 January 22 @ Denver Nuggets 84–94 8–34 Lost 2
43 January 23 Minnesota Timberwolves 76–95 8–35 Lost 3
44 January 25 Denver Nuggets 82–83 8–36 Lost 4
45 January 27 @ Golden State Warriors 97–122 8–37 Lost 5
46 January 28 Chicago Bulls 96–111 8–38 Lost 6
47 January 30 @ Los Angeles Clippers 94–100 8–39 Lost 7
48 January 31 Atlanta Hawks 76–87 8–40 Lost 8
49 February 2 @ Boston Celtics 102–92 9–40 Won 1
50 February 4 @ New Jersey Nets 105–111 9–41 Lost 1
51 February 6 @ Minnesota Timberwolves 86–103 9–42 Lost 2
52 February 11 @ Houston Rockets 97–106 9–43 Lost 3
53 February 12 @ San Antonio Spurs 106–101 10–43 Won 1
54 February 14 Boston Celtics 109–106 11–43 Won 2
55 February 17 Dallas Mavericks 95–100 11–44 Lost 1
56 February 19 Minnesota Timberwolves 73–84 11–45 Lost 2
57 February 21 @ Los Angeles Lakers 91–99 11–46 Lost 3
58 February 23 Cleveland Cavaliers 84–91 11–47 Lost 4
59 February 26 Los Angeles Clippers 80–83 11–48 Lost 5
60 February 28 Philadelphia 76ers 100–104 11–49 Lost 6
61 March 2 Utah Jazz 86–93 11–50 Lost 7
62 March 6 New Jersey Nets 96–102 11–51 Lost 8
63 March 9 @ Toronto Raptors 77–81 11–52 Lost 9
64 March 11 @ Charlotte Hornets 92–98 11–53 Lost 10
65 March 12 @ Washington Bullets 82–104 11–54 Lost 11
66 March 14 @ Miami Heat 82–88 11–55 Lost 12
67 March 16 @ Orlando Magic 89–100 11–56 Lost 13
68 March 18 @ New York Knicks 73–98 11–57 Lost 14
69 March 19 @ Minnesota Timberwolves 72–95 11–58 Lost 15
70 March 21 Denver Nuggets 108–101 12–58 Won 1
71 March 23 Seattle SuperSonics 92–106 12–59 Lost 1
72 March 25 @ Los Angeles Clippers 104–110 (OT) 12–60 Lost 2
73 March 27 Los Angeles Lakers 98–102 (OT) 12–61 Lost 3
74 March 28 @ Portland Trail Blazers 81–115 12–62 Lost 4
75 April 1 Milwaukee Bucks 91–102 12–63 Lost 5
76 April 4 @ Utah Jazz 79–106 12–64 Lost 6
77 April 6 Houston Rockets 85–94 12–65 Lost 7
78 April 8 @ Sacramento Kings 93–109 12–66 Lost 8
79 April 10 @ Houston Rockets 94–102 12–67 Lost 9
80 April 12 @ Dallas Mavericks 96–85 13–67 Won 1
81 April 17 Portland Trail Blazers 73–105 13–68 Lost 1
82 April 19 @ Phoenix Suns 121–107 14–68 Won 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
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Shareef Abdur-Rahim 80 71 35.0 .453 .259 .746 6.9 2.2 1.0 1.0 18.7
Greg Anthony 65 44 28.7 .393 .370 .730 2.8 6.3 2.0 0.1 9.5
Pete Chilcutt 54 1 12.3 .436 .362 .591 2.9 0.9 0.5 0.3 3.4
Blue Edwards 61 12 23.6 .397 .281 .817 3.1 1.9 0.6 0.3 7.8
Eric Leckner 19 1 6.1 .467 .000 .500 1.8 0.2 0.2 0.1 1.8
George Lynch 41 27 25.8 .471 .258 .619 6.4 1.9 1.5 0.4 8.3
Rich Manning 16 1 8.0 .375 .667 .750 1.4 0.1 0.2 0.1 2.8
Lee Mayberry 80 38 24.4 .403 .376 .630 1.7 4.1 0.8 0.1 5.1
Eric Mobley 28 8 11.0 .444 .000 .533 2.1 0.5 0.2 0.4 2.6
Lawrence Moten 67 18 18.1 .388 .291 .646 1.8 1.9 0.7 0.4 6.7
Moochie Norris 8 0 11.1 .182 .200 .400 1.5 2.9 0.5 0.0 1.5
Anthony Peeler 72 57 31.8 .398 .373 .820 3.4 3.6 1.5 0.2 14.5
Bryant Reeves 75 75 37.0 .486 .091 .704 8.1 2.1 0.4 0.9 16.2
Chris Robinson 41 6 16.6 .379 .382 .615 1.7 1.6 0.7 0.2 4.6
Roy Rogers 82 50 22.5 .505 1.000 .574 4.7 0.6 0.3 2.0 6.6
Aaron Williams 32 1 17.3 .573 .000 .673 4.3 0.5 0.5 0.8 6.2

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Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Vancouver would make a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, as the Grizzlies would acquire Anthony Peeler and George Lynch along with the Lakers second round draft choices in 1997 and 1998 for Vancouver's second round draft choices in 1997 and 1998. Peeler would start 57 games for the Grizzlies in the 1996–97 season and finish third in team scoring averaging 14.5 points per game.

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