Karl Malone Power forward #32

Height: 6'9" Weight: 256 Years pro: 13 Age: 34

The coach says: Has carried the Jazz again and seems to get better each year. We've seen left-hand dunks, running right-hand hooks and much-improved play from the right side of the floor. Of late, has been used as center when Sloan goes with small lineup. Will start on Willis, but look for him to play extended time on Olajuwon.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 40 36.6 26.3 40.5 .533 .770 .000 10.2 4.0 1.2 1.0 2.9

Road 41 38.2 27.8 42.0 .527 .752 .667 10.4 3.8 1.2 0.7 3.2

November 14 36.2 25.9 39.6 .538 .752 .000 10.3 3.5 1.2 0.9 3.7

December 15 37.9 25.2 40.1 .514 .672 - 10.4 4.5 1.1 0.7 3.3

January 13 37.0 27.1 40.1 .520 .829 - 9.6 3.4 1.4 0.7 2.8

February 11 36.5 26.6 41.5 .546 .722 .500 10.8 4.0 1.7 0.7 2.5

March 17 38.6 27.2 42.4 .534 .786 - 10.9 4.2 1.1 0.9 2.9

April 10 37.8 32.2 44.8 .535 .782 .333 9.1 3.5 0.6 1.4 2.8

In wins 61 37.2 27.6 41.6 .549 .778 .200 10.0 3.9 1.2 1.0 3.0

In losses 20 38.0 25.3 40.3 .476 .7051.000 11.1 4.0 1.1 0.4 3.3

vs. Houston 4 39.0 23.5 39.5 .610 .815 - 12.3 3.8 1.3 0.5 1.8

John Stockton Point guard #12

Height: 6'1" Weight: 175 Years pro: 14 Age: 36

The coach says: A physical marvel at 36 and the oldest point guard in the league at a position that demands speed and quickness. Still ranks with Payton, Kidd and Hardaway as best in the NBA. Has ability to make big plays, is willing to set picks and may be the only point guard who runs the floor if he isn't handling the ball. He's a a coach on the floor.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 31 29.7 12.6 24.7 .569 .867 .521 2.7 9.4 1.4 0.2 2.5

Road 33 28.4 11.5 21.6 .491 .797 .326 2.5 7.6 1.4 0.1 2.6

December 12 24.8 11.3 18.9 .560 .806 .263 1.8 5.8 1.2 0.1 2.1

January 13 32.9 13.8 28.4 .552 .800 .435 3.5 11.0 1.6 0.3 3.0

February 11 29.8 11.9 24.1 .458 .857 .500 2.5 9.6 2.1 0.1 2.5

March 17 29.8 11.8 23.0 .515 .851 .500 2.6 8.6 1.1 0.2 3.1

April 11 27.2 11.1 20.6 .549 .781 .467 2.5 7.1 1.2 0.1 1.5

In wins 51 29.1 12.1 23.7 .565 .848 .517 2.7 8.8 1.5 0.2 2.5

In losses 13 28.7 11.6 20.8 .425 .725 .258 2.1 7.1 0.8 0.0 2.6

vs. Houston 4 29.3 16.8 25.8 .556 .778 .333 2.3 6.8 1.3 0.0 2.5

Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard #14

Height: 6'4" Weight: 190 Years pro: 12 Age: 34

The coach says: With his ball handling and passing skills, has made a big difference in the Jazz running game. Until now, Utah has never had a "2" who could take the middle on the break. Has a great professional demeanor about him. Produces whenever the Jazz run set plays for him. Is always on the floor during crunch time because of his coolness under fire.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 39 30.0 15.7 24.0 .503 .891 .485 3.7 4.6 1.1 0.2 1.7

Road 41 31.5 12.9 20.0 .459 .879 .390 3.0 4.1 1.6 0.2 1.6

November 14 31.6 16.8 26.7 .467 .897 .545 4.5 5.4 1.8 0.4 1.8

December 15 31.8 12.7 20.7 .421 .894 .360 3.3 4.7 1.4 0.1 1.5

January 13 30.0 13.8 20.2 .507 .854 .368 2.9 3.5 1.1 0.0 2.4

February 11 30.0 14.7 22.0 .539 .889 .429 3.7 3.5 1.0 0.5 1.2

March 15 30.5 13.3 20.1 .469 .914 .409 2.6 4.2 1.1 0.0 0.9

April 11 30.7 15.2 23.5 .523 .846 .500 3.5 4.9 1.9 0.3 2.1

In wins 60 30.3 14.7 22.6 .506 .875 .466 3.5 4.4 1.3 0.2 1.5

In losses 20 32.2 12.9 20.1 .406 .911 .385 3.0 4.3 1.7 0.2 2.2

vs. Houston 4 30.3 13.0 21.0 .444 1.000 .857 3.8 4.3 1.5 0.0 1.0

Adam Keefe Small forward #31

Height: 6'9" Weight: 230 Years pro: 6 Age: 28

The coach says: Played well during the preseason, continued into the season and became a starter. Sets picks, runs the floor well and has become a good offensive rebounder. His rebounding has enabled him to play the "4" alongside Russell and Malone. Has become a much better outside shooter. Has the ability to guard both 3s and 4s.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 40 26.0 7.7 15.3 .511 .798 - 6.4 1.3 0.7 0.4 0.9

