Milwaukee Bucks: Greatest players to come from Wisconsin

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Milwaukee Bucks' Joe Wolf
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Joe Wolf

Last but certainly not least, Joe Wolf made his Wisconsin homecoming when he played with the Bucks during the 1996-97 season.

The Kohler native was already a well-journeyed veteran at that stage of his career, which begun in earnest when he was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1987 Draft. Before that, Wolf was a highly recruited player and spent his four years at the University of North Carolina playing under legendary coach Dean Smith.

After stints with the Clippers, the Denver Nuggets, the Boston Celtics, the Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Hornets and the Orlando Magic, Wolf came to Milwaukee in what was his aged-32 season.

While with the Bucks, Wolf averaged 1.7 points on a .449/.143/.737 slash line, 2 rebounds and 0.4 assists across 9.4 minutes per contest and 56 appearances. Following the end of the 96-97 campaign, Wolf was traded to the Nuggets, along with Danny Fortson, in exchange for Ervin Johnson and Johnny Newman.

Wolf wound up making his return to Milwaukee when he joined the coaching staff of Scott Skilles back in 2008 and stuck through following Skiles’ firing midway through the 2012-13 season to serve under then-interim coach Jim Boylan, who was once a star at Marquette during his playing days.

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The 55-year-old Wolf now serves as the head coach of the Hornets’ G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm.