28 Sep 2020 11:50 AM +00:00

NBA 2K19: 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls Player Ratings and Roster

In general, NBA players over the age of 30 start to see regression and struggle to keep up with the athletic feats of the younger players. Somehow, this squad managed to defy the odds with a regular season record of 62-20 and a NBA Title over the Utah Jazz, 4-2. As the two-time defending champs, this team was faced with plenty of obstacles and still managed to come out on top.

Starting Lineup

Ron Harper, PG (OVR 77)

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Age: 34

Height: 6’6” 

Traits: Perimeter Defender


Best Stats: Lateral Quickness, Ball Handling, Stamina

As the starting point guard on a team led by Jordan, your job was simply to get him the ball and play defense. Harper filled this role well with averages of 9.3 points, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game. His size at the point guard position helped to position him well as a fit on this roster. Current head coach of the Warriors, Steve Kerr, often shared minutes with Harper as his offensive-minded backup.

Michael Jordan, SG (OVR 98)

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Age: 35

Height: 6’6”

Traits: All-Around Superstar

Best Stats: Layups, Mid-Range, Lateral Quickness

To no one’s surprise, Jordan was the star on this team and drove its success. Even in the later years of his career, Michael was capable of great feats. He played in every game and averaged 28.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Scottie Pippen, SF (OVR 88) 

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Age: 32

Height: 6’8”

Traits: Two-Way Wing

Best Stats: Lateral Quickness, Mid-Range, Layups

Pippen experienced an injury-shortened season that allowed him to only play in half of the games. He still managed to average 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Dennis Rodman, PF (OVR 83) 

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Age: 37


Height: 6’8”

Traits: Elite Paint Protector

Best Stats: Rebounding, Strength, Stamina

Fans often talk about the “big 3” of Chicago being Jordan, Pippen and Rodman. However, many don’t realize that Rodman came over in the twilight of their careers and was really a one-dimensional player at this point. He averaged 4.7 points, 15 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

Toni Kukoc, SF (OVR 78) 

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Age: 29

Height: 6’11”

Traits: Scoring Wing


Best Stats: Mid-Range, Layups, 3PT

Kukoc was an odd scoring wing, as his height led many to believe that he might dominate inside. With averages of 13.3 points. 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, Toni preferred to do his damage from outside the paint.

NBA 2K19 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls Roster

Name OVR Position Height Age
Michael Jordan98SG6’6”34
Scottie Pippen88SF6’8”32
Dennis Rodman83PF6’7”36
Toni Kukoc78SF6’11”29
Ron Harper77PG6’6”34
Luc Longley73C7’2”29
Steve Kerr72PG6’3”32
Dickey Simpkins66PF6’9”25
Bill Wennington65C7’0”34
Randy Brown63PG6’2”29
Jud Buechler63SF6’6”29
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