“And with the 17th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select…”
Will NBA Commissioner Adam Silver make this statement this coming Thursday at the NBA Draft or will the Bucks trade that pick? And, if they keep the 17th pick, who will they choose?
Let’s take a look at the Bucks history in the draft and a little history with players who were chosen with the 17th pick. Here’s “10 Things You May Not Know About the Bucks Draft History.”
- There have been nine players originally drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks who went on to play 800 of more career games in the league: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1560), Dirk Nowitzki (1471), Alex English (1193), Alton Lister (953), Stephon Marbury (846), Eric Snow (846), Bobby Dandridge (839), Julius Erving (836) and Fred Roberts (818).
- Of the 263 players drafted by the Bucks in their history, 37 (14%) played 500 or more career games in the NBA.
- Since 2000, seven players drafted by the Bucks have a career points per game average of six points or less: Jimmer Fredette (6.0), Jason Collier (5.6), Thon Maker (4.4), Joe Alexander (4.2), Marcus Haislip (3.5), Rashad Vaughn (3.0), D.J. Wilson (1.0).
- Since 2000, the Bucks second round selection has more career points than the Bucks first round selection from nine of those 19 seasons.
- Thirty-two Bucks draft picks have amassed 5,000 or more career points; 12 of those 32 were not selected in the first round.
- The Bucks have previously selected a player with the 17th pick four times: Bob Greacen in 1969, Collis Jones in 1971, Rashad Vaughn in 2015 and D.J. Wilson last season. Greacen tallied 111 career points in 43 career games; Jones never played a game in the league; Vaughn played in 139 games scoring 423 points; Wilson had 21 points in 22 games last season.
- The 17th pick in the draft with the most career games is Don Nelson with 1053 career games. The 17th pick with the highest career points per game is Richie Guerin (17.3). The 17th pick with the highest career rebounds per game is Shawn Kemp (8.4). The 17th pick with the highest career assists per game is Jrue Holiday (6.3).
- Four first-round picks by the Milwaukee Bucks ended up playing less than 100 career games in the NBA: Gary Freeman (selected in 1970, 52 career games); Joe Alexander (selected in 2008, 67 career games); Marcus Haislip (selected in 2002, 89 career games); and Russ Lee (selected in 1972, 97 career games).
- Eleven players originally drafted by the Bucks have gone on to score 10,000 or more points in the league: Jabbar, Nowitzki, English, Erving, Marbury, Dandridge, Glenn Robinson, Marques Johnson, Michael Redd, Sidney Moncrief and Vin Baker. Nowitzki, Erving and Marbury never suited up for the Bucks; English played only two seasons with the team; Baker played four seasons with the Bucks. The rest: Jabbar (6 seasons with the Bucks), Johnson (7), Robinson (8), Dandridge (9), Moncrief (10), Redd (11).
- Of the 60 players drafted in the 2017 Draft, 31 ended up playing in 40 or more games last season; 29 played in less than 40. Only 10 of the 60 averaged 10 or more points for the season… only seven averaged five or more rebounds per games for the campaign… and only three averaged four or more assists per game in the 2017-18 season.
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Here are a handful of stats from this past weekend’s NBA playoff games.
- The Bucks have evened their series with the Boston Celtics at 2-2 with victories in Games #3 and #4 in Milwaukee. It has been well documented that the Bucks have not won a playoff series since 2001; they have lost seven series since then, losing in first round of those seven playoffs.
The Bucks will try to take the lead in their series with Boston by winning on the road in Game #5. However, past history has shown that the Bucks have not fared well in Games #5 through #7 in their past seven post-season series…the Bucks are 2-9 in Games #5-Games #7 since 2003. Following is a quick look at the Bucks record in each game of the playoffs since 2003.
Game #1: 1-7
Game #2: 2-6
Game #3: 4-4
Game #4: 4-4
Game #5: 2-4
Game #6: 0-4
Game #7: 0-1
- The New Orleans Pelicans had two players score 40 or more points in a playoff game when on April 21 Anthony Davis had 47 and Jrue Holiday had 41 as the Pelicans swept the Portland Trailblazers 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs. It was only the fifth time in NBA history that a pair of teammates scored 40 or more points in the same playoff contest. The five times:
Anthony Davis (47) & Jrue Holiday (41), New Orleans, 4-21-18
LeBron James (41) & Kyrie Irving (41), Cleveland, 6-13-16
Reggie Miller (40) & Jalen Rose (40), Indiana, 5-6-2000
Clyde Drexler (41) & Hakeem Olajuwon (40), Houston, 5-5-95
Sleepy Floyd (42) & Hakeem Olajuwon (41), Houston, 4-30-88
- Speaking of Davis, in addition to his 47 points in that game, he only recorded one assist in the contest. It was the 37th time in NBA playoff history that a player scored 40 or more points in a playoff game with only one or no assists. It was the fourth most points scored in a playoff game by a player with one or no assists in the game; Sam Jones holds the record… he had 51 points for the Celtics in a March 28, 1967 playoff games with only one assist. Karl Malone holds the mark for most points scored in a playoff game with no assists; he had 50 points and no assists for Utah in a post-season game on April 22, 2000.
