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1996–97 Atlanta Hawks season

The 1996–97 NBA season was the Hawks' 48th season in the NBA and 29th season in Atlanta.[1] In an effort to improve their team, the Hawks strengthened their defense by picking up free agent center Dikembe Mutombo. He would capture the Defensive Player of the Year honors by finishing 2nd in the NBA in rebounding and blocked shots. Mutombo was not the only member of the club to excel on defense. Guard Mookie Blaylock led the NBA in steals as the Hawks finished in 2nd in the Central Division with a 56-26 record. In the playoffs the Hawks would be put to the test as they needed 5 games to get past the Detroit Pistons. However, the Hawks would provide little challenge to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference semis as they fell in 5 games to the eventual Champions.[2]

Offseason

On July 15, 1996, the Hawks traded forwards Stacey Augmon, and Grant Long to the Detroit Pistons for a 1997 second round draft pick, a 1999 first round draft pick, and a 1999 second round draft pick. Also that day, they signed free agent Dikembe Mutombo. Guard/Forward Tyrone Corbin was signed as a free agent on September 12, 1996, and would make his second stint with the Hawks.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 28 Lauderdale, PriestPriest Lauderdale (from Seattle)[3] Center  United States Peristeri BC (Greece)
[4]

Roster

Starter

Backup

Reverse

Inactive

Regular season

The Hawks struggled with a 5-6 start in their first eleven games, but would end up with a 14-2 record in January, including a ten game winning streak. They also won 20 consecutive home games from November 12 to February 12, they had the third best home record in the league (36-5). Atlanta would end the season with a 56-26 record, finishing second in the Central Division, and fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Season standings

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
[5]
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Chicago Bulls 69 13 .841
2 y-Miami Heat 61 21 .744 8
3 x-New York Knicks 57 25 .695 12
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 56 26 .683 13
5 x-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 15
6 x-Charlotte Hornets 54 28 .659 15
7 x-Orlando Magic 45 37 .549 24
8 x-Washington Bullets 44 38 .537 25
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 27
10 Indiana Pacers 39 43 .476 30
11 Milwaukee Bucks 33 49 .402 36
12 Toronto Raptors 30 52 .366 39
13 New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 43
14 Philadelphia 76ers 22 60 .268 47
15 Boston Celtics 15 67 .183 54
z = clinched division title
y = clinched division title
x = clinched playoff spot

Game log

Playoffs

In the first round, Atlanta would need five games to get past the Detroit Pistons. But in the semifinals, they would lose five games to the Chicago Bulls. The Hawks won Game 2 at the United Center 103-95.

East First Round

(4) Atlanta Hawks vs. (5) Detroit Pistons

Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Eastern Conference First Round (Detroit won 3-2)
Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record (ATL-DET) Venue Recap Television
1 April 25 Atlanta 89 Detroit 75 1-0 Atlanta, Georgia 1
2 April 27 Atlanta 80 Detroit 93 1-1 Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia 2
3 April 29 Detroit 99 Atlanta 91 1-2 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan 3
4 May 2 Detroit 82 Atlanta 94 2-2 Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan 4
5 May 4 Atlanta 84 Detroit 79 3-2 Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia 5 NBC
Atlanta wins series 3–2

East Conference Semifinals

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (4) Atlanta Hawks

Last Playoff Meeting: 1993 Eastern Conference First Round (Chicago won 3-0)
Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record (CHI-ATL) Venue Recap Television
1 May 6 Chicago 100 Atlanta 97 1-0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 1 TNT
2 May 8 Chicago 95 Atlanta 103 1-1 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 2 TNT
3 May 10 Atlanta 80 Chicago 100 2-1 Atlanta, Georgia 3 NBC
4 May 11 Atlanta 80 Chicago 89 3-1 Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia 4 NBC
5 May 13 Chicago 107 Atlanta 92 4-1 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 5 TNT
Chicago wins series 4–1

