1998–99 Phoenix Suns season

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1998–99 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach Danny Ainge
General manager Bryan Colangelo
Owner(s) Jerry Colangelo
Arena America West Arena
Results
Record 27–23 (.540)
Place Division: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finish Lost in first round to Portland (0–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Radio KTAR
< 1997–98 1999–00 >

The 1998–99 Phoenix Suns season was the 31st season for the National Basketball Association's Phoenix Suns. The team finished tied for third in the Pacific division with a record of 27–23 in the shortened lockout season. Head coach Danny Ainge returned for his third season. The sixth-seeded Suns made the playoffs for the 11th consecutive season before being swept in the first round to the third-seeded and Pacific winner-Portland Trail Blazers, three games to zero. All home games were played in America West Arena.

Starting point guard Jason Kidd finished the regular season leading the league in assists per game at 10.8. Three Suns would average 16 points or more per game, with Tom Gugliotta notching 17, Kidd 16.9 and Clifford Robinson at 16.4 per game. Kidd led the league in total minutes played and was third in total steals, before being selected to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive First Teams.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1998 NBA Draft

This was the first year in franchise history that the Suns had no draft picks. Their first-round pick (which turned into Tyronn Lue) was traded to the Denver Nuggets the previous year in the Antonio McDyess deal,[1] and their second-round pick (which turned into Greg Buckner) was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1996 in the Jason Kidd deal.[2]

Roster[edit]

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
G 12 United States Bailey, Toby 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1975–11–19 UCLA
G 4 United States Brown, Gerald 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1975–07–28 Pepperdine
G 3 United States Chapman, Rex 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1967–10–05 Kentucky
F 8 United States Garrity, Pat 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1976–08–23 Notre Dame
F 24 United States Gugliotta, Tom 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1969–12–19 North Carolina State
G 32 United States Kidd, Jason 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1973–03–23 California
G 2 United States Livingston, Randy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 209 lb (95 kg) 1975–04–02 LSU
F/C 15 United States Manning, Danny 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1966–05–17 Kansas
F 21 United States McCloud, George 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1967–05–27 Florida State
F 20 Slovenia Milič, Marko Injured 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1977–05–07 Slovenia
F 34 United States Morris, Chris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1966–01–20 Auburn
F/C 30 United States Robinson, Clifford 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1966–12–16 Connecticut
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
Strength and conditioning coach(es)

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

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Luc Longley Danny Manning Joe Kleine
PF Tom Gugliotta Pat Garrity
SF Clifford Robinson Chris Morris Marko Milič Injured
SG Rex Chapman George McCloud Toby Bailey
PG Jason Kidd Randy Livingston Gerald Brown

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Portland Trail Blazers 35 15 .700 22–3 13–12 15–7
x-Los Angeles Lakers 31 19 .620 4 18–7 13–12 14–8
x-Sacramento Kings 27 23 .540 8 16–9 11–14 11–9
x-Phoenix Suns 27 23 .540 8 15–10 12–13 9–10
Seattle SuperSonics 25 25 .500 10 17–8 8–17 11–10
Golden State Warriors 21 29 .420 14 13–12 8–17 8–11
Los Angeles Clippers 9 41 .180 26 6–19 3–22 3–16
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-San Antonio Spurs 37 13 .740
2 y-Portland Trail Blazers 35 15 .700 2
3 x-Utah Jazz 37 13 .740
4 x-Los Angeles Lakers 31 19 .620 6
5 x-Houston Rockets 31 19 .620 6
6 x-Sacramento Kings 27 23 .540 10
7 x-Phoenix Suns 27 23 .540 10
8 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 25 25 .500 12
9 Seattle SuperSonics 25 25 .500 12
10 Golden State Warriors 21 29 .420 16
11 Dallas Mavericks 19 31 .380 18
12 Denver Nuggets 14 36 .280 23
13 Los Angeles Clippers 9 41 .180 28
14 Vancouver Grizzlies 8 42 .160 29


Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

1999 playoff game log
1999 playoff schedule

Awards and honors[edit]

Week/Month[edit]

  • Jason Kidd was named Player of the Month for April.
  • Jason Kidd was named Player of the Week for games played April 12 through April 18.

