1998–99 Houston Rockets season

The 1998–99 NBA season was the Rockets' 32nd season in the National Basketball Association, and 28th season in Houston. To replace the retiring Clyde Drexler, the Rockets acquired All-Star forward Scottie Pippen from the Chicago Bulls after a four-month lockout. The team also signed free agent Antoine Carr, who appeared in two NBA Finals appearances with the Utah Jazz. With the addition of Pippen along with Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley, plus re-acquiring three-point specialist Sam Mack from the Vancouver Grizzlies at midseason, the Rockets played solid basketball posting a nine-game winning streak in March, and finished third in the Midwest Division with a 31–19 record. Pippen had a solid season averaging 14.5 points per game, while rookies Michael Dickerson and Cuttino Mobley were both selected to the All-Rookie Second Team.

However, in the first round of the playoffs, the Rockets lost one game to three to the Los Angeles Lakers. After the defeat, Houston didn't return to the playoffs until 2004. Pippen spent only one season with the Rockets, and was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers before the following season. Also following the season, Dickerson and Carr were traded along with Othella Harrington, and Brent Price to the Vancouver Grizzlies, Mack and Matt Maloney were both released, and Eddie Johnson retired.


Draft picks


Roster listing
Houston Rockets roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
PF4United StatesBarkley, Charles6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)252 lb (114 kg)Auburn
SF50United StatesBullard, Matt6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)215 lb (98 kg)Iowa
PF55United StatesCarr, Antoine6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)225 lb (102 kg)Wichita State
SG3United StatesDickerson, Michael6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)190 lb (86 kg)Arizona
PG11United StatesDrew, Bryce6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)185 lb (84 kg)Valparaiso
PF32United StatesHarrington, Othella6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)235 lb (107 kg)Georgetown
SF8United StatesJohnson, Eddie Injured6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)215 lb (98 kg)Illinois
SG7United StatesMack, Sam6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)227 lb (103 kg)California
PG12United StatesMaloney, Matt Injured6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)192 lb (87 kg)Pennsylvania
PF2United StatesMiller, Anthony Injured6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)225 lb (102 kg)Michigan State
PG5United StatesMobley, Cuttino6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)190 lb (86 kg)Rhode Island
C34NigeriaOlajuwon, Hakeem (C)7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)255 lb (116 kg)Houston
SF33United StatesPippen, Scottie6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)220 lb (100 kg)Central Arkansas
PG20United StatesPrice, Brent6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)165 lb (75 kg)Oklahoma
C53United StatesRoberts, Stanley7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)285 lb (129 kg)LSU
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Last transaction: March 11, 1999 −

Regular season

Season standings

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

Record vs. opponents

Game log


West First Round

(4) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Houston Rockets: Lakers win series 3-1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1996 Western Conference First Round (Houston 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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