1997–98 Atlanta Hawks season

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1997–98 Atlanta Hawks season
Head coach Lenny Wilkens
Arena Georgia Dome, Alexander Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 50–32 (.610)
Place Division: 4th (Central)
Conference: 5th (Eastern)
Playoff finish East First Round
(Eliminated 1–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WATL
Fox Sports South
Radio WCNN
< 1996–97 1998–99 >

The 1997–98 NBA season was the Hawks' 49th season in the National Basketball Association, and 30th season in Atlanta.[1] Due to the demolition of The Omni, the Hawks played their home games at the Georgia Dome, and their original home from 1968 to 1972, the Alexander Memorial Coliseum (known as McDonald's Center at the time). The Hawks got off to a fast start winning their first eleven games, but later on struggled posting a 7-game losing streak between December and January. They finished fourth in the Central Division with a solid 50–32 record. Dikembe Mutombo and Steve Smith were both selected for the 1998 NBA All-Star Game. Mutombo was also named Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive time, while forward Alan Henderson won the Most Improved Player of The Year award. However, in the first round of the playoffs, the Hawks lost in four games to the Charlotte Hornets.

On March 27, 1998, the Hawks set a single game regular season attendance record of 62,046 fans in a game against the Chicago Bulls at the Georgia Dome. However, they lost 89–74.[2] Following the season, Christian Laettner was traded to the Detroit Pistons, and Eldridge Recasner signed as a free agent with the Charlotte Hornets.

Offseason

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 22 Ed Gray SG  United States California
2 49 Alain Digbeu SG/SF  France
2 50 Chris Crawford SF  United States Marquette

Roster

Atlanta Hawks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 0 United States Anderson, Greg 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Houston
PG 11 United States Barry, Drew 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 191 lb (87 kg) Georgia Tech
PG 10 United States Blaylock, Mookie 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oklahoma
SF 52 United States Brown, Chucky 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 214 lb (97 kg) North Carolina State
SF 33 United States Corbin, Tyrone 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) DePaul
PF 4 United States Crawford, Chris 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Marquette
SG 22 United States Gray, Ed Injured (S) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) UC Berkeley
PF 44 United States Henderson, Alan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Indiana
PF 32 United States Laettner, Christian 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Duke
PF 2 United States Miller, Anthony 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Michigan State
C 55 Democratic Republic of the Congo Mutombo, Dikembe 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Georgetown
PG 3 United States Recasner, Eldridge 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Washington
SG 8 United States Smith, Steve 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Michigan State
Head coach

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

RosterTransactions

Roster Notes

  • Rookie guard Ed Gray was suspended indefinitely for missing medical appointments.

Regular season

Season standings

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
z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

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 log

1997–98 Game log

Total: 50–32 (Home: 29–12; Road: 21–20)

Playoffs

East first round

(4) Charlotte Hornets vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks Last playoff meeting: This was the first meeting between the Hornets and Hawks.

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(CHA-ATL)

Venue Box score
1 April 23 Charlotte 97 Atlanta 87 1–0 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina 1 TBS 7:00 et
2 April 25 Charlotte 92 Atlanta 85 2–0 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina 2 TNT 8:00 et
3 April 28 Atlanta 96 Charlotte 64 2–1 Georgia Dome, Atlanta 3 TNT 8:00 et
4 May 1 Atlanta 82 Charlotte 91 3–1 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia 4 TNT 7:00 et
Charlotte wins series 3–1

Player statistics

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

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Greg Anderson 50 0 8.0 .444 .000 .390 2.4 .3 .4 .2 1.8
Drew Barry 27 0 9.5 .474 .429 .846 1.3 1.8 .4 .0 2.1
Mookie Blaylock 70 69 38.6 .392 .269 .709 4.9 6.7 2.6 .3 13.2
Chucky Brown 77 8 15.6 .433 .250 .724 2.4 .7 .3 .2 5.0
Tyrone Corbin 79 79 34.2 .439 .348 .789 4.6 2.2 1.3 .1 10.2
Chris Crawford 40 0 6.4 .418 .333 .838 1.0 .2 .3 .2 3.8
Ed Gray 30 3 15.7 .381 .391 .846 1.5 1.1 .5 .4 7.6
Alan Henderson 69 33 29.0 .485 .500 .652 6.4 1.1 .6 .5 14.3
Christian Laettner 74 49 30.8 .485 .222 .864 6.6 2.6 1.0 1.0 13.8
Randy Livingston 12 0 6.8 .250 . .800 .5 .4 .6 .2 .8
Anthony Miller 37 0 6.2 .558 . .538 1.9 .1 .4 .1 2.1
Dikembe Mutombo 82 82 35.6 .537 . .670 11.4 1.0 .4 3.4 13.4
Brian Oliver 5 0 12.2 .368 . .250 1.8 .4 .2 .0 3.0
Eldridge Recasner 59 14 24.6 .456 .419 .937 2.4 2.0 .7 .0 9.3
Steve Smith 73 73 39.1 .444 .351 .855 4.2 4.0 1.0 0.4 20.1
Donald Whiteside 3 0 5.3 .500 . . .3 .3 .0 .0 .7

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Greg Anderson 1 0 4.0 . . .000 2.0 . . 1.0 .
Drew Barry 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 . .5 . . . .
Mookie Blaylock 4 4 38.3 .415 .296 .583 5.0 8.3 2.3 .3 14.8
Chucky Brown 4 0 12.5 .467 .500 .500 1.5 1.0 . . 4.0
Tyrone Corbin 4 4 28.3 .280 .167 . 3.8 1.0 1.5 .3 3.8
Chris Crawford 1 0 4.0 . . 1.000 2.0 . . 1.0 2.0
Alan Henderson 4 4 31.5 .526 .000 .611 5.5 1.0 .8 .3 12.8
Christian Laettner 4 0 21.8 .343 .000 .882 4.3 1.0 1.5 .3 9.8
Anthony Miller 4 0 8.3 .375 . 1.000 2.3 .3 .5 .3 2.0
Dikembe Mutombo 4 4 34.0 .458 . .625 12.8 .3 .3 2.3 8.0
Eldridge Recasner 4 0 22.3 .400 .583 1.000 1.0 2.0 .5 . 7.3
Steve Smith 4 4 40.0 .574 .500 .688 2.8 2.3 .5 .8 24.8

Awards and records

Transactions

Trades

September 29, 1997

Free agents

September 26, 1997

October 2, 1997

October 8, 1997

  • Waived Chris King.

October 10, 1997

October 19, 1997

  • Waived Drew Barry

November 7, 1997

November 20, 1997

  • Waived Randy Livingston.

December 9, 1997

  • Signed Randy Livingston as a free agent.

January 10, 1998

  • Waived Randy Livingston.

January 20, 1998

  • Signed Drew Barry to a 10-day contract.

February 11, 1998

  • Signed Drew Barry to a contract for the rest of the season.

February 13, 1998

February 15, 1998

  • Released Lloyd Daniels.

February 17, 1998

See also

References

  1. ^ 1997–98 Atlanta Hawks
  2. ^ "62,046 Hawks Fans Break Mark". Augusta Chronicle. March 28, 1998. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
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