1997–98 Detroit Pistons season

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1997–98 Detroit Pistons season
Head coach Doug Collins
Alvin Gentry
General manager Rick Sund
Owner(s) William Davidson
Arena The Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record 37–45 (.451)
Place Division: 6th (Central)
Conference: 11th (Eastern)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 1996–97 1998–99 >

The 1997-98 NBA season was the Pistons' 50th season in the NBA and 41st season in the city of Detroit.[1] Despite signing free agents Brian Williams and Malik Sealy during the offseason, the Pistons got off to a slow start with a 5–11 record in November as Joe Dumars sat out with an injury and missed ten games. In late December, they traded Theo Ratliff and Aaron McKie to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jerry Stackhouse and Eric Montross. At midseason, head coach Doug Collins was fired and replaced by Alvin Gentry. Despite another stellar season from Grant Hill, the Pistons missed the playoffs finishing sixth in the Central Division with a 37–45 record. Following the season, Sealy signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1997 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 19 Scot Pollard C/PF  United States Kansas
2 31 Charles O'Bannon SG/SF  United States UCLA

Roster[edit]

Detroit Pistons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
SG 4 United States Dumars, Joe 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) McNeese State
PG 12 United States Henson, Steve 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 177 lb (80 kg) Kansas State
SF 33 United States Hill, Grant 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Duke
PG 1 United States Hunter, Lindsey 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jackson State
PF 43 United States Long, Grant Injured 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Eastern Michigan
C 44 United States Mahorn, Rick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Hampton
C 00 United States Montross, Eric 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 270 lb (122 kg) North Carolina
SG 5 United States O'Bannon, Charles 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 209 lb (95 kg) UCLA
C 31 United States Pollard, Scot 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Kansas
PF 52 United States Reid, Don 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Georgetown
SG 14 United States Sealy, Malik 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) St. John's
SG 42 United States Stackhouse, Jerry 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 218 lb (99 kg) North Carolina
C 8 United States Williams, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Arizona
PF 13 United States Williams, Jerome 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Georgetown
Head coach

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

RosterTransactions

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Chicago Bulls 62 20 .756 37–4 25–16 21–7
x-Indiana Pacers 58 24 .707 4 32–9 26–15 19–9
x-Charlotte Hornets 51 31 .622 11 32–9 19–22 16–12
x-Atlanta Hawks 50 32 .610 12 29–12 21–20 19–9
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 47 35 .573 15 27–14 20–21 14–14
Detroit Pistons 37 45 .451 25 25–16 12–29 12–16
Milwaukee Bucks 36 46 .439 26 21–20 15–26 9–19
Toronto Raptors 16 66 .195 46 9–32 7–34 2–26
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Chicago Bulls 62 20 .756
2 y-Miami Heat 55 27 .671 7
3 x-Indiana Pacers 58 24 .707 4
4 x-Charlotte Hornets 51 31 .622 11
5 x-Atlanta Hawks 50 32 .610 12
6 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 47 35 .573 15
7 x-New York Knicks 43 39 .524 19
8 x-New Jersey Nets 43 39 .524 19
9 Washington Wizards 42 40 .512 20
10 Orlando Magic 41 41 .500 21
11 Detroit Pistons 37 45 .451 25
12 Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 26
12 Milwaukee Bucks 36 46 .439 26
14 Philadelphia 76ers 31 51 .378 31
15 Toronto Raptors 16 66 .195 46
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
Bison Dele
Joe Dumars
Steve Henson
Grant Hill
Lindsey Hunter
Grant Long
Rick Mahorn
Aaron McKie
Eric Montross
Charles O'Bannon
Scot Pollard
Theo Ratliff
Don Reid
Malik Sealy
Jerry Stackhouse
Jerome Williams

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]