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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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Today’s Sports Stat: November 29, 2018

Over the past several years, the Milwaukee Bucks have seen many players wear their uniform. Some have had long careers, others very short. Some seem to have made a “stopover” in Milwaukee on their way to another team. And others have made a brief stop in Milwaukee just before retirement.

Here’s a list of 12 players who played for the Bucks whose careers lasted less than 100 games with the team, but they were pretty decent scorers in their short time with the Bucks.

Most career points by Bucks players with less than 100 career games with the team:

Player                        Career Points            Years with Bucks

Richard Jefferson                  1607                       2009
Moses Malone                       1329                       1992-93
Ruben Patterson                   1194                       2007
Terrell Brandon                     1044                       1998-99
Wayne Embry                        1023                       1969
Ken Norman                          979                        1994
Michael Carter-Williams       976                        2015-16
Swen Nater                            938                        1977
Earl Boykins                           897                        2007, 2011
Fred Hetzel                             843                        1969
Lindsey Hunter                      825                        2001
Corey Maggette                     805                        2011

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Today’s Sportstat: November 19, 2018

TODAY’s SPORTSTAT-November 19, 2018

Is history telling us that the Milwaukee Bucks will finally get past the first round of the NBA playoffs this year? If you trust the stats, the answer is “Yes.”

This year’s Bucks are 11-4 after the first 15 games of the season. They are the ninth team in team history to have 11 or more wins in the first 15 games of the year. Of the previous eight Bucks teams that won at least 11 of their first 15 games, all went on to reach the playoffs that season with two of the teams reaching the Finals… two made it to the conference finals… and three made it to the conference semi-finals that season. In addition, six of the eight teams won at least 50 games that year.

Here’s a look at the nine times when the Bucks won at least 11 of their first 15 games in a season.

1971 (went 14-1 in first 15 games)… finished 66-16, won NBA title
1972 (went 14-1 in first 15 games)… finished 63-19, lost in the conference finals
1973 (went 12-3 in first 15 games)… finished 60-22, lost in the conference semis
1974 (went 14-1 in first 15 games)… finished 59-23, lost in the NBA Finals
1980 (went 12-3 in first 15 games)… finished 49-33, lost in the conference semis
1981 (went 12-3 in first 15 games)… finished 60-22, lost in the conference semis
1986 (went 11-4 in first 15 games)… finished 57-25, lost in the conference finals
1991 (went 11-4 in first 15 games)… finished 48-34, lost in the first round
2018-19 (went 11-4 in first 15 games)… finished ???

  • Back on November 8, the Bucks defeated the two-time defending NBA champs, the Golden State Warriors, 134-111 on their (Golden State’s) home court. While the victory might have surprised some NBA fans and pundits, a win versus the Warriors should not have been a surprise to die-hard Bucks fans. In fact, did you know that the Bucks have their highest winning percentage in head-to-head games versus the Warriors? With the win earlier this month, the Bucks are now 82-54 all-time against Golden State, a .603 winning percentage. The only other NBA foe that the Bucks have a .600 or better winning percentage is against the Sacramento Kings franchise; they are 87-58 versus the Kings franchise, a .600 winning percentage. Of the 29 NBA opponents, the Bucks are .500 or better all-time against 18 franchises, and below .500 against 11 franchises. The Bucks have a winning percentage under .400 versus four franchises: New Orleans (.257), Denver (.372), Miami (.380) and the Los Angeles Lakers (.396).
  • Through the first 15 games of the season, the Bucks have launched 604 three-point shots, an average of 40.26 per game. The Bucks are on a pace to finish the season with 3,302 three-point attempts. The team record is 2,024 in a season, which they set just last season. It’s also interesting to note that if they continue on their pace to finish with over 3,000 three-point attempts this season, they would become only the third NBA team in history to attempts 3,000 or more treys in a year. The other two… Houston attempted 3,306 in 2016-17 and 3,470 in 2017-18.

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Today’s Sports Stat: October 25, 2018

This year’s World Series features a pair of teams, the L.A. Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, who are making their second Fall Classic appearances in the last 10 years. The Dodgers lost to the Houston Astros in last year’s World Series; the Red Sox won the championship in 2013.

With that being said, would you say that baseball has been a model of parity in the World Series over the past 10 years? How about the parity of the other professional sports… the NBA, NHL and NFL?

Let’s take a look at how many different teams have played for their sport’s championship in the last 10 seasons.

In the past 10 seasons, the professional league with the “best” parity in their title game/series is a tie between the NFL and NHL. Both of those leagues have seen 14 different teams play for the title in the last 10 seasons. Major League Baseball follows with 13 different teams playing in the World Series in the last 10 years. Not surprisingly, the league with the “least” parity is the NBA; in the last 10 seasons, only nine teams have played for the title in the NBA.

Only four franchises have played in four or more title games/series in the past 10 years: New England Patriots (NFL), Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), Golden State Warriors (NBA) and the Miami Heat (NBA). All played in four title series games/series in the last 10 years.

If we look at how many teams have played in more than one championship title game/series in the last 10 years in the NBA, NHL, NFL or MLB, baseball has the most teams with six. They are followed by the NBA with five and both the NFL and NHL with four.

The teams that have played in two or more championship series/games in the last 10 seasons:

MLB (6): Boston, Kansas City, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco, St. Louis, Texas

NBA (5): Cleveland, Golden State, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami, San Antonio

NFL (4): Denver, New England, Pittsburgh, Seattle

NHL (4): Boston, Chicago, L.A. Kings, Pittsburgh

One final question: Which pro league has gone the longest without back-to-back title winners? If you answered baseball, you win the prize. The last back-to-back World Series champs are the New York Yankees in 1999 and 2000. The last back-to-back Super Bowl champs are the New England Patriots from 2004 and 2005. The NHL had back-to-back Stanley Cup winners in 2016 and 2017 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the NBA had back-to-back champions with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018.

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Today’s Sports Stat: July 5, 2018

Barring a total collapse in the 2018-19 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs will end this decade as the NBA’s winningest team in the 2010’s. The Spurs have won 511 games this decade (2009-10 season to 2017-18 season), 45 more victories than the team second on this list, the Oklahoma City Thunder, with 466.

Considering that Golden State and Cleveland played for the NBA title in the last four seasons, it’s a testament to the Spurs’ consistency this decade that they will be known as the NBA’s best team of the 2010’s. The Spurs appeared in the NBA Finals twice this decade (2013 and 2014).

Following are the number of victories each of the 30 NBA teams had the past nine seasons this decade (teams are listed by their current franchise city).

San Antonio, 511

Oklahoma City, 466… Golden State, 448… Miami, 441… Houston, 435… Los Angeles Clippers, 416… Boston, 407… Chicago, 406

Portland, 398… Memphis, 395… Atlanta, 394… Indiana, 389… Dallas, 387… Denver, 383… Toronto, 382… Utah, 373… Cleveland, 369… Los Angeles Lakers, 326… Milwaukee, 325… New Orleans, 322… Washington, 321… New York Knicks, 307… Phoenix, 307… Orlando, 305… Charlotte, 302

Detroit, 292… Philadelphia, 264… Brooklyn, 258… Minnesota, 252… Sacramento, 248.

 

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