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November 01, 1999 | Volume 91, Issue 17

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Kobe Bryant Cover - Sports Illustrated November 01, 1999

November 01, 1999
How We Rank 'Em

November 01, 1999
We ranked the NBA's players from 1 (the best) to 406 based on our projections of their statistical production this season. The categories considered were points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocked...

November 01, 1999 | Marty Bums

November 01, 1999 | Marty Bums
STARTING FIVE4 Stars

November 01, 1999 | Marty Bums
For the Second consecutive season San Antonio set a record for lowest opponents' field goal percentage since that stat has been kept. In 1997-98 Spurs' opponennts shot 41.1%; last year they shot 40.2%

November 01, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
Only whining over minutes will keep this band of All-Stars from winning it all

November 01, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
STARTING FIVE5 Stars

November 01, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
Portland newcomers Scottie Pippen, Detlef Schrempf and Steve Smith have played in 11 All-Star Games among them. No member of the 1998-99 Trail Blazers had ever made an All-Star appearance.

November 01, 1999 | Phil Taylor

November 01, 1999 | Phil Taylor
STARTING FIVE4 Stars

November 01, 1999 | Phil Taylor
Phil Jackson has the highest career winning percentage (.738) of any NBA coach (minimum 400 games), and his new employer's alltime record of 2,440-1,551 (.611) is the best among the 29 current teams.

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
Too old, too slow? You can say so, but Utah's vets will just say you're wrong

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
STARTING FIVE3½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
Between them, Karl Malone and John Stockton have a spot among the alltime NBA leaders in nearly every major statistical category. But the only one in which they're both in the top 10 is turnovers...

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
The re-signing of Terrell Brandon and Joe Smith brings stability and depth

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
STARTING FIVE3½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
The Timberwolves' road to .500: Their 18-7 record at the Target Center was tied for seventh-best among home records in the NBA last season, but their mirror-image road mark of 7-18 was tied for...

November 01, 1999 | Phil Taylor

November 01, 1999 | Phil Taylor
STARTING FIVE4 Stars

November 01, 1999 | Phil Taylor
The King were the only team to average 100 points per game in 1998-99 The 1st time only one team averaged triple figures was 1954-55, that season the Celtics (101.4), like the Kings, also allowed...

November 01, 1999
Rocky (Over the) TopTennessee running back Jamal Lewis takes the air route past Alabama's defensive line in the second quarter of the Volunteers' 21-7 victory in Tuscaloosa (page 194).

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
STARTING FIVE4½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
Phoenix led the NBA with an average of 25.0 assists despite having only one player—Jason Kidd—hand out more than three per game. Kidd was the only player to lead his team in assists in every game...

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
A team seeking harmony says its new floor leader, little Stevie, is a wonder

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
STARTING FIVE3½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
On March 25 Houston's alltime record reached .500 for the first time in the franchise's 32-year. The Rockets went 12-10 for the remainder of the season, leaving their won-lost mark a t 1,297-1,295.

November 01, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
If Vin Baker exacts vengeance for last season, this micro lineup won't be soft

November 01, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
STARTING FIVE3½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
Seattle had to win three of its final four games to balance its record at 25-25. Though 1986-87 was the Sonics' last losing season, they have now finished at an even 500 three times in the 1990s.

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
Happy to leave Boston, Ron Mercer is even happier to show his stuff to Denver

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
STARTING FIVE3½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
The Nuggets were one of only two teams last season (the Grizzlies were the other) to have a losing record when scoring 100 or more points in a game. Denver won just nine of the 19 games in which...

November 01, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim

November 01, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
STARTING FIVE3 Stars

November 01, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
Over the Grizzlies' four-year history, their home record is 39-109 (264), making them the NBA's alltime worst home team, The Next biggest home court disadvantage? The Providence Steamrollers'...

November 01, 1999 | Phil Taylor

November 01, 1999 | Phil Taylor
STARTING FIVE2½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Phil Taylor
John Starks's 13.8 points per game was the second-lowest team-leading scoring average in NBA history. Only Bobby Wanzer's average of 13.1 points for the 1954-55 Rochester Royals was lower.

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
Little talent, no draft help. So it goes in Big D, where the rebuilding is perpetual

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
STARTING FIVE2½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
The Mavericks have the longest current playoff drought, having missed the postseason for nine years. The Clippers hold the record by failing to make the playoffs in 15 straight seasons, from...

November 01, 1999 | Phil Taylor

November 01, 1999 | Phil Taylor
STARTING FIVE2½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Phil Taylor
Though they had one more victory than Vancouver, the Clippers were last seasons most overmatched team. Twice L.A. endured five consecutive double-digit defeats en route to a league-high 24 losses...

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
Even with Tim Hardaway healthy, will Miami have enough offense to win it all?

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
STARTING FIVE3½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
With Miami's finish atop the Atlantic last year, Pat Riley's team now have earned 15 division titles in his 17 seasons as a coach. Only one Riley-led team, the 95-96% Heat (512), has won fewer...

November 01, 1999 | Tim Crothers

November 01, 1999 | Tim Crothers
STARTING FIVE3½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Tim Crothers
In the final game last season Heat backup center Duane Causwell became the only player to foul out against the Knicks last year. In contrast, a league-high 29 players out against the Jazz-1998-99.

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
Al Harrington doesn't want to be snubbed again come prom—er, playoff—time

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
STARTING FIVE3½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
Indiana had the NBA's most stable starting lineup last season: Dale Davis, Reggie Miller and Chris Mullin started every game, and the other two starter. Rik Smits and Mark Jackson, missed just one...

