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1995–96 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1995–96 NBA season was the 28th season for the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association.[1] During the offseason, the Sonics acquired shooting guard Hersey Hawkins from the Charlotte Hornets. After two consecutive playoffs appearances losing in the first round, the Sonics played their best basketball posting a 14-game winning streak between February and March. The team won 30 of their 36 games after the All-Star break to finish the regular season with a franchise best 64–18 record, surpassing the record from the 1993–94 season, and earned their third number one seed in the Western Conference in franchise history. Point guard and Defensive Player of the Year Gary Payton and power forward Shawn Kemp were both selected for the 1996 NBA All-Star Game. This Sonics team is regarded as one of the best defensive teams in the late 90s.

1995–96 Seattle SuperSonics season
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coachGeorge Karl
General managerWally Walker
ArenaKeyArena at Seattle Center
Results
Record64–18 (.780)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finishNBA Finals
(Lost to Bulls 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKING-TV
KSTW
Prime Sports Northwest
RadioKJR
< 1994–95 1996–97 >

Led by Kemp and Payton, the two formed "Sonic Boom", one of the most electrifying tandems in NBA history. The SuperSonics defeated the Sacramento Kings three games to one in the first round, advancing to the second round for the first time in three years.[2] In the semifinals, they swept the 5th-seeded and reigning champions Houston Rockets in four straight games to advance to the Western Conference Finals, where they defeated the Utah Jazz in seven games to reach their first NBA Finals since 1979, where they would face the Chicago Bulls. After an 0–3 start in the series, Seattle managed to win their next two home games, but eventually lost the series in Game 6 in Chicago.[3] Following the season, Ervin Johnson signed as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets, and Vincent Askew was traded to the New Jersey Nets. This Sonics team has been featured in the video game series NBA 2K.

For the season, the Sonics featured new uniforms, a new logo, and adding red to their color scheme. The logo and uniforms would remain until 2001.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 26 Sherell Ford SF   United States Illinois–Chicago
2 54 Eurelijus Žukauskas C   Lithuania Neptūnas Klaipėda

RosterEdit

Seattle SuperSonics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 2   Askew, Vincent 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1966–02–28 Memphis
PF 34   Brickowski, Frank 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1959–08–14 Penn State
SF 1   Ford, Sherell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1972–08–26 Illinois–Chicago
SG 33   Hawkins, Hersey 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1966–09–29 Bradley
C 50   Johnson, Ervin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1967–12–21 New Orleans
PF 40   Kemp, Shawn 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1969–11–26 Trinity Valley CC
SG 10   McMillan, Nate 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1964–08–03 North Carolina State
PG 20   Payton, Gary 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1968–07–23 Oregon State
PF 14   Perkins, Sam 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1961–06–14 North Carolina
C 55   Scheffler, Steve 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1967–09–03 Purdue
SF 11   Schrempf, Detlef 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 214 lb (97 kg) 1963–01–21 Washington
PG 3   Snow, Eric 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1973–04–04 Michigan State
SF 25   Wingate, David 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1963–12–15 Georgetown
Head coach

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

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

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


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 Minnesota Timberwolves 26 56 .317 38 82
13 Dallas Mavericks 26 56 .317 38 82
14 Vancouver Grizzlies 15 67 .183 49 82


Record vs. opponentsEdit

1995–96 NBA records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta 4–0 3–1 0–4 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–3
Boston 0–4 2–2 0–3 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–0 0–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 0–4 1–3 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–2
Charlotte 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 0–3 3–0 0–4 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1
Chicago 4–0 3–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 3–0 3–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–0
Cleveland 1–3 3–1 1–3 0–4 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 1–2 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–0 3–1
Dallas 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 4–0 0–2
Denver 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 4–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–1
Detroit 2–2 1–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 4–0 0–4 1–3 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–2 2–0 1–2
Golden State 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 4–0 1–1
Houston 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–0 2–2 4–0 1–1
Indiana 3–1 4–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 3–0
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 1–3 3–1 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 4–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 1–1
Miami 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–1 5–0 1–3 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–2
Milwaukee 2–2 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–3
Minnesota 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0 0–4 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–2
New Jersey 0–4 2–2 3–0 0–3 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–4 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 0–5 3–1 1–1 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 2–2
New York 1–2 4–0 0–3 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 3–1
Orlando 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 4–0
Philadelphia 1–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–3
Phoenix 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–3 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0
Portland 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–0 4–0 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–2
Sacramento 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 0–4 2–0 0–4 2–2 0–2
San Antonio 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 0–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1
Seattle 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 0–2 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1
Toronto 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–4 2–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1
Utah 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 4–0 1–3 1–3 2–0 4–0 1–1
Vancouver 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 0–4 0–2
Washington 3–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 0–4 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0

