Ranking the Top 25 Players in Milwaukee Bucks History

Jordan RodewaldContributor IIAugust 2, 2013

Ranking the Top 25 Players in Milwaukee Bucks History

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    Though recent years may prove otherwise, the Milwaukee Bucks have had a long and rather illustrious history since they were founded in 1968.

    From Hall of Famers like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson to recent talents like Ray Allen, they've endured the services of many great players.

    But which players have had the greatest impact on the franchise?

    After looking extensively at the list of players who once called Milwaukee home, these are the 25 best in franchise history.

    Rankings were determined by using both career numbers and the statistics posted while that player was in a Bucks uniform. In an effort to eliminate those who made brief stops and meant little to the franchise, players must have spent more than one season with the team. Finally, preference in ranking was given to those with longer tenure.

    So, who will end up at No. 1?

    Will it be a long-tenured player like Sidney Moncrief, or will Kareem find himself topping yet another list?

     

No. 25: Blue Edwards

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    Years: 1993-1994

    Career: 10.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.5 FG%

    Bucks: 14.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 49.7 FG%

     

    It'd be doing a disservice to readers everywhere if a guy who went by the name Blue was left off the list.

    It helps that he was—at least during his time in Milwaukee—a pretty good player, too.

    While the rest of his career was unspectacular, Edwards starred for the Bucks during the 1992-93 season when he averaged 16.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists on a ridiculous—by guard standards—51.2 percent shooting from the field.

    Edwards was a tremendous athlete who had a very versatile game. His ability to attack off the dribble, cut or pull up for a jump shot made him difficult to defend, especially during his time with the Bucks.

    Perhaps most notably, he was a participant in the 1991 NBA Slam Dunk Contest and, not any less importantly, made a heck of a duo with Brad Lohaus in the 1993 video game NBA Jam.

No. 24: Dale Ellis

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    Years: 1991-92, 

    Career: 15.7 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.4 APG, 47.9 FG%, 40.3 3FG%

    Bucks: 15.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 47.3 FG%, 41.3 3FG%

     

    Dale Ellis only played 103 games in a Bucks uniform, but that doesn't prevent him from finding his way onto the list.

    Early in his career, Ellis was a prolific scorer for the Seattle SuperSonics and was selected to the All-Star Game during the 1988-89 season. That year he averaged 27.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists on a spectacular 50.1 percent shooting from the field and an even more impressive 47.8 percent from three-point land.

    While he would never come close to those numbers during his short tenure with the Bucks, he still left a lasting impression.

    During his lone full season in Milwaukee, he led the team in scoring and put on a solid display from behind the three-point line.

    And yes, he may have been one of the best shooters in the history of the game, but what made him special was his ability to score in a variety of ways.

    At 6'7", he posed a massive threat for smaller defenders, and his jump shot made him extremely versatile.

    Even though his stay was short, Ellis sneaks onto the list.

No. 23: Andrew Bogut

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    Years: 2006-2012

    Career: 12.2 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.6 BPG, 51.9 FG%

    Bucks: 12.7 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.6 BPG, 52.2 FG%

     

    When the Bucks drafted Andrew Bogut with the first-overall pick of the 2005 NBA draft, it was a questionable decision.

    In hindsight, that's especially true.

    With names like Chris Paul and Deron Williams being taken just several picks behind him, it's hard to wonder if the team made the right decision.

    Had it not been for injuries, it would have been.

    It took Bogut awhile to begin hitting his stride, but by his third full season, he was proving to be a force in the paint. He could score efficiently, he could rebound, and he was a strong shot-blocker.

    During the 2009-10 season, he posted averages of 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting an excellent 52 percent from the floor in 69 games.

    That last number was the only negative about that season for Bogut.

    Unfortunately, not playing full seasons became a trend for the Aussie.

    Judging by his numbers and the progress he was making on the court, there's no question Bogut would have become one of the league's elite centers had he been able to stay healthy.

