1979–80 Milwaukee Bucks season

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1979–80 Milwaukee Bucks season
Division champions
Head coach Don Nelson
Arena MECCA Arena
Results
Record 49–33 (.598)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish West Conference Semifinals
(eliminated 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WVTV
Radio WTMJ
< 1978–79 1980–81 >

The 1979–80 NBA season was the Bucks' 12th season in the NBA.[1] With 49 wins and 33 loses they won their division and ranked fourth in the Western Conference. In the 1979 NBA Draft, the Bucks drafted guard Sidney Moncrief out of the University of Arkansas. During the season, the Bucks acquired center Bob Lanier from the Detroit Pistons. After a first-round-bye the Bucks faced the defending champions, the Seattle SuperSonics, which were led by Gus Williams and Dennis Johnson. Despite being able to steal two games on the road, the Bucks lost the series in seven games. The 1979-80 season would be the Bucks last season as a Western Conference team as they switched to the Eastern Conference along with the Chicago Bulls.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 5 Sidney Moncrief SG  United States Arkansas
2 31 Edgar Jones PF/C  United States Nevada-Reno
3 52 Larry Gibson  United States Maryland
4 69 Eugene Robinson  United States Louisiana-Monroe
5 97 Jim Tillman  United States Eastern Kentucky
6 116 Derrick Mayes  United States Illinois State
7 138 Stan Ray  United States California State-Fullerton
8 156 Larry Spicer  United States Alabama-Birmingham
9 174 Roger Lapham  United States Maine
10 193 Chris Fahrbach  United States North Dakota

Roster[edit]

Milwaukee Bucks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SF 2 Bridgeman, Junior 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Louisville
PG 21 Buckner, Quinn 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Indiana
PF 42 Catchings, Harvey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Hardin Simmons
PF 6 Cummings, Pat 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Cincinnati
SF 8 Johnson, Marques 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) UCLA
C 16 Lanier, Bob 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) St. Bonaventure
PF 7 Meyers, Dave 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) UCLA
SG 4 Moncrief, Sidney 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Arkansas
PG 11 Walton, Lloyd 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Marquette
PF 31 Washington, Richard 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) UCLA
SG 32 Winters, Brian 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) South Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Milwaukee Bucks 49 33 .598 28–12 21–21 15–9
x-Kansas City Kings 47 35 .573 2 30–11 17–24 18–6
Chicago Bulls 30 52 .366 19 21–20 9–32 8–16
Denver Nuggets 30 52 .366 19 24–17 6–35 10–14
Utah Jazz 24 58 .293 25 17–24 7–34 9–15
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 60 22 .732
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 49 33 .598 11
3 x-Seattle SuperSonics 56 26 .683 4
4 x-Phoenix Suns 55 27 .671 5
5 x-Kansas City Kings 47 35 .573 13
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 38 44 .463 22
7 San Diego Clippers 35 47 .427 25
8 Chicago Bulls 30 52 .366 30
9 Denver Nuggets 30 52 .366 30
10 Utah Jazz 24 58 .293 36
11 Golden State Warriors 24 58 .293 36
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1979-80 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAS SDC SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 2–4 1–1 4–2 1–1 6–0 2–0 2–4 4–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–2 4–2 4–2 1–1 2–0 5–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–3
Boston 4–2 2–0 4–2 2–0 6–0 2–0 6–0 4–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 5–1 5–1 3–3 1–1 2–0 4–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 4–2
Chicago 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–4 1–1 4–2 1–1 0–2 3–3 1–5 1–5 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–5 3–3 0–2 4–2 2–4 2–4 0–2
Cleveland 2–4 2–4 0–2 1–1 6–0 2–0 2–4 2–4 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–3 3–3 1–5 1–1 0–2 4–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–3
Denver 1–1 0–2 4–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 0–6 1–5 3–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–5 2–4 1–1 3–3 1–5 3–3 1–1
Detroit 0–6 0–6 1–1 0–6 1–1 1–1 1–5 1–5 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–4 2–4 1–5 0–2 0–2 2–4 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–4
Golden State 0–2 0–2 2–4 0–2 3–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–5 0–6 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–4 2–4 0–2 3–3 0–6 3–3 0–2
Houston 4–2 0–6 1–1 4–2 1–1 5–1 1–1 4–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–3 3–3 2–4 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–4
Indiana 2–4 2–4 2–0 4–2 1–1 5–1 1–1 2–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–4 4–2 1–5 0–2 2–0 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–2
Kansas City 2–0 1–1 3–3 0–2 6–0 2–0 3–3 2–0 1–1 2–4 3–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–5 1–5 1–1 5–1 3–3 6–0 2–0
Los Angeles 1–1 2–0 5–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 4–2 3–3 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–3 2–4 2–0 5–1 4–2 6–0 1–1
Milwaukee 1–1 0–2 5–1 2–0 3–3 1–1 6–0 1–1 2–0 3–3 3–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–2 5–1 0–2 4–2 2–4 4–2 1–1
New Jersey 2–4 1–5 1–1 3–3 1–1 4–2 0–2 3–3 4–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–4 1–5 1–1 0–2 3–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3
New York 2–4 1–5 2–0 3–3 1–1 4–2 2–0 3–3 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–2 0–6 2–0 2–0 4–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–3
Philadelphia 2–4 3–3 1–1 5–1 2–0 5–1 2–0 4–2 5–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–1 6–0 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–1
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 5–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 2–0 5–1 3–3 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 6–0 1–1 2–4 4–2 6–0 2–0
Portland 0–2 0–2 3–3 2–0 4–2 2–0 4–2 1–1 0–2 5–1 4–2 1–5 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–6 1–1 4–2 1–5 3–3 1–1
San Antonio 1–5 2–4 2–0 2–4 1–1 4–2 2–0 3–3 4–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–3 2–4 2–4 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–2
San Diego 1–1 0–2 2–4 1–1 3–3 2–0 3–3 0–2 1–1 1–5 1–5 2–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–2 2–4 0–2 3–3 5–1 1–1
Seattle 2–0 2–0 4–2 2–0 5–1 2–0 6–0 1–1 2–0 3–3 2–4 4–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–4 5–1 1–1 3–3 5–1 1–1
Utah 0–2 0–2 4–2 1–1 3–3 1–1 3–3 0–2 1–1 0–6 0–6 2–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–6 3–3 1–1 1–5 1–5 0–2
Washington 3–3 2–4 2–0 3–3 1–1 4–2 2–0 4–2 2–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 3–3 1–5 0–2 1–1 2–4 1–1 1–1 2–0

