1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks season

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1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks season
First NBA championship
Head coach Larry Costello
Arena Milwaukee Arena
Results
Record 66–16 (.805)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 1969–70 1971–72 >

The 1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks season was the third season for the Bucks. Milwaukee posted a 66–16 record in only its third year of existence, and its second since getting Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[1] Key part of the championship season was the acquisition of Oscar Robertson. Other role players on the Bucks included players such as Bob Dandridge (18.4 ppg) and Jon McGlocklin (15.8 ppg), power forward Greg Smith and key reserves Lucius Allen, Bob Boozer and Dick Cunningham completing the nucleus. The season included a 20-game winning streak, the NBA's longest at the time, and still ranked fourth all-time.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Player School/Club Team
1 Gary Freeman Oregon State
2 Bill Zopf Duquesne
3 Marvin Winkler SW Louisiana
4 Virgle Fredricks Drury
5 Mike Grosso Louisville
6 Willy Watson Oklahoma City
7 John Rinka Kenyon
8 Jim Samo Northwestern
9 Joe Hamilton North Texas State
10 Bob Seemer Georgia Tech

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Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Lew Alcindor Dick Cunningham
PF Greg Smith Bob Boozer McCoy McLemore
SF Bob Dandridge Bob Greacen
SG Jon McGlocklin Jeff Webb
PG Oscar Robertson Lucius Allen Marv Winkler

Regular season[edit]

In only his second pro season, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor) led the league in scoring at 31.7 ppg, ranked second in field goal percentage at .577 and fourth in rebounding at 16.0 rpg.[1] Newly arrived Oscar Robertson turned 32 early in the 1970-71 season, and was past his prime when he came to Milwaukee, but his versatile skills and experience provided a leadership role for the Bucks. Robertson had never won a championship and his desire to win seemed to inspire Abdul-Jabbar and unite the rest of the Bucks. Robertson ranked third in the league in assists at 8.3 apg and was the Bucks' No. 2 scorer at 19.4 ppg.[1]

Season Standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Milwaukee Bucks 66 16 .805 34–2 28–13 4–1 14–4
x-Chicago Bulls 51 31 .622 15 30–11 17–19 4–1 7–11
Phoenix Suns 48 34 .585 18 27–14 19–20 2–0 9–9
Detroit Pistons 45 37 .549 21 24–17 20–19 1–1 6–12
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Milwaukee Bucks 66 16 .805
2 y-Los Angeles Lakers 48 34 .585
3 x-Chicago Bulls 51 31 .622
4 x-San Francisco Warriors 41 41 .500
5 Phoenix Suns 48 34 .585
6 Detroit Pistons 45 37 .549
7 San Diego Rockets 40 42 .488
8 Seattle SuperSonics 38 44 .463
9 Portland Trail Blazers 29 53 .354


Season Schedule[edit]

November[edit]

Game Date Opponent Score Record
1 Oct 17, 1970 @ Atlanta Hawks 107-98 1-0
2 Oct 20, 1970 @ Detroit Pistons 114-115 1-1

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Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Minutes Points Assists Field Goals Rebounds
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 82 3288 2596 272 1063 1311
Oscar Robertson 81 3194 1569 668 592 462

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Playoffs[edit]

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(M1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (P2) San Francisco Warriors: Bucks win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ San Francisco: Milwaukee 107, San Francisco 96
  • Game 2 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 104, San Francisco 90
  • Game 3 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 114, San Francisco 102
  • Game 4 @ San Francisco: San Francisco 106, Milwaukee 104
  • Game 5 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 136, San Francisco 86

West Conference Finals[edit]

(M1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (P1) Los Angeles Lakers: Bucks win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 106, Los Angeles 85
  • Game 2 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 91, Los Angeles 73
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 118, Milwaukee 107
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles: Milwaukee 117, Los Angeles 94
  • Game 5 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 116, Los Angeles 98

NBA Finals[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 21 Milwaukee 98-88 Baltimore
Game 2 April 25 Baltimore 83-102 Milwaukee
Game 3 April 28 Milwaukee 107-99 Baltimore
Game 4 April 30 Baltimore 106-118 Milwaukee

Bucks win series 4-0

Awards and Records[edit]

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA Scoring Champion
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA MVP
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA Finals MVP

Transactions[edit]

On April 21, 1970, the Bucks traded two young players, Flynn Robinson and Charlie Paulk, to the Cincinnati Royals for 10-year veteran guard Oscar Robertson.[1]

See also[edit]

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