November 01, 1999 | Tim Crothers

November 01, 1999 | Tim Crothers
STARTING FIVE4 Stars

November 01, 1999 | Tim Crothers
Eddie Jones, second in steals last year, has finished in the NBA's top 10 in each of his first five seasons, a feat achieved only by future Hall of Famers Maurice Cheeks, Magic Johnson and Isiah...

November 01, 1999 | Tim Crothers

November 01, 1999 | Tim Crothers
STARTING FIVE3½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Tim Crothers
The 79ers hit an NBA-low 26.2% of their shots from three-point range last season, and their 371 three-point attempts were the fewest in the league. Allen Iverson (199) was the only Sixer to shoot...

November 01, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
Now that Sam Cassell is healthy, the question is: Will he dish or shoot?

November 01, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
STARTING FIVE3 Stars

November 01, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
The Bucks made a habit of playing close games last season. A league- high 35 of Milwaukee's 50 games were decided by single digits; in 10 of those games the margin of victory was two points or fewer.

November 01, 1999 | Tim Crothers
After a high-risk makeover, Atlanta enters a critical year with fingers crossed

November 01, 1999 | Tim Crothers
STARTING FIVE3½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Tim Crothers
No team in NBA history yielded fewer points per game than the Hawks did last season. Atlanta lowered the record of 85.4 points per game, set by the 1996-97 Cavaliers, by a field goal.

November 01, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
Antonio Davis got his wish: a new home with the league's fastest-rising squad

November 01, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
STARTING FIVE3½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | L. Jon Wertheim
In their four seasons the Raptors have had two players , Damon Stoudamire and Vice Carter, win the Rookie of the Year Award. Six franchises have never had a rookie so honored, and 11 more have had...

November 01, 1999 | Mark Bechtel

November 01, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
STARTING FIVE3 Stars

November 01, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
In the 34 games last season that forward Christian Laettner missed because of injuries, Detroit's record was 16-18. With a healthy Laettner in the lineup, including during the playoffs, the...

November 01, 1999 | Elizabeth Newman

November 01, 1999 | Elizabeth Newman
STARTING FIVE3 Stars

November 01, 1999 | Elizabeth Newman
Keith Van Horn (fifth) and Stephon Marbury (eighth) were the Only pair of teammates to finish in the top 10 in scoring last season. The last duo to do so was the Warriors ' Chris Mullin and Tim...

November 01, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
The dullest offense in the league is now vowing to run. Thank goodness.

November 01, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
STARTING FIVE3 Stars

November 01, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
The Cavs' NBA-low 35.8 boards per game was 4.3 fewer than they averaged in '97-98 and 3.0 worse than second-to-last Milwaukee's. The return of a healthy Zydrunas Ilgauskas (career 8.8 rpg) should...

November 01, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
Lots of very expensive talent just doesn't add up to a very talented team

November 01, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
STARTING FIVE4 Stars

November 01, 1999 | Mark Bechtel
Washington hasn't won a postseason game since May 4, 1998, the longest current such streak in the league. The Clippers hold the alltime record: 15 season without a playoff victory from 1976-77...

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
STARTING FIVE3 Stars

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
Rick Pitino is in danger of becoming the first coach in the Celtics' 54-year history to suffer three straight losing seasons. Boston's current streak of four playoff-less seasons is already the...

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
STARTING FIVE2 Stars

November 01, 1999 | Jackie MacMullan
Only two current Magic players, Darrell Armstrong and Ben Wallace, ranked among the top 50 in the league in a major statistical category last season. Armstrong placed that high on five lists,...

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
He lacks flash, but big things are still expected of Air apparent Elton Brand

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
STARTING FIVE1½ Stars

November 01, 1999 | Marty Burns
If the Bulls miraculously make the playoffs, they'll be in good shape: The alltime leader in postseason three-point shooting is B.J Armstrong (45.1%) Among active players, Hersey Hawkins is the...

November 01, 1999
THE NFLHolmgren gets Seahawks on trackReenergized RamsChargers' Leaf simply doesn't get it

November 01, 1999 | Peter King
To assess Mike Holmgren's sudden impact on the Seahawks, just look at the standings

November 01, 1999 | Peter King
1. Enough is Enough

November 01, 1999 | Paul Zimmerman
Even though the Rams keep blowing people out week after week, they still haven't convinced everyone that they're for real. The Oct. 10 game against the 49ers was going to be their big...

November 01, 1999 | Richard Hoffer
Down and OutMike Tyson's latest fiasco was one more nail in the fight game's coffin

November 01, 1999 | Richard Hoffer
The Mike Tyson and Prince Naseem Hamed fiascos were each preceded by superb undercard bouts. In Detroit undefeated WBC super bantamweight champ Erik Morales was much more impressive in taking a...

November 01, 1999 | Ivan Maisel

November 01, 1999 | Ivan Maisel
•Stanford (5-2, 5-0) at Washington (4-3, 3-1)The Cardinal has the Pac-10's worst defense and hasn't won in Seattle since 1975, which was pre-Mariners and pre-Seahawks. In other words, prehistoric....

November 01, 1999 | B.J. Schecter
Quarterback hype is high at BYU, but Kevin Feterik is measuring up

November 01, 1999
I was fascinated by the article on Billy Wagner, but what does his upbringing have to do with his 100 mph fastball?—JERRY SCHWARTZ, Chamblee, Ga.

November 01, 1999
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