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NBA Stats: Is it time to start promoting Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon as this year’s ROY?

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“With the 36th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select Malcolm Brogdon, guard from the University of Virginia.”

When the Bucks made this selection of Brogdon in the second round of last year’s draft, there wasn’t much fanfare, in fact, most Bucks fans probably had little idea what the team was getting with Brogdon. Almost a year later, the team, its fans, and the NBA are taking notice of Brogdon and his play on the court.

At the All-Star break, Brogdon is averaging 9.4 points per game, 2.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists. He is also averaging 25.6 minutes per game, an unusually high number of minutes on the court for a first-year player, let alone a rookie who was drafted in the second round.

While the Bucks brass may be pleasantly surprised with Brogdon’s play, imagine the surprise of the rest of the NBA. In fact, you could certainly make a case for Brogdon as this year’s Rookie of the Year. Yes, a second-round player garnering a ROY Award!

Well, let’s take a moment and make the case for Brogdon as ROY. First, Brogdon has scored 517 points, most of any of the rookies taken in the second round. His closest competitor is fellow second-rounder Isaiah Whitehead of Utah who has scored 338 points for the Jazz. Not bad, you say. But here’s where things get interesting. In looking at all players taken in the 2016 NBA Draft, Brogdon’s 517 points ranks first; yes, that’s right, he has scored more points than every player taken head of him in the draft.

His 9.4 ppg ranks first among players drafted in 2016, as does his 4.2 assists per game. He also has 2.7 rebounds per game, not bad for a rookie guard… that stat ranks seventh among the draftees. His aforementioned 25.6 minutes per game ranks second among 2016 draftees (L.A. Lakers 2016 selection Brandon Ingram tops the list).

(Just for clarification, Brogdon ranks third in points for first-year players… a pair of Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, lead the list of most points for rookies; neither was drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, however.)

There is still a whole half of a season to go, but continued strong play from Brogdon will certainly keep his name near the top of the list for 2016-17 NBA ROY.

One more note about second-round draft choices by the Milwaukee Bucks. Brogdon has gotten off to a great start as the Bucks 2016 second round choice. But past history has shown us that the Bucks have selected a few other “gems” in the second round of the NBA Draft.

Here’s a look at the most career points in the league by players who were drafted in the second round by the Bucks. There are 15 players drafted in the second round by the Bucks who scored 3,000 or more points in their NBA careers. Of these 15, five never put on a Bucks uniform.

Year Drafted Player Career NBA points Games with the Bucks
1976 Alex English 25,613 142
2000 Michael Redd 11,972 578
2007 Ramon Sessions 7.005 124
1998 Rafer Alston 6,799 114
1994 Voshon Lenard 6,745 0
2005 Ersan Iluasova 6,339 453
1982 Fred Roberts 5.962 394
1995 Eric Snow 5,791 0
1991 Bobby Phills 5,153 0
2002 Ronald Murray 4,817 12
1987 Winston Garland 4,799 0
2009 Jodie Meeks 4,337 41
2003 Keith Bogans 4,257 29
2008 Luc Mbah a Moute 3.716 335
1979 Edgar Jones 3,257 0

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All-Star Game points by each NBA team since 2005

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Milwaukee Bucks fans will see something they haven’t seen in more than a decade on February 19: They will see a player from their team playing in the NBA All-Star Game. Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a starter for the East squad in the game, making him the first Bucks player to play in the NBA All-Star Game since Michael Redd in 2004.

In that 2004 game, Redd tallied 13 points. Since that game in ’04, Bucks players have not scored a point in the All-Star Game. During that same timeframe, two teams, Miami and Oklahoma City, had players who scored over 300 points in the game. The Heat led the way with 368 points, while OKC/Seattle franchise players during that time had 337 points.

Following are the number of points scored by players from each NBA franchise in the NBA All-Star Game from 2005 to 2016 (current franchise city is listed).

Miami: 368
Oklahoma City: 337

Cleveland: 266
L.A. Lakers: 218

L.A. Clippers: 168
Phoenix: 159
Houston: 159
Boston: 150
New York Knicks: 142
San Antonio: 142
Indiana: 112
Atlanta: 110
Toronto: 106
Denver: 102

Orlando: 94
Dallas: 93
New Orleans: 86
Chicago:84
Detroit: 81
Golden State: 79
Portland: 78
Washington: 76
Brooklyn: 59
Minnesota: 51
Philadelphia: 45
Utah: 37
Sacramento: 25
Memphis: 24
Charlotte: 2
Milwaukee: 0

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: Making a name for himself with these stats

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Sixteen games does not a season make, but if the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo continues with his play that has highlighted the start of the 2016-17 season, he could be well on his way to getting people to forget he’s that player with the difficult name and instead, he’ll be known as one of the young superstars in the NBA.

