Top 10 Milwaukee Bucks Not To Have Their Numbers Retired
The Milwaukee Bucks have retired seven jerseys in their history. This top ten is for the best of the rest, so no Kareem, Oscar, or the others.
The main rule I had was that the guys chosen played in at least five different seasons with the Bucks. Other than that, it was pretty much my choice.
Most of these 10 guys appear on various lists for all-time Milwaukee records.
Before we start ranking the guys who aren't in the rafters at the Bradley Center, let's get to a couple of honorable mentions.
HM: Ervin Johnson (1997-2002; 2005-06)
E.J. wasn't much of a scorer, but he definitely was a rebounder and a big man in the middle.
In his seven seasons in Milwaukee, he played 461 games, blocking 586 shots and pulling down 3,050 rebounds.
Johnson shot 51 percent for the Bucks, and was a true leader both on and off the court.
Johnson's key stats, with all-time Bucks placement:
-51% FG (ninth)
-1,064 offensive rebounds (fifth)
-3,050 rebounds (10th)
HM: Bango (1977-present)
It began as a catchphrase by original Bucks announcer Eddie Doucette for a long-range jumper hit by a Milwaukee player.
What it turned into was a mascot that has been entertaining Bucks fans since the 1977-78 season.
Whether it's his high-flying dunks, pizza deliveries, or fan interactions, Bango is one of the best to wear a Bucks jersey.
He doesn't have any stats to show, but there is no doubt that this buck belongs on the list.
10. Tim Thomas (1998-2003)
Thomas played in six seasons with the Bucks, starting with a trade from Philadelphia and ending with a trade to New York.
He didn't have eye-boggling stats, but he was the sixth man teams dream of during his time in Milwaukee. He was also a key part of the 2001 playoff run.
Thomas played in 385 games and averaged 13 ppg and 5 rpg, and would have been much better had he averaged 15 and 7.
The 6-foot-10 forward from Villanova gets the bottom spot on the list because he provided a spark off the bench, and I liked him.
Thomas' lone strong point is that he stands fourth in total 3-pointers made with 425.
9. Sam Cassell (1998-2003)
Cassell definitely wasn't the best looking of the bunch, but he was part of the Big Three in the 2001 playoffs.
In his four-plus seasons on the Bucks, he played 513 games, scoring 5,939 points and dished out 2,269 assists.
In the 2000-01 season, the 6-foot-3 Cassell averaged nine apg; which was good for second in the league.
Cassell's key stats, with all-time Bucks placements:
-2,269 assists (fifth)
-19 ppg (eighth)
8. Ricky Pierce (1984-91; 1997-98)
Pierce played 460 games for Milwaukee, but started just 46 of them. He won the Sixth Man of the Year Award twice as a member of the Bucks (1986-87 and 1989-90).
He scored 7,570 points in his seven-plus seasons, and shot 52 percent from the field.
Pierce scored a career-high 23 ppg during his second 6th M.O.Y. season, and his presence off the bench was huge during Milwaukee's slow years.
His lone rank in the all-time record book is his 52 percent FG shooting, which is good for eighth.
7. Paul Pressey (1982-90)
Pressey was known for his defense and passing in his eight seasons in Milwaukee, as he ranks first in assists and steals for the Bucks.
He also scored 6,960, has 3,272 assists and was a member of three different All-NBA Defensive teams.
Pressey was a first-team selection in 1984-85, as well as 85-86, and was a second-team member for the 1986-87 season.
The 6-foot-5 Pressey was Milwaukee's first-round selection (No. 20) in the 1982 NBA Draft and averaged 11.9 ppg.
Pressey's key stats, with all-time Bucks placements:
-580 games played (sixth)
-821 offensive rebounds (ninth)
-3,272 assists (first)
-894 steals (first)
6. Terry Cummings (1984-89; 1995-96)
In just six seasons in Miwaukee, Cummings amassed 9,290 points and 3,758 rebounds.
He was a two-time All-Star as a member of the Bucks, an no doubt was the leader during the late-80's.
Cummings played 480 games for the Bucks and shot 48 percent from the floor.
