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1995–96 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration November 3, 1995 – April 21, 1996
April 25 – June 2, 1996 (Playoffs)
June 5 – 16, 1996 (Finals)
Number of teams 29
TV partner(s) NBC, TBS, TNT
Draft
Top draft pick Joe Smith
Picked by Golden State Warriors
Regular season
Top seed Chicago Bulls
Season MVP Michael Jordan (Chicago)
Top scorer Michael Jordan (Chicago)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Chicago Bulls
  Eastern runners-up Orlando Magic
Western champions Seattle SuperSonics
  Western runners-up Utah Jazz
Finals
Champions Chicago Bulls
  Runners-up Seattle SuperSonics
Finals MVP Michael Jordan (Chicago)
NBA seasons

The 1995–96 NBA season was the 50th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA), though the 50th anniversary was not celebrated until the following season. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals to win their fourth championship.

1995 NBA lockout[edit]

The 1995 NBA lockout was the first lockout of four in the history of the NBA. When the previous collective bargaining agreement expired after the 1993–94 season, a no-strike, no-lockout agreement was made in October 1994, with a moratorium on signing or restructuring player contracts. That moratorium expired on June 15, 1995, one day after the NBA Finals concluded. The expansion draft (which was held on June 24) and the NBA draft (which was held on June 28) were allowed to take place, but all other league business, including trades, free-agent signings, contract extensions, and summer leagues were suspended[1] from July 1 until September 12; no games were lost due to the lockout, as a new collective bargaining agreement was reached well before the start of the 1995–96 season.[2][3][4][5] Among the key issues in the labor dispute were the salary cap, free agency, a rookie salary cap, and revenue sharing.[1]

Notable occurrences[edit]

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 1994–95 coach 1995–96 coach
Boston Celtics Chris Ford M.L. Carr
Detroit Pistons Don Chaney Doug Collins
Golden State Warriors Bob Lanier Rick Adelman
Miami Heat Alvin Gentry Pat Riley
New York Knicks Pat Riley Don Nelson
Toronto Raptors Do not exist Brendan Malone
Vancouver Grizzlies Brian Winters
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Minnesota Timberwolves Bill Blair Flip Saunders
New York Knicks Don Nelson Jeff Van Gundy
Phoenix Suns Paul Westphal Cotton Fitzsimmons

1995–96 NBA changes[edit]

  • The Atlanta Hawks changed their logo and uniforms. The road jerseys were both red and black faded together.
  • The Boston Celtics moved into the FleetCenter
  • The Chicago Bulls got new black alternate uniforms with pinstripes.
  • The Houston Rockets changed their logo and uniforms, adding pinstripes to their jerseys and navy to their color scheme.
  • The Miami Heat added new red alternate uniforms.
  • The Milwaukee Bucks added new green alternate uniforms.
  • The New York Knicks added the "New York" script to their logo, and got new blue alternate uniforms with black on the side of their jerseys.
  • The Portland Trail Blazers moved into the Rose Garden.
  • The Seattle SuperSonics changed their logo and uniforms, replacing their primary green and yellow colors with dark green and red.
  • The expansion Toronto Raptors got a new logo and new pinstripe uniforms, adding purple and red to their color scheme.
  • The expansion Vancouver Grizzlies got a new logo and new uniforms, adding teal and brown to their color scheme.

Final standings[edit]

By division[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Orlando Magic 60 22 .732 12.0 37–4 23–18 21–3 82
x-New York Knicks 47 35 .573 25.0 26–15 21–20 16–8 82
x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 30.0 26–15 16–25 13–12 82
Washington Bullets 39 43 .476 33.0 25–16 14–27 10–14 82
Boston Celtics 33 49 .402 39.0 18–23 15–26 12–12 82
New Jersey Nets 30 52 .366 42.0 20–21 10–31 8–17 82
Philadelphia 76ers 18 64 .220 54.0 11–30 7–34 5–19 82


Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
z-Chicago Bulls 72 10 .878 0.0 39–2 33–8 24–4 82
x-Indiana Pacers 52 30 .634 20.0 32–9 20–21 19–9 82
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 51 31 .622 21.0 33–8 18–23 15–9 82
x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561 26.0 26–15 20–21 15–13 82
x-Detroit Pistons 46 36 .561 26.0 30–11 16–25 15–13 82
Charlotte Hornets 41 41 .500 31.0 25–16 16–25 13–15 82
Milwaukee Bucks 25 57 .305 47.0 14–27 11–30 8–20 82
Toronto Raptors 21 61 .256 51.0 15–26 6–35 5–23 82


Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 59 23 .720 33–8 26–15 19–5
x-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 4 34–7 21–20 14–10
x-Houston Rockets 48 34 .585 11 27–14 21–20 15–9
Denver Nuggets 35 47 .427 24 24–17 11–30 13–11
Dallas Mavericks 26 56 .317 33 16–25 10–31 10–14
Minnesota Timberwolves 26 56 .317 33 17–24 9–32 10–14
Vancouver Grizzlies 15 67 .183 44 10–31 5–36 3–21


Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Seattle SuperSonics 64 18 .780 38–3 26–15 21–3
x-Los Angeles Lakers 53 29 .646 11 30–11 23–18 17–7
x-Portland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 20 26–15 18–23 11–13
x-Phoenix Suns 41 41 .500 23 25–16 16–25 9–15
x-Sacramento Kings 39 43 .476 25 26–15 13–28 11–13
Golden State Warriors 36 46 .439 28 23–18 13–28 7–17
Los Angeles Clippers 29 53 .354 35 19–22 10–31 7–17


By conference[edit]

