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The 1997–98 NBA season was the Raptors' third season in the National Basketball Association.[1] The Raptors selected high school star Tracy McGrady with the ninth overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft, and acquired second-year forward John Wallace from the New York Knicks in the offseason. However, the Raptors struggled posting a 17-game losing streak early in the season. Midway through the season, Damon Stoudamire was traded along with Walt Williams, and Carlos Rogers to the Portland Trail Blazers for Kenny Anderson, Gary Trent and rookie Alvin Williams.[2] However, Anderson refused to play for the Canadian team and was dealt along with Popeye Jones, and Žan Tabak to the Boston Celtics for rookie Chauncey Billups and Dee Brown.

1997–98 Toronto Raptors season
Head coachDarrell Walker and Butch Carter
Owner(s)Allan Slaight, Isiah Thomas
ArenaSkyDome
Maple Leaf Gardens
Results
Record16–66 (.195)
PlaceDivision: 8th (Central)
Conference: 15th (Eastern)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionTSN, The Score, CKVR
RadioCFRB
< 1996–97 1998–99 >

After an 11–38 start, head coach Darrell Walker was fired and replaced with Butch Carter for the remainder of the season, as the Raptors finished last place in the Central Division with a franchise worst record of 16–66. Following the season, second-year star Marcus Camby was traded to the New York Knicks, Billups was traded to the Denver Nuggets, Trent signed as a free agent with the Dallas Mavericks, Oliver Miller was released, and Sharone Wright retired after playing just four seasons in the NBA due to an offseason automobile accident.[3]

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 9 Tracy McGrady SG/SF   United States

RosterEdit

Toronto Raptors roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PG 3   Billups, Chauncey 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Colorado
SG 7   Brown, Dee 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jacksonville
PF 21   Camby, Marcus 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Massachusetts
SG 13   Christie, Doug 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Pepperdine
PG 00   Garner, Chris 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 156 lb (71 kg) Memphis
SF 1   McGrady, Tracy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Mt. Zion Christian Academy HS (NC)
C 2   Miller, Oliver 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 280 lb (127 kg) Arkansas
PF 9   Rogers, Roy   6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Alabama
PF 35   Slater, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Wyoming
PF 12   Thomas, John 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Minnesota
PF 33   Trent, Gary 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Ohio
SF 44   Wallace, John 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Syracuse
SG 22   Williams, Alvin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Villanova
C 4   Wright, Sharone   6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Clemson
Head coach

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

Roster

Regular seasonEdit

In February 1998, Damon Stoudamire was traded by the Raptors along with Walt Williams and Carlos Rogers to the Portland Trail Blazers, for Kenny Anderson, Alvin Williams, Gary Trent, two first-round draft choices, a second-round draft choice and an amount of money. Anderson refused to report to the team, because he did not want to play in Canada. He was then sent along with Popeye Jones and Žan Tabak to the Boston Celtics for Chauncey Billups, Dee Brown, John Thomas and Roy Rogers.

HighsEdit

In his second year Marcus Camby lead the league in blocks with 3.7 per game

LowsEdit

A seventeen-game losing streak at the start of the season. Their season was over before it even started.

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

1997–98 game log
1997–98 season 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

Regular seasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chauncey Billups* 29 26 31.7 .349 .316 .919 2.7 3.3 1.03 .07 11.3
Dee Brown* 31 2 29.3 .446 .411 .907 2.9 3.3 1.23 .55 12.2
Marcus Camby 63 58 31.8 .412 .000 .611 7.4 1.8 1.08 3.65 12.1
Doug Christie 78 78 37.7 .428 .326 .829 5.2 3.6 2.44 .73 16.5
Chris Garner 38 0 7.7 .329 .286 .429 .6 1.2 .55 .11 1.4
Tim Kempton* 5 0 6.4 .286 .000 .000 1.0 .4 .20 .40 .8
Bob McCann 1 0 5.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .00 .00 .0
Tracy McGrady 64 17 18.4 .450 .341 .712 4.2 1.5 .77 .95 7.0
Oliver Miller 64 53 25.4 .461 .000 .604 6.3 3.1 .91 1.13 6.3
Roy Rogers* 6 0 11.5 .353 .000 .250 2.0 .2 .17 .67 2.2
Reggie Slater 78 28 21.3 .460 .000 .630 3.9 .9 .58 .38 8.0
Ed Stokes 4 0 4.3 .333 .000 .500 1.0 .3 .25 .50 .8
John Thomas* 21 0 8.0 .424 .000 .714 1.7 .2 .14 .14 2.0
Gary Trent* 13 7 27.3 .438 .000 .633 8.0 1.1 .62 .62 12.2
John Wallace 82 36 28.8 .478 .500 .717 4.5 1.3 .76 1.23 14.0
Alvin Williams* 13 3 15.9 .364 .500 .636 1.6 1.5 .62 .08 3.2
Sharone Wright 7 0 6.3 .500 .000 .500 1.3 .6 .00 .00 2.3

* Statistics include only games with the Raptors

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1997–98 Toronto Raptors
  2. ^ "Stoudamire Finally Traded to Portland". Los Angeles Times. February 14, 1998. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "Wright to Miss 3 Months". New York Times. July 30, 1997. Retrieved October 6, 2017.

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