Road 40 25.2 7.8 13.4 .574 .821 - 4.6 1.0 0.6 0.2 0.9

November 13 22.2 6.6 12.4 .548 .857 - 4.5 1.3 0.4 0.2 0.9

December 15 26.5 8.1 15.5 .527 .788 - 6.1 1.3 0.6 0.5 0.8

January 12 24.2 6.3 12.7 .466 .778 - 5.3 1.2 0 9 0.2 1.0

February 11 27.1 8.7 15.2 .515 .867 - 5.7 0.7 0.5 0.4 0.8

March 17 29.4 9.4 17.0 .644 .783 - 6.5 1.2 0.7 0.4 1.0

April 11 23.8 6.9 12.3 .509 .800 - 4.5 0.9 0.8 0.1 0.8

In wins 61 26.4 8.0 15.0 .537 .821 - 5.8 1.1 0.7 0.3 0.7

In losses 19 22.9 6.9 12.3 .551 .773 - 4.3 1.1 0.4 0.3 1.4

vs. Houston 4 21.5 9.3 14.5 .684 .917 - 4.5 0.8 1.0 0.0 1.0

Greg Ostertag Center #0

Height: 7'2" Weight: 280 Years pro: 3 Age: 25

The coach says: Will he have the heart and work ethic of Mark Eaton? Has the physical ability to get it done. Can run the floor, handle the ball and block shots. Must work hard in the off-season in the gym and weight room. Seems to be taking the game more seriously since returning from injury. Can be a factor during the playoff run.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 32 22.0 5.6 12.9 .527 .484 - 6.6 0.7 0.5 2.6 1.3

Road 31 18.9 3.8 9.1 .427 .469 - 5.2 0.1 0.4 1.6 1.1

November 13 21.4 4.5 10.9 .400 .409 - 6.1 0.4 0.7 2.4 1.2

December 14 17.4 5.9 11.1 .625 .523 - 5.1 0.1 0.3 1.3 1.0

January 13 29.8 5.8 14.4 .549 .571 - 7.8 0.7 0.5 3.3 1.6

February 4 26.3 3.8 11.0 .368 .500 - 6.5 0.8 0.3 2.3 0.3

March 7 9.3 2.7 5.4 .450 .250 - 2.7 0.0 0.1 0.9 1.6

April 11 17.3 4.0 10.8 .500 .364 - 6.2 0.6 0.6 1.9 1.0

In wins 45 20.8 5.0 11.6 .506 .509 - 6.1 0.5 0.5 2.2 1.2

In losses 18 19.6 3.9 9.6 .420 .382 - 5.6 0.1 0.4 1.9 1.1

vs. Houston 2 22.0 4.5 10.5 .800 1.000 - 6.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0

Bryon Russell Small forward #3

Height: 6'7" Weight: 225 Years pro: 5 Age: 27

The coach says: Has added a huge spark coming off the bench. Struggled with his 3-point shot early but is hitting them now. Runs the court well and has added a "pull-up" shot to his repertoire. Has made a better rebounding effort of late. Has a poor assist-to-turnover ratio for a 3. Has the ability to guard all positions but the 5. Will see time versus Elie and Drexler.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 41 26.3 9.2 14.2 .438 .750 .373 3.6 1.4 1.0 0.4 0.9

