Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)
He may not just be the greatest center in the history of the Milwaukee Bucks, nor just the greatest center in the history of the NBA, as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a legitimate case to be considered among the best ever to play the game.
Abdul-Jabbar, at the time named Lew Alcindor, was drafted by the Bucks with the first overall pick of the 1969 Draft out of UCLA. In his time in Milwaukee alone, he would go on to pick up an NBA championship, three MVPs, a Finals MVP, Rookie of the Year, make six All-Star appearances, four All-NBA First Team selections, and be a two time Scoring Champion.
It doesn’t get much better than that.
Kareem’s sky-hook remains to this day one of the most reliable and efficient shots in NBA history, and possibly the toughest to stop, as once he got himself in position (not even necessarily that close to the basket) there was only ever one outcome.
The way in which his time in Milwaukee finished may not have been the way that any Bucks fan would have wanted to see his reign end in the Midwest, but Abdul-Jabbar remains a franchise legend, whose presence not only brought a ring, but also proved the catalyst for another couple of successful decades after he had departed.
As a Buck, Abdul-Jabbar averaged an astronomical 30.4 points, 15.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 3.4 blocks and 1.2 steals.