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 NBA 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

More awards

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

Sportsmanship award: Terrell Brandon (Cleveland Cavaliers).