Houston Rockets Regular Season Rosters

1996-1997 Houston Rockets Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
4 Charles Barkley PF 6-6 252 12 Auburn 1984 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
  Terrell Bell PF 6-10 240 0 Georgia 1996 Rnd 2 Pick 21 United States
6 Elmer Bennett PG 6-0 171 3 Notre Dame 1992 Rnd 2 Pick 11 United States
50 Matt Bullard PF 6-10 215 5 Iowa 1990 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
15 Emanual Davis SG 6-4 195 2 Delaware State 1991 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
22 Clyde Drexler SG 6-7 210 13 Houston 1983 Rnd 1 Pick 14 United States
17 Mario Elie SG 6-5 210 6 American International 1985 Rnd 7 Pick 21 United States
32 Othella Harrington F-C 6-9 235 0 Georgetown 1996 Rnd 2 Pick 1 United States
8 Eddie Johnson SF 6-7 215 14 Illinois 1981 Rnd 2 Pick 6 United States
27 Charles A. Jones FC 6-9 215 15 Albany State (GA) 1979 Rnd 8 Pick 18 United States
3 Randy Livingston GF 6-4 209 0 LSU 1996 Rnd 2 Pick 13 United States
7 Sam Mack SF 6-7 220 3 Houston 1992 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
12 Matt Maloney PF 6-3 192 1 Pennsylvania 1995 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
9 Tracy Moore SG 6-4 200 6 Tulsa 1988 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
34 Hakeem Olajuwon C 7-0 255 12 Houston 1984 Rnd 1 Pick 1 Nigeria / United States
20 Brent Price PG 6-1 165 4 Oklahoma 1992 Rnd 2 Pick 5 United States
41 Joe Stephens F 6-7 210 0 Little Rock 1996 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
2 Sedale Threatt SG 6-2 175 13 West Virginia Tech 1983 Rnd 6 Pick 23 United States
43 Kevin Willis C 7-0 245 12 Michigan State 1984 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States

1996-1997 Houston Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters M. Maloney M. Elie C. Drexler C. Barkley H. Olajuwon
Rotation S. Threatt R. Livingston E. Johnson O. Harrington K. Willis
Lim PT B. Price E. Davis S. Mack M. Bullard  
Lim PT       C. Jones  

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 Houston Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Hakeem Olajuwon All-NBA First Team (1997)
Hakeem Olajuwon Player Of The Week (11/10/96)
Charles Barkley Player Of The Week (11/24/96)
Hakeem Olajuwon All-NBA Defensive Second Team (1997)
Matt Maloney All-Rookie Second Team (1997)
Charles Barkley Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1997)
Hakeem Olajuwon Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1997)
Clyde Drexler Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1997)
Matt Maloney Rising Stars Challenge Participant (1997)

1996-1997 Houston Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Hakeem Olajuwon 78 36.6 23.2 9.2 3.0 1.5 2.2 3.6
Clyde Drexler 62 36.6 18.0 6.0 5.7 1.9 0.5 2.6
Charles Barkley 53 37.9 19.2 13.5 4.7 1.3 0.5 2.7
Mario Elie 78 34.4 11.7 3.0 4.0 1.2 0.2 1.7
Kevin Willis 75 26.2 11.2 7.5 0.9 0.6 0.4 1.6
Matt Maloney 82 29.1 9.4 2.0 3.7 1.0 0.0 1.5
Matt Bullard 71 14.4 4.5 1.6 0.9 0.3 0.3 0.5
Sam Mack 52 17.4 5.6 2.0 1.1 0.6 0.1 0.8
Eddie Johnson 24 25.3 11.5 4.1 1.5 0.4 0.0 1.2
Othella Harrington 57 15.1 4.8 3.5 0.3 0.2 0.4 1.0
Randy Livingston 64 15.3 3.9 1.5 2.4 0.6 0.2 1.6
Brent Price 25 15.6 5.0 1.2 2.6 0.7 0.0 1.3
Tracy Moore 27 8.8 3.7 1.0 0.7 0.2 0.0 0.5
Sedale Threatt 21 15.9 3.3 1.1 1.9 0.7 0.0 0.6
Emanual Davis 13 17.7 5.0 1.7 2.0 0.7 0.2 1.3
Elmer Bennett 4 4.0 2.5 0.2 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.0
Charles A. Jones 12 7.8 0.3 1.1 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.0
Joe Stephens 2 4.5 1.5 1.5 0.0 1.5 0.0 1.5

1996-1997 Houston Rockets Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Othella Harrington was selected as the #1 pick in the Second Round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Othella Harrington signed a contract with the Houston Rockets on September 30, 1996.

Randy Livingston was selected as the #13 pick in the Second Round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Randy Livingston signed a contract with the Houston Rockets on September 30, 1996.

Hakeem Olajuwon was selected as the #1 pick in the First Round of the 1984 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Hakeem Olajuwon signed a multi-year contract with the Houston Rockets on August 1, 1984. Hakeem Olajuwon signed a multi-year extension with the Houston Rockets on August 1, 1988. Hakeem Olajuwon signed a multi-year extension with the Houston Rockets on March 15, 1993. Hakeem Olajuwon signed a multi-year extension with the Houston Rockets on July 15, 1996.

Acquired via Trade

Charles Barkley was acquired in a trade by the Houston Rockets from the Phoenix Suns on August 19, 1996.

Clyde Drexler was acquired in a trade by the Houston Rockets from the Portland Trail Blazers on February 14, 1995. Clyde Drexler signed a multi-year extension with the Houston Rockets on October 24, 1995.

Mario Elie was acquired in a trade by the Houston Rockets from the Portland Trail Blazers on August 2, 1993. Mario Elie re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on October 4, 1994. Mario Elie re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on August 12, 1996.

Acquired via Free Agency

Matt Bullard signed a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on October 1, 1996.

Emanual Davis signed a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on June 26, 1996.

Eddie Johnson signed a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on March 3, 1997.

Charles A. Jones signed a contract with the Houston Rockets on March 1, 1995. Charles A. Jones re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on April 22, 1995. Charles A. Jones re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on October 4, 1995. Charles A. Jones re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on July 15, 1996.

Sam Mack signed a contract with the Houston Rockets on February 12, 1996. Sam Mack re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on February 22, 1996. Sam Mack re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on March 3, 1996. Sam Mack re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on July 15, 1996.

Matt Maloney signed a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on September 30, 1996.

Brent Price signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on July 30, 1996.

Sedale Threatt signed a contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on March 1, 1997.

Kevin Willis signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets on August 14, 1996.

1996-1997 Houston Rockets Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Leslie Alexander Owner 1993-1994 N/A
Marcus Jolibois Chief Financial Officer 1994-1995 N/A
Rudy Tomjanovich Head Coach 1991-1992 N/A
Jim Boylen Assistant Coach 1992-1993 Assistant Coach (Michigan State, 1987 to 1992)
Carroll Dawson General Manager 1996-1997 N/A
Carroll Dawson General Manager 1996-1997 N/A
Anthony Nila Director of International Scouting 1992-1993 N/A
Mike Wells Video Coordinator 1996-1997 Assistant Video Coordinator (Houston Rockets, 1995 to 1996)
Brent Johnson Personnel Scout 1994-1995 N/A
Jay Namoc Equipment Manager 1994-1995 N/A
Keith Jones Head Athletic Trainer 1996-1997 N/A
David Macha Strength and Conditioning Coach 1996-1997 N/A
Bill Worrell TV Broadcaster 1983-1984 N/A