Milwaukee Bucks: Greatest players to come from Wisconsin

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Milwaukee Bucks' Caron Butler
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Caron Butler

The first Wisconsin native on this list, Caron Butler, also has the distinction of playing on the worst Bucks team in the franchise’s 52-year history.

The Racine native’s Wisconsin homecoming came as a result of the Bucks acquiring the veteran forward in a trade with the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Ish Smith and Slava Kravstov back in August of 2013.

Where he was looked upon as a mentor for a Bucks team that had been overhauled that entire summer, Butler’s dream of playing for his hometown team turned out to be anything but as the team’s season quickly went sideways starting from the opening game of the season.

As head coach Larry Drew gradually turned toward a youth movement as the season wore on, Butler and his agent facilitated a buyout with the Bucks that eventually freed him to latch on to the Oklahoma City Thunder, with whom he reached the Western Conference Finals with that 2013-14 season.

In his 34 appearances with the Bucks,13 of them being starts, Butler averaged 11 points on .387/.361/.839 shooting splits, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists across 24.1 minutes per contest.

If you would like to get more insight on Butler’s time in Milwaukee, including seeing Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s rookie season up close and personal, you can read my interview with Butler from earlier this season.