1997–98 Utah Jazz season

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1997–98 Utah Jazz season
Conference Champions
Division Champions
Head coach Jerry Sloan
Arena Delta Center
Results
Record 62–20 (.756)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(Lost to Bulls 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Rocky Mountain, KJZZ
Radio KSOP-AM and FM
< 1996–97 1998–99 >

The 1997–98 NBA season was the Jazz's 24th season in the National Basketball Association, and 19th season in Salt Lake City, Utah.[1] Without John Stockton for the first 18 games due to a knee injury,[2] the Jazz slowly got off to an 11–7 start to the season. However, Stockton would eventually return as the Jazz won 31 of their final 36 games after the All-Star break, and finished first place in the Midwest Division with a 62–20 record. The Jazz's top scorer Karl Malone, who averaged 27.0 points per game, was part of a Jazz offense that had two other players, Stockton and Jeff Hornacek, averaging double-digits in points. Malone was the only member of the team to play in the 1998 NBA All-Star Game.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Jazz trailed 2–1 to the 8th-seeded Houston Rockets. However, they won the series in five games. In the semifinals, they defeated the San Antonio Spurs in five games. After that, the Jazz swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals in four straight games to advance to the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year, and once again, met the Chicago Bulls in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals, in which they lost to the Bulls in six games. In the Finals, just like last year's NBA Finals, they lost in six games to the Chicago Bulls. Following the season, Antoine Carr signed as a free agent with the Houston Rockets, and Chris Morris signed with the Phoenix Suns.

The team's season roster is featured in the video games NBA 2K16 [3], NBA 2K17, and NBA 2K18.

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 27 Jacque Vaughn [4] PG  United States Kansas
2 56 Nate Erdmann  United States Oklahoma

The Jazz used two picks; a first round pick on point guard Jacque Vaughn and a second round pick on Nate Erdmann. Vaughn would play with the team for four seasons before going to the Atlanta Hawks and Erdmann was cut from the team right before regular season, therefore signing with Idaho Stampede in the CBA.

Roster[edit]

Utah Jazz roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 40 United States Anderson, Shandon 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1973-12-31 Georgia
PF 55 United States Carr, Antoine 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1961-07-23 Wichita State University
PG 10 United States Eisley, Howard 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1972-12-04 Boston College
C 44 United States Foster, Greg 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1968-10-03 Texas–El Paso
SG 14 United States Hornacek, Jeff 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1963-05-03 Iowa State
PG 25 United States Hudson, Troy 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1976-03-13 Southern Illinois
SF 31 United States Keefe, Adam 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1970-02-22 Stanford
PF 32 United States Malone, Karl (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1963-07-24 Louisiana Tech
SF 34 United States Morris, Chris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1966-01-20 Auburn
C 00 United States Ostertag, Greg 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 280 lb (127 kg) 1973-03-06 Kansas
SF 3 United States Russell, Bryon 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1970-12-31 Long Beach State
PG 12 United States Stockton, John (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1962-03-26 Gonzaga
PG 11 United States Vaughn, Jacque 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1975-02-11 Kansas
Head coach

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

RosterTransactions

Salaries[edit]

Player Salary
Karl Malone $5,118,578
John Stockton $5,000,000
Jeff Hornacek $4,195,000
Chris Morris (basketball) $3,000,000
Bryon Russell $2,857,144
Adam Keefe (basketball) $2,300,000
Antoine Carr $1,600,000
Howard Eisley $1,240,000
Shandon Anderson $1,200,000
Greg Ostertag $647,400
Jacque Vaughn $601,320
Greg Foster (basketball) $504,000
Troy Hudson $242,000
Total $27,305,442

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
z-Utah Jazz 62 20 .756 36–5 26–15 22–2
x-San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 6 31–10 25–16 18–6
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 45 37 .549 17 26–15 19–22 14–10
x-Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 21 24–17 17–24 14–10
Dallas Mavericks 20 62 .244 42 13–28 7–34 9–15
Vancouver Grizzlies 19 63 .232 43 14–27 5–36 4–20
Denver Nuggets 11 71 .134 51 9–32 2–39 3–21
# 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


