1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks season

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1970–71 Milwaukee Bucks season
NBA Champions
Conference Champions
Division Champions
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
(Defeated Bullets 4–0)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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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, then named Lew Alcindor.[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.

The team's season roster is featured in the video games NBA 2K16 [2] and NBA 2K17.

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 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]

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

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
3 Oct 24, 1970 vs. Baltimore Bullets 122–120 2–1
4 Oct 25, 1970 vs. Seattle Supersonics 126–107 3–1
5 Oct 27, 1970 vs. San Diego Rockets 126–113 4–1

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Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Minutes Points Assists Field Goals Rebounds
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 82 3288 2599 271 1066 1312
Lucius Allen 61 1159 433 159 177 153
Bob Boozer 80 1776 728 128 288 432
Dick Cunningham 76 676 198 46 84 258
Bob Dandridge 79 2860 1454 277 593 632
Gary Freeman 41 336 152 33 62 98
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 @ 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

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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