Karl Malone Poward forward #32

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

The coach says: Look for Malone to have a big series. He faced his toughest individual defenders in the first two series and he responded. Chicago has nobody to handle him one-on-one. He will be guarding Kukoc, who will pull him out on the floor and away from the basket. That will be a challenge.

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 .705 1.000 11.1 4.0 1.1 0.4 3.3

vs. Chicago 2 40.0 32.5 45.5 .619 .867 - 9.5 3.5 1.0 1.0 4.0

Playoffs 14 39.4 26.9 41.1 .458 .787 .000 11.0 3.2 1.1 0.9 2.6

John Stockton Point guard #12

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

The coach says: Still the best floor general in the NBA. The Jazz are 54-0 with John when they lead going into the fourth quarter! Has never failed to rise to the occasion. Probably his last chance for an NBA Finals.

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. Conf. 37 28.4 12.0 22.4 .532 .821 .364 2.5 8.0 1.3 0.1 2.5

vs. Chicago 2 32.0 12.0 30.0 .474 .833 .500 4.0 14.0 2.5 0.0 3.0

Playoffs 142 8.7 11.7 22.3 .496 .717 .412 3.2 7.4 1.4 0.2 2.1

Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard #14

Height: 6'4" Weight: 190 Years pro: 12 Age: 35

The coach says: Has had an up-and-down playoffs, bothered by a sore Achilles tendon. But will be ready. His ball-handling and passing ability really help the Jazz break. Will be guarded by M.J., the best "2" defender in the league.

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. Chicago 2 32.0 8.0 14.0 .250 .800 .500 3.0 3.0 0.5 1.0 1.0

Playoffs 14 30.8 10.9 16.7 .418 .851 .524 2.4 3.4 1.1 0.2 1.5

Bryon Russell Small forward #3

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

The coach says: Continues to show what good coaching, hard work, minutes and ability can do. Biggest improvement is his "pull-up" game. Will draw Jordan for part of the game. It's amazing to think he was almost cut in '95!

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. Chicago 2 28.5 10.0 15.0 .462 .750 .625 4.0 1.0 2.0 0.5 1.0

Playoffs 14 34.4 11.9 17.4 .495 .723 .405 4.5 1.0 1.0 0.3 0.6

Greg Foster Center #44

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

The coach says: Continues to be more physical. The "Foster-Dawg-Tag" troika will be facing another big, but less-intimidating, center in Luc Longley. Has found a basketball home here in Utah. Fans appreciate his effort more since "The Trade That Wasn't."

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 1.1

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. Chicago 1 7.0 3.0 3.0 .333 1.000 - 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Playoffs 14 19.4 5.3 9.5 .493 .600 1.000 3.8 0.4 0.1 0.3 1.0

Greg Ostertag Center #00

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

The coach says: A big factor in Game 5 against L.A. Fans need to be patient with Greg. Used to give up at times and cash it in, but now gives it his best effort. Must devote this summer to hoops! Will not be overmatched in this series.

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. Chicago 2 26.5 2.0 8.0 .333 1.000 - 6.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 0.5

Playoffs 14 20.1 3.8 8.8 .618 .458 - 4.6 0.4 0.5 2.6 0.7

Howard Eisley Point guard #10

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

The coach says: Still gets my vote as the NBA's most improved player. Probably a starter for several teams. To think he was cut three times - by Minnesota, San Antonio and Utah!

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. Chicago 2 16.5 8.5 13.0 .467 1.000 .333 1.5 3.0 0.0 0.0 2.5

Playoffs 14 18.6 6.0 12.1 .366 .900 .350 2.0 3.4 0.7 0.3 1.5

Antoine Carr Center/forward #55

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

The coach says: "Dawg" of the "Foster-Dawg-Tag" trio. Knows his role - to be physical on defense, to look for his shot on "O." Won't be at such a huge size disadvantage in this series. Will play 4 and 5 spots.

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. Chicago 2 18.0 5.0 9.5 .500 - - 3.0 1.5 0.0 0.0 1.0

Playoffs 14 14.7 4.5 7.4 .441 .776 - 2.1 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.4

Shandon Anderson Guard/forward #40

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

The coach says: Hurt Kobe Bryant with his post-up game. Still not a good passer but has improved the rest of his game. L.A. has all the great young players? I don't think so!

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. Chicago 2 16.0 9.5 11.5 .778 .625 - 2.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5

Playoffs 14 18.0 6.4 11.0 .522 .615 .250 340 1.2 0.3 0.0 1.4

Chris Morris Guard/forward #34

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

The coach says: Has been a key figure for the Jazz of late. Chris has really increased his signability for next season by his play. An overlooked part of his game is his rebounding. Will get some time guarding Jordan or Pippen.

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. Chicago 2 7.5 5.0 8.0 .375 .667 .000 3.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.5

Playoffs 11 12.3 4.6 8.1 .415 .714 .500 2.9 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.5

Adam Keefe Small forward #31

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

The coach says: Has had a tough playoffs, getting basically no "PT." But has remained a good "team guy." His play as a starter in 79 of 82 games on a good team has helped his career.

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. Chicago 2 19.5 7.0 9.5 .571 1.000 - 2.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0

Playoffs 10 9.4 1.7 3.5 .267 .692 - 1.7 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.0

Jacque Vaughn Point guard #11

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

The coach says: Playing behind the league's best 1-2 point-guard punch. His play next year will his future with the Jazz and maybe the NBA. A terrific person, which is a huge plus in the NBA.

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

Off bench 45 9.3 3.1 5.8 .361 .706 .375 0.8 1.9 0.2 0.0 1.2

Playoffs 6 2.8 1.2 2.1 .500 1.000 .500 0.2 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.5