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Los Angeles Lakers
(61-21, Tied for first in the Pacific)
DRAFT PICKS: (26, 31, 45)

1998 Draft Order
Round Pick Name School Position
   1 26 Sam Jacobson Minnesota 2G
   2 31 Ruben Patterson Cincinnati SF
   2 45 Toby Bailey UCLA 2G
Traded to the Phoenix Suns for future considerations

Team Strengths
  • Talented Youth
  • Shaquille O'Neal
  • Team Statistics
      PPG FG% REBs TOs
    Lakers 105.5 (1st).481 (2nd)43.3 (5th)15.3 (14th)
    Opponents 97.8 (20th).439 (20th)42.2 (20th)15.6 (t19th)
    Weaknesses
  • Free Throw Shooting
  • Defensive Adjustments
  • Changes
  • Del Harris? Jerry West?
  • Acquired Tony Battie And The Rights To Tyronn Lue For Nick Van Exel
  • Needs
  • Blue Collar Player
  • Veteran Leader
  • Depth At PG And SF
  • Notes:
  • Led the league in scoring for the first time since 1988. Their 105.5 ppg's was 4.4 more points than the next closest team (Minnesota, 101.1)
  • Went 42-10 vs. the West, but only 19-11 vs. the East
  • Was 33-0 when they shot 50% or better from the field
  • Started the season by winning their first 11 games
  • Worst free throw shooting team in the league at .679
  • Won 25 of their last 30 and won 7 of their first 9 playoff games before being swept by Utah in the Western Conference Finals
  • Shaquille O'Neal led the league in FG percentage (.584) and he was second in scoring at 28.3 ppg
  • Led the league in point differential at 7.7 per game
  • Kobe Bryant averaged 17.9 ppg and shot .450 from the field before the All Star game and 12.7 and .396 after
  • 13-1 in games decided by 20 or more points
  • Only lost four times (28-4) to teams under .500
  • First Round Draft Picks in the 90's
    1990 Elden Campbell, F, Clemson (27)
    1991 None
    1992 Anthony Peeler, G, Missouri (15)
    1993 George Lynch, F, North Carolina (12)
    1994 Eddie Jones, G, Temple (10)
    1995 None
    1996 Derek Fisher, G, Arkansas Little-Rock (24)
    1997 None
    Complete draft list over the years
    Players by Position
    Small Forwards Power Forwards Centers Point Guards Shooting Guards
    Rick Fox
    Mario Bennett
    Robert Horry
    Elden Campbell
    Corie Blount
    Tony Battie
    Shaquille O'Neal
    Sean Rooks
    Derek Fisher
    Eddie Jones
    Kobe Bryant
    Jon Barry
    Shea Seals
    Free Agents
    1998 1999 2000
    Rick Fox
    Corie Blount (T-FA)
    Mario Bennett
    Jon Barry
    Shea Seals
    Shaquille O'Neal (P-FA)
    Kobe Bryant
    Derek Fisher
    Tony Battie
    Eddie Jones
     

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