1997–98 Minnesota Timberwolves season

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1997–98 Minnesota Timberwolves season
Head coachFlip Saunders
Owner(s)Glen Taylor
ArenaTarget Center
Results
Record45–37 (.549)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Midwest)
Conference: 7th (Western)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to SuperSonics 2–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKLGT-TV, Midwest Sports Channel
< 1996–97 1998–99 >

The 1997–98 NBA season was the Timberwolves' 9th season in the National Basketball Association.[1] During the offseason, the Timberwolves acquired Stanley Roberts from the Los Angeles Clippers, and signed free agent Tom Hammonds. Kevin Garnett and second-year star Stephon Marbury both continued to establish themselves as two of the brightest stars in the NBA, as Garnett averaged 18.5 points, 9.6 rebounds per game and was selected for the 1998 NBA All-Star Game. Marbury averaged 17.7 points and 8.6 assists per game. At midseason, the Timberwolves traded Doug West to the Vancouver Grizzlies for Anthony Peeler.

Despite losing Tom Gugliotta for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury after 41 games, the Timberwolves won seven of their final eight games posting their first winning record at 45–37. Third in the Midwest Division making their second consecutive playoff appearance; in the first round of the playoffs, the Timberwolves took a 2–1 series lead over the 2nd-seeded Seattle SuperSonics, but went on to lose the series in five games.[2] Following the season, Terry Porter signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat, Roberts signed with the Houston Rockets, Cherokee Parks signed with the Vancouver Grizzlies, and Michael Williams was released.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 20 Paul Grant C  United States Wisconsin
2 43 Gordon Malone  United States West Virginia

Roster[edit]

Minnesota Timberwolves roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 43 United States Carr, Chris Injured 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Southern Illinois
PF 17 United States Curley, Bill 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Boston College
SF 21 United States Garnett, Kevin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Farragut Academy (HS)
C 40 United States Grant, Paul Injured (IN) 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Wisconsin
PF 24 United States Gugliotta, Tom Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) North Carolina State
PF 20 United States Hammonds, Tom 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Georgia Tech
SG 31 United States Jordan, Reggie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) New Mexico State
PG 3 United States Marbury, Stephon 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Georgia Tech
SF 42 United States Mitchell, Sam 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Mercer
C 44 United States Parks, Cherokee 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Duke
SG 1 United States Peeler, Anthony 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Missouri
PG 30 United States Porter, Terry 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Wisconsin-Stevens Point
C 53 United States Roberts, Stanley 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 285 lb (129 kg) LSU
PG 6 United States Wheat, DeJuan 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Louisville
PG 4 United States Williams, Micheal 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Baylor
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Roster Notes[edit]

  • Rookie center Paul Grant missed the entire season due to a foot injury.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
z-Utah Jazz 62 20 .756 36–5 26–15 22–2
x-San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 6 31–10 25–16 18–6
x-Minnesota Timberwolves 45 37 .549 17 26–15 19–22 14–10
x-Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 21 24–17 17–24 14–10
Dallas Mavericks 20 62 .244 42 13–28 7–34 9–15
Vancouver Grizzlies 19 63 .232 43 14–27 5–36 4–20
Denver Nuggets 11 71 .134 51 9–32 2–39 3–21
# 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


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

Record vs. opponents[edit]

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[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(2) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (7) Minnesota Timberwolves Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the SuperSonics and Timberwolves.

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(SEA-MIN)

Venue Box score Television
1 April 24 Seattle 108 Minnesota 83 1-0 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 1 TBS 9:30et
2 April 26 Seattle 93 Minnesota 98 1-1 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 2 TNT 9:00et
3 April 28 Minnesota 98 Seattle 90 1-2 Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 3 TBS 9:30et
4 April 30 Minnesota 88 Seattle 92 2-2 Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 4 TBS 9:30et
5 May 2 Seattle 97 Minnesota 84 3-2 KeyArena, Seattle, Washington 5 NBC 3:30et
Seattle wins series 3–2

Player statistics[edit]

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[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chris Carr 51 40 22.8 .420 .315 .848 3.0 1.7 .3 .2 9.9
Bill Curley 11 1 13.3 .485 .000 .667 2.5 .4 .3 .1 3.1
Kevin Garnett 82 82 39.3 .491 .188 .738 9.6 4.2 1.7 1.8 18.5
Tom Gugliotta 41 41 38.6 .502 .118 .821 8.7 4.1 1.5 .5 20.1
Tom Hammonds 57 2 20.0 .516 .000 .697 4.8 .6 .3 .3 6.1
Reggie Jordan 57 1 8.5 .478 .000 .569 1.7 .9 .6 .2 2.6
Stephon Marbury 82 81 38.0 .415 .313 .731 2.8 8.6 1.3 .1 17.7
Sam Mitchell 81 33 27.6 .464 .349 .832 4.8 1.3 .8 .3 12.3
Cherokee Parks 79 43 21.6 .499 .000 .651 5.5 .7 .5 1.1 7.1
Anthony Peeler 30 24 33.0 .445 .453 .780 3.4 3.8 1.7 .2 13.0
Terry Porter 82 8 21.8 .449 .395 .856 2.0 3.3 .8 .2 9.5
Stanley Roberts 74 44 17.9 .495 . .481 4.9 .4 .3 1.0 6.2
Clifford Rozier 6 0 5.0 .500 . .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 1.0
Doug West 38 10 18.1 .374 .000 .725 2.2 1.2 .3 .1 4.1
DeJuan Wheat 34 0 4.4 .400 .471 .600 .3 .7 .2 .0 1.7
Micheal Williams 25 0 6.4 .333 .000 .970 .6 1.3 .4 .1 2.6

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Bill Curley 2 0 3.5 . . . .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Kevin Garnett 5 5 38.8 .480 . .778 9.6 4.0 .8 2.4 15.8
Tom Hammonds 5 1 22.6 .429 . .750 4.4 .4 .0 .2 7.2
Reggie Jordan 2 0 14.5 .625 1.000 .500 4.5 1.5 .5 .0 6.0
Stephon Marbury 5 5 41.8 .306 .280 .783 3.2 7.6 2.4 .0 13.8
Sam Mitchell 5 5 35.4 .448 .214 .895 5.4 1.6 .2 .2 14.4
Cherokee Parks 1 0 1.0 . . . .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Anthony Peeler 5 5 42.6 .403 .484 1.000 7.6 3.6 2.0 .6 16.2
Terry Porter 5 4 37.6 .429 .400 .833 5.0 3.2 1.0 .0 15.8
Stanley Roberts 1 0 8.0 .000 . .500 2.0 .0 .0 .0 1.0
DeJuan Wheat 1 0 3.0 .500 . . 1.0 .0 1.0 .0 2.0
Micheal Williams 4 0 14.5 .400 .500 .778 2.3 2.8 .8 .3 5.0

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1997-98 Minnesota Timberwolves
  2. ^ "THE N.B.A. PLAYOFFS; Sonics Advance After Submerging the Spunky Timberwolves". New York Times. May 3, 1998. Retrieved July 26, 2017.

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