1997–98 Los Angeles Clippers season

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1997–98 Los Angeles Clippers season
Head coach Bill Fitch
Owner(s) Donald Sterling
Arena Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Arrowhead Pond
Results
Record 17–65 (.207)
Place Division: 7th (Pacific)
Conference: 13th (Western)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports West 2, KCAL, KDOC
Radio KXTA, KPLS
< 1996–97 1998–99 >

The 1997-98 Los Angeles Clippers season was their 28th season in the NBA their 4th in Anaheim.[1] The Clippers struggled and finished last in the Pacific Division with a 17-65 record.

Draft Picks[edit]

Main article: 1997 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 14 Maurice Taylor PF  United States Michigan

Roster[edit]

Los Angeles Clippers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
C 8 United States Austin, Isaac 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Arizona State
C 33 United States Closs, Keith 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Central Connecticut State
PG 32 United States Collins, James 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 196 lb (89 kg) Florida State
PG 15 United States Martin, Darrick 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) UCLA
SF 7 United States Murray, Lamond 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 236 lb (107 kg) California
G/F 52 United States Piatkowski, Eric 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Nebraska
PG 24 United States Richardson, Pooh (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) UCLA
SG 26 United States Robinson, James 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Alabama
SF 54 United States Rogers, Rodney 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Wake Forest
SG 14 United States Smith, Charles 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 194 lb (88 kg) New Mexico
PF 23 United States Taylor, Maurice 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Michigan
PF 35 United States Vaught, Loy Injured 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Michigan
C 11 Croatia Vrankovic, Stojko 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Croatia
C 55 United States Wright, Lorenzen 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Memphis
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2009-10-04

Roster Notes[edit]

  • Center Keith Closs played for the Lakers during the pre-season and had a strong performance. When he was released, the Clippers quickly signed him to their roster.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Template:1997-98 NBA Pacific standings

# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Utah Jazz 62 20 .756
2 y-Seattle SuperSonics 61 21 .744 1
3 x-Los Angeles Lakers 61 21 .744 1
4 x-Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 6
5 x-San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 6
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 46 36 .561 16
7 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 45 37 .549 17
8 x-Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 21
9 Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 35
10 Dallas Mavericks 20 62 .244 42
11 Vancouver Grizzlies 19 63 .232 43
11 Golden State Warriors 19 63 .232 43
13 Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 45
14 Denver Nuggets 11 71 .134 51


z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Isaac Austin
Brent Barry
Keith Closs
James Collins
Darrick Martin
Lamond Murray
Eric Piatkowski
Pooh Richardson
James Robinson
Rodney Rogers
Charles Smith
Maurice Taylor
Loy Vaught
Stojko Vrankovic
Lorenzen Wright

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Clippers have been involved in the following transactions during the 1997-98 season.

Trades[edit]

June 25, 1997
To Los Angeles Clippers
To Minnesota Timberwolves
June 25, 1997
To Los Angeles Clippers
To Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1998 2nd round draft pick
February 19, 1998
To Los Angeles Clippers
To Miami Heat

Free Agents[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]