Milwaukee Bucks: Meet the 1990s All-Decade Team

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Milwaukee Bucks, Ray Allen
21 Jan 1998 /

Milwaukee Bucks: Meet the 1990s All-Decade Team – Ray Allen

Ray Allen certainly is one of the most gifted and lethal offensive players in Bucks history and the entire scope of the NBA.

When he first arrived in Milwaukee on the night of the 1996 NBA Draft, though, which saw him swap places from the Minnesota Timberwolves with the Stephon Marbury in a draft night trade, Bucks fans at a draft watch party voiced their displeasure of seeing the Bucks trade away what they thought was a future Hall of Famer.

Ultimately, Bucks fans did get to lament seeing a Hall of Famer leave town when Allen was shockingly dealt to the Seattle SuperSonics on the day of the 2003 NBA trade deadline in a move that set back the franchise for the years to come.

While Allen’s exit will always stand out first in his six-and-a-half year Bucks stint, his beginnings in Milwaukee certainly pointed to him being a player that could help turn the Bucks’ fortunes around, especially after being a decorated player at the University of Connecticut. The former Husky certainly came equipped with his lethal shooting stroke and shooting range, which helped him land on the All-Rookie Second team for the 1996-97 team.

Allen upped his scoring output the following year, going from 13.4 points per game as a rookie to 19.4 as a sophomore and started to take on a more all-around role for the Bucks. And by the turn of the 21st century, Allen earned the first of his 10 All-Star appearances, just as the Bucks’ ‘Big 3’ era was starting to take shape under head coach George Karl.

The Bucks of the 1990s were a team in search of a direction and hope for the future, but it was a player like Allen that certainly provided that and then some going into the new millennium. And just as he does in NBA history, Allen still has the most triples in franchise history with 1,051 threes.

In his 494 appearances with the Bucks, Allen averaged 19.6 points on .450/.406/.879 shooting splits, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals across 36.3 minutes per contest.