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Record vs. opponents[edit]

1997-98 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta 2–1 4–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 0–2 2–0 4–0
Boston 1–2 1–2 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–0 0–2 2–0 3–2
Charlotte 0–4 2–1 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2
Chicago 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 4–0 1–1 4–0 4–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–2 2–0 3–1
Cleveland 0–4 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–2 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–2
Dallas 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–4 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–1 0–4 4–0 1–1
Denver 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–4 1–3 1–1
Detroit 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–0 0–2 0–2 2–2
Golden State 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2
Houston 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 4–0 4–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–3 4–0 2–2 1–3 2–0 0–4 3–1 1–1
Indiana 3–1 4–0 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 4–0
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 0–4 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–4 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 4–0 4–0 1–3 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1
Miami 3–1 4–0 1–3 1–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 4–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2
Milwaukee 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–4 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–4 3–1 2–1 2–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–2
Minnesota 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 3–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–2 4–0 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–3 4–0 0–2
New Jersey 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 4–0 0–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–3
New York 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–4 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 4–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–3
Orlando 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 2–0 1–3 0–4 4–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 3–1
Philadelphia 1–3 1–3 1–2 1–2 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 0–4 1–1 2–0 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 3–1
Phoenix 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–0 4–0 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 1–3 4–0 1–1
Portland 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–4 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–1
Sacramento 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 4–0 4–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 0–4 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 4–0 2–2 2–0 1–3 4–0 1–1
Seattle 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 4–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 4–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 1–1
Toronto 0–4 0–3 0–4 0–4 1–3 1–1 2–0 0–4 2–0 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–3
Utah 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 4–0 2–0 4–0 4–0 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 0–2
Vancouver 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–3 0–2 3–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–4 0–4 1–1 0–4 1–1
Washington 0–4 2–3 2–2 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–1

Game log[edit]

1997-98 Game Log

Total: 62-20 (Home: 36-5; Road: 26-15)

1997-98 Schedule

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (8) Houston Rockets Last Playoff Meeting: 1997 Western Conference Finals (Utah won 4-2)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(UTA-HOU)

Venue Box score Television
1 April 23 Utah 90 Houston 103 0-1 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 1 TBS 9:30et
2 April 25 Utah 105 Houston 90 1-1 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 2 TNT 10:30et
3 April 29 Houston 89 Utah 85 1-2 Compaq Center, Houston, Texas 3 TBS 9:30et
4 May 1 Houston 71 Utah 93 2-2 Compaq Center, Houston, Texas 4 TNT 9:30et
5 May 3 Utah 84 Houston 70 3-2 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 5 NBC 3:00et
Utah wins series 3–2

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (5) San Antonio Spurs Last Playoff Meeting: 1996 Western Conference Semifinals (Utah won 4-2)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(UTA-SAS)

Venue Box score Television
1 May 5 Utah 83 San Antonio 82 1-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 1 TNT 10:30et
2 May 7 Utah 109 San Antonio 106 2-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 2 TNT 10:30et
3 May 9 San Antonio 86 Utah 64 2-1 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas 3 NBC 3:30et
4 May 10 San Antonio 73 Utah 82 3-1 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas 4 TNT 9:00et
5 May 12 Utah 87 San Antonio 77 4-1 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 5 TNT 8:00et
Utah wins series 4–1

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Utah Jazz vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers Last Playoff Meeting: 1997 Western Conference Semifinals (Utah won 4-1)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(UTA-LAL)

Venue Box score Television
1 May 16 Utah 112 Los Angeles 77 1-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 1 NBC 3:00et
2 May 18 Utah 99 Los Angeles 95 2-0 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 2 TNT 8:30et
3 May 22 Los Angeles 98 Utah 109 3-0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles 3 TNT 10:30et
4 May 24 Los Angeles 92 Utah 96 4-0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 4 NBC 3:30et
Utah wins series 4–0