Game logEdit

1995–96 game log
Total: 64–18 (Home: 38–3; Road: 26–15)
1995–96 schedule

Season SynopsisEdit

NovemberEdit

The SuperSonics started their season on November 3 on the road wherein they faced the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. They started the game well after leading the Jazz in the 1st Quarter, but the Jazz fought back and never looked back as they defeated the Sonics, 112-94. The Sonics now went back home to play the two Los Angeles teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the L.A. Clippers. The SuperSonics won both of their home games, as they were now up 2-1 for the season. On November 26, the SuperSonics hosted the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. The visiting Bulls hold a double-digit lead at halftime but the Sonics fought back and only allowed 28 2nd half PTS for the Bulls as they won the game, 97-92. The month of November for the Sonics ended in a disappointing way because they were defeated by a point by the visiting Indiana Pacers led by Reggie Miller. Overall, the Sonics posted a record of 9-6 in 15 games played during that month.

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

(1) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (8) Sacramento Kings Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the SuperSonics and Kings.

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(SEA-SAC)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 26 Seattle 97 Sacramento 85 1-0 KeyArena, Seattle 1 TNT 10:30et
2 April 28 Seattle 81 Sacramento 90 1-1 KeyArena, Seattle 2 TNT 9:00et
3 April 30 Sacramento 89 Seattle 96 2-1 ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California 3 TNT 10:30et
4 May 2 Sacramento 87 Seattle 101 3-1 ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California 4 TBS 10:30et
Seattle wins series 3–1

West Conference SemifinalsEdit

(1) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (5) Houston Rockets Last Playoff Meeting: 1993 Western Conference Semifinals (Seattle won 4-3)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(SEA-HOU)

Venue Recap Television
1 May 4 Seattle 108 Houston 75 1-0 KeyArena, Seattle 1 NBC 3:30et
2 May 6 Seattle 105 Houston 101 2-0 KeyArena, Seattle 2 TNT 9:00et
3 May 10 Houston 112 Seattle 115 3-0 The Summit, Houston 3 TNT 9:30et
4* May 12 Houston 107 Seattle 114 4-0 The Summit, Houston 4 NBC 3:00et
Seattle wins series 4–0

*Required overtime

West Conference FinalsEdit

(1) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (3) Utah Jazz Last Playoff Meeting: 1993 Western Conference First Round (Seattle won 3-2)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(SEA-UTAH)

Venue Recap Television
1 May 18 Seattle 102 Utah 72 1-0 KeyArena, Seattle 1 NBC 3:30et
2 May 20 Seattle 91 Utah 87 2-0 KeyArena, Seattle 2 TNT 9:00et
3 May 24 Utah 96 Seattle 76 2-1 Delta Center, Salt Lake City 3 NBC 9:00et
4 May 26 Utah 86 Seattle 88 3-1 Delta Center, Salt Lake City 4 NBC 3:30et
5* May 28 Seattle 95 Utah 98 3-2 KeyArena, Seattle 5 NBC 9:00et
6 May 30 Utah 118 Seattle 83 3-3 Delta Center, Salt Lake City 6 NBC 9:00et
7 June 2 Seattle 90 Utah 86 4-3 KeyArena, Seattle 7 NBC 7:30et
Seattle wins series 4–3

*Required overtime

NBA FinalsEdit

Chicago Bulls vs. Seattle SuperSonics

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(CHI-SEA)

Venue Recap Television
1 June 5 Chicago 107 Seattle 90 1-0 United Center, Chicago 1 NBC 9:00et
2 June 7 Chicago 92 Seattle 88 2-0 United Center, Chicago 2 NBC 9:00et
3 June 9 Seattle 86 Chicago 108 3-0 KeyArena, Seattle 3 NBC 7:30et
4 June 12 Seattle 107 Chicago 86 3-1 KeyArena, Seattle 4 NBC 9:00et
5 June 14 Seattle 89 Chicago 78 3-2 KeyArena, Seattle 5 NBC 9:00et
6 June 16 Chicago 87 Seattle 75 4-2 United Center, Chicago 6 NBC 7:30et
Chicago wins NBA Finals series 4–2

