1971–72 Milwaukee Bucks season

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1971–72 Milwaukee Bucks season
Division champions
Head coachLarry Costello
ArenaMilwaukee Arena
Results
Record63–19 (.768)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finishConference Finals
(Lost to Lakers 2–4)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWISN-TV
RadioWTMJ
< 1970–71 1972–73 >

The 1971–72 Milwaukee Bucks season was the fourth season in franchise history.[1] Led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Bucks finished in first place in the Midwest Division. Abdul-Jabbar won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award ahead of Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Lakers. On January 9, 1972, the Bucks snapped the Los Angeles Lakers 33-game winning streak.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 17 Collis Jones  United States University of Notre Dame
3 51 Gary Brell  United States Marquette University

[2]

Roster

Roster listing
Milwaukee Bucks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 33 Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1947-04-16 UCLA
PG 42 Allen, Lucius 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1947-09-26 UCLA
F 34 Block, John 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1944-04-16 Southern California
SF 10 Dandridge, Bob 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1947-11-15 Norfolk State
G 24 Jones, Wali 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1942-02-14 Villanova
F 7 Kimball, Toby 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1942-09-07 Connecticut
SG 14 McGlocklin, Jon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1943-06-10 Indiana
C 50 Nelson, Barry 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1949-09-19 Duquesne
F 18 Perry, Curtis 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1948-09-13 Missouri State
PG 1 Robertson, Oscar 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1938-11-24 Cincinnati
Head coach

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

Regular season

Season standings

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Milwaukee Bucks 63 19 .768 31–5 27–12 5–2 13–5
x-Chicago Bulls 57 25 .695 6 29–12 26–12 2–1 12–6
Phoenix Suns 49 33 .598 14 30–11 19–20 0–2 7–11
Detroit Pistons 26 56 .317 37 16–25 9–30 1–1 4–14


# Western Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 69 13 .841
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 63 19 .768
3 x-Chicago Bulls 57 25 .695
4 x-Golden State Warriors 51 31 .622
5 Phoenix Suns 49 33 .598
6 Seattle SuperSonics 47 35 .573
7 Houston Rockets 34 48 .415
8 Detroit Pistons 26 56 .317
9 Portland Trail Blazers 18 64 .220


z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

1971–72 NBA Records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CIN CLE DET GSW HOU LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SEA
Atlanta 2–4 0–4 4–2 0–5 3–3 4–2 3–2 3–2 1–4 0–5 2–3 3–1 3–3 3–2 4–0 1–4
Baltimore 4–2 2–2 3–3 1–4 4–2 1–5 3–2 1–4 3–2 1–4 0–5 2–4 4–0 4–1 3–1 2–3
Boston 4–0 2–2 6–0 3–2 4–2 5–1 5–0 2–3 5–0 1–4 2–3 3–3 6–0 2–3 4–0 2–3
Buffalo 2–4 3–3 0–6 1–3 3–3 4–2 2–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–5 3–3 0–4 2–4 0–4
Chicago 5–0 4–1 2–3 3–1 3–1 4–0 5–1 3–3 5–1 1–3 2–4 3–2 4–1 5–1 6–0 2–3
Cincinnati 3–3 2–4 2–4 3–3 1–3 6–2 2–3 2–3 0–4 1–4 0–5 2–2 2–2 2–3 2–2 0–5
Cleveland 2–4 5–1 1–5 2–4 0–4 2–6 1–3 0–4 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–5 2–4 0–4 4–2 0–4
Detroit 2–3 2–3 0–5 4–2 1–5 3–2 3–1 0–5 3–3 1–4 1–5 1–4 1–4 2–4 2–2 0–4
Golden State 2–3 4–1 3–2 3–1 3–3 3–2 4–0 5–0 5–1 1–5 2–2 2–3 4–1 2–3 4–2 4–2
Houston 4–1 2–3 0–5 4–0 1–5 4–0 2–2 3–3 1–5 1–5 0–5 0–5 4–1 1–3 4–2 3–3
Los Angeles 5–0 4–1 4–1 4–0 3–1 4–1 3–1 4–1 5–1 5–1 4–1 4–1 5–0 4–2 6–0 5–1
Milwaukee 3–2 5–0 3–2 4–0 4–2 5–0 4–0 5–1 2–2 5–0 1–4 2–3 4–1 4–2 6–0 6–0
New York 1–3 4–2 3–3 5–1 2–3 2–2 5–1 4–1 3–2 5–0 1–4 3–2 3–3 1–4 3–1 3–2
Philadelphia 3–3 0–4 0–6 3–3 1–4 2–2 4–2 4–1 1–4 1–4 0–5 1–4 3–3 1–4 2–2 4–1
Phoenix 2–3 1–4 3–2 4–0 1–5 3–2 4–0 4–2 3–2 3–1 2–4 2–4 4–1 4–1 6–0 3–2
Portland 0–4 1–3 0–4 4–2 0–6 2–2 2–4 2–2 2–4 2–4 0–6 0–6 1–3 2–2 0–6 0–6
Seattle 4–1 3–2 3–2 4–0 3–2 5–0 4–0 4–0 2–4 3–3 1–5 0–6 2–3 1–4 2–3 6–0

