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1997–98 Vancouver Grizzlies season
Third Season
Head coach Brian Hill
Owner(s) John McCaw, Jr.
Arena General Motors Place
Results
Record 19–63 (.232)
Place Division: 6th (Midwest)
Conference: 11th (Western)
Playoff finish Did not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Vancouver Grizzlies seasons
< 1996–97 1998–99 >

The 1997–98 Vancouver Grizzlies season was the Grizzlies third season in the National Basketball Association. Vancouver was coming off of an NBA worst record of 14–68 in the 1996–97 season.

Contents

Offseason

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NBA Draft

The Grizzlies first draft pick was Antonio Daniels, which was the fourth overall pick in the draft.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 4 Antonio Daniels Guard  United States Bowling Green State University
2 52 C.J. Bruton Guard  United States Indian Hills Junior College

Off-season moves

Vancouver acquired forward-center Otis Thorpe in a trade with the Detroit Pistons. The Grizzlies gave up a conditional first round draft pick. Vancouver also acquired Sam Mack from the Houston Rockets to become the teams starting shooting guard.

The Grizzlies hired Brian Hill to become the head coach. Hill had previously been the head coach of the Orlando Magic from 1993–1997, leading them to a 191–104 record under his helm. The Magic advanced to the 1995 NBA Finals and had a 60 win season in 1995–96.

Regular season

The Grizzlies got off to their best start in team history, as thirteen games into the season, the team had a 6–7 record. On October 31, 1997, Violet Palmer made history in Vancouver when she officiated the NBA season opener between the Vancouver Grizzlies and the Dallas Mavericks, in British Columbia, Canada.[1] The team would then fall into a slump, which included a thirteen game losing streak as they fell out of playoff contention. Vancouver would finish the year with a 19–63 record, their best in team history, and finish out of last place for the first time ever.

Highs

  • Vancouver recorded their first ever three game winning streak, as on January 20, they defeated the Denver Nuggets, followed by sweeping a home and home series against the Golden State Warriors.
  • On March 23, 1998, Vancouver defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 106–95 to earn their sixteenth win of the season, a team record. Vancouver finished with nineteen wins, four higher than their previous high of fifteen, set in 1995–96.
  • The Grizzlies finished out of the Midwest Division cellar for the first time in team history, as they had a 19–63 record, eight games better than the Denver Nuggets, who finished the year 11–71.

Lows

  • On January 15, 1998, the Washington Wizards defeat Vancouver 112–110, sending the Grizzlies to their thirteenth consecutive loss.
  • From January 27 to April 5, the Grizzlies win only 3 of 31 games.

Season standings

Midwest Division G W L Pct GB
Utah Jazz 82 62 20 .756 --
San Antonio Spurs 82 56 26 .683 6
Minnesota Timberwolves 82 45 37 .549 17
Houston Rockets 82 41 41 .500 21
Dallas Mavericks 82 20 62 .244 42
Vancouver Grizzlies 82 19 63 .232 43
Denver Nuggets 82 11 71 .134 51