NBA Finals[edit]

With home-court advantage, the Jazz were favored by many[who?] to end the Bulls' dynasty, as they took Game 1 at the Delta Center. However, the Bulls rallied to take Game 2 and jumped out to a 3–1 lead by taking the first two games in Chicago. Facing elimination, the Jazz edged the Bulls by two points to send the series back to Utah. In Game 6, the Jazz had a late lead, but Michael Jordan, playing in his final game with the Bulls, led the Bulls to an 87–86 win, hitting the game-winning shot with 5.2 seconds left.[5]

[6] Legend: OT denotes a game decided in overtime

Game Date Home team Result Road team
Game 1 June 3 Utah 88–85 (OT) Chicago
Game 2 June 5 Utah 88–93 Chicago
Game 3 June 7 Chicago 96–54 Utah
Game 4 June 10 Chicago 86–82 Utah
Game 5 June 12 Chicago 81–83 Utah
Game 6 June 14 Utah 86–87 Chicago

Bulls win series 4–2

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
Shandon Anderson 82 2 19.5 .538 .219 .735 2.8 1.1 .8 .2 8.3
Antoine Carr 66 8 16.5 .465 . .776 2.0 .7 .2 .8 5.7
William Cunningham 6 2 6.3 .444 . . 1.3 .2 .3 .0 1.3
Howard Eisley 82 18 21.0 .441 .407 .852 2.0 4.2 .7 .2 7.7
Greg Foster 78 49 18.5 .445 .222 .770 3.5 .7 .2 .4 5.7
Jeff Hornacek 80 80 30.8 .482 .441 .885 3.4 4.4 1.4 .2 14.2
Troy Hudson 8 0 2.9 .429 .000 . .3 .5 .3 .0 1.5
Adam Keefe 80 75 25.6 .540 . .810 5.5 1.1 .7 .3 7.8
Karl Malone 81 81 37.4 .530 .333 .761 10.3 3.9 1.2 .9 27.0
Chris Morris 54 1 10.0 .411 .306 .721 2.1 .4 .5 .3 4.3
Greg Ostertag 63 23 20.4 .481 . .479 5.9 .4 .4 2.1 4.7
Bryon Russell 82 7 27.1 .430 .341 .766 4.0 1.2 1.1 .4 9.0
John Stockton 64 64 29.0 .528 .429 .827 2.6 8.5 1.4 .2 12.0
Jacque Vaughn 45 0 9.3 .361 .375 .706 .8 1.9 .2 .0 3.1

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Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Shandon Anderson 20 0 18.9 .515 .273 .676 3.2 1.0 .3 .1 6.7
Antoine Carr 20 0 14.6 .456 . .750 2.1 .6 .1 .6 4.4
Howard Eisley 20 0 18.3 .368 .296 .923 2.0 4.1 .6 .3 5.6
Greg Foster 20 16 16.8 .453 .500 .600 3.4 .3 .1 .3 4.1
Jeff Hornacek 20 20 31.8 .416 .467 .846 2.5 3.2 1.0 .2 10.9
Adam Keefe 15 10 10.3 .345 . .647 2.3 .1 .3 .1 2.1
Karl Malone 20 20 39.8 .471 .000 .788 10.9 3.4 1.1 1.0 26.3
Chris Morris 17 0 14.1 .406 .304 .700 2.8 .6 .3 .2 4.5
Greg Ostertag 19 1 17.7 .565 . .480 4.3 .3 .4 1.9 3.4
Bryon Russell 20 13 34.9 .469 .365 .716 4.7 1.1 1.1 .3 11.0
John Stockton 20 20 29.8 .494 .346 .718 3.0 7.8 1.6 .2 11.1
Jacque Vaughn 7 0 3.4 .200 .500 1.000 .4 .6 . . 1.0

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Free agents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]