Game log

1971–72 game log
Total: 63–19 (Home: 1–0; Road: 1–0)
October: 8–1 (Home: 3–0; Road: 5–1)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
1 October 14, 1971 @ Phoenix W 110–97 Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum 1-0
2 October 16, 1971 @ Seattle W 98–91 Seattle Center Coliseum 2-0
3 October 17, 1971 @ Portland W 127–94 Memorial Coliseum 3-0
4 October 19, 1971 Cleveland W 116–82 Milwaukee Arena 4–0
5 October 22, 1971 Buffalo W 124–105 Milwaukee Arena 5–0
6 October 23, 1971 @ Philadelphia W 110–88 The Spectrum 6-0
7 October 26, 1971 Baltimore W 120–90 Milwaukee Arena 7–0
8 October 29, 1971 @ Boston L 114–125 Boston Garden 7-1
9 October 31, 1971 @ Cleveland W 118–102 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (35) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (14) Oscar Robertson (11) Cleveland Arena 8-1
November: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
December: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
January: 1–0 (Home: 1–0; Road: 0–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
44 January 9, 1972 Los Angeles W 120–104 Milwaukee Arena 36–8
February: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
March: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
April: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Record
1971–72 schedule

Playoffs

1972 playoff game log
Conference Semifinals: 4–1 (Home: 2–1; Road: 2–0)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Series
1 March 28 Golden State L 106–117 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (28) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (15) Lucius Allen (8) Milwaukee Arena
9,877
0–1
2 March 30 Golden State W 118–93 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (25) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (22) Oscar Robertson (9) Milwaukee Arena
10,746
1–1
3 April 1 @ Golden State W 122–94 Abdul-Jabbar, Dandridge (23) Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena
13,502
2–1
4 April 4 @ Golden State W 106–99 Bob Dandridge (31) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (20) Oscar Robertson (11) Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena
12,986
3–1
5 April 6 Golden State W 108–100 Bob Dandridge (29) Milwaukee Arena
10,746
4–1
Conference Finals: 2–4 (Home: 1–2; Road: 1–2)
Game Date Team Score High points High rebounds High assists Location
Attendance
Series
1 April 9 @ Los Angeles W 93–73 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33) Curtis Perry (23) Oscar Robertson (10) The Forum
17,505
1–0
2 April 12 @ Los Angeles L 134–135 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (40) Curtis Perry (12) Abdul-Jabbar, Robertson (7) The Forum
17,505
1–1
3 April 14 Los Angeles L 105–108 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (21) Abdul-Jabbar, Allen (6) Milwaukee Arena
10,746
1–2
4 April 16 Los Angeles W 114–88 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (31) Curtis Perry (19) Oscar Robertson (10) Milwaukee Arena
10,746
2–2
5 April 18 @ Los Angeles L 90–115 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (28) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (16) Bob Dandridge (4) The Forum
17,505
2–3
6 April 22 Los Angeles L 100–104 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (37) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (25) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (8) Milwaukee Arena
10,746
2–4
1972 schedule

Player statistics[4]

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

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 81 44.2 57.4 68.9 16.6 4.6 34.8
Bob Dandridge 80 37.0 49.8 73.9 7.7 3.1 18.4
Oscar Robertson 64 37.3 47.2 83.6 5.0 7.7 17.4
Lucius Allen 80 29.0 50.5 76.4 3.2 4.2 13.5
Jon McGlocklin 80 27.7 51.0 86.5 2.3 2.9 10.7
John Block 79 19.3 44.0 74.9 5.2 1.2 8.5
Greg Smith 28 26.3 49.0 70.7 5.8 2.3 8.4
Wali Jones 48 21.5 40.7 82.2 1.6 2.9 7.5
Curtis Perry 50 29.4 38.5 67.4 9.4 1.6 7.0
Toby Kimball 74 13.1 46.7 54.3 4.2 0.8 3.5
McCoy McLemore 10 9.9 32.1 91.7 3.4 1.2 2.9
Charlie Lowery 20 6.7 44.7 61.1 1.0 0.7 2.3
Bill Dinwiddie 23 6.3 28.1 55.6 1.4 0.4 1.6
Jeff Webb 19 5.7 25.7 84.6 0.9 0.4 1.5
Barry Nelson 28 3.6 41.7 50.0 0.7 0.3 1.3

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 11 46.4 43.7 70.4 18.2 5.1 28.7
Bob Dandridge 11 40.1 49.5 74.0 8.8 1.9 21.5
Lucius Allen 11 35.1 47.0 75.9 3.5 3.8 17.9
Oscar Robertson 11 34.5 40.7 83.3 5.8 7.5 13.1
Wali Jones 9 22.2 43.9 85.7 2.0 2.2 10.0
Curtis Perry 11 36.1 47.3 78.3 12.8 1.3 9.5
Jon McGlocklin 5 20.6 42.9 83.3 0.6 1.2 7.0
John Block 11 14.2 38.5 83.3 5.0 0.5 5.0
Toby Kimball 7 5.1 41.7 100.0 0.9 0.3 1.7
Charlie Lowery 7 3.7 25.0 66.7 0.4 0.1 0.9
Barry Nelson 2 2.5 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.0

Awards and honors

Transactions

Trades

September 12, 1971
To Milwaukee Bucks---- To Houston Rockets----
December 9, 1971
To Milwaukee Bucks---- To Houston Rockets----

References

  1. ^ 1971-72 Milwaukee Bucks
  2. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/draft/NBA_1971.html
  3. ^ Ferraro, Michael X.; Veneziano, John (2007). Numbelivable!. Chicago, Illinois: Triumph Books. p. 58. ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0.
  4. ^ "1971-72 Milwaukee Bucks Roster and Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
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