1996–97 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 1996–97 NBA season was the 27th season for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Blazers signed free agent Kenny Anderson while acquiring Isaiah Rider from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and second-year forward Rasheed Wallace from the Washington Bullets. The Blazers would hover around .500 for most of the first half of the season as they traded Aaron McKie to the Detroit Pistons for Stacey Augmon at midseason. However, they posted a 13–2 record in March including an 11-game winning streak. The Blazers finished the season third in the Pacific Division, and fifth in the Western Conference with a 49–33 record. Making their 15th straight trip to the postseason and 20th in 21 years.

The Blazers faced the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, and were defeated 1–3, marking the fifth straight year they were eliminated in the first round. Following the season, head coach P.J. Carlesimo was fired and replaced by former Milwaukee Bucks general manager and head coach Mike Dunleavy, Clifford Robinson signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns, and Chris Dudley was traded to the New York Knicks.

Draft picks


Roster listing
Portland Trail Blazers roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
PG7United StatesAnderson, Kenny6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)168 lb (76 kg)Georgia Tech
SF2United StatesAugmon, Stacey6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)205 lb (93 kg)UNLV
PG4United StatesBrown, Marcus Injured6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)185 lb (84 kg)Murray State
SG6United StatesButler, Mitchell6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)210 lb (95 kg)UCLA
C20United StatesDudley, Chris6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)235 lb (107 kg)Yale
PF5United StatesO'Neal, Jermaine6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)226 lb (103 kg)Eau Claire HS (SC)
SG34United StatesRider, Isaiah6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)215 lb (98 kg)UNLV
SF3United StatesRobinson, Clifford6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)225 lb (102 kg)Connecticut
PG21United StatesRobinson, Rumeal6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)195 lb (88 kg)Michigan
C11LithuaniaSabonis, Arvydas7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)279 lb (127 kg)Lithuania
PF33United StatesTrent, Gary6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)250 lb (113 kg)Ohio
PF30United StatesWallace, Rasheed6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)225 lb (102 kg)North Carolina
PG8United StatesWhatley, Ennis6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)177 lb (80 kg)Alabama
SF10United StatesWingfield, Dontonio6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)256 lb (116 kg)Cincinnati
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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


Regular season

Season standings

z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

Game log


West First Round

(4) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers Last Playoff Meeting: 1992 Western Conference First Round (Portland won 3–1)

Player statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game





July 15, 1996To Portland Trail Blazers
Mitchell Butler
Rasheed Wallace
To Washington Bullets
Harvey Grant
Rod Strickland
July 23, 1996To Portland Trail Blazers
Isaiah Rider
To Minnesota Timberwolves
Bill Curley
James Robinson
1997 1st-round pick
January 24, 1997To Portland Trail Blazers
Stacey Augmon
To Detroit Pistons
Randolph Childress
Reggie Jordan
Aaron McKie

Free agents

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