Denver Nuggets Regular Season Rosters

1997-1998 Denver Nuggets Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
7 Cory Alexander G 6-1 185 2 Virginia 1995 Rnd 1 Pick 29 United States
4 Tony Battie PF 6-11 230 0 Texas Tech 1997 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
11 Merl Code G 6-2 190 0 Clemson 1997 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
3 Harold Ellis G 6-5 200 2 Morehouse 1993 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
20 LaPhonso Ellis PF 6-8 240 5 Notre Dame 1992 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
15 Danny Fortson F 6-7 260 0 Cincinnati 1997 Rnd 1 Pick 10 United States
21 Dean Garrett C 6-10 225 4 Indiana 1988 Rnd 2 Pick 13 United States
1 Kiwane Garris G 6-2 183 0 Illinois 1997 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
5 Anthony Goldwire G 6-1 182 2 Houston 1994 Rnd 2 Pick 25 United States
13 Bobby Jackson G 6-1 185 0 Minnesota 1997 Rnd 1 Pick 23 United States
30 Priest Lauderdale C 7-4 325 1 Peristeri BC (Greece) 1996 Rnd 1 Pick 28 United States
  Ruben Nembhard SG 6-3 208 1 Weber State 1995 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
22 Johnny Newman SF 6-7 190 11 Richmond 1986 Rnd 2 Pick 5 United States
50 Steve Scheffler F 6-9 250 7 Purdue 1990 Rnd 2 Pick 12 United States
23 Bryant Stith SG 6-5 209 5 Virginia 1992 Rnd 1 Pick 13 United States
31 Nick Van Exel PG 6-1 170 4 Cincinnati 1993 Rnd 2 Pick 10 United States
14 Eric Washington G 6-4 190 0 Alabama 1997 Rnd 2 Pick 18 United States
32 Eric Williams F 6-8 220 2 Providence 1995 Rnd 1 Pick 14 United States
17 Joe Wolf C 6-11 230 9 North Carolina 1987 Rnd 1 Pick 13 United States
25 George Zidek C 7-0 266 2 UCLA 1995 Rnd 1 Pick 22 Czech Republic

1997-1998 Denver Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters B. Jackson E. Washington L. Ellis D. Garrett T. Battie
Rotation A. Goldwire B. Stith E. Williams   J. Wolf
Rotation   H. Ellis J. Newman   P. Lauderdale
Rotation     D. Fortson    
Lim PT C. Alexander        

1997-1998 Midwest Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Utah Jazz62-20-
2San Antonio Spurs56-266
3Minnesota Timberwolves45-3717
4Houston Rockets41-4121
5Dallas Mavericks20-6242
6Vancouver Grizzlies19-6343
7Denver Nuggets11-7151

1997-1998 Denver Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Bobby Jackson All-Rookie Second Team (1998)
Danny Fortson Rising Stars Challenge Participant (1998)
Bobby Jackson Rising Stars Challenge Participant (1998)

1997-1998 Denver Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Johnny Newman 74 29.4 14.7 1.9 1.9 1.0 0.3 2.0
LaPhonso Ellis 76 33.9 14.2 7.2 2.8 0.9 0.6 2.3
Danny Fortson 80 22.6 10.2 5.6 0.9 0.6 0.4 2.0
Bobby Jackson 68 30.0 11.6 4.4 4.7 1.5 0.2 2.7
Anthony Goldwire 82 27.0 9.2 1.8 3.4 1.0 0.1 1.0
Dean Garrett 82 32.1 7.3 7.9 1.1 0.7 1.6 1.0
Tony Battie 65 23.2 8.4 5.4 0.9 0.8 1.1 1.5
Eric Washington 66 23.3 7.7 1.9 1.2 0.8 0.4 1.1
Cory Alexander 23 34.7 14.0 4.3 6.0 2.0 0.3 2.8
Bryant Stith 31 23.2 7.6 2.1 1.6 0.7 0.3 1.1
Harold Ellis 27 12.7 6.1 1.9 0.7 0.7 0.1 0.7
Priest Lauderdale 39 8.8 3.7 2.6 0.5 0.2 0.4 1.2
Joe Wolf 57 10.9 1.5 2.2 0.5 0.4 0.1 0.4
Eric Williams 4 36.2 19.8 5.2 3.0 1.0 0.0 2.2
Kiwane Garris 28 8.0 2.4 0.7 1.0 0.2 0.0 0.5
George Zidek 6 7.0 3.0 2.2 0.2 0.0 0.3 0.5

1997-1998 Denver Nuggets Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Tony Battie was selected as the #5 pick in the First Round of the 1997 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. Tony Battie signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on July 21, 1997.

LaPhonso Ellis was selected as the #5 pick in the First Round of the 1992 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. LaPhonso Ellis signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on August 1, 1992.

Bryant Stith was selected as the #13 pick in the First Round of the 1992 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. Bryant Stith signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on September 30, 1992. Bryant Stith re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on July 19, 1996.

Acquired via Draft Rights Trade

Draft Rights to Danny Fortson, the #10 pick in the First Round of the 1997 NBA Draft, were acquired by the Denver Nuggets from the Milwaukee Bucks on June 25, 1997. Danny Fortson signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on July 16, 1997.

Draft Rights to Bobby Jackson, the #23 pick in the First Round of the 1997 NBA Draft, were acquired by the Denver Nuggets from the Seattle SuperSonics on June 25, 1997. Bobby Jackson signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Nuggets on July 15, 1997.

Draft Rights to Eric Washington, the #18 pick in the Second Round of the 1997 NBA Draft, were acquired by the Denver Nuggets from the Orlando Magic on June 25, 1997. Eric Washington signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets on October 6, 1997.

Acquired via Trade

Anthony Goldwire was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Charlotte Hornets (1988) on February 20, 1997. Anthony Goldwire re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on July 25, 1997.

Priest Lauderdale was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Atlanta Hawks on September 29, 1997.

Johnny Newman was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Milwaukee Bucks on June 25, 1997.

Eric Williams was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Boston Celtics on August 21, 1997. Eric Williams signed a multi-year extension with the Denver Nuggets on October 1, 1997.

Joe Wolf was acquired in a trade by the Denver Nuggets from the Milwaukee Bucks on June 25, 1997.

Acquired via Free Agency

Cory Alexander signed a contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on March 4, 1998.

Harold Ellis signed a contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on December 14, 1997.

Dean Garrett signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets on September 5, 1997.

1997-1998 Denver Nuggets Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Bill Hanzlik Head Coach 1997-1998 N/A
Brian Winters Assistant Coach 1997-1998 Head Coach (Memphis Grizzlies, 1995 to 1997)
T.R. Dunn Assistant Coach 2002-2003 Assistant Coach (Denver Nuggets, 1997 to 1998)
Allan Bristow VP of Basketball Operations, General Manager 1996-1997 Head Coach (New Orleans Pelicans, 1991 to 1996)
Todd Eley VP of Basketball Operations 1996-1997 General Manager (Denver Nuggets, 1995 to 1997)
Tommy Sheppard Senior Director of Basketball Operations 1994-1995 N/A
Bill Branch Advance Scout 1997-1998 N/A
Mike D'Antoni Assistant Coach, General Manager, Director of Player Personnel 1997-1998 N/A
Steve Hess Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach 1997-1998 N/A
Jim Gillen Athletic Trainer 1991-1992 N/A
Max Benton Assistant Athletic Trainer 1995-1996 N/A