Category Archives: Basketball

Today’s Sports Stat: November 29, 2018

Over the past several years, the Milwaukee Bucks have seen many players wear their uniform. Some have had long careers, others very short. Some seem to have made a “stopover” in Milwaukee on their way to another team. And others have made a brief stop in Milwaukee just before retirement.

Here’s a list of 12 players who played for the Bucks whose careers lasted less than 100 games with the team, but they were pretty decent scorers in their short time with the Bucks.

Most career points by Bucks players with less than 100 career games with the team:

Player                        Career Points            Years with Bucks

Richard Jefferson                  1607                       2009
Moses Malone                       1329                       1992-93
Ruben Patterson                   1194                       2007
Terrell Brandon                     1044                       1998-99
Wayne Embry                        1023                       1969
Ken Norman                          979                        1994
Michael Carter-Williams       976                        2015-16
Swen Nater                            938                        1977
Earl Boykins                           897                        2007, 2011
Fred Hetzel                             843                        1969
Lindsey Hunter                      825                        2001
Corey Maggette                     805                        2011

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Today’s Sports Stat: November 26, 2018

One of the biggest surprises for the Milwaukee Bucks this year has been the play of Brook Lopez. The seven-footer has become a legitimate scoring threat for the team, but the fact that he has become a weapon as a three-point shooter is probably a surprise to many.

Through the first 19 games of the season, Lopez is second on the team with 130 three-point attempts (Khris Middleton leads the team) and he is second on the Bucks with 49 made treys (behind Middleton’s 58). He is shooting the three-pointer at a very respectable 37.7 percent.

With all that being said, it probably also came as a surprise that Lopez set an NBA record on November 23… unfortunately for futility beyond the three-point stripe.

In that game against the Phoenix Suns, Lopez took 12 three-point shots and missed them all. That established a new NBA record for most three-point attempts without a made shot. The previous record was held by three players who each went 0-for-11. For the record, Lopez was 1-for-2 from the free throw line and did make three of five two-point shots in the contest.

Here is a look at the players who took 10 or more three-point shots in a regular season game and did not make any of them. (Lopez became the 13th player in history to go 0-for-10, 0-for-11 or 0-for-12 in a game; three players did it in multiple games… James Harden in three games and Stephen Curry and Antoine Walker in two games apiece.)

12: Brook Lopez
11: Trey Burke, Stephen Curry, Antoine Walker
10: Ray Allen, Raja Bell, Stephen Curry, Baron Davis, Kevin Durant, Paul George, James Harden (three times), Kyle Korver, George McCloud, Antoine Walker, Kemba Walker

With 130 three-point attempts through the first 19 games of the season, Lopez is on a pace to end the season with 561 three-point attempts this season. The most threes attempted by a seven-footer in a season was set last year when Lauri Markkanen attempted 401. Lopez is fourth on this list of most threes attempted by a seven-footer in a season… last season he attempted 387.

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Today’s Sports Stats: November 22, 2018

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points in the Bucks win over the Portland Trailblazers on November. It’s amazing to think that he is not yet turned 24 years old and will not celebrate his 24th birthday until December 6th.

Giannis has tallied 7,172 points in his young career. By scoring that many points before his 24th birthday, he ranks eighth all-time on the NBA list for most career points scored by a player before turning 24. As you might expect, LeBron James tops this list; he scored 11,514 points before his 24th birthday.

Here is a list of the nine NBA players who scored 7,000 or more points in their careers before turning 24.

LeBron James, 11,514
Kevin Durant, 9,978
Carmelo Anthony 9,264
Tracy McGrady, 8,542
Kobe Bryant, 8,197
Shaquille O’Neal, 7,481
Dwight Howard, 7,397
Giannis Antetokounmpo, 7,172*
Anthony Davis, 7,093

  • (through games of November 22, 2018)

As stated above, Giannis won’t turn 24 until December 6. The Bucks have six more games until then. If he hits his current average, 26.3 points per game, he will hit his 24th birthday with 7,330 points… not enough to push him past Howard on this list.

Giannis does rank number one on the Bucks list of most points scored by a Milwaukee Bucks player (in a Bucks uniform) before he turned 24. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is second with 4,957 points. He is followed by Brandon Jennings (4,946), Marques Johnson (4,789) and Glenn Robinson (4,125).

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Today’s Sportstat: November 19, 2018

TODAY’s SPORTSTAT-November 19, 2018

Is history telling us that the Milwaukee Bucks will finally get past the first round of the NBA playoffs this year? If you trust the stats, the answer is “Yes.”

