Today In NBA History 1990: Scott Skiles 30 Assist Game
Monday , Dec , 31 , 2012 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1990: Scott Skiles 30 Assist Game

Though it's hard to imagine in his current role as Bucks head coach, Scott Skiles was a legit baller at one time.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: This is a record that may never be broken.

22 years ago on a warm night in Orlando, Magic point guard Scott Skiles set the single game NBA assist record with 30 during a 155-116 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Going into the game, there was no reason for anyone to expect any type of legendary performance as both teams were struggling. The Nuggets were 6-22, the Magic 6-23, two of the worst records in the league.

Skiles to that point in his career hadn't been given the opportunity to do much. Drafted by Indiana, he came off the bench for two years. The Pacers thought so little of him that they left him unprotected for the 1989-90 NBA expansion draft where he was selected by the Magic. 1990-91 was his first season as a full-time starter and he responded with a great season, ultimately winning the NBA's Most Improved Player Award.

But what caught everyone's eye was his 30 assist game, breaking the previous record of 29 held by Kevin Porter of the New Jersey Nets in 1978. And it wasn't like Skiles was just a facilitator in that game, sandbagging on offense just to set the record. He scored 22 points on seven of 13 shooting. He turned the ball over just four times, on his way to 7.5 to 1 assist to turnover ratio. Check out the final assist, not exactly a "gimme":

Skiles didn't just flounder after the 30 assist game- he had several outstanding assist performances that year including a 20 assist game against Denver roughly three months later. For the season he dished out 15+ in six games on his way to averaging  8.4 assists per game which was 10th in the league.

There is always something magical about seeing a record setting performance, particularly one that was completely unexpected.

Will Scott Skiles 30 assist record ever be broken?



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Wednesday , Mar , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Warriors trade Monta Ellis to Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson

The Milwaukee Bucks have traded Bogut and forward Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown, sources confirmed to


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Suddenly, Andrew Bogut and Monta Ellis have new homes.

The Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors' swap of franchise faces is an admission by both clubs that the status quo wasn't working.

After all, Bogut was often injured, while Ellis was often in trouble. (In fact, Bogut is currently out with an ankle injury, while Ellis is being sued as part of a sexual harassment case involving a former employee of the Warriors.)

The Warriors are hoping Bogut, a former first overall pick, anchors the middle. Ellis, a terrific scorer, will form an undersized and dynamic backcourt with Bucks table-setter Brandon Jennings.

Bogut and Ellis aren't the biggest wild card in this trade. That distinction belongs to Stephen Jackson, a former Warrior who fell out with management.

Captain Jack, an integral part of the Warriors' 'We Believe' run of 2007, has since made several stops around the league before ending up in Coach Scott Skiles' doghouse.

His return to 'The Bay' will be worth following.

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Thursday , Mar , 08 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Stephen Jackson in ‘Cars and Clothes’

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Stephen Jackson isn't playing much for Scott Skiles' Milwaukee Bucks, so why not drop a new rap single?

Click the video below and tell us your thoughts on Captain Jack's single 'Cars and Clothes'.

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Sunday , Sep , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Brandon Jennings thinks Stephen Jackson makes Bucks a top team in the east

“The first day Stephen Jackson walked into the facility, I knew right then and there it was going to be a different year,’’ Jennings said. “And it’s going to be a year that I think we’re going to be successful.

“The thing about the NBA is the league gets better and better every year. It’s never going to be the same, so I think with Stephen Jackson and a healthy Andrew Bogut and Drew Gooden, I think we’ll be talented enough to play with any of the top teams in the East, hands down.’’


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Brandon Jennings is right to suggest Stephen Jackson will impact the Milwaukee Bucks.

Will it be for better or worse, though?

Jennings believes his new teammate will use his talent for good, transforming the Bucks into a contender out east.

There`s evidence to support this view: Jackson was a champion with the San Antonio Spurs; helped the Charlotte Bobcats make their first-ever playoff appearance; and was terrific for the Golden State Warriors in 2007.

And there`s evidence to refute this view: Jackson bolted on those same Spurs, fell out with the Bobcats, and demanded the Warriors trade him months after signing a lucrative extension.

The hope is that Jackson will warm to his new surroundings. When healthy, Jennings and Andrew Bogut are a solid pair. Coach Scott Skiles will appreciate his tenacity as long as Jackson doesn`t become a distraction.

Who can forget the shenanigans that took place with the Indiana Pacers?

