Milwaukee Bucks: Ranking Top 10 Draft Picks In Franchise History

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Mar 3, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Mar 3, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the leading scorer in Milwaukee Bucks and NBA history, waves to fans during game against the Utah Jazz at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

#1 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the obvious answer here, and the correct one. Kareem delivered Milwaukee its first and only NBA title, and also brought the Bucks to their only two NBA Finals. Like it or not, until Milwaukee can make it out of the Eastern Conference again there can be no debate as to who the best Buck is.

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Kareem was the obvious pick in 1969. He had just won three consecutive NCAA championships at UCLA, and the only reason he didn’t win four straight is because he was required to play on the freshman team his first season there. Abdul-Jabbar dominated the NCAA so hard they banned dunking after his sophomore season, not that that stopped him from continuing to outclass the rest of the country.

From there, Kareem came to Milwaukee, where he won the first of his six titles and three of his six MVP awards. Although he only stayed in Milwaukee for six seasons before requesting a trade out of the Midwest, six years of Kareem is more valuable than 15 years of pretty much anybody else.

Hopefully over time either Giannis or Jabari (or both!) can climb this list and one day knock Kareem down a spot, but it’s far too early to really think about that yet. For now, he remains the best draft pick the Milwaukee Bucks have ever made.

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