Denver Nuggets Regular Season Rosters

1996-1997 Denver Nuggets Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
53 Jerome Allen G 6-4 185 1 Pennsylvania 1995 Rnd 2 Pick 20 United States
17 Vincent Askew GF 6-6 210 8 Memphis 1987 Rnd 2 Pick 16 United States
14 Elmer Bennett PG 6-0 171 3 Notre Dame 1992 Rnd 2 Pick 11 United States
14 Melvin Booker G 6-1 185 2 Missouri 1994 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
3 Dale Ellis GF 6-7 205 13 Tennessee 1983 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
20 LaPhonso Ellis PF 6-8 240 4 Notre Dame 1992 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
5 Anthony Goldwire G 6-1 182 1 Houston 1994 Rnd 2 Pick 25 United States
35 Darvin Ham F-G 6-7 220 0 Texas Tech 1996 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
21 Tom Hammonds PF 6-9 215 7 Georgia Tech 1989 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
13 Mark Jackson PG 6-1 180 9 St. John's 1987 Rnd 1 Pick 18 United States
1 Keith Jennings PG 5-7 160 3 East Tennessee State 1991 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
8 Eddie Johnson SF 6-7 215 14 Illinois 1981 Rnd 2 Pick 6 United States
50 Ervin Johnson C 6-11 245 3 New Orleans 1993 Rnd 1 Pick 23 United States
13 Jimmy King GF 6-5 210 1 Michigan 1995 Rnd 2 Pick 6 United States
  Rich King C 7-2 260 5 Nebraska 1991 Rnd 1 Pick 14 United States
8 Sarunas Marciulionis GF 6-4 209 7 Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania) 1987 Rnd 6 Pick 13 Lithuania
24 Antonio McDyess F 6-9 245 1 Alabama 1995 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
5 Jeff McInnis G 6-4 190 0 North Carolina 1996 Rnd 2 Pick 8 United States
14 Eric Murdock G 6-1 190 5 Providence 1991 Rnd 1 Pick 21 United States
22 Johnny Newman SF 6-7 190 10 Richmond 1986 Rnd 2 Pick 5 United States
22 Ricky Pierce SG 6-4 205 14 Rice 1982 Rnd 1 Pick 18 United States
35 Reggie Slater F 6-7 215 2 Wyoming 1992 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
30 Kenny Smith PG 6-3 170 9 North Carolina 1987 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
23 Bryant Stith SG 6-5 209 4 Virginia 1992 Rnd 1 Pick 13 United States
  Ed Stokes C 7-0 264 1 Arizona 1993 Rnd 2 Pick 8 United States
6 Brooks Thompson G 6-4 193 2 Oklahoma State 1994 Rnd 1 Pick 27 United States
41 LaSalle Thompson C 6-10 245 14 Texas 1982 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
55 Aaron Williams F-C 6-9 220 2 Xavier 1993 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
17 Joe Wolf C 6-11 230 8 North Carolina 1987 Rnd 1 Pick 13 United States
25 George Zidek C 7-0 266 1 UCLA 1995 Rnd 1 Pick 22 Czech Republic

1996-1997 Denver Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters B. Stith D. Ellis L. Ellis A. McDyess E. Johnson
Rotation   S. Marciulionis   T. Hammonds  
Rotation   J. King      
Lim PT A. Goldwire J. Allen V. Askew   G. Zidek
Lim PT K. Jennings B. Thompson      
Lim PT K. Smith        

1996-1997 Midwest Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Utah Jazz64-18-
2Houston Rockets57-257
3Minnesota Timberwolves40-4224
4Dallas Mavericks24-5840
5Denver Nuggets21-6143
6San Antonio Spurs20-6244
7Vancouver Grizzlies14-6850

1996-1997 Denver Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Dale Ellis Player Of The Week (11/17/96)
Darvin Ham Slam Dunk Contest Participant (1997)
Dale Ellis Three Point Shootout Participant (1997)