All-Star[edit]

All-Star weekend was cancelled due to the 1998–99 NBA lockout.

Season[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

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Toby Bailey 27 10 9.2 .395 .200 .692 2.0 0.5 .3 .1 2.9
Gerald Brown 33 0 7.2 .371 .300 .786 0.7 0.9 .2 .0 2.4
Rex Chapman 38 35 31.1 .359 .351 .835# 2.7 2.9 .9 .2 12.1
Pat Garrity 39 9 13.8 .500 .389 .714 1.9 0.5 .2 .1 5.6
Tom Gugliotta 43 43 36.3 .483 .286 .794 8.9 2.8 1.4 .5 17.0
Jason Kidd 50 50 41.2 .444 .366 .757 6.8 10.8 2.3 .4 16.9
Joe Kleine 31 5 12.1 .405 .000 .667 2.2 0.4 .3 .0 2.2
Randy Livingston 1 0 22.0 .625 . 1.000# 2.0 3.0 2.0 .0 12.0
Luc Longley 39 39 23.9 .483 . .776 5.7 1.2 .6 .5 8.7
Danny Manning 50 5 23.7 .484 .111 .696 4.4 2.3 .7 .8 9.1
George McCloud 48 16 25.9 .438 .416 .862# 3.4 1.6 .9 .3 8.9
Marko Milič 11 0 4.8 .400 .000 . 0.5 0.2 .3 .1 1.5
Chris Morris 44 2 12.2 .430 .286 .870# 2.8 0.5 .4 .3 4.2
Jimmy Oliver 2 0 5.5 .333 1.000^ . 0.0 0.0 .0 .0 1.5
Shawn Respert 12 1 8.3 .361 .308 .700 1.1 0.7 .4 .0 3.1
Clifford Robinson 50 35 34.8 .475 .417^ .697 4.5 2.6 1.5 1.2 16.4
Alvin Sims 4 0 6.3 .400 1.000^ .400 1.0 1.3 .5 .0 2.8

† - Minimum 183 field goals made.
^ - Minimum 34 three-pointers made.
# - Minimum 76 free throws made.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Gerald Brown 1 0 1.0 1.000 . . 0.0 0.0 .0 .0 2.0
Rex Chapman 3 3 19.0 .286 .333 .750 2.0 2.0 .3 .0 5.7
Pat Garrity 3 0 17.3 .529 1.000^ 1.000# 3.0 0.3 .3 .3 9.0
Tom Gugliotta 3 3 39.3 .371 . .750 8.3 3.3 1.3 1.0 10.7
Jason Kidd 3 3 42.0 .419 .250 .714 2.3 10.3 1.7 .3 15.0
Joe Kleine 1 0 5.0 .500 . . 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0
Randy Livingston 3 0 8.0 .400 .000 1.000# 2.3 0.7 .3 .0 5.3
Luc Longley 3 2 17.0 .167 . . 3.0 0.3 1.0 .0 1.3
Danny Manning 3 1 26.3 .583 . .769# 1.7 2.0 1.3 .0 12.7
George McCloud 3 0 26.7 .433 .450^ .700 4.3 0.7 1.7 .0 14.0
Chris Morris 1 0 10.0 1.000 1.000^ .000 1.0 0.0 .0 .0 5.0
Clifford Robinson 3 3 39.0 .475 .222 .636 5.3 2.7 2.0 .3 15.7

^ - Minimum 5 three-pointers made.
# - Minimum 10 free throws made.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 24, 1998
To Los Angeles Lakers----
  • Future considerations
To Phoenix Suns----
June 24, 1998
To Dallas Mavericks---- To Phoenix Suns----
January 23, 1999
To Chicago Bulls---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agents[edit]