Dave Cowens only played 40 games for the Bucks, but the truth is his presence was felt extensively throughout the franchise’s history even prior to his arrival in Milwaukee.
The fourth overall pick in the 1970 NBA Draft, Cowens went on to be an integral cog in the Boston Celtics’ success throughout that decade, meaning he was frequently a thorn in the side of a Bucks team forced to go toe-to-toe with Boston at the business end of the season on a near annual basis.
Cowens was named an All-Star in eight of his 10 seasons with the Celtics, picked up MVP honors in 1973, and was a part of Boston’s championship success in 1976 and, most painfully from a Bucks’ perspective, in 1974.
Cowens set himself apart from his peers, as not only was he a dominant presence around the basket, but he also boasted an impressively well-rounded mix of skills too.
Cowens retired as a Celtic in 1980, only to be drawn out of retirement by his former teammate, Donnie Nelson, then head coach of the Bucks, for the 1982-83 season. Cowens averaged 8.1 points and 6.9 rebounds for his time in Milwaukee.