Milwaukee Bucks: How Does Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Playoff Play Rank In Franchise History?

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Efficiency and Effort

Another undoubtedly notable element of Antetokounmpo’s playoff contribution was the way in which he carried so much of the burden for his team, and yet managed to do so while scoring efficiently.

With the inevitable increased minutes load that comes for a star player in the playoffs, and the extra defensive attention that accompanies it, it’s common for even some of the best players to take more shots than usual to get their points in the postseason.

While playing a significant 40.5 minutes per game for the Bucks in their series with the Raptors, Antetokounmpo still managed to counter occasional struggles and post a stellar field goal percentage of 53.1 percent.

Only five other Bucks have managed to shoot over 50 percent from the field for a playoffs while playing 40 minutes or more.

Query Results Table
Crit Crit Crit Tota
Rk Player Season Age Tm Lg MP FG% WS G
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1973-74 26 MIL NBA 47.4 .557 4.7 16
2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970-71 23 MIL NBA 41.2 .515 3.3 14
3 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1969-70 22 MIL NBA 43.5 .567 2.6 10
4 Oscar Robertson 1972-73 34 MIL NBA 42.7 .500 1.3 6
5 Giannis Antetokounmpo 2016-17 22 MIL NBA 40.5 .531 0.7 6
6 Brian Winters 1975-76 23 MIL NBA 42.0 .629 0.5 3
7 Ray Allen 1998-99 23 MIL NBA 40.0 .532 0.3 3
8 Jay Humphries 1990-91 28 MIL NBA 41.0 .531 0.3 3

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Generated 4/29/2017.

While Kareem did it for more sustained runs, outside of Abdul-Jabbar nobody could match the feat while playing more games than the Greek did, and unsurprisingly Giannis was again the youngest Buck to ever hit those marks playing playoff basketball.