Road 41 27.8 8.8 14.2 .423 .785 .308 4.4 1.1 1.2 0.4 1.1

November 14 26.5 7.7 12.6 .333 .804 .250 3.9 0.9 1.1 0.4 0.7

December 15 26.8 8.1 14.2 .349 .714 .242 4.3 1.8 1.4 0.5 1.2

January 13 25.1 8.5 13.4 .468 .706 .429 3.4 1.5 0.9 0.2 1.2

February 11 28.4 9.6 14.1 .493 .703 .345 3.5 0.9 1.2 0.2 0.9

March 17 28.9 10.5 16.5 .509 .792 .455 4.8 1.2 1.1 0.5 0.9

April 11 26.5 10.0 14.6 .451 .851 .250 3.6 1.0 0.9 0.5 0.9

In wins 62 26.5 9.8 14.9 .472 .778 .404 3.9 1.1 1.1 0.4 1.0

In losses 20 28.8 6.6 12.2 .305 .719 .172 4.1 1.6 1.2 0.2 0.9

vs. Houston 4 26.5 8.5 16.0 .391 .857 .333 6.0 1.5 1.0 0.8 0.3

Howard Eisley Point guard #10

Height: 6'2" Weight: 180 Years pro: 4 Age: 25

The coach says: Should be considered one of the most improved players in the NBA. Starting the first 18 games of the season was a win-win for him and the Jazz. Has the confidence of the players and coaches to really run the team. His ability to play quality time should help extend Stockton's career. Look for Eisley to play an important part in this series.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 41 20.4 7.0 13.1 .444 .839 .371 1.9 4.3 0.6 0.2 1.8

Road 41 21.7 8.4 14.8 .439 .862 .446 2.2 4.2 0.7 0.1 2.1

November 14 30.0 10.9 18.7 .479 .800 .565 2.1 5.6 0.6 0.2 2.8

December 15 21.8 7.5 14.5 .416 .872 .167 2.7 4.3 0.8 0.2 1.9

January 13 14.7 4.8 9.8 .407 .846 .286 1.5 3.5 0.3 0.1 1.2

February 11 19.1 6.5 12.6 .438 .846 .313 1.7 4.4 0.4 0.0 2.5

March 17 19.1 7.2 12.2 .391 .900 .455 1.8 3.2 0.9 0.1 1.9

April 11 20.1 8.8 15.4 .540 .826 .588 2.3 4.3 0.9 0.4 1.5

In wins 62 20.6 7.5 13.9 .437 .865 .385 2.0 4.4 0.7 0.1 2.0

In losses 20 22.6 8.5 14.2 .455 .822 .481 2.1 3.6 0.5 0.2 1.9

vs. Houston 4 19.8 8.0 13.5 .406 .750 .375 1.8 3.8 0.3 0.0 2.3

Antoine Carr Center/forward #55

Height: 6'9" Weight: 270 Years pro: 14 Age: 36

The coach says: Not a great rebounder or shot blocker, but after 14 years in the NBA is still instant offense. Good on the low left block or for any 15-foot face-up shot. Will be needed to play well at the 4 or 5. Did a nice job against O'Neal on Sunday. Needs to work hard to get back into game shape.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 32 17.7 5.8 8.6 .435 .800 - 2.0 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.8

Road 34 15.3 5.6 8.3 .497 .750 - 2.0 0.6 0.2 0.8 0.6

November 14 16.7 5.4 8.5 .397 .739 - 1.9 1.3 0.1 0.8 0.9

December 15 18.3 6.2 8.9 .462 .875 - 2.0 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.7

January 10 16.9 6.8 9.3 .558 .769 - 2.0 0.5 0.3 0.5 1.0

February 11 17.5 5.1 7.9 .393 .750 - 2.0 0.8 0.4 0.7 0.6

March 11 14.7 5.3 7.5 .522 .667 - 2.0 0.3 0.1 1.4 0.6

April 4 11.8 6.5 10.0 .526 .857 - 2.8 0.8 0.0 0.5 0.0

In wins 48 17.0 5.9 9.0 .466 .786 - 2.2 0.9 0.2 0.8 0.8

In losses 18 15.0 5.2 7.0 .462 .750 - 1.5 0.3 0.1 0.9 0.6

vs. Houston 4 21.3 10.5 15.0 .640 .769 - 3.8 0.8 0.3 0.8 1.3

Shandon Anderson Guard/forward #40

Height: 6'6" Weight: 210 Years pro: 2 Age: 24

The coach says: One of the Jazz's most improved players. Now gets post-up plays directed to him. Can play either 2 or 3. Has gotten better in every facet of his game. Can hit the opportunity shot, runs the court well and really finishes the break. Potential to be an outstanding NBA player.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 41 19.5 8.7 12.6 .570 .750 .316 2.8 1.1 0.7 0.2 1.0

