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The 1997–98 NBA season was the Lakers' 50th season in the National Basketball Association, and 38th in the city of Los Angeles. During the offseason, the Lakers signed free agents Rick Fox and Jon Barry. Kobe Bryant emerged as a star in his second season averaging 15.4 points per game off the bench, while being selected to play in the 1998 NBA All-Star Game at the age of 19. Joining him on the Western Conference All-Star roster were Shaquille O'Neal, Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel. The Lakers got off to a fast start to the season winning their first eleven games, before losing O'Neal to a strained stomach muscle that forced him to sit out 20 games. In his absence, the Lakers went 13–7. They won 22 of their final 25 games to tie the Pacific Division title with the Seattle SuperSonics with a 61–21 record. It was the Lakers' best record since the 1989–90 season.

NBA Statistics

Player G MP FG FG% FT FT% ORB DRB TRB A S B TO PF PTS
Jon Barry 49 374 38 0.37 27 0.93 8 29 37 51 24 3 22 33 121
Mario Bennett 45 354 80 0.59 16 0.36 60 66 126 18 19 11 21 61 177
Corie Blount 70 1029 107 0.57 39 0.50 114 184 298 37 29 25 51 157 253
Kobe Bryant 79 2056 391 0.43 363 0.79 79 163 242 199 74 40 157 180 1220
Elden Campbell 81 1784 289 0.46 237 0.69 143 312 455 78 35 102 115 209 816
Derek Fisher 82 1760 164 0.43 115 0.76 38 155 193 333 75 5 119 126 474
Rick Fox 82 2709 363 0.47 171 0.74 78 280 358 276 100 48 201 309 983
Robert Horry 72 2192 200 0.48 117 0.69 186 356 542 163 112 94 99 238 536
Eddie Jones 80 2910 486 0.48 234 0.77 85 217 302 246 160 55 146 164 1349
Shaquille O'Neal 60 2175 670 0.58 359 0.53 208 473 681 142 39 144 175 193 1699
Sean Rooks 41 425 46 0.46 47 0.60 46 72 118 24 2 23 19 68 139
Shea Seals 4 9 1 0.13 2 0.50 3 1 4 0 1 0 0 1 4
Nick Van Exel 64 2053 311 0.42 136 0.79 31 163 194 442 64 6 104 120 881

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