1980–81 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 1980–81 NBA season was the Bucks 13th season in the NBA.[1] They finished with 60 wins and 22 losses, placing first in their division and second in the Eastern Conference behind the Boston Celtics. It was the Bucks' best regular season record since 1972–73, and their only 60-win season without Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on their roster until the 2018-19 season. The team's top scorer, fourth-year small forward Marques Johnson finished sixth the MVP voting.

1980–81 Milwaukee Bucks season
Division champions
Head coachDon Nelson
ArenaMECCA Arena
Results
Record60–22 (.732)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Central)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finishEast Conference Semifinals
(Lost to 76ers 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 1979–80 1981–82 >

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
3 63 Al Beal   United States Oklahoma
4 86 Jeff Wolf   United States North Carolina
5 109 Ken Jones   United States Virginia Commonwealth
6 132 Alex Gilbert   United States Indiana State
7 155 Ron White   United States Furman
8 174 Keith Valentine   United States Virginia Union
9 194 Del Yarbrough   United States Illinois State
10 210 Melvin Crayton   United States Alabama State

RosterEdit

Roster listing
Milwaukee Bucks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SF 2 Bridgeman, Junior 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Louisville
PG 21 Buckner, Quinn 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Indiana
PF 42 Catchings, Harvey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Hardin Simmons
PF 6 Cummings, Pat 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Cincinnati
C 41 Elmore, Len 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Maryland
G 5 Evans, Mike 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Kansas State
C 35 Hughes, Kim 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Wisconsin
SF 8 Johnson, Marques 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) UCLA
PF 43 Johnson, Mickey 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Aurora
C 16 Lanier, Bob 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) St. Bonaventure
SG 4 Moncrief, Sidney 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Arkansas
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

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Milwaukee Bucks 60 22 .732 34–7 26–15 23–7
x-Chicago Bulls 45 37 .549 15.0 26–15 19–22 20–9
x-Indiana Pacers 44 38 .537 16.0 27–14 17–24 17–12
Atlanta Hawks 31 51 .378 29.0 20–21 11–30 9–21
Cleveland Cavaliers 28 54 .341 32.0 20–21 8–33 9–21
Detroit Pistons 21 61 .256 39.0 14–27 7–34 9–21
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756  –
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 60 22 .732 2
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 62 20 .756
4 x-New York Knicks 50 32 .610 12
5 x-Chicago Bulls 45 37 .549 17
6 x-Indiana Pacers 44 38 .537 18
7 Washington Bullets 39 43 .476 23
8 Atlanta Hawks 31 51 .378 31
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 28 54 .341 34
10 New Jersey Nets 24 58 .293 38
11 Detroit Pistons 21 61 .256 41


