Milwaukee Bucks: All-Time Greatest 15 Man Roster

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Bob Lanier – Second Unit

Unlike many of the names on this list who came up and developed with the Bucks, Lanier arrived in Milwaukee later in his career as an already well-established star in the NBA.

Lanier was a seven-time All-Star with the Detroit Pistons, but as injuries started to bog down his career as he entered his 30s, big Bob felt it was time for a change and ultimately requested a trade away from Detroit.

If every player had a Bob Lanier attitude, it would be easy for a coach to function. – Dick Vitale

The Bucks traded Kent Benson and a first round pick to the Motor City to ensure that Lanier ended up in Milwaukee, and although he’d only spend four full seasons in Milwaukee, Lanier had a lasting impact.

The big man famed for his size 22 feet also had a deceptively soft touch which made him one of the most versatile NBA big men of his era. Lanier could bang inside and bully his way to the hoop, finish over defenders with a long, languid hook shot, or even step back and knock down mid-range jumpers when the opportunity presented itself.

The Bucks made the post-season in every year that Lanier bore the city’s name across his chest, and even helped the franchise to get as far as making two Finals appearances with him in the middle.

Bridgeman averaged 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds during his relatively short time with the Bucks, but he helped to push his teammates to such heights that he’s remembered incredibly fondly around the city, and his number 16 jersey hangs from the rafters to this day.

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