Milwaukee Bucks: Ranking Top 10 Draft Picks In Franchise History

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#3 – Marques Johnson

Although these days Marques Johnson is at the broadcaster’s table, back in the early 1980s he was busy dueling with Dr. J in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. One of the best point forward’s the NBA has ever known, Johnson spent seven great seasons in Milwaukee before being tragically dealt to the Clippers.

Johnson was a truly elite NBA player in his time with the Bucks, making the All-NBA First Team in 1979 and making four different All-Star teams in his Bucks career. That All-NBA spot was a special honor–Johnson beat out fellow Bucks legend Bob Dandridge for a First Team spot at forward. Even later in his career, the Greyhound was still a special player.

Johnson helped lead the Bucks to several successful seasons in his tenure there, including a stretch from 1980-1984 where Milwaukee won an average of 53 games per season and made the playoffs each season. Milwaukee hasn’t seen that kind of success since those glory days.

Although those great Don Nelson teams never made the NBA Finals, they made the powerhouse 76ers and Celtics work hard for their Finals appearances. That’s saying quite a lot, considering those teams contained Julius Erving, Moses Malone and Larry Bird.

Next: Round One, Pick Five, 1979