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The 1997–98 NBA season was the 30th season for the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association.[1] In the offseason, the Suns acquired Antonio McDyess from the Denver Nuggets, and signed free agents Clifford Robinson and George McCloud. Danny Ainge returned for his first full season as the Suns head coach. At midseason, the team traded Cedric Ceballos to the Dallas Mavericks for three-point specialist Dennis Scott, as they posted a ten-game winning streak near the end of the season. The Suns posted a 56–26 record as members of the Pacific Division. They would make their 10th straight playoff appearance before losing in the first round, 1-3, to the San Antonio Spurs.[2] All home games were played in America West Arena.

1997–98 Phoenix Suns season
Head coachDanny Ainge
General managerBryan Colangelo
Owner(s)Jerry Colangelo
ArenaAmerica West Arena
Results
Record56–26 (.683)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 4th (Western)
Playoff finishLost in first round to San Antonio (1–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Arizona, KUTP
RadioKTAR
< 1996–97 1998–99 >

The team's top scorer, Rex Chapman at 15.9 points per game, was part of a Suns offense that included four other players averaging double-digits in points in McDyess, Robinson, Sixth Man of The Year Danny Manning and Jason Kidd. Kidd was the team's sole member to be selected as a member of the All-Star Game, and finished second in the league in assists per game.

Following the season, McDyess re-signed as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets, Kevin Johnson retired (but would make a comeback late in the 1999–2000 season), second-year guard Steve Nash was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, Hot Rod Williams signed as a free agent with the Mavericks, and Scott signed with the New York Knicks.

OffseasonEdit

NBA DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 43 Stephen Jackson SF/SG   United States Butler CC

The Suns used their only draft pick to select future star Stephen Jackson, who was waived before the start of the season. The Suns traded their first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1995 when they dealt Dan Majerle and Antonio Lang for John "Hot Rod" Williams.

RosterEdit

Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (Y-M-D) From
C 45   Brown, Mike 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 257 lb (117 kg) 1963–07–19 George Washington
PF 2   Bryant, Mark 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1965–04–25 Seton Hall
SG 3   Chapman, Rex 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1967–10–05 Kentucky
PG 7   Johnson, Kevin 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1966–03–04 California
PG 32   Kidd, Jason 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1973–03–23 California
C 17   Llamas, Horacio 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 285 lb (129 kg) 1973–07–17 Grand Canyon
PF 15   Manning, Danny   6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1966–05–17 Kansas
SF 21   McCloud, George 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1967–05–27 Florida State
PF 34   McDyess, Antonio 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1974–09–07 Alabama
C 40   Meyer, Loren   (IN) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 257 lb (117 kg) 1972–12–30 Iowa State
SF 20   Milič, Marko 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1977–05–07 Slovenia
PG 13   Nash, Steve 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1974–02–07 Santa Clara
SF 30   Robinson, Clifford 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1966–12–16 Connecticut
SF 4   Scott, Dennis 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 229 lb (104 kg) 1968–09–05 Georgia Tech
C 18   Williams, John 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1962–08–09 Tulane
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster NotesEdit

  • Center Loren Meyer missed the entire season due to a spine injury.
  • Center Mike Brown did not play any regular season games with the Suns this season, but did play in one playoff game.

SalariesEdit

Player Salary
Kevin Johnson $8,000,000
Danny Manning $6,833,333
Jason Kidd $5,223,333
Hot Rod Williams $4,550,000
Antonio McDyess $2,876,640
Cedric Ceballos $2,605,000
Mark Bryant $2,250,000
Steve Nash $1,053,360
Clifford Robinson $1,000,000
Loren Meyer $722,760
Mario Bennett $630,000
Rex Chapman $326,700
Tom Chambers $272,250
George McCloud $272,250
Horacio Llamas $272,250
William Cunningham $50,000
Total $36,937,876

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Seattle SuperSonics 61 21 .744 35–6 26–15 19–5
x-Los Angeles Lakers 61 21 .744  – 33–8 28–13 16–8
x-Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 5 30–11 26–15 17–7
x-Portland Trail Blazers 46 36 .561 15 26–15 20–21 14–10
Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 34 21–20 6–35 6–18
Golden State Warriors 19 63 .232 42 12–29 7–34 6–18
Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 44 11–30 6–35 6–18
# 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


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

PlayoffsEdit

Even with a 56–26 record, the Suns were the fourth seed in the West heading into the Playoffs. They would face the fifth-seeded San Antonio Spurs, headlined by star center David Robinson and Rookie of the Year forward Tim Duncan. Duncan led the Spurs to a game one upset in Phoenix, scoring 28 second-half points in a 102–96 victory. The Suns recovered to win game two 108–101. Antonio McDyess led the Suns with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while holding Duncan to 16 points with six turnovers. On the night he received the Rookie of the Year Award, Duncan again led the Spurs with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks. Despite 26 points and 17 rebounds from McDyess, the Suns fell 88–100 and into a 1–2 series hole. The Spurs would clinch the series 3–1 in San Antonio, behind 30 points from Avery Johnson, 21 rebounds from Robinson, and 6 blocks from Duncan. McDyess pulled down 19 rebounds for the Suns, but shot only 5 of 14 from the field, while Kevin Johnson led the team with 18 points.