     

No. 22: Lucius Allen

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    Years: 1971-1975

    Career: 13.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 4.5 APG, 46.3 FG%

    Bucks: 13.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.4 APG, 48.5 FG%

     

    Often times reserves don't get enough credit for their work. That's the case when it comes to discussing Lucius Allen.

    During just over four seasons with the Bucks, Allen never had a down year.

    When the team won the championship in 1971, Allen played a small but important role, averaging 7.1 points and 2.6 assists in 19 minutes of playing time.

    Over the next three years, his role off the bench would expand, and he would continue to prove he was one of the most valuable sixth men around.

    With incredible quickness, he was able to get by defenders and score at the rim and was always a pesky defender as evidenced by the 1.5 steals he averaged throughout his career.

No. 21: Elmore Smith

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    Years: 1976-1977

    Career: 13.4 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 1.4 APG, 2.9 BPG, 48.2 FG%

    Bucks: 13.4 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.1 APG, 2.7 BPG, 50.3 FG%

     

    Another player who suited up in a Bucks uniform for only a short period of time was Elmore Smith.

    Smith played in just 112 games for the team but managed to leave a pretty big impression before moving on.

    One of the greatest shot-blockers ever, he excelled during the 1975-76 season when he averaged 3.1 of them while managing to score 15.6 points and haul in 11.4 rebounds.

    Behind Bob Dandridge and Brian Winters, Smith was a vital asset to the Bucks that season, and despite the team not having much success, he entertained every time he stepped onto the floor.

    His name often gets lost in the discussion of great defenders, but as he showed during his time in Milwaukee, he was one of the best.

    His defense alone would have got him on this list, but the other numbers didn't hurt.

No. 20: Jack Sikma

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    Years: 1987-1991

    Career: 15.6 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 3.2 APG, 46.4 FG%, 84.9 FT%

    Bucks: 13.4 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 2.9 APG, 44.7 FG%, 88.4 FT%

     

    If there's a discussion about underrated NBA players, Jack Sikma's name has to be mentioned. 

    While he was most noted for his days with the Seattle SuperSonics, he came to the Bucks at age 31 and proved he still had plenty left in the tank.

    The seven-time All-Star center joined the Bucks for the 1986-87 season and saw a pretty big decline in his scoring numbers from his final season in Seattle.

    However, he wasted little time rebounding from that down year.

    In fact, over the next two seasons he would form one of the better frontcourt duos in the league with fellow big man Terry Cummings and helped the Del Harris era begin with some success.

    He never achieved what he had with the SuperSonics, but Sikma provided the Bucks with five very good seasons in the paint and a spectacular hairstyle.

    He is, without question, deserving of holding down the No. 20 spot. 

     

     

     

No. 19: Junior Bridgeman

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    Years: 1976-1984, 1987

    Career: 13.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.4 APG, 47.5 FG%

    Bucks: 13.9 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.5 APG, 47.8 FG%

     

    Junior Bridgeman spent 10 seasons with the Bucks, and the 711 games he played during those years remains a franchise record today.

    And he was kept around for good reason, as he was one of the better reserves of his era.

    In the 849 career games Bridgeman played, he started just 52. Despite that fact, his numbers remained strong, and he made the most of his minutes on the court.

    With an awkward shot and his ability to run the floor, he was a vital part of the team's offense.

    In fact, he averaged double figures in scoring for nine consecutive seasons and was one of the team's best offensive weapons for much of the early Don Nelson years in which the team was successful.

    Today—according to this article on General Electric's site—Bridgeman is the second-largest owner of Wendy's franchises, so one might imagine that he's keeping busy and continuing his success in other aspects of life.

No. 18: Ricky Pierce

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    Years: 1985-1991, 1998

    Career: 14.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 49.3 FG%

    Bucks: 16.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.0 APG, 51.6 FG%

     

    If anyone was ever deserving of being proclaimed "Mr. Sixth Man," it would have been Ricky Pierce.

    Starting in just 269 of the 969 games he played in over the course of his career, Pierce was, without question, a prolific scorer.

