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1997–98 Utah Jazz season

 

1997–98 Utah Jazz season

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

Local media
Television Fox Sports Rocky Mountain, KJZZ
Radio KSOP-AM and FM

The 1997–98 Utah Jazz season was the 24th for the National Basketball Association's Utah Jazz.[1] The Jazz posted a 62–20 as members of the Midwest division. They would make it to the playoffs for the fifteenth season in a row and make it to the NBA Finals for the second straight time before losing in 6 games to the Chicago Bulls.

The Jazz's top scorer, Karl Malone at 27.0 points per game, was part of a Jazz offense that had two other players, John Stockton and Jeff Hornacek, averaging double-digits in points. Karl Malone was the only member of the team to go to the NBA All-Star Game.

In the playoffs, the Jazz defeated the Houston Rockets in the first round, then defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the semifinals, and swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

Contents

  • Offseason 1
    • NBA Draft 1.1
  • Roster 2
    • Depth chart 2.1
    • Salaries 2.2
  • Regular season 3
    • Season standings 3.1
    • Game log 3.2
  • Playoffs 4
    • West First Round 4.1
    • West Conference Semifinals 4.2
    • West Conference Finals 4.3
    • NBA Finals 4.4
  • Player statistics 5
    • Season 5.1
    • Playoffs 5.2
  • Awards and records 6
  • Transactions 7
    • Trades 7.1
    • Free Agents 7.2
      • Additions 7.2.1
      • Subtractions 7.2.2
  • See also 8
  • References 9

Offseason

NBA Draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 27 Jacque Vaughn [2] (G)  United States Kansas

The Jazz used their only pick on point guard Jacque Vaughn. He would play with the team for four seasons before going to the Atlanta Hawks.

Roster

Depth chart

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Greg Ostertag Greg Foster
PF Karl Malone Antoine Carr
SF Adam Keefe Bryon Russell Chris Morris
SG Jeff Hornacek Shandon Anderson
PG John Stockton Howard Eisley Jacque Vaughn

Salaries

Player Salary
Karl Malone $5,118,578
John Stockton $5,000,000
Jeff Hornacek $4,195,000
Chris Morris $3,000,000
Bryon Russell $2,857,144
Adam Keefe $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 $504,000
Troy Hudson $242,000
Total $27,305,442

Regular season

Season standings

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-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


[3]

Game log

Playoffs

West First Round

(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

(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

(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, California 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

[3]

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

Season

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
[4]

Playoffs

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

Transactions

Trades

Free Agents

See also

References

  1. ^ 1997-98 Utah Jazz
  2. ^ NBA Draft 1997
  3. ^ a b c 1997-98 NBA Season Summary - Basketball-Reference.com
  4. ^ 1997-98 Utah Jazz Statistics - Basketball- Reference.com
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