The 50 Greatest Players in Milwaukee Bucks History

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1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – The Greatest

The Stats: Six seasons played in Milwaukee. 30.4/15.3/4.3/1.2/3.4 on 54.7/00.0/69.5.

The Accolades: Drafted first overall by the Bucks in 1969. All-Star for his entire Bucks tenure, from 1970-75. Voted Most Valuable Player in 1972, 1972, and 1974. Selected for the All-NBA Second Team in 1970, the All-NBA First Team from 1971-74, the All-Defensive Second Team in 1970-71 and the All-Defensive First Team in 1974-75. Voted Rookie of the Year in 1970. Led the NBA in scoring in 1971 and 1972, and in blocks in 1975. Was the best player and Finals MVP on Milwaukee’s 1971 championship team. First among all Bucks in points scored and in rebounds, seventh in assists, and fifth in blocks. Leads all Bucks in points and rebounds per game. Led the Bucks in win shares from 1970-75. Has his #33 retired by the Milwaukee Bucks. 

The Breakdown: There’s only one acceptable option when considering the greatest Milwaukee Buck of all-time. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dominated the entire NBA in his six seasons with the Bucks, and left his name atop both the total points and rebounds categories as well as leaving Milwaukee’s its lone championship trophy.

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Kareem’s greatness is hard to quantify, but this might help put it into perspective. Kareem is fifth all-time among Bucks in total blocks. Out of his six seasons, blocks were only counted in two of them. It took Kareem just two seasons to tally nearly 500 blocks.

Of course his scoring and rebounding feats are just as obscene, but does any more really need to be said about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? According to legacy, statistics, and rings Kareem reigns supreme. Bucks fans can only hope that one day someone poses a real challenge to Kareem’s spot on this list.