    With a sweet jump shot and ability to score efficiently, he proved to be a valuable asset for the Bucks through the latter part of the 80s.

    For someone who's 6'4", shooting nearly 50 percent for his career is certainly impressive and something that should be pointed out.

    Not only that, but to this day, Pierce holds the record for most points per game in a season without starting a single game.

    He averaged just 24.4 minutes during his 16-year career, and it would have be interesting to see what he could have done had he ever played starters minutes.

    Nonetheless, his place in Bucks history is undeniable.

No. 17: Brian Winters

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    Years: 1976-1983

    Career: 16.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 4.1 APG, 47.5 FG%

    Bucks: 16.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 4.3 APG, 47.8 FG%

     

    Brian Winters had so many similarities to Jon McGlocklin that when the latter retired in 1976, it was almost as if the Bucks managed to clone him.

    Like McGlocklin, Winters could absolutely shoot the lights out, and he did so very efficiently.

    The two-time All-Star suffered through several seasons of mediocrity when he first arrived in Milwaukee but managed to find himself on the winning end of things in the early 80s.

    Teaming with other notable names like Bob Lanier, Junior Bridgeman, Sidney Moncrief, Bob Dandridge and Marques Johnson, Winters helped make the Bucks one of the more formidable Eastern Conference teams during the latter half of his eight-year career.

    For those reasons, Winters finds himself at No. 17 on the list of great Bucks. 

No. 16: Sam Cassell

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    Years: 1999-2003

    Career: 15.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 6.0 APG, 45.4 FG%

    Bucks: 19.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.2 APG, 46.8 FG%

     

    With his infectious attitude and stellar play, Sam Cassell was one of the main catalysts behind Milwaukee's success in 2000-01.

    When Cassell came to the Bucks during the 1998-99 season, he was already a veteran point guard who had two championship rings from his time with the Houston Rockets.

    Desperate to rebound from nearly a decade of poor play, Cassell was brought in for his experience running an offense and strong leadership qualities.

    He wasn't afraid to get on officials when he felt a call was the incorrect one nor was he afraid to get on teammates for making mistakes.

    But it was never in a menacing way, and that's what made him a great floor general.

    Almost immediately, his presence was felt.

    In just his second full season with the Bucks, Cassell helped guide the team to a division title and an appearance in the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals.

    He would remain with the team—enjoying personal success—through the 2002-03 season before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    And while he wasn't with the franchise for as long as some players, he posted some of the best numbers from a point guard in team history.

No. 15: Jon McGlocklin

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    Years:  1969-1976

    Career: 11.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 48.9 FG%

    Bucks: 12.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 50.5 FG%

     

    Jon McGlocklin is still a familiar sight on the court at the BMO Harris Bradley Center today.

    However, instead of knocking down rainbow jumpers, he's providing colorful commentary as a member of the team's television broadcast team.

    In his prime, though, McGlocklin was a heck of a player and a vital part of the team that brought Milwaukee its lone championship in 1971.

    During that season he contributed 15.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting a career-best 53.5 percent from the field.

    His great shooting wasn't only beneficial for the obvious reasons, but it also forced defenders to stay home on him instead of doubling Kareem in the post.

    As one can imagine, that allowed one of the greatest players in basketball history to devour his defender and score with relative ease.

    McGlocklin has also been great in the community, starting the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund in 1976. The organization has since donated $41 million to "cancer and related blood disorder research."

No. 14: Michael Redd

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    Years: 2001-2011

    Career: 19.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 44.7 FG%, 38.0 3FG%

    Bucks: 20.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 44.9 FG%, 38.3 3FG%

     

    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.

    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.

    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.

    He was able to stay healthy and played sparingly for the Phoenix Suns during 2011-12, averaging 8.2 points on 40.0 percent shooting. 

    Clearly, though, he was nowhere near the same player.

    And that's unfortunate because, for awhile, he was one of the best players the Bucks had seen in quite some time.

