NBA 2K19: 1997-1998 Los Angeles Lakers Player Ratings and Roster

The start of Kobe's career and the prime of Shaq's... fun times in LA.


This Lakers squad was the start of great things to come. Led by Shaq, the team featured several all-stars and good depth that allowed them to finish with a 61-21 record. They rolled through the playoffs easily, until meeting the Utah Jazz in the western conference finals. The Jazz would sweep them 4-0, before losing to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals. The conference was very competitive during this time, featuring historically great teams like the Jazz and the Spurs.

Starting Lineup

Nick Van Exel, PG (OVR 83)

Age: 26

Height: 6’1” 

Traits: Athletic Playmaker

Best Stats: Ball Handling, Acceleration, Stamina

Van Exel held the point guard role during the early years of Kobe’s career, until Derek Fisher was ready to run the offense. Nick was an athletic playmaker and averaged 13.8 points, 6.9 assists and 1 steal per game.

Eddie Jones, SG (OVR 82)

Age: 26

Height: 6’6”

Traits: Two-Way Guard

Best Stats: Stamina, 3PT, Steals

Eddie Jones was the reason Kobe Bryant was pushed to a bench role as he developed at the NBA level. Jones started and logged heavy minutes at the shooting guard position, while averaging 16.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2 steals per game.

Kobe Bryant, SG (OVR 82) 

Age: 19

Height: 6’6”

Traits: Athletic Finisher

Best Stats: Vertical, Layups, Speed

This season was Kobe’s second year in the league. In fact, he was still coming off the bench and only started 1 game all season. Regardless, he still averaged 15.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26 minutes per game.

Rick Fox, SF (OVR 79) 

Age: 28

Height: 6’7”

Traits: Lockdown Defender

Best Stats: Lateral Quickness, Stamina, Vertical

Fox was a good fit for this team, as a strong perimeter defender on a team featuring mostly offensive threats. With averages of 12 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game, Fox filled an important role.

Shaquille O’Neal, C (OVR 93) 



Age: 26

Height: 7’1”

Traits: Two-Way Star

Best Stats: Strength, Rebounding, Dunks

At just about every stage of his career, Shaq was a physical monster on the court. There were not many players that could compete with his size, especially when he still had the star athleticism in his prime years. With averages of 28.3 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game, Shaq led this squad in the early years of Kobe’s career.

NBA 2K19 1997-1998 Los Angeles Lakers Roster

Name

OVR

Position

Height

Age

Shaquille O’Neal

93

C

7’1”

26

Nick Van Exel

83

PG

6’1”

26

Kobe Bryant

82

SG

6’6”

19

Eddie Jones

82

SG

6’6”

26

Rick Fox

79

SF

6’7”

28

Derek Fisher

74

PG

6’1”

23

Robert Horry

74

PF

6’9”

27

Elden Campbell

70

PF

6’11”

29

Jon Barry

67

SG

6’4”

28

Corie Blount

67

PF

6’9”

29

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