Milwaukee Bucks 2010-11 Postseason Guide
Think you know everything there is to know about the Bucks 2010-11 season?
You probably know that the Bucks were a solid defensive team this season. The proof is there in the numbers as Bucks opponents scored just 92.7 points a game (third in the league) on 44.7 percent from the field (sixth).
But did you know that the Bucks broke a number of franchise records with their defense? The 92.7 points per game by opponents were the fewest for a full 82-game season (opponents averaged 90.0 points in the shortened 98-99 season). Milwaukee also set franchise records with 62 opponents held under 100 points (second in the NBA) and 30 foes scoring less than 90 points (fourth) this season. The year before John Hammond and Scott Skiles took over, Milwaukee gave up 103.9 points per game (23rd in the league) and opponents shot 48.0 percent from the field (29th). The Bucks defensive numbers have improved each year in the Hammond/Skiles regime.
By now, you know that Bucks center Andrew Bogut led the league in blocks this season with a career-best 2.6 swats per game.
But did you know that with Bogut leading the league in blocks, this is the first time in six years that a player not named Marcus Camby or Dwight Howard is the league’s leading shot blocker? From 2005-2008 Camby was the leading shot blocker in the league and Dwight Howard was the best in the category the previous two seasons. Bogut’s 168 blocks this season were seventh in Bucks history for a single season and helped him move from six to third place in franchise history with 618 career blocks.
Bogut also grabbed a career-high 11.1 rebounds per game, making him one of 17 players in the last 30 years to average at least 11.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in a single season. Bogut did more than just rebound and block though as he was the only player in the league to average at least 12.0 points (12.8) and 2.0 assists to go along with his 11.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.
You may have noticed that Larry Sanders also knows a thing or two about shot blocking. But did you know that Sanders (72) and Bogut (168) accounted for 240 of the Bucks 399 blocks, or 60.2 percent, this season? The Bucks total of 399 swats this season were the most since the 1993-94 season when they had 407 blocks.
It is easy to take a look at the Bucks injury report and see that the Bucks dealt with a plethora of injuries this year (it’s OK if you didn’t know what a left intercostal muscle strain or plantar fasciitis was before this season). The injury report shows that the Bucks had the most injuries of any NBA team this season with 14 players missing a total of 275 games due to an injury or illness.
But did you know that this was the first time since the 2007-08 season that the team didn’t have at least one player play in all 82 games? Keyon Dooling led the Bucks this season, playing in 80 of the team’s 82 games while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute suited up for 79 games. With all the injuries, the Bucks used 23 different starting lineups, the sixth most in the NBA and more than the 15 lineups used last year. Each different starting lineup planed an average of 3.6 games together.
Still want to know more about the 2010-11 season? Then we suggest you download the Bucks Postseason Guide which details all of this and more on the 2010-11 season.