No. 13: Paul Pressey

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    Years: 1983-1990

    Career: 10.6 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.4 SPG, 48.5 FG%

    Bucks: 11.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 5.6 APG, 1.5 SPG, 49.0 FG%

     

    While Pressey's career numbers aren't overly impressive on paper, he managed to put together some fantastic seasons for the Bucks and was one of the best defenders of his era.

    Not only that, but it's believed that he was the first player to ever be dubbed a point forward, as written by Steve Aschburner of NBA.com:

    Enter Harris, between coaching jobs and by that point a consultant to his pal Nelson in Milwaukee. "I remember it clearly," Harris said. "We were at a meeting at the American Club in Lake Geneva (Wis.), and Nellie said, 'I've got Pressey and he's got to play forward, but he's not really a forward. He can pass. He can see over people. But I don't know what to do with him.' I said, 'Well, you could use him as a point forward like I did with Robert Reid.'

    "Nellie just jumped all over that," Harris said. "He loved it and that's the way it was from then on. Nellie was not shy and he talked a lot about it, so he gets credit for it. But Tom Nissalke started it, I named it and Nellie popularized it. That's the honest truth."

    With his ability to score, distribute, rebound and defend, Pressey was a dynamic threat who was extremely important to Milwaukee's success throughout the 80s.

    Together with Sidney Moncrief, the two formed a dangerous duo in the backcourt on both sides of the ball.

    With Pressey, it's definitely a case of the stat sheet not telling the whole story. There's no doubt he's one of the best players Milwaukee has seen.

     

     

No. 12: Vin Baker

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    Years: 1994-1997

    Career: 15.0 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 48.5 FG%

    Bucks: 18.3 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, 49.4 FG%

     

    The story of Vin Baker's career is one that's still sad to think about.

    Drafted eighth-overall by the Bucks in the 1993 NBA Draft, Baker immediately emerged as a capable power forward by averaging 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds on 50.1 percent shooting while making the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

    From there, it seemed as though Baker would go on to enjoy plenty of success and become one of the game's great power forwards for years to come.

    And for a handful of seasons, he did just that.

    Appearing in four consecutive All-Star Games from 1995-98, Baker was one of the few bright spots on the team during a stretch in which the Bucks weren't very competitive.

    The Bucks traded him to the Seattle SuperSonics prior to the 1997-98 season, and after having one good year in the Pacific Northwest, Baker's troubles emerged.

    It's hard to pinpoint when his documented struggles (per The Daily News) with alcohol began, but his numbers took a major dip during the lockout-shortened 1998-98 season, and he never really got back to the level he was at early in his career.

    As The Daily News article describes, Baker has been sober for roughly two years and has found his calling as a preacher.

    It's good to hear he's on the right track. At the same time, it's sad to think what his career could have been.

No. 11: Flynn Robinson

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    Years: 1969-1970

    Career: 14.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 45.6 FG%

    Bucks: 21.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.3 APG, 45.8 FG%

     

    Flynn Robinson only played for the Bucks in 146 games yet left a lasting impression on the franchise.

    He joined the Bucks halfway into their inaugural season and immediately became an impact player, leading the team in points per game and handing out his fair share of assists.

    A year later, he found himself paired with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and together, the two men propelled the Bucks to a 56-win season, which was a 29-win improvement over the prior year.

    Interestingly enough, the franchise may not have turned into a winner as quickly as it did if it weren't for Robinson's stellar play.

    In 1970, the Bucks acquired Oscar Robertson in a trade that involved Robinson.

    A year later, they went on to win the NBA championship.

No. 10: Bob Lanier

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    Years: 1980-1984

    Career: 20.1 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 51.4 FG%

    Bucks: 13.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 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 time 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.

    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 management thought they were getting when trading for him.

    Still, that doesn't take away from his value to the organization's history.

    In fact, some may even argue he should be higher than No. 10, and it would certainly be a compelling argument.

