1997–98 Seattle SuperSonics season

The 1997–98 NBA season was the 30th season for the Seattle SuperSonics in the National Basketball Association. In the offseason, the Sonics acquired All-Star forward Vin Baker from the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team trade. Other offseason acquisitions included re-acquiring former Sonics star Dale Ellis from the Denver Nuggets, and signing free agents Jerome Kersey and Greg Anthony. The Sonics got off to a fast start winning 37 of 47 games before the All-Star break, as they finished first place in the Pacific Division with a 61–21 record. Baker and Gary Payton were both selected for the 1998 NBA All-Star Game, with head coach George Karl coaching the Western Conference. In the first round of the playoffs, the Sonics struggled as they trailed 2–1 to the 7th-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves, but managed to win the series in five games. However, they would lose in five games to the Los Angeles Lakers in the semifinals after taking Game 1.

Following the season, Karl left to coach the Milwaukee Bucks as his "favorite player" Nate McMillan retired. Also following the season, Sam Perkins signed as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers, Kersey signed with the San Antonio Spurs, Anthony signed with the Portland Trail Blazers, and Jim McIlvaine was traded to the New Jersey Nets.

Draft picks


Roster listing
Seattle SuperSonics roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
PG2United StatesAnthony, Greg6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)176 lb (80 kg)UNLV
PF42United StatesBaker, Vin6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)232 lb (105 kg)Hartford
SG4United StatesCotton, James6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)220 lb (100 kg)Long Beach State
SG3United StatesEllis, Dale6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)205 lb (93 kg)Tennessee
SG33United StatesHawkins, Hersey6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)190 lb (86 kg)Bradley
PF44United StatesHoward, Stephen Injured6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)225 lb (102 kg)DePaul
SF7United StatesKersey, Jerome6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)215 lb (98 kg)Longwood
C22United StatesMcIlvaine, Jim7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)240 lb (109 kg)Marquette
SG10United StatesMcMillan, Nate6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)195 lb (88 kg)North Carolina State
PG20United StatesPayton, Gary6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)180 lb (82 kg)Oregon State
C14United StatesPerkins, Sam6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)235 lb (107 kg)North Carolina
SF11GermanySchrempf, Detlef6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)214 lb (97 kg)Washington
PF15United StatesWilliams, Aaron6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)220 lb (100 kg)Xavier
SF25United StatesWingate, David6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)185 lb (84 kg)Georgetown
Head coach

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

Regular season

Season standings

Record vs. opponents

Game log


West First Round

(2) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (7) Minnesota Timberwolves Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the SuperSonics and Timberwolves.

West Conference Semifinals

(2) Seattle SuperSonics vs. (3) Los Angeles Lakers Last Playoff Meeting: 1995 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



Awards and records





Free agents

See also

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