2018–19 Milwaukee Bucks season

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2018–19 Milwaukee Bucks season
Division champions
Head coachMike Budenholzer
General managerJon Horst
Owner(s)Wesley Edens & Marc Lasry
ArenaFiserv Forum
Results
Record60–22 (.732)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Central)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finishEastern Conference Finals
(Lost to Raptors 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Wisconsin
RadioWTMJ (AM)
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The 2018–19 Milwaukee Bucks season was the 51st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] The Bucks moved from the Bradley Center to the new Fiserv Forum before the start of the season.[2][3] On May 17, 2018, the Bucks hired Mike Budenholzer as head coach.[4] The Bucks opened the season with seven straight wins, the first time they started a season 7–0 since 1971–72. On March 1, 2019, with a 131–120 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Bucks became the first team to secure a playoff berth in the season. They then clinched the best record in the NBA with a win against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 4, 2019, achieving the feat for the first time since 1973–74. Eventually, the Bucks finished the regular season with a 60–22 record, the franchise's first 60-win season since 1980–81. The Bucks finished 33–8 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA, behind the Denver Nuggets, and their 27–14 road record was the best in the league, tied with the Golden State Warriors. The Bucks also won all 14 of their season series against Eastern Conference opponents, and lost back-to-back games just once, resulting in their longest losing streak for the season, at two games.

In the playoffs, the Bucks defeated the Detroit Pistons in the First Round, winning their first playoff series since 2001. The Bucks then defeated the Boston Celtics in the Semifinals in five games, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2001, where they faced the Toronto Raptors and lost the Eastern Conference Finals 2–4 to the Raptors, after winning Games 1 & 2, but losing the remaining 4 in a row.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position(s) Nationality College
1 17 Donte DiVincenzo SG  United States Villanova

Roster[edit]

2018–19 Milwaukee Bucks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 34 Antetokounmpo, Giannis 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 242 lb (110 kg) 1994–12–06 Greece
G 6 Bledsoe, Eric 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1989–12–09 Kentucky
G 13 Brogdon, Malcolm 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 229 lb (104 kg) 1992–12–11 Virginia
G 23 Brown, Sterling 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 232 lb (105 kg) 1995–02–10 SMU
F 50 Colson, Bonzie (TW) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1996–01–12 Notre Dame
G 24 Connaughton, Pat 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 209 lb (95 kg) 1993–01–06 Notre Dame
G 9 DiVincenzo, Donte Injured 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 203 lb (92 kg) 1997–01–31 Villanova
G 12 Frazier, Tim 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1990–11–01 Penn State
F/C 17 Gasol, Pau Injured 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1980–07–06 Spain
G 3 Hill, George 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1986–05–04 IUPUI
F 77 İlyasova, Ersan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1987–05–15 Turkey
C 11 Lopez, Brook 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 270 lb (122 kg) 1988–04–01 Stanford
F 22 Middleton, Khris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 222 lb (101 kg) 1991–08–12 Texas A&M
F 41 Mirotić, Nikola 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1991–02–11 Spain
G 21 Snell, Tony 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1991–11–10 New Mexico
F 5 Wilson, D. J. Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 231 lb (105 kg) 1996–02–19 Michigan
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2019–04–09

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
zMilwaukee Bucks 60 22 .732 0.0 33–8 27–14 14–2 82
xIndiana Pacers 48 34 .585 12.0 29–12 19–22 11–5 82
xDetroit Pistons 41 41 .500 19.0 26–15 15–26 8–8 82
Chicago Bulls 22 60 .268 38.0 9–32 13–28 3–13 82
Cleveland Cavaliers 19 63 .232 41.0 13–28 6–35 4–12 82

Conference[edit]

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zMilwaukee Bucks * 60 22 .732 82
2 yToronto Raptors * 58 24 .707 2.0 82
3 xPhiladelphia 76ers 51 31 .622 9.0 82
4 xBoston Celtics 49 33 .598 11.0 82
5 xIndiana Pacers 48 34 .585 12.0 82
6 xBrooklyn Nets 42 40 .512 18.0 82
7 yOrlando Magic * 42 40 .512 18.0 82
8 xDetroit Pistons 41 41 .500 19.0 82
9 Charlotte Hornets 39 43 .476 21.0 82
10 Miami Heat 39 43 .476 21.0 82
11 Washington Wizards 32 50 .390 28.0 82
12 Atlanta Hawks 29 53 .354 31.0 82
13 Chicago Bulls 22 60 .268 38.0 82
14 Cleveland Cavaliers 19 63 .232 41.0 82
15 New York Knicks 17 65 .207 43.0 82

Game log[edit]

Preseason[edit]

2018 preseason game log
Total: 3–1 (Home: 2–0; Road: 1–1)
2018–19 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

2018–19 game log
Total: 60–22 (Home: 33–8; Road: 27–14)
2018–19 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

