1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks season

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1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks season
NBA champions
Conference champions
Division champions
Head coachLarry Costello
ArenaMilwaukee Arena
Results
Record66–16 (.805)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finishNBA Champions
(Defeated Bullets 4–0)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
RadioWTMJ
< 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 Lew Alcindor, later known as 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 fifth all-time. And the Bucks became the first team from the Midwest Division to win the NBA title; it would be 23 years before the Houston Rockets would do the same.

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]

Milwaukee Bucks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 33 Alcindor, Lew 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 225 lb (102 kg) UCLA
PG 7 Allen, Lucius 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) UCLA
PF 20 Boozer, Bob 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Kansas State
C 19 Cunningham, Dick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Murray State
SF 10 Dandridge, Bob 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Norfolk State
F 18 Greacen, Bob 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Rutgers
SG 14 McGlocklin, Jon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Indiana
SF 35 McLemore, McCoy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Drake
PG 1 Robertson, Oscar 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Cincinnati
PF 4 Smith, Greg 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Western Kentucky
PG 8 Webb, Jeff 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Kansas State
G 5 Winkler, Marv 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Louisiana Lafayette
G 6 Zopf, Bill 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Duquesne
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season[edit]

In only his second professional season, 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 Alcindor 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]

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


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1970–71 NBA Records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CIN CLE DET LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SDR SFW SEA
Atlanta 3–3 2–4 3–1 1–4 2–4 4–0 0–5 3–2 1–4 3–3 4–2 1–4 2–2 2–3 2–3 3–2
Baltimore 3–3 3–3 3–1 2–3 3–3 4–0 2–3 2–3 1–4 2–4 3–3 3–2 2–2 4–1 2–3 3–2
Boston 4–2 3–3 4–0 4–1 4–2 3–1 2–3 3–2 0–5 0–6 4–2 2–3 2–2 3–2 3–2 3–2
Buffalo 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 5–7 1–5 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–4 1–3 6–6 1–3 1–3 1–3
Chicago 4–1 3–2 1–4 4–0 4–0 4–0 3–3 2–4 1–5 3–2 3–2 3–3 3–1 6–0 4–2 3–2
Cincinnati 4–2 3–3 2–4 4–0 0–4 5–1 1–4 1–4 1–4 2–4 1–5 1–4 4–0 1–3 2–3 1–4
Cleveland 0–4 0–4 1–3 7–5 0–4 1–5 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–4 2–10 0–4 1–3 0–4
Detroit 5–0 3–2 3–2 5–1 3–3 4–1 2–2 2–3 1–5 2–3 2–3 2–4 3–1 4–2 1–4 3–1
Los Angeles 2–3 3–2 2–3 2–2 4–2 4–1 4–0 3–2 1–4 3–2 3–2 2–4 4–0 3–3 4–2 4–2
Milwaukee 4–1 4–1 5–0 4–0 5–1 4–1 4–0 5–1 4–1 1–4 4–1 4–2 3–1 4–1 6–0 5–1
New York 3–3 4–2 6–0 2–2 2–3 4–2 4–0 3–2 2–3 4–1 2–4 4–1 3–1 4–1 3–2 2–3
Philadelphia 2–4 3–3 2–4 4–0 2–3 5–1 3–1 3–2 2–3 1–4 4–2 3–2 4–0 3–2 3–2 3–2
Phoenix 4–1 2–3 3–2 3–1 3–3 4–1 4–0 4–2 4–2 2–4 1–4 2–3 4–0 2–4 3–2 3–2
Portland 2–2 2–2 2–2 6–6 1–3 0–4 10–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–4
San Diego 3–2 1–4 2–3 3–1 0–6 3–1 4–0 2–4 3–3 1–4 1–4 2–3 4–2 4–0 2–4 5–1
San Francisco 3–2 3–2 2–3 3–1 2–4 3–2 3–1 4–1 2–4 0–6 2–3 2–3 2–3 3–1 4–2 3–3
Seattle 2–3 2–3 2–3 3–1 2–3 4–1 4–0 1–3 2–4 1–5 3–2 2–3 2–3 4–2 1–5 3–3

Game log[edit]

1970–71 game log
Total: 66–16 (Home: 8–1; Road: 3–2)
1970–71 schedule

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 @ Madison: Milwaukee 104, San Francisco 90
  • Game 3 @ Madison: Milwaukee 114, San Francisco 102
  • Game 4 @ San Francisco: San Francisco 106, Milwaukee 104
  • Game 5 @ Madison: 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


Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Lew Alcindor 82 31.7
Lucius Allen 61 7.1
Bob Boozer 80 9.1
Dick Cunningham 76 2.6
Bob Dandridge 79 18.4
Gary Freeman 41 3.7
Bob Greacen 2 2.5
Jon McGlocklin 82 15.8
McCoy McLemore 28 4.7
Oscar Robertson 81 19.4
Greg Smith 82 11.7
Jeff Webb 29 2.2
Marv Winkler 3 2.7
Bill Zopf 53 2.2

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Lew Alcindor 14 26.6
Lucius Allen 14 7.3
Bob Boozer 14 7.4
Dick Cunningham 14 1.7
Bob Dandridge 14 19.2
Bob Greacen 7 1.7
Jon McGlocklin 14 14.9
McCoy McLemore 10 0.7
Oscar Robertson 14 18.3
Greg Smith 14 11.6
Jeff Webb 9 1.2
Marv Winkler 5 0.0

Awards and records[edit]

  • Lew Alcindor, NBA scoring champion
  • Lew Alcindor, NBA MVP
  • Lew Alcindor, 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]

Trades[edit]

April 21, 1970
To Milwaukee Bucks---- To Cincinnati Royals----
September 17, 1970
To Milwaukee Bucks---- To Seattle SuperSonics----
February 1, 1971
To Milwaukee Bucks---- To Cleveland Cavaliers----

Free Agents[edit]

Subtractions
Player Date signed New team
Len Chappell Expansion Draft May 11, 1970 Cleveland Cavaliers
Freddie Crawford Expansion Draft May 11, 1970 Buffalo Braves

See also[edit]

References[edit]