Player statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games 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

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Vincent Askew 69 2 25.0 .493 .337 .764 3.2 2.4 .7 .2 8.4
Frank Brickowski 63 8 15.7 .488 .405 .709 2.4 .9 .4 .1 5.4
Sherell Ford 28 1 5.0 .375 .160 .765 .9 .2 .3 .0 3.2
Hersey Hawkins 82 82 34.4 .473 .384 .874 3.6 2.7 1.8 .2 15.6
Ervin Johnson 81 60 18.8 .511 .333 .669 5.3 .6 .5 1.6 5.5
Shawn Kemp 79 76 33.3 .561 .417 .742 11.4 2.2 1.2 1.6 19.6
Nate McMillan 55 14 22.9 .420 .380 .707 3.8 3.6 1.7 .3 5.0
Gary Payton 81 81 39.0 .484 .328 .748 4.2 7.5 2.9 .2 19.3
Sam Perkins 82 20 26.5 .408 .355 .793 4.5 1.5 1.0 .6 11.8
Steve Scheffler 35 2 5.2 .533 .200 .474 .9 .1 .2 .1 1.7
Detlef Schrempf 63 60 34.9 .486 .408 .776 5.2 4.4 .9 .1 17.1
Eric Snow 43 1 9.0 .420 .200 .592 1.0 1.7 .7 .0 2.7
David Wingate 60 3 11.6 .415 .441 .780 .9 1.0 .3 .1 3.7

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Vincent Askew 19 0 18.2 .343 .261 .607 2.2 1.4 .7 .4 3.7
Frank Brickowski 21 3 9.8 .421 .273 .750 1.4 .5 .3 .2 2.0
Hersey Hawkins 21 21 34.0 .452 .344 .895 3.0 2.2 1.3 .2 12.3
Ervin Johnson 18 18 14.1 .371 .000 .818 3.8 .4 .3 .8 3.1
Shawn Kemp 20 20 36.0 .570 .000 .795 10.4 1.5 1.2 2.0 20.9
Nate McMillan 19 0 20.3 .406 .475 .643 3.7 2.7 1.2 .3 4.4
Gary Payton 21 21 43.4 .485 .410 .633 5.1 6.8 1.8 .3 20.7
Sam Perkins 21 1 31.1 .459 .368 .754 4.3 1.7 .7 .3 12.3
Steve Scheffler 8 0 2.8 .000 .000 .000 .8 .3 .1 .0 .0
Detlef Schrempf 21 21 37.6 .475 .368 .750 5.0 3.2 .7 .2 16.0
Eric Snow 10 0 2.4 .143 .000 .000 .4 .6 .2 .0 .2
David Wingate 13 0 5.2 .438 .500 1.000 .2 .0 .0 .0 1.5

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

All-NBA Teams
  • Shawn Kemp – All-NBA Second Team
  • Gary Payton – All-NBA Second Team
NBA All-Defensive Teams
  • Gary Payton – All-Defensive First Team
1996 NBA All-Star Game
  • Shawn Kemp (fourth appearance, second start)
  • Gary Payton (third appearance)

RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

OverviewEdit

Players Added ----

Via draft

Via trade

Players Lost ----

Via trade

Retired

TradesEdit

June 27, 1995 To Seattle SuperSonics----Hersey Hawkins----David Wingate To Charlotte Hornets----Kendall Gill
June 28, 1994 To Seattle SuperSonics----Eric Snow To Milwaukee Bucks----Draft rights to Eurelijus Žukauskas----Conditional 1996 second round pick
September 18, 1995 To Seattle SuperSonics----Frank Brickowski To Sacramento Kings----Byron Houston----Šarūnas Marčiulionis

Free agentsEdit

AdditionsEdit

Player Signed Former team
Steve Scheffler October 6, 1995 Re-signed

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1995–96 Seattle SuperSonics
  2. ^ "Seattle Finally Reaches Round 2". Los Angeles Times. May 3, 1996. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "Not This Time -- Sonic Hopes End 87-75 As Bulls Win Fourth Title". Seattle Times. June 17, 1996. Retrieved July 24, 2017.