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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What makes Brogdon’s game even more impressive is that he accomplished something that only six other Bucks players have accomplished in team history: Brogdon became the seventh Bucks player to have 30 or more points and was successful on 75% (or more) of his two-point shots, his three-point shots and his free throws.
Brogdon tallied 32 points on 8-for-10 (80%) of his two-point shots; 3-for-4 (75%) of his three-point shots; and 7-for-8 (87.5%) of his free throws in the game.
He is the first player to reach these stats in a game for the Bucks since Ersan Ilyasova did it on March 26, 2015. In fact, Ilyasova is the only Bucks player to have reached these numbers twice in his career with the team. The other Bucks players to reach these numbers in a game: Ray Allen, Frank Brickowski, Terry Cummings, Ricky Pierce and Alvin Robertson.
Brogdon also became the 93rd player to reach these stats in an NBA game. Surprisingly, Charles Barkley leads the league with eight such games in his career. He is followed by Reggie Miller with five such games, and Dirk Nowitzki with four.
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Earlier this week (Monday, January 1, to be exact), Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan scored 52 points in his team’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks. DeRozan became the first opposing player to score 50 or more points against the Bucks since LeBron James tallied 55 in a February 20, 2009 game against the Bucks.
This was the 12th game in Bucks’ history that an opposing player scored 50 against Milwaukee. It has been done by 10 different players; both LeBron James and Michael Jordan scored 50 or more in a game twice against the Bucks. Utah’s Karl Malone holds the record for most points scored against the Bucks with 61. He scored 61 in 33 minutes in a game in 1990.
Here is a look at the 12 times in which an opponent scored 50 or more points against the Bucks in a contest.
61-Karl Malone, 1990
55-LeBron James, 2009
55-Jermaine O’Neal, 2005
54-Michael Adams, 1991
54-Allen Iverson, 2004
53-Dale Ellis, 1989
52-DeMar DeRozan, 2018
52-LeBron James, 2005
50-George Gervin, 1982
50-Allen Houston, 2003
50-Michael Jordan, 1987
50-Michael Jordan, 1989
The Bucks lost nine of the 12 games where an opponent scored 50-plus… seven of the games were played on the road, five in Milwaukee… the most points scored by an opponent in Milwaukee is 55 by LeBron James in 2009… the oldest opponent to tally 50 or more against the Bucks was Allen Houston at age 31 and 330 days.
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