Top 10 Milwaukee Bucks of All-Time

Top 10 Milwaukee Bucks of All-Time


Milwaukee Bucks

Honorable Mentions:

20. Jack Sikma

19. Junior Bridgeman

18. Ricky Pierce

17. Brian Winters

16. Sam Cassell

15. Paul Pressey

14. Vin Baker

13. Flynn Robinson

12. Quinn Buckner

11. Jon McGlocklin

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10. Bob Lanier

Seasons in Milwaukee:

5 (1979-1984)

Stats w/ the Bucks

13.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.9 Stocks, 54.1 FG%

Bob Lanier’s time with the Bucks isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the Hall of Famer’s NBA career. There’s no question that his years with the Detroit Pistons was more impressive. After all, he did average 22.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists for some pretty good teams in the mid-70s. However, that doesn’t take away from what he meant to the Bucks for the 5 seasons he spent with the franchise. Lanier arrived in Milwaukee halfway through the 1979-80 season and immediately made his presence felt, averaging 15.7 points and 6.9 rebounds in 26 games. His addition to the roster gave the Bucks a legitimate post presence on a team that was lacking size. Like he did much of his career, Lanier battled injuries during his time with the Bucks, likely diminishing the impact the front office thought they were getting when trading for him. Still, that doesn’t take away from his value to the organization’s history. Lanier comes in at 10 on my list.

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9. Terry Cummings

Seasons in Milwaukee:

6 (1984-1989, 1995-1996)

Stats w/ the Bucks

19.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 2.0 Stocks, 48.4 FG%

The former second-overall pick in the 1982 NBA Draft, 1983 Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Star, Terry Cummings is, without question, one of the greatest players in franchise history. During his rookie season, Cummings established himself as a legitimate threat in the league at the 4-spot by averaging 23.7 points and 10.6 rebounds on 52.3 percent shooting for the San Diego Clippers. And he continued to post strong numbers after being traded to the Bucks prior to the 1984-85 season. For a power forward, Cummings possessed the ability to run the court with or without the ball and wasn’t afraid to take his man off the dribble on offense. Considering the fact that injuries eventually forced him into a reserve role—in which he was successful as well—his career becomes even more impressive than the numbers already suggest. Over the course of his 6 seasons with the Bucks, Cummings averaged 19.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.3 APG. Given his numbers and time with the franchise during some of its more successful seasons in the 80s, I must give Cummings a spot in the top 10.

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8. Michael Redd

Seasons in Milwaukee:

11 (2000-2011)

Stats w/ the Bucks

20.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.1 Stocks, 44.9 FG%

Michael Redd was drafted in the second round of the 2000 draft, and at the time, no one would have thought he would go on to fill the shoes of Ray Allen when he was traded to Seattle in 2003. But by his third season in the league, Redd was well on his way to becoming the leader of the team and an elite scorer, which established him as one of the biggest second-round surprises this league has ever seen. An All-Star appearance and All-NBA Third Team selection in 2004 seemed to indicate that he was destined for a long career and would be a special player. However, injuries would cut those hopes short. Unfortunately, in January 2009, Redd tore both his ACL and MCL and would miss the rest of the season. He worked hard and was able to return for the start of the 2009-10 season, but in an extremely cruel coincidence, he re-tore both ligaments almost exactly one year later in January 2010. After that, he would never be the same. It still hurts Bucks fans to this day, a half decade later, wondering how much more Redd could have given them had he stayed healthier during his prime.

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7. Ray Allen

Seasons in Milwaukee:

7 (1996-2003)

Stats w/ the Bucks

19.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.5 Stocks, 45.0 FG%

There has never been another player in the history of Bucks basketball, or the NBA in general, with a jump shot sweeter than Ray Allen. For six-and-a-half seasons, fans in Milwaukee were treated to the sight of Allen putting on a shooting clinic every single night. The former fifth-overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft out of UConn got right to it during his rookie season, averaging 13.4 points, third on the team to only Vin Baker and Glenn Robinson. From there, Allen began to emerge as one of the league’s elite scorers. Despite being known for his shot, he could hurt defenders in a variety of different ways. Whether it was with that jumper, his surprisingly quick first step or excellent ability to cut and find open spots on the floor, Allen was an all-around offensive weapon. He holds franchise records for career three-point field goals made (1051) and for most threes made in a single season (229). His 7 years in Milwaukee averaging 20/5/4 earns Ray Ray the title as the seventh greatest Milwaukee Buck of all-time.


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