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Today’s Sportstat: March 18, 2019

Is the ‘Greek Freak’ getting ready to hoist an MVP Award?

Milwaukee Bucks megastar Giannis Antetokounmpo this season has been at or near the top of the lists bantered about for the NBA MVP Award. With the Bucks having the best record in the league, Giannis has been considered a leading candidate for the honor. He will likely have to fend off James Harden, Paul George, and others, to win the trophy.

Giannis received enough votes in the past two seasons to finish in the MVP Award Top 10 in both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 campaigns. He finished tied for seventh in 2017 and was sixth in the voting last season. It is likely that he will surpass those finishes, and barring a total collapse, should finish in the Top 3 for the honor.

If Giannis was to win this year’s award, he would become only the second Bucks player to win an NBA MVP Award. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won three MVP honors with the Bucks… in 1971, 1972 and 1974.

In the Bucks history, there have been only five players who have finished in the Top 10 of the league’s MVP voting in a season. Jabbar finished in the Top 10 six times, winning three times, finishing second once, third once, and fifth one year. Sidney Moncrief finished in the Top 10 five times, followed by Marques Johnson and Giannis (both twice a Top 10 finalist for the MVP Award) and Terry Cummings who finished in the Top 10 for the award one season.

Here is a look at the 15 times that the Bucks had a player finish in the top 10 of the MVP Award balloting.

1970: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 3rd

1971: Jabbar, 1st

1972: Jabbar, 1st

1973: Jabbar, 2nd

1974: Jabbar, 1st

1975: Jabbar, 5th

1978: Marques Johnson, tied for 10th

1981: Johnson, 6th

1982: Sidney Moncrief, 7th

1983: Moncrief, 4th

1984: Moncrief, 8th

1985: Terry Cummings, 5th… Moncrief, 8th

1986: Moncrief, 7th

2017: Giannis Antetokounmpo, tied for 7th

2018: Antetokounmpo, 6th

A couple of things jump off the page when I looked at the above list:

  • Did not know Sidney Moncrief had that many Top 10 finishes for the MVP Award. That should certainly bode well for him as he is one of the finalists for this year’s Hall of Fame class.
  • The more than 30 years (1986 to 2017) that the Bucks went without having any of their players in the Top 10 for the MVP.
  • That Jabbar, Moncrief and Cummings are the only Bucks players to finish in the Top 5 for the voting. That list will likely add Giannis this season.

Where will Giannis finish in this year’s voting?

 

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Today’s Sportstat: February 28, 2019

Bucks and Budenholzer have a 60-win season in their sights

With a league-best 47-14 record and 21 games left to play in the regular season, the Milwaukee Bucks have a legitimate chance to win 60 games in a season for only the fifth time in franchise history. The Bucks won 60 or more in 1970-71 (66 wins), 1971-72 (63 wins), 1972-73 (60 wins) and in 1980-81 (60 wins). To reach the 60-win milestone this season, the Bucks would have to win at least 13 of their remaining 21 games.

Getting 60 wins this season would also be a big deal for Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. Back in 2014-15, Coach Bud won 60 games in his second season at the helm of the Atlanta Hawks. A 60-win season with the Bucks would make Budenholzer only the seventh coach in NBA history to win 60 or more games in a season with two or more different franchises.

Hall of Famer coach Pat Riley holds the league record with 60-win seasons with three different franchises. He won 60 with the Lakers, Miami and the Knicks.

Here is a look at the six coaches who have won 60 or more games in a season with two or more franchises.

K.C. Jones: Boston (1984, 1985, 1986)… Washington (1975)

Phil Jackson: Chicago (1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998)… L.A. Lakers (2000, 2009)

Don Nelson: Dallas (2003)… Milwaukee (1981)

Mike D’Antoni: Houston (2018), Phoenix (2005, 2007)

Pat Riley: (L.A. Lakers (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990)… Miami (1997)… N.Y. Knicks (1993)

Rick Adelman: Portland (1991)… Sacramento (2002)

A total of 32 NBA coaches have won 60 or more games in a season with at least one team. If Budenholzer can add a second 60-win season with the Bucks to his resume, it would make him the 21st coach in NBA history to have multiple 60-win seasons in a career.

