Record: 27-29, third in American
Conference of 11-team league.
Playoffs: The Thunder won two straight at home after trailing
their best-of-five opening series to Grand Rapids 0-2, but lost
the clincher on the road.
leaders: Jimmy Oliver 19.3, Joe Courtney 18.8, Jesse
Pate 18.1, Jimmy King 17.9.
leaders: Kurt Portmann 7.8, Erick Strickland 5.5,
Rich Manning 5.1
leaders: Rick Brunson 6.7, King 4.0.
in review: An eight-game, December losing
streak forced the team to fight from behind much of the year.
A 110-100 season-ending
loss to Eric Musselmann and the Florida Beachdogs booked the
only losing season in Thunder history. Still, Dan Panaggio often
referred to ’96 as one of his favorite years in coaching.
That’s because he lost with young players such as King,
Brunson and Pate, who learned as the season progressed.