1997–98 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 1997–98 NBA season was the 28th season for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Blazers signed free agent Brian Grant and fired head coach P.J. Carlesimo, who was replaced with former Milwaukee Bucks general manager and head coach Mike Dunleavy; Carlesimo was hired by the Golden State Warriors. Midway through the season, Kenny Anderson was traded along with Gary Trent, and rookie Alvin Williams to the Toronto Raptors for Damon Stoudamire and Walt Williams. The Blazers finished 46–36, fourth in the Pacific Division and sixth in the Western Conference, making their sixteenth straight trip to the postseason and 21st in 22 years. Isaiah Rider led the team in scoring with 19.7 points per game.

For the second straight season, the Blazers were pitted against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, and the result was identical to that of the previous year, as Portland fell one game to three. It was also the sixth consecutive year that the Blazers lost in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Blazers also set an ignominious record during a game against the Indiana Pacers. The teams’ February 27, 1998, game ended with a Pacer win by the embarrassing score of 124–59, the only time in NBA history where a team has had their score doubled.

NBA Draft


Roster listing
Portland Trail Blazers roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
SG2United StatesAugmon, Stacey6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)205 lb (93 kg)UNLV
PG9United StatesBrunson, Rick6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)190 lb (86 kg)Temple
C31United StatesCato, Kelvin6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)255 lb (116 kg)Iowa State
PG12United StatesCrotty, John Injured6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)185 lb (84 kg)Virginia
SF44United StatesGrant, Brian6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)254 lb (115 kg)Xavier
PG23United StatesGrant, Gary6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)185 lb (84 kg)Michigan
C53United StatesLister, Alton7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)240 lb (109 kg)Arizona State
PF5United StatesO'Neal, Jermaine6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)226 lb (103 kg)Eau Claire HS (SC)
SG34United StatesRider, Isaiah6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)215 lb (98 kg)UNLV
C4United StatesRogers, Carlos Injured6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)220 lb (100 kg)Tennessee State
C11LithuaniaSabonis, Arvydas7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)279 lb (127 kg)Lithuania
PG3United StatesStoudamire, Damon5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)171 lb (78 kg)Arizona
PF30United StatesWallace, Rasheed6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)225 lb (102 kg)North Carolina
SF42United StatesWilliams, Walt6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)219 lb (99 kg)Maryland
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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


Regular season

Season standings

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

Record vs. opponents

Game log


West First Round

(3) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers Last Playoff Meeting: 1997 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-1)

Player statistics

  GPGames 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



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