Monday, April 16, 2012

1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks

970–71 Milwaukee Bucks season
First NBA championship
Head coach Larry Costello
Arena Milwaukee Arena
Record 66–16 (.805)
Place Division: 1st (Midwest)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA champions

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. A big part of the championship season was the acquisition of "The Big O", 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.

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Lew Alcindor Dick Cunningham
PF Greg Smith Bob Boozer McCoy McLemore
SF Bob Dandridge Bob Greacen
SG Jon McGlocklin Jeff Webb
PG Oscar Robertson Lucius Allen Marv Winkler

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. 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.

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