Quinn Buckner (USA) – 1976 Olympics
An incredibly talented athlete who could have played professional football if he had chosen that path over the NBA, Quinn Buckner played a central role in the US team’s success in Montreal in the summer prior to starting out his Bucks career as a seventh overall pick.
Buckner entered the Olympics as one of the stars of the college game having been a part of the Indiana Hoosier team who won the NCAA Tournament in 1976, and asserted his relative experience all across the floor against his international opponents.
Buckner averaged 7.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists throughout the tournament, saving his two best performances for matchups with Canada and Yugoslavia in the semi-finals and final respectively.
Now a commentator for the Indiana Pacers, Buckner spent the first six seasons of his career as a steadying influence on the excellent Bucks teams of the late 70s/early 80s, before moving on to win a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1984.
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