This year’s Bucks are 11-4 after the first 15 games of the season. They are the ninth team in team history to have 11 or more wins in the first 15 games of the year. Of the previous eight Bucks teams that won at least 11 of their first 15 games, all went on to reach the playoffs that season with two of the teams reaching the Finals… two made it to the conference finals… and three made it to the conference semi-finals that season. In addition, six of the eight teams won at least 50 games that year.

Here’s a look at the nine times when the Bucks won at least 11 of their first 15 games in a season.

1971 (went 14-1 in first 15 games)… finished 66-16, won NBA title
1972 (went 14-1 in first 15 games)… finished 63-19, lost in the conference finals
1973 (went 12-3 in first 15 games)… finished 60-22, lost in the conference semis
1974 (went 14-1 in first 15 games)… finished 59-23, lost in the NBA Finals
1980 (went 12-3 in first 15 games)… finished 49-33, lost in the conference semis
1981 (went 12-3 in first 15 games)… finished 60-22, lost in the conference semis
1986 (went 11-4 in first 15 games)… finished 57-25, lost in the conference finals
1991 (went 11-4 in first 15 games)… finished 48-34, lost in the first round
2018-19 (went 11-4 in first 15 games)… finished ???

  • Back on November 8, the Bucks defeated the two-time defending NBA champs, the Golden State Warriors, 134-111 on their (Golden State’s) home court. While the victory might have surprised some NBA fans and pundits, a win versus the Warriors should not have been a surprise to die-hard Bucks fans. In fact, did you know that the Bucks have their highest winning percentage in head-to-head games versus the Warriors? With the win earlier this month, the Bucks are now 82-54 all-time against Golden State, a .603 winning percentage. The only other NBA foe that the Bucks have a .600 or better winning percentage is against the Sacramento Kings franchise; they are 87-58 versus the Kings franchise, a .600 winning percentage. Of the 29 NBA opponents, the Bucks are .500 or better all-time against 18 franchises, and below .500 against 11 franchises. The Bucks have a winning percentage under .400 versus four franchises: New Orleans (.257), Denver (.372), Miami (.380) and the Los Angeles Lakers (.396).
  • Through the first 15 games of the season, the Bucks have launched 604 three-point shots, an average of 40.26 per game. The Bucks are on a pace to finish the season with 3,302 three-point attempts. The team record is 2,024 in a season, which they set just last season. It’s also interesting to note that if they continue on their pace to finish with over 3,000 three-point attempts this season, they would become only the third NBA team in history to attempts 3,000 or more treys in a year. The other two… Houston attempted 3,306 in 2016-17 and 3,470 in 2017-18.

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Today’s Sports Stat: July 19, 2018

Let’s test your knowledge of the Milwaukee Bucks. How many of these 10 trivia questions can you answer/guess correctly? (Answers appear at the end of the column.)

  1. Can you name the only three players to have played 600 or more career games with the Bucks?
  2. Who is the only player to accumulate 2,000 assists and 1,000 steals in a Bucks’ uniform?
  3. Who had more career offensive rebounds with the Bucks… Sidney Moncrief or Terry Cummings?
  4. Only one player had 3,000 rebounds and 800 blocked shots as a Milwaukee Buck. Who was this player?
  5. Who are the only two players to attempt 10,000 or more shots with the Bucks?
  6. Which player has the most turnovers as a member of the Bucks?
  7. Can you name the four players who have made 500 or more three-pointers while playing for the Bucks?
  8. Based on players who attempted 500 or more three-pointers while in a Bucks uniform, which player has the highest career three-point percentage for the franchise?
  9. Which Milwaukee Bucks player has attempted the most free throws in a career?
  10. Based on players who attempted 500 or more free throws while in a Bucks uniform, which player has the highest career free throw percentage for the franchise?

 

ANSWERS

  1. Junior Bridgeman (711), Sidney Moncrief (695) and Bob Dandridge (618)
  2. Quinn Buckner, 2,391 assists and 1,042 steals.
  3. Moncrief had 1,393, Cummings had 1,307.
  4. Alton Lister, 3,062 rebounds, 804 blocked shots.
  5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attempted 10,787 shots; Glenn Robinson attempted 10,190 shots with the Bucks.
  6. Glenn Robinson with 1,786 turnovers.
  7. Ray Allen (1,051), Michael Redd (1,003), Khris Middleton 563) and Brandon Jennings (554)
  8. Mike Dunleavy attempted 507 three-pointers in his career with the Bucks and made 41.6% of them.
  9. Sidney Moncrief, 4,214
  10. Jack Sikma attempted 1,412 free throws in his career with the Bucks, making 88.4% of them.

 

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