1986–87 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 1986-87 NBA season was the Bucks' 19th season in the NBA.[1] For the first time since 1978-79, the Bucks did not win their division.

1986–87 Milwaukee Bucks season
Head coachDon Nelson
OwnersHerb Kohl
ArenaMECCA Arena
Results
Record50–32 (.610)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Central)
Conference: 4th (Eastern)
Playoff finishEast Conference Semifinals
(Lost to Celtics 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 1985–86 1987–88 >

During the season, coach and general manager Don Nelson started to experience a rift in friendship with Bucks owner Herb Kohl due to personal disagreements with Kohl on how to run the team. During Game 4 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Bucks and the Boston Celtics, Nelson controversially announced to the local and national sports media that he did not expect to return to the Bucks after the season was over due to said rift with Kohl. Nelson would in fact resign after the Bucks lost the series to Boston in seven games, coming back from being down 3-1 in the series only to lose the seventh and deciding game in Boston Garden.[2] After 11 seasons coaching and managing the Bucks, Nelson took the year off only to return in the 1988-89 season as coach and manager of the Golden State Warriors. The Bucks hired Nelson's assistant coach, Del Harris, to take over the team for the 1987-88 season.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 22 Scott Skiles PG   United States Michigan State
2 45 Keith Smith SG   United States Loyola Marymount
3 68 Baskerville Holmes PF   United States Memphis
5 114 Bobby Deaton   United States Southwestern
6 137 John Kimbrell   United States Lipscomb
7 160 Jeff Strong   United States Missouri

RosterEdit

Roster listing
Milwaukee Bucks roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 24   Bradley, Dudley 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) North Carolina
C 45   Breuer, Randy 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Minnesota
SF 2   Bridgeman, Junior 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Louisville
PF 34   Cummings, Terry 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) DePaul
PF 40   Henderson, Jerome 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) New Mexico
PG 15   Hodges, Craig 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Long Beach State
G 10   Lucas, John 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Maryland
C 44   Mokeski, Paul 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Kansas
SG 4   Moncrief, Sidney 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Arkansas
SG 22   Pierce, Ricky 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Rice
SF 25   Pressey, Paul 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Tulsa
SF 35   Reynolds, Jerry 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) LSU
C 43   Sikma, Jack 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Illinois Wesleyan
PG 5   Skiles, Scott 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Michigan State
G 11   Smith, Keith 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Loyola Marymount
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-Atlanta Hawks 57 25 .695 35–6 22–19 17–13
x-Detroit Pistons 52 30 .634 5 32–9 20–21 17–13
x-Milwaukee Bucks 50 32 .610 7 32–9 18–23 17–13
x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 16 28–13 13–28 13–16
x-Chicago Bulls 40 42 .488 17 29–12 11–30 17–12
Cleveland Cavaliers 31 51 .378 26 25–16 6–35 8–22
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Boston Celtics 59 23 .720
2 y-Atlanta Hawks 57 25 .695 2
3 x-Detroit Pistons 52 30 .634 7
4 x-Milwaukee Bucks 50 32 .610 9
5 x-Philadelphia 76ers 45 37 .549 14
6 x-Washington Bullets 42 40 .512 17
7 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 18
8 x-Chicago Bulls 40 42 .488 19
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 31 51 .378 28
10 New Jersey Nets 24 58 .293 35
11 New York Knicks 24 58 .293 35