1997–98 Grizzlies Game Log

# Date Opponent Score Record Streak
1 October 31 Dallas Mavericks 88–90 0–1 Lost 1
2 November 1 Sacramento Kings 97–96 1–1 Won 1
3 November 4 @ Dallas Mavericks 87–92 1–2 Lost 1
4 November 5 @ San Antonio Spurs 79–87 1–3 Lost 2
5 November 7 Minnesota Timberwolves 97–108 1–4 Lost 3
6 November 9 Detroit Pistons 104–96 (OT) 2–4 Won 1
7 November 11 Los Angeles Clippers 119–113 3–4 Won 2
8 November 12 @ Utah Jazz 80–98 3–5 Lost 1
9 November 15 Milwaukee Bucks 109–94 4–5 Won 1
10 November 16 @ Los Angeles Lakers 95–121 4–6 Lost 1
11 November 18 @ Denver Nuggets 100–87 5–6 Won 1
12 November 19 @ Seattle Supersonics 87–107 5–7 Lost 1
13 November 21 Denver Nuggets 99–96 6–7 Won 1
14 November 23 @ New York Knicks 84–104 6–8 Lost 1
15 November 26 @ Milwaukee Bucks 82–101 6–9 Lost 2
16 November 27 @ Indiana Pacers 85–106 6–10 Lost 3
17 November 29 @ Minnesota Timberwolves 87–106 6–11 Lost 4
18 November 30 @ Detroit Pistons 97–95 7–11 Won 1
19 December 3 Orlando Magic 97–101 7–12 Lost 1
20 December 5 Cleveland Cavaliers 98–107 7–13 Lost 2
21 December 9 @ Phoenix Suns 85–107 7–14 Lost 3
22 December 12 Golden State Warriors 95–88 8–14 Won 1
23 December 14 Houston Rockets 110–105 9–14 Won 2
24 December 16 @ Houston Rockets 91–118 9–15 Lost 1
25 December 17 @ San Antonio Spurs 87–98 9–16 Lost 2
26 December 19 @ Portland Trail Blazers 91–96 9–17 Lost 3
27 December 21 Portland Trail Blazers 88–86 10–17 Won 1
28 December 26 Phoenix Suns 100–118 10–18 Lost 1
29 December 28 Utah Jazz 88–89 10–19 Lost 2
30 December 30 San Antonio Spurs 115–124 10–20 Lost 3
31 January 1 Philadelphia 76ers 104–115 10–21 Lost 4
32 January 2 @ Sacramento Kings 80–94 10–22 Lost 5
33 January 4 Seattle Supersonics 108–120 10–23 Lost 6
34 January 6 Los Angeles Lakers 87–100 10–24 Lost 7
35 January 7 @ Los Angeles Clippers 102–110 10–25 Lost 8
36 January 9 Charlotte Hornets 90–98 10–26 Lost 9
37 January 11 Miami Heat 90–96 10–27 Lost 10
38 January 13 @ Philadelphia 76ers 89–107 10–28 Lost 11
39 January 15 @ Boston Celtics 93–97 10–29 Lost 12
40 January 16 @ Washington Wizards 110–112 10–30 Lost 13
41 January 20 Denver Nuggets 88–77 11–30 Won 1
42 January 23 @ Golden State Warriors 88–80 12–30 Won 2
43 January 24 Golden State Warriors 107–96 13–30 Won 3
44 January 27 Chicago Bulls 85–103 13–31 Lost 1
45 January 29 Minnesota Timberwolves 106–112 13–32 Lost 2
46 January 31 New Jersey Nets 106–116 13–33 Lost 3
47 February 2 @ Dallas Mavericks 90–104 13–34 Lost 4
48 February 3 @ Houston Rockets 97–110 13–35 Lost 5
49 February 5 @ Charlotte Hornets 93–108 13–36 Lost 6
50 February 12 Houston Rockets 103–112 13–37 Lost 7
51 February 14 Washington Wizards 110–108 14–37 Won 1
52 February 18 Boston Celtics 105–114 14–38 Lost 1
53 February 20 @ Atlanta Hawks 92–115 14–39 Lost 2
54 February 22 @ Toronto Raptors 105–113 (OT) 14–40 Lost 3
55 February 24 @ New Jersey Nets 101–110 14–41 Lost 4
56 February 25 @ Cleveland Cavaliers 101–106 14–42 Lost 5
57 March 1 Atlanta Hawks 76–101 14–43 Lost 6
58 March 3 Indiana Pacers 103–111 14–44 Lost 7
59 March 6 Sacramento Kings 96–98 14–45 Lost 8
60 March 8 Toronto Raptors 113–106 15–45 Won 1
61 March 12 @ Denver Nuggets 93–98 15–46 Lost 1
62 March 13 @ Utah Jazz 101–110 15–47 Lost 2
63 March 15 Los Angeles Lakers 110–119 15–48 Lost 3
64 March 17 @ Orlando Magic 92–99 15–49 Lost 4
65 March 18 @ Miami Heat 91–94 15–50 Lost 5
66 March 20 @ Chicago Bulls 92–98 15–51 Lost 6
67 March 21 @ Minnesota Timberwolves 88–102 15–52 Lost 7
68 March 23 Los Angeles Clippers 106–95 16–52 Won 1
69 March 26 @ Portland Trail Blazers 102–108 16–53 Lost 1
70 March 27 New York Knicks 89–97 (OT) 16–54 Lost 2
71 March 29 @ Phoenix Suns 98–106 16–55 Lost 3
72 March 31 Dallas Mavericks 101–104 16–56 Lost 4
73 April 3 Seattle Supersonics 98–138 16–57 Lost 5
74 April 5 Utah Jazz 93–99 16–58 Lost 6
75 April 7 @ Los Angeles Clippers 110–94 17–58 Won 1
76 April 8 @ Los Angeles Lakers 102–113 17–59 Lost 1
77 April 11 Portland Trail Blazers 105–96 (OT) 18–59 Won 1
78 April 12 Phoenix Suns 106–129 18–60 Lost 1
79 April 14 @ Seattle Supersonics 98–110 18–61 Lost 2
80 April 16 San Antonio Spurs 97–110 18–62 Lost 3
81 April 18 @ Golden State Warriors 100–112 18–63 Lost 4
82 April 19 @ Sacramento Kings 112–108 (OT) 19–63 Won 1

Player stats

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Shareef Abdur-Rahim 82 82 36.0 .485 .412 .784 7.1 2.6 1.1 0.9 22.3
Pete Chilcutt 82 0 17.3 .435 .415 .661 3.7 1.3 0.6 0.5 4.9
Antonio Daniels 74 50 26.4 .416 .212 .659 1.9 4.5 0.7 0.1 7.8
Blue Edwards 81 20 24.3 .439 .333 .837 2.7 2.5 1.1 0.3 10.8
Bobby Hurley 27 0 17.0 .374 .143 .744 1.1 3.6 0.4 0.0 4.5
George Lynch 82 0 18.2 .481 .300 .703 4.4 1.5 0.8 0.5 7.5
Sam Mack 57 54 24.8 .397 .409 .805 2.3 1.8 0.7 0.2 10.8
Tony Massenburg 61 13 14.7 .479 .000 .730 3.8 0.3 0.4 0.4 6.5
Lee Mayberry 79 32 23.2 .375 .350 .745 1.4 4.4 0.8 0.1 4.6
Ivano Newbill 28 2 8.9 .351 1.000 .567 2.5 0.3 0.4 0.1 2.1
Anthony Peeler 8 8 25.3 .486 .263 .667 2.5 2.9 1.1 0.0 9.9
Bryant Reeves 74 74 34.1 .523 .000 .706 7.9 2.1 0.5 1.1 16.3
Chris Robinson 16 0 8.9 .351 .292 .500 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.1 3.4
Larry Robinson 6 0 6.8 .316 .500 1.000 2.0 0.2 0.7 0.0 2.8
Michael Smith 30 29 23.5 .504 .000 .658 6.9 2.0 0.9 0.2 6.1
Otis Thorpe 47 46 33.5 .477 .000 .694 7.9 3.4 0.6 0.5 11.2

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