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Top Ten Milwaukee Bucks of All-Time

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Training camp might almost be upon us, but we’re still living in the past at The Hoops Manifesto.  We’ve gathered together a stellar collection of Bloguin basketball writers to determine the top ten players all-time for each of the 30 NBA franchises.  Next up: the Milwaukee Bucks.   

Voting panel: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, College Wolf from the TWolves Blog, Don from With Malice, Philip from Orlando Magic Daily and Diego from Leaving It All On The Court.

10) Jon McGlocklin – Milwaukee Bucks – 1968 – 1976

Bucks accomplishments:

- jersey number (14) retired by the Bucks
- member of the 1971 Bucks NBA championship team
- NBA leader in games played in 1969/70
- one-time NBA All-Star

“The third wheel on the 1970-71 team, McGlocklin and Abdul-Jabbar showed future teams how to play with a dominant big man. Abdul-Jabbar could pass to an open McGlocklin for a three if he was double-teamed.  McGlocklin could either shoot his rainbow jumper or re-post Kareem. Pick your poison.” – Diego Quezada

9) Terry Cummings – Milwaukee Bucks – 1984 – 1989, 1995 – 1996

Bucks accomplishments:

- NBA leader in games played in 1986/87
- two-time NBA All-Star
- two-time All-NBA selection

“I still identify Terry Cummings with the Spurs, but he had his best individual years in Milwaukee.  His first year in Laverne & Shirley’s turf he put up 23.6 ppg and 9.1 rpg.” – Jeff Fox

8) Bob Dandridge – Milwaukee Bucks – 1969 – 1977, 1981

Bucks accomplishments:

- member of 1971 Bucks NBA championship team
- Bucks all-time leader in minutes played
- three-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team selection

“Bob Dandridge knew how to pick his teammates – he teamed up with Lew Alcindor and Oscar Robertson in Milwaukee to win a title, then he joined Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld in Washington to earn another ring.” – Jeff Fox

7) Ray Allen – Milwaukee Bucks – 1996 – 2003

Bucks accomplishments:

- Bucks all-time leader in three-pointers made
- second all-time in three-pointers (made & attempted) in the NBA
- fifth all-time in free throw % in the NBA
- NBA leader in games played in 1997/98 & 1998/99
- NBA leader in three-pointers in 2001/02 & 2002/03
- three-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team selection
- one-time All-NBA selection

“Outside of the Kareem and Oscar days, Milwaukee probably did not have much more success than when Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell were winning division titles in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Allen was a prolific shooter from the moment he entered the league and actually had some athleticism too. Hard to remember one of his first appearances at All-Star weekend was in a slam dunk contest.” – Philip

6) Michael Redd – Milwaukee Bucks – 2000 – present

Bucks accomplishments:

- Bucks all-time leader in three-pointers attempted
- one-time NBA All-Star
- one-time All-NBA selection

“The Bucks felt comfortable trading Ray Allen because Redd played so well, and he has shown why. Although history will view Allen as the better player, Redd was better with the Bucks.” – Diego Quezada

5) Glenn Robinson – Milwaukee Bucks – 1994 – 2002

Bucks accomplishments:

- Bucks all-time leader in defensive rebounds
- two-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team selection

“The “Big Dog”.  Yet another player that through the passage of time, has wilted somewhat in our memories.  But when he played, the guy was amazing.  Career at the Bucks – more than 21 ppg and 6.2 boards.  Notable: signed the biggest ever rookie contract in the history of the NBA (editor’s note: the deal was $68 million over 10 years).” – Don

“The number one draft pick 1994 was one of the first forwards to combine size with a great shooting acumen. He quickly established himself as a solid player in the league and helped Milwaukee to one of the best records in the post-Jordan Central Division.” – Philip

“The only player to score more points in a Bucks jersey than Glenn Robinson is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  Enough said.” – Jeff Fox

4) Oscar Robertson – Milwaukee Bucks – 1970 – 1974

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Bucks accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (1) retired by the Bucks
- member of the 1971 Bucks NBA championship team
- two-time NBA All-Star
- two-time All-NBA selection

“Possibly the best pairing of a perimeter player and big man, The Big O and Lew Alcindor stormed to a 66-16 record in 1970-71. After he retired in ’74, the Bucks fell to a 38-44 record –  and that was when the team still had Abdul-Jabbar.” – Diego Quezada

“The Big O played his final four seasons in Milwaukee and was a decent cry away from his triple double season. But Robertson was still a pretty efficient point guard in Milwaukee, helping the franchise to its only title.” – Philip

3) Marques Johnson – Milwaukee Bucks – 1977 – 1984

Bucks accomplishments:

- Bucks all-time leader in offensive rebounds
- four-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team selection
- three-time All-NBA selection

“The man who embodied the “point forward” position he coined, Johnson remarkably combined distributing with scoring. It worked well, considering the Bucks won division titles for five straight years with him, from 1980-84.” – Diego Quezada

“One of the best SFs in the game in his time, Johnson was the guy who brought about the position of “point forward”. Basically, at the time, the Bucks had no one more capable.  The best seven years of his career were those at Milwaukee.  In ’79, the only player with a better PER was Kareem Abdul Jabbar.” – Don 

2) Sidney Moncrief – Milwaukee Bucks – 1979 – 1989

Bucks accomplishments:

- jersey number (4) retired by the Bucks
- Bucks all-time leader in free throws (made & attempted)
- five-time NBA All-Star
- two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year
- five-time All-NBA selection
- five-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection

“Michael Jordan once said of Moncrief, “He’ll hound you everywhere you go, both ends of the court. You just expect it.”.  Unfortunately placed in the 1980s amid the dominance of the Lakers and Celtics, Moncrief was still a versatile guard who was one of the best perimeter defenders to ever play this game.” – Diego Quezada

“What is it with the Bucks and all these unappreciated players?  Sidney Moncrief brought it night in, night out – both ends of the floor.  A defensive fiend, even Jordan admired his game.  He took the Bucks to the playoffs every year of his ten years there.” – Don

1) Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Milwaukee Bucks – 1969 – 1975

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Bucks accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (33) retired by the Bucks
- member of the 1971 Bucks NBA championship team
- Bucks all-time leader in field goals (made & attempted), total rebounds & points
- NBA leader in games played in 1969/70
- NBA leader in field goals made in 1969/70, 1970/71, 1971/72 & 1973/74
- NBA leader in field goals attempted in 1971/72
- NBA leader in points in 1969/70, 1970/71 & 1971/72
- NBA leader in points per game in 1970/71 & 1971/72
- NBA leader in blocks per game in 1974/75
- six-time NBA All-Star
- NBA Rookie of the Year
- NBA All-Rookie Team selection
- NBA Finals MVP
- three-time NBA MVP
- four-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection
- five-time All-NBA selection

“With the first pick of the 1969 NBA draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select Lew Alcindor.  Such grace, poise and stature… perhaps the most understated player of all-time. There’s no godly reason that the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar isn’t mentioned in the same breath as Michael Jordan. No player ever scored more. No player has an achievement list quite like his. And no player dominated the game of basketball – at all levels – more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.” – Don

“If Kareem had retired after his six years in Milwaukee, he still would be thought of as one of the best NBA players of all-time.  Just look above at all he accomplished in his short time with the Bucks.” – Jeff Fox

 

Previous franchises done: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Clippers, Lakers, Memphis, Miami.

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