1996-97 NBA ATS Standings
Here are the final NBA standings for the 1996-97 basketball season. Included are the straight up records, ats records, offensive efficiency, and defensive efficiency for the teams.
|Team||SU||ATS||Avg. OE||Avg. DE|
|Golden State Warriors||30-52-0||35-43-1||108.0||113.1|
|Los Angeles Clippers||36-46-0||38-38-2||105.9||108.5|
|Los Angeles Lakers||56-26-0||34-38-1||108.8||104.4|
|New Jersey Nets||26-56-0||39-36-0||105.5||110.5|
|New Orleans Hornets||54-28-0||45-26-2||111.6||109.6|
|New York Knicks||57-25-0||42-34-2||105.3||101.9|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||57-25-0||43-36-2||112.0||103.7|
|San Antonio Spurs||20-62-0||29-38-1||104.2||113.2|
|Team||SU||ATS||Avg. OE||Avg. DE|
|Los Angeles Clippers||0-3-0||1-2-0||107.0||121.7|
|Los Angeles Lakers||4-5-0||6-3-0||110.0||108.7|
|New Orleans Hornets||0-3-0||0-3-0||110.7||120.8|
|New York Knicks||6-4-0||6-4-0||104.7||102.5|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||6-6-0||5-6-1||113.6||109.0|
View ATS and straight up records for the previous NBA seasons below.
Recap of the 1996-97 NBA Basketball Season
The '96 - '97 season was all about the Bulls' second dynastic run.
Michael Jordan continued to prove his legendary prowess by capturing his ninth scoring title. His Chicago Bulls only barely missed having unprecedented back-to-back 70-win seasons, ending with a 69 - 13 regular season record. Their final game of the season was lost only by a single missed three-point basket; if Scottie Pippen had made the shot, then not only would the Bulls have broken 70 wins for the second year in a row, but they would have tied the best all-time home record of 40 - 1 set by the '85 - '86 Boston Celtics.
Newcomer Allen Iverson, of the Philadelphia 76ers, set a record by being the only rookie to ever score more than 40 points in five consecutive games. Also memorable: Dennis Rodman was suspended for 11 games for kicking a cameraman after Rodman stumbled into the man on the sidelines.
The All-Star game was played in Cleveland, where the Eastern Conference
defeated the West 132 - 120. Glen Rice, of the Charlotte Hornets,
took home the game's MVP trophy. During halftime, the NBA celebrated
its 50th Anniversary with a moving on-court appearance by almost
all of the players honored as the NBA's 50 greatest of all time.
The Minnesota Timberwolves made the playoffs this year, finally joining its expansion team brethren in continuing into the postseason. The Miami Heat won a franchise-best 61 games, due to the star play of Tim Hardaway, well supported by the performance of the unlikely Isaac Austin, who received the Most Improved Player of the Year award.
The Utah Jazz, led by season MVP Karl Malone, also broke a franchise
record with a 64 win season, although John Stockton's string of
nine straight assists titles was broken by Mark Jackson (who split
the season between the Indiana Pacers and the Denver Nuggets.) Malone
set a playoff record in the Western Conference semifinals, against
the Los Angeles Lakers, when he hit all 18 of his free throw attempts.
The Houston Rockets took the Seattle Supersonics - the defending Western Conference champs - to a seven-game nail-biter, then sent them packing before eventually losing to Utah in the Conference Finals, 4 - 2. The Bulls capped their own season with yet another formidable post-season run, sweeping the first round and losing only one game in each consecutive series leading to the Finals.
The Bulls met the Jazz in the NBA Finals, marking the first time the Jazz had ever made a Finals appearance. The series featured two of the more memorable clutch Jordan moments; one of them a buzzer beater to win Game 1, and the other in Game 5 when he scored 38 points despite being physically humbled by a stomach virus. The Bulls took the championship 4 - 2, with Jordan receiving his fifth Finals MVP trophy.
Other season honors included the Defensive Player of the Year award,
which was given to Dikembe Mutombo of the Atlanta Hawks, and the
Sixth Man of the Year award, presented to John Starks of the New
York Knicks. Allen Iverson took home the Rookie of the Year award,
while Pat Riley, from the Miami Heat, was named Coach of the Year.