The 20 NBA coaches who have won 60 or more games in two or more seasons are: Rick Adelman, Red Auerbach, Mike Brown, Larry Costello, Billy Cunningham, Mike D’Antoni, Bill Fitch, Alex Hannum, Tom Heinsohn, Phil Jackson, Avery Johnson, K.C. Jones, George Karl, Steve Kerr, Don Nelson, Greg Popovich, Pat Riley, Doc Rivers, Bill Sharman, Jerry Sloan.

For the record, there have four head coaches who have won 60 or more games in four different seasons; Phil Jackson and Pat Riley did it seven times, Greg Popovich has done is six times, and K.C. Jones did it four times.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: February 3, 2019

Bucks’ 50-game stats put them in exclusive company

When the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Toronto Raptors on January 30 in Game #50 of the season, it upped their record to 37-13 (a .740 winning percentage). That win also helped the team reach a sort of milestone in league history: The Bucks became the 100th team in league history to reach 37 or more wins in their first 50 games of a season.

The .740 winning percentage at the 50-game mark is now tied for the fourth highest in team history, and this year’s team became the seventh team in franchise history to have a .700 or better winning percentage 50 games into the season. Here are those seven Bucks’ teams.

1970-71, 41-9 (.820)
1971-72, 39-11 (.780)
1973-74, 39-11 (.780)
1980-81, 37-13 (.740)
2018-19, 37-13 (.740)
1972-73, 36-14 (.720)
1981-82, 36-14 (.720)

Of the seven Bucks teams that were at a .700 or better winning percentage at the 50-game mark, the 70-71 team won the NBA title that year, while the 73-74 squad lost in the NBA Finals that season. The 71-72 team lost in the Western Conference Finals that year; the remaining three teams above each lost in a conference semi-finals that season.

This year’s team scored 5,849 points through the first 50 games, the second-most in team history (the 1970-71 team had 5,969 points through their first 50 games). In addition, this year’s team allowed 5,363 points through their first 50 games, sixth fewest in team history.

But here’s an amazing stat to consider when you put the points scored and points allowed through 50 games together as a stat: This year’s Bucks became only the sixth team in NBA history to score more than 5,800 points and allow less than 5,400 points in their first 50 games of the season.

Following are the six teams who reached this rare stat through the first 50 games of a season:

1966-67, Boston, 5808 points scored, 5380 points allowed

1970-71, Milwaukee, 5969 points scored, 5320 points allowed

1986-87, L.A. Lakers, 5865 points scored, 5384 points allowed

1990-91, Portland, 5836 points scored, 5314 points allowed

2016-17, Golden State, 5921 points scored, 5263, points allowed

2018-19, Milwaukee, 5849 points scored, 5363 points allowed.

Of the five teams who reached this stat prior to the Bucks this season, three won the NBA Finals that season (1970-71 Bucks, 1986-87 Lakers and 2016-17 Warriors), while the 1966-67 Celtics and 1990-91 Trailblazers each lost in a conference finals matchup.

 

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Today’s Sportstats: January 3, 2019

Through NBA games of January 2, there are five teams averaging over 115 points per game. The five: Milwaukee (117.0), New Orleans (116.3), L.A. Clippers (115.8), Golden State (115.8) and Sacramento (115.0).

Here are 10 stats you may not know about NBA teams that average 115 points or more for the entire season.

