1997–98 CBA season
|1997–98 CBA season|
|League||Chinese Basketball Association|
|Duration||November 23, 1997 – March 29, 1998|
|Season champions||Shandong Flaming Bulls|
|Season MVP||Gong Xiaobin|
|Promoted to Second Division||Ji'nan Army
|Relegated to Second Division||Shenyang Army
The 1997–98 CBA season is the third season of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
Regular Season Standings
|#||1997–98 CBA season|
|1||Shandong Flaming Bulls||19||3||.864||-||11–0||8–3||SD 1-1(163-149) BY|
|5||Jiangsu Dragons||12||10||.545||7||8–3||4–7||JS 1-1(161-152) SH|
|7||Guangdong Southern Tigers||10||12||.455||9||7–4||3–8|
|Top 8 teams advance to the Playoffs|
|Bottom 4 teams advance to the Relegation Round|
The top 8 teams in the regular season advanced to the playoffs.
For the first time, the quarterfinals and semifinals used best-of-three and best-of-five series to determine the advancing team.
Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in regular season, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. Home court advantage belongs to the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics.
Best of 3
Best of 3
Best of 5
|1||Shandong Flaming Bulls||2|
|1||Shandong Flaming Bulls||0|
|7||Guangdong Southern Tigers||1|
The bottom 4 teams played the relegation round by round-robin.
Shenyang Army and Sichuan Pandas were relegated to the Second Division.
- Most Valuable Player: Gong Xiaobin, Shandong
- Sportsmanship Award: Yao Ming, Shanghai Sharks; James Hodges, Jiangsu Dragons
- Outstanding Coach: Wang Fei, Bayi Rockets; Ye Peng, Shandong