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Today’s Sportstat: February 20, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks: Six stats to keep an eye on as the season draws to a close

The Milwaukee Bucks jump into the second half of the 2019-20 NBA season with the league’s best record. With a 46-8 record, the Bucks have 28 games remaining on the schedule. The team, and a few of its players, is closing in on some noteworthy stats. Here are six stats that you’ll want to pay attention to as the regular season gives way to the playoffs.

  1. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 30.0 points per game, 13.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. He could become the fifth player in NBA history to finish a season with an average of 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Wilt Chamberlain (1963-64 and 1965-66) and Oscar Robertson (1960-61, 1961-62) each did it twice in their careers; Elgin Baylor did it in 1960-61, and the most recent player to reach these numbers was Russell Westbrook in the 2016-17 campaign.
  2. As mentioned above, the Bucks have a 46-8 record. The team’s best regular season record was in 1970-71 when they went 66-16. The second-best record was the following year when the team went 63-19. Last year’s Bucks were 60-22, tied for the third best record in team history with the 1972-73 and 1980-81 squads. This year’s team will need to finish 21-7 in their final 28 games to top the 1970-71 team’s record of 66-16.
  3. Guard George Hill has been lights out from the three-point arc this season. He has made 131 threes, but the impressive part of that is his percentage… he is shooting threes at .511 percentage through the first half of the season. There has been only five times in NBA history that a player has shot over 50% on three-pointers with a minimum of 150 threes made in the season. The five times: Detlef Schrempf (.514 percentage, 181 made threes) in 1994-95, Steve Kerr (.524-170 threes) in 1994-95, Tim Legler (.522, 245 threes) in 1995-96, Steve Kerr (.515, 237 threes) in 1995-96 and Jason Kapono (.514, 210 threes) in 2006-07. Hill has a chance to join this list.
  4. Through games of February 12, the Bucks have an active streak of 78 consecutive regular season games with at least 100 points. That is tied for 6th as the longest streak in league history. If they finish the season with 100 or more points in each of their remaining 28 games, that would increase the streak to 106 games at the end of the season. That would be the third longest streak in NBA history. Denver has the longest streak with 136 straight games with 100 or more points (in 1981 and 1982) and the San Antonio Spurs are second at 129 games (1978- 80).
  5. Brook Lopez has 135 blocks and has attempted 242 three-pointers this season. He should pass the 250 mark in three-point attempts soon; that would give him three seasons where he has had 100 or more blocks and 250 or more three-point field goal attempts. He would become only the fourth player in league history to reach those numbers (100 blocks and 250 three-point shots attempted) in three or more seasons. The others: Shawn Marion (he did it four times), Rasheed Wallace and Karl-Anthony Towns (three times each).
  6. Last season the Bucks set a team record with nine different players making 50 or more three-pointers in the season. With 28 games remaining, the team already has eight players with 50 or more made threes (Middleton-114, Matthews-82, Korver-77, Antetokounmpo-73, Brooks Lopez-72, Hill-67, DiVencenzo-62 and Bledsoe-56). The Bucks need two more players to reach the 50 mark to break the team record of nine players with 50 or more threes made in a season. The best bets are Ersan Ilyasova (he has 44 this season), Pat Connaughton (he has 35) and Sterling Brown (he has 31).

 

 

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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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