Portland Trail Blazers Regular Season Rosters

1997-1998 Portland Trail Blazers Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
7 Kenny Anderson PG 6-0 168 6 Georgia Tech 1991 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
17 Vincent Askew GF 6-6 210 9 Memphis 1987 Rnd 2 Pick 16 United States
2 Stacey Augmon SF 6-6 205 6 UNLV 1991 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
9 Rick Brunson SG 6-4 190 1 Temple 1995 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
31 Kelvin Cato C 6-11 255 0 Iowa State 1997 Rnd 1 Pick 15 United States
12 John Crotty PG 6-1 185 6 Virginia 1991 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
44 Brian Grant PF 6-9 254 3 Xavier 1994 Rnd 1 Pick 8 United States
14 Gary Grant G 6-3 185 9 Michigan 1988 Rnd 1 Pick 15 United States
19 Sean Higgins F 6-9 205 5 Michigan 1990 Rnd 2 Pick 27 United States
53 Alton Lister FC 7-0 240 16 Arizona State 1981 Rnd 1 Pick 21 United States
5 Jermaine O'Neal FC 6-11 235 1 Eau Claire High School (South Carolina) 1996 Rnd 1 Pick 17 United States
34 J.R. Rider SG 6-5 215 4 UNLV 1993 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
4 Carlos Rogers FC 6-11 220 3 Tennessee State 1994 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
11 Arvydas Sabonis C 7-3 279 2 Zalgiris (Lithuania) 1985 Rnd 4 Pick 7 Lithuania
3 Damon Stoudamire G 5-10 171 2 Arizona 1995 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
33 Gary Trent PF 6-8 250 2 Ohio 1995 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
30 Rasheed Wallace FC 6-11 230 2 North Carolina 1995 Rnd 1 Pick 4 United States
21 Alvin Williams G 6-5 185 0 Villanova 1997 Rnd 2 Pick 19 United States
42 Walt Williams SF 6-8 219 5 Maryland 1992 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
10 Dontonio Wingfield F 6-8 256 3 Cincinnati 1994 Rnd 2 Pick 10 United States

1997-1998 Portland Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters D. Stoudamire J. Rider R. Wallace B. Grant A. Sabonis
Rotation   G. Grant W. Williams   K. Cato
Rotation     S. Augmon   A. Lister
Lim PT R. Brunson       J. O'Neal
Lim PT J. Crotty       C. Rogers

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 Portland Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Kelvin Cato Rising Stars Challenge Participant (1998)
Alvin Williams Rising Stars Challenge Participant (1998)

1997-1998 Portland Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
J.R. Rider 74 37.6 19.7 4.7 3.1 0.7 0.3 2.5
Arvydas Sabonis 73 32.0 16.0 10.0 3.0 0.9 1.1 2.6
Rasheed Wallace 77 37.6 14.6 6.2 2.5 1.0 1.1 2.2
Brian Grant 61 31.5 12.1 9.1 1.4 0.7 0.7 1.8
Kenny Anderson 45 32.7 12.6 3.0 5.4 1.4 0.0 2.5
Gary Trent 41 24.5 11.5 5.7 1.4 0.7 0.5 1.8
Stacey Augmon 71 20.4 5.7 3.3 1.2 0.8 0.5 1.1
Alvin Williams 41 21.1 6.9 1.5 2.0 0.7 0.0 1.2
Kelvin Cato 74 13.6 3.8 3.4 0.3 0.4 1.3 0.6
Damon Stoudamire 22 36.6 12.4 3.7 8.2 1.5 0.1 2.9
Jermaine O'Neal 60 13.5 4.5 3.4 0.3 0.2 1.0 0.9
Walt Williams 31 19.2 8.4 2.6 1.7 0.6 0.4 1.3
Rick Brunson 38 16.4 4.3 1.5 2.6 0.7 0.1 1.4
Gary Grant 22 16.3 4.8 2.2 3.8 0.8 0.1 1.1
John Crotty 26 14.6 3.7 1.2 2.4 0.4 0.0 1.6
Vincent Askew 30 14.8 2.2 2.3 1.3 0.6 0.2 1.2
Alton Lister 7 6.3 0.9 1.6 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.3
Carlos Rogers 3 8.3 1.3 0.7 0.7 0.3 0.0 0.3
Dontonio Wingfield 3 3.0 0.3 1.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3
Sean Higgins 2 6.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.5

1997-1998 Portland Trail Blazers Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Jermaine O'Neal was selected as the #17 pick in the First Round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Jermaine O'Neal signed a multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on August 29, 1996.

Acquired via Draft Rights Trade

Draft Rights to Kelvin Cato, the #15 pick in the First Round of the 1997 NBA Draft, were acquired by the Portland Trail Blazers from the Dallas Mavericks on June 25, 1997. Kelvin Cato signed a multi-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on September 22, 1997.

Acquired via Trade

Stacey Augmon was acquired in a trade by the Portland Trail Blazers from the Detroit Pistons on January 24, 1997.

J.R. Rider was acquired in a trade by the Portland Trail Blazers from the Minnesota Timberwolves on July 23, 1996.

Carlos Rogers was acquired in a trade by the Portland Trail Blazers from the Toronto Raptors on February 13, 1998.

Damon Stoudamire was acquired in a trade by the Portland Trail Blazers from the Toronto Raptors on February 13, 1998.

Rasheed Wallace was acquired in a trade by the Portland Trail Blazers from the Washington Wizards on July 15, 1996. Rasheed Wallace signed a multi-year extension with the Portland Trail Blazers on September 29, 1997.

Walt Williams was acquired in a trade by the Portland Trail Blazers from the Toronto Raptors on February 13, 1998.

Acquired via Free Agency

Rick Brunson signed a contract as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers on December 2, 1997.

John Crotty signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers on August 29, 1997.

Brian Grant signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers on August 23, 1997.

Gary Grant signed a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on March 5, 1998. Gary Grant re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers on March 15, 1998. Gary Grant re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers on March 25, 1998.

Alton Lister signed a contract as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers on October 2, 1997.

Arvydas Sabonis signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers on September 29, 1995.

1997-1998 Portland Trail Blazers Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Paul Allen Owner 1988-1989 N/A
Mike Dunleavy, Sr. Head Coach 1997-1998 Head Coach (Milwaukee Bucks, 1992 to 1996)
Elston Turner Assistant Coach 1996-1997 N/A
Jim Eyen Assistant Coach 1997-1998 Advance Scout (New York Knicks, 1996 to 1997)
Tony Brown Assistant Coach 1997-1998 Advance Scout (Milwaukee Bucks, 1994 to 1997)
Bob Whitsitt General Manager 1994-1995 General Manager (Oklahoma City Thunder, 1986 to 1994)
Mark Warkentien Director of Scouting 1994-1995 Scout (Oklahoma City Thunder, 1991 to 1994)
Neal Meyer Video Coordinator 1997-1998 Video Coordinator (Denver Nuggets, 1995 to 1997)
Jay Jensen Head Athletic Trainer 1994-1995 Athletic Trainer (Minnesota Timberwolves, 1989 to 1994)
Bob Medina Strength and Conditioning Coach 1997-1998 N/A
Dr. Tom Reis Team Physician 1994-1995 N/A
Bill Schonely Television Play-By-Play 1970-1971 N/A