Of course, Jackson’s deal expires in 2013, so he’ll have to perform if he wants a contract from the Bucks or another team.

Jennings is right: Jackson will make the Bucks better. For now, it`s in his interests to do so. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jul , 18 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Brandon Jennings: ‘It’s time to become an All-Star’

"Next year will be my third year and I need to establish myself as one of the best point guards and one of the best players in the game. It's just trying to get better and better every day. Working with Scott Skiles (before the lockout), getting in the weight room, dedicating the summer to strictly basketball. It's going to be my third year, so it's time to become an all-star."


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Did it do more harm than good?

Eighteen months ago, Brandon Jennings was the talk of the NBA. His first month in the league was full of highlights, assists, and a 55-point game.

Suddenly, the Milwaukee Bucks were relevant. Expectations soared for Jennings, a high profile point guard who skipped college and played professionally in Italy for one season.

Last year, Jennings got exposed. His shot selection was poor; his finish at the rim weak. Many believed Luke Ridnour, a veteran backup, was better at running the half-court offense.

It was obvious: Jennings got too much too soon. And he didn't know how to respond when defenses adjusted after to his early success.

Jennings deserves credit for checking his ego, setting goals, and putting in work. He also deserved credit for using Scott Skiles, the Bucks` taskmaster coach, as a resource before the lockout.

After all, Skiles is old school. He won’t tell Jennings what he wants to hear. And he'll challenge his young point guard –just not like he did with Shaquille O`Neal so many years ago.

How many 22-year olds would have the maturity to do that? Most would ignore their hard-as-nails sideline boss and hire 'their guy' to serve as personal trainer.

Perhaps Jennings takes a significant step next year. Perhaps not. But it won't be for lack of effort or trying.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , May , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Bucks open to trading Jennings?

Top rumors making the rounds at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago this week: The Milwaukee Bucks reportedly would be open to listening to offers for guard Brandon Jennings.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Last year, he was a stud. This year, he was a dud.

There are reports suggesting the Milwaukee Bucks would consider dealing young point guard Brandon Jennings.

In 2010, Jennings led a hoops renaissance in Milwaukee. Their jitterbug point guard was a Rookie of the Year candidate. The Bucks, behind a late season push, made the playoffs.

But it all went pear-shaped for player and team in 2011. Jennings, in part because of injury, struggled to recapture his form. The Bucks missed the playoffs.

Has management lost faith in Jennings?

Much depends on Coach Scott Skiles. Skiles, a former point guard, is notoriously tough on his point guards, and may have lost patience with young Jennings.

Management may listen to offers. And Jennings may be dealt for the perfect offer.

The perfect offer is unlikely, though. The NBA is point guard heavy. Teams in the market for a table-setter will wait for July of 2012 when Chris Paul and Deron Williams become free agents, as oppsed to overpaying for Jennings.

Look for the darting left-hander to be in a Bucks uniform when the 2012 season begins.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 01 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Salmons lands five-year, $39 million pact with Milwaukee

The Bucks are nearing a deal to re-sign guard John Salmons.

A source told FanHouse the deal is done except for a few minor points. Milwaukee general manager John Hammond had told FanHouse very early Thursday morning he had "guarded'' optimism that Salmons would re-sign.

The source said the deal will be for five years for about $39 million.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s a perfect fit.

After all, the Milwaukee Bucks were much improved after acquiring shooting-guard John Salmons from the Chicago Bulls at the trade deadline.

Salmons can score in many ways: he has deep range from the perimeter; can stick the in-between shot; and also gets to the basket.

His knack for scoring and low-key personality helped the surprising Bucks qualify for the playoffs.

And at $8 million per year, an extension was a no-brainer for both Salmons and Milwaukee.

-- O.Sandor.

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Thursday , Apr , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Scott Skiles: Brandon Jennings Should Have Been RoY

The Rookie of the Year Award will be given to Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings later this week.

Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Scott Skiles believes his rookie point guard, Brandon Jennings, should have won the award. However, Skiles was more than understanding on why the voters chose Evans.

"Those [Jennings, Evans, Stephen Curry] were the three guys that stood out," Skiles said prior to Game 5 against the Hawks. "Each person that votes has their own criteria. All I can say is, I find it hard to believe there's any rookie that has been more valuable to their team than Brandon has been."

"But how can you argue with what Tyreke did or what Curry did," he said. "Those guys had great years as well."