1996-97 NBA season Finals, awards and best players

NBA Finals 1997

NBA Champion: Chicago Bulls

NBA Finals:  Utah Jazz (W)  2  Chicago Bulls (E)  4

NBA Finals MVP: Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)

Main players: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Ron Harper (Chicago Bulls), Karl Malone, John Stockton, Jeff Hornacek (Utah Jazz).

Best players for the 1996-97 season

Regular Season MVP: Karl Malone (Utah Jazz).

All-NBA first team: Tim Hardaway (Miami Heat), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), Grant Hill (Detroit Pistons), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets).

All-NBA second team: Gary Payton (Seattle SuperSonics), Mitch Richmond (Sacramento Kings), Glen Rice (Charlotte Hornets), Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls), Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks).

All-NBA third team: John Stockton (Utah Jazz), Penny Hardaway (Orlando Magic), Vin Baker (Milwaukee Bucks), Anthony Mason (Charlotte Hornets), Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers).

SEASON STATS LEADERS

CategoryPlayerPos.TeamValue
PointsMichael JordanSG/SFChicago Bulls29.6
ReboundsDennis RodmanPF/SFChicago Bulls16.1
BlocksShawn BradleyCDallas Mavericks3.4
AssistsMark JacksonPG/SGDenver Nuggets11.4
StealsMookie BlaylockPGAtlanta Hawks2.7
EfficiencyKarl MalonePFUtah Jazz28.9
3-point field goalsReggie MillerSGIndiana Pacers229

NBA Sixth Man: John Starks (New York Knicks).

Most Improved Player: Isaac Austin (Miami Heat).

PLAYERS WITH THE BEST STATS IN THE 1996-97 REGULAR SEASON

PLAYERGPMPFG(%)3P(%)FT(%)RBASSTTOBKPTS
Karl Malone820.410.54/19.1655.00.00/0.160.06.35/8.4175.50.10.10.00.00.00.3
Michael Jordan820.511.22/23.0748.61.35/3.6237.35.85/7.0283.30.10.10.00.00.00.4
Grant Hill800.57.81/15.7449.60.13/0.4131.75.63/7.9171.20.10.10.00.00.00.3
Chris Webber720.58.39/16.2151.80.83/2.1039.52.46/4.3556.60.10.10.00.00.00.3
Anthony Mason730.65.93/11.3052.50.01/0.0425.04.37/5.8674.60.20.10.00.00.00.2
Hakeem Olajuwon780.59.32/18.2851.00.06/0.2128.64.50/5.7278.70.10.00.00.00.00.3
Patrick Ewing780.58.40/17.2148.80.03/0.1225.05.63/7.4675.50.10.00.00.00.00.3
Vin Baker780.58.10/16.0450.50.19/0.6927.54.59/6.6868.70.10.00.00.00.00.3
Gary Payton820.58.61/18.0747.61.45/4.6331.33.10/4.3371.60.10.10.00.00.00.3
Scottie Pippen820.57.90/16.6647.41.90/5.1736.82.49/3.5570.10.10.10.00.00.00.2

Best defensive players for the 1996-97 season

Defensive Player of the Year: Dikembe Mutombo (Atlanta Hawks).

All-Defensive first team: Gary Payton (Seattle SuperSonics), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz), Dikembe Mutombo (Atlanta Hawks).

All-Defensive second team: John Stockton (Utah Jazz), Mookie Blaylock (Atlanta Hawks), Anthony Mason (Charlotte Hornets), P.J. Brown (Miami Heat), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets).

Players of the Month and Players of the Week for the 1996-97 season

Rookie of the Year: Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers).

All-Rookies first team: Stephon Marbury (Minnesota Timberwolves), Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Vancouver Grizzlies), Antoine Walker (Boston Celtics), Marcus Camby (Toronto Raptors).

All-Rookies second team: Matt Maloney (Houston Rockets), Kerry Kittles (New Jersey Nets), Ray Allen (Milwaukee Bucks), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Travis Knight (Los Angeles Lakers).

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

MonthPlayer
NovemberMichael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
DecemberShaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)
JanuaryGrant Hill (Detroit Pistons)
FebruaryGlen Rice (Charlotte Hornets)
MarchKarl Malone (Utah Jazz)
AprilKevin Johnson (Phoenix Suns)

Players of the Week: Charles Barkley (Houston Rockets), Terrell Brandon (Cleveland Cavaliers), Dale Ellis (Denver Nuggets), Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks), Tim Hardaway (Miami Heat), Grant Hill (Detroit Pistons) (2), Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers), Kevin Johnson (Phoenix Suns), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz) (3), Terry Mills (Detroit Pistons), Alonzo Mourning (Miami Heat), Dikembe Mutombo (Atlanta Hawks), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets), Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers), Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls), Glen Rice (Charlotte Hornets) (2), Mitch Richmond (Sacramento Kings), Glenn Robinson (Milwaukee Bucks), Loy Vaught (Los Angeles Clippers), Chris Webber (Washington Bullets).

1997 NBA All-Star Game players

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
John StocktonPGUtah Jazz
Gary PaytonPGSeattle SuperSonics
Eddie JonesSGLos Angeles Lakers
Mitch RichmondSGSacramento Kings
Latrell SprewellSG/SFGolden State Warriors
Clyde Drexler*SG/SFHouston Rockets
Detlef SchrempfPF/SFSeattle SuperSonics
Charles Barkley*PF/SFHouston Rockets
Tom GugliottaPFMinnesota Timberwolves
Shawn KempPFSeattle SuperSonics
Karl MalonePFUtah Jazz
Kevin GarnettPF/CMinnesota Timberwolves
Chris GatlingPF/CDallas Mavericks
Hakeem OlajuwonCHouston Rockets
Shaquille O'Neal*CLos Angeles Lakers

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Terrell BrandonPGCleveland Cavaliers
Tim HardawayPGMiami Heat
Joe DumarsSGDetroit Pistons
Penny HardawaySG/SFOrlando Magic
Glen RiceSG/SFCharlotte Hornets
Michael JordanSG/SFChicago Bulls
Scottie PippenSFChicago Bulls
Grant HillSFDetroit Pistons
Vin BakerPFMilwaukee Bucks
Chris WebberPFWashington Bullets
Christian LaettnerC/PFAtlanta Hawks
Alonzo Mourning*CMiami Heat
Patrick Ewing*CNew York Knicks
Dikembe MutomboCAtlanta Hawks

* Player was selected but he could not play the game

All-Star Game MVP: Glen Rice (Charlotte Hornets).

More awards

Citizenship award: P.J. Brown (Miami Heat).

Sportsmanship award: Terrell Brandon (Cleveland Cavaliers).