Fred Hetzel was the only Milwaukee Buck outside of Embry and Rodgers to score in double figures in Milwaukee’s first game. Hetzel notched 12 points against the Bulls, less than the 15.9 points per game he scored with Milwaukee that year.
Hetzel wouldn’t last the season, as the Bucks traded him after 53 games to the Cincinnati Royals. Hetzel was a workhorse–he ended up playing 84 regular season games that year because of where the team schedules were at when he was traded!
Although he never got an All-Star nod in his six season NBA career, Hetzel did average 19 points per game with the Warriors in 1968. Unfortunately that was his high point–after leaving Milwaukee he never broke 12 points per game again in his NBA career.
That big scoring season might’ve been what brought Milwaukee’s attention to Hetzel in the first place. Who knows if the Bucks take him in the expansion draft if not for that prodigious scoring year by Hetzel? Unfortunately he couldn’t return to form in this first game–a few more baskets from Hetzel could’ve been the difference in the first Bucks/Bulls game ever.
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