Game logEdit

1998 playoff game log
1998 playoff schedule

Awards and honorsEdit

Week/MonthEdit

  • Jason Kidd was named Player of the Week for games played March 8 through March 14.
  • Jason Kidd was named Player of the Week for games played April 12 through April 18.

All-StarEdit

  • Jason Kidd was selected as a reserve for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. It was his second All-Star selection. Kidd finished fifth in voting among Western Conference guards with 305,834 votes.

SeasonEdit

Injuries/Missed gamesEdit

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
Mark Bryant 70 22 15.9 .484 .000 .768 3.5 0.7 .5 .2 4.2
Cedric Ceballos* 35 16 17.9 .500 .300 .714 4.3 1.0 .6 .2 9.5
Rex Chapman 68 67 33.3 .427 .386 .781 2.5 3.0 1.0 .2 15.9
Kevin Johnson 50 12 25.8 .447 .154 .871 3.3 4.9 .5 .2 9.5
Jason Kidd 82 82 38.0 .416 .313 .799 6.2 9.1 2.0 .3 11.6
Horacio Llamas 8 0 5.3 .381 .333 .700 2.3 0.1 .1 .4 3.0
Danny Manning 70 11 25.6 .516 .000 .739 5.6 2.0 1.0 .7 13.5
George McCloud 63 13 19.3 .405 .341 .765 3.5 1.3 .9 .2 7.2
Antonio McDyess 81 81 30.1 .536 .000 .702 7.6 1.3 1.2 1.7 15.1
Marko Milič 33 0 4.9 .609 .500^ .647 0.8 0.4 .3 .0 2.8
Steve Nash 76 9 21.9 .459 .415^ .860 2.1 3.4 .8 .1 9.1
Clifford Robinson 80 64 29.5 .479 .321 .689 5.1 2.1 1.2 1.1 14.2
Dennis Scott* 29 3 17.0 .438 .449^ .667 1.7 0.8 .3 .2 6.2
Brooks Thompson* 13 0 3.5 .370 .313 .333 0.4 0.2 .3 .0 2.0
John Williams 71 30 18.8 .470 . .699 4.4 0.7 .5 .8 3.6

* – Stats with the Suns.
† – Minimum 300 field goals made.
^ – Minimum 55 three-pointers made.

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Mike Brown 1 0 1.0 . . . 0.0 0.0 .0 .0 0.0
Mark Bryant 4 1 23.3 .500 . .500 5.8 0.3 1.0 .5 10.0
Rex Chapman 2 2 29.0 .261 .000 .857^ 0.0 2.0 1.0 .0 9.0
Kevin Johnson 4 1 30.5 .548 .250 .667 2.3 4.8 .5 .2 13.8
Jason Kidd 4 4 42.8 .379 .000 .813^ 5.8 7.8 4.0 .5 14.3
George McCloud 4 3 31.5 .512 .571 .750 4.8 2.0 .2 .2 14.3
Antonio McDyess 4 4 36.8 .477 . .643 13.3 1.0 .5 1.5 17.8
Marko Milič 2 0 2.0 .667 . . 0.5 0.0 .5 .0 2.0
Steve Nash 4 1 12.8 .444 .200 .625 2.5 1.8 .5 .0 5.5
Clifford Robinson 4 4 23.0 .273 .000 .778 3.0 0.8 .7 .5 6.3
Dennis Scott 4 0 15.5 .412 .375 . 2.0 0.3 .2 .0 4.3
John Williams 3 0 11.0 .286 . .667 1.3 0.3 .0 .7 2.0

† – Minimum 20 field goals made.
^ – Minimum 10 free throws made.

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

October 1, 1997
To Denver Nuggets---- To Phoenix Suns---- To Cleveland Cavaliers----
November 21, 1997
To Philadelphia 76ers---- To Phoenix Suns----
February 18, 1998
To Dallas Mavericks---- To Phoenix Suns----

Free agentsEdit