Player statistics

Legend

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Derrick Alston 2 0 5.5 .000 . .000 2.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Jon Barry 58 8 16.6 .407 .387 .804 1.7 2.0 .9 .1 4.9
Mookie Blaylock 78 78 39.2 .432 .366 .753 5.3 5.9 2.7 .3 17.4
Donnie Boyce 22 2 7.0 .333 .125 .500 .7 .6 .5 .2 2.5
Willie Burton 24 2 15.8 .336 .283 .838 1.7 .5 .3 .1 6.2
Tyrone Corbin 70 65 32.9 .422 .356 .796 4.2 1.8 1.3 .1 9.5
Darrin Hancock 14 0 6.1 .481 . .667 .9 .5 .5 .1 2.4
Alan Henderson 30 0 16.7 .475 . .600 3.9 .8 .7 .2 6.6
Henry James 53 15 17.8 .408 .420 .833 1.5 .4 .2 .0 6.7
Christian Laettner 82 82 38.3 .486 .352 .816 8.8 2.7 1.2 .8 18.1
Priest Lauderdale 35 0 5.1 .551 .000 .565 1.2 .3 .0 .3 3.2
Anthony Miller 1 0 14.0 .000 . . 7.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Dikembe Mutombo 80 80 37.2 .527 . .705 11.6 1.4 .6 3.3 13.3
Ivano Newbill 72 2 11.8 .440 . .385 2.8 .3 .4 .2 1.4
Ken Norman 17 0 12.9 .287 .158 .333 2.3 .7 .4 .2 3.8
Eldridge Recasner 71 4 17.0 .423 .414 .879 1.6 1.3 .5 .1 5.7
Steve Smith 72 72 39.1 .429 .335 .847 3.3 4.2 .9 .3 20.1

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Jon Barry 2 0 4.5 .000 .000 . . . . . .
Mookie Blaylock 10 10 44.1 .396 .329 .667 7.0 6.5 2.1 .2 16.4
Tyrone Corbin 10 10 36.4 .457 .351 1.000 4.3 2.0 .4 .2 10.6
Darrin Hancock 6 0 5.5 .400 .000 .000 .8 .2 .2 .2 .7
Alan Henderson 10 0 13.6 .559 . .769 3.3 . .1 .3 5.8
Henry James 8 0 5.6 .231 .333 . .1 .3 .1 . 1.0
Christian Laettner 10 10 40.3 .405 .190 .857 7.2 2.6 1.0 .8 17.6
Priest Lauderdale 3 0 2.3 .000 . . .7 . . . .
Dikembe Mutombo 10 10 41.5 .628 . .719 12.3 1.3 .1 2.6 15.4
Ivano Newbill 3 0 1.7 . . . .3 .3 . . .
Eldridge Recasner 10 0 12.1 .423 .364 .625 1.1 .9 .2 . 3.1
Steve Smith 10 10 42.1 .396 .327 .824 3.9 1.7 .4 .1 18.9

Awards and records

Awards

Records

Transactions

Trades

July 15, 1996

Free Agents

July 15, 1996

August 13, 1996

September 12, 1996

September 27, 1996

October 2, 1996

October 28, 1996

November 13, 1996

November 14, 1996

  • Signed Willie Burton as a free agent.
  • Signed Anthony Miller as a free agent.

November 26, 1996

  • Waived Derrick Alston.

December 20, 1996

January 2, 1997

January 7, 1997

  • Waived Darrin Hancock.
  • Waived Willie Burton.

March 4, 1997

March 5, 1997

  • Signed Darrin Hancock to the first of two 10-day contracts.

March 25, 1997

  • Signed Darrin Hancock to a contract for the rest of the season.

See also

References

  1. ^ 1996-97 Atlanta Hawks
  2. ^ Atlanta Hawks (1968-Present)
  3. ^ The Hawks traded #45 and #47 picks to the Supersonics for #28 pick on June 25, 1996.
    "Hawks Regain First-Round Draft Pick in Sonics Trade".  
  4. ^ Atlanta Hawks (1949 - ) 1996 Stats, History, Awards and More
  5. ^ 1996–97 NBA season Summary - Basketball-Reference.com
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