  1. A total of 102 NBA teams have averaged 115 or more points in an NBA season.
  2. Eighty of the 102 teams (78%) made the playoffs in that season where they averaged 115+ points.
  3. The highest per game average in league history is 126.5 by the 1981-82 Denver Nuggets.
  4. Seventeen of the 102 teams finished the season with a winning percentage above .700.
  5. The Los Angeles Lakers have had the most seasons with a 115 or higher points per game average. They did it in 12 seasons. Denver and Boston are tied for second in this stat with nine such seasons.
  6. The Milwaukee Bucks highest scoring seasons were 1969-70 (118.8 points per game) and 1970-71 (118.4 points per game).
  7. Thirty-three of the 102 teams finished the regular season with a winning percentage under .500.
  8. The worst record for a team to finish the year averaging over 115 points per game was 20-62 by the 1990-91 Denver Nuggets.
  9. Thirty-four of the 102 teams on this list played in the three-point era.
  10. In the 1967-68 and 1969-70 NBA seasons there were nine teams each that ended the season with a points per game average 115 or above. That’s the most in a season. There were no teams at the 115 mark or above from 1992-93 through 2015-16; there were two such teams in 2016-17, Houston (115.3) and Golden State (115.9). There were none last season.

 

 

 

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Today’s Sports Stats: December 22, 2018

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon has played 152 games in his NBA career and is a couple months into his third season in the Association. He won the league’s Rookie of the Year honor in 2016-17 and he is a starter and important part of the Bucks team that has one of the best records in the NBA this season.

With all that being said, Brogdon has certainly been a solid performer in his short career… but would you be ready to say that Brogdon is one of the best shooters in the league? Or, are you ready to call him one of the greatest shooters in NBA history?

Before you answer that, let me offer you a few stats that might affect your answer.

Brogdon leads the NBA this season in free throw percentage by making 50 of 51, a .980 percentage (through games of December 21). His career free throw percentage is .893. Of all NBA players with a minimum of 250 career free throw attempts, Brogdon’s.893 percentage ranks 11th all-time in the league.

But in addition to a stellar free throw percentage are a couple of other eye-opening shooting stats. First, Brogdon has a career .408 shooting percentage from three-point range and is a career .510 shooter in two-point attempts in his career. Add it all together and Brogdon’s career shooting percentages are .408 (three-pointers), .510 (two-pointers) and .893 (free throws).

This is where Brogdon’s shooting percentages might get your attention. Of all players with a minimum of 150 career NBA games, Brogdon is one of only seven players in history with a career three-point percentage above .400, a career two-point percentage over .500, and a career free throw percentage over .850.

Of course Brogdon’s career is in the early stages and those percentages have a lot of time (as long as Brogdon’s maintains a long NBA career) to deviate up or down. But if you put stock in these shooting percentages, you would have to say that Brogdon has made a case that he is today one of the league’s best shooters. If we say that years from now is another story.

Here’s a look at the seven players in NBA history with a career three-point percentage above .400, a career two-point percentage over .500, and a career free throw percentage over .850 (through games of December 21, 2018).

Player, Career Games, 2-pt pct, 3-pt pct, FT pct

Wally Szczerbiak, 651 games, .505, .406, .860
Mark Price, 722 games, .501, .402, .904
Steve Nash, 1217 games, .518, .428, .904
Jeff Hornacek, 1077 games, .515, .403, .877
Stephen Curry, 646 games, .514, .438, .905 *
Jose Calderon, 870 games, .507, .408, .872 *
Malcolm Brogdon, 152 games, .510, .408, .893 *

Active players: *

Thoughts? Opinions?

One other quick note: If he continues this pace from the free throw line, Brogdon has a good chance to break the Bucks’ all-time record for highest free throw percentage in a season. Here is a look at the Bucks players who have the highest free throw percentage in a season (minimum of 82 free throw attempts in a season to qualify).

Keith Van Horn, .945 pct, 91 attempts, 2003-04
Jack Sikma, .922 pct, 348 attempts, 1987-88
Ray Allen, .913 pct, 195 attempts, 2002-03
Luke Ridnour, .907 pct, 140 attempts, 2009-10
Ricky Pierce, .907 pct, 311 attempts, 1990-91
Jack Sikma, .905 pct, 294 attempts, 1988-89
Ray Allen, .903 pct, 195 attempts, 1998-99

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