Game log[edit]

1979–80 game log
Total: 49–33 (Home: 28–12; Road: 21–21)
1979–80 schedule

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

The Bucks had a first round bye.

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (3) Seattle SuperSonics: Sonics win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ Seattle: Seattle 114, Milwaukee 113
  • Game 2 @ Seattle: Milwaukee 114, Seattle 112
  • Game 3 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 95, Seattle 91
  • Game 4 @ Milwaukee: Seattle 112, Milwaukee 107
  • Game 5 @ Seattle: Milwaukee 108, Seattle 97
  • Game 6 @ Milwaukee: Seattle 86, Milwaukee 85
  • Game 7 @ Seattle: Seattle 98, Milwaukee 94

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
Kent Benson 56 8.8
Junior Bridgeman 80 17.6
Quinn Buckner 67 10.7
Harvey Catchings 72 3.2
Pat Cummings 71 6.6
Marques Johnson 77 21.7
Bob Lanier 26 15.7
Dave Meyers 79 12.1
Sidney Moncrief 77 8.5
Lloyd Walton 76 3.6
Richard Washington 75 5.9
Brian Winters 80 16.2

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Junior Bridgeman 5 10.2
Quinn Buckner 7 6.1
Harvey Catchings 6 1.0
Pat Cummings 6 4.5
Marques Johnson 7 19.9
Bob Lanier 7 19.3
Dave Meyers 7 9.4
Sidney Moncrief 7 12.4
Lloyd Walton 1 0.0
Richard Washington 7 7.3
Brian Winters 7 15.9

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

May 31, 1979
To Milwaukee Bucks---- To New Jersey Nets----
October 9, 1979
To Milwaukee Bucks---- To Kansas City Kings----
February 4, 1980
To Milwaukee Bucks---- To Detroit Pistons----

See also[edit]

References[edit]