1969–70 Milwaukee Bucks season

1969–70 Milwaukee Bucks season


The 1969–70 Milwaukee Bucks season was the second season for the Milwaukee Bucks. Led by the heralded rookie center Lew Alcindor, they finished with a 56–26 record, enough for second place in the Eastern Division. After beating the Philadelphia 76ers 4–1 in the Eastern semifinals, they lost to the eventual champions New York Knicks in five games.

Draft picks

After an 26–56 record in their inaugural NBA season, the Bucks won a coin toss over the Phoenix Suns to give them the right to select first overall in the 1969 NBA Draft.[1] Their designated selection had long been a foregone conclusion: UCLA Bruins center Lew Alcindor. However, Alcindor was also selected first overall by the New York Nets in the competing American Basketball Association's entry draft, which triggered a bidding war for Alcindor's services. He eventually opted for the Bucks' five-year $1.4 million offer over a much more lucrative $3.2 million offer from the Nets,[2] preferring the established NBA over a new and struggling ABA.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 1 Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor C  United States UCLA
2 17 Greacen, BobBob Greacen F  United States Rutgers

Roster

Regular season

Season standings

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-New York Knicks 60 22 .732 30–11 27–10 3–1 28–12
x-Milwaukee Bucks 56 26 .683 4 27–11 24–14 5–1 27–13
x-Baltimore Bullets 50 32 .610 10 25–12 19–18 6–2 21–19
x-Philadelphia 76ers 42 40 .512 18 22–16 16–22 4–2 20–20
Cincinnati Royals 36 46 .439 24 19–13 14–25 3–8 18–22
Boston Celtics 34 48 .415 26 16–21 13–27 5–0 16–24
Detroit Pistons 31 51 .378 29 18–20 10–25 3–6 10-30


Game log

Playoffs

East Division Semifinals

(2) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (4) Philadelphia 76ers: Bucks win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 125, Philadelphia 118
  • Game 2 @ Milwaukee: Philadelphia 112, Milwaukee 105
  • Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Milwaukee 156, Philadelphia 120
  • Game 4 @ Philadelphia: Milwaukee 118, Philadelphia 111
  • Game 5 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 115, Philadelphia 106

East Division Finals

(1) New York Knicks vs. (2) Milwaukee Bucks: Knicks win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ New York: New York 110, Milwaukee 102
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 112, Milwaukee 111
  • Game 3 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 101, New York 96
  • Game 4 @ Milwaukee: New York 117, Milwaukee 105
  • Game 5 @ New York: New York 132, Milwaukee 96

[3]

Player statistics

Season

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Zaid Abdul-Aziz
Lew Alcindor
John Arthurs
Len Chappell
Freddie Crawford
Dick Cunningham
Bob Dandridge
Bob Greacen
Jon McGlocklin
Flynn Robinson
Guy Rodgers
Greg Smith
Sam Williams

Playoffs

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Zaid Abdul-Aziz
Lew Alcindor
Len Chappell
Freddie Crawford
Dick Cunningham
Bob Dandridge
Bob Greacen
Jon McGlocklin
Flynn Robinson
Guy Rodgers
Greg Smith
Sam Williams

Awards and honors

  • Lew Alcindor, NBA Rookie of the Year
  • Lew Alcindor, NBA All-Rookie Team
  • Lew Alcindor, NBA All-Star Game Appearance

Transactions

References

  1. ^ "Tails-Up Call on Coin Toss Wins First Basketball Pick for Bucks".  
  2. ^ "Alcindor Rejects A.B.A.'s $3.2-Million Offer and Will Sign With Bucks".  
  3. ^ http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/MIL/1970.html
  • Bucks on Database Basketball
  • Bucks on Basketball Reference

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