Perhaps he gets a little underrated due to the fact that the team continued to be successful after he had been traded, but make no mistake about it, while the likes of Sidney Moncrief and Paul Pressey were still just finding their feet in the NBA, Johnson was carrying the Bucks among the league’s elite.
A third overall pick in 1977, who really should have been the first choice, Johnson would make four All-Star appearances as a Buck during a span where he wasn’t just an elite scorer, but a dominant rebounder and accomplished playmaker too.
Johnson was a key component as Don Nelson established his “Nellie Ball” philosophy and he was a reliable performer who could be trusted to put on big games on the big stage for the Bucks.
Considering Johnson was only 27 leaving the Bucks, it’s remarkable to think of just how much he achieved in his time with the franchise. The only Bucks small forward whose poster was on Michael Jordan‘s wall, Milwaukee’s MJ finished his time in Milwaukee with averages of 21 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 53 percent from the field in over 500 games.