Road 41 19.6 8.0 11.7 .506 .723 .077 2.7 1.0 0.9 0.2 1.2

November 14 18.9 7.4 12.1 .465 .618 .375 3.7 1.0 0.6 0.2 1.1

December 15 18.5 7.7 11.1 .623 .667 .000 2.3 1.0 0.6 0.2 1.6

January 13 19.3 10.0 13.3 .617 .794 .429 2.1 1.2 1.2 0.2 0.8

February 11 17.7 8.4 11.0 .533 .875 .000 2.3 0.4 0.9 0.3 0.6

March 17 22.6 9.5 14.3 .560 .756 .167 3.5 1.3 0.6 0.3 1.1

April 11 17.6 5.1 8.5 .413 .571 .000 1.8 1.5 0.9 0.2 1.4

In wins 62 19.7 8.5 12.5 .552 .772 .261 2.9 1.1 0.8 0.2 1.1

In losses 20 19.1 7.8 11.1 .492 .655 .111 2.5 0.9 0.9 0.3 1.1

vs. Houston 4 22.0 9.5 15.3 .500 .889 - 2.8 3.0 1.3 0.5 0.5

Greg Foster Center #44

Height: 6'11" Weight: 250 Years pro: 8 Age: 29

The coach says: As a starter, plays the "4" on offense and "5" on defense. Struggles guarding the big centers, but so does everyone else. Adjusted from the "almost" trade, got his head together and has played with more energy than before. Good face-up shooter from middle distance. Biggest problem is rebounding consistently in traffic.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 39 18.6 6.1 10.3 .455 .783 .222 3.4 0.7 0.2 0.4 0.8

Road 39 18.4 5.2 9.3 .434 .756 - 3.6 0.6 0.2 0.3 0.9

November 14 19.9 7.5 11.9 .513 .808 .500 3.8 0.6 0.3 0.6 0.6

December 14 15.0 4.3 6.9 .361 .889 .000 2.1 0.5 0.1 0.3 0.7

January 12 13.7 4.8 7.8 .500 .500 - 2.5 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.7

February 9 16.8 6.0 9.4 .451 .800 .000 2.7 0.8 0.4 0.3 0.9

March 17 22.4 7.1 12.9 .460 .739 .000 5.1 0.7 0.1 0.4 1.1

April 11 22.6 3.9 9.0 .372 .733 - 4.1 1.0 0.1 0.4 1.3

In wins 58 19.8 6.1 10.7 .446 .761 .286 3.9 0.8 0.2 0.4 0.9

In losses 20 14.8 4.5 7.2 .440 .800 .000 2.3 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.8

vs. Houston 4 14.5 4.5 6.3 .364 .500 .000 1.8 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.0

Jacque Vaughn Point guard #11

Height: 6'1" Weight: 190 Years pro: R Age: 23

The coach says: Will probably not play much during the playoffs. Did well backing up Eisley when Stockton was out. Needs to play as much as possible this summer. Has been a valuable squad member and, if patient, should have a good NBA career.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 27 9.0 3.0 5.8 .409 .722 .400 0.8 2.0 0.2 0.0 1.2

Road 18 9.8 3.2 5.8 .304 .688 .333 0.9 1.7 0.2 0.0 1.3

November 14 17.4 4.4 9.8 .333 .632 .500 1.6 3.9 0.4 0.0 1.6

December 6 15.0 6.5 10.3 .444 .682 .000 1.2 2.7 0.7 0.2 2.5

January 7 1.9 0.6 1.1 .500 1.000 - 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.4

February 5 3.8 2.0 3.2 .286 .750 - 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.6

March 8 3.3 2.0 2.8 .364 .800 - 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.9

April 4 2.8 1.0 2.0 .333 1.000 - 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.5

In wins 35 8.1 2.8 5.3 .402 .727 .250 0.7 1.8 0.2 0.0 1.2

In losses 10 13.5 4.0 7.7 .275 .667 .500 1.5 2.2 0.2 0.0 1.4

vs. Houston 1 2.0 0.0 1.0 - - - 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Chris Morris Guard/forward #34

Height: 6'8" Weight: 228 Years pro: 10 Age: 32

The coach says: Has had a disappointing three years with the Jazz but has played well of late. The better he plays, it becomes a win-win for the Jazz and for his upcoming free agency. A good rebounder, can run the floor, has great 3-point range. Can be a good defender. Has the ability to be a huge contributor the rest of the way.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 25 12.0 5.9 9.4 .413 .784 .350 3.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.8

Road 29 8.2 3.0 4.7 .407 .625 .227 1.3 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.4

November 7 6.1 1.3 2.4 .273 1.000 .143 1.0 0.1 0.4 0.0 0.6

December 4 7.5 2.8 5.5 .500 1.000 .000 2.3 0.5 0.0 0.3 0.0

January 9 6.0 2.2 4.2 .310 .500 .125 1.8 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.3

February 6 10.2 6.2 8.7 .500 .750 .455 2.2 0.3 0.7 0.8 0.8

March 16 10.9 4.3 6.8 .375 .667 .263 2.1 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.7

April 11 14.5 7.3 11.3 .500 .722 .500 3.0 1.0 0.6 0.4 0.8

In wins 43 9.9 4.6 7.2 .420 .712 .353 2.2 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.7

In losses 11 10.2 3.3 5.5 .368 .778 .091 1.8 0.4 0.5 0.3 0.4

vs. Houston 3 6.0 0.3 1.7 .000 .500 .000 0.7 0.7 0.3 0.0 1.0