No. 9: Quinn Buckner

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    Years: 1977-1982

    Career: 8.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.9 SPG, 46.1 FG%

    Bucks: 10.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 5.2 APG, 2.3 SPG, 46.9 FG%

     

    Another player who posted numbers that are far from remarkable—in most categories anyway—was guard Quinn Buckner.

    The Bucks took Buckner with the seventh-overall pick in the 1976 NBA draft out of Indiana, where he played under the tutelage of legendary head coach Bob Knight.

    Certain coaches carry reputations with them, and if a player was the product of Knight's system, it was almost guaranteed that he was well-versed in defense and the game's fundamentals.

    Both were true in Buckner's case.

    And while he was a well-rounded player, the one area in which he excelled the most was defense.

    In fact, it wouldn't be a stretch to call him one of the best pickpockets of all time. That was especially true during his time in Milwaukee.

    While with the Bucks, Buckner averaged 2.3 steals in just 26.4 minutes of playing time.

    Considering the fact that he came off the bench for the vast majority of his career, those numbers are very impressive.

No. 8: Glenn Robinson

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    Years: 1995-2002

    Career: 20.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 45.9 FG%

    Bucks: 21.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.8 APG, 46.3 FG%

     

    Being a first-overall selection in any sport is going to put an extreme burden on that individual, and for Glenn Robinson, it wasn't any different.

    Plenty of people will probably try to argue that "Big Dog" never lived up to expectations and that his career was relatively mediocre.

    But for eight seasons, he was arguably the best player the Bucks had.

    After two tremendous seasons at Purdue University, Robinson wasted no time getting his NBA career started, averaging 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists during his first season, finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting.

    The numbers he logged during that season ended up being pretty indicative of what he would give the Bucks throughout his career, and that was a disappointment to many.

    As mentioned, being the first-overall pick comes with lofty expectations.

    However, there's no denying his spot in Bucks lore.

    He was a member of Milwaukee's "Big Three," which guided the team to a 2001 Eastern Conference Finals appearance and provided plenty of memories on the Bradley Center floor.

     

     

No. 7: Ray Allen

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    Years: 1997-2003

    Career: 19.4 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3.4 APG, 45.2 FG%, 40.1 3FG%, 89.4 FT%

    Bucks: 19.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 45.0 FG%, 40.6 3FG%, 87.9 FT%

     

    There has never been another player in the history of Bucks basketball—or the NBA in general, for that matter—with a jump shot as sweet as that of Ray Allen.

    For six-and-a-half seasons, fans in Milwaukee were treated to the sight of Allen putting on a shooting clinic each night out.

    The former fifth-overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft 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 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).

    With a silky jump shot, infectious smile and starring role in 1997 hit film He Got Game, Allen will forever be etched into the minds of Bucks fans.

No. 6: Terry Cummings

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    Years: 1985-1989, 1996

    Career: 16.4 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 48.4 FG%

    Bucks: 19.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 48.4 FG%

     

    The former second-overall selection 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 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.

    Given his numbers and time with the franchise during some of its more successful seasons in the 80s, Cummings' spot in team history is firmly in place. 

No. 5: Marques Johnson

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    Years: 1978-1984

    Career: 20.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.6 APG, 51.8 FG%

    Bucks: 21.0 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 3.7 APG, 53.0 FG%

     

    Another player who seems to be relatively unsung in the history of Bucks basketball is Marques Johnson.

    Johnson posted excellent numbers throughout his career but especially during his seven seasons in Milwaukee. 

    Not only could he score—he ranks fourth in franchise history for points per game—but he could do so with excellent efficiency.

    From the day he was drafted to his final game in a Bucks uniform, Johnson posted great numbers.

    The three-time All-Star paired with Sidney Moncrief during the early 1980s and helped guide the Bucks to five consecutive division titles and a few deep playoff runs.

    And for someone who was 6'7", Johnson could run the offense and make better passes than a lot of point guards. Some may even say that he was a point forward before Pressey.

    With his well-rounded game, Johnson is more than worthy of the No. 5 spot.

