Milwaukee has been home to some of the NBA’s elite players. In its 42-year history, the Bucks have had 26 playoff teams and one NBA Championship built upon Hall of Fame-caliber talent. Among the best players in Milwaukee Bucks franchise history are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, and Ray Allen.
One of the best players in Milwaukee Bucks franchise history is Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Formerly Lew Alcindor, Kareem played 20 seasons overall, the first six of which came with the Bucks (1969 to 1975). He tops the Bucks’ all-time scoring and rebounding lists with 14,211 points and 7,161 rebounds, averaging 30.4 per game along with 15.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. When he joined the Bucks in the 1969-70 season, the team was only one year old. He led them to an improvement from 27 to 56 wins in his first year, and in his second year he carried Milwaukee to their first and only NBA Championship. Few resumes can compare to Abdul-Jabbar’s. He made an astonishing 19 All-Star teams, 15 All-NBA teams, and 11 All-Defensive teams, winning six NBA MVP Awards and two Finals MVPs.
One of the best players in Milwaukee Bucks history, Oscar Robertson spent his final four seasons with the team from 1970 to 1974. Robertson averaged 16.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game in a Bucks uniform, making the All-Star team in his first two years in Milwaukee. “The Big O” incredibly ranks in the top ten in NBA history in both scoring and assists, tallying 26,710 points and dishing out 9,887 assists in his career. Robertson is the only NBA player to ever average a triple-double in a season, doing so in his second year in Cincinnati with averages of 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists per contest.
Sharpshooter Ray Allen began his career in Milwaukee and is one of the best players in Milwaukee Bucks history. Allen spent six and a half seasons with the Bucks from 1996 to 2003, averaging 19.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. In his final two years there, he led the league in three point makes as he evolved into one of the greatest shooters the game has ever seen. With 2,428 baskets and counting, Allen is second only to Reggie Miller among the NBA’s all-time leaders in three point makes. He also owns the fifth highest free throw percentage (.893) in NBA history. Allen made three All-Star appearances as a Buck with nine overall in his career.
One of the best players in Milwaukee Bucks franchise history, small forward Marques Johnson spent his first seven and his best seven seasons as a Buck. Johnson represented Milwaukee in four All-Star games, averaging 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Johnson made three All-NBA teams with the Bucks, leading them to the playoffs in six of his seven years.
Sam Cassell spent time with eight NBA franchises and his longest stay was in Milwaukee. In four-plus seasons as a Buck, Cassell averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. Cassell made just one All-Star team and one All-NBA team in his career, but he ranks 30 th among the NBA’s all-time assist leaders with 5,939. He also ranks 26th in career free throw percentage (.861) and 97th in points (15,635).
Other top players in Milwaukee Bucks history include Glenn Robinson, Michael Redd, Sidney Moncrief, Bob Dandridge, Terry Cummings, Andrew Bogut, Moses Malone, Nate Archibald, Alex English, Davd Cowens, and Bob Lanier.