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

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1986-87 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–3 4–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 3–3 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 1–1 3–3 5–0 5–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 5–0
Boston 3–3 6–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 0–2 3–3 4–2 4–2 3–3 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–2
Chicago 2–4 0–6 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 0–2 0–2 3–2 2–0 0–2 4–2 3–2 4–2 3–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–3
Cleveland 2–4 2–3 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–5 1–1 0–2 3–3 2–0 0–2 1–5 4–2 4–1 2–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–4
Dallas 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 5–0 3–3 0–2 5–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–3 5–1 4–2 5–0 3–3 1–1
Denver 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 0–2 4–1 3–3 1–1 2–3 0–5 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–2 3–2 2–4 5–1 2–3 2–4 1–1
Detroit 3–3 2–3 3–3 5–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 1–1 3–3 5–1 6–0 5–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3
Golden State 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–5 1–4 1–1 4–1 0–2 6–0 2–4 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–5 4–2 4–1 4–1 4–2 2–3 0–2
Houston 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–3 3–3 1–1 1–4 2–0 4–1 1–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–2 2–3 5–1 5–1 1–4 3–3 1–1
Indiana 3–3 1–5 2–3 3–3 2–0 1–1 3–3 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–4 5–1 3–2 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–2
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–5 3–2 0–2 0–6 1–4 0–2 0–6 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–5 0–6 1–4 1–4 2–4 2–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–3 5–0 1–1 4–2 4–1 2–0 6–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 5–1 5–1 5–0 4–1 4–2 3–2 1–1
Milwaukee 3–3 3–3 2–4 5–1 0–2 1–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 4–2 2–0 1–1 4–2 4–2 2–3 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–1
New Jersey 0–5 2–4 2–3 2–4 0–2 0–2 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–5 1–1 0–2 2–4 5–1 3–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–4
New York 1–5 2–4 2–4 1–4 0–2 0–2 0–6 0–2 1–1 2–3 2–0 0–2 2–4 1–5 3–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–4
Philadelphia 3–3 3–3 3–3 4–2 0–2 2–0 0–5 1–1 2–0 4–2 2–0 0–2 3–2 3–3 3–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3
Phoenix 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–3 2–3 1–1 5–1 2–3 1–1 5–1 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–3 2–3 1–5 4–1 0–2
Portland 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–0 2–4 3–2 2–0 6–0 1–5 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 4–2 3–2 4–1 4–2 3–2 1–1
Sacramento 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–5 4–2 1–1 1–4 1–5 1–1 4–1 0–5 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 3–2 2–3 3–3 2–3 1–5 1–1
San Antonio 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 1–5 1–1 1–4 1–5 0–2 4–1 1–4 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–4 3–3 1–4 2–4 0–2
Seattle 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–5 3–2 0–2 2–4 4–1 1–1 4–2 2–4 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 5–1 2–4 3–2 4–1 3–2 1–1
Utah 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–3 4–2 1–1 3–2 3–3 1–1 3–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–3 5–1 4–2 2–3 1–1
Washington 0–5 2–4 3–3 4–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 1–1 2–4 2–0 1–1 1–4 4–2 4–2 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1

Game logEdit

1986–87 game log
Total: 50–32 (Home: 1–0; Road: 1–0)
1986–87 schedule

PlayoffsEdit

East First RoundEdit

(4) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (5) Philadelphia 76ers Bucks win series 3-2

  • Game 1 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (April 24): Milwaukee 107, Philadelphia 104
  • Game 2 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (April 26): Philadelphia 125, Milwaukee 122
  • Game 3 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (April 29): Milwaukee 121, Philadelphia 120
  • Game 4 @ The Spectrum, Philadelphia (May 1): Philadelphia 124, Milwaukee 118
  • Game 5 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (May 3): Milwaukee 102, Philadelphia 89

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Milwaukee won 4-3)

East Conference SemifinalsEdit

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Milwaukee Bucks Celtics win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 5): Boston 111, Milwaukee 98
  • Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 6): Boston 126, Milwaukee 124
  • Game 3 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (May 8): Milwaukee 126, Boston 121
  • Game 4 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (May 10): Boston 138, Milwaukee 137
  • Game 5 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 13): Milwaukee 129, Boston 124
  • Game 6 @ The MECCA, Milwaukee (May 15): Milwaukee 121, Boston 111
  • Game 7 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 17): Boston 119, Milwaukee 113

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Eastern Conference Finals (Boston won 4-0)

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
Dudley Bradley
Randy Breuer
Junior Bridgeman
Don Collins
Terry Cummings
Chris Engler
Kenny Fields
Mike Glenn
Cedric Henderson
Jerome Henderson
Craig Hodges
John Lucas
Hank McDowell
Paul Mokeski
Sidney Moncrief
Ricky Pierce
Paul Pressey
Jerry Reynolds
Jack Sikma
Scott Skiles
Keith Smith
Marvin Webster

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Dudley Bradley
Randy Breuer
Terry Cummings
Jerome Henderson
Craig Hodges
John Lucas
Paul Mokeski
Sidney Moncrief
Ricky Pierce
Paul Pressey
Jerry Reynolds
Jack Sikma

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

July 1, 1986
To Milwaukee Bucks---- To Seattle SuperSonics----

ReferencesEdit

See alsoEdit