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The 1977–78 NBA season was the Bucks' tenth season in the NBA.[1] The Bucks had drafted Marques Johnson from UCLA in the 1977 NBA Draft.

1977–78 Milwaukee Bucks season
Head coachDon Nelson
ArenaMECCA Arena
Results
Record44–38 (.537)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Midwest)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finishWest Conference Semifinals
(Lost to Nuggets 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWVTV
RadioWTMJ
< 1976–77 1978–79 >

Contents

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 1 Kent Benson C   United States Indiana
1 3 Marques Johnson SF   United States UCLA
1 11 Ernie Grunfeld SG/SF   Romania
  United States
Tennessee
2 27 Glenn Williams   United States St. John's
3 47 Gary Yoder SG   United States Cincinnati
4 69 Lewis Brown C   United States Nevada-Las Vegas
5 91 Ron Norwood   United States DePaul
6 113 Chuck Goodyear   United States Miami
7 134 Ron Bostic   United States Detroit Mercy
8 154 Larry Pikes   United States Wisconsin-Milwaukee

RosterEdit

Milwaukee Bucks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 54 Benson, Kent 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Indiana
SF 2 Bridgeman, Junior 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Louisville
SG 21 Buckner, Quinn 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Indiana
C 51 Eakins, Jim 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) BYU
SF 22 English, Alex 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) South Carolina
C 40 Gianelli, John 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Pacific
SG 20 Grunfeld, Ernie 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Tennessee
SF 8 Johnson, Marques 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) UCLA
PF 7 Meyers, Dave 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) UCLA
PG 11 Walton, Lloyd 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Marquette
SG 32 Winters, Brian 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) South Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Midwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Denver Nuggets 48 34 .585 33–8 15–26 11–9
x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 4 28–13 16–25 14–6
Chicago Bulls 40 42 .488 8 29–12 11–30 8–12
Detroit Pistons 38 44 .463 10 24–17 14–27 8–12
Indiana Pacers 31 51 .378 17 21–20 10–31 8–12
Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 17 22–19 9–32 11–9
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Portland Trail Blazers 58 24 .707
2 y-Denver Nuggets 48 34 .585 10
3 x-Phoenix Suns 49 33 .598 9
4 x-Seattle SuperSonics 47 35 .573 11
5 x-Los Angeles Lakers 45 37 .549 13
6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 14
7 Golden State Warriors 43 39 .524 15
8 Chicago Bulls 40 42 .488 18
9 Detroit Pistons 38 44 .463 20
10 Indiana Pacers 31 51 .378 27
11 Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 27


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

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1977–78 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS BUF CHI CLE DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAL MIL NJN NOJ NYK PHI PHO POR SAS SEA WAS
Atlanta 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–1 1–3
Boston 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–4 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–3
Buffalo 1–3 1–3 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–3 3–1 1–3 1–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3
Chicago 3–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–2 2–2 1–3 3–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–1
Cleveland 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–2 0–4 0–4 3–1 2–2
Denver 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–1 1–3 3–1
Detroit 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–0 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2
Golden State 3–1 2–2 3–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 3–1 3–1 0–4 2–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2
Houston 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–3 1–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–3
Indiana 1–3 1–2 3–1 1–3 1–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 3–1
Kansas City 1–2 2–2 2–1 4–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2
Los Angeles 1–3 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 4–0 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 4–0 2–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 1–3 2–2
Milwaukee 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 4–0 4–0 1–3 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1
New Jersey 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–4 2–2 0–3 0–4 2–2 2–2
New Orleans 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 4–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–2 4–0 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–3 2–2 0–4
New York 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–3 3–1 3–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–3 1–3 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–1 2–2
Philadelphia 2–2 4–0 3–1 1–3 3–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–1 4–0 2–2 3–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2
Phoenix 1–3 2–2 4–0 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2
Portland 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 4–0 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 4–0 4–0 3–1 3–1 1–3 3–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–1
San Antonio 3–1 4–0 3–1 2–2 4–0 1–2 2–1 1–3 3–1 3–1 4–0 2–2 2–2 4–0 3–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2
Seattle 1–2 4–0 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–2 4–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3
Washington 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 4–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–2 2–2 3–1

Game logEdit

1977–78 game log
Total: 44–38 (Home: 6–1; Road: 0–2)
1977–78 schedule

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

(3) Phoenix Suns vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks: Bucks win series 2-0

  • Game 1 @ Phoenix: Milwaukee 111, Phoenix 103
  • Game 2 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 94, Phoenix 90

West Conference SemifinalsEdit

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks: Nuggets win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Denver: Denver 119, Milwaukee 103
  • Game 2 @ Denver: Denver 127, Milwaukee 111
  • Game 3 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 143, Denver 112
  • Game 4 @ Milwaukee: Denver 118, Milwaukee 114
  • Game 5 @ Denver: Milwaukee 117, Denver 112
  • Game 6 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 119, Denver 91
  • Game 7 @ Denver: Denver 116, Milwaukee 110

Player statisticsEdit

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

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kent Benson 69 7.7
Junior Bridgeman 82 13.6
Quinn Buckner 82 9.3
Jim Eakins 17 2.9
Alex English 82 9.6
John Gianelli 82 8.5
Ernie Grunfeld 73 6.9
Marques Johnson 80 19.5
Rich Laurel 10 2.4
Scott Lloyd 14 2.1
Dave Meyers 80 14.7
Kevin Restani 8 3.3
Lloyd Walton 76 4.8
Brian Winters 80 19.9

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kent Benson 9 3.1
Junior Bridgeman 9 10.4
Quinn Buckner 9 11.2
Jim Eakins 3 0.7
Alex English 9 13.4
John Gianelli 9 7.8
Ernie Grunfeld 7 5.4
Marques Johnson 9 24.0
Dave Meyers 9 12.9
Lloyd Walton 9 4.7
Brian Winters 9 20.4

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Quinn Buckner, NBA All-Defensive Second Team
  • Marques Johnson, NBA All-Rookie Team 1st Team
  • On Friday, November 25, 1977, the day after Thanksgiving, and on the road, the Bucks overcame the largest 4th quarter deficit in NBA history, defeating the Atlanta Hawks after being down by 29 points with only 8:43 left in the game. Atlanta led 111–82 before Milwaukee went on a 35–4 run to win 117–115 in regulation. This record was set without the use of the three-point field goal, since its NBA inception was not until the 1979–80 season.

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 7, 1977
To Milwaukee Bucks---- To Buffalo Braves----
September 2, 1977
To Milwaukee Bucks---- To Buffalo Braves----
  • 1979 1st round draft pick (Roy Hamilton)

Free AgentsEdit

Player Signed Former team
Jim Eakins January 13, 1978 San Antonio Spurs

ReferencesEdit