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1997–98 Charlotte Hornets season

The 1997–98 NBA season was the tenth season for the Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association.[1] During the offseason, the Hornets signed free agents David Wesley and Bobby Phills, while re-signing former Hornets forward J.R. Reid. Early into the season, they traded Muggsy Bogues to the Golden State Warriors for B.J. Armstrong.[2] The Hornets had another stellar season posting a ten-game winning streak between February and March, as they finished the season third in the Central Division with a 51–31 record, and qualified for their fourth playoff appearance. Glen Rice led them with 22.3 points per game, and was selected for the 1998 NBA All-Star Game. In the playoffs, they defeated the Atlanta Hawks 3–1 in the first round, but were eliminated 1–4 by the Chicago Bulls in the Conference Semifinals, despite winning Game 2 at the United Center 78–76. The Bulls went on to reach the finals where they defeated the Utah Jazz in six games to win their sixth championship in eight years.

1997–98 Charlotte Hornets season
Head coachDave Cowens
Owner(s)George Shinn
ArenaCharlotte Coliseum
Results
Record51–31 (.622)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Central)
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
Playoff finishConference Semifinals
(Lost to Bulls 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports South, WJZY, WFVT
RadioWBT
< 1996–97 1998–99 >

The Hornets finished second the NBA in attendance for the season. On November 25, 1997, the team's sellout streak would end at 364 consecutive games (371 including post-season contests); This was the second longest active sell-out streak at the time, behind the Chicago Bulls' 465.[3] Following the season, Vlade Divac signed as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings, Matt Geiger signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, and long-time original Hornet Dell Curry signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.

OffseasonEdit

NBA DraftEdit

The Hornets had no draft picks in 1997.

RosterEdit

Charlotte Hornets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PG 10   Armstrong, B.J. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Iowa
PG 15   Beck, Corey 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Arkansas
SG 30   Curry, Dell 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Virginia Tech
C 12   Divac, Vlade 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 243 lb (110 kg) Yugoslavia
C 52   Geiger, Matt 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 243 lb (110 kg) Georgia Tech
PF 14   Mason, Anthony 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Tennessee State
SG 11   Maxwell, Vernon 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Florida
C 42   McDonald, Michael 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 232 lb (105 kg) New Orleans
SG 13   Phills, Bobby 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Southern
PF 7   Reid, J.R. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 247 lb (112 kg) North Carolina
SF 41   Rice, Glen 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Michigan
SF 5   Royal, Donald 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Notre Dame
PG 4   Wesley, David 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Baylor
SF 32   Williams, Travis 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) South Carolina State
Head coach

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

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

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

Record vs. opponentsEdit

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 logEdit

PlayoffsEdit

1998 playoff game log
Total: 4–5 (Home: 2–2; Road: 2–3)
1998 playoff schedule

Player statisticsEdit

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

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
B.J. Armstrong 62 0 12.5 .510 .265 .860 1.1 2.3 0.4 0.0 3.9
Corey Beck 59 14 12.5 .459 .500 .729 1.5 1.7 0.6 0.1 3.2
Muggsy Bogues 2 0 8.0 .400 1.000 0.5 2.0 1.0 0.0 3.0
Dell Curry 52 1 18.7 .447 .421 .788 1.9 1.3 0.6 0.1 9.4
Tony Delk 3 0 11.3 .750 1.000 .500 0.7 1.0 0.0 0.0 2.7
Vlade Divac 64 41 28.2 .498 .214 .691 8.1 2.7 1.3 1.5 10.4
Tony Farmer 27 2 6.3 .321 .222 .795 1.2 0.2 0.4 0.1 2.5
Matt Geiger 78 42 23.6 .505 .091 .712 6.7 1.0 0.9 1.1 11.3
Jeff Grayer 1 0 11.0 .000 .000 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Anthony Mason 81 80 38.9 .509 .000 .649 10.2 4.2 0.8 0.2 12.8
Vernon Maxwell 31 0 15.1 .428 .360 .735 1.4 1.3 0.5 0.1 6.8
Michael McDonald 1 0 4.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Bobby Phills 62 61 30.4 .446 .386 .757 3.5 3.0 1.3 0.3 10.4
J.R. Reid 79 1 14.0 .459 .375 .730 2.7 0.6 0.4 0.2 4.9
Glen Rice 82 82 40.2 .457 .433 .849 4.3 2.2 0.9 0.3 22.3
Donald Royal 29 5 10.5 .381 .897 1.3 0.6 0.2 0.0 2.6
David Wesley 81 81 35.1 .443 .347 .795 2.6 6.5 1.7 0.4 13.0
Travis Williams 39 0 9.4 .471 .000 .522 2.4 0.5 0.5 0.1 3.5

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
B.J. Armstrong 9 0 16.2 .381 .400 .750 1.1 2.0 0.7 0.0 4.1
Corey Beck 6 0 4.3 .500 .500 1.000 0.2 0.0 0.7 0.0 2.5
Dell Curry 9 0 19.0 .404 .250 .857 2.1 1.1 0.8 0.3 5.8
Vlade Divac 9 9 38.3 .483 .000 .606 10.9 3.4 0.8 1.6 11.6
Matt Geiger 4 0 5.5 .167 1.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.5
Anthony Mason 9 9 40.8 .576 .000 .595 7.9 3.4 0.9 0.0 15.4
Bobby Phills 9 9 29.9 .391 .294 .250 2.6 2.7 1.1 0.2 6.3
J.R. Reid 9 0 12.7 .393 .000 .800 2.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 3.3
Glen Rice 9 9 41.0 .474 .306 .833 5.7 1.4 0.6 0.3 22.8
Donald Royal 4 0 7.0 .429 .750 1.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 2.3
David Wesley 9 9 31.7 .398 .429 .714 2.0 6.7 0.8 0.0 10.0
Travis Williams 4 0 4.5 .333 .750 1.3 0.0 0.3 0.3 1.3

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

  • July 1, 1997

Released Rafael Addison.

Signed David Wesley as a free agent.

  • July 16, 1997

Signed J.R. Reid as a free agent.

  • August 19, 1997

Signed Bobby Phills as a free agent.

Released Malik Rose.

Waived Ricky Pierce.

  • September 10, 1997

Signed Tony Farmer as a free agent.

Signed Travis Williams as a free agent.

  • October 2, 1997

Signed Corey Beck as a free agent.

  • November 7, 1997

Traded Muggsy Bogues and Tony Delk to the Golden State Warriors for B.J. Armstrong.

  • January 16, 1998

Signed Donald Royal to the first of two 10-day contracts.

  • January 22, 1998

Signed Michael McDonald as a free agent.

  • February 2, 1998

Signed Jeff Grayer to a 10-day contract.

Signed Vernon Maxwell to a 10-day contract.

  • February 4, 1998

Signed Donald Royal to a contract for the rest of the season.

  • February 13, 1998

Signed Vernon Maxwell to a contract for the rest of the season.

  • March 24, 1998

Waived Tony Farmer.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1997-98 Charlotte Hornets
  2. ^ "PRO BASKETBALL; Bogues Is Traded". New York Times. November 8, 1997. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  3. ^ [1]