1998–99 NBA season

1998–99 NBA season

Infobox sports season
title =1998–99 NBA season
league =National Basketball Association
sport =Basketball
season =Regular season
season_champ =San Antonio Spurs
MVP =Karl Malone (Utah)
top_scorer =Allen Iverson (Philadelphia)
playoffs =Playoffs
playoffs_link =1999 NBA Playoffs
conf1 =Eastern
conf1_link =Eastern Conference (NBA)
conf1_champ =New York Knicks
conf1_runner-up =Indiana Pacers
conf2 =Western
conf2_link =Western Conference (NBA)
conf2_champ =San Antonio Spurs
conf2_runner-up =Portland Trail Blazers
finals =Finals
finals_link =1999 NBA Finals
finals_champ =San Antonio Spurs
finals_runner-up =New York Knicks
finals_MVP =Tim Duncan (San Antonio)
finals_MVP_link =NBA Finals MVP
seasonslist =List of NBA seasons
seasonslistnames =NBA
prevseason_link =1997–98 NBA season
prevseason_year =1997–98
nextseason_link =1999–2000 NBA season
nextseason_year =1999–2000
The 1998–99 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association. Due to a lockout, the season did not start until February 5 1999 after a new six year Collective Bargaining Agreement was reached between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. All 29 teams played a shortened 50 game regular season schedule, and the 16 teams who qualified for the playoffs played a full post-season schedule. The season ended with the San Antonio Spurs winning the franchise's first NBA championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 1 in the 1999 NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

*The NBA and the Players Association reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement on January 18, 1999.
*The All-Star Game was not held due to the league's lockout.
*Due to the lockout, the pre-season was shortened to just two games instead of the normal eight, and some teams did not meet each other at all during the course of the 50-game regular season. To preserve games between teams in the same conference, much of the time missed was made up for by skipping well over half of the games played between teams in the opposite conference.
*The Los Angeles Lakers played their final game in the Great Western Forum.
*The Indiana Pacers played their final game in Market Square Arena.
*The Denver Nuggets played their final game in McNichols Sports Arena.
*The Toronto Raptors played their first game in Air Canada Centre.
*The New York Knicks became only the second #8 seed to advance in the playoffs by defeating a #1 seed. They are the only #8 seed to advance to the NBA Finals.
*The San Antonio Spurs set a new NBA Finals single-game attendance record when 39,554 fans attended Game 2. Game 1 was attended by 39,514 spectators.
*The Spurs became the first former ABA team to win a championship.
*For the first time since the 1954-55 NBA season (the first year of the shot clock), no teams averaged 100 points per game.
*The Atlanta Hawks played in the Georgia Dome while Philips Arena was constructed for the 1999-2000 season. Also this would be the Hawks last playoff game until the 2007-08 season.

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

C - NBA Champions

1998-99 NBA statistics leaders

NBA awards

*Most Valuable Player: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
*Rookie of the Year: Vince Carter, Toronto Raptors
*Defensive Player of the Year: Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat
*Sixth Man of the Year: Darrell Armstrong, Orlando Magic
*Most Improved Player: Darrell Armstrong, Orlando Magic
*Coach of the Year: Mike Dunleavy, Portland Trail Blazers
*All-NBA First Team:
**F - Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
**F - Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
**C - Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat
**G - Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
**G - Jason Kidd, Phoenix Suns
*All-NBA Second Team:
**F - Chris Webber, Sacramento Kings
**F - Grant Hill, Detroit Pistons
**C - Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
**G - Gary Payton, Seattle SuperSonics
**G - Tim Hardaway, Miami Heat
*All-NBA Third Team:
**F - Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
**F - Antonio McDyess, Denver Nuggets
**C - Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
**G - Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
**G - John Stockton, Utah Jazz
*NBA All-Defensive First Team:
**F - Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
**F - Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
**F - Scottie Pippen, Houston Rockets
**C - Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat
**G - Gary Payton, Seattle SuperSonics
**G - Jason Kidd, Phoenix Suns
*NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
**F - P.J. Brown, Miami Heat
**F - Theo Ratliff, Philadelphia 76ers
**C - Dikembe Mutombo, Atlanta Hawks
**G - Eddie Jones, Los Angeles Lakers/Charlotte Hornets
**G - Mookie Blaylock, Atlanta Hawks
*All-NBA Rookie First Team:
**Vince Carter, Toronto Raptors
**Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
**Jason Williams, Sacramento Kings
**Mike Bibby, Vancouver Grizzlies
**Matt Harpring, Orlando Magic
*All-NBA Rookie Second Team:
**Antawn Jamison, Golden State Warriors
**Michael Doleac, Orlando Magic
**Michael Olowokandi, Los Angeles Clippers
**Michael Dickerson, Houston Rockets
**Cuttino Mobley, Houston Rockets

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