1997–98 NBA season

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1997–98 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
  • October 31, 1997 – April 19, 1998
  • April 23 – May 31, 1998 (Playoffs)
  • June 3 – 14, 1998 (Finals)
Number of teams29
TV partner(s)NBC, TBS, TNT
Top draft pickTim Duncan
Picked bySan Antonio Spurs
Regular season
Top seedUtah Jazz
Season MVPMichael Jordan (Chicago)
Top scorerMichael Jordan (Chicago)
Eastern championsChicago Bulls
  Eastern runners-upIndiana Pacers
Western championsUtah Jazz
  Western runners-upLos Angeles Lakers
ChampionsChicago Bulls
  Runners-upUtah Jazz
Finals MVPMichael Jordan (Chicago)
NBA seasons

The 1997–98 NBA season was the 52nd season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Chicago Bulls winning their third straight championship and sixth in the last eight years, beating the Utah Jazz 4 games to 2 in the 1998 NBA Finals. It also marked the departure of Michael Jordan and the end of the dynasty for the Chicago Bulls.

This was the last time that both NBA and NHL regular seasons ended on the same day.

Notable occurrences

Coaching changes
Team 1996–97 coach 1997–98 coach
Boston Celtics M. L. Carr Rick Pitino
Denver Nuggets Dick Motta Bill Hanzlik
Golden State Warriors Rick Adelman P. J. Carlesimo
Indiana Pacers Larry Brown Larry Bird
Orlando Magic Richie Adubato Chuck Daly
Philadelphia 76ers Johnny Davis Larry Brown
Portland Trail Blazers P. J. Carlesimo Mike Dunleavy Sr.
Vancouver Grizzlies Stu Jackson Brian Hill
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Dallas Mavericks Jim Cleamons Don Nelson
Detroit Pistons Doug Collins Alvin Gentry
Toronto Raptors Darrell Walker Butch Carter

1997–98 NBA changes

  • The Atlanta Hawks split their home games playing in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum and the Georgia Dome, due to the demolition of The Omni.
  • The Charlotte Hornets changed their uniforms adding teal (home), and purple (road) to the side of their jerseys.
  • The Chicago Bulls removed the pinstripes from their alternate uniforms.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers slightly changed their uniforms.
  • The Golden State Warriors changed their logo and uniforms, changing their colors to navy, orange and gold.
  • The Indiana Pacers changed their uniforms adding pinstripes to their jerseys.
  • The New Jersey Nets changed their logo and uniforms, replacing blue with navy to go with red in their color scheme.
  • The New York Knicks changed their home uniforms, adding blue to the side of their jerseys. Meanwhile, the alternate uniforms they wore for the past two seasons became their primary road jersey.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers changed their logo and uniforms, replacing their red and blue colors with black and gold.
  • The Vancouver Grizzlies added new black alternate uniforms.
  • The Washington Bullets changed their name to the Washington Wizards, and got a new logo and new uniforms. They scrap the Red, White & Blue colors to Blue, old gold and black. Also in December that season, they moved into their new home arena called the MCI Center (later the Verizon Center, now Capital One Arena).

Final standings

By division

By conference


  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • y – Clinched division title
  • x – Clinched playoff spot


Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics.

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
E1 Chicago* 3  
E8 New Jersey 0  
  E1 Chicago* 4  
  E4 Charlotte 1  
E4 Charlotte 3
E5 Atlanta 1  
  E1 Chicago* 4  
Eastern Conference
  E3 Indiana 3  
E3 Indiana 3  
E6 Cleveland 1  
  E3 Indiana 4
  E7 New York 1  
E2 Miami* 2
E7 New York 3  
  E1 Chicago* 4
  W1 Utah* 2
W1 Utah* 3  
W8 Houston 2  
  W1 Utah* 4
  W5 San Antonio 1  
W4 Phoenix 1
W5 San Antonio 3  
  W1 Utah* 4
Western Conference
  W3 LA Lakers 0  
W3 LA Lakers 3  
W6 Portland 1  
  W3 LA Lakers 4
  W2 Seattle* 1  
W2 Seattle* 3
W7 Minnesota 2  

* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage

Statistics leaders

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 28.7
Rebounds per game Dennis Rodman Chicago Bulls 15.0
Assists per game Rod Strickland Washington Wizards 10.5
Steals per game Mookie Blaylock Atlanta Hawks 2.61
Blocks per game Marcus Camby Toronto Raptors 3.65
FG% Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers .584
FT% Chris Mullin Indiana Pacers .939
3FG% Dale Ellis Seattle SuperSonics .464

NBA awards

Yearly awards

Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com

Player of the week

The following players were named NBA Player of the Week.

Week Player
Oct. 31 – Nov. 8 Dikembe Mutombo (Atlanta Hawks)
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15 Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29 Karl Malone (Utah Jazz)
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6 Wesley Person (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13 Glen Rice (Charlotte Hornets)
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Dec. 21 – Dec. 27 David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3 Rik Smits (Indiana Pacers)
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10 Steve Smith (Atlanta Hawks)
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17 Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers)
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24 Jayson Williams (New Jersey Nets)
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31 David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
Feb. 10 – Feb. 14 Karl Malone (Utah Jazz)
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21 Nick Anderson (Orlando Magic)
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28 Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
Mar. 1 – Mar. 7 Karl Malone (Utah Jazz)
Mar. 8 – Mar. 14 Jason Kidd (Phoenix Suns)
Mar. 15 – Mar. 21 Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)
Mar. 22 – Mar. 28 Alonzo Mourning (Miami Heat)
Mar. 29 – Apr. 4 Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Apr. 5 – Apr. 11 Sam Cassell (New Jersey Nets)
Apr. 12 – Apr. 18 Jason Kidd (Phoenix Suns)

Player of the month

The following players were named NBA Player of the Month.

Month Player
November Eddie Jones (Los Angeles Lakers)
December Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
January Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)
February Karl Malone (Utah Jazz)
March Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
April Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)

Rookie of the month

The following players were named NBA Rookie of the Month.

Month Rookie
November Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
December Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
January Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
February Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
March Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
April Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)

Coach of the month

The following coaches were named NBA Coach of the Month.

Month Coach
November Lenny Wilkens (Atlanta Hawks)
December George Karl (Seattle SuperSonics)
January Larry Bird (Indiana Pacers)
February Pat Riley (Miami Heat)
March Jerry Sloan (Utah Jazz)
April Del Harris (Los Angeles Lakers)


  1. ^ "Portland Trail Blazers at Indiana Pacers Box Score, February 27, 1998". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
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