StaTuesday: Giannis’ 30-point streak a rarity in Bucks history

Giannis Antetokounmpo's streak of four straight 30-point games is the first time a Bucks player has done that in nearly 30 years.

It’s hard not to hear about Giannis Antetokounmpo’s amazing achievements four games into the season.

For example:

Antetokounmpo’s 147 points are the most for any Bucks player in franchise history, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

We mention Abdul-Jabbar for a reason.

In his Bucks career, 18 times the Hall of Fame center had a streak of at least four consecutive games with 30+ points, including a franchise-record 16-game streak from Feb. 2-March 1, 1972. Abdul-Jabbar had nine such streaks lasting five or more games.

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The only other Milwaukee player to score 30+ points in five or more games is Marques Johnson, who had a six-game streak from Oct. 14-24, 1978.

Thursday against Boston, Antetokounmpo can become the third Bucks player to have a five-game streak with 30 or more points.

But Antetokounmpo has already joined an elite group.

He is now just one of five players in franchise history to own a streak of at least four games with 30 or more points. Besides Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson, the only other Bucks to accomplish this feat were Flynn Robinson (who did it twice) and Ricky Pierce.

Pierce’s four-game streak occurred Feb. 22-27, 1990, meaning it had been over 27 years since any Bucks player had a streak of four or more games with 30+ points.

It’s been nearly 40 years since Johnson’s six-game streak. So, yeah, Antetokounmpo is doing something pretty memorable.

(By the way, the last three-game streak of 30+ points by a Bucks player was by Mo Williams from Feb. 5-11, 2008, nearly a decade ago.)

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1969-70 6
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Flynn Robinson 1968-69 4
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1969-70 4
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Dave Heller is the author of Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruth’s Shadow, Facing Ted Williams – Players From the Golden Age of Baseball Recall the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived and As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns