Paul has been a Milwaukee Bucks basketball fan all of his life. 1970-1971 Paul saw Lew Alcindor aka Kareem Abdul Jabbar play in Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee Bucks Teams: 1968-2020
Kareem Abdul Jabbar formerly known as Lew Alcindor, Oscar Robertson, Bob Lanier, Marques Johnson, Sidney Moncrief, Ray Allen, and Giannis Antetokounpo are some of the greatest NBA players who have worn Milwaukee Bucks' uniforms. Since the team was formed in 1968, the Bucks have made the playoffs 30 times, won 13 division championships, and one NBA title. In this article, I will list my selections of all-time Bucks' all-stars who were the best in helping Milwaukee have great teams.
Milwaukee Bucks Teams and All-Stars 1968-1974
Except for a few years in the 1970s, I have been following the Milwaukee Bucks since 1968. When the Bucks franchise was formed in 1968, I was overseas with the U.S. Navy. Most of my stateside sports news came by way of the Stars and Stripes newspaper for overseas military. In the winter of 1969, I recall looking at NBA box scores in the paper and noticing that my new hometown team was losing a lot of games. The losing would stop after the Bucks drafted Lew Alcindor with the first pick of the 1969 draft. Later, an NBA title would come to the Bucks in 1971 after they obtained Oscar Robertson in a trade with the Cincinnati Royals. Milwaukee was then truly a basketball powerhouse up until the mid-1970s.
"Gentleman" Jon McGlocklin, "The Greyhound", Bob Dandridge, Greg Smith, Lucius Allen, and Bob Boozer were all talented players who complimented Jabbar and Robertson during the 1970-1974 championship years. My all-time all-stars during this period would still have to be:
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:
Formerly known as Lew Alcindor out of UCLA, Abdul-Jabbar was selected number one in the NBA draft of 1969. He won Rookie of the Year honors in the 1969-1970 season averaging 28.8 points per game (ppg) and 14.5 rebounds per game (RPG). Teaming with Oscar Robertson the following year, Kareem helped lead the Bucks to their only NBA title in 1971 with a regular-season record of 66-16. In that season, he averaged 31.7 ppg. In the following three years, Abdul-Jabbar led the Bucks to three more great seasons, culminating with a trip to the NBA Finals in 1974 and a seventh game loss to the Boston Celtics. With his patented "skyhook" coined by Bucks radio announcer Eddie Doucette, Kareem was both an offensive and defensive force in the middle.
2. Oscar Robertson:
Oscar Robertson or the "Big O" played for the Bucks from 1970 until his retirement in 1974. Robertson was obtained by the Bucks before the 1970 season in a trade with the Cincinnati Royals Royals for Flynn Robinson and Charlie Paulk. While with the Royals, "Big O" was a perennial all-star who could do everything. As a point guard, he could shot, distribute the ball, and also go inside to rebound. Although Robertson was an aging player, he gave a young Bucks team veteran point guard leadership. Besides making Jabbar and his teammates better players, he averaged 19.4 ppg in the 1970-1071 season, leading Milwaukee to an NBA title. Robertson continued to play well with Kareem, and he led the Bucks to the playoffs three more times before retiring after the Bucks NBA finals loss to the Celtics in 1974.
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Milwaukee Bucks Teams and All-Stars: 1977- 1989
In 1975 after the end of the 1974-1975 season, Kareem Abdul Jabbar requested that the Bucks trade him to either the New York Knicks or the Los Angeles Lakers. A deal was eventually reached with the Lakers who sent four players to Milwaukee for Jabbar. The Jabbar-Robertson years were now in the past, and the Bucks were a rebuilding team. Coach Larry Costello resigned and was replaced by Don Nelson. During the mid and late 1970s, the Bucks obtained Junior Bridgeman as one of the four players for Jabbar, and they drafted Marques Johnson and Sidney Moncrief with first-round picks. After Bob Lanier was obtained following the 1979-1980 season in a trade with the Detroit Pistons, the Bucks had all of the pieces in place to be a winning team again. Although Milwaukee could never get by first the Philadelphia Sixers and then the Boston Celtics to win NBA titles, the Bucks still won their division every year and played above .500 during the 1980s. After Bob Lanier retired in 1984, Milwaukee plugged its hole in the middle by getting Jack Sikma from Seattle. Following the 1984-1985 season, the Bucks also tweaked their team by trading Marques Johnson and Junior Bridgeman to the San Diego Clippers for Terry Cummings.
Alex English, Craig Hodges, Harvey Catchings, Rickie Pierce, Paul Pressey, and Quinn Buckner were other talented players who played roles in the success of Milwaukee during the period 1977-1989. In looking at all of the Bucks during this period, these would have to be my all-time all-stars:
1. Bob Lanier:
In 1970 Lanier was an All-American number one pick out of St. Bonaventure by the Detroit Pistons. After 10 years of all-star play with the Pistons, the Bucks got Lanier in a trade in 1980. In his four seasons with Milwaukee, Lanier averaged 20.1 ppg and 10.1 rpg, with the Bucks winning division championships each year. In 1984 after the 1983-1984 season, Lanier retired.
2. Marques Johnson:
Marques Johnson played with the Bucks from 1977-1984. During that period, many people called him the best small forward in the game. He led the Bucks to division titles in 1980-1984 averaging 20.1 ppg during these four years. Along with Sidney Moncrief, Johnson was part of the heart and soul of the Bucks.