No. 4: Bob Dandridge

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    Years: 1970-1977, 1982

    Career: 18.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.4 APG, 48.4 FG%

    Bucks: 18.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 3.2 APG, 48.7 FG%

     

    The Milwaukee Bucks won the 1971 NBA championship, and the first names most people probably remember from that team are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson.

    But Bob Dandridge was every bit as important to the team's success that season and to the franchise as a whole.

    During the Bucks' championship run, Dandridge averaged 18.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists while converting 50.9 percent of his field-goal attempts.

    Despite being third-fiddle on the stat sheet, Dandridge and his ability to take pressure off the two superstars was priceless and a large reason why the Bucks were able to roll to the championship.

    Make no mistake about it, Dandridge wasn't third-fiddle to anyone.

     

     

     

No. 3: Sidney Moncrief

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    Years: 1980-1989

    Career: 15.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 50.2 FG%

    Bucks: 16.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.3 SPG, 50.3 FG%

     

    Sidney Moncrief is tied for the second-longest tenure in a Bucks uniform, and from 1982-86, he was one of the best players in the league.

    While his overall numbers are certainly nothing to scoff at, a few injury-riddled seasons later in his career marred what they could have been had he remained healthy.

    During that stretch of his career, Moncrief averaged 21.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 50.3 percent from the field.

    Beyond the numbers, Moncrief's value to the team was irreplaceable.

    Throughout that same time-frame, he was the driving force behind the team's 272-138 record and three Eastern Conference Finals appearances.

    Along with being a solid offensive weapon, Moncrief was a tenacious defender and was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 1983 and 1984.

    Bucks fans know and appreciate what Moncrief brought to the organization during his time in Milwaukee but is widely underappreciated and still has yet to be elected into the Hall of Fame.

    And according to his NBA.com biography, he had the utmost respect of perhaps the game's greatest player:

    Michael Jordan once told the Los Angeles Times, "When you play against Moncrief, you're in for a night of all-around basketball. He'll hound you everywhere you go, both ends of the court. You just expect it."

    That's high praise for a player who definitely deserves it. 

No. 2: Oscar Robertson

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    Years: 1971-1974

    Career: 25.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 9.5 APG, 48.5 FG%

    Bucks: 16.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 7.5 APG, 46.8 FG%

     

    Oscar "The Big O" Robertson is a close second when discussing the greatest players who have ever donned a Bucks uniform.

    Laying the foundation for future point guards like Magic Johnson, Robertson's ability to score, rebound and get teammates involved through stellar passing was relatively unprecedented at the time for someone 6'5".

    While his numbers with the Cincinnati Royals were more impressive, it was the lethal duo he formed with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when arriving in Milwaukee that showed off his true value.

    In fact, if ever there was a duo that came close to the level of intimidation that Kareem and Magic exuded, it was that of Kareem and Robertson.

    Robertson helped guide the Bucks to a championship in 1971 before retiring after the 1973-74 season.

    His contributions to the game didn't end on the court, though.

    The Robertson v. National Basketball Association antitrust lawsuit resulted in the free agency rules that still remain in effect today.

     

No. 1: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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    Years: 1970-1975

    Career: 24.6 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.6 APG, 2.6 BPG, 55.9 FG%

    Bucks: 30.4 PPG, 15.3 RPG, 4.3 APG, 3.4 BPG*, 54.7 FG%

     

    Was there ever any doubt who would claim the No. 1 overall spot?

    One of the greatest centers of all time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—then known as Lew Alcindor—began his career in Milwaukee and dominated from the get-go.

    And while what he accomplished later in his career with the Lakers often casts a shadow on his days with the Bucks, the numbers tell a different tale.

    At 30.4 points and 15.3 rebounds per game, Kareem was an absolute force. At 7'2" with lethal footwork, a soft touch and his trademark sky hook, he was a nightmare for defenders and nearly impossible to stop.

    He also led the franchise to its only championship in 1971, solidifying his status as the greatest player in the history of the Milwaukee Bucks.

     

    * - Blocks were not officially recorded as a stat until the 1973-74 season