1995–96 Utah Jazz season

The 1995–96 NBA season was the Jazz's 22nd season in the National Basketball Association, and 17th season in Salt Lake City, Utah.[1] During the offseason, the Jazz signed free agents Chris Morris and Greg Foster, then signed second-year guard Howard Eisley in December. John Stockton had another record breaking season leading the NBA in assists for the ninth straight season, while breaking Maurice Cheeks career record in steals. Meanwhile, Karl Malone moved into ninth place in all-time scoring as the Jazz finished second in the Midwest Division with a 55–27 record, with Stockton and Malone both being selected for the 1996 NBA All-Star Game.

1995–96 Utah Jazz season
Head coachJerry Sloan
ArenaDelta Center
Results
Record55–27 (.671)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Midwest)
Conference: 3rd (Western)
Playoff finishWest Conference Finals
(eliminated 3–4)
Local media
TelevisionPrime Sports Intermountain West, KJZZ-TV
RadioKSOP-AM and FM
< 1994–95 1996–97 >

In the first round of the playoffs, the Jazz defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in a full five game series, which included a 38-point margin in a 102–64 win in Game 5.[2] In the semifinals, they continued to play strong basketball as they beat the Midwest Division champion San Antonio Spurs in six games. However, in the Western Conference Finals for the third time in five years, they lost to the Seattle SuperSonics in seven games.[3] Following the season, David Benoit signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Nets, Felton Spencer was traded to the Orlando Magic, and James Donaldson retired after missing the entire season with a strained hamstring.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 28 Greg Ostertag C   United States Kansas

RosterEdit

Utah Jazz roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SF 21   Benoit, David 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Alabama
PF 55   Carr, Antoine 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Wichita State University
C 54   Donaldson, James   (IN) 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Washington State
PG 10   Eisley, Howard 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 177 lb (80 kg) Boston College
C 44   Foster, Greg 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) UTEP
SG 14   Hornacek, Jeff 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Iowa State
PF 31   Keefe, Adam 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Stanford
PF 32   Malone, Karl 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Louisiana Tech
SG 43   Morris, Chris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Auburn
C 00   Ostertag, Greg 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 280 lb (127 kg) Kansas
SF 34   Russell, Bryon 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Long Beach State
C 50   Spencer, Felton 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Louisville
PG 12   Stockton, John 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Gonzaga
SF 5   Toolson, Andy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) BYU
SF 15   Watson, Jamie   6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) South Carolina
Head coach

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

Roster

Roster NotesEdit

  • Center James Donaldson missed the entire season due to a strained hamstring.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

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
Minnesota Timberwolves 26 56 .317 33 17–24 9–32 10–14
Dallas Mavericks 26 56 .317 33 16–25 10–31 10–14
Vancouver Grizzlies 15 67 .183 44 10–31 5–36 3–21
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

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

(3) Utah Jazz vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers Last Playoff Meeting: 1992 Western Conference Finals (Portland won 4-2)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(UTAH-POR)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 25 Utah 110 Portland 102 1-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City 1 TBS 9:30et
2 April 27 Utah 105 Portland 90 2-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City 2 TNT 10:30et
3* April 29 Portland 94 Utah 91 2-1 Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon 3 TNT 10:30et
4 May 1 Portland 98 Utah 90 2-2 Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon 4 TNT 9:30et
5 May 5 Utah 102 Portland 64 3-2 Delta Center, Salt Lake City 5 NBC 3:00et
Utah wins series 3–2

*Required overtime

West Conference SemifinalsEdit

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (3) Utah Jazz Last Playoff Meeting: 1994 Western Conference First Round (Utah won 3-1)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(SAS-UTAH)

Venue Recap Television
1 May 7 San Antonio 75 Utah 95 0-1 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas 1 TNT 7:00et
2 May 9 San Antonio 88 Utah 77 1-1 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas 2 TNT 8:00et
3 May 11 Utah 105 San Antonio 75 1-2 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 3 NBC 3:30et
4 May 12 Utah 101 San Antonio 86 1-3 Delta Center, Salt Lake City 4 TNT 8:30et
5 May 14 San Antonio 98 Utah 87 2-3 Alamodome, San Antonio 5 TBS 9:00et
6 May 16 Utah 108 San Antonio 81 2-4 Delta Center, Salt Lake City 6 TNT 9:00et
Utah wins series 4–2

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

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
David Benoit
Antoine Carr
Howard Eisley
Greg Foster
Jeff Hornacek
Adam Keefe
Karl Malone
Chris Morris
Greg Ostertag
Byron Russell
Felton Spencer
John Stockton
Andy Toolson
Jamie Watson

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
David Benoit
Antoine Carr
Howard Eisley
Greg Foster
Jeff Hornacek
Adam Keefe
Karl Malone
Chris Morris
Greg Ostertag
Byron Russell
Felton Spencer
John Stockton

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1995-96 Utah Jazz
  2. ^ "Portland Makes History in Worst Possible Way". Los Angeles Times. May 6, 1996. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "SuperSonics Finally Put Away Jazz". Los Angeles Times. June 3, 1996. Retrieved October 13, 2017.