1996–97 Atlanta Hawks season

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1996–97 Atlanta Hawks season
Head coach Lenny Wilkens
Owner(s) Ted Turner
Arena The Omni
Results
Record 56–26 (.683)
Place Division: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Semifinals
(eliminated 1-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WATL
Fox Sports South
Radio WCNN
< 1995–96 1997–98 >

The 1996–97 NBA season was the Hawks' 48th season in the National Basketball Association, and 29th season in Atlanta.[1] In an effort to improve their team, the Hawks strengthened their defense by picking up free agent All-Star center Dikembe Mutombo,[2] while re-signing Tyrone Corbin during the offseason. Other free agents included Eldridge Recasner, former Georgia Tech guard Jon Barry and Henry James, who was signed by the team in December. The Hawks struggled with a 5–6 start to the season, but later on posted a 14–2 record in January including a ten-game winning streak. The team also won 20 consecutive home games from November 12 to February 12. The Hawks finished second in the Central Division with a 56–26 record, while posting the third best home record in the league at 36–5. Mutombo and Christian Laettner were both selected for the 1997 NBA All-Star Game.

Mutombo would also capture the Defensive Player of the Year honors, as he finished second in the NBA in rebounding and blocked shots.[3] He was not the only member of the club to excel on defense as guard Mookie Blaylock led the NBA in steals, while finishing second in the league with 221 three-point field goals. Meanwhile, Steve Smith continued to lead the Hawks in scoring with 20.1 points per game.

In the playoffs, the Hawks would be put to the test as they needed five games to get past the Detroit Pistons after trailing 2–1 in the first round. However, the Hawks would provide little challenge to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals as they fell in five games to the eventual Champions, despite winning Game 2 at the United Center 103–95.[4] It was also their final season playing at The Omni, which hosted its final game in a Game 4 loss to the Bulls, 89–80 on May 11, 1997.[5] Following the season, Barry signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers, James re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Ken Norman retired.

Offseason

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 28 Lauderdale, PriestPriest Lauderdale (from Seattle)[6] Center  United States Peristeri BC (Greece)

[7]

Roster

Atlanta Hawks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 17 United States Barry, Jon 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Georgia Tech
PG 10 United States Blaylock, Mookie 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oklahoma
SF 33 United States Corbin, Tyrone 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) DePaul
SF 35 United States Hancock, Darrin 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Kansas
PF 44 United States Henderson, Alan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Indiana
SF 42 United States James, Henry 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Saint Mary's
PF 32 United States Laettner, Christian 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Duke
C 15 United States Lauderdale, Priest 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 325 lb (147 kg) Central State
PF 2 United States Miller, Anthony Injured 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Michigan State
C 55 Zaire Mutombo, Dikembe 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Georgetown
PF 28 United States Newbill, Ivano 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Georgia Tech
SF 3 United States Norman, Ken Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Illinois
PG 5 United States Recasner, Eldridge 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Washington
SG 8 United States Smith, Steve 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Michigan State
Head coach

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

RosterTransactions

Roster Notes

  • Rookie center Priest Lauderdale holds American and Bulgarian dual citizenship.
  • Forward Darrin Hancock played in two stints with the Hawks during the season. He was signed by the team after being waived by the Phoenix Suns, who acquired him from the Milwaukee Bucks. After the Hawks waived him, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs where he would only play one game for them before being released, and re-signed by the Hawks for the rest of the season.[8]

Regular season

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

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# 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

Record vs. opponents

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

1996–97 game log
Total: 56–26 (Home: 36–5; Road: 20–21)
1996–97 season schedule

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.

Eastern Conference 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 Omni Coliseum, Atlanta 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

Eastern 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 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 Omni Coliseum, Atlanta 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. ^ "Hawks Get Big With Mutombo". Los Angeles Times. July 16, 1996. Retrieved November 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Mutombo Is the Difference for Hawks". Los Angeles Times. May 5, 1997. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 
  4. ^ Atlanta Hawks (1968-Present)
  5. ^ "Omni farewell: `It's like somebody is taking my house away from me'". Augusta Chronicle. April 28, 1997. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ 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". Associated Press. June 25, 1996. p. D1. 
  7. ^ Atlanta Hawks (1949 - ) 1996 Stats, History, Awards and More
  8. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_1997_transactions.html
  9. ^ 1996–97 NBA season Summary - Basketball-Reference.com
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