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 z-Chicago Bulls * 72 10 .878 82
2 y-Orlando Magic * 60 22 .732 12.0 82
3 x-Indiana Pacers 52 30 .634 20.0 82
4 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 51 31 .622 21.0 82
5 x-New York Knicks 47 35 .573 25.0 82
6 x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561 26.0 82
7 x-Detroit Pistons 46 36 .561 26.0 82
8 x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 30.0 82
9 Charlotte Hornets 41 41 .500 31.0 82
10 Washington Bullets 39 43 .476 33.0 82
11 Boston Celtics 33 49 .402 39.0 82
12 New Jersey Nets 30 52 .366 42.0 82
13 Milwaukee Bucks 25 57 .305 47.0 82
14 Toronto Raptors 21 61 .256 51.0 82
15 Philadelphia 76ers 18 64 .220 54.0 82
Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 c-Seattle SuperSonics * 64 18 .780 82
2 y-San Antonio Spurs * 59 23 .720 5 82
3 x-Utah Jazz 55 27 .671 9 82
4 x-Los Angeles Lakers 53 29 .646 11 82
5 x-Houston Rockets 48 34 .585 16 82
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 20 82
7 x-Phoenix Suns 41 41 .500 23 82
8 x-Sacramento Kings 39 43 .476 25 82
9 Golden State Warriors 36 46 .439 28 82
10 Denver Nuggets 35 47 .427 29 82
11 Los Angeles Clippers 29 53 .354 35 82
12 Dallas Mavericks 26 56 .317 38 82
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 26 56 .317 38 82
14 Vancouver Grizzlies 15 67 .183 49 82


Notes

  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • y – Clinched division title
  • x – Clinched playoff spot

Playoffs[edit]

Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics.

First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
            
1 Seattle 3
8 Sacramento 1
1 Seattle 4
5 Houston 0
4 L.A. Lakers 1
5 Houston 3
1 Seattle 4
Western Conference
3 Utah 3
3 Utah 3
6 Portland 2
3 Utah 4
2 San Antonio 2
2 San Antonio 3
7 Phoenix 1
W1 Seattle 2
E1 Chicago 4
1 Chicago 3
8 Miami 0
1 Chicago 4
5 New York 1
4 Cleveland 0
5 New York 3
1 Chicago 4
Eastern Conference
2 Orlando 0
3 Indiana 2
6 Atlanta 3
6 Atlanta 1
2 Orlando 4
2 Orlando 3
7 Detroit 0

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 30.4
Rebounds per game Dennis Rodman Chicago Bulls 14.9
Assists per game John Stockton Utah Jazz 11.2
Steals per game Gary Payton Seattle SuperSonics 2.85
Blocks per game Dikembe Mutombo Denver Nuggets 4.49
FG% Gheorghe Mureșan Washington Bullets .584
FT% Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Denver Nuggets .930
3FG% Tim Legler Washington Bullets .522

NBA awards[edit]

Yearly awards[edit]

Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com

Player of the week[edit]

The following players were named NBA Player of the Week.

Week Player
Nov. 3 – Nov. 12 Anfernee Hardaway (Orlando Magic)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19 Cedric Ceballos (Los Angeles Lakers)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26 Shawn Kemp (Seattle SuperSonics)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3 Terrell Brandon (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10 Dikembe Mutombo (Denver Nuggets)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17 Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls)
Dec. 18 – Dec. 24 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 30 Karl Malone (Utah Jazz)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 7 Clifford R. Robinson (Portland Trail Blazers)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14 David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28 Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4 Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 18 Armon Gilliam (New Jersey Nets)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25 Shawn Kemp (Seattle SuperSonics)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 3 (tie) Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 3 (tie) Shaquille O'Neal (Orlando Magic)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Mar. 11 – Mar. 17 Grant Hill (Detroit Pistons)
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24 Chris Gatling (Miami Heat)
Mar. 25 – Mar. 31 Arvydas Sabonis (Portland Trail Blazers)
Apr. 1 – Apr. 7 Kevin Johnson (Phoenix Suns)

Player of the month[edit]

The following players were named NBA Player of the Month.

Month Player
November Anfernee Hardaway (Orlando Magic)
December Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls)
January Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
February Charles Barkley (Phoenix Suns)
March David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
April Juwan Howard (Washington Bullets)

Rookie of the month[edit]

The following players were named NBA Rookie of the Month.

Month Rookie
November Damon Stoudamire (Toronto Raptors)
December Joe Smith (Golden State Warriors)
January Damon Stoudamire (Toronto Raptors)
February Joe Smith (Golden State Warriors)
March Jerry Stackhouse (Philadelphia 76ers)
April Arvydas Sabonis (Portland Trail Blazers)

Coach of the month[edit]

The following coaches were named NBA Coach of the Month.

Month Coach
November Garry St. Jean (Sacramento Kings)
December Mike Fratello (Cleveland Cavaliers)
January Phil Jackson (Chicago Bulls)
February George Karl (Seattle SuperSonics)
March Bob Hill (San Antonio Spurs)
April Phil Jackson (Chicago Bulls)

Milestones[edit]

Debuts[edit]

The following is a list of players of note who played their first NBA game in 1995–96, listed with their first team:

Last games[edit]

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NBA in 1995–96, listed with their last team:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brown, Clifton. "1995 NBA playoffs; NBA. Talks resume as lockout looms."The New York Times, Houston, 13 June 1995. Retrieved on 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ Friend, Tom (June 15, 1995). "Stern Says Labor Deal Could Be Struck Soon". The New York Times. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ Brown, Clifton (June 13, 1995). "NBA Talks Resume as Lockout Looms". The New York Times. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "NBA Lockout Chronology". CNN Sports Illustrated. Time Warner Company. January 6, 1999. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "10 Game-Changing Pro Sports Lockouts and Strikes – National Basketball Association (1995)". CNBC.com. CNBC LLC. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 

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