MILWAUKEE BUCKS FRANCHISE HISTORY
Previous Franchise Names: None
Principal Owner: Peter Feigin
CFO: Patrick McDonough
General Manager: John Hammond
Head Coach: Jason Kidd
Best Season: 1970-71 (66-16, .805)
Playoff Appearances: 28
NBA Championships: 1 (1970-71)
The fortunes of the Milwaukee Bucks were indelibly altered by the flip of a coin in the spring of 1969. Having just completed their expansion campaign, the Bucks won a coin flip with their expansion partner, the Phoenix Suns, for the first pick in the NBA Draft.
The Bucks chose UCLA legend Lew Alcindor, later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the franchise was instantly a contender.
The team improved by 29 wins in its second season and, after adding future Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson in a 1970 trade, won the NBA title in its third.
That, however, turned out to be it for Milwaukee with Abdul-Jabbar. The Bucks lost Game 7 of the 1974 NBA Finals at home to the Boston Celtics and have not been back to the Finals since.
In the summer of 1975, the Bucks traded Abdul-Jabbar to the Los Angeles Lakers, putting together several pieces of the franchise’s return to contention in the early 1980s.
A run of 12 straight postseason appearances from 1980-91 was followed by seven lottery years before Milwaukee returned to the playoffs under coach George Karl in 1999.
A decade of bouncing around in the middle of the NBA pack was followed in 2013-14 by the worst year in franchise history, a 15-67 season.
Don Nelson, who replaced the team’s first coach, Larry Costello, early in the 1976-77 season, is the top coach in Bucks’ history, racking up a record of 540-344 from 1976-87, when he left to take over as coach and general manager of the Golden State Warriors. His Milwaukee teams, however, were just 42-46 in the playoffs.
Milwaukee Bucks Career Leaders (as of 3/9/2016)
- Games, Junior Bridgeman, 711
- Points, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 14211
- Rebounds, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 7161
- Assists, Paul Pressey, 3272
- Steals, Quinn Buckner, 1042
- Blocks, Alton Lister, 804
Milwaukee Bucks Retired Numbers
- 1, Oscar Robertson
- 2, Junior Bridgeman
- 4, Sidney Moncrief
- 10, Bob Dandridge
- 14, Jon McGlocklin
- 16, Bob Lanier
- 32, Brian Winters
- 33, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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