1998–99 Houston Rockets season

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1998–99 Houston Rockets season
Cuttino Mobley's rookie season
Head coach Rudy Tomjanovich
Arena Compaq Center
Results
Record 31–19 (.620)
Place Division: 3rd (Midwest)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finish West first round
(eliminated 1–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Southwest, KIAH
< 1997–98 1999–00 >

The 1998–99 NBA season was the Rockets' 32nd season in the NBA, and 28th season in Houston.[1] To replace the retiring Clyde Drexler, the Rockets acquired Scottie Pippen from the Chicago Bulls during the offseason. After a four-month lockout, Pippen had a solid season averaging 14.5 points per game as the Rockets finished third in the Midwest Division with a 31–19 record. Second round draft pick Cuttino Mobley made the All-Rookie Second Team. In the playoffs, the Rockets lost 3–1 in the first round to the Los Angeles Lakers. Pippen spent only one season with the Rockets, and was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers before the following season. Also following the season, Michael Dickerson and Othella Harrington were both traded to the Vancouver Grizzlies, and Eddie Johnson retired.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 11 Michael Dickerson SG  United States Arizona
1 16 Bryce Drew PG  United States Valparaiso
1 18 Mirsad Türkcan PF  Turkey Efes Pilsen
2 41 Cuttino Mobley SG  United States Rhode Island

Roster[edit]

Houston Rockets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
PF 4 United States Barkley, Charles 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 252 lb (114 kg) Auburn
SF 50 United States Bullard, Matt 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Iowa
PF 55 United States Carr, Antoine 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Wichita State
SG 3 United States Dickerson, Michael 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Arizona
PG 11 United States Drew, Bryce 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Valparaiso
PF 32 United States Harrington, Othella 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Georgetown
SF 8 United States Johnson, Eddie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Illinois
SG 7 United States Mack, Sam 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 227 lb (103 kg) California
PG 12 United States Maloney, Matt 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Pennsylvania
PF 2 United States Miller, Anthony 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Michigan State
PG 5 United States Mobley, Cuttino 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Rhode Island
C 34 Nigeria Olajuwon, Hakeem 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Houston
SF 33 United States Pippen, Scottie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Central Arkansas
PG 20 United States Price, Brent 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Oklahoma
C 53 United States Roberts, Stanley 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 285 lb (129 kg) LSU
Head coach

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

RosterTransactions

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-San Antonio Spurs 37 13 .740 21–4 16–9 17–4
x-Utah Jazz 37 13 .740 22–3 15–10 15–3
x-Houston Rockets 31 19 .620 6 19–6 12–13 12–9
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 25 25 .500 12 18–7 7–18 11–9
Dallas Mavericks 19 31 .380 18 15–10 4–21 8–12
Denver Nuggets 14 36 .280 23 12–13 2–23 5–16
Vancouver Grizzlies 8 42 .160 29 7–18 1–24 3–18
# 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


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

Game log[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Record
February 5 @ LA Lakers 91-99 Loss 0–1
February 6 @ Golden State 86–84 Win 1–1
February 8 Denver 99-80 Win 2-1
February 10 Sacramento 92-82 Win 3-1
February 11 @ Dallas 105-95 Win 4-1
February 16 Phoenix 109-92 Win 5-1
February 17 @ Minnesota 102-116 Loss 5-2
February 18 @ New Jersey 93-92 (OT) Win 6-2
February 20 @ Miami 71-81 Loss 6-3
February 21 @ Orlando 83-109 Loss 6-4
February 23 Seattle 98-86 Win 7-4
February 25 Atlanta 87-93 Loss 7-5
February 27 @ Vancouver 86-74 Win 8-5
February 28 @ LA Lakers 90-106 Loss 8-6
March 2 San Antonio 82-99 Loss 8-7
March 4 LA Clippers 96-77 Win 9-7
March 6 @ Vancouver 107-92 Win 10-7
March 7 @ Portland 71-111 Loss 10-8
March 9 Denver 84-75 Win 11-8
March 11 Vancouver 102-91 Win 12-8
March 13 Cleveland 100-89 Win 13-8
March 14 @ Phoenix 90-104 Loss 13-9
March 16 Portland 101-93 Win 14-9
March 17 @ Denver 114-109 Win 15-9
March 20 Phoenix 103-93 (OT) Win 16-9
March 22 Sacramento 110-100 Win 17-9
March 24 @ Dallas 88-78 Win 18-9
March 25 Toronto 113-104 Win 19-9
March 27 @ Golden State 87-86 Win 20-9
March 28 @ Sacramento 107-93 Win 21-9
March 30 @ LA Clippers 104-95 Win 22-9
April 1 @ Utah 87-88 Loss 22-10
April 4 @ Seattle 84-101 Loss 22-11
April 6 Golden State 111-74 Win 23-11
April 8 San Antonio 83-92 Loss 23-12
April 11 @ Utah 76-85 Loss 23-13
April 12 @ Minnesota 95-90 Win 24-13
April 14 Vancouver 102-85 Win 25-13
April 15 Portland 86-76 Win 26-13
April 18 @ San Antonio 83-86 Loss 26-14
April 19 Seattle 120-113 Win 27-14
April 21 Dallas 95-109 Loss 27-15
April 23 @ LA Clippers 101-106 (OT) Loss 27-16
April 25 @ Phoenix 71-95 Loss 27-17
April 26 LA Lakers 102-80 Win 28-17
April 29 Dallas 81-91 Loss 28-18
April 30 Utah 78-91 Loss 28-19
May 2 LA Clippers 110-84 Win 29-19
May 4 Minnesota 100-83 Win 30-19
May 5 @ Denver 95-88 Win 31-19
May 9 (First Round, Game 1) @ LA Lakers 100-101 Loss 0-1
May 11 (First Round, Game 2) @ LA Lakers 98-110 Loss 0-2
May 13 (First Round, Game 3) LA Lakers 102-88 Win 1-2
May 15 (First Round, Game 4) LA Lakers 88-98 Loss 1-3

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(4) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Houston Rockets: Lakers win series 3-1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1996 Western Conference First Round (Houston won 3-1)

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

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Free agents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]