3. Sidney Moncrief:
Sidney Moncrief played with Milwaukee from 1979-1990. As a great defensive point guard, Moncrief was the undisputed leader of the Bucks during the 1980s. Although only averaging 15.6 ppg during his career, Sidney was a five-time NBA All-Star, and he was chosen as the defensive player of the year for two straight years. The Milwaukee Bucks hired Sidney Moncrief as an assistant coach during the 2013-2014 season.
4. Terry Cummings:
Terry Cummings played with the Bucks from 1984-1989. As a power forward, he averaged 20 ppg and 8 rpg for four of the five years he was with the Bucks. Over his career, Cummings was a two-time NBA All-Star, averaging 16.4 ppg and 7.3 rpg.
5. Junior Bridgeman:
Junior Bridgeman played with the Bucks from 1975-1984 and 1986-1987. In his 12 years with the Bucks, Bridgeman played in 711 games which is a Bucks record. He was a very valuable sixth man off the bench who averaged 13.6 ppg during his career.
Bucks Sweep Celtics in 1983 Playoffs
Milwaukee Bucks Teams and All-Stars: 1990-2002
From 1990 until 1998 the Milwaukee Bucks had very poor season records because they were once again in a rebuilding mode. Most significant during this period were the first-round selections of Glenn Robinson in 1994 and Ray Allen in 1996. By the time George Karl took over as coach in 1998, the Bucks finally started to get competitive again, especially after the trade for Sam Cassell in 1999. In just three years a struggling team now made the playoffs and just missed the NBA Finals in a seventh game loss to the Philadelphia Sixers. Although the Bucks went to the playoffs one more time in 2003, the team was now in disarray with the trading away of the "big three" of Robinson, Allen, and Cassell.
Tim Thomas, Michael Redd, Vin Baker, Jason Caffey, and Scott Williams were other good players with the Bucks during the late 1990s and early 2000s. My all-stars during this era would have to be:
1. Ray Allen:
Ray Allen played with the Bucks during the period 1996-2003 as a great shooting guard. He is best remembered as being a prolific three-point shooter and an extremely accurate free throw shooter. Allen was a first-round pick out of Connecticut and averaged 20 ppg during his career with Milwaukee. Ray Allen then starred with the Boston Celtics leading them to an NBA championship.
2. Glen Robinson:
Glen Robinson or "Big Dog" played with the Bucks from 1994-2002. He is a two-time NBA All-Star who averaged 20 ppg seven of the eight years that he played with Milwaukee. As a rookie out of Purdue, Robinson averaged 21.9 ppg during his first year.
3. Sam Cassell:
Sam Cassell played with the Bucks from 1999-2003. As a point guard and leader of the team, he was a member of the "Big 3" along with Ray Allen and Glen Robinson who helped Milwaukee get back to the playoffs. While with the Bucks, Cassell averaged 19 ppg and 8 assists per game (apg).
Milwaukee Bucks Teams: 2003-2017
It was very frustrating following the Milwaukee Bucks during the period 2003-2016. Although the team made the playoffs in 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013, and 2015, there was no consistency and the team seemed like it was rebuilding every year. Up until 2010, Michael Redd was a talented player on the team. There were some talented players on the team like Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings. The problem was that they were very inconsistent in their careers, and they did not step up to be leaders like Oscar Robertson and Sidney Moncrief. For this reason, I can not include any players from 2003-2016 on my all-time all-star list.
Milwaukee Bucks Teams 2018-Present
The Milwaukee Bucks finally put it all together in the 2018-2019 NBA season by earning an NBA best record of 60-22. This record was achieved primarily due to the efforts of Giannis Antetokounpo and Khris Middleton. Both of them played in the 2019 All-Star Game. Giannis has improved greatly over the past few years and averaged 27 points and 12 rebounds per game in the 2018-2019 season. Just recently Antetokounpo was MVP and led Milwaukee to the 2021 NBA championship. He is a special player at 6'11" tall who can play and defend any position on the court. I see Giannis as one of the Bucks' all-time best players.
Milwaukee Bucks All-Stars of All-Time
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© 2011 Paul Richard Kuehn
Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on May 12, 2012:
I agree. The Bucks have to be lucky in the draft and give its fans a contender to root for.
derek54 on May 11, 2012:
I forgot to mention that. Yes there last good big man was sikma. Ya bogut was injury prone and that's to bad. What i meant about milwaukee leaving the city is if they don't start being more consistent i believe the fans will just give up. (My opinion). What would b a blessing would b if they got lucky with the lottery. Chances are not good. But it would b great to see the bucks get the first,second, or third.
Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on May 11, 2012:
Thanks for reading and the comments which are so true. Yes, the Bucks have to change. Getting a new place to play in Milwaukee would be nice, but right now they need a decent big man in the middle. I thought Andrew Boget, a lottery pick, would be the man, but he was hurt most of the time while in Milwaukee.
derek54 on May 11, 2012:
I have been a buck fan since 1968. What is happing to the sport now that was not happing then is $$$$$$$$$. Back in the 60's 70's players were paid around the same with every team. So going to another team just for more money was not realistic. Smaller city teams now have no chance to compete with the big boys of the NBA. The bucks are a sad team. They r a 50-50 team. Just good enough to barley make the playoffs but not good enough to get a chance to have a top pick in the draft. I see in the future that if the bucks don't change then u can say bye bye to a great city of Milwaukee.
Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on March 27, 2012:
You ask a very good question Brandon. I really have no idea what George Karl was thinking at the time. Weren't both Payton and Cassell point guards?
brandonvand on March 27, 2012:
Let me summarize the last two paragraphs......"Why in the hell did we trade Ray Allen for Gary Payton? Payton played only 28 games for us".