2019 playoff game log
Total: 10–5 (Home: 6–2; Road: 4–3)
2019 playoff schedule

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Giannis Antetokounmpo 72 72 32.8 .578 .256 .729 12.5 5.9 1.3 1.5 27.7
Eric Bledsoe 78 78 29.1 .484 .329 .750 4.6 5.5 1.5 0.4 15.9
Malcolm Brogdon 64 64 28.6 .505 .426 .928 4.5 3.2 0.7 0.2 15.6
Sterling Brown 58 7 17.8 .465 .361 .690 3.2 1.4 0.4 0.1 6.4
Isaiah Canaan 4 0 7.8 .333 .400 .000 1.0 0.8 0.0 0.3 1.5
Bonzie Colson [a] 8 2 12.3 .333 .238 .889 3.8 0.4 0.6 0.1 4.9
Pat Connaughton 61 2 20.7 .466 .330 .725 4.2 2.0 0.5 0.4 6.9
Matthew Dellavedova [a] 12 0 8.1 .316 .364 1.000 0.8 2.4 0.2 0.0 1.7
Donte DiVincenzo 27 0 15.2 .403 .265 .750 2.4 1.1 0.5 0.2 4.9
Trevon Duval 3 0 6.4
Tim Frazier [a] 12 2 6.3
Pau Gasol [a] 3 0 1.3
John Henson [a] 14 0 5.6
George Hill 47 0 20.4 .428 .280 .815 2.6 2.1 0.9 0.1 6.8
Ersan İlyasova 67 7 6.8
Brook Lopez 81 81 12.5
Thon Maker [a] 35 0 4.7
Khris Middleton 77 77 18.3
Nikola Mirotić [a] 14 3 11.6
Jaylen Morris [a] 4 0 2.5
Jason Smith [a] 6 0 2.2
Tony Snell 74 12 6.0
D. J. Wilson 48 3 5.8
Christian Wood [a] 13 0 2.8
  • a Statistics with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Giannis Antetokounmpo 15 15 25.5
Eric Bledsoe 15 15 13.7
Malcolm Brogdon 7 2 13.0
Sterling Brown 11 5 4.1
Pat Connaughton 15 0 6.2
Tim Frazier 11 0 1.9
George Hill 15 0 11.5
Ersan İlyasova 15 0 6.8
Brook Lopez 15 15 11.2
Khris Middleton 15 15 16.9
Nikola Mirotić 14 8 9.5
Tony Snell 9 0 0.6
D. J. Wilson 8 0 2.4

Transactions[edit]

Overview[edit]

Players Added

Via draft

Via trade

Via free agency

Players Lost

Via trade

Via free agency

Waived

Trades[edit]

October 15, 2018[5] To Milwaukee Bucks
Jodie Meeks
2019 protected second round pick
Cash considerations
To Washington Wizards
2019 protected second round pick
December 7, 2018[6][7] To Milwaukee Bucks
George Hill
Jason Smith
Protected 2021 second round pick
Cash considerations
To Cleveland Cavaliers
Matthew Dellavedova
John Henson
2021 first round pick
2021 second round pick
2022 second round pick
To Washington Wizards
Sam Dekker
February 7, 2019 [8] To Milwaukee Bucks
Nikola Mirotić
To New Orleans Pelicans
Jason Smith
Stanley Johnson
2019 protected second round pick
Two 2020 second round picks
2021 second round pick
To Detroit Pistons
Thon Maker

Free agency[edit]

Re-signed[edit]

Player Signed
Shabazz Muhammad[9] September 22, 2018

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former Team
Ersan İlyasova[10] July 16, 2018 Philadelphia 76ers
Brook Lopez[11] July 17, 2018 Los Angeles Lakers
Trevon Duval[12] Two-way contract Duke Blue Devils
Brandon McCoy[13] July 31, 2018 UNLV Runnin' Rebels
Travis Trice[13] July 31, 2018 Lebanon Champville SC
Jaylen Morris[13] Two-way contract Italy Fiat Torino
Pat Connaughton[14] August 1, 2018 Portland Trail Blazers
Jordan Barnett[15] August 7, 2018 Missouri Tigers
Tim Frazier[9] September 22. 2018 Washington Wizards
Christian Wood[9] Delaware 87ers

Subtractions[edit]

Player Signed New Team
Jabari Parker[16] July 14, 2018 Chicago Bulls
Jordan Barnett[17]
Brandon McCoy[17]
Brandon Jennings[17]
Travis Trice[17]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Bucks Acquire A Future 2nd Round Draft Pick And Cash From Washington". NBA.com. October 15, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Withers, Tom. "Report: Cavs trade George Hill to Bucks for Dellavedova, Henson, picks". NBA.com. The Associated Press. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  7. ^ "2018-19 Milwaukee Bucks Transactions". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  8. ^ Bontemps, Tim (7 February 2019). "Mirotic headed to Bucks as part of 3-team deal". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
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  10. ^ "Milwaukee Bucks Sign Ersan Ilyasova". NBA.com. July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Milwaukee Bucks Sign Brook Lopez". NBA.com. July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "Bucks Sign Trevon Duval To A Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. July 24, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "Bucks Sign Jaylen Morris To A Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. July 31, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  14. ^ "Milwaukee Bucks Sign Pat Connaughton". NBA.com. August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  15. ^ "Bucks Sign Jordan Barnett to Training Camp Contract". NBA.com. August 7, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  16. ^ "BULLS SIGN JABARI PARKER". NBA.com. July 14, 2018. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  17. ^ a b c d "NBA Transactions". NBA.com. Retrieved September 17, 2018.