Milwaukee Bucks: 30 Most Significant Moments In Franchise History

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Jul 2, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond speaks to the press during a news conference featuring new head coach Jason Kidd at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

15. John Hammond as GM

Words by Ti Windisch

John Hammond may not have achieved his ultimate goal of building a championship team in Milwaukee, but he has done a whole lot of good for this franchise. Since he began running the Bucks in 2008, the team has not enjoyed much regular success. Hammond, however, has.

He brought Milwaukee back to the playoffs in the 2009-10 season for the first time since 2006, and was subsequently awarded the NBA Executive of the Year award for his efforts. Hammond has yet to be awarded again for his efforts, but this current Bucks core may force the Association’s hand in recognizing Milwaukee’s architect.

Just in the past four years, Hammond hit a grand slam by getting Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick in 2014, selected Jabari Parker in 2014, traded Brandon Jennings for Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton, and played a role in signing Greg Monroe this offseason. Although Jason Kidd may be the vocal head of the Bucks management, John Hammond is the one really making things happen.

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