Notes

  • z, y – division champions
  • x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1980-81 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAS SDC SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 2–4 2–4 1–5 2–0 1–1 4–2 2–0 1–1 1–5 1–1 0–2 1–5 3–2 2–4 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–4
Boston 4–2 5–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 4–1 1–1 2–0 3–3 1–1 2–0 3–3 6–0 5–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 5–1
Chicago 4–2 1–5 5–1 1–1 1–1 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 3–3 3–2 3–3 2–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–1
Cleveland 5–1 1–4 1–5 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 0–2 2–4 0–2 0–2 0–6 3–3 0–5 0–6 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–2
Dallas 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–3 0–2 2–3 0–6 0–2 0–6 0–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–4 1–4 1–5 2–3 1–4 1–5 0–2
Denver 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 3–2 2–4 1–1 4–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–4 2–3 2–4 3–2 3–2 2–4 0–2
Detroit 2–4 1–4 1–5 3–3 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–5 3–3 1–5 1–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–5
Golden State 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–0 3–2 1–1 5–0 1–5 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–4 2–4 1–4 2–4 3–3 4–1 1–1
Houston 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 6–0 4–2 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–4 2–3 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–4 3–2 3–3 1–4 4–1 4–2 0–2
Indiana 5–1 3–3 2–3 4–2 2–0 1–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–4 5–1 3–2 0–6 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–2
Kansas City 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 6–0 2–4 1–1 0–5 4–2 0–2 0–5 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–2 3–2 2–4 3–2 2–3 5–1 1–1
Los Angeles 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 5–0 2–3 2–0 5–1 3–2 2–0 5–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–4 3–3 2–3 3–3 6–0 3–2 1–1
Milwaukee 5–1 3–3 3–3 6–0 2–0 1–1 5–1 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 2–0 5–1 3–3 3–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–1
New Jersey 2–3 0–6 2–3 3–3 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 0–2 1–5 0–2 0–2 1–5 0–6 1–5 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–3
New York 4–2 1–5 3–3 5–0 1–1 2–0 5–1 0–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 0–2 3–3 6–0 3–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–2
Philadelphia 5–1 3–3 4–2 6–0 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 6–0 2–0 1–1 2–3 5–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–2
Phoenix 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 4–1 2–0 4–2 4–1 1–1 2–3 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 3–2 6–0 5–1 5–0 1–1
Portland 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 3–2 2–0 4–2 2–3 2–0 2–3 3–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–3 4–2 4–2 2–3 2–0
San Antonio 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 5–1 4–2 2–0 4–1 3–3 0–2 4–2 3–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–3 3–2 4–1 3–2 5–1 1–1
San Diego 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–3 1–1 4–2 4–1 1–1 2–3 3–3 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–6 2–4 1–4 5–1 3–2 0–2
Seattle 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–1 2–3 2–0 3–3 1–4 2–0 3–2 0–6 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–4 2–3 1–5 4–1 1–1
Utah 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 5–1 4–2 2–0 1–4 2–4 1–1 1–5 2–3 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–5 3–2 1–5 2–3 1–4 0–2
Washington 4–1 1–5 1–5 2–4 2–0 2–0 5–1 1–1 2–0 2–4 1–1 1–1 1–4 3–3 2–4 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0

Game logEdit

1980–81 game log
Total: 60–22 (Home: 34–7; Road: 26–15)
1980–81 schedule

PlayoffsEdit

East First RoundEdit

The Bucks had a first round bye.

East Conference SemifinalsEdit

(2) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers: 76ers win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 125, Milwaukee 122
  • Game 2 @ Philadelphia: Milwaukee 109, Philadelphia 99
  • Game 3 @ Milwaukee: Philadelphia 108, Milwaukee 103
  • Game 4 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 109, Philadelphia 98
  • Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 116, Milwaukee 99
  • Game 6 @ Milwaukee: Milwaukee 109, Philadelphia 86
  • Game 7 @ Philadelphia: Philadelphia 99, Milwaukee 98

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
Junior Bridgeman 77 1 28.8 48.7 88.4 3.8 16.8
Quinn Buckner 82 82 29.1 13.3
Harvey Catchings 77 4.2
Pat Cummings 74 8.0
Len Elmore 2.9
Mike Evans 4.5
Kim Hughes
Marques Johnson 20.3
Mickey Johnson
Bob Lanier 67 64 1753 14.3
Sidney Moncrief 80 57 2400 54.1 14.0
Brian Winters 69 11.6

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Junior Bridgeman
Quinn Buckner
Harvey Catchings
Pat Cummings 5
Len Elmore
Mike Evans 4.5
Kim Hughes
Marques Johnson 7
Mickey Johnson
Bob Lanier 7
Sidney Moncrief 7
Brian Winters 7

Awards, records and milestonesEdit

AwardsEdit

Week/MonthEdit

All-StarEdit

SeasonEdit

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

September 11, 1980
To Milwaukee Bucks---- To Indiana Pacers----

Free AgentsEdit

Subtractions
Player Date signed New team
Richard Washington Expansion Draft May 28, 1980 Dallas Mavericks

ReferencesEdit

See alsoEdit