Cummings' key stats, with all-time Bucks placement:
-1,307 offensive rebounds (third)
-3,758 rebounds (fourth)
-9,290 points (tenth)
-607 steals (T-ninth)
-19.4 ppg (seventh)
5. Michael Redd (2000-present)
Redd is the only current Bucks player on the list, and has the opportunity to be one of the best and get his No. 22 right next to Kareem and Co.
The 6-foot-7 Redd was drafted by Milwaukee in the second round of the 2000 NBA Draft and paid his dues by sitting on the bench in his early years because George Karl doesn't play rookies.
He is now the star of the team, but is resting his torn ACL for the year. If Redd plays a few more years for the Bucks, he would be first in most all-time categories.
Redd's key stats, with all-time Bucks placements:
-550 games (eighth)
-18,709 minutes played (fifth)
-981 3-pointers made (second)
-39% 3-pt FG (tenth)
-11,295 points (third)
-20.5 ppg (sixth)
4. Ray Allen (1996-2003)
Walter Ray Allen was almost never a member of the Bucks. In 1996, Milwaukee selected Stephon Marbury at No. 4, but traded with Minnesota's No. 5, which was Allen.
He immediately made an impact in Milwaukee, and was a two-time All Star in his six-plus season as a member of the Bucks.
Allen has started all but four of his games played for the Bucks, and was the team's three-point threat.
I, and everybody else, was shocked when the team traded him to Seattle in Febraury 2003.
Allen's key stats, with all-time Bucks placements;
-494 games (10th)
-17,945 minutes played (ninth)
-1,051 3-pointers (first)
-41% 3-pt FG (fifth)
-618 steals (eighth)
-9,681 points (ninth)
-19.6 ppg (sixth)
3. Bob Dandridge (1969-1977)
Dandridge played eight seasons in Milwaukee and appears in the top for most of the team's all-time records.
He was a three-time All Star in Milwaukee and made the All-Rookie first-team in 1969, after he was selected in the fourth round by the Bucks.
He finished ninth in the league in scoring for the 1975-76 season and averaged 18.6 ppg during his time in Milwaukee.
I believe that one day, Dandridge's number will be in the rafters too.
Dandridge's key stats, with all-time Bucks placement:
-618 games (third)
-22,034 minutes played (first)
-4,497 rebounds (second)
-1,956 assists (eighth)
-11,478 points (fourth)
-18.6 ppg (ninth)
2. Marques Johnson (1977-83)
Johnson played seven seasons for Milwaukee after being drafted third overall in 1977 by the Bucks.
He quickly became the leader and would put up high numbers in most categories in just 524 games.
The 6-foot-7 Johnson was named to the All-Rookie first team by averaging 19.5 ppg and 10.6 rpg.
He was also selected to three different All-NBA Teams, making the first team once, and was a four-time All Star for the Bucks.
Johnson's key stats, with all-time Bucks placements:
-524 games (ninth)
-18,240 minutes played (seventh)
-53% FG (fourth)
-1,468 offensive rebounds (first)
-3,923 rebounds (third)
-1,934 assists (ninth)
-697 steals (sixth)
-10,980 points (sixth)
-21 ppg (fourth)
1. Glenn Robinson (1994-2002)
The Big Dog was picked by the Bucks with the first overall selection in the 1994 NBA Draft, and proved to Milwaukee that it was a smart choice.
The 1993-94 NCAA Player of the Year averaged 21.9 ppg as a rookie, which was top ten in the league.
Robinson was no doubt the leader of The Big Three during the 2000-01 season, and his name is well represented in the all-time records.
Big Dog started all but 11 of his 568 games played and finished his Milwaukee career as only the second Bucks player to score over 12,000 points (behind Kareem).
If I had to guess which number would be retired next, Big Dog's No. 13 would be my first choice.
Robinson's key stats, with all-time Bucks placement:
-568 games (seventh)
-21,262 minutes played (third)
-484 3-pointers (third)
-891 offensive rebounds (seventh)
-3,519 rebounds (fifth)
-689 steals (seventh)
-12,010 points (second)
-21.1 ppg (first)