Each Team’s All-NBA First Team- A 30 Part Series: Part 23- The Milwaukee Bucks
With the hype of the offseason coming to an end, I have decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to examine…medium.com
With the hype of the offseason coming to an end, I have decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to examine each team’s specific All-NBA First Team. What I mean by this is- following the criteria set by the NBA for the All-NBA Team rules, I will examine and elaborate on my picks for each team’s specific All-NBA First Team.
G- Ray Allen: 1996–2003
During his time in Milwaukee, Ray Allen established himself not only as one of the most dangerous three-point shooters that the NBA had ever seen, but also one of the more dominant all-around players.
In his six full seasons with the Bucks, Allen was the leader of the team. They made the playoffs three times, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 2001.
Allen was a three-time All-Star with the Bucks and appeared on the All-NBA Third Team in 2001, which was Allen’s best season. In that season, Allen averaged 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists per game, shooting 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc. Allen led the NBA in made three point fields twice while with the Bucks, and finished inside the top ten in five of his six seasons.
Allen is the team’s all-time leader in made three point field goals. His 19.6 points per game is the sixth highest single game average in franchise history.
G- Sydney Moncrief: 1979–1989
Sydney Moncrief is among the best players to not be elected to the Basketball Hall Of Fame. As a member of the Bucks, Moncrief was among the twenty best players in the league, appearing in five All-Star games and on five All-NBA Teams (1x First Team, 4x Second Team). Moncrief’s excellence came on the defensive end of the court, which he was rewarded for twice, being named the Defensive Player Of The Year in both 1983 and 1984.
He was not only an outstanding defender, but he was also an efficient offensive player. In 1981 he led the NBA in offensive rating.
Moncrief is third on the team’s all-time scoring and steals list. His 119.7 offensive rating is the highest in franchise history.
Moncrief’s success was not limited to him as an individual, but rather extended to the rest of the team. The Bucks made the playoffs in all 10 of Moncrief’s seasons, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals three times.
It’s a shame the greatness of Moncrief has yet to be recognized by the Hall Of Fame.
F- Bob Dandridge: 1969–1977, 1982
Bob Dandridge spent the prime of his career with the Bucks, making three of his four All-Star appearances with the team. Dandridge was never the best player, but what he was was an efficient player who, with the right players around him was an All-Star caliber player.
Dandridge was an all-around player, not particularly great at any one skill, but rather was efficient in multiple aspects of his game. His career averages with the Bucks were 18.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.
Dandridge, as the third best player, was a member of the Bucks 1971 championship team.
F- Glen Robinson: 1994–2002
Glen Robinson was Ray Allen’s running mate during the late 90’s and early 2000’s in Milwaukee. Although he never lived up to the expectations that were set upon him after being drafted with the first overall pick in 1994, Robinson still produced a productive career as a Buck.
Robinson was a two-time All-Star and a member of three playoff teams in Milwaukee. He’s second behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Bucks’ all-time scoring list. His 21.1 points per game is the second highest per game scoring average in franchise history.
Robinson’s best season came 2001, a season in which he averaged 22 points, a career high 6.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.
C- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 1969–1975
Arguably the most talented player to ever play the game of basketball, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (formerly Lew Alcindor) is unarguably the greatest player to ever play for the Milwaukee Bucks franchise.
Abdul-Jabbar is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. His 30.4 points per game and 15.3 rebounds per game are the highest single game averages in franchise history, and it’s not even close (Number Two On The List is 21.1 and 9.8 respectively).
He is the only player in franchise history to win an MVP award doing so four times. He appeared in the All-Star game and on an All-NBA team in all six of his seasons with the Bucks He also led the team to the playoffs five times, reaching the NBA finals twice, winning once in 1971. He led the league in scoring twice, and blocked shots once. He never averaged fewer than 27 points and 14 rebounds per game in his six seasons. His six All-NBA Team (5x First Team, 1x Second Team) appearances are the most in franchise history.
His time in Milwaukee may have ended abruptly, but nonetheless, Abdul-Jabbar’s career as a Buck cannot be overlooked.