“The Greek Freak” on Tuesday, Nov. 29 played 34 minutes and scored 34 points with 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocked shots against the World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the Bucks 118-101 win. While many NBA fans and pundits are drooling over the outlandish numbers Russell Westbrook has been putting up for the Oklahoma City Thunder (30.9 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, and 11.3 assists per game), Antetokounmpo has been not-so-quietly putting up numbers that are pretty rare in NBA circles. In fact, if he stays on pace, he could produce one of the most incredible statistical seasons in league history.

After 16 games this season, G.A. is averaging 22.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.1 blocked shots per game. He is one of only three players who currently are averaging 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game (the others are the aforementioned Westbrook and LeBron James). There have been 36 times in league history that a player went 22-8-5 in those categories.

While that stat is impressive, if you add in two defensive stats to the three offensive stats we noted (points, rebounds and assists) you’ll see G.A. is taking his game to another level.

Consider this: There have been only three players in NBA history to average 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals per game in a season… Scottie Pippen (1993-94), Michael Jordan (1988-89) and Larry Bird (1985-86). G.A. would become the fourth member of this group if he maintains his stats.

But wait, there’s more. Add in two blocked shots per game. No player has ever averaged 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots in an NBA season. Those are numbers that G.A. is carrying 16 games into this season.

Can “The Greek Freak” maintain these numbers? That’s the key question. If he does, he is setting himself up for a season that will go unmatched in league history.

 

Is Giannis Antetokounmpo the Bucks next 25.0 ppg scorer?

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The Milwaukee Bucks have gotten off to a respectable 3-2 start and their best player through these first five games has been Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis is averaging a team-high 24.0 points per game (ppg), leads the team in assists, and is tied (with Greg Monroe) for the team-lead in rebounds.

There is still a lot of season to be played, but let’s forecast a little. If Giannis keeps up this pace for the season, especially when it comes to points scored, he could become the first Bucks player to average 25 or more points per game in a season since Michael Redd did it in 2006-07.

Over the course of the Bucks history, there has been only nine times when a player averaged 25 or more points for the team in a campaign: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it six times with the team, and he holds the team record for highest ppg average at 34.8 in 1971-72. In fact, Jabbar has the top six ppg in Bucks history.

Here’s a look at the nine times when a Bucks player averaged 25.0 or more ppg in a season.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1971-72, 34.8
Jabbar, 1970-71, 31.7
Jabbar, 1972-73, 30.2
Jabbar, 1974-75, 30.0
Jabbar, 1969-70, 28.8
Jabbar, 1973-74, 27/0
Michael Redd, 2006-07, 26.7
Marques Johnson, 1978-79, 25.6
Redd, 200-5-06, 25.4

Let’s drop the ppg down a little for another stat. When it comes to Bucks players who have averaged 20 or more points per game in a season (minimum of 41 games played), there have been 44 times in team history that a player ended the season averaging 20 points or more. Eleven different players have reached this milestone for the team. Leading the way is Glenn Robinson who averaged 20.0 or more points per season seven times with the Bucks.

Here are the Bucks players who averaged 20 or more points in a season.

Glenn Robinson, 7 seasons
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 6 seasons
Marques Johnson, 5 seasons
Michael Redd, 5 seasons
Ray Allen, 4 seasons
Terry Cummings, 4 seasons
Sidney Moncrief, 4 seasons
Bobby Dandridge, 3 seasons
Vin Baker, 2 seasons
Ricky Pierce, 2 seasons
Flynn Robinson, 2 seasons

Will Giannis join the group with a 25.0 ppg season in 2016-17? Or will he become the 12th player to average 20 or more in a season for the Bucks?

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Six Stats you may not know about… Milwaukee Bucks ‘stealing’ more wins last season

Khris Middleton led the Bucks in steals last season

Khris Middleton led the Bucks in steals last season

One of the big reasons the Bucks went from 15 wins in 2013-14 to 41 wins last season was an increased emphasis on defense under new head coach Jason Kidd, and specifically improving their numbers in steals.  Here’s six stats you may not know about that improvement in steals.

  1. The Bucks went from 26th in the league in total steals in 2013-14 to first in that category last season. They led the NBA with 9.6 steals per game.

2. Khris Middleton led the team with 123 steals. He became the 29th player in Bucks history to have over 100 steals in a season. His 123 steals places him in a tie for 27th place on the team’s all-time single-season steals list.

3. The last Bucks player to get 100 or more steals in a season was Monta Ellis in 2012-13. He had 169 steals that season.

4. Twenty-nine Bucks players had 100 or more steals in a season in a total of 67 seasons. Topping the list is Quinn Buckner who had over 100 steals in six seasons. Those Bucks players with 100 or more steals in the most seasons: Marques Johnson, Sidney Moncrief and Paul Pressey (five seasons); Terry Cummings, Jay Humphries and Brian Winters (four seasons).

5. Alvin Robertson holds the Bucks single-season record for most steals with 246 in 1990-91. He had more than 200 steals in three seasons with the Bucks, the only Milwaukee player to have over 200 steals in a season.

6. Led by Robertson in 1989-90, 1990-91 and 1991-92, the Bucks led the league in steals in those seasons. Last season was the first time they led the league in steals since that 1991-92 campaign.

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