1997-98 NBA season Finals, awards and best players

NBA Finals 1998

NBA Champion: Chicago Bulls

NBA Finals:  Utah Jazz (W)  2  Chicago Bulls (E)  4

NBA Finals MVP: Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)

Main players: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman (Chicago Bulls), Karl Malone, John Stockton, Bryon Russell (Utah Jazz).

Best players for the 1997-98 season

Regular Season MVP: Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls).

All-NBA first team: Gary Payton (Seattle SuperSonics), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs), Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers).

All-NBA second team: Rod Strickland (Washington Wizards), Tim Hardaway (Miami Heat), Grant Hill (Detroit Pistons), Vin Baker (Seattle SuperSonics), David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs).

All-NBA third team: Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers), Mitch Richmond (Sacramento Kings), Glen Rice (Charlotte Hornets), Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls), Dikembe Mutombo (Atlanta Hawks).

SEASON STATS LEADERS

CategoryPlayerPos.TeamValue
PointsMichael JordanSG/SFChicago Bulls28.7
ReboundsDennis RodmanPF/SFChicago Bulls15.0
BlocksMarcus CambyCToronto Raptors3.7
AssistsRod StricklandPGWashington Wizards10.5
StealsMookie BlaylockPGAtlanta Hawks2.6
EfficiencyShaquille O'NealCLos Angeles Lakers28.8
3-point field goalsWesley PersonSG/SFCleveland Cavaliers192

NBA Sixth Man: Danny Manning (Phoenix Suns).

Most Improved Player: Alan Henderson (Atlanta Hawks).

PLAYERS WITH THE BEST STATS IN THE 1997-98 REGULAR SEASON

PLAYERGPMPFG(%)3P(%)FT(%)RBASSTTOBKPTS
Karl Malone810.59.63/18.1753.00.02/0.0728.67.75/10.1976.10.10.00.00.00.00.3
Tim Duncan820.58.61/15.7054.80.00/0.120.03.89/5.8866.20.10.00.00.00.00.3
David Robinson730.57.45/14.5951.10.01/0.0520.06.64/9.0473.50.10.00.00.00.00.3
Kevin Garnett820.57.74/15.7749.10.04/0.2020.02.99/4.0573.80.10.10.00.00.00.2
Chris Webber710.69.11/18.8948.20.92/2.8931.82.76/4.6958.80.10.10.00.00.00.3
Michael Jordan820.510.74/23.0946.50.37/1.5424.06.89/8.7978.40.10.00.00.00.00.4
Grant Hill810.57.59/16.8045.20.04/0.2615.45.91/7.9974.00.10.10.00.00.00.3
Gary Payton820.57.06/15.5945.31.63/4.8433.73.40/4.5774.40.10.10.00.00.00.2
Rod Strickland760.56.45/14.8743.40.16/0.6325.44.70/6.4772.60.10.10.00.00.00.2
Dikembe Mutombo820.44.87/9.0653.80.00/0.000,03.70/5.5167.20.10.00.00.00.00.2

Best defensive players for the 1997-98 season

Defensive Player of the Year: Dikembe Mutombo (Atlanta Hawks).

All-Defensive first team: Gary Payton (Seattle SuperSonics), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls), Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz), Dikembe Mutombo (Atlanta Hawks).

All-Defensive second team: Mookie Blaylock (Atlanta Hawks), Eddie Jones (Los Angeles Lakers), Charles Oakley (New York Knicks), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs), David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs).

Players of the Month and Players of the Week for the 1997-98 season

Rookie of the Year: Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs).

All-Rookies first team: Brevin Knight (Cleveland Cavaliers), Ron Mercer (Boston Celtics), Keith Van Horn (New Jersey Nets), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs), Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Cleveland Cavaliers).

All-Rookies second team: Bobby Jackson (Denver Nuggets), Derek Anderson (Cleveland Cavaliers), Cedric Henderson (Cleveland Cavaliers), Tim Thomas (Philadelphia 76ers), Maurice Taylor (Los Angeles Clippers).

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

MonthPlayer
NovemberEddie Jones (Los Angeles Lakers)
DecemberMichael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
JanuaryShaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)
FebruaryKarl Malone (Utah Jazz)
MarchMichael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
AprilShaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers)

Players of the Week: Nick Anderson (Orlando Magic), Sam Cassell (New Jersey Nets), Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs), Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) (3), Jason Kidd (Phoenix Suns) (2), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz) (3), Alonzo Mourning (Miami Heat), Dikembe Mutombo (Atlanta Hawks), Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers) (2), Wesley Person (Cleveland Cavaliers), Glen Rice (Charlotte Hornets), David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs) (2), Steve Smith (Atlanta Hawks), Rik Smits (Indiana Pacers), Jayson Williams (New Jersey Nets).

1998 NBA All-Star Game players

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Gary PaytonPGSeattle SuperSonics
Nick Van ExelPGLos Angeles Lakers
Jason KiddPG/SGPhoenix Suns
Eddie JonesSGLos Angeles Lakers
Mitch RichmondSGSacramento Kings
Kobe BryantSG/SFLos Angeles Lakers
Karl MalonePFUtah Jazz
Vin BakerPFSeattle SuperSonics
Kevin GarnettPF/CMinnesota Timberwolves
Tim DuncanC/PFSan Antonio Spurs
David RobinsonCSan Antonio Spurs
Shaquille O'NealCLos Angeles Lakers

EASTERN CONFERENCE

PlayerPos.Team
Tim HardawayPGMiami Heat
Reggie MillerSGIndiana Pacers
Steve SmithSGAtlanta Hawks
Michael JordanSG/SFChicago Bulls
Glen RiceSG/SFCharlotte Hornets
Penny HardawaySG/SFOrlando Magic
Grant HillSFDetroit Pistons
Antoine WalkerPFBoston Celtics
Shawn KempPFCleveland Cavaliers
Jayson WilliamsPF/CNew Jersey Nets
Rik SmitsCIndiana Pacers
Dikembe MutomboCAtlanta Hawks

All-Star Game MVP: Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls).

More awards

Citizenship award: Steve Smith (Atlanta Hawks).

Sportsmanship award: Avery Johnson (San Antonio Spurs).