1995-96 NBA season Finals, awards and best players

NBA Finals 1996

NBA Champion: Chicago Bulls

NBA Finals:  Oklahoma City Thunder (W)  2  Chicago Bulls (E)  4

NBA Finals MVP: Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)

Main players: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman (Chicago Bulls),

Best players for the 1995-96 season

Regular Season MVP: Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls).

All-NBA first team: Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), Penny Hardaway (Orlando Magic), Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz), David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs).

All-NBA second team: Gary Payton (Seattle SuperSonics), John Stockton (Utah Jazz), Grant Hill (Detroit Pistons), Shawn Kemp (Seattle SuperSonics), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets).

All-NBA third team: Mitch Richmond (Sacramento Kings), Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers), Charles Barkley (Phoenix Suns), Juwan Howard (Washington Bullets), Shaquille O'Neal (Orlando Magic).

SEASON STATS LEADERS

CategoryPlayerPos.TeamValue
PointsMichael JordanSG/SFChicago Bulls30.4
ReboundsDennis RodmanPF/SFChicago Bulls14.9
BlocksDikembe MutomboCDenver Nuggets4.5
AssistsJohn StocktonPGUtah Jazz11.2
StealsGary PaytonPGSeattle SuperSonics2.9
EfficiencyDavid RobinsonCSan Antonio Spurs29.4
3-point field goalsDennis ScottSFOrlando Magic267

NBA Sixth Man: Toni Kukoc (Chicago Bulls).

Most Improved Player: Gheorghe Muresan (Washington Bullets).

PLAYERS WITH THE BEST STATS IN THE 1995-96 REGULAR SEASON

PLAYERGPMPFG(%)3P(%)FT(%)RBASSTTOBKPTS
David Robinson820.48.67/16.8051.60.04/0.1136.47.63/10.0476.00.10.00.00.00.00.3
Hakeem Olajuwon720.510.67/20.7551.40.04/0.1921.15.51/7.6172.40.20.00.00.00.00.4
Michael Jordan820.511.17/22.5649.51.35/3.1742.66.68/8.0183.40.10.10.00.00.00.4
Karl Malone820.59.62/18.5451.90.20/0.4940.86.24/8.6372.30.10.10.00.00.00.3
Charles Barkley710.58.17/16.3450.00.69/2.4628.06.20/7.9777.80.20.10.00.00.00.3
Grant Hill800.57.05/15.2646.20.06/0.3318.26.06/8.0875.00.10.10.00.00.00.3
Shawn Kemp790.46.66/11.8656.20.06/0.1540.06.24/8.4174.20.10.00.00.10.00.2
Penny Hardaway820.47.60/14.8251.31.09/3.4531.65.43/7.0776.80.10.10.00.00.00.3
Patrick Ewing760.58.92/19.1646.60.05/0.3713.54.62/6.0776.10.10.00.00.00.00.3
Larry Johnson810.57.20/15.1247.60.83/2.2636.75.27/6.9675.70.10.10.00.00.00.3

Best defensive players for the 1995-96 season

Defensive Player of the Year: Gary Payton (Seattle SuperSonics).

All-Defensive first team: Gary Payton (Seattle SuperSonics), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls), Dennis Rodman (Chicago Bulls), David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs).

All-Defensive second team: Mookie Blaylock (Atlanta Hawks), Bobby Phills (Cleveland Cavaliers), Derrick McKey (Indiana Pacers), Horace Grant (Orlando Magic), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets).

Players of the Month and Players of the Week for the 1995-96 season

Rookie of the Year: Damon Stoudamire (Toronto Raptors).

All-Rookies first team: Damon Stoudamire (Toronto Raptors), Michael Finley (Phoenix Suns), Jerry Stackhouse (Philadelphia 76ers), Joe Smith (Golden State Warriors), Antonio McDyess (Denver Nuggets), Arvydas Sabonis (Portland Trail Blazers).

All-Rookies second team: Tyus Edney (Sacramento Kings), Brent Barry (Los Angeles Clippers), Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves), Rasheed Wallace (Washington Bullets), Bryant Reeves (Vancouver Grizzlies).

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

MonthPlayer
NovemberPenny Hardaway (Orlando Magic)
DecemberScottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls)
JanuaryMichael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
FebruaryCharles Barkley (Phoenix Suns)
MarchDavid Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
AprilJuwan Howard (Washington Bullets)

Players of the Week: Terrell Brandon (Cleveland Cavaliers), Cedric Ceballos (Los Angeles Lakers), Chris Gatling (Miami Heat), Armen Gilliam (New Jersey Nets), Penny Hardaway (Orlando Magic), Grant Hill (Detroit Pistons), Juwan Howard (Washington Bullets), Kevin Johnson (Phoenix Suns), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) (3), Shawn Kemp (Seattle SuperSonics) (2), Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz), Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers), Dikembe Mutombo (Denver Nuggets), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets), Shaquille O'Neal (Orlando Magic), Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls), Cliff Robinson (Portland Trail Blazers), David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs), Arvydas Sabonis (Portland Trail Blazers), Dennis Scott (Orlando Magic).

1996 NBA All-Star Game players

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
John StocktonPGUtah Jazz
Gary PaytonPGSeattle SuperSonics
Jason KiddPG/SGDallas Mavericks
Mitch RichmondSGSacramento Kings
Clyde DrexlerSG/SFHouston Rockets
Sean ElliottSFSan Antonio Spurs
Charles BarkleyPF/SFPhoenix Suns
Shawn KempPFSeattle SuperSonics
Karl MalonePFUtah Jazz
David RobinsonCSan Antonio Spurs
Dikembe MutomboCDenver Nuggets
Hakeem OlajuwonCHouston Rockets

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Terrell BrandonPGCleveland Cavaliers
Reggie MillerSGIndiana Pacers
Penny HardawaySG/SFOrlando Magic
Michael JordanSG/SFChicago Bulls
Glen RiceSG/SFCharlotte Hornets
Grant HillSFDetroit Pistons
Scottie PippenSFChicago Bulls
Juwan HowardPFWashington Bullets
Vin BakerPFMilwaukee Bucks
Shaquille O'NealCOrlando Magic
Alonzo MourningCMiami Heat
Patrick EwingCNew York Knicks

All-Star Game MVP: Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls).

More awards

Citizenship award: Chris Dudley (Portland Trail Blazers).

Sportsmanship award: Joe Dumars (Detroit Pistons).