New York Knicks Regular Season Rosters

1996-1997 New York Knicks Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
4 Scott Brooks PG 5-11 165 9 UC Irvine 1987 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
1 Chris Childs SG 6-3 195 3 Boise State 1989 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
33 Patrick Ewing C 7-0 240 11 Georgetown 1985 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States / Jamaica
20 Allan Houston G 6-6 205 3 Tennessee 1993 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
7 Chris Jent F 6-7 220 2 Ohio State 1992 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
2 Larry Johnson F 6-6 250 5 UNLV 1991 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
5 Dontae Jones F 6-8 220 0 Mississippi State 1996 Rnd 1 Pick 21 United States
  Eric Leckner FC 6-11 265 7 Wyoming 1988 Rnd 1 Pick 17 United States
40 Walter McCarty F 6-10 230 0 Kentucky 1996 Rnd 1 Pick 19 United States
34 Charles Oakley PF 6-8 225 11 Virginia Union 1985 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
3 John Starks SG 6-3 180 7 Oklahoma State 1988 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
44 John Wallace PF 6-8 225 0 Syracuse 1996 Rnd 1 Pick 18 United States
21 Charlie Ward G 6-2 190 2 Florida State 1994 Rnd 1 Pick 26 United States
52 Buck Williams PF 6-8 215 15 Maryland 1981 Rnd 1 Pick 3 United States
32 Herb Williams C 6-10 242 15 Ohio State 1981 Rnd 1 Pick 14 United States

1996-1997 New York Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters C. Childs A. Houston L. Johnson C. Oakley P. Ewing
Rotation C. Ward J. Starks J. Wallace B. Williams H. Williams
Lim PT S. Brooks   D. Jones   W. McCarty

1996-1997 Atlantic Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Miami Heat61-21-
2New York Knicks57-254
3Orlando Magic45-3716
4Washington Bullets44-3817
5New Jersey Nets26-5635
6Philadelphia Sixers22-6039
7Boston Celtics15-6746

1996-1997 New York Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Patrick Ewing All-NBA Second Team (1997)
Patrick Ewing Player Of The Week (03/09/97)
John Starks Sixth Man Of The Year (1997)
Patrick Ewing Eastern All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1997)
John Wallace Rising Stars Challenge Participant (1997)

1996-1997 New York Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Patrick Ewing 78 37.0 22.4 10.7 2.0 0.9 2.4 3.4
Allan Houston 81 33.1 14.8 3.0 2.2 0.5 0.2 2.1
John Starks 77 26.5 13.8 2.7 2.8 1.2 0.1 2.1
Larry Johnson 76 34.3 12.8 5.2 2.3 0.8 0.5 1.8
Charles Oakley 80 35.9 10.8 9.8 2.8 1.4 0.3 2.1
Chris Childs 65 32.0 9.3 2.9 6.1 1.2 0.2 2.8
Buck Williams 74 20.2 6.3 5.4 0.7 0.5 0.5 1.1
Charlie Ward 79 22.3 5.2 2.8 4.1 1.1 0.2 1.9
John Wallace 68 11.6 4.8 2.3 0.5 0.3 0.4 1.1
Walter McCarty 35 5.5 1.8 0.7 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.5
Scott Brooks 38 6.6 1.5 0.5 0.8 0.6 0.0 0.4
Herb Williams 21 8.7 1.9 1.5 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Chris Jent 3 3.3 2.0 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0

1996-1997 New York Knicks Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Patrick Ewing was selected as the #1 pick in the First Round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Patrick Ewing signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on August 1, 1985. Patrick Ewing signed a multi-year extension with the New York Knicks on November 22, 1991.

Dontae Jones was selected as the #21 pick in the First Round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Dontae Jones signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on August 5, 1996.

Walter McCarty was selected as the #19 pick in the First Round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Walter McCarty signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on August 5, 1996.

John Wallace was selected as the #18 pick in the First Round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. John Wallace signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on August 5, 1996.

Charlie Ward was selected as the #26 pick in the First Round of the 1994 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Charlie Ward signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks on October 6, 1994.

Acquired via Trade

Larry Johnson was acquired in a trade by the New York Knicks from the Charlotte Hornets (1988) on July 14, 1996.

Charles Oakley was acquired in a trade by the New York Knicks from the Chicago Bulls on June 27, 1988. Charles Oakley signed a multi-year extension with the New York Knicks on November 1, 1991. Charles Oakley signed an extension with the New York Knicks on November 2, 1994.

Acquired via Free Agency

Scott Brooks signed a contract as a free agent with the New York Knicks on October 14, 1996.

Chris Childs signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New York Knicks on July 14, 1996.

Allan Houston signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New York Knicks on July 14, 1996.

John Starks signed a contract with the New York Knicks on October 1, 1990. John Starks re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New York Knicks on August 1, 1991. John Starks signed a multi-year extension with the New York Knicks on October 1, 1992. John Starks re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New York Knicks on November 8, 1994.

Buck Williams signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New York Knicks on July 26, 1996.

Herb Williams signed a contract with the New York Knicks on February 28, 1996. Herb Williams re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New York Knicks on August 28, 1996.

1996-1997 New York Knicks Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Dave Checketts Chief Executive Officer 1995-1996 President (New York Knicks, 1991 to 1996)
Jeff Van Gundy Head Coach 1995-1996 N/A
Jeff Nix Assistant Coach 1992-1993 Assistant Coach (Notre Dame, 1987 to 1992)
Brendan Malone Assistant Coach 2003-2004 Assistant Coach (Indiana Pacers, 2000 to 2003)
Tom Thibodeau Assistant Coach 1996-1997 Assistant Coach (Philadelphia Sixers, 1994 to 1996)
Ernie Grunfeld President, General Manager 1991-1992 Assistant Coach (New York Knicks, 1989 to 1991)
Jim Eyen Advance Scout 1996-1997 Assistant Coach (Milwaukee Bucks, 1992 to 1996)
Mike Walczewski Public Address Announcer 1989-1990 N/A