1996-1997 Denver Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Dale Ellis 82 35.9 16.6 3.6 2.0 0.7 0.1 1.8
Antonio McDyess 74 34.7 18.3 7.3 1.4 0.8 1.7 2.7
LaPhonso Ellis 55 36.4 21.9 7.0 2.4 0.8 0.7 2.1
Bryant Stith 52 34.4 14.9 4.2 2.6 1.2 0.4 1.9
Ervin Johnson 82 31.7 7.1 11.1 0.9 0.8 2.8 1.4
Mark Jackson 52 38.5 10.4 5.2 12.3 1.0 0.2 3.3
Tom Hammonds 81 21.7 6.2 5.0 0.8 0.2 0.3 1.1
Brooks Thompson 65 16.1 6.8 1.5 2.8 0.8 0.0 1.3
Ricky Pierce 33 18.2 10.2 1.6 0.9 0.4 0.2 1.2
Kenny Smith 33 19.8 7.9 1.1 3.1 0.5 0.0 1.9
Anthony Goldwire 27 22.7 7.3 1.7 4.6 0.5 0.0 1.3
Sarunas Marciulionis 17 15.0 6.8 1.8 1.5 0.7 0.1 2.4
Darvin Ham 35 8.9 2.3 1.6 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.6
Jeff McInnis 13 9.0 5.0 0.5 1.4 0.2 0.1 1.0
Jerome Allen 25 10.0 2.6 1.3 1.7 0.2 0.2 0.5
George Zidek 16 5.5 3.2 1.4 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.2
Eric Murdock 12 9.5 3.8 0.9 2.0 0.8 0.2 0.9
Elmer Bennett 5 11.8 2.4 0.6 1.4 0.4 0.0 2.0
LaSalle Thompson 17 6.2 0.4 1.5 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.4
Jimmy King 2 11.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 1.5 0.0 0.5
Vincent Askew 1 9.0 6.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0
Aaron Williams 1 10.0 6.0 5.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 4.0
Melvin Booker 5 4.2 1.0 0.2 0.6 0.0 0.0 1.4

1996-1997 Denver Nuggets Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

LaPhonso Ellis was selected as the #5 pick in the First Round of the 1992 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. LaPhonso Ellis signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on August 1, 1992.

Bryant Stith was selected as the #13 pick in the First Round of the 1992 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. Bryant Stith signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on September 30, 1992. Bryant Stith re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on July 19, 1996.

Acquired via Draft Rights Trade

Draft Rights to Antonio McDyess, the #2 pick in the First Round of the 1995 NBA Draft, were acquired by the Denver Nuggets from the Los Angeles Clippers on June 28, 1995. Antonio McDyess signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on October 2, 1995.

Acquired via Trade

Jerome Allen was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Indiana Pacers on February 20, 1997.

Vincent Askew was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Indiana Pacers on February 20, 1997.

Anthony Goldwire was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Charlotte Hornets (1988) on February 20, 1997.

Sarunas Marciulionis was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Sacramento Kings on June 13, 1996.

George Zidek was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Charlotte Hornets (1988) on February 20, 1997.

Acquired via Free Agency

Dale Ellis signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on October 3, 1994. Dale Ellis re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on July 19, 1996.

Tom Hammonds signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets on February 4, 1993. Tom Hammonds re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on October 6, 1993. Tom Hammonds re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on September 28, 1995.

Keith Jennings signed a contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on September 25, 1996.

Ervin Johnson signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on July 19, 1996.

Jimmy King signed a contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on April 6, 1997.

Kenny Smith signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets on January 24, 1997. Kenny Smith re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on February 3, 1997.

Brooks Thompson signed a contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on November 21, 1996.

1996-1997 Denver Nuggets Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Allan Bristow VP of Basketball Operations, General Manager 1996-1997 Head Coach (New Orleans Pelicans, 1991 to 1996)
Todd Eley VP of Basketball Operations, General Manager 1995-1996 N/A
Bernie Bickerstaff General Manager 1996-1997 Head Coach (Denver Nuggets, 1994 to 1996)
Dick Motta Head Coach 1996-1997 Head Coach (Dallas Mavericks, 1994 to 1996)
Gene Littles Assistant Coach, Assistant Coach 1995-1996 Head Coach (Denver Nuggets, 1994 to 1995)
Jim Brovelli Assistant Coach 1995-1996 N/A
Kip Motta Assistant Coach 1995-1996 N/A
Tommy Sheppard Senior Director of Basketball Operations 1994-1995 N/A
Neal Meyer Video Coordinator 1995-1996 Assistant Video Coordinator (San Antonio Spurs, 1994 to 1995)
Jim Gillen Athletic Trainer 1991-1992 N/A
Max Benton Assistant Athletic Trainer 1995-1996 N/A