Los Angeles Clippers Regular Season Rosters

1997-1998 Los Angeles Clippers Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
8 Ike Austin C 6-10 255 4 Arizona State 1991 Rnd 2 Pick 21 United States
31 Brent Barry G 6-7 210 2 Oregon State 1995 Rnd 1 Pick 15 United States
33 Keith Closs C 7-2 215 0 Central Connecticut State 1997 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
32 James Collins SG 6-4 196 0 Florida State 1997 Rnd 2 Pick 8 United States
15 Darrick Martin G 5-11 170 3 UCLA 1992 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
7 Lamond Murray SF 6-7 236 3 California 1994 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
52 Eric Piatkowski G-F 6-7 210 3 Nebraska 1994 Rnd 1 Pick 15 United States
24 Pooh Richardson PG 6-1 180 8 UCLA 1989 Rnd 1 Pick 10 United States
26 James Robinson G 6-2 180 4 Alabama 1993 Rnd 1 Pick 21 United States
54 Rodney Rogers F 6-7 235 4 Wake Forest 1993 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
5 Charles Cornelius Smith SG 6-4 194 0 New Mexico 1997 Rnd 1 Pick 26 United States
23 Mo Taylor F 6-9 265 0 Michigan 1997 Rnd 1 Pick 14 United States
35 Loy Vaught PF 6-9 230 7 Michigan 1990 Rnd 1 Pick 13 United States
11 Stojko Vrankovic C 7-1 254 3 KK Zadar (Croatia) 1986 NBA Draft, Undrafted Croatia
55 Lorenzen Wright F-C 6-11 255 1 Memphis 1996 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States

1997-1998 L.A. Clippers Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters D. Martin R. Rogers L. Murray L. Wright S. Vrankovic
Rotation P. Richardson J. Collins E. Piatkowski L. Vaught K. Closs
Rotation J. Robinson     M. Taylor  
Lim PT   C. Smith     I. Austin

1997-1998 Pacific Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Seattle SuperSonics61-21-
2Los Angeles Lakers61-210
3Phoenix Suns56-265
4Portland Trail Blazers46-3615
5Sacramento Kings27-5534
6Golden State Warriors19-6342
7Los Angeles Clippers17-6544

1997-1998 L.A. Clippers Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Mo Taylor All-Rookie Second Team (1998)
Mo Taylor Rising Stars Challenge Participant (1998)

1997-1998 L.A. Clippers Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Lamond Murray 79 32.6 15.4 6.1 1.8 1.5 0.7 2.2
Rodney Rogers 76 32.9 15.1 5.6 2.7 1.2 0.5 2.5
Darrick Martin 82 28.0 10.3 2.0 4.0 1.0 0.1 1.9
Mo Taylor 71 21.3 11.5 4.2 0.7 0.5 0.6 1.5
Eric Piatkowski 67 26.0 11.3 3.5 1.3 0.8 0.2 1.2
Lorenzen Wright 69 30.0 9.0 8.8 0.8 0.8 1.3 1.2
Brent Barry 41 32.7 13.7 3.5 3.2 1.2 0.6 2.3
James Robinson 70 17.6 7.7 1.6 1.9 0.5 0.1 1.4
Ike Austin 26 34.4 15.2 8.7 3.4 0.7 0.8 3.4
Pooh Richardson 69 18.1 4.2 1.4 3.3 0.6 0.0 0.8
Keith Closs 58 12.8 4.0 2.9 0.3 0.2 1.4 0.7
Stojko Vrankovic 65 15.3 3.0 4.0 0.6 0.2 1.0 0.7
Charles Cornelius Smith 23 11.3 4.7 0.8 0.8 0.4 0.2 0.9
Loy Vaught 11 24.1 6.8 5.9 0.6 0.4 0.2 1.2
James Collins 23 4.5 2.6 0.6 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.3

1997-1998 Los Angeles Clippers Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Lamond Murray was selected as the #7 pick in the First Round of the 1994 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Lamond Murray signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on October 20, 1994.

Mo Taylor was selected as the #14 pick in the First Round of the 1997 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Mo Taylor signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on July 15, 1997.

Loy Vaught was selected as the #13 pick in the First Round of the 1990 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Loy Vaught signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on October 2, 1990. Loy Vaught signed a multi-year extension with the Los Angeles Clippers on September 29, 1993.

Lorenzen Wright was selected as the #7 pick in the First Round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Lorenzen Wright signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on August 14, 1996.

Acquired via Draft Rights Trade

Draft Rights to James Collins, the #8 pick in the Second Round of the 1997 NBA Draft, were acquired by the Los Angeles Clippers from the Philadelphia Sixers on June 25, 1997. James Collins signed a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on September 16, 1997.

Draft Rights to Eric Piatkowski, the #15 pick in the First Round of the 1994 NBA Draft, were acquired by the Los Angeles Clippers from the Indiana Pacers on June 30, 1994. Eric Piatkowski signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on October 14, 1994.

Acquired via Trade

Ike Austin was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Clippers from the Miami Heat on February 19, 1998.

Pooh Richardson was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Clippers from the Indiana Pacers on June 30, 1994.

Rodney Rogers was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Clippers from the Denver Nuggets on June 28, 1995.

Charles Cornelius Smith was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Clippers from the Miami Heat on February 19, 1998.

Stojko Vrankovic was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Clippers from the Minnesota Timberwolves on June 25, 1997.

Acquired via Free Agency

Keith Closs signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Clippers on August 8, 1997.

Darrick Martin signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Clippers on September 16, 1996.

James Robinson signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Clippers on August 16, 1997.

1997-1998 Los Angeles Clippers Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Donald Sterling Owner 1981-1982 N/A
Andy Roeser Director of Team Security 1986-1987 N/A
Bill Fitch Head Coach 1994-1995 Head Coach (Brooklyn Nets, 1989 to 1992)
Elgin Baylor General Manager 1986-1987 Head Coach (Utah Jazz, 1976 to 1979)
Pete Serrano Equipment Manager 1986-1987 N/A
Jeff Weltman Director of Player Personnel 1994-1995 Video Coordinator (Los Angeles Clippers, 1988 to 1989)
Ralph Lawler Television Play-By-Play, Radio Broadcaster 1978-1979 N/A