Five players have had multiple playoff games with 40 or more points and only one or no assists. Reggie Miller, Shaquille O’Neal and Amare Stoudemire did it three times, while Bob McAdoo and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it twice.
- The Bucks Thon Maker had a pair of games, Game #3 and Game #4, where he had five blocked shots in each contest. He is only the second player in league history to have multiple playoffs games (now three, he had one game with five blocks last season) with five or more blocks before the age of 22 (Maker is only 21). The other player is Serge Ibaka who had six playoff games with five or more blocked shots before he turned 22.
Maker has 10 blocks in the playoffs so far this season, ranking him second on that list, Anthony Davis tops the list with 11 blocks so far this post-season. It’s interesting to note, however, that Davis has 11 blocks in 152 minutes played; Maker has 10 blocks in only 56 minutes played.
- Utah rookie guard Donovan Mitchell scored 28 and 27 points in the first two playoff games for the Jazz. He became only the 26th rookie in NBA history to have multiple playoff games with 25 or more points. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tops the list with 10 playoff games with 25+ points as a rookie. He is followed by David Robinson with six such games, Elvin Hayes with five, and Alonzo Mourning and Arvydas Sabonis with four games each.
The last rookie to score 30 or more points in a playoff game was the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings; he had 34 points on April 13, 2010 in a playoff game versus the Atlanta Hawks. The most points scored by a rookie in a playoff game is held by another Bucks rookie, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He tallied 46 as a rookie in an April 3, 1970 playoff games versus the Philadelphia 76ers. Magic Johnson and Chuck Person are the only other rookies to score 40 or more points in an NBA playoff game.
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Here’s a quick trivia question for you…
The last time the Milwaukee Bucks had three players score 25 or more points in the same game was on March 9, 2012. Can you name those three players? Answer at the end of this column.
When the Bucks earlier this season acquired Eric Bledsoe from Phoenix, the hope was that he would give the Bucks a formidable “Big Three” when the Bucks were on offense. As of today, the jury is still out on whether or not that has been accomplished, but the “Big Three” is each averaging over 17 points per game: Giannis Antetokounmpo is at 27.2 points per game; Khris Middleton is averaging 19.7 per game; and Bledsoe is scoring at a 17.6 points per game clip.
Four times in Bucks history the team has had three players average 18 or more points per game (minimum of 40 games played to qualify for the list) in a season. The four times:
2001-02: Ray Allen (21.8), Sam Cassell (19.7), Glenn Robinson (20.7)
2000-01: Ray Allen (22.0), Sam Cassell (18.2), Glenn Robinson (22.0)
1999-2000: Ray Allen (22.1), Sam Cassell (18.6), Glenn Robinson (20.9)
1970-71: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (31.7), Bob Dandridge (18.40, Oscar Robertson (19.4)
Answer to the trivia question: The last three Bucks players to score 25 or more points in the same game were Mike Dunleavy (25), Ersan Ilyasova (26) and Brandon Jennings (25) on March 19, 2012.
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Milwaukee Bucks fans have seen their team done in by some of the greatest opposing players in NBA history… included in that group would be Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas. You could also add future Hall of Famers LeBron James, Jason Kidd and Russell Westbrook to that list.
But what about Nikola Jokic? Would that be a name that rings fear in hearts of the Bucks faithful? What, you might ask, does Jokic have in common with the other six “legends” noted above?
With 30 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists in Denver’s 134-123 win over the Bucks on February 15, Jokic had his third career triple-double against the Bucks. The only opposing players to have as many triple-doubles (regular season and playoffs) against the Bucks as Jokic are Jason Kidd, Russell Westbrook and Larry Bird.
Following are the 10 opposing players who have had two or more triple-doubles against the Bucks.
3-Larry Bird, Nikola Jokic
2-Alvan Adams, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Detlef Schrempf, Isiah Thomas, John Williams
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The Bucks are hoping that Parker joining their lineup with be a shot in the arm they need for a spot in the post-season. One thing fans seem to forget is that Parker is still a relatively young player in the league. He joined the league as a teenager out of Duke University and has already played three seasons in the NBA. Yet, he has not turned 23 (he will be 23 on March 15).
At the time of his last injury, Parker was 21 and a week from turning 22. He has played 152 games in the league and has amassed 2,403 points, 847 rebounds, 314 assists and 150 steals in his brief career.
What makes these numbers all the more interesting is that there are only a handful of players who have reached the above career numbers in points, rebounds, assists and steals before the age of 22.
Here is a list of the 18 players in league history that had 2,400 or more points, 800 or more rebounds, 300 or more assists and 150 or more steals before the age of 22 (it’s a pretty impressive list):
Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Luol Deng, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Tracy McGrady, Lamar Odom, Jabari Parker, Josh Smith, Antoine Walker, Russell Westbrook, Andrew Wiggins, Marvin Williams.
It should come as no surprise that the Bucks are looking forward to having Parker in the lineup.
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