5 Greatest Milwaukee Bucks to Ever Play In NBA All-Star Game
The 5 Greatest Milwaukee Bucks to Ever Play in the NBA All-Star Game
Since being founded in 1968 as an expansion team in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks has had very little time to be seen as one of the best teams in the league. In their 46 years of existence, the Bucks have only one NBA title to call their own (which was in 1971). In addition, they have two conference championships (1971 and '74) and 13 division titles, the last being in 2001.
Despite being overshadowed by the NBA’s more storied ball clubs, Milwaukee has had some of the league’s best players over the past four-and-a-half decades. Some of these players would go down as the best to ever step on the hardwood during their time, and some are still mentioned among the very best to this day.
There have been a number of players to represent the Bucks organization as All-Stars. Jon McGloklin played the majority of his 12-year NBA career in Milwaukee, making the All-Star Game once (1969) and helping win the franchise’s only title. Brian Winters was a two-time All-Star (1976 and 1978) for the Bucks.
In the 1980s, Terry Cummings donned an Eastern Conference jersey in 1985 and ’89 representing Milwaukee, while in the 1990s, Vin Baker joined the All-Star team for three consecutive seasons (1995-1997) for the Bucks.
Plenty more are well deserved to be mentioned in this category. However, there are five players that stand out as the greatest All-Stars to ever play in the city of Milwaukee. These players have not only proved to be the best during their time, but they have also set a high bar of greatness for the players to come in the Bucks’ future.
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5. Bob Lanier
Although Bob Lanier played the majority of this career with the Detroit Pistons, the five seasons he spent with the Bucks (1980-1984) left such a lasting impression that the franchise decided to retire his no. 16. In addition, one of Lanier’s eight All-Star appearances was with the Bucks (1982).
4. Ray Allen
Most might remember Ray Allen as an NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat, but it was with the Bucks where one of the greatest shooters started his career. Allen joined the Bucks via a trade on draft day in 1996 and flourished into an All-Star, making the team three times while in Milwaukee (2000-2002).
3. Sidney Moncrief
Although he isn't in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Sidney Moncrief is without a doubt one of the greatest to put on a Bucks uniform. In five of Moncrief’s 12 seasons in Milwaukee, he was an All-Star (1982-’86). It was his defensive presence that garnered such attention, and it also won him two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards (1983 and ’84).
2. Oscar Robertson
Oscar Robertson spent the final five years of his 15-year career with the Bucks. In three of those years, he was an All-Star (1970-1972). Most importantly, it was Robertson’s arrival in Milwaukee that put the franchise over the top to win their lone NBA title in 1971, along with the no. 1 person on this list.
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Obviously, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar should be at the top of this list. As a Buck, Abdul-Jabbar was named league MVP three times (1971, ’72, and ’74), was named an All-Star six times (1970-‘75), was selected to the All-NBA First Team for four years in a row (1971-’74), and is still the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Keep in mind, all of this was accomplished in just seven years.
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