Milwaukee Bucks: Meet the 1980s All-Decade Team

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Milwaukee Bucks, Don Nelson
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For our second Milwaukee Bucks All-Decade Team, we run through the six Bucks players who made the biggest impact throughout the 1980s.

The Milwaukee Bucks‘ history is certainly rich with distinctive eras and players that have made transformative impacts on the game of basketball itself.

Earlier this week, we unveiled the first of our five All-Decade teams and filled out our 1970s squad, which was, of course, headlined by some of the greatest players to play for the Bucks like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson and so on.

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Sure, the heights the Bucks reached in their early beginnings, such as winning an NBA championship in their third season of existence, have set a high bar that they have yet to match subsequently.

Yet, it was during the 1980s when the Bucks built an identity of innovation, hard work and quiet end-to-end dominance under legendary Bucks head coach Don Nelson that still holds relevance to this day, especially in light of where the NBA has gone stylistically since the turn of the millennium.

Of course, Nelson’s presence throughout this team is just as responsible for the resounding success and longevity the Bucks enjoyed for the vast majority of the decade. But Nelson, through his own scouting eye and control over building the Bucks’ foundation, was certainly fortunate to have many talented players that all made their mark during the 1980s, as we’re about to go through.

So without further ado, let’s run through the six players that made the Bucks’ run throughout the 1980s such a memorable one for many reasons.